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How the West Won

Written by Thursday, June 15, 2017
The Golden State Warriors brought the NBA Championship (and bragging rights) back to the West Coast Monday, closing out the season against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who beat them last year. The Oakland-based team beat their East Coast rivals 129-120, in decisive Game 5. Kevin Durant was named MVP, scoring 39 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. This NBA Finals game was watched by more than 25 million viewers on ABC, wrapping up the most-viewed series…
Leroy Fisher, 77, longtime Inglewood resident and former City Council candidate, was arrested June 6 on suspicion of trying to molest a minor, according to a source. A regular attendee at Inglewood City Council meetings, Fisher ran unsuccessfully for a seat in Council District 1 in March 2017. Fisher was taken into custody by Inglewood Police detectives and Special Enforcement team personnel in City Hall after last week’s meeting adjourned. According to a source, Fisher…

Appreciating Father’s Day

Written by Thursday, June 15, 2017
On Mother’s Day, I overheard a man tell his family as they were leaving the restaurant, “Remember now, I want y’all to do the same thing for me on Father’s Day.” Everyone laughed, but the reality is we are all too familiar with the fact that many men feel cheated when compared to moms. Watch any sporting event, or award show and you’ll hear more shout-outs to mom. To be fair, there are many more absent fathers than mothers, so some of the father snubs are well deserved. But those men who stuck around to help raise their kids—married or…

Kamala Harris in 2020?

Written by Thursday, June 15, 2017
By Veronica Mackey Attorney General Jeff Sessions was a senator for 20 years before accepting his current post in the Trump Administration. The seasoned politician knows his way around investigative hearings and knows how to avoid implicating himself under oath. Nonetheless, the Alabama Republican came unraveled by a Congressional newcomer during Tuesday’s hearing on Russian interference with the 2016 election. Freshman Sen. Kamala Harris fired off question after question about Sessions’ meetings with Russian officials…

L.A. Inches Closer to Olympics Bid

Written by Thursday, June 15, 2017
May have to wait until 2028 The United States took another step toward hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games Friday, following the International Olympic Committee executive board’s approval of a plan to award both the 2024 and 2028 Games simultaneously later this year. The unprecedented dual award all but guarantees that Los Angeles and Paris—the only bidders left—will become host cities. There is speculation that the Summer Games will be held in Paris in 2024…
The trial of a Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a black motorist opened Monday with attorneys offering sharply different accounts of whether the officer saw the motorist’s gun before he began firing, according to AP. Officer Jeronimo Yanez, a Latino, is charged with manslaughter in the July 6 death of Philando Castile, a 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker, in a St. Paul suburb. Castile’s death in little more than a minute after he was…
By Laurel Wamsley Andrea Constand walks to the courtroom during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., on Tuesday. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. Matt Rourke/AP (NPR) - Andrea Constand has said Bill Cosby drugged and assaulted her in 2004 while she was working for Temple University's women's basketball team. On Tuesday, in a Pennsylvania courtroom, she told her story publicly for the…
By Benjamin Siegeln It won't be business as usual on Capitol Hill tomorrow. Former FBI Director James Comey's appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to captivate lawmakers -- and grind some official business to a halt. "This will be watched as much as the Watergate hearings," said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, who plans to watch the hearing. Several House members -– including Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Illinois),…

Celebrating Black Music Month

Written by Friday, June 09, 2017
At the end of the day, there is nothing that makes a black gathering come together better than black music. Second to food, black music provides “magic” that makes every setting special, whether it is R&B, soul, blues, jazz, gospel or hip hop. June is the official time to observe Black Music Month, and like Black History Month, an ideal time to learn and teach others about African American culture. Although popularized by nearly every race and culture, the history of black music in America was born from pain. Gospel and blues are expressions of injustice and oppression, whether it…

June is Black Music Month

Written by Friday, June 09, 2017
With black music being such an intricate part of African American life, many of us might not feel the need to celebrate it as a national observance. Still, Black Music Month has its rightful place in history. The observance, honoring the vast musical contributions of black artists, was first declared in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter. In 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the African-American Music Bill, which formally established June as Black Music Month nationally.…

What You Should Know About Opioids

Written by Thursday, June 01, 2017
Tiger Woods’ recent brush with the law may have saved his life. Although the 41 year-old golf legend didn’t have a trace of alcohol in his blood, he did test positive for drugs—among them, an opioid called Vicodin. Woods was prescribed Vicodin for a back injury, and is recovering from back surgery. While he escaped unharmed—he was in his car asleep at the wheel, but stopped—this story could have ended far worse. Vicodin, the brand…

Freedom of Speech

Written by Thursday, June 01, 2017
By Veronica Mackey Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Black Lives Matter were subjects of criticism by a few residents at Tuesday’s council meeting. Long time resident Ray Davis who attended the City’s Memorial Day ceremony honoring veterans, said Waters “desecrated” the memory of his father, a military man. When pressed for details, Davis said Black Lives Matter members disrupted the ceremony, and Waters invited one of the leaders to sit up front with her. “They (Black…
It’s no secret that in communities of color, payday loan companies are everywhere. Easy money lenders know Black and Hispanic Americans are paid the least, making it harder for them to make ends meet between paydays. They see us coming. Advocates of this type of predatory lending argue that they are providing a valuable service by offering help to those who could not get access to money in other ways, due to poor credit. But if their intentions are so good, why did Republicans try so hard to protect them from reasonable government regulations. The L.A. Times did an excellent…
By Veronica Mackey The long-awaited response to the officer-involved shootings of Kisha Michael and Marquintan Sandlin came on Friday when the Inglewood Police Department completed its internal review. Inglewood Mayor James Butts announced Tuesday that five officers are no longer employed by the Inglewood Police Department. There are still, however, a lot of unanswered questions about what really happened to the couple in February 2016. What happened between the time the couple were allegedly found…
A recent study reported in the May issue of JAMA Internal Medicine offered proof that segregated neighborhoods can affect health. The study focused on blood pressure among African-Americans, who suffer the highest rates of hypertension of any group in the United States. The results explained that living in a racially segregated neighborhood can actually increase blood pressure. How it can happen One reason is given by David Goff, M.D., director of the Division of Cardiovascular…
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