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It’s Hispanic Heritage Month!

Written by Thursday, September 14, 2017
For the next month, from September 15 through October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month will be celebrated across America. This national observance recognizes the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the group's heritage and culture. Like Black History Month, it began as a week and was later extended to a month. Hispanic Heritage Week was sponsored by Rep. Edward R. Roybal (D-Los Angeles), and first proclaimed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. Rep. Esteban E. Torres (D-Pico Rivera) wrote a bill expanding the observance to a full month, which was signed by President Ronald Reagan 20 years later in 1988.…

It’s All You Can Do

Written by Thursday, September 07, 2017
Devastating hurricanes in Texas and Gulf Coast areas, raging wildfires on the West Coast, and an overly zealous North Korean leader testing nuclear missiles--it’s been a rough 2 weeks. It seems we barely catch our breath before the next devastating news cycle begins. Fear can paralyze you until you feel helpless, and think there is nothing you can do. But there is something you can do, even if it may seem insignificant. In times of devastation, taking action and helping others can go a long way. Here are a few things you can do now: •Prepare, prepare, and prepare. Watching…
This is the question that remains unanswered as Inglewood Today’s business promotion comes to an end. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated—all the voters and those generous co-sponsors: Papa John’s Pizza, Metro and the Inglewood Airport Area Chamber of Commerce. Thanks also to those who left positive comments. Your encouragement is much appreciated The “Best of Inglewood” is officially closed, but the celebration won’t end until final votes are tallied and winners get their bragging rights. At the end of September, Inglewood Today will publish a special edition (print and online) which includes all the…

Hate is Being Fought in a New Way

Written by Thursday, August 24, 2017
Last week, I talked about how video is causing violent racists to be arrested and fired from their jobs after being identified. Now big business has joined the cause to fight domestic terrorism. In response to growing efforts to turn back the clock of American history to the 1950s and before, conscientious companies are fighting the war on racism Millennial-style. Reports surfaced this week of various websites and apps which are banning hate groups from using their service. Technology being what it is, users no longer have the luxury of simply re-registering under pseudo names because companies can pinpoint a…

The Hoods are Off

Written by Thursday, August 17, 2017
The vicious, hateful and senseless violence that took place in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend is a sad reminder of how racially divided we really are. After having a black man occupy the White House for 8 years, the creation of more black millionaires than ever before and what appeared to be more racial tolerance all around, Ku Klux Klan members made it clear that racism is very much alive and well. And not the covert kind of racism, but the kind that gets people killed. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, believed to be the driver of a car that…

Get the Upper Hand on School Bullies

Written by Thursday, August 10, 2017
Hearing about the tragic fate of Gabriel Taye, an 8 year-old black boy who took his own life as a result of being bullied, broke my heart. Not only is Gabriel among the youngest suicide victims I have heard about, but it points to a serious social problem that has turned deadly over the years. School bullies have been around forever, but what has changed is its reach and intensity. There are now more ways for bad guys and girls to intimidate their victims thanks to the Internet, social media sites, cell phones and videos. Gabriel hung himself with a…

The ‘Best’ Promotion in Inglewood is Here

Written by Thursday, August 03, 2017
Thank you Inglewood! When Inglewood Today launched its “Best of Inglewood” contest last week, I felt we had a winner. But the results have already exceeded my expectations. I am more excited now about this promotion than ever before. The many emails and phone calls received by enthusiastic readers and businesses, wanting to participate in the prize giving, has been more than great. I can truly say the “Best of Inglewood” is one of the best promotions to help small Inglewood businesses in years. As I stated in my message last week, we are running a month-long contest, which gives…

Time to Show Why Inglewood is the Best

Written by Thursday, July 27, 2017
Since the Fabulous Forum was reopened more than 3 years ago, Inglewood has been reinventing itself at a rapid pace. Looking back, it’s amazing how far the city has come in such a short amount of time. And when we look ahead, signs of success are all that can be seen. The sleepy community that folks drove through to get to the airport is fast becoming the destination city where people will want to come and shop, be entertained and just hang out. When I thought about other places where I’ve lived, I could think of no other city in…
Donald Trump seems intent on undoing every piece of legislation put in place by former President Barack Obama—and because he’s president, the spotlight usually shines on him. But all along, his cohort, Jeff Sessions, has been flying under the radar, doing some critical dismantling on his own. Sessions is also on a mission to destroy the work of his black predecessor, former Attorney General Eric Holder. On Wednesday, Sessions announced he’s rolling back policies Holder and Obama established to insure equality under the law. Basically, Sessions wants to increase racial profiling by bringing back harsher penalties for low level drug…
Every year, an average of 37 children die from being locked inside a hot car in the U.S. Since 1994, 804 children have died from heat-related illnesses in cars, according to Kids and Cars, an advocacy center that conducts research on car-related dangers surrounding children. It’s heartbreaking—an unspeakable tragedy that could be avoided. When we hear stories of infants and toddlers dying in their car seats, while parents leave them unattended for hours, we think, “How could anyone possibly forget their child?” Well, as crazy as it sounds, it happens. In approximately 55 percent of cases, the parent was unaware…
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