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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, ...

The power and influence of African American Gospel

As the end of June comes upon us and we prepare for our nation’s celebration of its independence from the English, we bid farewell to the time that has become known as Black Music Month.

Blacks overcharged, forced more often into plea bargains

Minority defendants in the Antelope Valley are being overcharged and forced to agree to plea bargains at a much higher rate than at any regional court in Los Angeles County. According to the Antelope Valley branch of the NAACP, this ...

‘Spice,’ and other synthetic drugs latest worry for law enforcement

By the time Jonathan Brown or “Big Papa”—as he was so warmly referred to by kids in the community found out about the spice invasion—it was too late. His grandson was addicted.

Palmdale officials launch assault on ‘spice’ and other synthetic drugs

A new and potentially lethal drug has been sweeping the nation during the past decade. “Spice,” sometimes referred to as “K2,” “Bombay Blue,” “Blaze” and “Zohai,” is on the radar among deputies at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Palmdale station ...

Marshall Broadcasting Group purchases three community-oriented TV stations

It’s been nearly 70 years since American families were introduced to television. According to experts from Stanford University, television must take on an active role in the promotion of economic development and equality for minorities. Through the creation of Black-owned ...

Summer youth activities planned in Antelope Valley

Although school will end soon for the summer break, a variety of youth activities will be scheduled over the next three months throughout the Antelope Valley that are designed for physical fitness, academic enrichment, community involvement and just plain fun.

The real life ‘Fast and Furious’

“I live my life a quarter mile at a time. Nothing else matters. Not the mortgage, not the store … For those 10 seconds or less, I’m free.”

Mental illness remains one of nation’s most acute, misunderstood diseases

The mystery of mental illness has perplexed society since the dawn of man. Modern scientists, mental health professionals and, most important, the troubled individual and their families have had to grapple with the causes, effects, medical treatments and how to ...

Maya Angelou succumbs

Although she was primarily noted in contemporary times for her poetry, novels and acting, Maya Angelou had a celebrated background in the arts that began when it was difficult for an African American woman to truly count on making a ...