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Childhood mental illness remains early stigma that can last a lifetime

Practically no one expects a child to be intentionally harmed physically, sexually or emotionally, but it happens every day. Experts have for years concluded that child abuse, in general, often leads to mental disorders that affect behavior, self esteem, identity, ...

The Medal

“Someone could receive the Medal of Honor because they are suicidal; or stupid; or grandiose; or lucky; or opportunistic; because they were in the wrong place at the right time; or because they were courageous.”

Palmdale Playhouse to feature variety of stage presentations

The Palmdale Playhouse has announced one of its most exciting and artistically varied summer seasons with activities ranging from concert performances, dance reviews, art exhibitions, dramatic presentations and classic films.

Going back to our roots

What started off as a trickle has now become a tsunami. At first there were a handful of Black bohemians, people like Erykah Badu, who wore natural hair styles, but the trend is becoming more popular again. Natural hair styles, ...

Mother’s Day is etched into our memories

Mothers do just about everything for their families. They nourish both the body and soul. They bring purpose and add meaning to our lives. They willingly, and without regret, share their days and nights without celebration, without adulation ... and ...

Deprived of dignity

When I glanced at this week’s F.B.I.’s “10 most wanted” list, I was mildly surprised when I saw that no one on it was Black (closer examination did reveal former Black Liberation Army member and alleged cop killer Joanne Deborah ...

Gas prices spike once again

The Osmonds had a hit years ago called “Yo Yo.” Some motorists in Los Angeles County will probably recall that song when they pass by their friendly gas station and see the price-per-gallon rise and fall under the control of ...

The (Inverted) American Dream

“The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement ... a dream of social order in which each man ...

Antonovich announces retirement; sets series of goals through 2016

Longtime Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich announced this spring his retirement effective at the end of next year. By way of term limits, the November 2016 County election will mark the first time in 35 years that the veteran ...

Young, talented, and Black

Except for the many civil rights pioneers we’ve come to know and revere, there has been a dearth of new leadership within the African American community. Granted, only seven years ago the country welcomed its first Black president; and it ...

Climate change may foretell precarious future for LA County

Los Angeles County has been a travel destination point for millions since its founding 165 years ago. The region has experienced unprecedented population growth and attraced new residents from across the country and from numerous nations to comprise the cultural ...

Earth Day

Each year when April 22 rolls around and Earth Day comes up, we become more aware of the environment and may even become more conscientious about “living green” whatever that may mean for each of us. The importance of clean ...

Top jazz artists will appear May 9 at Lancaster City Park

The best in jazz is on tap May 9 as some of the recording industry’s most popular artists take the stage at the Johnson’s Smooth Jazz Festival. Presented by the Marco and Sandra Johnson Foundation, the festival will take place ...

Black church continues mantle of liberation, social justice

African American voices have always been lifted to Heaven. The infamous plantation fields may yield a valuable clue about why: the old “call and response” that was recited and rejoined to help sustain weary souls during centuries of back-breaking drudgery.

STEM programs unleash hidden talents among AV students

Hundreds of local students are preparing for the Quartz Hill High School STEM Expo set April 15 at the campus, 6040 West Avenue L. The event, open to the public, takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (official judging from ...

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