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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…

Catch the Olympic Fever

Written by Thursday, August 11, 2016
By: Willie Brown We’re a week into the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, and everyone is getting a touch of Olympic fever. Yesterday, I did something I don’t usually do. I went bar hopping and everywhere I went, folks were watching and commenting on the Games. Watching these young people compete really is mesmerizing. Seeing swimmer Michael Phelps win his 20th gold medal is a testament to everyone’s human potential. That’s why we cheer him on. CNN, which is usually on everywhere you go, has been replaced by NBC’s coverage of young swimmers, gymnasts, volleyball players, and track stars…
By: Willie Brown To have Trump tell it, we’re all headed for certain death and destruction. His over-the-top rhetoric, steeped in exaggeration and lies, paints a very dismal picture of America—one that “he alone can solve.” But, of course, this must be his scenario. Otherwise, his followers might actually try to make life better for themselves. They might find they really don’t need the savior Trump is claiming to be Conor Friedersdorf’s piece in the Los Angeles Times: “To live in L.A. is to know Trump is wrong: America is not in decline” was spot on in its analysis of…

Beware of Political Hoaxes

Written by Thursday, July 28, 2016
By: Willie Brown As convention season comes to a close, you can expect all types of political shenanigans popping up to influence the outcome of the General Election. One persistent rumor floating around on YouTube is that some disaster is on its way that will keep President Obama in office beyond Inauguration Day. Supposedly, America will be under martial law and neither Trump nor Clinton will be able to assume office. The details are very sketchy, and similar stories surfaced during previous elections. It is a ploy to keep folks from voting. Please don’t buy it. Political hoaxes during election…

When Plagiarism is Good

Written by Thursday, July 21, 2016
By: Willie Brown They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. Well, Melania Trump, wife of GOP president hopeful Donald Trump, paid First Lady Michelle Obama a pretty big compliment Monday night, when she chose to lift passages out of Obama’s 2008 convention speech and claim them as her own. Had it not been for a wide-awake local journalist, who just happened to recall certain phrases delivered by Michelle at the Democratic National Convention in 2008, no one would have been the wiser. You’ve got to admit that the obviously plagiarized speech was inspiring, and in a different world,…

What Inglewood Police Can Teach the Nation

Written by Thursday, July 14, 2016
What Mayor Butts and the Inglewood Police Dept. did Sunday night is another example of what is right in this city. And although the mayor has his share of critics, no one can argue that with zero arrests or casualties, the Black Lives Matter demonstration was successful. The voices of BLM supporters were clearly heard and no one had to die or get injured because of it. The incident was dealt with in Inglewood in much the same way protests are dealt with in white communities. You typically will not see police beating up on white people unless protests become…

When Will It End?

Written by Thursday, July 07, 2016
By now you have most likely seen the horrible video of Alton Sterling, a 37 year-old black man, husband and father who was shot dead, point blank by a white police officer in Baton Rouge, LA. Every time I see another video of a high-profile shooting death of a black man by white police, I ask myself, “When is this going to stop?” Now it seems that police don’t even care if they are caught on video shooting people in cold blood, even when the suspect is restrained, and even in broad daylight. Remember Michael Slager, the ex-cop in South…
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