When a mixed-race girl with Down's syndrome sat down to watch Finland's Next Top Model, it might have seemed a distant world. But for Maija Mattila, it started the dream that changed her life.
Maija watched in awe as the tall, dark, aspiring model walked in front of judges of the reality TV show and posed for the camera. This was Polina Hiekkala, and she was doing everything Maija wanted to do.
When a customer opens the well-worn door to Eric Muhammad's barbershop in Inglewood, he'll be looking to relax in the comfort and camaraderie of a neighborhood meeting place and maybe to take a little off the top or sides.
If that visitor is among the close to 40% of African American men with high blood pressure, he might also get a little taken off the top of that vital health reading.