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Can We Say the I-Word Yet?

Written by Thursday, May 18, 2017
Ever since Trump was inaugurated as president in January, political foes have been waiting for his demise. Resistance rose to a new high, stirred in part by disgruntled Hillary Clinton voters. The most immediate proof was the thousands of women’s and anti-Trump rallies that took place the day after President No. 45 was sworn in. Some occurred the day after the election. It didn’t take long, though, for Trump to become his own worst enemy. First there was the failed travel ban on Muslim countries, and hiccups in the healthcare plan. Now, in office barely 4 months, Trump is at…

Help A Young Mother Be The Best She Can Be

Written by Thursday, May 11, 2017
A common complaint that I hear from older people is that younger parents are not taking enough time with their kids. They point out that Millennials are growing up without a sense of connection to family—that technology has taken over their lives to the point that they lack basic social skills. I agree that this is true to a certain extent, but the question is always, “what are we going to do about it.” With Mother’s Day weekend upon us, I think this is the perfect time to come together and support our mothers. Remember, parenting doesn’t come with a…
Looking at the myriad of political news that hits us everyday, one could lose sight that we are still living in the United States of America. With so much bickering and partisanship going on between Republicans and Democrats, red states vs. blue states, and the left vs. the right, it feels more like the Divided States. On Monday, a voice of reason spoke up for the millions of us who are tired of all the games of one-upmanship. Jimmy Kimmel set comedy aside to talk about something we can all agree on—being able to afford quality, life=saving healthcare. The very…
It has been 25 years since Los Angeles literally went up in flames. It was a horrific scene—buildings on fire, sounds of windows breaking and sirens from emergency vehicles, and people shouting “No Justice, No Peace.” The all-white jury in the Rodney King case returned with a verdict of not guilty, acquitting four white LAPD officers of excessive force. The date was April 29, 1992. By now, the videotape of King, lying on the ground while cops beat him until he was nearly unrecognizable, had been played so many times on television that the wedge between cops and L.A.s black…
Twenty years ago, before I was aware of the overtly racist and totally biased Fox News, I remember my wife’s uncle ranting and raving about how much he hated Bill O’Reilly. Then, I began paying attention to O’Reilly’s racist rants and the station’s daily dose of conservative propaganda. I couldn’t believe how Fox allowed their anchors to just say whatever they wanted, and present it as “news” without a shred of proof. Today, I woke up to the glorious good news that O’Reilly has been fired, and all I can say is, it’s about time! He was fired on allegations…
On Palm Sunday, the world experienced yet another attack by ISIS. The terror group which President Obama rightfully described as “pure evil,” struck again—this time killing 44 Christian worshippers and injuring more than 100 at 2 churches in Egypt. The first blast happened at St. George Church in the Nile Delta town of Tanta, where at least 27 people were killed and 78 others wounded, officials said. A second explosion was caused by a suicide bomber who tried to storm St. Mark's Cathedral in the coastal city of Alexandria, and left at least 17 dead, and 48 injured. The blasts…

How to Spot Real Fake News

Written by Thursday, April 06, 2017
There was a time when the news was either considered relevant news or non-news. The latter consisted of information that was so mild or inconsequential that it wasn’t even worthy of being published. Now, “fake news,” has become woven into the fabric of the free press, to the extent that it’s hard to distinguish what’s real from what’s fabricated. Sometimes fake news is obvious, as in the case of a headline announcing the engagement between actors Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. Snopes had this to say: As far as we know, there’s never been any hint of romance between them…

My Endorsement for City Council

Written by Friday, March 31, 2017
Next Tuesday, April 4th, Inglewood voters will elect or re-elect city council members. Councilman George Dotson is running for re-election in District 1 and District 2 Councilman Alex Padilla is running unopposed. Both were elected in 2013, respectively unseating the late Councilman Mike Stevens and long time Councilwoman Judy Dunlap. Since their elections, the City of Inglewood has experienced an upward spiral of growth which shows no signs of slowing down. The purchase, $100 million renovation and reopening of the Fabulous Forum in 2014 signaled the first realization that major change in Inglewood was on the horizon. Since then, a…
It’s no secret that black men are skilled athletes. While some may call it a stereotype, it is no less true. Significant achievements of black men in sports conform to the notion that they are naturally bigger, tougher and stronger. But the same thing that may give black men respect on the football field is met with fear on the street. Unfortunately, according to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the world views black men as physically taller, heavier and stronger (and therefore more threatening) than white men even when the facts prove otherwise. These…

Persevere

Written by Thursday, March 09, 2017
On Wednesday, I was invited to tour the new and improved Centinela Hospital. A lot of positive changes have occurred since the hospital changed ownership, and this expansion is just one of them. Today, Centinela Hospital has a reputation for being one of the highest-rated health facilities in the area. Residents can be proud to claim the hospital as belonging to our city. In the 90s, residents had three nearby hospitals to go to: Centinela and Daniel Freeman in Inglewood, and Robert F. Kennedy in Hawthorne. The latter two were closed years ago, much to everyone’s disappointment. And while another…
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