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How combat veterans are coping with July Fourth fireworks

Independence Day is often celebrated with delicious food, family get-togethers and Fourth of July fireworks that light up the night.

Feds issue latest drought relief package; farmers may benefit

The Obama Administration this week has unveiled its “Sierra Cascade California Headwaters” package that will direct $130 million toward drought relief. Most of the money will support tree thinning, watershed restoration, streambed improvements and other work that the White House ...

Fireworks on sale in Palmdale June 28

Fireworks will go on sale in Palmdale beginning June 28. The Palmdale city council recently approved permits for 44 nonprofit organizations to sell fireworks; only nonprofits based in Palmdale (or that have more than 50 percent of its membership living ...

Former prisoners struggle with employment, stigma when released

Every year America locks up more than 6 million people, many of them Black men, for lengthy prison sentences. But most of these men and women are eventually released back into their communities, where they face an uphill struggle to ...

African American millionaires: Looking beyond athletes and entertainers

Big time athletes and major entertainers tend to fill out the top spots on any list of African American millionaires. But there are also those who have used their minds to enter the realm of financial security known as the ...

Police Commission finds one LAPD officer unjustified in Ezell Ford shooting

The people have spoken, and it appears that their message was heard loud and clear. After months of protests, mostly by Black residents of Los Angeles, the Police Commission, which is a civilian panel that oversees the Los Angeles Police ...

‘Southern Rites’ documents Georgia community’s struggle with segregation

When photographer and director Gillian Laub returned to Montgomery County, Ga., a small community which held segregated proms until 2009, she was expecting to document racial progress in a region that appeared to be frozen in time. (Laub’s New York ...

Prosecutors get Tamir Rice investigation

The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department in Ohio on Wednesday handed its investigation into the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice to prosecutors.

Program recognizes mothers who have lost children to police violence

The Black Women’s Forum (BWF) and founder Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA-43rd District) announced ‘Standing in the Gap’ an intimate and engaging roundtable designed to honor Black mothers who have lost their loved ones to police brutality this Saturday, May 30, ...

Economy, police violence causing Blacks to consider emigrating from U.S.

America is a nation of immigrants, with some people risking their lives to make it here. But a few Black Americans are saying they’ve had enough of “the land of the free and the home of the brave,” even though ...

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 ...

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