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Last time 2UrbanGirls spoke with Gerald “Slink” Johnson, we discussed his role in Grand Theft Auto 5, which set 6 world records, including grossing over $1 billion dollars in less than a week. He is now playing the starring role of “Black Jesus” created by Aaron McGruder, most recognizable for his cartoon strip turned TV show, The Boondocks. Back in the days when you attended Inglewood High School, could you imagine all of the success…

First Lady Keynotes Veterans Summit

Written by Thursday, July 17, 2014
First Lady Michelle Obama paid a visit to Los Angeles Wednesday to join Mayor Eric Garcetti, other government officials and business leaders to discuss ways to help local veterans. The United for Veterans Summit was organized by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and partners, which include USC Price School, the Federal Reserve Bank and the City of Los Angeles. About 20 percent of California’s veteran population lives in Los Angeles, and one in…

Angry Dad’s ‘Hot Car’ Video Goes Viral

Written by Thursday, July 17, 2014
A North Carolina father of three has brought the tragedy of leaving small children unattended inside hot cars to headline news in a big way. Terry Bartley uploaded a video on June 20 which has gone viral and is raising awareness across the world. Bartley produced his “Hot Car Challenge” to warn parents to stop leaving their kids alone inside their cars. He was outraged after the death of 22-month-old Cooper Harris, left alone in…

Go Team Dream!

Written by Thursday, July 17, 2014
By Veronica Mackey Congratulations are in order for the Inglewood-based Team Dream Basketball Academy, gold medal winners in the California Games. The City of Inglewood honored the young champions July 16 at Rogers Park. They presented Mayor James Butts with a medal. “We have a team of kids who never give up. They play their hardest when it’s necessary,” said Assistant Coach Barry Hargress. The team, which practices at Rogers Park, and has been around…

Saving the Babies

Written by Thursday, July 17, 2014
By Veronica Mackey A team of young Inglewood residents and workers at Chuco’s Justice Center educated the public about the issues affecting youth at Tuesday’s meeting. There were kudos all around for the center, which is changing lives. Chuco’s has a continuation high school and a host of programs and services, including a free legal clinic, transportation assistance, counseling and assistance for ex-felons. Kids come to the center with addictions, problems with the law, school,…

Inglewood Good for Working Women, Study Says

Written by Thursday, July 17, 2014
By Veronica Mackey Still riding high as last week’s feature and commentary subject in the Los Angeles Business Journal (July 7, 2014), Inglewood got another shot in the arm from NerdWallet. The financial literacy website named Inglewood as among the “Best Medium-Sized Cities for Women in the Workforce.” Ranking 8th out of 20, in its category among U.S. cities, Inglewood was rated on: Women’s earnings, the median salary for full-time, year-round female workers in each…

Katt Williams Allegedly Pepper-Sprays Motorist

Written by Thursday, July 17, 2014
Inglewood police are investigating a possible assault with a deadly weapon involving actor and comedian Katt Williams. According to TMZ, Williams was driving near LAX Tuesday night, when Glen Jackson pulled alongside and tried to snap a cell phone picture. Williams said Jackson was harassing him. Jackson said Williams and a body guard allegedly got out of the star’s Rolls Royce, tried grabbing his phone, then pepper sprayed him. “Jackson says he stumbled out of…

Fernandez Owes $256,000 According to Report

Written by Thursday, July 17, 2014
New information about why former Centinela Valley Union High School Superintendent Jose Fernandez was so highly overpaid has begun to surface. Fernandez is said to owe up to $256,000 to the school district for overpayment, according to the Daily Breeze. In addition, Fernandez will also see a big reduction in the amount of money he can draw from his pension. A new report compiled by the Los Angeles County Office of Education and California Public…

How to Raise Your Voice

Written by Thursday, July 17, 2014
By now, you have probably heard about Terry Bartley, a North Carolina father that made a video demonstrating what happens when young kids are left alone inside a hot car. He was motivated by the death of a 22 month-old toddler named Cooper Harris, whose father left him in a car for nine hours. The story appears in this week’s edition of Inglewood Today. There was also another story about a young mother who left her baby strapped in the car seat while she ran into a convenience store. It only took 10 seconds to have a carjacker drive away…

Has State Takeover of IUSD Worked?

Written by Thursday, July 10, 2014
By Kiara Harris - California Black Media In Inglewood, a growing number of residents are raising deep concern about state control of local schools. Are there too many lingering questions and not enough definitive answers on the effects of the state takeover of the Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD)? Depends on who you ask. But a growing number of residents, along with faith and community leaders, are beginning to believe so. Under the umbrella group…

Wright Sentencing Delayed Again

Written by Thursday, July 10, 2014
State Senator Roderick Wright has been granted a third extension for sentencing after being convicted in March on 8 felony counts of perjury, false declaration of candidacy and fraudulent voting. Sentencing, which was supposed to take place later this month, has now been moved to September 3. After his conviction, Wright took a voluntary leave of absence, then was suspended from the Senate, along with two other Democratic senators who are facing federal charges. Wright…

Our Time in the Sun

Written by Thursday, July 10, 2014
As Inglewood Today celebrates its 20th anniversary, our efforts have come full circle, evidenced by the prestigious coverage of the city in the Los Angeles Business Journal (July 2014). There are rare moments when all the positive intentions, hopes and wishes---things you want to believe but lack the evidence of—actually become reality. There are times when you realize that life really is good, dreams really do come true, and that nothing is too good to happen or last. The article (which I encourage everyone to read) is another testament to what many stakeholders have been saying recently and what Corporate…

Authorities Crack Down on Illegal Fireworks

Written by Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Nothing can put a damper on holiday spirit worse than ending up in jail. City officials in South Bay cities and in the City of Los Angeles are hoping the public will adhere to the rules of firework safety, obey the laws, and avoid spending July 4th behind bars. This year, law enforcement agencies will be out in full force, cracking down on illegal fireworks activities. Residents say it’s about time. Detectives, working in conjunction…

Border Crisis in Murietta

Written by Wednesday, July 02, 2014
The slow moving road to immigration reform picked up momentum in the wrong direction this week as a potential showdown between California and Texas erupted. Texas lawmakers, faced with a barrage of illegal immigrants crossing the Mexican-U.S. border, and not a clue about what to do with them; Latinos who support them; and Californians who oppose them, has turned into one big, ugly mess. "I’m getting hundreds of phone calls," said Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Corona).…

50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

Written by Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Fifty years ago, on July 2, President Lyndon Johnson signed the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. Our government has been enforcing the law ever since. It contains sweeping legislation that demands compliance from every sector of American life—from schools, to housing, employment, transportation and public facilities. But we all know that one stroke of a pen from a president is just the beginning. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was framed primarily…

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