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Traces of The Radio-Tron

An interview with founder, Carmelo Alvarez, of The Legendary Radio-Tron. He takes us through a lesson to discuss the beginnings of Hip-Hop in Los Angeles.

TRACES No. 1: YOUTH BREAK CENTER, INC. / RADIOTRON from FORM follows FUNCTION on Vimeo.

(FFF) is delighted to introduce "FFFridays," a bi-weekly column for KCET Departures' "Land of Sunshine" blog. Each update will feature intimate portraits of people and places throughout the vast neighborhoods of Los Angeles, with excerpts and episodes from our mini-documentary web series, "Traces" and "A Different LA" (ADLA).

"TRACES" explores the history of places through stories told by the people who were there. The architecture of Los Angeles reveals fascinating layers of time in each block. It's not uncommon to find the 1960s on top of the 1920s, right next to 2011. Imagine a local elder telling you when and how each of those layers of history got there. TRACES takes a deeper look into places in Los Angeles, exploring the stories of what they were then to what they are now.

"A Different LA" is about everyday people and places of Los Angeles. With over 3.8 million inhabitants in this city and at least 224 identified languages, there is an undeniable richness to the diversity of Los Angeles waiting to be recognized. ADLA is a humble attempt at shedding light on some of the remarkable people and places that can be easily overlooked, highlighting the not-so-hidden beauty of Los Angeles.

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