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Civilian oversight commission may add stability to Sheriff’s Department

In a widely anticipated move, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors last week voted 3-2 to establish the first-ever civilian oversight commission to periodically review the embattled Sheriff’s Department.

Titi Branch, co-founder of Miss Jessie’s, dies at 45 of apparent suicide

Titi Branch, one of the co-founders of the successful natural hair care line, Miss Jessie’s, died Dec. 4, according to an obituary by NV Magazine.

'Breathe Easy' T-shirts stir controversy

Eric Garner's final words have become a rallying call for protesters across the country.

Twitter sparks debate on White privilege #CrimingWhileWhite

Following the news that New York City officer Daniel Pantaleo, who held unarmed Eric Garner in an against-policy chokehold resulting in his death, would not be indicted, protests broke out around the country in what many called “another total miss” ...

Covered California in second phase; L.A. County leads all state regions

Enrollment for the second phase of Covered California got underway two weeks ago with Los Angeles County expected to again lead all state regions in sign-ups. In March, more than 200,000 persons in the county had enrolled, far outpacing the ...

Positive outlooks arise in the fight against HIV/AIDS

World AIDS Day, held on Dec. 1 each year, is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, show their support for people living with the virus and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS ...

‘Black Friday’ is now obsolete as retailers open earlier for dollars

Today may be the last “Black Friday.” Department stores have decided not to wait for the last balloon float down the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route, they’ll forgo the final football whistle, and they are providing less time each year ...

Thanks for what?

Thanksgiving in the United States, for African Americans and Americans in general, has been a tradition since 1621. Essentially, it has been a territorial and state-based celebration of “good tidings” and good harvests. It did not become a national holiday ...

Mostly peaceful protests continue in response to decision in Ferguson

With more Southland protests planned in response to the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck warned again that while lawful protests will be respected, people who break the law or try to stop freeway ...

‘Black Friday’ is now obsolete as retailers open earlier for dollars

Today may be the last “Black Friday.” Department stores have decided not to wait for the last balloon float down the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route, they’ll forgo the final football whistle, and they are providing less time each year ...

Cool, clear water: AV officials work to protect valuable supply

Although much of California remains parched as big cities and little towns devise plans to find and/or conserve water, the Antelope Valley is managing its way through the drought with relative ease. That’s not to say that water conservation is ...

The funkiest UFO in the galaxy

I was first introduced to the term “Mothership” in the summer of 1968. During that time, it was very common to find African American male youth hanging out in the inner city, enjoying the simple pleasures of summer vacation. There ...

In search of ‘The One’

Not merely escapist fantasy, science fiction does in fact make positive contributions to society, albeit in an indirect way. Generations of innovators have used these yarns as sources of inspiration, and as a portal to the future.

Lynch, Harris, Lacey: Latest icons for American girls

President Barack Obama’s nomination Nov. 8 of veteran prosecutor Loretta Lynch for the position of attorney general may mark a bigger social milestone than his 2008 election to the White House.

Darkening of the GOP: What does it mean?

The recent election results have flown in the face of conventional wisdom. After a disastrous presidential defeat in 2012, the Republican Party regrouped and gained control over the Senate while solidifying their sway over the House.

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