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December 18, 1996 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By the time fuzz began to grow above Oscar Sierra's lip, he says, he already was a veteran gang member, an arranger of drug deals and an organizer of "ditch" parties for his classmates in his neighborhood in Watts. He'd been shot in a drive-by shooting that sent a bullet into an arm. "In my neighborhood, it wasn't a question of whether you were going to be involved in a gang," he said last week. "The only question was how deeply."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1996 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By the time fuzz began to grow above Oscar Sierra's lip, he says, he already was a veteran gang member, an arranger of drug deals and an organizer of "ditch" parties for his classmates in his neighborhood in Watts. He'd been shot in a drive-by shooting that sent a bullet into an arm. "In my neighborhood, it wasn't a question of whether you were going to be involved in a gang," he said last week. "The only question was how deeply."
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November 29, 1996
Actor-comedian Steve Harvey will be joined by fellow comedians Dave Chappelle, Mark Curry, Jamie Foxx, Jeffrey Ross, Lisa Ann Walter and Damon Wayans in "Comedy United," a benefit performance taking place Wednesday at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood. The 8 p.m. show will benefit Living Literature/Colors United, a nonprofit foundation that helps at-risk youths prepare for education after high school. Tickets are $50 and $100 (the latter includes a private hors d'oeuvres reception).
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February 11, 1998 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For years Michele Ohayon was a shadow. With cameras rolling, Ohayon followed six young people from Watts, filming them in school, in their homes and, in one case, in jail. The result is "Colors Straight Up," a moving documentary that tells the story of their lives and dilemmas. Early Tuesday morning, four years after embarking on the project, Ohayon received the call every filmmaker yearns for: The documentary has been nominated for an Academy Award.
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November 15, 1992 | JAKE DOHERTY
The Korean Youth Center is recruiting Korean-American youths to participate in a multiethnic theater arts program at Jordan High School in Watts. "This kind of activity can help to break down the walls of prejudice that exist among all youths today," said Bong Hwan Kim, executive director of the Korean Youth Center. "The future of the Korean-American community lies in building relations with the diverse communities of Los Angeles." Students in the nonprofit Living Literature/Colors United Inc.
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January 13, 1994 | BEA MAXWELL BEA MAXWELL
Vista Del Mar Associates, a support group for the West Los Angeles residential treatment center for abused and troubled children, raised $350,000 at its Nov. 28 gala. The benefit included dinner at the Century Plaza followed by a performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard" at the Shubert Theatre. Suzanne Sidy and Carol Mann were co-chairwomen. Gayle Rodgers is Associates president. * Mount St. Mary's College raised $70,000 at its Dec. 3 benefit performance of "Sunset Boulevard."
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July 13, 1999
Living Literature Colors United, a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles that offers classes in the performing and visual arts and academic tutoring and mentoring to at-risk youths, needs people to tutor and provide transportation for students at Jordan and Locke high schools in South-Central, at Venice High School and at the East Los Angeles Skills Center. Information: (310) 286-1988.
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January 8, 1995 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a weekend of few surprises, when several thousand of California's Republicans journeyed to the Capitol to revel in Pete Wilson II, The Second Term, there was one notable exception: The taciturn governor let his hair down. He sang. In public, in front of 4,000 people.
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January 16, 1993 | DUKE HELFAND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Talk about taking the show on the road. When the Living Literature/Colors United troupe at Jordan High School premiered "Watts Side Story" 18 months ago, few members guessed that their efforts would land them an audience with President-elect Bill Clinton. But the play--an urban rendition of Romeo and Juliet--and the troupe's other performances caught the eye of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, which invited the cast to next week's festivities in Washington.
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June 14, 1992 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a real Westside story, the sort of thing that only happens in Los Angeles. Earlier this month, former gang members were invited to the American Film Institute in Hollywood for a screening of "West Side Story," Robert Wise's Oscar-winning update of "Romeo and Juliet." What could have been going on in the minds of the AFI associates who planned this event?
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March 23, 1998 | JOCELYN STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just about everybody in the housing project knows about it. Grandparents 2,000 miles away will be watching. Cousins and aunts will come to see them off, snapping photos like on prom night. "My mother is telling everybody in the project to come out here at 3 p.m. and watch me get in the limo," Cynthia "Queeny" Turner, who lives in the Imperial Courts housing project, said with a laugh. "She is so happy. She can't wait. You know how mothers are."
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