This past week, more than 45 southeast L.A. youth have been getting a crash course not just in making music, but in what it takes to be a musician.
Chicas Rockeras SELA has been hosting classes for the past three years, and this year’s batch of students learned how to play an instrument, compose a song, and form a band. They will be performing this Saturday in Lynwood, Calif.
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The one-week class pairs up students with volunteer mentor that teach alongside the students. Though the cost for one student is valued around $400, the program works with the parents to see what they feasibly can pay though no one is turned away for lack of funds, said Marin, co-founder, and co-director of Chicas Rockeras SELA.
The program is designed for girls between 8-17 years old who live in the southeast Los Angeles area, which includes cities like Huntington Park, Vernon, and Bell. This year’s students range from first-time musicians with little to no experience to returning students that have continued to practice their instruments or haven’t picked one up since prior year’s classes.
Even if a student gets some musical instruction throughout the year at school or from their families, they tend to be playing covers or other people’s music, Marin said. Creating a song, their own composition, becomes an empowering experience for the students. “Regardless of your level everyone is coming in fresh-faced and learning together,” said Marin.
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Accomplished musicians are common guest teachers and performers throughout the week. Martha Gonzalez, the lead singer of the Grammy award-winning band Quetzal, stopped by Monday to teach songwriting to the students. Gonzalez, Maya Jupiter and the ModPods also stopped by on different days for lunchtime performances.
The program is entirely volunteer-run, said Marin, and the fundraising throughout the year all go toward making one week of Chicas Rockeras SELA happen. While she is glad to see the program continue each year and grow each year, more donations and more volunteers are needed to handle to programs growth.
Southeast L.A. often gets overlooked in terms of arts and music, said Marin, making a program like Chicas Rockeras important to the area. “No one told me that I could be proud of where I came from,” said Marin, a native of Southeast L.A. But now she boasts: “I come from southeast L.A.”
Some of us might think astrology has absolutely nothing do con el amor. I mean, they say que uno no escoge de quién se enamora. But truth is, there are certain guys and girls we get along with way easier than others, which makes relationships less work and more fun. This is the novio/novia that would rock your world, in the positive sense, based on your astrological sign.
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Signs you’re most compatible with: Leo, Sagittarius and Aquarius.
While Aries run the show, you couldn’t stand someone with a submissive personality that would just follow your every move. You need an equal, someone who is as driven as you. As a fire sign, you need someone who is going to fuel your stamina and adventure, but it’d be great if your partner is a bit more cautious than you are and doesn’t react to your mal genio.
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Signs you’re most compatible with: Virgo, Capricorn, Cancer and Pisces.
You need a friend before anything else. You don’t believe in “love at first sight” and don’t go around trusting everyone. For you, love is for life so you need to make sure you are with the right person before diving in head first. You need stability, trust and a bit of romance. Your ideal date is probably a quiet evening a home, with your favorite movie and mucha comida. Don’t we all?
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Signs you’re most compatible with: Libra, Sagittarius and Aquarius.
Amas la aventura, homebodies needn’t apply. You crave intellectual stimulation and you love being around someone who challenges the way you think in a unaggressive way. You love hanging out with friends and family, so you need a sociable partner. You live for romance and you’re the happiest once you’ve found the (right) one.
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Signs you’re most compatible with: Pisces, Taurus and Cancer.
You’re the Care Bear of zodiac signs and you usually wear your heart on your sleeve, however you truly only click with few people. The phrase “marry your best friend” was probably invented by a Cancer because that’s exactly what you crave. You love being at home and sharing that sacred space with your significant other. That’s what makes you truly happy. You crave constant love, attention and affection, so an independent soul wouldn’t do it for you.
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Signs you’re most compatible with: Aries, Sagittarius and Libra.
The king or queen of the jungle. You’re full of confidence and social grace. You have no problem speaking your mind and drool over affection more like a perrito than a lion. Loving partners who are not afraid of PDA are your thing. You like physical, verbal and emotional loving affirmations. You seek beauty and a partner who will shine on your arm, without stealing your spotlight. You need to feel super proud of your partner and often aim to date what some may consider “outside of your league.”
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Signs you’re most compatible with: Taurus, Cancer, Virgo and Capricorn.
You are known as the solterón of the zodiac (Virgo guys more so than girls) and because you’re totally comfortable with being single, you will not settle for less than the ideal partner you have in mind. You take your time getting to know a person and hope they’ll play the script as you imagine it in your mind. You need someone who will make you feel at home and give you amor incondicional.
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Signs you’re most compatible with: Gemini, Aquarius, Sagittarius and Leo.
You seek fairness, balance and equality in all aspects of your life. You’re analytical and indecisive which means it takes foreeeever for you to find someone you actually like as your mate. You need a soulmate who is passionate, funny, smart and warm, but also independent. Libra needs to like their partner as much as they love them.
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Signs you’re most compatible with: Cancer, Pisces and Scorpio.
Your friends and partners tend to have that strange feeling that you’re always keeping a secret and to some extent, they’re right because you’re the kind of person who likes to keep certain bits private. Bottom line, you’re afraid someone is going to see your true colors and find they are not enough. When you fall in love, you overcome that fear of opening your heart. Oh and sex is everything to you. You’re into role playing, acrobatic positions, sex toys, you name it. You must have a partner who is a sexually inclined as you are.
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Signs you’re most compatible with: Aries, Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.
Liberty is a must for you. That doesn’t mean you’ll cheat on your partner, it’s just that you need to feel like you’re in the relationship out of free will, without formalities or rules, and know that there is always a door open for you to go out and venture. Your perfect pair gives you the right amount of space and encourages you to be a better version of yourself.
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Signs you’re most compatible with: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.
At first sight you might come off as conservative and stubborn, but deep down you’re full of emotions and you relate better to those who can see your true self. You crave someone who would accept you just the way you are *Bruno Mars voice*, with your thirst for success and your workaholic tendencies. You value maturity and hard work. Anyone who behaves like a child can keep it moving.
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Signs you’re most compatible with: Gemini, Libra, Sagittarius and Aries.
Above everything else, you need a partner who believes in you, in your projects and on your vision. You need someone who will be ok waiting for you to finish your work (hopefully while they’re occupied on their own projects) and then having long, cerebral and existential conversations at dinner. You take your time opening up to a person. For you, friendship is the base of everything. Your true soulmate is someone you can be yourself with, laugh with, share dreams with and even bring those dreams to fruition with. Stimulation, playfulness and flirtiness are fundamental for you. Oh yeah, you’re also the boss, but you’re real subtle about it.
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Signs you’re most compatible with: Cancer, Scorpio and Taurus.
Since you live in a fantasy world, you need a partner who can keep you grounded. You’re best with someone who is playful and creative, while also on top of things you tend to overlook. You need to feel inspired by your partner. You need someone who will lead you on a path of creation and discovery while making you feel like there is a divine connection between you two.