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Dr. Ben Carson, Brilliant Idiot

Written by Thursday, March 09, 2017
By Veronica Mackey “He was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland from 1984 until his retirement in 2013. As a pioneer in neurosurgery, Carson's achievements include performing the only successful separation of conjoined twins joined at the back of the head, pioneering the first successful neurosurgical procedure on a fetus inside the womb, performing the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins…”--Wikipedia This abbreviated biography of Dr. Ben…

LA Charter High School #1 Opening This Year

Written by Thursday, March 09, 2017
By Angel Johnson The Los Angeles Promise Fund announced it will open a new film and television academy. LA Charter High School #1 is set to open in South Los Angeles for the 2017-2018 school year. “The LA Promise Charter High School hopes to become a place of high quality education with strong community partnerships,” Qiana O’Leary, principal of the school said. Founders were inspired to create a film based school to help get Millennials…

Inglewood Police Receive Criticism and Praise

Written by Thursday, March 09, 2017
By Veronica Mackey Family and supporters of Kisha Michaels and Marquintan Sandlin, slain by Inglewood police a year ago, showed up again at the Inglewood Council meeting to keep the shooting incident in the public’s eye. A couple of residents called for an expedient end to the investigation, which has so far offered few answers about what actually happened to the couple in the early morning of February 21, 2016. A woman spoke on behalf…

Johnson Wins Gardena Mayor’s Race

Written by Thursday, March 09, 2017
Replaces Former Mayor Paul Tanaka, Now in Prison Municipal Elections were held on Tuesday in Los Angeles and in a few South Bay cities. Here is how our neighbors voted on some of the races and measures: City of Los Angeles: It was an easy night for L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, winning 80 percent of the votes over his nearest rival Mitchell Schwartz, a distant second with 8.22 percent. Garcetti raked in more than $3.8…
On April 4, 2017, Inglewood voters will elect or re-elect council representatives for the 1st and 2nd Districts. Seats 1, 2, and 3 also need to be filled in the school advisory board race. Here’s a sneak peek at the ballot: In Council District 1, incumbent George W. Dotson is running against retired graphic artist Leroy N. Fisher and community advocate Maxine Toler. Information could not be found on Hugo Ramirez, also in the District…

To Sell or Not to Sell…That is the Question

Written by Thursday, March 02, 2017
By Glenda Brass, MBA There has been lots of speculation among homeowners in the Inglewood area about whether to sell or not. For some, the prospect of the impending stadium development has them paralyzed in anticipation of what they think might happen with values and the area. Many homeowners who need or want to move are torn and wondering if they can still move and simply maintain two residences. It’s a good question. Consider the…
By Veronica Mackey Mayor James Butts and members of the Inglewood City Council heard loudly and clearly from fellow residents demanding answers in the shooting deaths of Kisha Michael and Marquintan Sandlin. The packed council chambers were filled with friends, relatives and activists who say the Inglewood Police Department has been mum about details of the shootings which occurred Feb. 21, 2016, on Manchester Blvd. and Inglewood Ave. According to sources, 20 shots were fired…

You Haven’t Won Until It’s Done

Written by Thursday, March 02, 2017
On November 8th, millions of people were shocked beyond belief when Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election. All the polls indicated that she was sure to win. And even when she did win the popular vote over Donald Trump, she still lost the electoral vote, and therefore lost it all. On February 5th, the Atlanta Falcons surprised everybody, getting out way ahead of the favored New England Patriots, with an impressive halftime score of 28-3. At the end of the game, the Patriots came back to win it 34-28. On February 26th, “La La Land” was announced as the Best…
By Veronica Mackey L.A. basketball insiders are buzzing about the possibility of yet another professional ball team playing in Inglewood. Word is NBA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is talking to NFL Rams owner Stan Kroenke about his state-of-the-art, $2.6-billion football stadium currently being built on the old Hollywood Park site. It is scheduled to open in 2019. Last month, the NFL Chargers reached an agreement with Kroenke to share the new stadium with the Rams.…

President’s Day Underscore Anti-Trump Sentiment

Written by Thursday, February 23, 2017
While schools, banks and government offices observe the holiday honoring our nation’s commanders-in-chief, President’s Day is, for most, lackluster. All that changed on Monday when thousands took to the streets in observance of “Not My President’s Day.” The national protest against Donald Trump’s policies and the man himself was a cry for help. They want elected leaders to stop the president from enacting new laws which they say are unconstitutional, such as repealing Obamacare, travel…
On Tuesday a group of family members, activists and clergy stood outside Inglewood City Hall to draw attention to an officer-involved shooting that so far has not been explained. On Feb. 21, 2016, Kisha Michael and her boyfriend Marquintan Sandlin were shot to death by Inglewood police around 3 a.m., in a car on Manchester Blvd. and Inglewood Ave. Two investigations are currently being conducted. According to sources, 20 shots were fired and police say…

Remembering Pioneer Journalist Gwen Ifill

Written by Thursday, February 23, 2017
By Angel Johnson, Contributing Writer Gwen Ifill was a decorated African American journalist. Her influence paved the way for other African Americans to work in the field. She was the host of “Washington Week” for almost 20 years and the co-host of “PBS Newshour.” In 2009 she released her first book, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. In the last years of her life she battled with cancer and died in…

New Inglewood, New You

Written by Thursday, February 23, 2017
Daylight Savings Time comes early this year, on March 12. Before we know it, Earth Day will be here. Flowers will be in full bloom again, and some of us will be happily working in our gardens. We’ll lose an hour, but we will gain that forward momentum, which is vital to moving ahead in life. When I think of the spring, I think of Inglewood and the forward momentum the city is continuing to enjoy. It’s amazing to think how far the city has come in so short a period of time. As you get ready for spring—in whatever…

2 Football Teams, 1 City: The Financial Impact

Written by Thursday, February 23, 2017
By Veronica Mackey The Rams, Kings, Dodgers, Clippers, Lakers, Galaxy, and now the Chargers, are all sports teams in the Los Angeles area. Having two pro football teams to play in Inglewood can certainly be beneficial for the economy, and the $2.6 billion stadium currently being built is just the first advancement. New jobs and revenue from the stadium will generate additional income and boost premium brand identity for the Rams and Chargers. Just living…

History of the Black Man B.C. – Part 2

Written by Thursday, February 23, 2017
By Veronica Mackey The Age of Ramses marked the beginning of the Nineteenth Dynasty (1320-1200 B.C.). King Ramses II (1279-1212 B.C.) is believed to be the Pharaoh of Egypt in the biblical Exodus story. A formidable military man, Ramses II fought against the Hittites to regain portions of Eastern Africa and Western Asia. He is credited with building some of the most notable temples in Egyptian history and considered a model of what a king…
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