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We Must All Speak Out

Written by Saturday, November 04, 2017
The Astros’ Yuli Gurriel will think again before he pulls his eyes back to make fun of Asian Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish—or any Asian on national television. The first baseman who had just hit a home run off of Darvish’s pitch on Oct. 27 returned to the dugout feeling like a top dog. Gurriel laughed as he made the gesture. He also used the word “chinito,” or “Chinese boy,” in reference to Darvish, who is of Iranian and Japanese descent. The latest episode of race and identity in professional sports comes at a time when NFL players taking a knee…

Thank You Inglewood, You’re the BEST!

Written by Thursday, October 26, 2017
Wednesday, Oct. 18 was a night the Inglewood business community will not forget. It was the Best of Inglewood Awards Ceremony, the first of many to come. I must say, I could not be happier to see so many business owners come out. They are the life blood of this community. With all the progress that we’re seeing in Inglewood on a daily basis, it is only fitting that we have a celebration. And what a celebration it was! We were treated to delicious food by Dulan’s Soul Food (who was one of two overall highest vote-getters) and Lavender Blue…

The Power of a Good Idea

Written by Friday, October 13, 2017
Printing a weekly newspaper in this digital age can be challenging sometimes. But believe it or not, there are still many who like reading something tangible, which you can fold and read without the help of Wi-Fi. Realizing the rising cost of printing, I had to get creative. I decided Inglewood businesses were more than deserving of a contest that would inspire consumers and encourage local buying. And, given the record-breaking development in Inglewood now, I could think of nothing more timely. If we do not honor our own, who will? Thus, the “Best of Inglewood” contest—in which consumers voted…

Can You Hear Us Now?

Written by Thursday, October 05, 2017
The catastrophic chaos seen in Las Vegas Sunday night has taken violence in America to a new level. It is now the number 1 mass shooting in the country, due to the number of victims shot, killed and wounded. It’s a record we can do without. The timing could not have been more uncanny. It happened a week before the GOP was to vote on relaxing regulations on gun silencers. It caused the NRA to delay—not cancel—ad buys to get Republican lawmakers elected in Virginia. These are the good ol’ boys whose elections are being funded by gun money. So…

Trump: The Unmaking of America

Written by Thursday, September 28, 2017
A year ago, Colin Kaepernick got down on one knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback wanted to draw attention to the proliferation of police shootings of black men. Now, kneeling has become an emblem of solidarity for athletes and non-athletes alike. It has reawakened the debate over free speech, who should be allowed to publicly engage in it, and where. Donald Trump has likened the act to flag burning, called players who don’t stand during the anthem unpatriotic. He even tweeted his criticism of the players—and Kaepernick in particular—over 2 dozen…

Repeal and Replace is Back…Please Die Already

Written by Thursday, September 21, 2017
If you were one of those people like me who thought the GOP’s failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare was dead in the water, think again. It wasn't that long ago that we thought the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act died once and for all in the Senate, but it’s not so. Like a bad penny, the fight to dismantle the legacy of former President Barack Obama just won’t go away. It continues to rise from the ashes with new names and subtle word changes, and hang around like a cold sore. We thought Republicans…

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…
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