As families nationwide prepare to participate in one of the most heavily attended church days of the year—second only to Christmas Eve—floral print dresses and frilly fold-down socks for little girls, matching navy blazers with pastel tops and ties for fathers and sons, and if she’s old school, mother’s best and brightest Sunday hat, will likely be on display. Droves of Christians, believers and back-sliders alike, will crowd the doors of their nearest house of worship to see and be seen, enjoy all of the best musical selections and special programming sure to be on the queue, and of course to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But why all the pomp and pageantry?
A beloved Los Angeles based yoga teacher, licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, wellness expert, and mother of three, Kali Sampson Alexander has the unique ability to make yoga practice approachable for all experience levels. Her capacity to apply her knowledge of ancient Eastern modalities and make them relevant and effective for contemporary living in a Western world creates a unique synergy that resonates within a modern lifestyle. Kali’s yoga classes are marked by creativity, community, strategic effort, and smart practical application to help her students build a sustainable yoga practice that endures a lifetime.
The 2016 Yoga Expo is making its Los Angeles debut on saturday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Master teachers from around the globe will join L.A.’s top local teachers and studios to give participants an opportunity to connect, reflect and learn about the joys and benefits of yoga. Attendees will have access to unlimited yoga and meditation, programs, live music, local and sustainable food samples, a unique 20,000 square foot yoga-themed marketplace and more.
Africans and Native Americans: Celebrating a shared history
With yesterday’s Thanksgiving holiday, the recent celebration of Columbus Day, and the ongoing fight to the block the Dakota Access Pipeline from being built through the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, many of the issues that Native Americans have always confronted have been once again thrusted into the spotlight.
With the seemingly never-ending plight of African Americans in this country also being highlighted by the influx of overt racism under the influence of the new president-elect, these two severely disenfranchised groups may begin to find they are much more alike than they’ve before realized.
With tomorrow’s Thanksgiving holiday, the recent October celebration of Columbus Day, and the ongoing fight to the block the Dakota Access Pipeline from being built through the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, many of the issues that Native Americans continue to face have been once again thrust into the spotlight.
African Americans have had a heavy influence in the last two presidential elections, turning out in record numbers and contributing heavily to the election and then the re-election of the first Black president of the United States of America.
We now live in an era where just about everything is available to us at the click of a button. And becoming more popular is getting your daily dose of news right on your laptop or smart phone. Even the outlets that the masses use to acquire their news have evolved.
On Sept. 9, 1971, a riot occurred at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, N.Y. The riot is one of the most well-known and significant uprisings of the Prisoners’ Rights Movement. It was based upon prisoners’ demands for political rights and better living conditions and was sparked two weeks after the killing of George Jackson, a Black Panther and organizer at San Quentin State Prison. During the Attica uprising, about 1,000 of the institutions’ approximately 2,200 inmates rioted and seized control of the prison, taking 42 staff hostage.
African Americans diverging views toward gun law and ownership
As has become commonplace, after the recent mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub, which left 49 people dead and 53 injured—notably the worst incidence of U.S. domestic terrorism to date (aside from the mass killings of Black slaves and other disenfranchised groups in this nation)— the conversation surrounding gun control has once again been thrust into the forefront of political discourse.
Wakiesha Wilson, 36, was a mother
Sounding eerily familiar to the recent case of Ms. Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old Black woman who was found hanged in a jail cell in Texas—her death classified as a suicide, but mired in suspicion of foul play by the hands of police—a new woman, Ms. Wakiesha Wilson, 36, was recently found hanging from a telephone pole in her cell at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center.
Wakiesha Wilson, 36, was a mother
Sounding eerily familiar to the recent case of Ms. Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old Black woman who was found hanged in a jail cell in Texas—her death classified as a suicide, but mired in suspicion of foul play by the hands of police—a new woman, Ms. Wakiesha Wilson, 36, was recently found hanging from a telephone pole in her cell at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center. Coroner’s officials say Wilson hanged herself, but her family says that makes no sense.
In response to the flurry of comments that we received on the cover of last week’s edition; there was a very heavy mix of reviews where some praised it for its brazen honesty, while others condemned it for its offensiveness.
Following the news that New York City officer Daniel Pantaleo, who held unarmed Eric Garner in an against-policy chokehold resulting in his death, would not be indicted, protests broke out around the country in what many called “another total miss” by a grand jury. But what resulted after the outcome of the trial was even more surprising. Scores of White Americans took to Twitter in what may be the largest admission of “White privilege” on record.
As a result of the recent barrage of tragedies which have claimed the lives of too many young Black men, communities across the country have turned a very critical eye to police departments throughout the nation. Shock, confusion, and anger run rampant in the hearts and minds of family members, friends, and distant neighbors who don’t understand how so much pain is being inflicted by the very people who they have employed to protect them.
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.
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.
African American news for the week of June 12, 2014.
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.
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.
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.
Fruit dip with cinnamon sugar scoops
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:
African American news for the week of May 15, 2014.
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.
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).
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.
African American news for the week of Feb 6, 2014.
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.
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.
African American news for the week of Jan. 13, 2014
African American news for the week of Jan. 6, 2014.
National news for the week of Dec. 16, 2013.
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.
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.
National news headlines for the week of November 11, 2013.
African American news headlines for the week of November 11, 2013.
‘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.”
African American news headlines for the week of October 21, 2013.
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.
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.
African American news headlines for the week of October 14, 2013.
Community rally planned for Oct. 19
The World Stage Performance Gallery, an iconic cultural institution in Leimert Park, is being threatened with eviction.
National news headlines for the week of October 7, 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Across Black America
African American news briefs for the week of July 29, 2013.
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.
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.