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A Great Dad, No Matter What

Written by Thursday, June 16, 2016
Unlike marriage vows, parents don’t make public promises to stick with their kids in rough times, in sickness, until death. But the commitment is written in our hearts, it is inherent in the sacrifices we make day in and day out to be our best for them, even when we want to focus on ourselves. In honor of Father’s Day, and in light of the recent tragedy in Orlando, we are reminded of the critical role fathers play in shaping their children. I cannot imagine a more horrifying prospect than being the father of someone like Omar Mateen, the man…

Will You Be Next to Make History?

Written by Thursday, June 09, 2016
Last night Hillary Clinton made history as the first woman named the presumptive presidential nominee for a major-party. Closer to home, a local hero, Willie Agee was honored by having the new playhouse at Edward Vincent Jr. Park named after him. About two weeks ago, Inglewood was named as the site for the 2021 Super Bowl—another first. Because recognition comes in many different forms and levels, most of us don’t think of ourselves as history makers. But, really we are all change agents in some way. It’s just a matter of doing something new, being the first to do it,…

Who I am Endorsing and Why (Part II)

Written by Thursday, June 02, 2016
A couple of weeks ago, I announced my endorsements. I have added a few more, including one for president. Consider my reasons, then decide for yourself on June 7. State Attorney General Kamala Harris is running for the U.S. Senate. She is hoping to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is retiring. Attorney General Harris gets my vote because she, like Sen. Boxer, is a fighter who has earned the respect of Californians. This was particularly evident after she was elected in 2010. The country was still reeling from the economic crisis. California was one of the hardest hit foreclosure states.…
While folks are up in arms over Donald Trump’s racist views, most recently witnessed by violent protests in New Mexico, racism is not limited to skin color. Like many, I was appalled to learn Clarence Thomas—the only African American Supreme Court Justice—was also the sole dissenter in a case involving racism in jury selection. As a black man and a judge, he should be all too familiar with injustice as it relates to African Americans on trial—even if he, personally, may have never been in legal trouble. Surely he must know that the disproportionately high rate of incarcerated black men…

Who I am Endorsing and Why

Written by Thursday, May 19, 2016
State Attorney General Kamala Harris is running for the U.S. Senate. She is hoping to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is retiring. Attorney General Harris gets my vote because she, like Sen. Boxer, is a fighter who has earned the respect of Californians. This was particularly evident after she was elected in 2010. The country was still reeling from the economic crisis. California was one of the hardest hit foreclosure states. She played a pivotal role in negotiating a 2012 nationwide settlement with U.S. banks accused of wrongful foreclosures, and secured more than $18 billion for California homeowners. U.S. Rep.…

Get a Spring Time View

Written by Thursday, May 12, 2016
I recently had the pleasure of going on a back yard tour of homes in the Baldwin Hills, View Park and Ladera Heights areas. I was one of about 500 guests invited to visit the beautifully landscaped yards and breathtaking views of these upscale communities. Looking at the pristine gardens, green foliage and newly planted spring flowers was quite inspiring, to say the least. It got me to thinking how Inglewood residents might do the same. While there are many well kept properties in the city, there is something about an organized event that offers other benefits in addition to…

Being a “Village” for Single Mothers

Written by Thursday, May 05, 2016
The adage that “It takes a village to raise a child” is more applicable today than ever. But sometimes that “village” is elusive, especially for single mothers. Decades ago the village used to consists of relatives. Grandparents and other relatives pitched in to help raise kids. Times have changed and economics sometimes demand moving away from the family to pursue work opportunities. However, there are resources and networks available to ensure children have what they need to live wholesome, decent, and productive lives. So, in honor of Mother’s Day, I offer these reminders that help is available. Moms, especially single…

SOTC: A Moment of Magic (VIDEO)

Written by Thursday, April 28, 2016
It’s not that often that the stars align themselves so well that you want to pinch yourself to make sure it’s real. Last week’s State of the City Address at the Forum was one of those magical moments. I have heard Mayor Butts speak many times, comparing the Inglewood of yesterday to the Inglewood of today. Most of you are aware how this city is evolving. Even if you don’t have the numbers to measure progress in Inglewood, you have probably felt the differences that have taken place since 2010. If nothing else, you know that the city is undergoing…

State of Inglewood is Good

Written by Friday, April 22, 2016
On April 21, Mayor James Butts will give his annual State of the City Address at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood. It will be an upbeat account of the city’s progress, from economic development, record low crime rates, infrastructure improvements and upward home values. Basically, the city is on a roll that shows no signs of slowing down. As I write this letter, my primary objective is to speak to those unfamiliar with the city, who are just becoming aware of the “new” Inglewood. Over the years, the media has, no doubt, been influential in painting a picture much darker…

Be a Good Trustee of the Earth

Written by Thursday, April 14, 2016
April 22 will mark the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. It is a wake-up call for people to pay closer attention to changes in the environment that will affect everyone. Drought, global warming, air and water pollution are issues that require educating ourselves about conservation. There was a time in the not so distant past that Earth Day and African Americans were barely mentioned in the same sentence. Now things have changed. The black millennial generation has people like Quentin James and Karl Fulton to thank for raising awareness of environmentalism. James is the former National Director of the Sierra…
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