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Black business advocate Pat Means, has died

Pat Means, a long time member of the Black Los Angeles business community and former publisher and co-founder of Turning Point magazine, has died after an extended illness. Just prior to her death, Means served as Director of Communications and Community at AltaSea located at the Port of Los Angeles. AltaSea is a nonprofit organization focusing on developing innovative partnerships between public entities, private companies and the public to explore, incubate and sustain ocean-related business; and pioneer new ocean-related education programs.

Carson eyeing post as head of HUD

As he continues his efforts to present a full slate of potential appointments President-elect Trump taps rival Dr. Ben Carsonfor cabinet post that has drawn the criticism of some in government.

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Looking at more Trump cabinet nominees

As he continues to propose nominees to fill his cabinet, President-Elect Donald Trump has reportedly selected a number people that may be of particular interest to African Americans. These include Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate who has been identified as a possible candidate for the Housing and Urban Development post. However, he has not formally accepted or turned down the job.

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Jeff Sessions receives positive support

Despite allegations of racism dogging the heels of the man President-elect Donald Trump has nominated for attorney general, there are some saying that these characterizations of the Alabama senator are not true including William Smith, the first Black Republican chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Smith said he was hired by Sessions, and worked with him for nearly a decade.

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Trump sorting through resumes

As president-elect Donald Trump has continued shuffling through prospective candidates for his administration and even announced a plan to address the challenges to contemporary Black America, there is a seemingly odd but typical occurrence happening.

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Thanksgiving meals offered locally

Jackson turkey giveaway on Nov. 22

This year’s 34th Annual Jackson Turkey & Grocery Giveaway will go on as planned on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 8 a.m. at 3669 Slauson Ave. There is still a great need for donations and volunteers. For details, visit www.theejjacksonfoundation.com. A number of organizations are planning events as well.

Voter education enables Communty Coalition to provide jobs and help the community

After growing up in Los Angeles and spending much of his life under the control of various elements of the public social services system including foster care,

School concerned about armed guards at weed dispensary

A private religious school located in the 2900 block of West Slauson is working with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office to stop the operation of a marijuana dispensary which employees fully armed security dressed in bullet-proof vests.

Third-party candidates try again to attract more voters

Jill Stein, Gary Johnson make pitch

With less than a week to go before the 2016 presidential election takes its swan song, the electoral fireworks continue to ignite. From accusations of racism lodged against both major party candidates, to the leaking of private e-mails of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) that support claims of shady dealings in favor of Hillary Clinton, to a decades-old audio tape that apparently demonstrates Republican nominee Donald Trump’s not-so-warm feelings toward women; and in the last few days, the downfall of a revered African American Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, who allegedly was illegally sharing debate questions with Democratic nominee Clinton prior to a primary face-off.

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Fostering more love

New foster care legislation may mean positive changes for affected youth

California is less than three months away from one of the most sweeping changes to hit the child welfare system in the state’s history. An estimated 18,000 children in Los Angeles County are part of the region’s foster care system, with about half of these youngsters been placed with a relative, according to the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

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