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You Haven’t Won Until It’s Done

Written by Thursday, March 02, 2017
On November 8th, millions of people were shocked beyond belief when Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election. All the polls indicated that she was sure to win. And even when she did win the popular vote over Donald Trump, she still lost the electoral vote, and therefore lost it all. On February 5th, the Atlanta Falcons surprised everybody, getting out way ahead of the favored New England Patriots, with an impressive halftime score of 28-3. At the end of the game, the Patriots came back to win it 34-28. On February 26th, “La La Land” was announced as the Best…
By Veronica Mackey L.A. basketball insiders are buzzing about the possibility of yet another professional ball team playing in Inglewood. Word is NBA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is talking to NFL Rams owner Stan Kroenke about his state-of-the-art, $2.6-billion football stadium currently being built on the old Hollywood Park site. It is scheduled to open in 2019. Last month, the NFL Chargers reached an agreement with Kroenke to share the new stadium with the Rams.…

President’s Day Underscore Anti-Trump Sentiment

Written by Thursday, February 23, 2017
While schools, banks and government offices observe the holiday honoring our nation’s commanders-in-chief, President’s Day is, for most, lackluster. All that changed on Monday when thousands took to the streets in observance of “Not My President’s Day.” The national protest against Donald Trump’s policies and the man himself was a cry for help. They want elected leaders to stop the president from enacting new laws which they say are unconstitutional, such as repealing Obamacare, travel…
On Tuesday a group of family members, activists and clergy stood outside Inglewood City Hall to draw attention to an officer-involved shooting that so far has not been explained. On Feb. 21, 2016, Kisha Michael and her boyfriend Marquintan Sandlin were shot to death by Inglewood police around 3 a.m., in a car on Manchester Blvd. and Inglewood Ave. Two investigations are currently being conducted. According to sources, 20 shots were fired and police say…

Remembering Pioneer Journalist Gwen Ifill

Written by Thursday, February 23, 2017
By Angel Johnson, Contributing Writer Gwen Ifill was a decorated African American journalist. Her influence paved the way for other African Americans to work in the field. She was the host of “Washington Week” for almost 20 years and the co-host of “PBS Newshour.” In 2009 she released her first book, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. In the last years of her life she battled with cancer and died in…

New Inglewood, New You

Written by Thursday, February 23, 2017
Daylight Savings Time comes early this year, on March 12. Before we know it, Earth Day will be here. Flowers will be in full bloom again, and some of us will be happily working in our gardens. We’ll lose an hour, but we will gain that forward momentum, which is vital to moving ahead in life. When I think of the spring, I think of Inglewood and the forward momentum the city is continuing to enjoy. It’s amazing to think how far the city has come in so short a period of time. As you get ready for spring—in whatever…

2 Football Teams, 1 City: The Financial Impact

Written by Thursday, February 23, 2017
By Veronica Mackey The Rams, Kings, Dodgers, Clippers, Lakers, Galaxy, and now the Chargers, are all sports teams in the Los Angeles area. Having two pro football teams to play in Inglewood can certainly be beneficial for the economy, and the $2.6 billion stadium currently being built is just the first advancement. New jobs and revenue from the stadium will generate additional income and boost premium brand identity for the Rams and Chargers. Just living…

History of the Black Man B.C. – Part 2

Written by Thursday, February 23, 2017
By Veronica Mackey The Age of Ramses marked the beginning of the Nineteenth Dynasty (1320-1200 B.C.). King Ramses II (1279-1212 B.C.) is believed to be the Pharaoh of Egypt in the biblical Exodus story. A formidable military man, Ramses II fought against the Hittites to regain portions of Eastern Africa and Western Asia. He is credited with building some of the most notable temples in Egyptian history and considered a model of what a king…
By Veronica Mackey For 13 seasons, he played for the Showtime Los Angeles Lakers at the Forum until he retired in 1991. His presence has been seen and heard as the voice of early detection for HIV, and a business mogul with a string of restaurants and movie theatres. In 2012, Earvin “Magic” Johnson became co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a group of investors, and bought the Los Angeles Sparks in 2014. But…

Happy Birthday to Inglewood, A City of Love

Written by Thursday, February 16, 2017
By: Willie Brown America has just celebrated Valentine’s Day, or the “Day of Love.” It is the day folks get all mushy about their husbands, wives, boyfriends and girlfriends. People go out to dinner, and buy cards, candy and gifts for their love interests. It’s so romantic. If you live in Inglewood, there’s another reason to get excited about February 14. It is the official birthday of the city. That’s right. The City of Inglewood was incorporated back in 1908, which makes it 109 years old. Like most relationships, Inglewood and those who love it have gone through ups and…

City Approves Land Dedication Offers

Written by Thursday, February 16, 2017
By Veronica Mackey On Tuesday, the Inglewood City Council gave its full support to the South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) becoming the Adult and Dislocated Worker Career Services Provider for the State of California Workforce Development Board. The City also voted to renew its non-financial work experience agreement with SBWIB to provide youth and adult workers opportunities to gain workplace experience and build workplace skills. SBWIB provides job training and employment services to residents…
95 Detained in L.A. County The Dept. of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released details about the weeklong raid which took place, resulting in detainment of 161 people in Southern California. According to ICE, 95 people were arrested in Los Angeles County, 35 in Orange County, 13 in San Bernardino County, seven in Riverside County, six in Ventura County and five in Santa Barbara County. Similar operations were conducted across the country, with…

History of the Black Man B.C. – Part 1

Written by Thursday, February 16, 2017
By Veronica Mackey If we don’t learn from our mistakes, we are bound to repeat them. Various struggles of the black race, evidenced by negative self image, poor health and economic dependency are the result of many years of oppression. The ideology of racism against dark-skinned people is deeply rooted and exists on every continent. But the truth is, black men once dominated the earth, and if this potential for greatness could be collectively realized,…
By Angel Johnson, Contributing Writer On Feb. 8th, Emmy winner Viola Davis presented a lecture to 16 hundred students at California State University Northridge (CSUN). Lately, she has been breaking social norms and paving the way for women of color to play more versatile roles in Hollywood. She currently plays the role of Annalise Keating, a law professor, on the hit show “How To Get Away With Murder.” Davis shared her story about how she…

Al Jarreau Was a Jazz ‘Healer’

Written by Thursday, February 16, 2017
“Last night I was in an Al Jarreau mood. Went on YouTube, played a few of his hits and got my groove on. I looked at his photo and thought, "I wonder how he's doing?" I don't know him personally, but I have always been a fan. Then I learned that he died today. Wow! It's amazing how the Spirit World gives us a head's up, often without our knowing. RIP Al, I love you.”…
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