Snow Monster

Snow Monster

by Daise Moreno 

Having a rotten day? What you need is to sweeten it up with Snow Monster Ice Cream! Snow Monster is becoming one of the trendiest restaurants in LA selling a delightful array of Boba drinks and ice cream macaroon sandwiches.  They’re very well known for their light bulb bottles topped with a cotton candy cloud and covered with your favorite cereal paired with a variety of flavored drinks, and ice cream flavors.

The macaroon sandwiches are uniquely deigned to have cute faces on them making your treat Instagram ready. They also have an Oreo cookie rolled up in a chocolate chip cookie dough sandwich with cookies ’n cream ice cream in between. They freshly brew their famous tea with boba everyday perfect to go with your preferred Ice-cream sandwich.

Crystal Canela, a big foodie, claims she has “never tasted a better strawberry boba drink!” Her Favorite treat is the almond cloud macaroon ice cream sandwich with Colombian coffee; and the best part is that she never spends more than 11 dollars and always ends up satisfied with her order!

Snow monster appeals to many people because of their low prices ranging from 4-10 dollars and their 4 star rating on Yelp. It’s located at 3465 W 6th St #120, Los Angeles, CA 90020 open from 12 am-12pm. Sweet, trendy, yet affordable ice cream is only a short 10 minutes away, definitely making Snow Monster worth a try!

Hot Cheetos Elote

Hot Cheetos Elote 

by Crystal Canela 

Hungry students who are looking for a quick snack afterschool tend to buy elotes (corn on the cob) and hot Cheetos, fast snacks to grab and go. Everyday afterschool, a herd of students attack the elote man who sales outside the Dearborn gate. Two of their favorite snacks have been combined at Swirl Fiesta, in Riverside California an elote covered in Hot Cheeto crumbs. Hot Cheetos have become an additional topping on many foods like wings, mac n’ cheese and now elotes. This combo sparked the internet when pictures were leaked but the people didn’t know where to get them. They are the first to establish this type of topping on an elote, retailing for an average of $4.50.

Swirl Fiesta is located on 7706 Limonite Ave, Jurupa Valley, CA 92509 in Riverside. You don’t necessarily need to get this spicy treat when they offer sweet ones too. It is a friendly environment for all people who are not convinced to try it yet because they serve much more. The juice bar serves a variety of creative desserts such as tostilocos, mangoniadas, boba, elotes, esquietes and frozen yogurt. If you prefer an esquite they are able to add hot cheetos crumbs to cover the top of your cup. Satisfied customers have said, “The hour long ride will be worth it.” As of right now, Swirl Fiesta is the only producer of the Hot Cheeto elote. If you want to see what all the hype is all about and go check them out! If I have not convinced you yet, Google “Swirl Fiesta hot Cheeto Elote” to get blown away by their aesthetic creation(s). It’s hot and spicy with a sour kick.

Little Damage

Little Damage 

by Crystal Canela 

Charcoal infused products have made their way onto the market through face masks, soaps,   and now ice cream cones. Little Damage, a small ice cream shop located in Downtown, LA has broken the internet with their black ice cream and cone creations. The color of the cone is produced by infused charcoal that is later hand rolled into a perfect waffle cone. What do you think black ice cream taste like? According to the Little Damage staff, “the black ice cream is called Dark Cinns and it tastes like strawberries.” Other popular desserts include their “goth ice cream” and “unicorn inspired” ice cream which is shaped like a unicorn’s horn. The shop offers four ice cream flavors: Dark Cinnns, Unicorn Tears, Avocado Dreams and Salted Covfefe. One serving in a cup costs $6 but you can a buy black cone and receive 1 free topping for just a dollar more. Painted phrases can be found on the ground surrounding the location which can add a cool effect to your foodie photos. Little Damage is located on the corner of 7th and Spring in Downtown, LA.  Are you ready to commit a Dark Cinn?

Stolen Dreams

Stolen Dreams: DACA Decision

by Jennifer Garcia

Chaos, fear, and arguments have surfaced in both the political and public atmosphere as over 800,00 people across the U.S. live in fear of a recent presidential decision. The program DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), established by former president Barack Obama, is used to aid undocumented students, known as Dreamers, who came into the United States at a very young age. However, President Donald Trump has moved towards ending this program, potentially ruining the lives of a large portion of Americans.

Despite the hard work Dreamers demonstrate, conservative political figures have pushed to deport them at whatever cost. The Democratic and Republican Parties cannot reach a consensus in order to bring a solution to the complete elimination of DACA, which has not eased the minds of Dreamers or their families. 

Rightfully outraged, many have taken action into their own hands by emailing/messaging their state Senators and have even brought awareness to the situation via protests. An effort to gain public support all aid in preventing unjust deportation of children, many of whom do not even remember their “home country.” For many people, time has stopped in anxious apprehension, but the clock is still ticking for as a deadlocked Congress drags its feet on the program’s fate. 

A Call for Equality

A Call for Equality

by Jennifer Garcia

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Dehumanization is modernly associated with the racial discrimination in our justice system. The rise in fatal racial profiling cases have created a movement known as Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter is a movement working to validate Black lives in American society, along with commemorating the lives that have been lost at the hands of the police. Cases life that of Philando Castile who was fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer who was later acquitted of two counts of intentional discharge of firearm that endangers safety and was found not guilty of second degree manslaughter have helped the movement grow.

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With the growing importance of the social issue of race, Black Lives Matter has tried to make its purpose clear. It is essentially a civil rights movement, not an anti-police movement, taking place in the U.S. and across the world. The movement is about reminding people of the racism that still exists in the country today. Black Lives Matter is transitioning from street protests to policy. Many of the BLM’s priorities are being realized such as raising more than $33,000 to bail black mothers out of jail, harsh punishments being lowered to a ticket for smaller crimes, and officers wearing body cameras. 

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Currently, the BLM movement has set its sights on increasing funding for education rather than the prison industrial complex. The prison industrial complex is an expression used to describe the interests of the government to surveille and imprison people in order to solve economic, political, and social problems.  BLM has made this one of their focal points due to the disproportionate amount of people of color making up the prison population. Although they make up 13% of the US population, 40% of the prison population is made up of black inmates and over 50% of minorities, according to the US Census Bureau. Also, according to multiple sources, including the LA Times, politifact.com, and the California legislative office, the cost of housing an inmate ranges from $70,000 – $75,000. However, California will only pay $8,000 on a student, according to the California department of education. That means California pays 10 times more to imprison someone, than educate a child! This is something BLM strives to undo.