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Game Changer: HellaChella debuts as first of its kind pop-up festival

Community approach brings multi-genred music, fashion, and culture together

Premiering as a first of its kind pop-up festival in the San Fernando Valley, a varied group of multitalented individuals came together to make the inaugural HellaChella Music Festival a monumental success.

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Young Black political leaders emerge as triple threat

Alex Johnson brings innovation, education and tech savvy to LAUSD race

Throughout the country, young, energetic, and passionate African American men and women are embracing opportunities for public service in politics. Voters have increasingly shown support for younger candidates—evidenced by the success of those persons elected to office locally while still in their 20s and 30s—and they are trusting these political newcomers to represent their interests at the state and local levels.

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Across black america

African American news for the week of June 12, 2014.

California Award-winning actress Angela Bassett is set for her directorial debut with an original movie based on the life and career of Whitney Houston, but not without controversy. The Lifetime movie is set for release in 2015 and will cover Houston’s rise and fall. Bassett comments, “I have such regard for both Whitney’s and Bobby’s amazing talents and accomplishments; and I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story. Their humanity and bond fascinates us all. I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world.” Actress Yaya DaCosta, best known for her debut on “America’s Next Top Model,” has been cast to play Whitney Houston. The late singer’s family is reportedly not happy with the production and is said to be considering a lawsuit to stop it. In fact, the family, according to TMZ, is planning its own film.

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The power of our words

At around 10 years old, I can remember having an argument with my mother—as much as a 10 year old can really argue with a parent. But after going back and forth, and her not bending to whatever desire it was that I had at that moment, I decided to change my approach.

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Across Black America

African American news for the week of May 22, 2014.

The broken smartphone Rihanna dropped while taking a selfie at a Clippers game—and which helped raise $116,500 for police groups—will be going on display at the Grammy Museum. The high bidder for the phone in an eBay auction was disqualified, but an anonymous bidder matched the amount and agreed to lend the signed smartphone to the museum, according to Los Angeles Police Commission President Steve Soboroff, the owner of the phone. Soboroff persuaded Rihanna to take a selfie with him as both wore LAPD bracelets at a Clippers game.

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Tips to get kids to enjoy healthy foods

Fruit dip with cinnamon sugar scoops

Family Features For many parents, getting their children to eat the right foods can be a daily struggle. According to registered dietitian Deanna Segrave-Daly, there are many simple ways for parents to get their little ones to eat the foods they need to grow up strong and healthy. Here are a few ideas you can incorporate into your family’s routine:

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Across Black America™

African American news for the week of May 15, 2014.

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Genethia Hudley-Hayes brings a seasoned education history to the race for open LAUSD board seat

Of the seven candidates running to fill the late Marguerite LaMotte’s vacant Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) District 1 position, Genethia Hudley-Hayes is the only candidate that has previously served on the board and additionally as its president. Hudley-Hayes’ brings a vast level of experience in education to the race.

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Beats By Dre is hiring; Kennard Brown awarded; Kevin Navayne plays; Marcus Garrey

African American news for the week of April 10, 2014.

Beats By Dre is hiring students, graduates and experienced workers that are interested in working in an environment that combines technology with music. Positions are available within the U.S. in New York, California, and in other countries (such as England, Brazil and South Korea).

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Across Black America™

African American news for the week of April 3, 2014.

With drowning being the second highest cause of accidental death among African American children, finally something is being done to remedy the problem. After a fatal accident at a children’s pool party at his home, George McKinney went on a mission to prevent similar incidents from occurring with his creation of the Alfred Jones Anti-Distress Device (AJADD), named for the young victim.

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I, Frankenstein is more than a remake

Graphic novelist Kevin Grevioux reimagines the story of the soulless monster

The newly released Gothic action-thriller, I, Frankenstein, revisits the story originally told in Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking 1818 novel, where the character was first introduced. Only now, 200 years have passed and Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, symbolically named Adam, lives on and finds himself in the middle of a violent war between demons and gargoyles. A war over the souls of humankind.

Emerging Leaders Committee hosts dialogue in honor of Dr. King

Panel tackles topics of concern for the next generation

The Emerging Leaders Committee of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California is a collective of young professionals, religious leaders and community activists focused on embodying Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of “reversing the default on the promissory note” by ensuring every American’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness by advancing economic empowerment, higher education, and civic engagement.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs recieves Horizon Award; Munson Steed honored by Urban League; Jesse Owens medal up for auction

African American news for the week of Dec. 2, 2013.

The African American Film Critics Association on Monday announced the winners of its 2014 Special Achievement Awards. The Weinstein Company’s Bob and Harvey Weinstein are the recipients of the Cinema Vanguard Award, while Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will receive the Horizon Award. Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay is the winner of the Legacy Award, and Fox Searchlight senior vice president of production Zola Mashariki is the recipient of the Ashley Boone Award. Variety film critic Justin Chang is the winner of the inaugural Roger Ebert Award. The African American Film Critics Association is scheduled to present the awards at a ceremony on Jan. 31 at the Taglyn Complex in Hollywood.

Suzanne Malveaux hosts 'The Root 100', Three Teens arrested for 'knockout' game; Jakie Robinson Foundation welcomes new boardmembers

African American news for the week of Nov. 25, 2013.

As part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, and in celebration of Black History Month, Union Bank has partnered with KCETLink seeking nominations for outstanding African American men and women in Los Angeles and surrounding regions for the Local Heroes Awards.

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PBS SoCal hosts educator development workshop at CAAM

‘The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross’ becomes base for curriculum

PBS and Thirteen/WNET have launched an ambitious national educational outreach initiative to extend the impact of the six-part series “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.”

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Bob Johnson named broadcasting 'Giant'; Hampton hosts Black Storytellers; Arsenio Hall needs interns

African American news headlines for the week of October 21, 2013.

California Union Bank has partnered with KCETLink to honor 12 outstanding individuals, including two members of the African American community, at the 16th annual Local Heroes Awards. The Local Heroes program recognizes and pays tribute to leaders who are making a difference and enriching the lives of others by improving their workplace, community, region and the world.

World Stage planning community rally

Numerous Leimert Park businesses face eviction

The World Stage Performance Gallery in Leimert Park—in light of being threatened with eviction—will hold a community rally, at the gallery, 4344 Degnan Blvd., on Saturday at 1 p.m. The rally was postponed after originally being scheduled for Oct. 19.

World Stage fights eviction

Community rally planned for Oct. 19

The World Stage Performance Gallery, an iconic cultural institution in Leimert Park, is being threatened with eviction.

Kaitlyn Hunt pleads no contest; Elderly couple charged with murder; Paul Oliver commits suicide

National news headlines for the week of September 30, 2013.

Detectives are trying to determine why four people were found shot to death in a car on a rural Alabama road. The car, which was parked in a remote area, was spotted Wednesday morning by a woman going to work and then again that night when that woman was heading home, Winston County Sheriff Rick Harris said.

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HIV/AIDS awareness workshops, education and more planned for West Coast Expo

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the national public health institute of the United States operating under the Department of Health and Human Services and headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.

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Law enforcement ramps up DUI patrols for holiday weekend

Arrests totaled 975, in first week of crackdown

In conjunction with the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, (LASD), and the California Highway Patrol, (CHP), have collaborated to make sure drivers celebrate responsibly through summer’s end by conducting a series of DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols.

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Aubry Stone, president of the CBCC, says he’ll step down next year

He cites health reasons, but says ‘don’t throw dirt on me yet.’

Aubry L. Stone, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., has lived, worked and actively engaged in community and public service in Sacramento for decades. His focus is the creation of individual and community wealth through small business growth, development, and sustainability.

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Fashion on Wheels: rolling along for 40 years

Mother of five says she’s moving on

Any business owner worth his or her salt knows that—especially in bad economic times—one may have to make hard decisions for the success of their business. Catherine Taylor, owner of Fashion on Wheels, is no different.

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African Global Economic and Development Summit concludes

Two-day event held at USC

The 2013 African Global Economic and Development Summit (AGED), organized by Green Development Group and held on the campus at the University of Southern California this week, may have gone a long way to debunking myths surrounding doing business in Africa.

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Cassie’s Kitchen: taking mama’s dishes on the road

Soul, Cajun and American food

“Cooking for one another is how we show love.” That was how Tangie Gould-Temple, co-owner of Cassie’s Kitchen, an exclusive mobile food vending company, explains it.

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Christian conglomerate strives to employ a struggling community

Recycling Kingdom Dollars births businesses for those in need

After graduating with from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in public administration and a minor in Africana studies, Janel Buycks faced an issue that is becoming more and more common, she couldn’t find a job.

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Crowds flock to Grand Park to celebrate National Dance Day

Downtown Los Angeles serves at West Coast flagship site

Thousands came out to show their moves at Grand Park and to celebrate National Dance Day.

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Witness in Whitey Bulger case found dead; Kansas bank employee charged with robbery; Ahlittia North murdered

National news headlines for the week of July 15, 2013.

Arizona The American Civil Liberties Union is investigating dozens of racial profiling claims after it launched its smartphone app a month ago. The app allows people to report whether they believe they were victims of profiling because of SB 1070, which is the state’s immigration enforcement law.

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Julia’s Hair Weev Salon continues its service to the community

Seeking to enhance the total beauty of clients

Julia Jones, more affectionately known as Mrs. Julia, made a career of servicing the beauty needs of many local celebrities and dignitaries.

Tsarnaev gets 30 count indictment, Paula Deen loses North Carolina restaurant, Liberace sells Las Vegas mansion

National news headlines for the week of June 24, 2013

Here’s a look at African American people and issues making headlines throughout the country.

NAACP host 104th convention, T.D, Jakes gears up for MegaFest, Alphonso Ribeiro host Catch 21

African American issues for the week of June 24

Here’s a look at African American people and issues making headlines throughout the country.

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Lamp Community is beacon of light for the homeless

Nonprofit provides permanent housing and vital services

The Lamp Community, a nonprofit housing facility, helps people living with severe mental illness move from streets to homes. Lamp offers immediate access to affordable, safe and permanent housing without requiring sobriety or participation in treatment. Once settled in their home, new tenants are surrounded with customized services such as mental health treatment, drug recovery, healthcare, budgeting, visual and performing arts, job opportunities, and other supports to help them achieve their goals and become a part of their community.

Across Black America

Here’s a look at individuals and issues making headlines throughout the country.

Zimmerman gets all Women jury; Teen kills sister with 'WWE' moves; Hoffa's remains undiscovered

Tavis Smiley Foundation, summer meals program and Oprah Winfrey

Here’s a look at African American people and issues making headlines throughout the country.