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Cory Alexander Haywood

Stories by Cory Alexander

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Watts environmental concerns continue to trouble residents

First part of a three-part series

Tim Watkins may be reaching his breaking point...

50K Coalition advances STEM to attract more African Americans

Only a few years ago, if an aspiring college student from the inner-city..

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Self-driving cars on state highways

If you’re a motorist in California—especially Los Angeles—then...

Group wants to increase engineering grads

Only a few years ago, if an aspiring college student from the inner-city were asked...

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder identified among Black youth

There's a 20th century proverb that speaks tothe inevitable peril associated with gang culture.

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‘The Blood of Emmett Till’

The sting of police brutality has impacted the lives of several young African American males in recent years, often resulting in

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Fear of the Black package

The rape of a White female by a slave was a capital crime in Virginia as well as the rest of the slave-holding South during the 19th century.

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Black soldiers for Donald Trump ready to defend their chosen man

New generation of African American Republicans confront critics

In the midst of stifling heat and perpetual foot traffic, hundreds of enraged protesters swarmed Hollywood Boulevard. Each participant had a message for our nation’s outspoken president. “F**k Donald Trump!” one of them yelled. “Trump’s a fascist pig!” shouted another. “Assassinate the president!” screamed one more. To describe the environment as bedlam would be a colossal understatement. It was a steamy, sticky Saturday afternoon, and emotions ran even hotter. The howling continued: “Deport Melania Trump!” “Trump’s a Russian spy!” “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA!”

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‘Girls Trip’: Devilishly raunchy, angelically fun

“Bridesmaids” raised the bar to a cinematic height that many critics surmised would go unmatched by any other female-driven film. But lo and behold, a newcomer has arrived with the potential to unseat its predecessor as the most enjoyable estrogen-fueled-film of all time. What do you get when you combine the hallucinogenic power of alcohol, four beautiful Nubian queens, and a fun-filled getaway in New Orleans?

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Black soldiers for Donald Trump ready to defend their chosen man

New generation of African American Republicans confront critics

In the midst of stifling heat and perpetual foot traffic, hundreds of enraged protesters swarmed Hollywood Boulevard. Each participant had a message for our nation’s outspoken president. “F**k Donald Trump!” one of them yelled. “Trump’s a fascist pig!” shouted another. “Assassinate the president!” screamed one more. To describe the environment as bedlam would be a colossal understatement. It was a steamy, sticky Saturday afternoon, and emotions ran even hotter.

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Self-accountability takes a backseat to victimhood in Dyson's latest trope

On a muggy Thursday evening, renowned intellectual Micheal Eric Dyson waltzed into Leimert Park’s Eso Wan bookstore and sparked a thunderous round of applause from his admirers, many of whom appeared to be well advanced in age and familiar with one another.

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The Ford Theater: Same artistic vision, new leader

Dave A. Ford is the first African American Chair of the John Anson Ford Theatre Foundation. He was appointed to the board in 2014 and elected chair in 2016. “I’m very fortunate and humbled to be in this role,” he gushed. “It’s hard to describe the joy and excitement I feel.” He continued, “It’s important for me to hold myself accountable—to meet the expectations that come with being the ‘first’ of anything, especially in a field that represents so much diversity and culture.”

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Recap: Trump Impeachment March (Downtown LA)

Despite blistering heat, hundreds of Trump opponents gathered Sunday to march the streets of Downtown Los Angeles.

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Night Riders

Multicultural group of BMX bikers rove the streets of Downtown LA

The sharp vibration of my cell phone snapped me awake at 3 a.m. It was Thursday morning, and I was annoyed. “Hello,” I answered groggily. “Hey, man. Did I wake you up?” “Absolutely.” “Sorry bout that. It’s me, C-Weed.” “Yeah, I recognize your voice. What’s up, bro?” “I was just wondering – do you have a bike?”

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The Black community should be ashamed for abandoning Bill Cosby

You used to watch him on television religiously. He was more than the patriarch of the fictional Huxtable family, he was the archetype for all Black fathers to mimic. He eventually became America’s favorite dad. But, Bill Cosby started as your childhood fantasy. He was a 30-minute escape from the fatherless homes from which many poor African Americans came.

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Kaylin Wesley: A warrior for good mental health

There’s an unfortunate tradition within the African American community that conflicts with the benefits of modern medicine and hospital care. Specifically, poor mental health is among the most undiagnosed illnesses among Black people, primarily because of the stigma attached.

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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 have three sons—they’re all creators like me,” Finley explained. His voice emitted the joyous tone of a proud father.

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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 characters embodied the essential qualities that every matriarch should possess. They remind us of the invaluable role that women play in the development and success of their offspring.

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VH1 hosts its second annual ‘Dear Mama’ celebration

The weather couldn’t have been much worse for an outdoor red carpet celebration. The air was nippy, the sky was gray and dreary, and for a brief moment, it rained. Nevertheless, throngs of reporters braved the elements and gathered to provide coverage for VH1’s second annual Mother’s Day special: “Dear Mama: An Event To Honor Moms” which aired Monday.

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Young, Black Filmmakers Gather To Showcase Their Wares

Jack Daniel’s has launched “Real To Reel,” a nationwide competition for aspiring directors to submit their best work and potentially win a cash prize from the brand’s newest alcoholic beverage line “Gentleman Jack”.

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Millennials: What will it take to move them toward independence?

Sydney Burroughs gasses up her car every morning at 5:30 a.m. to be fully-fueled for a half-day’s work. She’s an Uber driver, albeit reluctantly, and when she’s done roving from one destination to another, the remainder of her afternoon is dedicated to a second job as a barista at a small coffee house in Central Los Angeles. At 28 years-old, Sydney is in constant motion for nearly 13 hours every day. But juggling two service jobs wasn’t part of her original plan. When she graduated from college in 2006, her eyes were set on a career in corporate advertising. Now, 11 years removed from recieving her cap and gown, she wonders if a time will come when she can finally put her degree to use.

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

The ‘Peter Pan’ syndrome

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 isn’t doing anything for me. I owe $30,000 for an education that I thought would help me land a decent paying job. But that’s not where I am right now. Until I get there, I don’t plan on celebrating any future birthdays.” In roughly 15 months, Jerry will enter his 30s, a milestone that stirs mixed emotions in the hearts of those of who dread getting older. This transition can be particularly worrisome for young adults who feel as though they’ve underachieved. Jerry, for now, belongs in this category. He works at a high-end clothing boutique in Santa Monica where he’s paid slightly above minimum wage.

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

The ‘Peter Pan’ syndrome

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 isn’t doing anything for me. I owe $30,000 for an education that I thought would help me land a decent paying job. But that’s not where I am right now. Until I get there, I don’t plan on celebrating any future birthdays.” In roughly 15 months, Jerry will enter his 30s, a milestone that stirs mixed emotions in the hearts of those of who dread getting older. This transition can be particularly worrisome for young adults who feel as though they’ve underachieved. Jerry, for now, belongs in this category. He works at a high-end clothing boutique in Santa Monica where he’s paid slightly above minimum wage.

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Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez found hanged in prison cell

Convicted murderer and former New England Patriots star Aaron J. Hernandez was found hanged in his Massachusetts prison cell Wednesday morning, in an apparent suicide five days after he was acquitted of two additional murders. Hernandez was serving life without parole for killing Odin L. Lloyd in an industrial park near the football player’s million-dollar North Attleborough home in 2013.

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More than 300 Black male students gather for leadership conference

Christopher Goosby is 17 years old. If he were like many teenagers, getting out of bed on a Saturday morning would be unthinkable barring a natural disaster. Nevertheless, he pulled himself awake—early, quickly freshened up, peered into his closet and scanned the contents. Where he was going, appearance mattered. After mulling the pros and cons of each combination, he emerged from his room wearing a blue necktie, white button-down shirt, and dark, loose-fitting slacks. His leather shoes—dotted with scuff marks from being worn repeatedly to church, school dances, and award ceremonies—replaced his dilapidated football cleats in the corner collecting dust.

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‘Everytable’ provides tasty, low-cost cuisine at the Baldwin Hills mall

Sam Polk is a problem solver. When he could no longer sit back and watch Black and Latino neighborhoods across Los Angeles go without the benefit of having ready access to healthy food, Polk and his business partner David Foster pooled their resources and opened Everytable in downtown LA, a counter-service restaurant dedicated to providing its customers with nutritious and delicious food at a low cost. If you have several mouths to feed, phone Everytable’s catering service (the landline varies depending on location).

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Flipping the script

Black craftswomen establish new Hollywood archetype

The unsavory depictions of Black women that Hollywood has forcefully imposed on the viewing public for nearly a century are slowly but surely being phased out of the marketplace. Due to the efforts of trailblazing African American female producers, writers, and filmmakers, the world is finally being introduced to imagery that accurately reflects the numerous complexities of this demographic. “I think we’re just finding our groove and coming into our own,” says actress and director Nicki Micheaux (not related to legendary filmmaker Oscar Micheaux). “If Black women are not being able to tell their own stories from their own eyes, then you won’t get a chance to see the dynamics of what a Black woman is or can be. We’re just breaking through.”

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Popular Black actresses honored at recent Spelman College fundraiser

Wearing their Sunday best, dozens of women gathered on the 2nd floor of Santa’s Monica’s Loews Hotel to participate in the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC) 23rd annual Sisters’ Awards—Rhapsody in Art Jazz Brunch.

Two marijuana measures to appear on the March 7 ballot

The City of Los Angeles stands alone as the largest market for marijuana in the United States.

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Los Angeles workers gather to protest Measure S

Wearing hardhats and waving homemade signs, a diverse collection of construction workers and affordable housing advocates gathered recently to protest the potential passage of Measure S, a proposal that would ban development of low-cost housing and potentially eliminate more than an estimated 12,000 good-paying jobs with benefits.

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Aloe Blacc conducts jam session with young inner-city musicians

Taking a break from his fast-paced touring schedule, soul artist Aloe Blacc recently spent time with a group of young, talented musicians as part of an enrichment program offered at the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center (Los Angeles).

Black America’s ‘savior complex’ causes many to question Obama’s impact

The former president simply could not meet the unrealistic expectations imposed on him by those who supported him most.

Savior: a person who saves someone or something (especially a country or cause) from danger, or who is often regarded with the veneration of a religious figure. In 2008, millions of African Americans converged to vote for a man who they believed would be a game changer. The result of that year’s presidential election was viewed by many as the realization of a prophecy delivered in 1963 by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. The election was, and will always be, the most profound moment in Black history.

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Pills from the underground

nNon-prescription Viagra, commonly known as a male-enhancement drug for the elderly, has infiltrated the bedrooms of today’s young Black men.

Clinton O’Neal is a genetic marvel. He’s nearly 6-foot-4 inches tall, his physique consists of layer upon layer of hulking muscle and is devoid of visible body fat. According to a handful of his past lovers, each of whom asked to be kept anonymous, Mr. O’Neal is also well-endowed. It’s his most prized possession aside from the multigenerational collection of pornography he has tucked away in his closet.

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Kendrick Lamar isn’t a lyrical genius

If Blacks were more educated, there wouldn’t be such a fuss over Lamar’s perceived ‘mastery’ of the English language.”

I get it—Kendrick Lamar is better than average at stringing together coherent sentences

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Afeni Shakur mother of Tupac, is dead at 69

Afeni Shakur, mother of hip-hop legend Tupac, dead at 69