Commentary (152)

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,…

Butts Says Inglewood Has Best Deal in NFL

Written by Thursday, September 22, 2016
Last Sunday, the L.A. Rams gave fans something to really shout about, defeating the Seattle Sea Hawks 9-3 in the first home game of the season. Over 91,000 were in attendance. While the hoopla of their Southern California return has been the subject of numerous news interviews, residents near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum have been focused on dollar signs. An article in the L.A. Times revealed how some enterprising locals are charging big bucks for parking. Some charge $200 or more for a single space and online sites like Stub Hub are charging up to $1,000 for a parking…

Inglewood: A Diamond No Longer in the Rough

Written by Thursday, September 15, 2016
What do you call something that is brilliant and extraordinary, but has been hidden or overlooked? The Urban Dictionary calls it a “diamond in the rough.” Here’s the definition: “Someone (or something) that has hidden exceptional characteristics and/or future potential, but currently lacks the final touches that would make them (or it) truly stand out from the crowd.” The phrase is metaphorical and relates to the fact that naturally occurring diamonds are quite ordinary at first glance, and that their true beauty as jewels is only realized through the cutting and polishing process. Seeing the amazing transformation that has been…

Three Cheers for (Finally) Having a Home Team

Written by Thursday, September 08, 2016
The exciting return of the Rams to Los Angeles was a déjà vu moment for those of us old enough to remember. In the old days, the team played regularly at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Who could forget the Fearsome Foursome in the 60s? Rosey Grier, Lamar Lundy, Merlin Olsen and Deacon Jones made up the Los Angeles Rams starting defensive line. They were hard to beat and Dick Butkus called them "the most dominant line in football history.” The Rams was the first NFL team to play in Los Angeles and among the first to integrate with African…

Stand for the Anthem, Stand for Yourself

Written by Friday, September 02, 2016
When San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem, he became both a hero and a villain. How dare him use this American tradition to protest the killing of unarmed black men by police! Shouldn’t he just stick to football and leave activism to others? The good thing about America is everyone is entitled to their opinion and should have the right to protest. So when Kaepernick stated that he would continue to sit down until he sees progress in race relations, everyone from his fellow team mates and coaches to sports commentators used their…

Time to Take 5

Written by Friday, August 26, 2016
By: Willlie Brown Has summer eluded you despite your best intentions? Before those magical summer days vanish into fall, now is a good time to pack your suitcases, load up the car and embark on your end-of-summer escape. Here are 5 ways to get your fun in while there’s still time: 1.Get out! Summer just wouldn’t be summer if you’re stuck in your house, and that goes for any other indoor venue for that matter. So get out, breathe some fresh air and feel the sun on your skin. If you are going out to eat, ask to be seated…

Welcome Home, Rams

Written by Thursday, August 18, 2016
If there was ever any doubt about the kind of reception the Rams would get in L.A. after leaving to play for St. Louis 20 years ago, and then returning, it is evident that the past has been left behind. Fans at Saturday’s pre-season opener against the Dallas Cowboys at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum welcomed the home team with open arms. Excitement was in the air on August 13, and fans showed up 3-4 hours early to get the parties started. This was the first game the Rams have played at the Coliseum since 1976, and 89,140 fans were…
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