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“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful ...

Practical Politics

In public school education, Ethnic Studies courses are the new rage, particularly in California. While the rest of the country seems to be content with its stunning lack of cultural literacy, given we’ve had a successful POTUS for the past ...

Counting the Cost

Professor Deva Woodly teaches political science at the New School for Social Research in New York. During a recent talk, she shared that trust in our nation’s institutions is at an all-time low. That is, perhaps, why the man who ...

Practical Politics

On October 1, 2016 (American Heritage Day), in Charleston, S.C., in a little-noticed ceremony, the U.S. Postal Service dedicated its sixth and most permanent celebration of the African American holiday called Kwanzaa. Hosted by the MOJA Art Festival at Marion ...

America: Assessing the future of its Black citizens

With another historic election behind us, many are surprised that we did not see the election of the highly-qualified Hillary Clinton as the first female president of the United States; and dismayed at the election of entrepreneur Donald Trump, a ...

County bids farewell to supervisors

Los Angeles County Supervisors Michael Antonovich and Don Knabe, who together have more than 55 years of service on the Board of Supervisors, attended their last county board meeting this week. Colleagues and constituents praised the accomplishments of both men, ...

Counting the Cost

Kanye West is melting down. He didn’t perform to expectations at two concert dates, declaring, at one, that he would have voted for Donald Trump for president, and generating boos for his statement. In a subsequent concert, he performed just ...

Practical Politics

Those of us still paying attention have already gasped aloud several times upon viewing or hearing about Mr. Trump’s first “transition team” picks for White House service. Virtually all of them are either wholly inexperienced in any prior work close ...

Counting the Cost

I began election night with exuberance. I was among the many who forecast a Hillary win. The only disagreement among my circle was how big the Hillary rout would be. I thought she’d get at least 300 electoral college votes, ...

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For those among us who are hard core “never count us out until the last bell sounds,” or “the last second ticks off,” here’s something to chew on. Even though Mr. Trump has already had a first transition-of-power meeting with ...

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris leads a fearless fight

As voters across the nation witnessed the most brutal act of political suicide on Election Day 2016, 62.7 percent of Californians stuck together to elect Kamala Harris, the first Black woman to serve in the U.S. Senate and only the ...

Public health approach can prevent gun violence

Two people were arrested in connection to a house party shooting in the West Adams area that left three people dead and 12 others wounded, authorities from the Los Angeles Police Department said Sunday was another unacceptable event in an ...

Donald Trump and the resurgence of White nationalism

In 1989, a billionaire New York real estate mogul called for the execution of 15-year-old Yusef Salaam, three other young African American men, and one Latino. The Central Park Five, as they came to be known, were accused of a ...

After Nov. 8—State of the Black World

I’m writing two weeks before the November election, writing and praying that Election Day comes sooner than it is supposed to. I did my early vote thing so that I could, if necessary, drop into battleground states like Virginia, North ...

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In this election issue, as usual during a presidential contest, there are tons of issues to sort through, all important for some constituency or another. For the California ballot, there are more than 17 initiatives, plus the regular election of ...