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Community initiative may reduce gangs, help ‘redefine’ Black youth

“We have decided to stop complaining and to get up and do something about the problem.” That’s Ansar “Stan” Muhammad commenting about the nearly-unrelenting stories about “troubled,” “at-risk,” “wayward” and “angry” Black youth here and nationwide who have come to ...

Exposition Park

Exposition Park has for 100 years been a destination point for millions of Angelenos and visitors to Los Angeles. Whether you’re a sports fan, music fan, history bug, sci-fi enthusiast or even a naturalist, Exposition Park likely offers something of ...

Hundreds traveling to St. Louis on Labor Day Weekend

On Aug. 28, the “Black Lives Matters Ride” (BLM Ride) a national advocacy effort of #BlackLivesMatter, will bring concerned citizens from across the country to St. Louis, Missouri, as part of a national call to end state violence against Black ...

Ribbon cutting held for Mental Health Urgent Care Center

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, health leaders and the community came together for a ribbon cutting celebration for the new Mental Health Urgent Care Center (UCC) at the Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Campus Wednesday morning. The Mental Health Center is near ...

Lancaster city officials at odds with CPUC

Lancaster city officials say they are fed up with unfair utility rates. With the drought serving as a reminder to conserve as much water as possible, city officials last week expressed displeasure and dismay toward a decision by the state ...

Panic in the streets: Black cops weigh in on Ferguson

It is perhaps just one of the oxymorons of modern society that Black men, among the most marginalized within the American justice/legal system, find gainful employment within the law enforcement entity that is so often at odds with the African ...

Shot in fear

At a National Black Peace Officer conference held last week in Los Angeles, officers spoke on the recent series of shootings involving African American men. Officers were polled and felt, in most cases, incidents like these are based on fear—the ...

Local funding, Common Core among latest strategies for secondary schools

Although Labor Day has traditionally marked the end of summer, students in the Palmdale School District headed back to class this week. Long gone are the days of the three-month vacation, and many public school campuses have opened this week ...

Magic

Out in the Windy City, there’s a flamboyant African American magician who calls himself “The Spellbinder.” His real name is Walter King, and he’s been a professional illusionist since the 1980s. In one of his videos on YouTube, he performs ...

Retired administrator wins school board special election

Retired Los Angeles Unified School District administrator George McKenna is pledging to “help every student reach their God-given potential and give every teacher the support they need to fulfill their calling to education” as the newest member of the district’s ...

5 things women couldn't do in the 1960s

Can you imagine pregnancy being a fireable offense? How about job security hinging on your weight or the softness of your hands? What if you couldn't open a bank account or establish a line of credit unless you had a ...

Why marijuana's moment has arrived

A few decades ago, marijuana was a topic that relatively few people, mostly counterculture musicians and comedians, spoke about in public. The comedy team of Cheech and Chong made films such as "Up in Smoke" that extolled the pleasures of ...

Why missionaries put their lives on the line

It wasn’t as if God's voice boomed through sun-parted clouds, telling Kent Brantly to move his family to Liberia.

AV YouthBuild latest grant guides young people to success

Antelope Valley YouthBuild, a Palmdale-based leadership development program that offers vocational training and helps 16 to 24 year olds earn their high school diploma, received a grant of $6,500 from SunPower Foundation this month. The foundation is the not-for-profit arm ...

Michael Grant receives lifetime achievement award

The winner of the U.S. Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) Lifetime Achievement Award says the economic fate of America’s Black community “hangs in the balance” because “we are a fourth quarter people.”

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