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A Black History memoir: The legacy of Malcolm X

Fifty years ago this week, a crowd filed into Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom on a Sunday afternoon. The Audubon was a multi-purpose building that hosted a variety of events, including festivals, movie screenings, and religious services. But today, however, it was ...

Celebration of Black History strikes chord

When Harvard-educated historian, author and journalist Carter G. Woodson and the organization he founded—the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH)—conceived of the idea of Negro History Week in 1925, the goal was simply to raise awareness ...

Afrika Fifty6 plans benefit projects across continent

Many African Americans take living in a developed country for granted. They don’t realize a decent education, school books and new clothes are seen as luxuries in some of the more deprived parts of the world, including Africa. Cedric Idudu ...

Israel’s Black immigrants forced to use birth control

As enraged feminists in the U.S. continue to protest against “50 Shades of Grey,” a book-turned film that attempts to romanticize female objectification, Israeli women are currently battling an injustice perpetrated by their own government leaders. More specifically, according to ...

Celebration of Black History strikes chord

When Harvard-educated historian, author and journalist Carter G. Woodson and the organization he founded—the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH)—conceived of the idea of Negro History Week in 1925, the goal was simply to raise awareness ...

Palmdale sets quest to provide summertime jobs for local youth

It’s never too early to start a job search—particularly if you’re a teenager. As the national employment figures continue to tick up, young people looking for work this summer may have an even more difficult time trying to secure a ...

Eighth District candidates talk economics

With a scant three weeks left before the March 3 election, the four candidates seeking to fill the Eighth District City Council seat being vacated by a termed-out Bernard Parks, met at a forum Tuesday night hosted by the Empowerment ...

Black adoptee says new parents must preserve child’s culture

Not too long ago the common belief was that Black children in the foster system were expected to be adopted by African American families, but that has changed in recent years. Transracial adoptions have become common place. Celebrities such as ...

Suge Knight’s “Straight Outta Compton”

In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, Calif., were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up there into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive ...

Measles outbreak spreads; no cases so far at AV schools

Stretching from the streets Disneyland to the steps of Capitol Hill, the measles outbreak and resultant commentary has returned focus to a generations’-old discussion of why and when children should receive vaccinations.

The spook left out in the cold

“…Sterling was not only employed by the C.I.A., but he worked as an operations officer—meaning he worked clandestinely. Thus, the factual details of the case, which would otherwise be unremarkable, (redacted) potentially, compromise the C.I.A.’s operations…”

NASA seeks $500M budget boost

NASA has released its proposed 2016 budget request of $18.5 billion, an increase of $500 million over the agency's approved budget this year.

‘Roots of the Soul’ takes audience on search for identity and place

In a nod toward service to his community, noted actor/director Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter on Feb. 21 will host the Caribbean American Repertory Theatre West’s production of the play “Roots of the Soul” at Palmdale’s Legacy Commons senior facility. The production, set ...

Reparations revisited

Ron Daniels is well aware of the ebb and flow of progress that social justice issues can sometimes endure. An activist/scholar who holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from Youngstown State University, a masters of arts in political ...

Black entrepreneurs say business ownership leads to self determination

Even though the Obama administration is entering its final lap, things are not looking great for the African American community. The Black unemployment rate is still about double the national rate and more education will not necessarily solve the problem. ...