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Butts Says Inglewood Has Best Deal in NFL

Written by Thursday, September 22, 2016
Last Sunday, the L.A. Rams gave fans something to really shout about, defeating the Seattle Sea Hawks 9-3 in the first home game of the season. Over 91,000 were in attendance. While the hoopla of their Southern California return has been the subject of numerous news interviews, residents near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum have been focused on dollar signs. An article in the L.A. Times revealed how some enterprising locals are charging big bucks for parking. Some charge $200 or more for a single space and online sites like Stub Hub are charging up to $1,000 for a parking…

Inglewood: A Diamond No Longer in the Rough

Written by Thursday, September 15, 2016
What do you call something that is brilliant and extraordinary, but has been hidden or overlooked? The Urban Dictionary calls it a “diamond in the rough.” Here’s the definition: “Someone (or something) that has hidden exceptional characteristics and/or future potential, but currently lacks the final touches that would make them (or it) truly stand out from the crowd.” The phrase is metaphorical and relates to the fact that naturally occurring diamonds are quite ordinary at first glance, and that their true beauty as jewels is only realized through the cutting and polishing process. Seeing the amazing transformation that has been…

Three Cheers for (Finally) Having a Home Team

Written by Thursday, September 08, 2016
The exciting return of the Rams to Los Angeles was a déjà vu moment for those of us old enough to remember. In the old days, the team played regularly at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Who could forget the Fearsome Foursome in the 60s? Rosey Grier, Lamar Lundy, Merlin Olsen and Deacon Jones made up the Los Angeles Rams starting defensive line. They were hard to beat and Dick Butkus called them "the most dominant line in football history.” The Rams was the first NFL team to play in Los Angeles and among the first to integrate with African…

Stand for the Anthem, Stand for Yourself

Written by Friday, September 02, 2016
When San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem, he became both a hero and a villain. How dare him use this American tradition to protest the killing of unarmed black men by police! Shouldn’t he just stick to football and leave activism to others? The good thing about America is everyone is entitled to their opinion and should have the right to protest. So when Kaepernick stated that he would continue to sit down until he sees progress in race relations, everyone from his fellow team mates and coaches to sports commentators used their…

Time to Take 5

Written by Friday, August 26, 2016
By: Willlie Brown Has summer eluded you despite your best intentions? Before those magical summer days vanish into fall, now is a good time to pack your suitcases, load up the car and embark on your end-of-summer escape. Here are 5 ways to get your fun in while there’s still time: 1.Get out! Summer just wouldn’t be summer if you’re stuck in your house, and that goes for any other indoor venue for that matter. So get out, breathe some fresh air and feel the sun on your skin. If you are going out to eat, ask to be seated…

Welcome Home, Rams

Written by Thursday, August 18, 2016
If there was ever any doubt about the kind of reception the Rams would get in L.A. after leaving to play for St. Louis 20 years ago, and then returning, it is evident that the past has been left behind. Fans at Saturday’s pre-season opener against the Dallas Cowboys at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum welcomed the home team with open arms. Excitement was in the air on August 13, and fans showed up 3-4 hours early to get the parties started. This was the first game the Rams have played at the Coliseum since 1976, and 89,140 fans were…

Catch the Olympic Fever

Written by Thursday, August 11, 2016
By: Willie Brown We’re a week into the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, and everyone is getting a touch of Olympic fever. Yesterday, I did something I don’t usually do. I went bar hopping and everywhere I went, folks were watching and commenting on the Games. Watching these young people compete really is mesmerizing. Seeing swimmer Michael Phelps win his 20th gold medal is a testament to everyone’s human potential. That’s why we cheer him on. CNN, which is usually on everywhere you go, has been replaced by NBC’s coverage of young swimmers, gymnasts, volleyball players, and track stars…
By: Willie Brown To have Trump tell it, we’re all headed for certain death and destruction. His over-the-top rhetoric, steeped in exaggeration and lies, paints a very dismal picture of America—one that “he alone can solve.” But, of course, this must be his scenario. Otherwise, his followers might actually try to make life better for themselves. They might find they really don’t need the savior Trump is claiming to be Conor Friedersdorf’s piece in the Los Angeles Times: “To live in L.A. is to know Trump is wrong: America is not in decline” was spot on in its analysis of…

Beware of Political Hoaxes

Written by Thursday, July 28, 2016
By: Willie Brown As convention season comes to a close, you can expect all types of political shenanigans popping up to influence the outcome of the General Election. One persistent rumor floating around on YouTube is that some disaster is on its way that will keep President Obama in office beyond Inauguration Day. Supposedly, America will be under martial law and neither Trump nor Clinton will be able to assume office. The details are very sketchy, and similar stories surfaced during previous elections. It is a ploy to keep folks from voting. Please don’t buy it. Political hoaxes during election…

When Plagiarism is Good

Written by Thursday, July 21, 2016
By: Willie Brown They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. Well, Melania Trump, wife of GOP president hopeful Donald Trump, paid First Lady Michelle Obama a pretty big compliment Monday night, when she chose to lift passages out of Obama’s 2008 convention speech and claim them as her own. Had it not been for a wide-awake local journalist, who just happened to recall certain phrases delivered by Michelle at the Democratic National Convention in 2008, no one would have been the wiser. You’ve got to admit that the obviously plagiarized speech was inspiring, and in a different world,…
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