Shaka Senghor: From convicted killer to college professor

Shaka Senghor has been to hell and back. He was once imprisoned in one of the country’s worst correctional facilities, but now is a director’s fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s Media Lab and a successful author and speaker.

Providing affordable housing amid soaring rents in Southern California

The Los Angeles Unified School District is acting to alleviate the affordable housing crisis in Southern California

Loretta Lynch makes history

Loretta Lynch was sworn in as the new U.S. attorney general on Monday, replacing Eric Holder. Lynch, the country’s first African American woman to serve in the role, had her nomination held up for more than five months over politicking ...

Treading the boards

The aim for organizers of the L.A. Youth Theatre Festival happening through April 19 in Leimert Park Village at the Vision Theatre and surrounding theaters is simple; they want to develop in young people ages 13-30 an appreciation for live ...

Black unemployment remains high

While the national unemployment remained steady at 5.5 percent and the number of unemployed persons was little changed at 8.6 million in March, the rate of Black unemployed sat at just about double the U.S. percentage with 10.1 percent seeking ...

Activists gather at downtown contruction site to call for jobs

Activists gathered at the construction site of a downtown apartment project Wednesday to call for greater job opportunities for Black workers, especially through more and better-enforced labor agreements aimed at increasing diversity in hiring.

Compton Walmart Supercenter to open in 2016

Although America’s unemployment rate is reportedly reaching its lowest point in years, the Black community still suffers from a scarcity of job opportunities.

Teen heart transplant recipient killed in Georgia police chase

The story of Anthony Stokes was supposed to have a happy ending. Instead it ended Tuesday, police say, with the teen heart transplant recipient carjacking someone, burglarizing a home, shooting at an elderly woman, leading police on a high speed ...

Weekend heat wave expected to be precursor to extra dry year

With the mercury again rising throughout the southland this weekend, the ongoing drought will only be exacerbated. That’s the latest assessment from climatologists from U.S. Drought Monitor and other forecasting agencies which reported this week that California is about to ...

Mayor Garcetti urges passing of earthquake intiative

Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian Wendesday in urging passage of state legislation that would offer a 30 percent tax credit on seismic improvements over five years.

Kamala Harris works to block sodomy initiative

Attorney General Kamala Harris said Wednesday she is seeking a court order in hopes of blocking an initiative proposed by a Huntington Beach attorney that would permit the killing of gays, lesbians, transsexuals or bisexuals.

More Black families choosing to educate children at home

Home schooling used to be something only done by White Christian fundamentalist parents concerned about the secular influence of public schools. But an increasing number of Black families are making the decision to educate their children at home. According to ...

Local politicians mark ‘Bloody Sunday’

Congressional representatives Maxine Waters, Karen Bass, and Janice Hahn along with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas were among the local elected officials from Los Angeles who went to Selma last weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march ...

Could the U.S. be growing less hateful and more tolerant?

That’s according to an annual Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) report that says the number of hate groups in the United States remains on the decline for the second year in a row.

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 ...