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By Angel Johnson, Contributing Writer Amazon is celebrating Black History Month with help from Alexa. The voice-controlled personal assistant, used to perform such home tasks as dimming lights, is apparently able to give lessons on black history as well. All users need to say is “Alexa, tell me black history facts.” The device has approximately one hundred facts about black history. Users can ask questions about various people and time frames dating back to the…

California Asks Trump for $100 Billion

Written by Thursday, February 09, 2017
Although the Trump Administration has gotten off to a rocky start with the State of California, officials here have set forth an ambitious list of infrastructure projects for federal funding. State legislators want to rebuild its crumbling roads and bridges and improve transit and water storage, and it will take plenty of money from Washington to make it happen—about $100 billion. Funds are being sought for 51 projects, according to Nancy McFadden, the governor’s executive…

Day Meetings Re-Explained

Written by Thursday, February 09, 2017
By Veronica Mackey Tuesday’s council meeting began with a commendation to members of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Planning Committee. Chaired by Henry Brown, the group organizes Inglewood’s annual MLK Day program. Mayor James Butts said this year’s King celebration was the best he has ever attended. “You guys are the tip of the spear for leading this forward. I’m so proud of you, Mr. Brown, and for everyone on the committee,” he said. A…

Black History of the NFL

Written by Thursday, February 09, 2017
When the Patriot’s Tom Brady won the Super Bowl last weekend, he made history as the quarterback with the most wins. He now has 5 rings and—with two more seasons to play—he could end up with 7. This being Black History Month, it got me thinking about the history African Americans have made in pro football. I am happy that the Rams have not only returned to L.A. and will play in Inglewood, but also that the team was the first to put black players on their roster after World War II. The history of African American football players actually…
On Wednesday, the State Water Resources Control Board extended its existing water conservation regulations, which prohibit wasteful practices such as watering lawns right after rain and set a conservation mandate only for water suppliers that do not have enough water reserves to withstand three more dry years. “These regulations have helped Californians rise to the occasion and show what they can do with conservation, while providing flexibility based on differing local water supply conditions across…
By Veronica Mackey Tuesday’s council meeting welcomed several fresh faces. Millennials lined up to speak their mind about changes and improvements they want to see in Inglewood as the city moves forward. Adding police cameras and increasing efforts to reduce homelessness were among the hottest topics, and both were approved unanimously by the Inglewood City Council. Inglewood police were given up to $545,305 for security camera equipment and installation, and to store and maintain footage.…

Get Inspired by These Black Thought Leaders

Written by Thursday, February 02, 2017
When we think about Black History Month, athletes, entertainers, inventors, scientists and entrepreneurs all come to mind. While we recognize the great achievements of African Americans, not much thought, however, is given to the mindset of greatness—what inspires these icons to reach higher and go further than prior generations. It took a whole lot of determination for black folks to get from the slave ship to the White House and everywhere in between. So, in celebration of Black History Month, I offer a few quotes by famous African American thought leaders. Let their words inspire you to keep on keeping…

Legality of Ban on Muslim Travel Questioned

Written by Thursday, February 02, 2017
The Trump Administration isn’t calling it a ban on Muslims, but a travel ban. However, semantics matter little to the thousands left stranded last weekend at airports worldwide. Affected travelers were either detained or turned away. The hasty executive order, which temporarily denies entry of individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries into the U.S., was signed by the new commander-in-chief and took effect immediately. On Monday night, Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for…
Atlanta community activist Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson is using his enthusiasm for the game of chess to encourage the NFL to open the Georgia Dome on Super Bowl Sunday, when the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots. Hudson is the founder of Be Someone, Inc., an organization that uses chess to teach young people how to make the right moves in life. Hudson, a one-time at-risk youth himself, whose life was turned around by…

Inglewood Barbers Honored for Helping Boys Read

Written by Thursday, January 26, 2017
By Veronica Mackey On Tuesday, Mayor James Butts and Inglewood Councilmen Alex Padilla and Ralph Franklin presented a commendation to Books, Boys and Barbers, an outreach program that encourages boys to read. Local barbershop owners teamed with the Inglewood Public Library to provide books for boys to read, or have adults read to them, while waiting for a haircut. A member of Motivated Men, a mentoring group involved in the program, thanked the barbers, Inglewood…

L.A. Approves Contracts for Olympics Bid

Written by Thursday, January 26, 2017
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to approve the contract it would sign if L.A. is awarded the 2024 Summer Olympics bid. Council members also approved a final list of venues, including the NFL stadium in Inglewood (currently under construction) and the Memorial Coliseum, which would be used for opening and closing ceremonies. “The IOC’s Host City Contract is our promise that Los Angeles is ready to host an outstanding and fiscally…

2017 Oscar Nominations More Diverse

Written by Thursday, January 26, 2017
By Veronica Mackey What a difference a year makes. In 2016, many African Americans boycotted the Oscars, citing a notable lack of nominations for people of color. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith led the charge by posting a video on social media which addressed the situation. Spike Lee told Variety, “As I see it, the Academy Awards is not where the ‘real’ battle is. It’s in the executive office of the Hollywood studios and TV and…

Million Women’s March Exceeds Expectations

Written by Thursday, January 26, 2017
By Veronica Mackey A day after the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, more than 3 million women in over 30 countries participated in the Million Women’s March—the antithesis to what they say are dangerous Trump ideologies. They came together for a day of unity to organize, be heard, and protest the new administration. California lawmakers Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Maxine Waters joined women in the nation’s capital, telling them to be vigilant and unrelenting…

Trump Vs. Media—How We Can Win

Written by Thursday, January 26, 2017
The time has arrived when those of us in the news business find ourselves subjects of the very news we report. Donald Trump is at war with the media, but that’s hardly surprising, as he is always at war with something or someone. We cannot allow him to win. America and the world in general is counting on dedicated journalists—from small independents to large mainstream outlets—to make sure the integrity of the free press is protected. Trump would like nothing more than to shut down the real media in favor fake news outlets such as Fox News or Breitbart. This…

Police in Ezell Ford Case Won’t Be Charged

Written by Thursday, January 26, 2017
On Tuesday, Los Angeles County prosecutors said they will not bring criminal charges against the two LAPD officers who shot and killed a man with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in South L.A. in 2014. The shooting occurred near 65th Street and Broadway, when LAPD officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas confronted Ezell Ford as he walked down the street near his home. It happened two days after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, MO, and…
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