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Can You Feel Our Pain?

Written by Thursday, April 30, 2015
Widespread examples of excessive force by police, though devastating, does offer teachable moments. Maybe those fortunate civilians who never had to deal with police brutality, those who see officers as their “friends,” can now relate to what people of color have endured for years. The plethora of reports on unarmed black men being injured or gunned down by white officers has reached epidemic proportions which can no longer be ignored. Media scrutiny has shined a light on a facet of life that black people know all too well, but which most white people seldom see. As President Barack Obama said…

Are You Ready for Change?

Written by Thursday, April 23, 2015
The ever changing face of Inglewood is becoming more apparent as you drive down the avenues and boulevards. And the excitement among residents is palpable. We are building a destination city, and yes, plenty of people with money to spend are going to come. The question is, what will they find when they get here? It’s time to increase our capacity. If you find yourself out-sold, out-promoted, or even out-placed, you’ll have no one else to blame but yourself. Many times, when change happens, old timers are passed up, and find themselves the victims of change. We all know of…

Blacks Don’t Do Green Stuff and Other Myths

Written by Thursday, April 16, 2015
With Earth Day upon us, people around the globe are reminded of how precious natural resources are to human life. Basics like healthy food, clean water, and a safe environment contribute to an overall healthier planet. But often, the struggle to keep food on the table and the proverbial “wolf” away from the door has diverted the attention of African Americans, as a group, from becoming bigger players in the Green Movement. This, however, does not mean that we don’t care about environmental issues. In fact, a new generation of black environmentalists is proving that we do indeed care about…
Last week’s message about playing up the positive side of Inglewood got such a good response, I decided to do a follow up. The problem of mainstream media reporting inaccuracies in black and brown communities is not limited to Inglewood. It is a long standing and widespread practice that must be changed. ColorOfChange.org recently released a report card grading the 4 major news outlets in the coverage of New York City black communities. It wasn’t good. The report, “NOT TO BE TRUSTED: Dangerous Levels of Inaccuracy in TV Crime Reporting in NYC,” gave WNYW/FOX5 a “B.” “WNBC and WCBS each…

Excuse Me While I Brag

Written by Thursday, March 26, 2015
All of us fantasize sometimes about what we would do if the world were our oyster. And some people in Inglewood have given me far too much credit for the positive things that have happened here. At Tuesday’s council meeting, for example, Inglewood Today was attacked for reporting positive news about the city. But who could have imagined even a year ago that Inglewood would be in the position it is in today? Last year around this time, the Forum had just reopened, ground had just been broken on the Hollywood Park Tomorrow site. Things were starting to look up.…

My Picks for the Inglewood School Board

Written by Thursday, March 12, 2015
Since the state took over the Inglewood Unified School District, our schools have been challenged like never before. There has been a lot of power shifting, but I believe this city and our children especially are up to the challenge. As we have seen with the changes in the Inglewood City Council, when leadership changes, so does everything else. The amazing success that this city is experiencing now has a lot to do with a change in leadership. On April 7th, voters will elect or re-elect advisory school board members. I am endorsing Dionne Faulk for School Board Seat 1;…

Champions of All

Written by Thursday, March 05, 2015
Since the City of Champions Revitalization Project got underway, sports fans have been talking incessantly about bringing the city back as a sports center. But there are other aspects to being a championship city that are just as important as building a state-of-the-art stadium. Lakers coach, former player and hometown hero Byron Scott said something that really hit home with me: “For those of us from Inglewood, we know that this city is filled with champions. Among them are top-rate businesses which are an integral part of this vibrant community.” While sports fans anticipate an NFL team coming to Inglewood…

Build a City, a Stadium will Come

Written by Thursday, February 26, 2015
We’re all familiar with the statement, “Build it and they will come.” But at the Inglewood Council meeting Tuesday night, they came before a single shovel went into the ground. Football fans are hungry, and Inglewood is the place to play ball. As you have no doubt heard, and as major news outlets cannot stop reporting, history was made when Mayor James Butts and the Inglewood Council signed off on an ordinance to adopt the City of Champions Revitalization Initiative without alteration. The ordinance to add the stadium to the already-in-progress Hollywood Park Tomorrow project is a clear “go.” If…

Inglewood at the Center of Stadium Competition

Written by Thursday, February 19, 2015
With so much focus on the St. Louis Rams, the San Diego Chargers have been flying under the media radar…until now. Although Rams owner Stan Kroenke has purchased the land that will eventually house a stadium, San Diego is saying, don’t count them out. Seems like Inglewood is the hottest spot in town for future professional football. And with the Rams, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders near the end of their stadium leases, relocation to the Los Angeles market is looking pretty good. While there has been plenty of talk about new stadiums in St. Louis, in San Diego…

Black History Has a Legacy of Strength

Written by Thursday, February 12, 2015
February 11th marked the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in South Africa. Imprisoned 27 years for speaking out against his country’s minority white rule, he was the “Dr. Martin Luther King” of his day. And like Dr. King, Mandela, a former lawyer, refused to allow injustice to dampen his spirit. Finally released at age 73, he was just getting started, more determined than ever to change the culture that had imprisoned him. Mandela would go on to become South Africa’s first black president 4 years later. To separate African American history from African history would be nearly…
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