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It’s All You Can Do

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Devastating hurricanes in Texas and Gulf Coast areas, raging wildfires on the West Coast, and an overly zealous North Korean leader testing nuclear missiles--it’s been a rough 2 weeks.


It seems we barely catch our breath before the next devastating news cycle begins.  Fear can paralyze you until you feel helpless, and think there is nothing you can do.  But there is something you can do, even if it may seem insignificant.  In times of devastation, taking action and helping others can go a long way.  


Here are a few things you can do now:


•Prepare, prepare, and prepare.  Watching people panic during a crisis, from the comfort of your home, should do more than cause you to have sympathy.  It is a wake-up call to get your own house in order.  Here in California, we’ve been pretty fortunate when it comes to natural disasters.  Sure, we do have occasional earthquakes and seasonal wildfires.  But the quakes are usually minimal and fires often burn far enough from people’s homes not to cause injury.


But all of this can change in an instant.  Since we have the grace to be a witness—and not a participant—in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, now’s the time to put together an emergency supply kit.  Officials recommend enough food, water, clothing, personal and pet items for 3 days per person.  Also don’t forget to make a list of important account numbers and contacts, and make sure you have extra cash, batteries, and a battery-operated radio.  Prepare now while you still have time.


•Open your heart (and your wallet).  Thank God we live in a country that has enough resources to respond to emergencies.  But, as anyone who’s been through a crisis can tell you, neighbors helping neighbors can make all the difference during the early stages.  


During Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and now Harvey and Irma, we’re moved by the touching gestures of people coming to the aid of strangers, pulling together so everyone is safe.  But don’t just feel sorry for them, open your heart by making an online donation to a disaster relief organization.


•Get your priorities straight.  There is nothing that makes us get our priorities straight more than facing danger.  Don’t wait for disaster to come before telling people you love and appreciate them.  Make people a priority over everything else.  Possessions can be replaced.  People can’t.


Sometimes all you can do is keep your head up, be kind and donate a few dollars.  But if we all chip in, it will be enough.  Please remember the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and do whatever you can.  Donate to


VMAs Return to Forum in Inglewood

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Inglewood became a temporary oasis of music royalty last weekend, as the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards returned to the Forum.  The A-list event, hosted by Katy Perry, was a combination of intergalactic entertainment, explosive visual effects and political commentary.


It was very dramatic for sure, but these are dramatic times, as several artists and presenters reminded the viewing audience. Their messages were heard loud and clear—equality, justice, unity, peace, self-love, tolerance, and compassion for others.


The show opened with Kendrick Lamarr performing “DNA” and “Humble” in front of a literal backdrop of fire. Paris Jackson (Michael Jackson’s daughter) urged the audience to “Leave here tonight, remembering that we must show these Nazi white supremacist jerks in Charlottesville, and all over the country, that as a nation — with ‘liberty’ as our slogan — we have zero tolerance for their violence, their hatred, and their discrimination.  We must resist.” 


Accepting the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Pink took the opportunity to share a heartwarming story about her daughter and the importance of self-acceptance. 


Perry descended onto the stage in a metallic moon suit and a half-funny monologue about how life on Earth seems to have changed since she left.  “You all look so happy and helpful and peaceful. And it feels like since I’ve been gone you’ve figured out all the problems in the world right now and the world is doing so well, right?” she said sarcastically, setting the tone for one of the music industry’s biggest nights and platforms for free speech.


Logic, Khalid and Alessia Cara performed the heart-wrenching “1-800-273-8255” alongside suicide survivors, and the mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer declared all six nominees for Best Fight Against the System winners.  The fact that there’s even a category for this award is a statement within itself.


Lamar had the most nominations this year, and brought home the most awards, including the coveted Video of the Year honor for “Humble.” Ed Sheeran also received a statue for Artist of the Year, the award that marked the first time male and female musicians went head-to-head in a category.


The night's big winners include Kendrick Lamar, Video of the Year; Ed Sheeran, Artist of the Year; Khalid, Best New Artist; Zayn & Taylor Swift, Best Collaboration; Fifth Harmony, Best Pop Song; Kendrick Lamar, Best Hip Hop; B Zedd and Alessia Cara, Best Dance; and Twenty-One Pilots, Best Rock.  Best Fight Against the System winners include Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson, The Hamilton Mixtape, Big Sean, Alessia Cara, Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley, and John Legend.


This is the question that remains unanswered as Inglewood Today’s business promotion comes to an end.  


I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated—all the voters and those generous co-sponsors:  Papa John’s Pizza, Metro and the Inglewood Airport Area Chamber of Commerce. Thanks also to those who left positive comments.  Your encouragement is much appreciated


The “Best of Inglewood” is officially closed, but the celebration won’t end until final votes are tallied and winners get their bragging rights.  At the end of September, Inglewood Today will publish a special edition (print and online) which includes all the weekly winners, and the top businesses in the city, voted by our readers in more than 15 different categories.


Aside from getting valuable publicity, the “Best of Inglewood” contest had been a shot in the arm for local businesses in terms of goodwill and customer appreciation.  If you’re in business for yourself, then you know how grueling it can become day in and day out.  Making decisions, dealing with financial challenges, managing employees, and staying relevant, while still making a profit is no easy job. Sometimes it’s hard to tell how well you’re doing.   So it’s nice when customers give you that feedback with their votes.  Knowing what you do actually makes a difference in people’s lives is a wonderful feeling.


The “Best of Inglewood” is Inglewood Today’s way of helping to stimulate the local economy, finding out what locals think of their hometown businesses, and showing folks in other areas why Inglewood is fast becoming the destination city for shopping, dining, and entertainment.


It’s also a real “win-win” for the local economy because it’s designed to get folks to invest their dollars back into Inglewood.  Inglewood is experiencing phenomenal growth now, and it will continue for many years to come.  People who never came here are now buying homes and investing in companies.  They see the potential of Inglewood.  This makes it more important than ever for those who have lived here for years to lead the movement to buy and reinvest in their local economy.


A strong economy means a safer, better educated, and more affluent community, which benefits everyone whether they live and work in Inglewood or not.  So stay tuned for updates about the “Best of Inglewood” winners by visiting  


By JD Heyes


(Natural News) In the days leading up to Hurricane Harvey, Texans in the storm’s path were warned to evacuate or, if they were going to chose to remain in their homes and shelter in place instead, to at least do authorities a favor and write their names and Social Security numbers in Sharpie on their forearms — so their bodies could be identified later.


There is some morbid logic to that.


Many did choose to stay. But then they realized they had another problem: No provisions. Their lack of planning was about to play out in a way that is as common as it is predictable when a crisis arises.


As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail, fights broke out at local grocery stores as local residents flooded them seeking food, water, and other emergency supplies:


Customers are fighting over water as grocery stores are rapidly selling out of supplies, increasing the frenzy before Hurricane Harvey slams into Texas.


The powerful storm is expected to hit the gulf region on Friday and officials have asked residents to evacuate as they prepare for chaotic flooding and power outages.


Those who are staying in the path of the hurricane rushed to grocery stores in order to stock up on water, food, gas and other supplies on Thursday night.


However, they arrived to find shops with empty shelves, causing people to fight over the last containers of water as some likened the scenes to Black Friday.


Again, predictable, sadly to say. Despite the rationality behind prepping — getting ready for an emergency situation well before you have to deal with one — most Americans still find themselves woefully unprepared for a crisis. And when crisis approaches, they panic because they neglected to take the time to prepare for emergencies beforehand.


These are the same people, mind you, who purchase car insurance, health insurance, homeowner’s insurance and life insurance — just in case they might need it someday.


But they refuse to purchase insurance that will help them sustain their lives — “life sustainment insurance,” if you will, which is all prepping really is.


People took to social media to ‘warn’ others of the impending dual disaster of facing the incoming squalls with no supplies.


“People grabbing cases of water like it’s a Black Friday sale. Hurricane Harvey is real,” said one, as the Daily Mail reported.


“I had to drive almost 30 minutes to find a store that has water… This Houston hurricane is no joke man,” wrote another.


Said one disappointed woman: “Bread is gone. Gas is gone. Water is gone. If you don’t have it already, you need to befriend your neighbors.”


Not only is that something you should be doing well in advance of any emergency, it assumes that your neighbors did prepare and that they have enough to share with you — and are willing to share with you. When an emergency strikes, no one knows how long it will last; neighbors, including those you befriend, may decide on the long play and hoard what they’ve got.


Those are two assumptions you should never make. 


Fortunately for Texans their state officials and the Trump administration were ready. Gov. Greg Abbott preemptively declared a state of disaster for 30 counties on or near the coast so as to speed up the deployment of state resources to the affected areas. In addition, he activated 700 members of the Texas Army and Air National Guard, and the Texas State Guard, to help with recovery efforts.


President Donald J. Trump followed up quickly, signing a disaster declaration for Texas so that federal resources and agencies led by FEMA could quickly be accessed by Abbott (federal disaster assistance must be requested by states — and Abbott made his request early).


“At the request of the Governor of Texas, I have signed the Disaster Proclamation, which unleashes the full force of government help!” Trump tweeted. But you can’t count on the state to help bail you out. You can’t count on the federal government.


And you sure can’t count on your neighbors.


Hurricane Harvey is providing the latest vivid example of why you should never let anyone talk you out of being a prepper.


Editor’s Note:  As of Wednesday, 32,000 people were in shelters across the state of Texas, according to KTTV Channel 11 News.


J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for and, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.,, and


Special programming line-up on both KCET in Southern California and Link TV Nationwide.

Seven specials broadcast starting September 15 highlight Latin regions and culture.


 Burbank, Calif. - KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent nonprofit public broadcast and digital network, has announced seven specially curated programs will air to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month on both KCET public television in Southern California and Link TV nationwide. 


The shows highlight Hispanic culture as well as the obstacles presented to Latinos by today’s societal constraints. Exploring the hardships and triumphs of bi-cultural identity, undocumented citizenship and immigration, these specials showcase the heroes behind a culture determined to advance. 


Episodes will start Fri., Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. on KCET in Southern California with a select few also airing on Link TV nationwide (DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410) over the course of the next four weeks.


The lineup will telecast as follows (subject to change):


COHEN FILM CLASSICS “The Liberator,” on Fri., Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. PT on KCET, and at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV:  The story of Simon Bolivar, who fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. Starring Edgar Ramirez, Erich Wildpret, Maria Valverde, and Danny Huston.


BEYOND BORDERS “Undocumented Mexican-Americans” on Wed., Sept. 20, 9 p.m. PT on KCET: This documentary examines US policy decisions that triggered the rise of undocumented immigration in a deeply moving documentary program that explores the under-reported lives of Mexicans living and raising families in the United States.    


LINK VOICES “Craving Cuba” Wed., Sept. 20, 10 p.m. PT on KCET and LinkTV: This documentary explores bi-cultural identity of Cuban-Americans and their relationship with Cuba.


GLOBE TREKKER “Top Ten South American Adventures” Wed., Sept. 27, 8 p.m. PT on KCET:  In this special, Ian Wright, Holly Morris, Elis Nevitt, Matt Young, Megan McCormick and Zay Harding travel all across South America.


ACTIVISM IN PROGRESS “American DREAMers” Sun., Sept. 24, 8 p.m. ET/PT on LinkTV:  American DREAMers follows the journey of a group of five undocumented youth and an ally who risk their freedom by publicly coming out as undocumented and walking 3,000 miles across America's heartland to organize for immigrant rights.




“THE HEAD OF JOAQUIN MURRIETA” Wed., Sept. 27, 9 p.m. PT on KCET:

For over a decade filmmaker John J. Valadez searched for the remains of Joaquin Murrieta, a legendary Mexican outlaw who blazed a trail of revenge across California until he was caught and decapitated in the summer of 1853.  One hundred and sixty-two years later, Valadez believes he has the head and must embark on a quixotic, cross-country road trip through history, myth and memory to bury the fabled head of Joaquin Murrieta.


“BEYOND LA BAMBA” Wed., Sept. 27, 9:30 p.m. PT on KCET:  Through the compelling story of a young musician who leaves home to follow his dreams, Mexico's 300-year-old son jarocho tradition comes vividly to life in Beyond La Bamba. From the rural roots of Veracruz to the urban rhythms of the Midwest, a family of iconic musicians forge a new life, but remain true to their music.


LINK VOICES “Los Wild Ones” Wed., Sept. 27, 10 p.m. PT on KCET and Link TV:  Wild Records is an LA-based indie label run by outspoken Irishman Reb Kennedy and comprised of young Hispanic musicians who write as well as perform ‘50s rock 'n roll. Operating more like a family than a record label, the bond between Reb and his “kids” is unparalleled in the music industry.


Join the conversation on social media using #HispanicHeritageMonth.


KCETLink Media Group is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. 


A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed nationally via satellite on Link TV DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit or Select programming from KCET and Link TV is also available for streaming on Apple TV, and Roku platforms.




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