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My New Year’s Wishes

Written by Sunday, January 03, 2016
Dear Readers, As you count your blessings and close out 2015, I hope that 2016 will bring you the health, peace and prosperity that you desire. Here is my wish list for 2016. You might find a few items to add to your New Year’s wish list as well: January: Inglewood gets the green light from NFL owners to build the football stadium. February: The spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and other great leaders will be reborn in this new generation during Black History Month. The fight for equality will be waged with respect and dignity. April:…
It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays, and that means life for most of us is about to speed up. There is so much to do and so little time to prepare for the biggest holiday season of the year. I hope you’re ready, because ready or not, here it comes. This season of giving and goodwill toward our fellow man is contagious. Once you start giving, you don’t want to stop. But all this giving requires time, energy, money and effort that you may not have. If you are feeling drained by holiday commitments, or feel you…

Be Extra Patient and Kind

Written by Thursday, December 24, 2015
The holidays can bring out the best and worst in people. Good and bad memories, old emotional wounds and future expectations seem to converge during the holiday season, creating situations that can lead to conflict. If you mix alcohol, money worries and other sensitive triggers, what began as an innocent conversation can quickly escalate into an argument. It is well known that depression rates rise this time of year. If you are concerned about a possible conflict with a friend or family member, remember a little patience goes a long way. It is one of the best ways to show…

The Ivy League Towers Are Shaking

Written by Thursday, November 19, 2015
Colleges and universities have always been a breeding ground to spread ideology and opinions on virtually every topic. And students are the perfect foot soldiers. They represent idealism and hope, and have enough passion and energy to effect change. Nowhere is that passion being felt more powerfully than through the many protests across the country calling for removal of college officials. The Ivy League Towers are shaking. During the 1960s and 70s in the Golden Age of affirmative action, the focus was on enforcing equal opportunity for students of color. The main push was to get blacks, Hispanics and other…

The Babies are Stepping Up!

Written by Thursday, November 12, 2015
In the past couple of days, I have heard stories in the news that have inspired my faith in the younger generation. Too often, older people criticize Millennials for what they perceive is a lack of social consciousness. Whether they are speaking out through social media, using cell phone videos to record injustice or using old-fashioned shoe leather to march on school campuses, young people are showing a tremendous amount of courage and commitment, using their intelligence and First Amendment rights as their weapons of choice. It is troubling to hear young people spew rap lyrics that denigrate women and…

Veteran Homelessness is Showing Progress

Written by Thursday, November 05, 2015
The huge scandal which rocked the U.S. Veterans Health Administration last year shined a light on conditions which no one who has served in the military should ever face. CNN reported on April 30, 2014 that at least 40 United States Armed Forces veterans died while waiting for care at the Phoenix, Arizona, Veterans Health Administration facilities. By June 5, 2014, Veterans Affairs internal investigations had identified 35 veterans who had died while waiting for care in the Phoenix VHA system. The House passed legislation to fund a $1 million criminal investigation by the Justice Department. Top health official, Dr.…
When Republicans meet in Colorado Wednesday night it will be the first time in more than 100 days that someone other than Donald Trump was on top. Polls indicate that Dr. Ben Carson is leading “The Donald” 26% to 22%. With a black man leading the race to the White House, and the media still buzzing about Monday’s video of white sheriff’s deputy Ben Fields slamming and throwing a black teenage girl across the classroom, now might be a good time to talk about what’s on everyone’s mind—racism and excessive force by police against African Americans. Now would be a…

How to Fight Medical Stereotypes

Written by Thursday, October 22, 2015
In the last year, we have seen the devastating effects of racial stereotyping. The number of unarmed black men who have been killed by police officers is astonishing. And regardless of the reasons offered by police, the victims all had one thing in common. Not only were they black but because of their race, they were racially profiled. While it is bad enough being wrongly singled out as a violent criminal by those sworn to protect you, it is equally dangerous being stereotyped by a highly respectable professional whose job is to help save your life—your very own doctor. Recently,…
The people of Inglewood received a close-up look at the ugly side of the sports business this past week, when Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG)raised phony safety warnings about the plan to build a new professional sports stadium at Hollywood Park. Before the City of Champions Revitalization Plan had even been announced, AEG had hired former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to criticize the idea because LAX is located a few miles away. The truth is that sports venues all over the United States are located near airports – many of them even closer than Hollywood Park is to LAX –…

Debunking the Stereotype of “Free Stuff”

Written by Thursday, October 01, 2015
When GOP candidate Jeb Bush discussed how he'd win over the black electorate, he could not help putting his foot in his mouth. Trying to distinguish his party from Democrats, he alluded to black voters as people who only want a hand out. “Our message is one of hope and aspiration," he said. "It isn't one of division and, 'Get in line, and we'll take care of you with free stuff.’” The stuff he refers to is presumably public assistance, food stamps, etc. Although not as damaging as Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comment, the way Bush views African Americans is…
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