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Inglewood Barbers Honored for Helping Boys Read

Written by Thursday, January 26, 2017
By Veronica Mackey On Tuesday, Mayor James Butts and Inglewood Councilmen Alex Padilla and Ralph Franklin presented a commendation to Books, Boys and Barbers, an outreach program that encourages boys to read. Local barbershop owners teamed with the Inglewood Public Library to provide books for boys to read, or have adults read to them, while waiting for a haircut. A member of Motivated Men, a mentoring group involved in the program, thanked the barbers, Inglewood…

L.A. Approves Contracts for Olympics Bid

Written by Thursday, January 26, 2017
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to approve the contract it would sign if L.A. is awarded the 2024 Summer Olympics bid. Council members also approved a final list of venues, including the NFL stadium in Inglewood (currently under construction) and the Memorial Coliseum, which would be used for opening and closing ceremonies. “The IOC’s Host City Contract is our promise that Los Angeles is ready to host an outstanding and fiscally…

2017 Oscar Nominations More Diverse

Written by Thursday, January 26, 2017
By Veronica Mackey What a difference a year makes. In 2016, many African Americans boycotted the Oscars, citing a notable lack of nominations for people of color. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith led the charge by posting a video on social media which addressed the situation. Spike Lee told Variety, “As I see it, the Academy Awards is not where the ‘real’ battle is. It’s in the executive office of the Hollywood studios and TV and…

Million Women’s March Exceeds Expectations

Written by Thursday, January 26, 2017
By Veronica Mackey A day after the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, more than 3 million women in over 30 countries participated in the Million Women’s March—the antithesis to what they say are dangerous Trump ideologies. They came together for a day of unity to organize, be heard, and protest the new administration. California lawmakers Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Maxine Waters joined women in the nation’s capital, telling them to be vigilant and unrelenting…

Trump Vs. Media—How We Can Win

Written by Thursday, January 26, 2017
The time has arrived when those of us in the news business find ourselves subjects of the very news we report. Donald Trump is at war with the media, but that’s hardly surprising, as he is always at war with something or someone. We cannot allow him to win. America and the world in general is counting on dedicated journalists—from small independents to large mainstream outlets—to make sure the integrity of the free press is protected. Trump would like nothing more than to shut down the real media in favor fake news outlets such as Fox News or Breitbart. This…

Police in Ezell Ford Case Won’t Be Charged

Written by Thursday, January 26, 2017
On Tuesday, Los Angeles County prosecutors said they will not bring criminal charges against the two LAPD officers who shot and killed a man with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in South L.A. in 2014. The shooting occurred near 65th Street and Broadway, when LAPD officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas confronted Ezell Ford as he walked down the street near his home. It happened two days after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, MO, and…

Chargers Will Join Rams to Play in Inglewood

Written by Monday, January 23, 2017
By Veronica Mackey From zero to two NFL teams within 1 year. Talk about a turnaround! But that is exactly what has happened in the city of Inglewood and to L.A. football fans everywhere. On Wednesday, Inglewood officials and football fans welcomed the newly transplanted Los Angeles Chargers to the Forum for a kickoff rally. The news comes within one year of the Los Angeles Rams returning to the area from St. Louis after a…
The number of Democrats vowing to boycott the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump has now grown to 58. The swearing in ceremony will take place on Friday, Jan. 20. The decision to boycott intensified over the weekend when civil rights icon and Rep John Lewis told NBC: “I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president.” Lewis, who serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight, House Committee on Ways and Means, cited a…
Opening and closing ceremonies for a 2024 Olympic Games in Los Angeles would be held at both the Memorial Coliseum and the new stadium in Inglewood, if L.A. is the successful bidder, according to the Daily News. The decision to open and close the Summer Games at two venues offers the best of both worlds—one of L.A.s oldest and most iconic sports venues and the most expensive and technologically advanced stadium ever built located in…

Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy Today

Written by Monday, January 23, 2017
By Anne Cheek La Rose What a glorious day it was to celebrate Dr King’s birthday and his legacy! Sunny, not a cloud in the sky and warm enough for no jacket. The celebration started in the morning with an ecumenical program at Faithful Central Bible Church, consisting of choirs, speeches and the most important ingredient of the day, our children –kindergarten to high school—giving their award winning speeches about Dr. King and his ideals.…

Chargers Move Stirs Passion for Football

Written by Monday, January 23, 2017
Today, I witnessed passion that I hope will continue for many years to come. I attended the private kickoff of the Los Angeles Chargers. Yes, L.A. now has two NFL teams who will play at the new Inglewood stadium when it opens for the 2019 season. If you thought it was exciting to have one NFL team back in L.A., imagine what it will feel like when both the Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams are playing in Inglewood. The passion I saw and heard from Chargers fans, much like that of Rams fans, was very encouraging. Whether it came…

Are You A Victim of Online Price Discrimination?

Written by Thursday, January 12, 2017
If you use the Internet at all, you’ve probably noticed that ads will often appear to reflect what interests you online. Try as you may to protect your privacy, companies are tracking your every move. Depending on what websites you’ve visited, what items you’ve purchased, your location, or what device you may be using, you may get different search results, and even different prices for the same items. Software developer Christian Bennefeld told CBS News…

Pat Means, Beloved Magazine Publisher, Dies

Written by Thursday, January 12, 2017
Pat Means, the beloved publisher and co-founder of Turning Point Magazine has died. Details of her death were not immediately available, however a family member said on Facebook that she passed away on January 8. Means also established the Annual African American Business Summit and Access to Success® Business Tour, and co-executive produced the Turning Point Business Minute Radio Program. Her aggressive “can-do” entrepreneurial spirit carried the company from its inception with a $2,000 investment…
By Veronica Mackey With just days left in the White House, President Barack Obama gave his farewell speech on Tuesday in Chicago, his hometown and the place that gave him his start in politics. Getting a ticket to the packed event was as challenging as his unlikely ascent to the White House. On Jan. 7, folks began lining up as early as 2am to improve their chances of getting in. On eBay, free tickets started…

Roof Sentenced to Death in S.C. Church Shootings

Written by Thursday, January 12, 2017
Dylann Roof, the convicted shooter of 12 victims—all African Americans—in the Emanuel AME Church massacre in Charleston, SC, was sentenced to death on Tuesday. The unremorseful 22 year-old and white supremacist maintained throughout his trial that he “had to” carry out the murders in order to save the white race. Acting as his own attorney, he insisted that he had no mental health issues and has always admitted to the shootings. He didn’t call any…
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