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One More Reason I Am Thankful

Written by Thursday, December 01, 2016
Last week, I recalled my many blessings in my weekly message. Now, I’d like to add one more. I’m thankful to live in California—a progressive blue state which, though not perfect, remains one of the freest places in America. Besides the gorgeous weather in Southern California, it is a place where independence and innovation reign. I am particularly proud that I live in a state where diversity is the norm. It makes us more tolerant and loving and open-minded toward our neighbors. This frame of mind will become more necessary to endure a Trump administration. According to the L.A. Times,…

What I Am Thankful For

Written by Thursday, November 24, 2016
As I write this message on Thanksgiving Eve I feel the need to exhale, to come down from the intensity of the recent election and personal challenges of this year. Thanksgiving offers us all an opportunity to regroup and refocus our attention on the things in life that we hold most dear and which cannot be bought—our faith, our loved ones, good health, the ability to work and make a meaningful contribution to society. Saying what you are thankful for is a wonderful tradition that should never be underestimated. Giving a voice to your blessings is powerful and reminds you…

Trump Cabinet is Problematic

Written by Thursday, November 17, 2016
Uproar over Donald Trump winning the election continues more than a week later. But presidential elections are about much more than who becomes commander-in-chief. Cabinet appointments play a pivotal role in the future of our country, and already the president-elect’s shortlist of appointees is raising eyebrows among Republicans and Democrats. Trump is considering Steven Bannon, a nationalist media mogul, as his chief strategist and senior counselor in the White House. Civil rights groups, Democrats and some GOP leaders have criticized Trump, noting Bannon’s anti-Semitic and racist views. He is the former head of Breitbart News, an ultra conservative website dedicated…

Making Trump Accountable

Written by Thursday, November 10, 2016
It’s the day after the shock. The day after learning Donald Trump was elected the 45th U.S. president. Many feared this day and others felt it would never happen. Well, it happened, like it or not. So now, those of us crushed by Hillary Clinton’s stunning defeat are left with picking up the pieces of what has been a particularly hard, long and bitter campaign. We’ll all have to put on our big boy and girl pants to survive. Trump made a lot of promises when we ran for office. And although he was not the candidate that many of…

My Endorsements for November 8th

Written by Friday, November 04, 2016
Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are my choices for president and vice president for obvious reasons. Clinton brings tons of experience to this office and Trump’s unsteady temperament, possible friendly relationship a Russian dictator, and horrific remarks about anyone non-male or non-white make him downright dangerous. In the race for U.S. Senate, current Attorney General Kamala Harris has my vote over Rep. Loretta Sanchez. She fought hard for Californians who lost their homes in the massive foreclosure scandal and I believe she’ll be just as tough in Washington. Speaking of fighting, anyone who knows Rep. Maxine Waters knows she doesn’t…
Watching interviews with black Trump supporters reminds me of one of the most tragic events in modern history. I’m talking about the Jonestown Massacres. On November 18, 1978, 918 people, many African American, were brainwashed into committing suicide because of false prophet Jim Jones. Being very religious and believing Jones was the closest thing to the Messiah on Earth, the group followed him to a compound in Guyana, South America, which he built up as paradise. Paradise, however, was not cheap. The fiery preacher convinced the vulnerable bunch to support his ministry by giving him their hard earned savings and…

Build It And They Will Come

Written by Thursday, October 20, 2016
Based on a few comments made in previous weeks about attendance at council meetings, one might get the impression that 2pm meetings are the kiss of death. Some have even accused the Inglewood City Council of conspiring to keep the public from getting information by scheduling regular public meetings in the afternoon. They argue that people have to work and cannot get to the meetings, and that we should bring back 7pm meetings instead. Well, the meeting held on Oct. 18 debunks this theory. It was held at 2pm and there were not enough seats available for everyone. Most stood…

If It Quacks Like A Duck, It Must Be Donald

Written by Thursday, October 13, 2016
With less than 4 weeks until the election, it unnerves me how dead-set some black folks are on voting for Donald Trump. There are those who will stick with him regardless of his obvious racism for reasons that are beyond me. If, there is one example that should change a black person’s mind about voting for Trump, it should be the Central Park 5. The term refers to 5 teenagers—4 African Americans and 1 Hispanic—who were pressured into falsely admitting to the brutal rape and assault of Trisha Meili, an affluent 28 year-old Wall Street executive. The boys spent between…

Take a Pause From Political Burnout

Written by Thursday, October 06, 2016
With the election just a month away, political sound bites of candidates bickering back and forth is just about all that mainstream media wants to cover. It’s been a long political season, and many are burnt out by the process. If you can take some time off, now would be a great time for a vacation. Getting away helps us to re-connect to what is really real and important—being in nature, spending time with loved ones, fulfilling a personal dream, and just relaxing. A Glassdoor Q1 2014 Employment Confidence Survey found that “the average U.S. employee only takes half of…

Watching Trump Squirm

Written by Thursday, September 29, 2016
There is nothing like a televised debate to bring to life the true essence of political candidates. Anyone can poke fun at their opponents from a distance, and say things to rile up their base. But when candidates are forced to come face-to-face and answer specific questions for 90 minutes, well, that’s what separates the serious from the kidders. All I can say is, if Donald Trump sticks to his policy of being loose and free on the debate stage, Democrats won’t have anything to worry about in November. He said he didn’t want to over prepare against Clinton. Well,…
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