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Fun reading during summer break can improve child’s classroom work

Summer reading can provide a wealth of help to any student returning to school in the fall. Every school district nationwide and their partners with the city library will agree that students who pick up three to four books during ...

Getting dirty with Ron Finley: The ‘Gangsta Gardener’

Ron Finley owns an Olympic-size swimming pool, but there’s no water inside. The cavernous structure has been empty for several years and currently serves as the centerpiece for a tropical paradise embedded in the heart of South Los Angeles. “I ...

Mental illness is still an issue that causes silent suffering

About one in five American adults—roughly 43.8 million people—will experience some form of mental illness in any given year. As Mental Health Awareness Month winds down, the statistics are startling regarding how pervasive the many aspects of mental illness can ...

#BlackTechMatters—gaming, coding and apps; African Americans face obstacles

Anari Sengbe, who comes from a family of immigrants from Sierre Leone, is now one of the most sought after coders and app creators in America. He is part of a class of burgeoning “techies” rising from all walks of ...

An early job can provide wealth of opportunities for young people

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that each year about 3 million teenagers graduate from high school, and another 1.5 million earn a college degree. Unfortunately, for many, the fit between themselves and future employment is precarious at best. Teen ...

Where do we go from here?

Now that the dust has settled in the wake of numerous documentaries, television news specials, formal studies by educational centers, think tanks and other entities in this, the 25th anniversary of the 1992 revolt/riot/uprising of Los Angeles, we may ask ...

Modern moms have more choices, but less free time and assistance

Modern motherhood is a far cry from yesteryear. Just preparing breakfast, for instance, today requires careful planning and dutiful attention to what is best for children. These days, the familiar bowl of breakfast cereal is often paired with organic, soy ...

Remembering our favorite Black TV moms

Who can forget Clair Huxtable’s radiant smile and infectious charm? Can you still remember Vivian Banks and her smooth, mahogany skin and sharp intellect? Will we ever witness a more steadfast and loving TV mom than Florida Evans? These fictional ...

Alzheimer’s disease continues to baffle scientists in U.S. and around the world

Alzheimer’s disease continues to baffle neuroscientists around the world. This year, the disease was listed by the Alzheimer’s Association (AA) as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States; just 20 years ago it was 13th. Experts generally ...

Sickle Cell Disease: A cure on the ever-distant horizon

It is exactly 3:30 p.m. and Morgan Taylor is pulling into his driveway after receiving four hours of intravenous fluids and pain medication. He sounds like he is feeling okay, you can hear the energy in his voice. This is ...

L.A. Uprising: A look at the city 25 years later

Twenty-five years ago on April 29, the world got a first-hand demonstration of how dangerous unchecked racism and prejudice can be. It began with an attempted police stop of a motorist that spiraled out of control and ended with four ...

L.A. Uprising: A look at the city 25 years later

Twenty-five years ago on April 29, the world got a first-hand demonstration of how dangerous unchecked racism and prejudice can be. It began with an attempted police stop of a motorist that spiraled out of control and ended with four ...

Black millennials: Trapped under the weight of racism and a cash-poor economy

Jerry Houston will be another year older in July, but he’s not planning a celebration for his 29th birthday. “There’s nothing to celebrate”, he scoffed. “I’m up to my ankles in debt from school loans and the degree I earned ...

Black millennials: Trapped under the weight of racism and a cash-poor economy

Jerry Houston will be another year older in July, but he’s not planning a celebration for his 29th birthday. “There’s nothing to celebrate”, he scoffed. “I’m up to my ankles in debt from school loans and the degree I earned ...

Good Friday service recalls Christ’s ultimate victory over spiritual death

Millions of Christians around the world will attend a special church service today in which a group of pastors will recite and reflect on Christ’s seven final statements from the cross. These were powerful words that many Christians believe were ...