South Los Angeles Thrives on Kendrick Lamar’s Philosophy

USC sociology professor Manuel Pastor, co-author of a study on Latino engagement in historically African-American South L.A., applies the self-love philosophy of rapper Kendrick Lamar, a Compton native, to South L.A., concluding that probably more than any other single factor, it’s the dedication, resilience and love of the area’s residents that has fueled the community’s successes.

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The Little Dry Cleaning Shop Around the Corner

When I Took Over My Family's Business on South Central Avenue in 1994 I Had Two Struggles: The Business and South L.A.

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What Did It Take to Clean Up South L.A.? $600 Million and Cooperation

Los Angeles Council Districts Banded Together to Attend to the Region’s Needs From Sweeping Alleys to Creating Jobs

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