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On Feb. 5, Southern California Edison celebrated its 14th annual Black History Month observance and honored three African-American businesses and company partners for their achievements and contributions to economic growth, service to the community and participation in energy-efficiency programs. Marcellus A. McRae, partner, Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, served as keynote speaker at the event, held at SCE’s Energy Education Center in Irwindale. The event recognizes the important contributions African-Americans continue to…
The historic business district in Tulsa, Oklahoma, known as ‘Black Wall Street’ came about as a result of the oil boom of the 1910s. The area of northeast Oklahoma flourished, including the Greenwood neighborhood, and was a testament to the robust African-American economy during the early Twentieth Century. Called Black Wall Street because of its prominence within the community, the neighborhood was comprised of black-owned businesses, schools, churches and community organizations that promoted pride and…

L.A. Council Members Honor Inglewood Council

Written by Tuesday, February 09, 2016
On Tuesday, Inglewood Council members voted to ratify the appointment of Anthony Taranto and Marc T. Little to the South Bay Workforce Investment Board; and to approve a subcontractor for prevention and aftercare program activities with the South Bay Center for Counseling. Claims for property damages and a billing dispute, filed between June 14, 2015 and October 15, 2015, were denied. Diane Sombrano slammed the city for spending $400,000 to add 4 new positions to…

To Be A Young Black Entrepreneur

Written by Tuesday, February 09, 2016
In traditional Black History fashion, we often regurgitate the popular rhetoric and praise the familiar faces. In loving contrast to tradition, I want to salute a couple of individuals who in their late teens have already created their own careers and careers for over 200 others. These are my top young entrepreneurs under 21. Excerpt From BMWK: First up, is Jaylen Bledsoe, CEO of Bledose Technologies, a tech company that specializes in Web Design and…
By the time the new megarich NFL stadium and Hollywood Park development are completed, the old landscape of Inglewood at Century and Prairie will be a distant memory. Thank goodness we have Daniel Boone Wise, Jr., Inglewood’s unofficial historian and distant relative to pioneer Daniel Boone, to remind us of how it used to be. Picture this: His father was a real cowboy from Oklahoma who rode into Santa Monica on his way to San…

Let’s Take Back The Streets

Written by Thursday, January 28, 2016
Last week, Inglewood held its first community workshop in efforts to “Take Back The Streets” and make the City an example for stress free walking and bicycling. The City’s Economic and Community Development Department’s Planning Division drafted an Active Transportation Plan and a Safe Routes to School Plan that encourages all those who live, work, and play to easily and safely get around without an automobile, if they so choose. Because of this process, the…

Local Realtors Weigh in on the Inglewood Market

Written by Thursday, January 28, 2016
Who would have thought that Inglewood, the city cast as unsafe and undesirable by mainstream media, would become the place billionaires are flocking to, and the hotspot for real estate ventures? Yet, the city that most considered a necessary gateway to and from LAX is now the place well-to-do families, investors and Corporate America want to call home. The Los Angeles Times recently offered proof that the Inglewood real estate market is warming up and…
Buying or refinancing a home can be a wonderful time for many people. Either you’re getting into a new home, tapping into the equity in a home you already own or possibly just refinancing your home into a better interest rate. Any way you slice it; these occasions are generally something to celebrate. However it can also be a time of high stress, if you are a person who is a big procrastinator, failing to…
In my last article, I focused on the importance of having good credit, and why it was so important to the path of homeownership. Once you have started working on getting your credit in order the second step is learning to save money. Many people will say Odest, I don’t make enough money to save anything. My response to you is that, in some circumstances, that is true but in most cases it’s more about…

Former Inglewood Councilman Mike Stevens Dies

Written by Thursday, January 14, 2016
Former Inglewood Councilman Mike Stevens passed away on December 19, 2015 from cancer, a source said. The news came as a shock to many who did not know that he was sick. Funeral services were held January 11th at the Inglewood Center for Spiritual Living at 525 N. Market St., Inglewood, according to 2UrbanGirls.com. Elected in March 2011 to the Inglewood City Council with a 20 percent lead in the popular vote, Stevens represented the…

Inglewood Speaks Out

Written by Monday, December 28, 2015
The topic and issue of gentrification of urban neighborhoods is an obviously touchy one, but with that question being asked on a consistent basis here in Inglewood, it was time to touch on it ourselves. In a week’s time, the article circulated around the community, sparking conversations with residents from Compton to Culver City to San Bernardino to both Manhattan and Redondo Beach. We asked the question,” Can Gentrification Be A Good Thing For Inglewood?”…

Homeless Choir Members to Sing at White House

Written by Monday, December 28, 2015
A choir from Atlanta’s Central Night Shelter are on their way to the White House—an unlikely destination for a group of homeless men. The group will perform this month at the White House Open House Holiday Celebration The Atlanta Homeward Choir was founded three years ago as “a group of men who get together to sing, make music and come in out of the cold,” founder Donal Noonan told the Huffington Post. After completing their…

Residents Celebrate New Ramp

Written by Thursday, December 24, 2015
In the 10 years I’ve been back in the community, near my house is a shopping center and everyday like clockwork, my neighbors, mostly older women, struggle to drag their grocery baskets filled with goods down a flight of stairs. It also never fails that residents in wheelchairs or with disabilities are forced to risk being hit by cars as they ride alongside the curb to make it to 104th Street. This week, that inconvenience…

The Season of Giving

Written by Thursday, December 24, 2015
Scrounging around for something holiday-ish to report, I thought about doing a piece comparing holiday traditions of Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. Too boring. Then I thought, the one thing that these holidays have in common is gift giving. Everyone should have a holiday gift whether they are naughty or nice. So, here are a few gift ideas that can appeal to both types on your list. First, the naughty: 1.“Talk to the Hand” Doll: Wind…
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in the 90305, as the City of Inglewood and the “Fabulous” Forum announced plans for an event that is rapidly becoming a beloved holiday tradition -- the City’s annual “Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony” -- to be held on Thursday, December 3. Last December, nearly 4,000 residents attended the first Lighting Ceremony at the historic venue, a fun event which included joyful children meeting Santa Claus, a presentation…
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