Jesse Perlman, Josh Conway, María, and Edward James, left to right, members of the band The Marías, stand for a portrait on March 20, 2019, in Los Angeles, California.
Rosie Smith after a visit with Dr. Kari Williams at Mahogany Hair Revolution in Los Angeles, California. The Crown Act, a piece of legislation that would ban hair discrimination in California and put an end to policies that punish black employees and students for their hairstyles.
Dr. Elizabeth Raskin, fourth from left, has taken on a mentorship role to other women surgeons and medical professionals after being subject to harassment herself when she was starting out. “If we don’t ever break the cycle, the people behind you face it as well.”
Peter Ellenstein, left, sits for a portrait with his biological daughter Rachel White, right, on November 15, 2018, in Los Angeles, Calif. Ellenstein, 57, donated sperm anonymously earlier in his life, never expecting to meet any of his offspring, but in the past year, thanks to online tools, including DNA test kits, he discovered that he has at least 24 children.
Oswaldo “Ozzie” Vasquez smiles with his mom, Eva Vasquez, right, at their home on April 18, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. They left the U.S. for Mexico when Ozzie was a child, but they came back when he was a teen and now is a senior at Miguel Contreras High School who will be attending Harvard University in the fall.
Marcela Herrera sits for a portrait in her daughter’s bedroom in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California. Recently the family has made changes to their apartment to battle the communities high heat, including painting the walls, installing tile flooring and putting up curtains.
Lora King, 33, the middle daughter of Rodney King, stands for a portrait in front of curtains she had hanging in her room as a child while in her home on April 28, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. This year marks 25 years since the L.A. Riots which erupted after a jury returned a “not guilty” verdict in the Rodney King case, a black man who was videotaped being beating by several white Los Angeles Police Department officers.
Resident Doctor Moazzum Bajwa stands for a portrait at Riverside University Health System on February 2, 2017, in Moreno Valley, California. Bajwa is part of the Family Medicine program and a recruit from Ross University School of Medicine in the Caribbean.
Rev. Dr. Cecil Murray, a former pastor of South Los Angeles’s First African Methodist Episcopal Church and a current University Fellow at University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, stands for a portrait on April 27, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. When the 1992 L.A. Riots broke out, Murray who was at AME at the time, saw an opportunity for religion to ease the chaos and opened the doors to the community as a meeting space.
Erika Paget curated a recent art show at the gallery Welcome To Junior High with work solely made by black women. The gallery is a non-profit space in Los Angeles that showcases work made by marginalized voices.
Yesenia Moreno Rodríguez, 25, poses for a portrait in Plaza Bolivar on November 11, 2016, in Bogotá, Colombia. She is part of Movimiento Estudiantil Paziempre, a student group dedicated to fighting for peace. After the Colombian peace deal was rejected, the group helped organize a silent march where 50,000 people ended up in Plaza Bolivar.
Michelle Morales, 28, stands for a portrait with a photograph taken of her while she was serving in the military hangs on the wall beside her in her home on July 7, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. She was abused by her mother's boyfriend for seven years as a child and sought to have the man prosecuted when when she was 25. In February he was sentenced to serve 160 years. She is opposed to a bill in the legislature that would allow some sex offenders to come off the registry.