Below the Ten: Life in South LA

Below the Ten: Life in South LA

10 min

Below the Ten: Stories of South LA is an ongoing series telling intimate stories about the people who live in the neighborhoods south of the 10 Freeway, including Watts, Jefferson Park, and Compton.

The series is supported by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

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Every year, the students at ISLAH Academy, a private Islamic school inside a South LA mosque put on a winter program for their parents.

Tyreek Bilal has gone through many transformations in his life.

Throughout South Los Angeles and the surrounding neighborhoods there’s a growing community of underground home chefs who sell food on Instagram.

When someone gets shot in Skipp Townsend's community, he is often one of the first on the scene. Sometimes he knows the victim personally.

As a black kid growing up in South LA, Lt. Michael Carodine was regularly mistreated by police. But for Lt.

Lita Herron, a 69-year-old grandmother of six, witnessed repeated shootings in her community. But her fear turned to anger and then to action.

Several large developments are under construction south of the 10 Freeway, and some have initiatives to fill jobs with local, low-income workers.

When Chris Chambers' bus broke down in a small town in Texas, it ended up being a blessing in disguise.

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