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City Approves Land Dedication Offers

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 in 11 cities including Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lawndale, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Gardena, Lomita, Torrance and Carson.


Inglewood Council members accepted the following offers of dedications relative to the new Hollywood Park development:  


•From Hollywood Park Residential Investors, LLC - At Prairie Avenue, between Arbor Vitae Street and Hardy Street, and at Century Boulevard, portions north and south of Yukon Avenue, Inglewood, CA; 


•From Pincay RE, LLC – At Prairie Avenue, north of Arbor Vitae Street, Inglewood, CA; 


•From Hollywood Park Retail/Commercial Investors, LLC – At Prairie Avenue, between Hardy Street and Century Boulevard, and at Century Boulevard, between Prairie Avenue and Doty Avenue, Inglewood, CA; 


•From Hollywood Park Card Club Investors, LLC – At Century Boulevard, from Doty Avenue south toward Yukon Avenue, Inglewood, CA


The Finance Department staff recommended approval of a bond purchase agreement in connection with tax allocation refunding bonds in order to defease and refund the former Inglewood Redevelopment Agency’s outstanding 2003A Tax Allocation Bonds and 2007 A-1 Tax Allocation Bonds. 


A presentation was given by the Finance Department to review the Fiscal Year 2016-17 1st Quarter Budget. Details of the budget presentation and other topics presented at the council meeting can be found online at  From the “What’s New” tab, click on the “City Council Agenda” to access links on various topics listed by date.


A claim for property damage by a resident was denied.  


The City of Inglewood is now 109 years old!  Inglewood was incorporated on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1908.



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 more than 680 people arrested, according to federal authorities. The Department of Homeland Security followed Trump’s directive to remove immigrants who are here illegally and who pose a threat to public safety. 


Mass deportation efforts have sparked fears among those living in the U.S. illegally.  Although the raids by federal authorities are said to be aimed at criminals and those who violated immigration laws, not everyone detained fits those categories, some say.


“I am working with my constituents and the immigrant community to ensure they know their rights,” Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Commerce, said.  “As this process moves forward, I will also ensure my constituents know what the next steps are, where applicable.”


American employers and landlords are feeling the effects of the raids.  A local contractor who used to hire day laborers looking for work in front of Home Depot said men, fearing deportation, no longer congregate there.  An apartment manager said two of his tenants moved suddenly, and their cell phones have been disconnected. 


The bulk of those arrested were from Mexico. Others come from countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, China, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Honduras, Belize, Philippines, Australia, Brazil, Israel and South Korea. 


Affected immigrants are encouraged to call the toll-free hotline of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles at (888) 624-4752 for assistance and access to attorneys. 


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

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, they could rule again.


As the “original man,” placed in the Garden of Eden, sons of Africa were given, “complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the beasts and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth (Genesis 1:26).”  Scientists recently confirmed the Biblical account that Eve was the first known woman and mother of the human race.  She is believed to have lived in East Africa about 150,000 years ago.  


The history of the black man is the history of all mankind.  In a book entitled, The Destruction of Black Civilization, author Chancellor Williams documents the journey of the black man in Africa before Christ.


Power Moves

The ancient history of Africa, in some ways, parallels the history of blacks in America.  Africa once covered over 12,000,000 square miles.  Eons ago (3200-2250 B.C.), it was virtually impervious to outside forces, being protected on all sides by water, desert, and sheer barrenness.  


As the only accessible land entry into Africa on the northeastern tip, Egypt was highly prized by Asians and Europeans, but its precious mineral soil belonged to blacks in the south.


Asians and whites began to settle in Africa around the northern tip of Egypt.  As the gateway to Asia and Europe, it became a prime piece of real estate for commerce and trade.  Asians occupied Lower Egypt, while blacks remained in Upper Egypt or migrated south near the Nile Delta and Valley—areas with the richest concentration of minerals.  Asians sought control over the entire Ethiopian region as well as all of Egypt.


Historian Josephus places the Hyksos, known as the “Children of Israel,” in Egypt around 1720 B.C.  They ruled for 250-400 years, depending on which historian’s accounts you read.  During this time, the Semites or Hebrews also began to occupy Egypt.


Asians held the keys to commerce.  They blocked the seaports and hindered blacks in the south from world trade.  Lower Egypt, however, was not an island.  Southern Africa held the richest resources.  The gold, copper and tin mines were there, as were the papyrus plants used for making paper.  


When military force failed to drive the blacks out, Asians used a new weapon called integration.  They promoted marriage of royal males to the oldest sisters of African kings.  The first-born male would be the number one candidate for the throne.  Racial mixing, of course, was inevitable.  Asians and their Mulatto offspring began to dominate their darker counterparts.  


Through centralization of power (integration), agriculture, industrial development, science, the arts, engineering, massive building programs, mining and ship building flourished.  What resulted during the first five dynasties was a flurry of trading activity.


Meanwhile, a turf war was brewing between various black religious cults and decentralization of power opened the doors for Asian expansion.


Kings, Queens and Dynasties


The Great Eighteenth Dynasty was a prosperous period in African history, distinguished by ruling Black Egyptian Queens Nefertari and Hatshepsut and Kings Ahmose I and Thutmose I.  Nefertari, husband King Ahmose I, and son Amemhotep worked together to reconstruct the nation.


The daughter of King Thutmose I, Queen Hatshepsut, was considered one of the most brilliant minds in African history.  She focused on expanding foreign trade, diplomatic relations, military development, building and securing the northern and southern boundaries.  Eventually, Thutmose III became king.  Unwilling to reign under the shadow of Hatshepsut he, like Asians and Europeans before him, tried to obliterate the queen’s great accomplishments.  He took credit for Hatshepsut’s achievements by chiseling out her name on monuments, temples and various artifacts, and replacing them with his name and that of his brother.


 Note: This article, originally published in 2003 in Family Health Guide, has been edited.


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 grew up in poverty during the Jim Crow era. The apartment her family lived in was run down and rat-infested. 


“We would go to bed and wake up to our toys (dolls) missing heads because the rats ate them during the night,” Davis said. 


When she went to school she was bullied and called derogatory names.


"Everyday, there were eight or nine boys that would curse and throw rocks or bricks at me," she said.


When Davis returned home it wasn't any better, she often witnessed her dad beat her mother.  But she isn’t ashamed of her past because the hardships she faced growing up shaped her into the woman she is today.


“It was really nice to hear where she came from, where she is now, and the goals she has for herself in the future,” said Beverly, Ntagu, a junior studying psychology at CSUN. “It makes me feel better about struggling now; it’s going to be worth it in the end.” 


From a young age she knew she wanted to act, it was an escape for her. She acted in school plays, attended Juilliard and worked her way up in Hollywood. Though she is in Hollywood she still deals with the insecurities from her past. 


During the pilot show of “How to Get Away with Murder” she was excited to see the outcome of her role. But once the pilot started she quickly began to critique herself, from her walk to her muscular body.  In the middle of watching the episode, Davis paused and thought to herself what if her walk and her body is what makes her beautiful, powerful and appealing.  


On the show Davis gets to act with the woman who inspired her to become an actress, Cicely Tyson.  Tyson plays Annalise's mother. “How To Get Away With Murder” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on ABC.


Al Jarreau Was a Jazz ‘Healer’

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.”  


This was my Facebook post on Feb. 12 after learning (via the Grammys) that Al Jarreau had died that same day. 


The legendary Grammy-winning jazz singer had been hospitalized in Los Angeles for exhaustion.  He was 76.  He was surrounded by family and friends when he passed at 5:30 a.m. his manager, Joe Gordon, told Ebony Magazine.


As the news of Al’s passing settles in, I recall the hours of joy spent playing his music, hearing it on the radio, and the three times I saw him in concert: Berkeley in 1980, Denver in 1989, and Inglewood in 2001.  The last concert, held at the Forum, was a fundraising effort which occurred right after 9/11.  He, along with Stevie Wonder, and many others, brought healing at a time when nothing made sense.  


Al Jarreau won seven Grammys over a 50-year career. His biggest single was 1981's "We're in This Love Together." He was a vocalist on the all-star 1985 track, "We Are the World," and sang the theme to TV's "Moonlighting."


“Tell Me What I Gotta Do,” “So Good,” “Mornin”, “Distracted,” “Teach Me Tonight,” “L is for Lover,” and “We’re In This Love Together” are my personal favorites.  


Nicknamed  “The Scatterologist” and the “Acrobat of Scat,” Al carved out his own unique place in music history.  Not only did he have an unmistakable singing voice, but he did an impression job of imitating various instruments as well.  He did that so well, in fact, that words were not needed.


“My brothers were singing quartet music in the living room when I was four and five years old. They were singing … [scatting]…stuff like that, that’s what I wanted to be like. I wanted to be like my brothers, singing this jazzy music,” Al said in a 2012 interview with the website, All About Jazz.


Al’s talent for scatting is evident on such songs as “Spain (I Can Recall)” and the live edition of “Take Five.”  I would encourage any Millennial music maker looking for someone unique to sample, to search YouTube for these cuts. 


During his celebrated career, Al performed with other jazz legends, such as Miles Davis, George Benson, Joe Sample, David Sanborn, Rick Braun, Vesta Williams and George Duke.  He released more than 20 albums and remained a jazz icon right up until his death.  He announced his retirement from touring and cancelled all 2017 tour dates just days before he passed. 


Aside from his many accolades, the seven-time Grammy winner who won in three categories of jazz, pop and R&B, will be remembered for his dedication to caring for others. A statement on his website read in part:


 "His 2nd priority in life was music. There was no 3rd. His 1st priority, far ahead of the other, was healing or comforting anyone in need. Whether it was emotional pain, or physical discomfort, or any other cause of suffering, he needed to put our minds at ease and our hearts at rest. He needed to see a warm, affirming smile where there had not been one before. Song was just his tool for making that happen."


Al is survived by his wife of 39 years, Susan and son Ryan.  A private funeral is being planned. Details were not known at press time.



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