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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…
According to employment statistics, 2016 promises to be a banner year for the job outlook. Those graduating college this year can expect to see an 11% increase in hiring over last year. Those with degrees in business, engineering, computer science, and accounting will have the most job offers. Getting that degree is the reward for hard work and fulfillment of the promise that 4-year colleges are supposed to bring. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, a college degree accounted for $15,000 in additional income per year versus a high school diploma ($30,000 versus $45,000). Over a 30-year career…

Journalistic Integrity Under Attack

Written by Thursday, March 31, 2016
There is a lot of talk about journalistic integrity, and the campaign trail is the one place where it is seriously being tested. We are living in a day when Donald Trump’s tweets are being presented as real news. Fewer outlets—even the major ones—are bothering to check facts. In the rush to make the 24-hour news cycle, journalists are just regurgitating what is being said on television. Trump is a master of getting media attention. From sexist and racist comments, to inciting violence at his rallies, he is running the media like his former reality TV show. Trump seems to…
The message of Easter and Spring is about transformation, and the beauty that can come from sacrifice. The current revitalization that we are seeing in Inglewood is, in a sense, a reflection of springtime renewal and rebirth. In the past, many people abandoned Inglewood. They believed Inglewood’s best days were over and considered it dead. But those who had faith in the city continued to work hard and elected leadership who would put action behind the vision for a better day. Easter and the Spring season are all about renewal. And there is probably no better example of a city…

Show Time is Over

Written by Thursday, March 17, 2016
The violence that occurred at Donald Trump’s rally in Chicago last week is actually a déjà vu experience in American politics. Back in 1968, violence erupted in Chicago at the Democratic National Convention. Demonstrators clashed outside the convention with nearly 12,000 police, 7500 Army troops, 7500 Illinois National Guardsmen and 1000 Secret Service agents over 5 days. Protestors were marching against the very unpopular Vietnam War. Violence began on Sunday, August 25, 1968 when anti-war leaders tried to get permits from the city to sleep in Lincoln Park, but their request was denied. By Wednesday, August 29, the confrontation had…

Your Local Voice is Needed

Written by Thursday, March 10, 2016
Nothing matters more in the business world or in government than the voices of local residents. They are the ones who have a stake in the community—those who will be around for the long run. One Inglewood resident that has been making his voice known lately is Larry Rigsby. Although he does not get to council meetings often, he keeps up with city happenings by reading and watching YouTube coverage of city events. He keeps his hand on the pulse of Inglewood and stays informed. As a publisher, it is particularly flattering to me that someone would take the…

We Cannot Go Back!

Written by Thursday, March 03, 2016
Nine months from now, voters will once more decide their next commander-in-chief. While I usually wait until the election is closer before starting my “get out and vote” campaign, the stakes are too high now. If you have never voted or are thinking of skipping this one, please hear me out. The polarization between Republicans and Democrats could not be wider apart. It is reminiscent of the Civil War which nearly tore America apart in the 1860s. If we don’t make the right choice in November, the consequences will be earth shattering. Who knew when we elected our first black…

Income a Major Factor in Life Expectancy

Written by Thursday, February 25, 2016
Comedian George Burns once said if he knew he was going to live so long, he would have taken better care of himself. This statement, of course, assumes one has the wherewithal to stay healthy and live long. New research by the Brookings Institute has just been released that rich people live longer than the poor. This is not a newsflash, but what needs to be addressed is why. We know that factors such as smoking, stress, diet, exercise, education and the environment have a big impact on life expectancy. Until we begin to close the gap economically, however, the…

A Black Woman is Running ABC

Written by Thursday, February 18, 2016
On Wednesday, black history was made when Channing Dungey became the first African-American woman to run a broadcast network. ABC president Paul Lee officially stepped down from his post after 6 years at the network. Assuming this position right in the midst of calls for more diversity in the entertainment industry, Dungey joins a short list of minority women in a position to shake things up in Hollywood. Last month, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, first black female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, expressed her disappointment over the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominees. Not…
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