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The effects of Black History Month

Carter G. Woodson was born in New Canton, Va., and raised in West Virginia, the son of former slaves. Getting education and using it to better the conditions of Black Americans was part of his cultural upbringing. Deprived of opportunities ...

The politics of re-balancing the system

This column covered the Marissa Alexander case previously. What’s the status and significance of it? Alexander, from Jacksonville, Fla., reported that nine days after giving birth to a daughter in 2010, her estranged husband, Rico Gray, choked her, beat her ...

At 100, Olivia Hooker is a living history lesson

Olivia Juliet Hooker celebrated her 100th birthday on February 12. In 1944, she was among the first five African American women allowed to serve in the Coast Guard as a SPAR (the acronym derived from the translations of the Coast ...

Mayor travels to capitol to help resolve labor dispute

Mayor Eric Garcetti was in San Francisco Wednesday to take part in talks to resolve the ongoing labor dispute between port employers and dockworkers that’s affecting 29 West Coast ports, including the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports.

‘The Detroit Walker’: A study in resilience

For most of the last decade, James Robertson, a 56-year-old Detroiter, walked to work every day.

Poverty doesn’t have to be a state of mind

The racial differential in the poverty rate is staggering. Last time I checked, about 12 percent of people in the United States, one in eight people are poor. Depending on race and ethnicity, however, poverty is differently experienced. Fewer than ...

‘Rise Phillips Succumbs’

Rise Phillips, former president and CEO of T.H.E. (To Help Everyone) Health and Wellness Centers, died Tuesday in her Los Angeles home. She was 55.

Every day is Ferguson

Headlines scream almost daily about a new incident of racial violence boiling over in a town that is struggling to overcome its troubled history. While prominent African American leaders shout their outrage from microphones and television studios and the rest ...

LA Community College District has a really big problem

The first step in solving a problem is admitting you have one. Presently, governing board members are elected at-large in the LACCD, an area larger than any other elective office in California (2.5 million voters) except for statewide offices and ...

Counting the Cost

I like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Her progressive ideas are just what we need while Hilary Clinton is straddling the fence, and still cozying up with bankers. Warren says she isn’t running for president, but there are quite a few ...

Obama gives nod to civil rights movement in budget proposal

President Barack Obama is calling for $50 million to restore national parks sites associated with the Civil Rights Movement to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

Melrose gallery offers up urban themed artifacts

Since the early 1980s, the shopping, entertainment, and dining Mecca along Melrose Avenue has been a go-to spot for hipsters and scene makers who frequent Los Angeles’ fashionable West Side. While it strives to project a trendy persona ranging from ...

Justice must be won

I write this piece after preaching at the New Testament Church of God in the Brixton section of London, England. Over the last two days, I had meetings, rallies and exchanges with people all over London who were interested in ...

Counting the Cost

President Barack Obama knocked it out of the park during the State of the Union address. He was strong, progressive, firm, and relaxed. He was almost cocky as he offered a few jokes, smugly announced that he would have no ...

Kevin Chavous

In the spring of 1968, while growing up in Indianapolis, my mother scooped up me and my three younger siblings and told us that she was going to take us to hear the next president of the United States speak. ...

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