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Black millennials: Trapped under the weight of racism and a cash-poor economy

Jerry Houston will be another year older in July, but he’s not planning a celebration for his 29th birthday. “There’s nothing to celebrate”, he scoffed. “I’m up to my ankles in debt from school loans and the degree I earned ...

Facebook Killer’s actions could have lasting ramifications

Pennsylvania police confirmed Monday that the killer of a 74-year-old Cincinnati grandfather, Robert Godwin Sr.—a retired foundry worker with nine children and 14 grandkids—was shot by a children’s behavioral center worker. Godwin was walking home from Easter dinner with his ...

‘4/20’ goes mainstream as more states legalize weed

They call the day “4/20.” It’s the one day out of the year that marijuana aficionados attest they can celebrate cannabis sativa with relative impunity. When California voters voted in November 2016 to legalize recreational use of marijuana, they believed ...

Black millennials: Trapped under the weight of racism and a cash-poor economy

Jerry Houston will be another year older in July, but he’s not planning a celebration for his 29th birthday. “There’s nothing to celebrate”, he scoffed. “I’m up to my ankles in debt from school loans and the degree I earned ...

Good Friday service recalls Christ’s ultimate victory over spiritual death

Millions of Christians around the world will attend a special church service today in which a group of pastors will recite and reflect on Christ’s seven final statements from the cross. These were powerful words that many Christians believe were ...

Fellowship, fashion, and festivity: Why we still go to church on Easter Sunday

As families nationwide prepare to participate in one of the most heavily attended church days of the year—second only to Christmas Eve—floral print dresses and frilly fold-down socks for little girls, matching navy blazers with pastel tops and ties for ...

Church initiative issues warning to Sessions over police consent decrees

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, sternly warned Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the National Fraternal Order of Police and local police departments across the country ...

‘New era’ of energy production draws ire of environmentalists

With a “new era” of energy production given credence with President Donald Trump’s executive order to help revive the coal industry and—it is anticipated—to create jobs, critics in California and in several other states believe that years of progress in ...

Disruptive speakers at City Hall meetings could be charged with trespassing

Gadflies who like to antagonize elected officials at public meetings and often get kicked out as a result may soon be facing criminal citations for trespassing as a result of a City Council motion passed Wednesday. “Oftentimes we have a ...

More than 300 Black male students gather for leadership conference

Christopher Goosby is 17 years old. If he were like many teenagers, getting out of bed on a Saturday morning would be unthinkable barring a natural disaster. Nevertheless, he pulled himself awake—early, quickly freshened up, peered into his closet and ...

Unapologetically Black

Drawing is a staple of everyone’s childhood and is an important avenue of cognitive development. Very few of us continue this activity into adulthood, and fewer still progress to the point where it becomes a profession or life’s work. Los ...

Stepped-up deportation actions result in anxiety among the undocumented

Most residents of Southern California strongly oppose President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. This assessment from a recent survey conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California found that the travel ban on majority-Muslim countries, plans for building a wall along ...

Report calls for elevation of Black women’s leadership in social justice movement

To close Women’s History Month, the Los Angeles Black Worker Center, an affiliate of the National Black Worker Center Project (NBWCP), released a pilot project report, “Black Space for Women: From LA Practice to National Model for Sister Empowerment,” that ...

First ladies combat health issues with ministries, screenings and events

With March being Women’s History Month, California Black Media and Los Angeles Focus collaborated to feature the work of Los Angeles-based first ladies that focus on health outreach ministries and their communities. During a gathering, 13 preachers’ wives from predominately ...

Missing in plain sight

This article was inspired by numerous reports circulating online regarding the disappearance of more than 64,000 African American females throughout the country. I witnessed a tell-tale sign of this epidemic firsthand after stumbling upon a group of teenage sex workers ...

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