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Trump Cabinet is Problematic

Written by Thursday, November 17, 2016
Uproar over Donald Trump winning the election continues more than a week later. But presidential elections are about much more than who becomes commander-in-chief. Cabinet appointments play a pivotal role in the future of our country, and already the president-elect’s shortlist of appointees is raising eyebrows among Republicans and Democrats. Trump is considering Steven Bannon, a nationalist media mogul, as his chief strategist and senior counselor in the White House. Civil rights groups, Democrats and some GOP leaders have criticized Trump, noting Bannon’s anti-Semitic and racist views. He is the former head of Breitbart News, an ultra conservative website dedicated…

Making Trump Accountable

Written by Thursday, November 10, 2016
It’s the day after the shock. The day after learning Donald Trump was elected the 45th U.S. president. Many feared this day and others felt it would never happen. Well, it happened, like it or not. So now, those of us crushed by Hillary Clinton’s stunning defeat are left with picking up the pieces of what has been a particularly hard, long and bitter campaign. We’ll all have to put on our big boy and girl pants to survive. Trump made a lot of promises when we ran for office. And although he was not the candidate that many of…

My Endorsements for November 8th

Written by Friday, November 04, 2016
Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are my choices for president and vice president for obvious reasons. Clinton brings tons of experience to this office and Trump’s unsteady temperament, possible friendly relationship a Russian dictator, and horrific remarks about anyone non-male or non-white make him downright dangerous. In the race for U.S. Senate, current Attorney General Kamala Harris has my vote over Rep. Loretta Sanchez. She fought hard for Californians who lost their homes in the massive foreclosure scandal and I believe she’ll be just as tough in Washington. Speaking of fighting, anyone who knows Rep. Maxine Waters knows she doesn’t…
Watching interviews with black Trump supporters reminds me of one of the most tragic events in modern history. I’m talking about the Jonestown Massacres. On November 18, 1978, 918 people, many African American, were brainwashed into committing suicide because of false prophet Jim Jones. Being very religious and believing Jones was the closest thing to the Messiah on Earth, the group followed him to a compound in Guyana, South America, which he built up as paradise. Paradise, however, was not cheap. The fiery preacher convinced the vulnerable bunch to support his ministry by giving him their hard earned savings and…

Build It And They Will Come

Written by Thursday, October 20, 2016
Based on a few comments made in previous weeks about attendance at council meetings, one might get the impression that 2pm meetings are the kiss of death. Some have even accused the Inglewood City Council of conspiring to keep the public from getting information by scheduling regular public meetings in the afternoon. They argue that people have to work and cannot get to the meetings, and that we should bring back 7pm meetings instead. Well, the meeting held on Oct. 18 debunks this theory. It was held at 2pm and there were not enough seats available for everyone. Most stood…

If It Quacks Like A Duck, It Must Be Donald

Written by Thursday, October 13, 2016
With less than 4 weeks until the election, it unnerves me how dead-set some black folks are on voting for Donald Trump. There are those who will stick with him regardless of his obvious racism for reasons that are beyond me. If, there is one example that should change a black person’s mind about voting for Trump, it should be the Central Park 5. The term refers to 5 teenagers—4 African Americans and 1 Hispanic—who were pressured into falsely admitting to the brutal rape and assault of Trisha Meili, an affluent 28 year-old Wall Street executive. The boys spent between…

Take a Pause From Political Burnout

Written by Thursday, October 06, 2016
With the election just a month away, political sound bites of candidates bickering back and forth is just about all that mainstream media wants to cover. It’s been a long political season, and many are burnt out by the process. If you can take some time off, now would be a great time for a vacation. Getting away helps us to re-connect to what is really real and important—being in nature, spending time with loved ones, fulfilling a personal dream, and just relaxing. A Glassdoor Q1 2014 Employment Confidence Survey found that “the average U.S. employee only takes half of…

Watching Trump Squirm

Written by Thursday, September 29, 2016
There is nothing like a televised debate to bring to life the true essence of political candidates. Anyone can poke fun at their opponents from a distance, and say things to rile up their base. But when candidates are forced to come face-to-face and answer specific questions for 90 minutes, well, that’s what separates the serious from the kidders. All I can say is, if Donald Trump sticks to his policy of being loose and free on the debate stage, Democrats won’t have anything to worry about in November. He said he didn’t want to over prepare against Clinton. Well,…

Butts Says Inglewood Has Best Deal in NFL

Written by Thursday, September 22, 2016
Last Sunday, the L.A. Rams gave fans something to really shout about, defeating the Seattle Sea Hawks 9-3 in the first home game of the season. Over 91,000 were in attendance. While the hoopla of their Southern California return has been the subject of numerous news interviews, residents near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum have been focused on dollar signs. An article in the L.A. Times revealed how some enterprising locals are charging big bucks for parking. Some charge $200 or more for a single space and online sites like Stub Hub are charging up to $1,000 for a parking…

Inglewood: A Diamond No Longer in the Rough

Written by Thursday, September 15, 2016
What do you call something that is brilliant and extraordinary, but has been hidden or overlooked? The Urban Dictionary calls it a “diamond in the rough.” Here’s the definition: “Someone (or something) that has hidden exceptional characteristics and/or future potential, but currently lacks the final touches that would make them (or it) truly stand out from the crowd.” The phrase is metaphorical and relates to the fact that naturally occurring diamonds are quite ordinary at first glance, and that their true beauty as jewels is only realized through the cutting and polishing process. Seeing the amazing transformation that has been…
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