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Chicken and Watermelon a fabricated history

I never realized that my parents (both deceased) had a problem with chicken and watermelon until the summer of 1968. My mother had just completed nursing school and in celebration of her graduation, my parents decided to take us out ...

Homeless population increases in Antelope Valley

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris last week railed against officials at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) regarding inadequate funding for the growing population of homeless persons in not only his city, but throughout the Antelope Valley.

Eastside-Westside: Change in circumstance; change in scenery

Quick and little, he darted up the steps with big news that couldn’t wait: “Moma, is it true? Is it true? Are the Bennetts really moving to Baldwin Hills?” She winked and nodded yes: “That’s right. James and Alice are ...

Black population in L.A. County declines as more return to South

The odyssey of African Americans in greater Los Angeles is a tale of hope and strident purpose. Today, Black households stretch throughout the Basin from the Inland Empire, through the South Bay and into the Antelope Valley having braved past ...

PAFF provides portal to film profession

The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), underway this week at Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15, has for 22 years showcased the best produced and most overlooked stories of the Black experience from not just America, but from around the world.

Race relations in Antelope Valley continue to stir controversy

The number of hate crimes reported and prosecuted throughout Los Angeles County has dipped during the past five years, but African Americans residing in the Antelope Valley remain skeptical of these findings. Representatives of a number of civic groups met ...

‘Beatlemania’ and the legacy of Black Music

Next weekend will mark the 50th anniversary of the British Invasion, that seminal moment in Rock ‘N Roll history when the Beatles “hopped the pond” and landed on the Ed Sullivan Show. American teens had widely anticipated the Liverpool lads ...

Double standard continues with Black athletes

The Richard Sherman saga shows that this country, as far as it has come, still has race relation issues, as Black people as a whole are still viewed by the lowest common denominator, while White athletes are given a pass.

Local dance student wins $240,000 college scholarship

In December, Bandeja Munir, 17, of South Los Angeles was named a 2013 Posse Foundation Scholar and as a result, will receive a Merit Leadership Scholarship valued at $240,000 from New York State’s prestigious Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where ...

AV job prospects remain uncertain

As the national economy continues to wobble its way out of the Great Recession, employment numbers in Los Angeles County are on a slight upswing with jobless rates hovering around 9.4 percent at the beginning of the year. The state ...

Children of the Struggle

The parent-child dynamic is an essential building block for all the interpersonal relationships that follow. Aside from its being a precursor for any social interactions during the course of a lifetime, there is also an inherent tension resulting from the ...

What really happened with the South L.A. Promise Zone?

When President Barack Obama officially announced, last week, that several low-income Los Angeles neighborhoods would be eligible for grants as part of his “Promise Zone” poverty initiative, it caused a great deal of uproar from some elected officials and South ...

Sex, human trafficking: Both brutal and high-tech

Los Angeles County is among the nation’s three most infamous destinations for sex trafficking. With January serving as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the scourge of underage persons forced to participate in the multi-billion-dollar sex trade has focused ...

KING AND THE FBI

Authors Note: Last week we investigated the Soviet Union’s KGB (intelligence agency) which attempted to discredit or assassinate Dr. Martin Luther King in hopes of starting a race war during the Cold War (1949-1989). This week we investigate the FBI’s ...

Power plant further divides cities of Palmdale, Lancaster

Controversy has erupted again regarding complaints by the City of Lancaster that the proposed Palmdale power plant will result in undue air pollution that will waft its way downwind. The power plant, expected to come online at a cost of ...