Identity


My father is from Compton and my mother is from Watts, California. My family roots are deeply rooted in Los Angeles and Los Angeles is where I call home.

The Viramontes and Jaquez Story


I am fascinated with stories, and learning about the stories of others. Yet, its been the biggest struggle to learn about my own.

The Shoulders We Stand On


Like water these memories are now crashing around in my mind, like water on rocks. I feel a sense of urgency, that at all costs put it all down, and to tell what I can.

Monsters In My Head



Although my birth mother had to make a huge sacrifice by giving me up, she game me another chance at life to have a wonderful, loving family and so many wonderful opportunities.

My Journey Through Life


Another part of my life, my formative years shaped, was my pursuit of long-distance running. I began running cross-country and track my freshman year of high school.

The Mountains are Calling




I stand on the shoulders of two people that worked with the circumstances they were given to provide opportunities for their children.

At The End of The Day


I celebrate having my history exist outside the borders of the country I live in.

A Strange Feeling




Saw on classroom wall “without a struggle there can be no progress”

Tethered