Menace Los Angeles

Menace Los Angeles

Menace Los Angeles

We must fight the menace as it advances with unflagging vigor. In Los Angeles, a dreadful new freak has been unearthed. It is a night terror that mutilates women in their sleep and leaves them for dead. Its presence is portentous. And it demands that we take something positive and creative in hand to take up the fight. But it has not been found. While working in the trench, I have often been conscious of doing dual duty. I wrote the above note on December 25th, and on Feb2


Los Angeles-based streetwear brand Menace unveils a new collection for the Fall/Winter 2020 season, showing off its offerings in a lookbook that stars Sheck Wes. The capsule features seasonal designs that are adorned in intricate patterns and graphics. There are also embroidered accents and deconstructed elements that adorn a series of streetwear silhouettes.

Jordan Downs is currently undergoing a multi-phase redevelopment, which, over the next few years, will see the original 700 units become 1400 brand new units of mixed-income housing. A retail shopping center is also planned. Phase one will be completed by this fall when the first of the new units will be completed and current residents of Jordan Downs will have the first opportunities to move in. Eventually, all of the old buildings as seen in Menace II Society will be demolished to make room for additional new buildings. (Source: www.lataco.com)


Menace II Society, about a recent graduate of Jordan High School in Watts who struggles with becoming trapped in the violent gang culture of which a contemptuous society has deemed him fit, is one of the darkest – both figuratively and literally – not only of ‘hood film but also of L.A. films in general. Though comparisons are naturally made between Boyz N the Hood and Menace II Society, the latter might actually be more akin to films that depict a seedy and malevolent nighttime underbelly of Los Angeles like L.A. Confidential (1997), Collateral (2004), and Nightcrawler (2014). Where Dennis Hopper’s Colors (1988) and Singleton’s film were depictions of an L.A. simmering in what was to boil over into the L.A. riots, Menace was shot about six months after the riots ended. Boyz’s sun-drenched neighborhood of Cimarron St. gave way to the midnight joyrides and luridly lit interiors of Menace.

Twenty-five years ago, filmmakers Allen and Albert Hughes burst onto the Hollywood scene with an unflinching, raw, and, at times, brutal portrayal of African-American teenage life in South Central L.A. Hot on the heels of John Singleton’s L.A. classic, Boyz N the Hood (1991), the Hughes Brothers’ Menace II Society (1993) is one of a handful of films dating back to Melvin Van Peebles’ Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971) and Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep (1978) that hasn’t shied from and vividly depicted life in South Los Angeles. (Source: www.lataco.com)



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