Damaged Petals: Me Against The World

The year 1994 was the most chaotic in Pac’s public life. On the plus side, he was already one of the biggest rappers of the era. His starring role in Above The Rim elevated his […]

Damaged Petals: Thug Life: Volume 1

The year was 1994. The rap world had absorbed Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. for a year in the aftermath of the Los Angeles Riots. It was time for new 2Pac music but it didn’t arrive […]

Damaged Petals: Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.

One year after Tupac’s debut album, Los Angeles was forever changed. In 1992, the City of Angels witnessed the revolution Shakur warned about as the weeklong riots devastated the city. It was an uprising of […]

Damaged Petals: 2Pacalypse Now

Tupac Shakur earned his stripes as a roadie and dancer for Digitial Underground. He got his first big break as a rapper with the group on the single, “Same Song.” While this was all happening, […]

Damaged Petals: Introduction

“You wouldn’t ask why the rose that grew from the concrete had damaged petals. On the contrary, we would all celebrate its tenacity. We would all love its will to reach the sun. Well, we […]

The 2017 Los Angeles Taco Festival

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the L.A. Taco Festival at Grand Park. The event promised a diverse array of tacos paired with music. Sponsored by the Jovenes organization, it was a great […]