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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…
By Veronica Mackey For 13 seasons, he played for the Showtime Los Angeles Lakers at the Forum until he retired in 1991. His presence has been seen and heard as the voice of early detection for HIV, and a business mogul with a string of restaurants and movie theatres. In 2012, Earvin “Magic” Johnson became co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a group of investors, and bought the Los Angeles Sparks in 2014. But…

Happy Birthday to Inglewood, A City of Love

Written by Thursday, February 16, 2017
By: Willie Brown America has just celebrated Valentine’s Day, or the “Day of Love.” It is the day folks get all mushy about their husbands, wives, boyfriends and girlfriends. People go out to dinner, and buy cards, candy and gifts for their love interests. It’s so romantic. If you live in Inglewood, there’s another reason to get excited about February 14. It is the official birthday of the city. That’s right. The City of Inglewood was incorporated back in 1908, which makes it 109 years old. Like most relationships, Inglewood and those who love it have gone through ups and…

City Approves Land Dedication Offers

Written by Thursday, February 16, 2017
By Veronica Mackey On Tuesday, the Inglewood City Council gave its full support to the South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) becoming the Adult and Dislocated Worker Career Services Provider for the State of California Workforce Development Board. The City also voted to renew its non-financial work experience agreement with SBWIB to provide youth and adult workers opportunities to gain workplace experience and build workplace skills. SBWIB provides job training and employment services to residents…
95 Detained in L.A. County The Dept. of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released details about the weeklong raid which took place, resulting in detainment of 161 people in Southern California. According to ICE, 95 people were arrested in Los Angeles County, 35 in Orange County, 13 in San Bernardino County, seven in Riverside County, six in Ventura County and five in Santa Barbara County. Similar operations were conducted across the country, with…

History of the Black Man B.C. – Part 1

Written by Thursday, February 16, 2017
By Veronica Mackey If we don’t learn from our mistakes, we are bound to repeat them. Various struggles of the black race, evidenced by negative self image, poor health and economic dependency are the result of many years of oppression. The ideology of racism against dark-skinned people is deeply rooted and exists on every continent. But the truth is, black men once dominated the earth, and if this potential for greatness could be collectively realized,…
By Angel Johnson, Contributing Writer On Feb. 8th, Emmy winner Viola Davis presented a lecture to 16 hundred students at California State University Northridge (CSUN). Lately, she has been breaking social norms and paving the way for women of color to play more versatile roles in Hollywood. She currently plays the role of Annalise Keating, a law professor, on the hit show “How To Get Away With Murder.” Davis shared her story about how she…

Al Jarreau Was a Jazz ‘Healer’

Written by Thursday, February 16, 2017
“Last night I was in an Al Jarreau mood. Went on YouTube, played a few of his hits and got my groove on. I looked at his photo and thought, "I wonder how he's doing?" I don't know him personally, but I have always been a fan. Then I learned that he died today. Wow! It's amazing how the Spirit World gives us a head's up, often without our knowing. RIP Al, I love you.”…
By Angel Johnson, Contributing Writer Amazon is celebrating Black History Month with help from Alexa. The voice-controlled personal assistant, used to perform such home tasks as dimming lights, is apparently able to give lessons on black history as well. All users need to say is “Alexa, tell me black history facts.” The device has approximately one hundred facts about black history. Users can ask questions about various people and time frames dating back to the…

California Asks Trump for $100 Billion

Written by Thursday, February 09, 2017
Although the Trump Administration has gotten off to a rocky start with the State of California, officials here have set forth an ambitious list of infrastructure projects for federal funding. State legislators want to rebuild its crumbling roads and bridges and improve transit and water storage, and it will take plenty of money from Washington to make it happen—about $100 billion. Funds are being sought for 51 projects, according to Nancy McFadden, the governor’s executive…

Day Meetings Re-Explained

Written by Thursday, February 09, 2017
By Veronica Mackey Tuesday’s council meeting began with a commendation to members of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Planning Committee. Chaired by Henry Brown, the group organizes Inglewood’s annual MLK Day program. Mayor James Butts said this year’s King celebration was the best he has ever attended. “You guys are the tip of the spear for leading this forward. I’m so proud of you, Mr. Brown, and for everyone on the committee,” he said. A…
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