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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 ...

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 ...

Young Black political leaders emerge as triple threat

Throughout the country, young, energetic, and passionate African American men and women are embracing opportunities for public service in politics. Voters have increasingly shown support for younger candidates—evidenced by the success of those persons elected to office locally while still ...

Lancaster lauded for community service efforts

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris is an advocate of building a strong community by means of regular input and volunteer participation from residents. This is taking place daily in Lancaster as the city council commended recently three volunteers from the ...

The Dorner fallout: Policing the cops

As further investigations are revealing, that very well may be the case in the Los Angeles Police Department’s Christopher Dorner affair.

Palmdale, Lancaster reach out to find homes for shelter pets

Pets may be the great equalizer of mankind. It seems no matter where you live nor what culture or station in life, people naturally gravitate toward a loving companion. Sometimes they’ll have four legs, other times two wings or maybe ...

Black sports agents advancing in professional athletics

A generation of Black sports stars have graced American playing fields and courts the past 40 years and have come into our living rooms as examples of personal determination, youth role models and social progress.

Nigerian unrest due to unequal distribution of resources

Three months after 276 young girls were stolen from the “safety” of the private Chibok School in Northern Nigeria by armed insurgents of Boko Haram, one native of the region with a deep understanding of the history and geopolitical dynamics, ...

Nigerian unrest due to unequal distribution of resources

Three months after 276 young girls were stolen from the “safety” of the private Chibok School in Northern Nigeria by armed insurgents of Boko Haram, one native of the region with a deep understanding of the history and geopolitical dynamics, ...

Palmdale continues to lead region in renewable energy sources

The city of Palmdale is continuing its quest to become one of the nation’s most energy-efficient municipalities by virtue of its Energy Action Plan (PEAP) which in four years has resulted in a significant reduction in energy costs for residents ...

Social Impact Bonds emerge

Social programs have always had a number of problems working against their success. Efforts to finance healthcare, education, and prison reform often lack sufficient funds, and the bureaucratic red tape that can interfere with—if not completely stalemate a program’s effectiveness—are ...

Antelope Valley Fair presents the best in R&B, Rock music

The city of Lancaster, Antelope Valley Fairgrounds and Lancaster Auto Mall will present this afternoon from 4 to 7 p.m. its annual Pro Bullriders Tour followed by the yearly Fireworks Extravaganza tonight beginning at 9 at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, ...

Are we American?

Happy Birthday, America! Are you among those celebrating the holiday, the country that is the United States and the history that goes with it? Or are you one of the African Americans under the “illusion of inclusion?” Are you asking ...

LPAC has it all for 2014-15 season

From classic Rock ’n Roll, to the best in Country music, and legendary Soul sounds, the Lancaster Performing Arts Center has introduced a 2014-15 lineup for practically all modern music tastes. There will also be performances by Cirque Zuma Zuma, ...