Sheriff’s race, state assembly and Congress await AV voters

One of the most anticipated races for Los Angeles County sheriff is nearing the Nov. 4 finish line. Jim McDonnell, chief of the Long Beach Police Department, is vying against Paul Tanaka, mayor of Gardena and a former undersheriff, in ...

‘In the war on drugs, which side is the CIA on?’

The Hollywood film industry has churned out two movies this month covering the crack cocaine epidemic that ravaged Black communities in the 1980s. One, a docu-drama produced for the big screen called “Kill the Messenger,” and the other is a ...

Jaquel Pitts: elevating from foster care to potential NFL draftee

According to a 2013 study conducted by the Child Welfare Information Gateway, an estimated 399,546 children are in America’s foster care system. Out of that high number, Gary Strangler, executive director of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiatives, says thousands ...

Bullying robs self esteem, dignity before it consumes young lives

We’ve seen the statistics, and they are troubling. We’ve seen the participants, and they are younger each generation. We’ve seen the results, and they are often tragic.

Culture of Style: The New Generation

Being born during the age of the Internet has provided a vast number of opportunities in a multitude of industries. Opportunity though, that still requires discipline, hard work and constant battles. However, these battles are now taking place on our ...

The fashion world loses an icon: Oscar de la Renta

Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who spent half a century putting high society in haute couture, has died. He was 82. The man—often described as the “sultan of suave"—dressed every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy. Among those whose ...

New year will bring a high-tech hospital to South L.A.

As the seasons change, most everyone is looking forward to the holidays. But those living in South Los Angeles are anticipating the spring of 2015, and the grand opening of a really big present—the new Martin Luther King Jr. Community ...

AV commuters may soon have easier trips in and out of town

Travelers from the Antelope Valley have for years been popularly referred to as “extreme commuters.” In fact, the commute from Palmdale into Los Angeles may be considered among the worst nationwide in relation to time spent, route efficiency, road quality ...

Black gun tradition reveals courage and torment within 2nd Amendment

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Bessie Winchester. Companions throughout the ages have often called me ‘Ol Betsy.’ I was born in 1866, serving as the assault weapon of my day, and conceived from an urgent need to ...

Judge orders reprieve for Jefferson High students

The situation at Jefferson High School was an emergency.

Law group calls for ‘Day of Action’

The National Bar Association will hold a “Day of Action” today from 6 to 9 p.m. in L.L. White Hall at Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd.

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Latino accomplishments abundant as are hopes, dreams of future

In the southwest United States, persons of Latino origin have probably had more influence in settling the region than anyone else. You never have to look far to see the stamp these neighbors have embellished on American culture, from the ...

NAACP battles racial profiling

The NAACP, following up on its anti-racial profiling work in New York and around the nation, last month released what it is calling a groundbreaking report that details laws, cases and makes a set of recommendations geared toward eliminating the ...

The ‘New’ Hollywood?

Recent advances for artists of color have some proclaiming a new era in “Tinsel Town” while others dismiss it as a false flag for social progress.