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Hillary Clinton, Private Citizen

Thursday, May 04, 2017

With the gloves off and freedom from the daily media scrutiny of the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton appeared energetic and relaxed as she sat down with Christiane Amanpour on May 2.  She was the guest of honor at a luncheon for Women for Women International. 


As a private citizen, Clinton announced she is part of the movement to stop the policies of President Trump, who won more electoral votes.  "…I'm now back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance," she said.


Commenting on foreign affairs, North Korea, and President Donald Trump's tweets, Clinton owned up to mistakes made during her campaign, and joked about the "excruciating" and "painful” process of writing her upcoming memoir.


While taking responsibility for losing the election, the former Democratic nominee was quick to point out that she got a lot of help.  She pointed to the letter FBI Director James Comey sent to congressional leaders in late October, saying the agency was reopening an investigation about the use of her private email server (He later announced there was nothing incriminating).  


"[I was] on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey's letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me and got scared off," Clinton said.


She added, "If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president."


“The reason why I believe we lost," she said, "were the intervening events in the last 10 days." Clinton added, "Remember, I did win more than three million (popular) votes than my opponent. So, it's like, really?"


She also took a couple jabs at Trump’s inexperience in foreign affairs, specifically with regard to  North Korea.


"Negotiations are critical, but they have to be part of a broader strategy, not just thrown off on a tweet some morning," she said.


Alicia Keys and Selena Gomez came to rock the house at the Forum on April 27 with thousands of charitable students and educators.  The annual "WE Day" event returned to celebrate kids who are making a difference in their world through social activism, and to inspire others.


About 16,000 students from all over California converged at the Forum to celebrate everyday heroes.  Gomez hosted the day-long, star-studded celebration which included a guest appearance by the Muppets Fozzie Bear.   


She told ET in advance of the event:


"I think kids especially, with social media sometimes, they just feel a little claustrophobic, and I don't think their voice is actually being heard," she said. "I want people to know that every single life is valuable, that their voice can be heard, and that there are people who are willing to be there for them." 


WE Day is a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities. WE Schools is the yearlong program that nurtures compassion in young people and gives them the tools to create transformational social change.Together they offer young people the tools and the inspiration to take social action, empower others and transform lives—including their own.


Since 2007, students involved with WE have raised $79 million for thousands of organizations, a rewarding result for the WE founders, humanitarians, activists and social entrepreneurs, brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger.   Craig Kielburger launched WE, formerly known as "Free the Children," when he was 12.


Alicia Keys was the headliner this year, and according to Twitter feeds, there could not have been a better choice.  The singer-activist’s amazing rendition of her hit ‘Holy War.’—complete with a live backup chorus—was considered one of her best performances yet. 


WE Schools provides helpful resources for educators and exclusive learning opportunities for students—including AP with WE Service and Aboriginal Programming. WE Schools also gives educators the opportunity to host perspective-changing speaking engagements in their classrooms, according to the website.  


Students earned their tickets by taking action on one local and one global issue.


Started over 20 years ago, WE set out on a bold mission: to work with developing communities to free children and their families from poverty and exploitation. Their vision expanded to include empowering youth at home, connecting them with global issues and social causes, and partnering with schools to inspire young change-makers from within the classroom. And with the launch of ME to WE, they created an innovative social enterprise that provides products that make an impact, empowering people to change the world with their everyday consumer choices.


For more information, visit "WE Day" airs on ABC this summer.


(Los Angeles)—Adolf Dulan, originally from Luther, Oklahoma, rested peacefully as he ascended on to a better place. Adolf was the self proclaimed “The King of Soul Food” in Los Angeles. Adolf and his family has reigned over the Los Angeles food scene for nearly 40 years. As a successful restaurateur, Adolf and the Dulan family started  Hamburger City in the 70s, Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in the 80s and early 90s, and Dulan's Soul Food Kitchen, now managed by Terry Dulan and family. 


Adolf was committed to providing generous portions, good service, and food that reminds one of being at grandma’s for Sunday dinner for his patrons who live, work, and shop in Inglewood and surrounding areas. 


In the community, Adolf was recognized by many organizations and received numerous commendations including: Community Based Business of the Year Award by the Black Business Association, and most recently, 2016 Small Businessman of the Year from the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Adolf had been lauded by the California State Assembly, Congresswoman Karen Bass and US Representative Maxine Waters for his dedication to service and creating thousands of job opportunities in the community.


Adolf was very charismatic and easily made lifelong friends in local communities, and with notable celebrities Little Richard, Denzel Washington, Quincy Jones, and foreign dignitaries in foreign countries. Whether you were from South Africa, Australia, or even Germany, once you have come into contact with Adolf Dulan, you automatically felt that you were a member of his family and he always invited everyone into his "Kitchen" or "Back Porch" with his genuine smile. 


We will dearly miss the good times, laughter, and dedication of such a kind and genuine soul. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for funeral arrangements.  Condolences for the Dulan's Family can be sent to 202 E. Manchester Blvd. Inglewood, CA 90301.


Prologue to an 'unpredictable' presidency

By Robert Shrum


This has been the most unconventional first 100 days of any presidency in modern history. His shortfalls have actually been politically fortunate. For example, President Trump apparently doesn't know how blessed he was by his most conspicuous failure to date: health care. The Trump-Ryan proposal encountered fierce opposition, would have hurt many who voted for him, and increased public approval of Obamacare. The president also signed a now-stalled travel ban and executive orders rolling back regulations on matters ranging from the environment to reproductive rights, to worker and consumer protections. However, the current legislative stalemate blocking his major initiatives may ease the fears of those who foresaw more sweeping, unwelcome change. In a few days, he will face his next test: keeping the government open by raising the debt ceiling. 


Crises overseas recently moved to the fore. The candidate who proclaimed 'America First' suddenly has become the president who fires missiles at a Syrian airfield and confronts a nuclear North Korea while he shifts on NATO, China and Russia. Is there a coherent strategy? None has been enunciated. President Trump says he would prefer to keep hypothetical foes guessing, raising apprehension.


Finally, one shadow hangs over Trump’s first 100 Days and probably the first year of this presidency: the investigation of Russian interference in the election and possible Trump campaign ties to it.


I haven’t even mentioned the tweets, the feud with the press or infighting within the White House. The past three months seem a prologue to an unpredictable four years. To paraphrase Bette Davis in All About Eve: “Fasten your seatbelts; it’s going to be a bumpy ride." 


Robert Shrum is the director of the USC Dornsife College's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, a political science professor, strategist and consultant who served as senior advisor to the Kerry-Edwards campaign in 2004 and to the Gore-Lieberman campaign in 2000.


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Photo by Matt Meindl, USC


Saturday, April 29 marks the 25th anniversary of the day L.A. went up in flames, after 4 LAPD officers were acquitted of severely beating unarmed black motorist Rodney King.  The videotape of King lying on the ground, as officers took turns kicking, stomping and beating him sent shockwaves around the world.  President George H.W. Bush said that watching it, made him “sick.”


The following year, all 4 officers were found not guilty of excessive force. It was a low blow, particularly within L.A.s African American community, where police brutality had been rampant for decades. 


Within minutes of the verdict, black folks took to the streets in protest. White trucker, Reginald Denny was dragged out of his big rig and viciously beaten on live TV—ironically by four black men. 


The scene at the corner of Florence and Normandie turned into an ‘Armageddon’ of violence.  Businesses were looted and burned, and a curfew was placed throughout the city.  The rioting lasted for six days, left 55 dead and more than 2,000 injured, and cost at least $1 billion in damages.  


King made a televised plea to the rioters. “Can’t we all get along?” he asked. He was eventually awarded $3.8 million after winning a civil case against the LAPD.


In 2012, King was found dead in his backyard swimming pool.   Following the riots, Denny moved hundreds of miles away from Los Angeles to Lake Havasu, Ariz., where he worked as a boat mechanic.  He has since moved out of that residence, and his whereabouts today are unknown.


Six documentaries of the L.A. uprising are airing on cable and network television to commemorate the anniversary of this critical chapter in L.A.’s history.  According to Yahoo News, each film looks at the riots through a different lens.


"Burn Motherf------, Burn" (Showtime) explores the history of the Los Angeles Police Department and its relationship with LA's black residents.


"LA 92" (National Geographic) examines the roots of 1992's civil unrest in the Watts riots and the 1991 killing of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins by shopkeeper Soon Ja Du, who was convicted of manslaughter but received no jail time. Racial tensions between blacks and Koreans are explored.


"L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later" (A&E) incorporates recent police shootings of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana with interviews of the men who beat Denny.


"L.A. Riots: 25 Years Later" (History Channel) chronicles the history of protests against police in the black community, from the Watts riots to Black Lives Matter. It looks at the LAPDs aggressive policies, and the crisis of drugs and gang violence within the black community.  It also examines the tenuous relationship between Police Chief Daryl Gates and Mayor Tom Bradley, who both left office shortly after the riots.


"Let it Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992" (ABC) interviews insiders and witnesses to the 1992 uprising, including victims, residents, and jurors who served on the King beating trial, as well as perpetrators of violence. The film also explores the LAPD’s controversial use of the battering ram during the crack epidemic and banning of the chokehold in the '80s.


"The Lost Tapes: LA Riots" (Smithsonian Channel) uses voices and images directly from 1992 instead of interviews and narration.  Footage taken by neighborhood residents and Los Angeles Police Department cameras, along with audio from local radio station KJLH are used throughout.



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