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The Hoods are Off

Written by Thursday, August 17, 2017
The vicious, hateful and senseless violence that took place in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend is a sad reminder of how racially divided we really are. After having a black man occupy the White House for 8 years, the creation of more black millionaires than ever before and what appeared to be more racial tolerance all around, Ku Klux Klan members made it clear that racism is very much alive and well. And not the covert kind of racism, but the kind that gets people killed. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, believed to be the driver of a car that…

Get the Upper Hand on School Bullies

Written by Thursday, August 10, 2017
Hearing about the tragic fate of Gabriel Taye, an 8 year-old black boy who took his own life as a result of being bullied, broke my heart. Not only is Gabriel among the youngest suicide victims I have heard about, but it points to a serious social problem that has turned deadly over the years. School bullies have been around forever, but what has changed is its reach and intensity. There are now more ways for bad guys and girls to intimidate their victims thanks to the Internet, social media sites, cell phones and videos. Gabriel hung himself with a…

The ‘Best’ Promotion in Inglewood is Here

Written by Thursday, August 03, 2017
Thank you Inglewood! When Inglewood Today launched its “Best of Inglewood” contest last week, I felt we had a winner. But the results have already exceeded my expectations. I am more excited now about this promotion than ever before. The many emails and phone calls received by enthusiastic readers and businesses, wanting to participate in the prize giving, has been more than great. I can truly say the “Best of Inglewood” is one of the best promotions to help small Inglewood businesses in years. As I stated in my message last week, we are running a month-long contest, which gives…

Time to Show Why Inglewood is the Best

Written by Thursday, July 27, 2017
Since the Fabulous Forum was reopened more than 3 years ago, Inglewood has been reinventing itself at a rapid pace. Looking back, it’s amazing how far the city has come in such a short amount of time. And when we look ahead, signs of success are all that can be seen. The sleepy community that folks drove through to get to the airport is fast becoming the destination city where people will want to come and shop, be entertained and just hang out. When I thought about other places where I’ve lived, I could think of no other city in…
Donald Trump seems intent on undoing every piece of legislation put in place by former President Barack Obama—and because he’s president, the spotlight usually shines on him. But all along, his cohort, Jeff Sessions, has been flying under the radar, doing some critical dismantling on his own. Sessions is also on a mission to destroy the work of his black predecessor, former Attorney General Eric Holder. On Wednesday, Sessions announced he’s rolling back policies Holder and Obama established to insure equality under the law. Basically, Sessions wants to increase racial profiling by bringing back harsher penalties for low level drug…
Every year, an average of 37 children die from being locked inside a hot car in the U.S. Since 1994, 804 children have died from heat-related illnesses in cars, according to Kids and Cars, an advocacy center that conducts research on car-related dangers surrounding children. It’s heartbreaking—an unspeakable tragedy that could be avoided. When we hear stories of infants and toddlers dying in their car seats, while parents leave them unattended for hours, we think, “How could anyone possibly forget their child?” Well, as crazy as it sounds, it happens. In approximately 55 percent of cases, the parent was unaware…
Activist Tamika D. Mallory says the organization’s silence illustrates “a disregard for the lives of black and brown people in America.” NewsOne Staff It’s been two weeks since Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted on charges related to the death of Philando Castile and several activists are calling out the National Rifle Association for their failure to address the issue, reports CNN. According to the outlet, activist Tamika D. Mallory penned a letter to NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre on Wednesday, criticizing the organization for not publicly defending Castile and his family. “You are responsible for an organization that claims to be…

Being Healthy is to Pursue Happiness

Written by Friday, June 30, 2017
The epic fail, known as the American Care Act, which the GOP drafted in secret, then tried to rush past lawmakers before the July 4th break, is the latest in a series of Trump mishaps since he took office in January. The badly written bill, which would devastate poor, elderly and low income Americans, failed to get enough Senate support, even from Republicans. Conservatives say the attempt at replacing Obamacare didn’t go far enough. Meanwhile, the president threw himself a fundraiser for re-election. Really? Five months on the job, and no major legislation to show for (with the exception of…

Time to Get Movin’

Written by Thursday, June 22, 2017
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a big advocate of physical fitness. The benefits of exercise cannot be overstated, especially as one gets older. Exercising is one of those things that often goes under appreciated. The value may not be apparent until you have an injury, come down with an illness or have to run for your life. This is what separates the fit from the unfit. In most cases, the person who has been working out all along will recover quicker from sickness and be able to move faster in an emergency. If you haven’t exercised in a…

Appreciating Father’s Day

Written by Thursday, June 15, 2017
On Mother’s Day, I overheard a man tell his family as they were leaving the restaurant, “Remember now, I want y’all to do the same thing for me on Father’s Day.” Everyone laughed, but the reality is we are all too familiar with the fact that many men feel cheated when compared to moms. Watch any sporting event, or award show and you’ll hear more shout-outs to mom. To be fair, there are many more absent fathers than mothers, so some of the father snubs are well deserved. But those men who stuck around to help raise their kids—married or…
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