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Your Local Voice is Needed

Written by Thursday, March 10, 2016
Nothing matters more in the business world or in government than the voices of local residents. They are the ones who have a stake in the community—those who will be around for the long run. One Inglewood resident that has been making his voice known lately is Larry Rigsby. Although he does not get to council meetings often, he keeps up with city happenings by reading and watching YouTube coverage of city events. He keeps his hand on the pulse of Inglewood and stays informed. As a publisher, it is particularly flattering to me that someone would take the…

We Cannot Go Back!

Written by Thursday, March 03, 2016
Nine months from now, voters will once more decide their next commander-in-chief. While I usually wait until the election is closer before starting my “get out and vote” campaign, the stakes are too high now. If you have never voted or are thinking of skipping this one, please hear me out. The polarization between Republicans and Democrats could not be wider apart. It is reminiscent of the Civil War which nearly tore America apart in the 1860s. If we don’t make the right choice in November, the consequences will be earth shattering. Who knew when we elected our first black…

Income a Major Factor in Life Expectancy

Written by Thursday, February 25, 2016
Comedian George Burns once said if he knew he was going to live so long, he would have taken better care of himself. This statement, of course, assumes one has the wherewithal to stay healthy and live long. New research by the Brookings Institute has just been released that rich people live longer than the poor. This is not a newsflash, but what needs to be addressed is why. We know that factors such as smoking, stress, diet, exercise, education and the environment have a big impact on life expectancy. Until we begin to close the gap economically, however, the…

A Black Woman is Running ABC

Written by Thursday, February 18, 2016
On Wednesday, black history was made when Channing Dungey became the first African-American woman to run a broadcast network. ABC president Paul Lee officially stepped down from his post after 6 years at the network. Assuming this position right in the midst of calls for more diversity in the entertainment industry, Dungey joins a short list of minority women in a position to shake things up in Hollywood. Last month, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, first black female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, expressed her disappointment over the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominees. Not…

Inglewood. . .Today!

Written by Friday, February 12, 2016
The state of Inglewood today is upbeat and positive. It is cause of celebration for both old and young residents alike, as they witness the inevitable transformation taking place. Thinking of the enormous progress that has taken place over the last few years, I am more appreciative now than ever about my business and what it stands for. Who knew when I named my publication Inglewood Today nearly 22 years ago, that the phrase would become so relevant? Of course no one could have predicted the Inglewood of today, back then. We certainly were not rocket scientists and the name…

Preserving Your Own Black History

Written by Tuesday, February 09, 2016
For the past couple of weeks, the so-called Oscar boycott has topped the news. Black actors, actresses and film makers have debated about whether to tune into the 88th Academy Awards Show because no outstanding African Americans were nominated in any category. Will and Jada Smith will not attend and Spike Lee will be attending the Nicks game on Oscar night. Black oriented award shows like The NAACP Image Awards, BET Awards and Soultrain Awards came about as an alternative to the Oscars and Grammys to ensure people of color could be recognized for their talent. Black entertainers chose to…

Don’t Believe Your Lying Eyes

Written by Thursday, January 28, 2016
Negative comments hurled against Inglewood leaders on Tuesday at the council meeting were so outrageous that I have to speak. Someone actually had the audacity to say that all Mayor Butts has done is let dollar stores and hair salons come into Inglewood and that he and the council haven’t done anything significant to make progress. He actually said Madison Square Garden was going to rebuild the Forum anyway, without any help from the leadership. In fact, Mayor Butts had nothing to do with the Forum getting here. Wow! That’s amazing! And it would be laughable if it weren’t so…
Now that word is out about NFL owners voting 30-2 to bring the Rams back to L.A., to play at the proposed Inglewood stadium, the city is buzzing with excitement. Residents can expect their city to be in the limelight for years to come. First there is the period of 2 or more years that it will take to complete the new $1.9 billion stadium, then the first season when the Rams will make their grand return to L.A. There is a chance that the Rams may share the stadium with the San Diego Chargers. As you know, there is…

My New Year’s Wishes

Written by Sunday, January 03, 2016
Dear Readers, As you count your blessings and close out 2015, I hope that 2016 will bring you the health, peace and prosperity that you desire. Here is my wish list for 2016. You might find a few items to add to your New Year’s wish list as well: January: Inglewood gets the green light from NFL owners to build the football stadium. February: The spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and other great leaders will be reborn in this new generation during Black History Month. The fight for equality will be waged with respect and dignity. April:…
It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays, and that means life for most of us is about to speed up. There is so much to do and so little time to prepare for the biggest holiday season of the year. I hope you’re ready, because ready or not, here it comes. This season of giving and goodwill toward our fellow man is contagious. Once you start giving, you don’t want to stop. But all this giving requires time, energy, money and effort that you may not have. If you are feeling drained by holiday commitments, or feel you…
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