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Twenty years ago, before I was aware of the overtly racist and totally biased Fox News, I remember my wife’s uncle ranting and raving about how much he hated Bill O’Reilly. Then, I began paying attention to O’Reilly’s racist rants and the station’s daily dose of conservative propaganda. I couldn’t believe how Fox allowed their anchors to just say whatever they wanted, and present it as “news” without a shred of proof. Today, I woke up to the glorious good news that O’Reilly has been fired, and all I can say is, it’s about time! He was fired on allegations…
On Palm Sunday, the world experienced yet another attack by ISIS. The terror group which President Obama rightfully described as “pure evil,” struck again—this time killing 44 Christian worshippers and injuring more than 100 at 2 churches in Egypt. The first blast happened at St. George Church in the Nile Delta town of Tanta, where at least 27 people were killed and 78 others wounded, officials said. A second explosion was caused by a suicide bomber who tried to storm St. Mark's Cathedral in the coastal city of Alexandria, and left at least 17 dead, and 48 injured. The blasts…

How to Spot Real Fake News

Written by Thursday, April 06, 2017
There was a time when the news was either considered relevant news or non-news. The latter consisted of information that was so mild or inconsequential that it wasn’t even worthy of being published. Now, “fake news,” has become woven into the fabric of the free press, to the extent that it’s hard to distinguish what’s real from what’s fabricated. Sometimes fake news is obvious, as in the case of a headline announcing the engagement between actors Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. Snopes had this to say: As far as we know, there’s never been any hint of romance between them…

My Endorsement for City Council

Written by Friday, March 31, 2017
Next Tuesday, April 4th, Inglewood voters will elect or re-elect city council members. Councilman George Dotson is running for re-election in District 1 and District 2 Councilman Alex Padilla is running unopposed. Both were elected in 2013, respectively unseating the late Councilman Mike Stevens and long time Councilwoman Judy Dunlap. Since their elections, the City of Inglewood has experienced an upward spiral of growth which shows no signs of slowing down. The purchase, $100 million renovation and reopening of the Fabulous Forum in 2014 signaled the first realization that major change in Inglewood was on the horizon. Since then, a…
It’s no secret that black men are skilled athletes. While some may call it a stereotype, it is no less true. Significant achievements of black men in sports conform to the notion that they are naturally bigger, tougher and stronger. But the same thing that may give black men respect on the football field is met with fear on the street. Unfortunately, according to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the world views black men as physically taller, heavier and stronger (and therefore more threatening) than white men even when the facts prove otherwise. These…

Persevere

Written by Thursday, March 09, 2017
On Wednesday, I was invited to tour the new and improved Centinela Hospital. A lot of positive changes have occurred since the hospital changed ownership, and this expansion is just one of them. Today, Centinela Hospital has a reputation for being one of the highest-rated health facilities in the area. Residents can be proud to claim the hospital as belonging to our city. In the 90s, residents had three nearby hospitals to go to: Centinela and Daniel Freeman in Inglewood, and Robert F. Kennedy in Hawthorne. The latter two were closed years ago, much to everyone’s disappointment. And while another…

You Haven’t Won Until It’s Done

Written by Thursday, March 02, 2017
On November 8th, millions of people were shocked beyond belief when Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election. All the polls indicated that she was sure to win. And even when she did win the popular vote over Donald Trump, she still lost the electoral vote, and therefore lost it all. On February 5th, the Atlanta Falcons surprised everybody, getting out way ahead of the favored New England Patriots, with an impressive halftime score of 28-3. At the end of the game, the Patriots came back to win it 34-28. On February 26th, “La La Land” was announced as the Best…

New Inglewood, New You

Written by Thursday, February 23, 2017
Daylight Savings Time comes early this year, on March 12. Before we know it, Earth Day will be here. Flowers will be in full bloom again, and some of us will be happily working in our gardens. We’ll lose an hour, but we will gain that forward momentum, which is vital to moving ahead in life. When I think of the spring, I think of Inglewood and the forward momentum the city is continuing to enjoy. It’s amazing to think how far the city has come in so short a period of time. As you get ready for spring—in whatever…

Happy Birthday to Inglewood, A City of Love

Written by Thursday, February 16, 2017
By: Willie Brown America has just celebrated Valentine’s Day, or the “Day of Love.” It is the day folks get all mushy about their husbands, wives, boyfriends and girlfriends. People go out to dinner, and buy cards, candy and gifts for their love interests. It’s so romantic. If you live in Inglewood, there’s another reason to get excited about February 14. It is the official birthday of the city. That’s right. The City of Inglewood was incorporated back in 1908, which makes it 109 years old. Like most relationships, Inglewood and those who love it have gone through ups and…

Black History of the NFL

Written by Thursday, February 09, 2017
When the Patriot’s Tom Brady won the Super Bowl last weekend, he made history as the quarterback with the most wins. He now has 5 rings and—with two more seasons to play—he could end up with 7. This being Black History Month, it got me thinking about the history African Americans have made in pro football. I am happy that the Rams have not only returned to L.A. and will play in Inglewood, but also that the team was the first to put black players on their roster after World War II. The history of African American football players actually…
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