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Who I am Endorsing and Why

Written by Thursday, May 19, 2016
State Attorney General Kamala Harris is running for the U.S. Senate. She is hoping to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is retiring. Attorney General Harris gets my vote because she, like Sen. Boxer, is a fighter who has earned the respect of Californians. This was particularly evident after she was elected in 2010. The country was still reeling from the economic crisis. California was one of the hardest hit foreclosure states. She played a pivotal role in negotiating a 2012 nationwide settlement with U.S. banks accused of wrongful foreclosures, and secured more than $18 billion for California homeowners. U.S. Rep.…

Get a Spring Time View

Written by Thursday, May 12, 2016
I recently had the pleasure of going on a back yard tour of homes in the Baldwin Hills, View Park and Ladera Heights areas. I was one of about 500 guests invited to visit the beautifully landscaped yards and breathtaking views of these upscale communities. Looking at the pristine gardens, green foliage and newly planted spring flowers was quite inspiring, to say the least. It got me to thinking how Inglewood residents might do the same. While there are many well kept properties in the city, there is something about an organized event that offers other benefits in addition to…

Being a “Village” for Single Mothers

Written by Thursday, May 05, 2016
The adage that “It takes a village to raise a child” is more applicable today than ever. But sometimes that “village” is elusive, especially for single mothers. Decades ago the village used to consists of relatives. Grandparents and other relatives pitched in to help raise kids. Times have changed and economics sometimes demand moving away from the family to pursue work opportunities. However, there are resources and networks available to ensure children have what they need to live wholesome, decent, and productive lives. So, in honor of Mother’s Day, I offer these reminders that help is available. Moms, especially single…

SOTC: A Moment of Magic (VIDEO)

Written by Thursday, April 28, 2016
It’s not that often that the stars align themselves so well that you want to pinch yourself to make sure it’s real. Last week’s State of the City Address at the Forum was one of those magical moments. I have heard Mayor Butts speak many times, comparing the Inglewood of yesterday to the Inglewood of today. Most of you are aware how this city is evolving. Even if you don’t have the numbers to measure progress in Inglewood, you have probably felt the differences that have taken place since 2010. If nothing else, you know that the city is undergoing…

State of Inglewood is Good

Written by Friday, April 22, 2016
On April 21, Mayor James Butts will give his annual State of the City Address at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood. It will be an upbeat account of the city’s progress, from economic development, record low crime rates, infrastructure improvements and upward home values. Basically, the city is on a roll that shows no signs of slowing down. As I write this letter, my primary objective is to speak to those unfamiliar with the city, who are just becoming aware of the “new” Inglewood. Over the years, the media has, no doubt, been influential in painting a picture much darker…

Be a Good Trustee of the Earth

Written by Thursday, April 14, 2016
April 22 will mark the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. It is a wake-up call for people to pay closer attention to changes in the environment that will affect everyone. Drought, global warming, air and water pollution are issues that require educating ourselves about conservation. There was a time in the not so distant past that Earth Day and African Americans were barely mentioned in the same sentence. Now things have changed. The black millennial generation has people like Quentin James and Karl Fulton to thank for raising awareness of environmentalism. James is the former National Director of the Sierra…
According to employment statistics, 2016 promises to be a banner year for the job outlook. Those graduating college this year can expect to see an 11% increase in hiring over last year. Those with degrees in business, engineering, computer science, and accounting will have the most job offers. Getting that degree is the reward for hard work and fulfillment of the promise that 4-year colleges are supposed to bring. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, a college degree accounted for $15,000 in additional income per year versus a high school diploma ($30,000 versus $45,000). Over a 30-year career…

Journalistic Integrity Under Attack

Written by Thursday, March 31, 2016
There is a lot of talk about journalistic integrity, and the campaign trail is the one place where it is seriously being tested. We are living in a day when Donald Trump’s tweets are being presented as real news. Fewer outlets—even the major ones—are bothering to check facts. In the rush to make the 24-hour news cycle, journalists are just regurgitating what is being said on television. Trump is a master of getting media attention. From sexist and racist comments, to inciting violence at his rallies, he is running the media like his former reality TV show. Trump seems to…
The message of Easter and Spring is about transformation, and the beauty that can come from sacrifice. The current revitalization that we are seeing in Inglewood is, in a sense, a reflection of springtime renewal and rebirth. In the past, many people abandoned Inglewood. They believed Inglewood’s best days were over and considered it dead. But those who had faith in the city continued to work hard and elected leadership who would put action behind the vision for a better day. Easter and the Spring season are all about renewal. And there is probably no better example of a city…

Show Time is Over

Written by Thursday, March 17, 2016
The violence that occurred at Donald Trump’s rally in Chicago last week is actually a déjà vu experience in American politics. Back in 1968, violence erupted in Chicago at the Democratic National Convention. Demonstrators clashed outside the convention with nearly 12,000 police, 7500 Army troops, 7500 Illinois National Guardsmen and 1000 Secret Service agents over 5 days. Protestors were marching against the very unpopular Vietnam War. Violence began on Sunday, August 25, 1968 when anti-war leaders tried to get permits from the city to sleep in Lincoln Park, but their request was denied. By Wednesday, August 29, the confrontation had…
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