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Inglewood. . .Today!

Written by Friday, February 12, 2016
The state of Inglewood today is upbeat and positive. It is cause of celebration for both old and young residents alike, as they witness the inevitable transformation taking place. Thinking of the enormous progress that has taken place over the last few years, I am more appreciative now than ever about my business and what it stands for. Who knew when I named my publication Inglewood Today nearly 22 years ago, that the phrase would become so relevant? Of course no one could have predicted the Inglewood of today, back then. We certainly were not rocket scientists and the name…

Preserving Your Own Black History

Written by Tuesday, February 09, 2016
For the past couple of weeks, the so-called Oscar boycott has topped the news. Black actors, actresses and film makers have debated about whether to tune into the 88th Academy Awards Show because no outstanding African Americans were nominated in any category. Will and Jada Smith will not attend and Spike Lee will be attending the Nicks game on Oscar night. Black oriented award shows like The NAACP Image Awards, BET Awards and Soultrain Awards came about as an alternative to the Oscars and Grammys to ensure people of color could be recognized for their talent. Black entertainers chose to…

Don’t Believe Your Lying Eyes

Written by Thursday, January 28, 2016
Negative comments hurled against Inglewood leaders on Tuesday at the council meeting were so outrageous that I have to speak. Someone actually had the audacity to say that all Mayor Butts has done is let dollar stores and hair salons come into Inglewood and that he and the council haven’t done anything significant to make progress. He actually said Madison Square Garden was going to rebuild the Forum anyway, without any help from the leadership. In fact, Mayor Butts had nothing to do with the Forum getting here. Wow! That’s amazing! And it would be laughable if it weren’t so…
Now that word is out about NFL owners voting 30-2 to bring the Rams back to L.A., to play at the proposed Inglewood stadium, the city is buzzing with excitement. Residents can expect their city to be in the limelight for years to come. First there is the period of 2 or more years that it will take to complete the new $1.9 billion stadium, then the first season when the Rams will make their grand return to L.A. There is a chance that the Rams may share the stadium with the San Diego Chargers. As you know, there is…

My New Year’s Wishes

Written by Sunday, January 03, 2016
Dear Readers, As you count your blessings and close out 2015, I hope that 2016 will bring you the health, peace and prosperity that you desire. Here is my wish list for 2016. You might find a few items to add to your New Year’s wish list as well: January: Inglewood gets the green light from NFL owners to build the football stadium. February: The spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and other great leaders will be reborn in this new generation during Black History Month. The fight for equality will be waged with respect and dignity. April:…
It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays, and that means life for most of us is about to speed up. There is so much to do and so little time to prepare for the biggest holiday season of the year. I hope you’re ready, because ready or not, here it comes. This season of giving and goodwill toward our fellow man is contagious. Once you start giving, you don’t want to stop. But all this giving requires time, energy, money and effort that you may not have. If you are feeling drained by holiday commitments, or feel you…

Be Extra Patient and Kind

Written by Thursday, December 24, 2015
The holidays can bring out the best and worst in people. Good and bad memories, old emotional wounds and future expectations seem to converge during the holiday season, creating situations that can lead to conflict. If you mix alcohol, money worries and other sensitive triggers, what began as an innocent conversation can quickly escalate into an argument. It is well known that depression rates rise this time of year. If you are concerned about a possible conflict with a friend or family member, remember a little patience goes a long way. It is one of the best ways to show…

The Ivy League Towers Are Shaking

Written by Thursday, November 19, 2015
Colleges and universities have always been a breeding ground to spread ideology and opinions on virtually every topic. And students are the perfect foot soldiers. They represent idealism and hope, and have enough passion and energy to effect change. Nowhere is that passion being felt more powerfully than through the many protests across the country calling for removal of college officials. The Ivy League Towers are shaking. During the 1960s and 70s in the Golden Age of affirmative action, the focus was on enforcing equal opportunity for students of color. The main push was to get blacks, Hispanics and other…

The Babies are Stepping Up!

Written by Thursday, November 12, 2015
In the past couple of days, I have heard stories in the news that have inspired my faith in the younger generation. Too often, older people criticize Millennials for what they perceive is a lack of social consciousness. Whether they are speaking out through social media, using cell phone videos to record injustice or using old-fashioned shoe leather to march on school campuses, young people are showing a tremendous amount of courage and commitment, using their intelligence and First Amendment rights as their weapons of choice. It is troubling to hear young people spew rap lyrics that denigrate women and…

Veteran Homelessness is Showing Progress

Written by Thursday, November 05, 2015
The huge scandal which rocked the U.S. Veterans Health Administration last year shined a light on conditions which no one who has served in the military should ever face. CNN reported on April 30, 2014 that at least 40 United States Armed Forces veterans died while waiting for care at the Phoenix, Arizona, Veterans Health Administration facilities. By June 5, 2014, Veterans Affairs internal investigations had identified 35 veterans who had died while waiting for care in the Phoenix VHA system. The House passed legislation to fund a $1 million criminal investigation by the Justice Department. Top health official, Dr.…
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