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The Two Faces of Bill Cosby

Written by Thursday, July 09, 2015
It’s no secret that especially in the U.S., there are often two forms of justice—one for the rich and famous, and one for the poor and common. Celebrities have commented over Bill Cosby’s presumed guilt or innocence (Whoopie Goldberg says there is no proof), just as the rest of us. I suspect, like the O.J. Simpson case, some will hold staunchly to their opinions no matter how Cosby fares. I will not comment on Cosby’s guilt or innocence, but rather point out the consequences of becoming a public moralist. This is at the center of what happened this week when…

What A Little Hug Can Do

Written by Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Confederate flag and all that it stands for—racism, separation, White Supremacist thinking—has been a part of Southern American life since the South first waged war against the North in the mid 1800s. Southern soldiers took the flag into war with them to express their solidarity against Northerners who opposed slavery. The Civil War tore the country apart, not only through bloodshed but hatred against black people. White Southerners needed to hang onto free slave labor which blacks supplied. They needed to justify holding black people against their will in order to make a profit. Their notion of white superiority…

A Special Shout-Out to Single Fathers

Written by Thursday, June 18, 2015
This Sunday, June 21, Carlos Morales, a single 29 year-old father of quadruplets in Phoenix, will celebrate Father’s Day. It will be bittersweet because his wife Erica died five months ago on Jan. 16. The couple, who married in 2007 and went through a miscarriage, conceived through in vitro fertilization. Erica went into shock from severe blood loss after safely delivering the babies—a boy and three girls—through Cesarean birth. Grief-stricken and overwhelmed, Carlos is learning to cope with being a dad and has been getting much needed help. Since Erica’s death, Carlos has raised more than $350,000 on to…

All Voices Must Be Heard Against Injustice

Written by Thursday, June 11, 2015
Disturbing video of a young black teenage girl being pushed to ground and restrained by an officer with his knee in her back re-ignited outrage over excessive use of force between white police and African Americans. It seems the brutality never ends. Noticeably absent from the discussion, however, was the voice of NOW (National Organization for Women). The feminist group who advocates for justice and equality of women remained silent about the McKinney, TX incident from the time it occurred on Friday until Tuesday. By then, Officer David Casebolt had already resigned from the department. Political commentator Roland Martin, who…

Celebrate Black Music Month

Written by Thursday, June 04, 2015
With Black History Month 2015 four months in the past, it’s time for another reminder of contributions made by African Americans. And what better way to honor black history than with black music? June just happens to be Black Music Month, and it’s perfectly timed for the myriad of summer concerts planned. After all, who doesn’t appreciate some form of black music? From jazz to gospel, blues to R&B, soul to funk and hip-hop, the undeniable beat, lyrics and mood of music written, sang, played and performed by black artists has made a permanent impact on the music scene. The…
Ministers from Inglewood and surrounding communities observed the National Day of Prayer on May 7 with their 32nd Annual Prayer Breakfast. The Inglewood Area Ministers Association brings together religious leaders, local business, congregations and fraternal groups to pray for peace, protection and success in the City of Inglewood. Chaired by Bishop Robert T. Douglas, Sr., PhD, the organization offers opportunities for community outreach, ministerial counseling, fellowship and business networking. Keynote speaker, Pastor Xavier Thompson of the Southern Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, gave a stirring speech about the importance of prayer to building a community: “Nothing is going to…

Make Monday ‘Memorial’

Written by Thursday, May 21, 2015
While Memorial Day holds meaning and honor for those who have died serving in the military, sometimes the enthusiasm can take a back seat to family gatherings and backyard barbecues. It can become a backdrop to having a Monday off work. But perhaps, the meaning of Memorial Day can be enhanced by the word “Memorial.” We need to remember how blessed we are in this country to have fellow citizens who are willing to lay down their lives on the line for us. It is no small gesture. To fully appreciate the significance of this holiday, more needs to be…

A Mother Like None Other

Written by Thursday, May 07, 2015
We often say (verbally and through greeting cards) that our words cannot adequately express our gratitude toward mom. It can seem overwhelming to express our feelings sometime, but I’m sure mom would appreciate it if we would try a little harder. So this Mother’s Day, I hope you will go the extra mile to convey your heart-felt thanks to the woman who has given you life. I know you’ll be rushing around this weekend end, shopping, making plans, cleaning the house and trying to make everything perfect. But here is your assignment; it will only take a few minutes. Sit…

Can You Feel Our Pain?

Written by Thursday, April 30, 2015
Widespread examples of excessive force by police, though devastating, does offer teachable moments. Maybe those fortunate civilians who never had to deal with police brutality, those who see officers as their “friends,” can now relate to what people of color have endured for years. The plethora of reports on unarmed black men being injured or gunned down by white officers has reached epidemic proportions which can no longer be ignored. Media scrutiny has shined a light on a facet of life that black people know all too well, but which most white people seldom see. As President Barack Obama said…

Are You Ready for Change?

Written by Thursday, April 23, 2015
The ever changing face of Inglewood is becoming more apparent as you drive down the avenues and boulevards. And the excitement among residents is palpable. We are building a destination city, and yes, plenty of people with money to spend are going to come. The question is, what will they find when they get here? It’s time to increase our capacity. If you find yourself out-sold, out-promoted, or even out-placed, you’ll have no one else to blame but yourself. Many times, when change happens, old timers are passed up, and find themselves the victims of change. We all know of…
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