Cynthia E. Griffin

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New challenges highlight old problems six decades after ‘Brown’

In 1954, the United States Supreme Court made a decision that would have a profound impact on American public school education. In a culmination of years of legal groundwork laid by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to end segregation, the high court in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, handed down on May 17, 1954, a unanimous (9-0) decision which stated that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.”

Dorsey named ‘Green Achiever’ school by the state board

Dorsey High School was recently nominated by the California Department of Education as one of five Green Achiever schools or districts.

African American grad rates remain flat

Educator urges parents to get involved

While the graduation rates of most student groups in the state rose in 2014, the numbers for African American pupils stayed flat, at 68.1 percent, unchanged from the year before.

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Actvists push for vote on Loretta Lynch

Attorney General nominee on hold more than 150 days

Supporters of New York’s Loretta Lynch, who was nominated November 8, 2014, by President Barack Obama to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General are trying to pressure Congressional Republicans to hold confirmation hearings in the full Senate.

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Treading the boards

Festival introduces youth to all aspects of theater

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 theater as well as an understanding that they can participate in all aspects of the art form from acting to writing a screen play.

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Good business

Entrepreneurs learn to create firms that benefit society

The last thing on Jennifer Davis’ mind was winning $10,000 when she got up Saturday morning to trek down to Los Angeles Trade Technical College to attend the second annual Social Innovation Summit.

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Black unemployment remains high

Self employment is an option

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 work, reported the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) this week. This was little changed from the 10.4 percent rate in February and down from 12.2 percent a year ago, noted the BLS.

One Inglewood school board race could be headed for run-off

Seat 4 too close to call

With an unofficial estimated 5,000 of the more than 65,000 registered voters in Inglewood going to the polls, the city clerk has released the unofficial results, and at this point only one race remains up in the air.

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The business of Black media

While most people who think about Black media consider its historic role as a leader and purveyor of the needs, wants and desires of the African American community, those same people sometimes forget that at the very foundation of newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations owned by African-descended people are some fundamentals—these entities are businesses that in order to exist, must make money.

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Minimum wage debate finds two sides to issue

With three different studies serving as the centerpiece of discussion, the Los Angeles City Council Economic Development Committee on Tuesday kicked off a series of public hearings regarding a proposal to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles.

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