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Traditions that Bind

Written by Thursday, December 18, 2014
Parents, especially those with young children, seem to know no limits when it comes to the holidays. They will spend their last dime, stay up until their eyes are beyond bloodshot, doing whatever it takes to make sure little ones get a visit from the bearded man in the red suit. Hours of preparation will go into making the perfect Christmas dinner and folks will brave L.A. traffic, fight for parking spaces and stand in long, lines to maintain holiday tradition. As adults, we want to pass on the holiday traditions we had as children that made our Christmas celebrations…

Just Say No to Solicitors

Written by Thursday, December 11, 2014
One thing you learn in business pretty fast is “there is a scam artist born every minute.” While there are legitimate charities and programs that offer financial help to the needy, there are also unscrupulous individuals who are more than happy to separate you from your money. Unfortunately, during the holidays, thieves and crooks play upon the emotions and needs of people who need help the most. Just minutes ago, I received a phone call from a scammer claiming to represent a legitimate government grant organization in Washington, DC. The caller ID display on my phone showed a DC area…

Youth Will Lead the Way

Written by Thursday, December 04, 2014
There is a saying that youth is wasted on the young. But that depends on how one’s youth is used. In recent years, the global community of young people have demonstrated they are willing to use their time, effort, energy and youthful zeal to do some pretty amazing things. We saw it in 2011 with the rise of the Arab Spring—that revolutionary wave of demonstrations, protests and civil wars in the Arab world. As the Arab Spring began to wind down, a new cause surfaced in the U.S. with the Occupy Movement. Young people woke up the nation with the…

Balancing Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Written by Wednesday, November 26, 2014
On Thursday, millions of Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving Day, and give thanks for what they already have. On Friday, some will forget all about the day before and fight over stuff like they don’t have anything. One day we’re so humble and grateful. The next day, so acquisitive. Our annual day of thanks is followed by the biggest shopping day of the year. It’s amazing how the allure of advertising and the “urgency” of Black Friday pulls people into malls and websites like hypnosis. How easily quiet moments of gratitude turn into a competitive race to check off that Christmas…

Immigration Reform By Executive Order

Written by Thursday, November 20, 2014
Having emerged from one battle known as the Midterm Elections, President Barack Obama is already knee deep into another. It’s called immigration reform. With just 2 months left to fight—before Republicans take over the Senate—time is of the essence. The president does have a secret weapon—executive order. It may well be his last chance to get any meaningful major legislation passed before Congress shifts hands in January. A commentator on noted, “Whether the Republican leadership realizes it or not, Obama is setting a trap for them. And if history is any guide, they will stay true to form and…

Thanksgiving Store Closures: A Return to Sanity

Written by Thursday, November 13, 2014
You know you are living in a world of lower standards when retailers are being applauded for not forcing employees to work on a national holiday. Twenty years ago, the very thought would have been unthinkable. But that is exactly what is happening this Thanksgiving season. Stores like Costco, Nordstrom, and Best Buy have announced they will be closed the entire day on Thanksgiving, Nov. 27. Consumers interviewed about this year’s biggest shopping day said they will support stores that honor the holiday by giving their employees the day off. It may not be all about family, however. Best Buy…

Future of Inglewood Secured by Election

Written by Thursday, November 06, 2014
Four more years was the cry of Inglewood voters on Tuesday night. And once again, residents have decided Mayor James Butts is the leader that they want to remain in office. Residents also voted for West Basin Board Member Gloria Gray, Assemblymember-Elect Autumn Burke, Congresswoman. Maxine Waters, and BOE Chari Jerome Horton. All of the top-level state races went to incumbents, from Gov. Jerry Brown to Attorney General Kamala Harris. Congratulations to all, and thanks to everyone who voted. Now that the people have spoken, I would like to challenge you to keep the momentum going. I want to remind…

My Endorsements for November 4

Written by Thursday, October 30, 2014
On Tuesday, Nov. 4th, Inglewood voters will decide a number of important races at the local and state levels. Do you know who and what you will vote for? Here are my picks for candidates either seeking office or re-election: Mayor James Butts. There is so much to say about Mayor Butts. He has my endorsement because of his positive vision and ability to carry it out. In the three years that he has been Mayor of Inglewood, the city has seen an historic drop in crime, the highest increase in new development and planned projects, and a council that…

Save the Postal Service

Written by Thursday, October 23, 2014
As soon as Midterm Elections are over, America will shift its focus to the holidays. Lost in the hustle and bustle of the season, will be some important issues that most won’t think about. This is just the way many in the GOP want it, because on January 5, 2015, one of our most important services will be diminished-again. The U.S. Postal Service is under attack, and this time, there is a threat that 15,000 workers will lose their jobs. The USPS is slated to further lower service standards, Overnight mail could become a thing of the past. The sad…

My Friend Harold

Written by Thursday, October 16, 2014
On Friday, folks from L.A to Louisiana will say goodbye to Harold Hambrick, President of the Los Angeles Black Business Expo (LABBX). He is a hard act to follow. My “brother from another mother,” Harold and I were born on the same day, in the same hospital in New Orleans, but different years. We often celebrated our joint birthdays, played golf together, did business together and supported each other’s dreams. He was a real stand-up guy, who always wanted the best for everyone. A longtime friend and supporter of Inglewood Today, Harold was instrumental in driving new advertisers to our…
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