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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…


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…

Get Inspired by These Black Thought Leaders

Written by Thursday, February 02, 2017
When we think about Black History Month, athletes, entertainers, inventors, scientists and entrepreneurs all come to mind. While we recognize the great achievements of African Americans, not much thought, however, is given to the mindset of greatness—what inspires these icons to reach higher and go further than prior generations. It took a whole lot of determination for black folks to get from the slave ship to the White House and everywhere in between. So, in celebration of Black History Month, I offer a few quotes by famous African American thought leaders. Let their words inspire you to keep on keeping…

Trump Vs. Media—How We Can Win

Written by Thursday, January 26, 2017
The time has arrived when those of us in the news business find ourselves subjects of the very news we report. Donald Trump is at war with the media, but that’s hardly surprising, as he is always at war with something or someone. We cannot allow him to win. America and the world in general is counting on dedicated journalists—from small independents to large mainstream outlets—to make sure the integrity of the free press is protected. Trump would like nothing more than to shut down the real media in favor fake news outlets such as Fox News or Breitbart. This…

Chargers Move Stirs Passion for Football

Written by Monday, January 23, 2017
Today, I witnessed passion that I hope will continue for many years to come. I attended the private kickoff of the Los Angeles Chargers. Yes, L.A. now has two NFL teams who will play at the new Inglewood stadium when it opens for the 2019 season. If you thought it was exciting to have one NFL team back in L.A., imagine what it will feel like when both the Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams are playing in Inglewood. The passion I saw and heard from Chargers fans, much like that of Rams fans, was very encouraging. Whether it came…
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