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Lisa Olivia Fitch

Stories by Lisa Olivia

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Clinical trials set for breakthrough sickle cell gene therapy technique

Using the patients’ own bone marrow

When you think sickle cell disease, you think of a crippling, painful, life-shortening disease that affects some in the Black community.

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‘One Night in Miami …’ after the big Ali fight

The boxer, Sam Cooke, Malcolm X and Jim Brown come together on stage

I must admit, I was not really a big Muhammad Ali fan when I was young. Coming from a Catholic upbringing where quiet humbleness was next to godliness, I guess I thought him too flamboyant, loud and a braggart.

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The church: surviving the recession

It has taken a beating financially in the African American community, but a strong legacy remains

When it comes to crises, the African American community, like other communities, can usually count on assistance from the Red Cross, local government agencies and the church. But with the Great Recession forcing some churches to shutter their doors, is that lifeline in jeopardy?

The church: surviving the recession

When it comes to crises, the African American community, like other communities, can usually count...

Pan African Film Festival: a year-round quest for the best

Carter G. Woodson's initial 1926 "Negro History Week" included both the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln...

Enduring lessons for young lovers

"That we arrived at 50 years together is due as much to luck as to...

Kamala D. Harris: in search of justice

After winning what was described as a "razor close" election for California attorney general in...

A full plate

"A single bracelet does not jingle"--proverb, Congo Yams, rice, corn, black-eyed peas, peanuts,...

Little town on the prairie

You've heard of them. Vin Rhames starred in a movie about one. Beverly Jenkins wrote...

The evolution of BET

Billed as "the biggest night in music," the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards has evolved...

Sexual abuse in schools is a national phenomenon

The prevalance of sexual misconduct at schools is hard to determine because there is no...

Why Red Tails flew high

Clapping and yelling at the sights of African American heroes on the screen, viewers on...

A shoppers holiday

Recycling Black dollars is not a new idea in Los Angeles. From the 1920s through...

Families finding life support

Family. We're not what we used to be. Today as we celebrate National Black Family...

Foster care: OK but improvements needed

"I consider myself a professional mother," said Annie Hall, who is currently caring for five...

Putting Black females in the executive pipeline

In the corporate world--the land of office supplies, paper cuts and ink stains--there has long...

Abortion and the Black Church

As we move deeper into Women's History Month, the status of Black women's health is...

Alls fair in love, war and relationships

Ah, the Valentine's weekend is upon us and a young woman's thoughts turn to love....

Black Philanthropy: Still working to uplift the underprivileged

"To whom much is given, much is required," is a life principle Bernard and Shirley...

Prop. 27 gives politicians back redistricting duties

Putting the redistricting process into the hands of the people is the topic of two...

Prop. 26 repeals new fuel laws

Proposition 26 proposes that state laws which result in any taxpayers paying higher taxes must...

Connecting with Africa

A number of local business associations advocate investment in the African Diaspora as a means...

Breast cancer: New facts, figures and developments

Ninety percent of White women who are diagnosed with breast cancer will live at least...

CAAM marks three decades

While watching the news the other night, you may have seen one of those "good...

Watts Labor Community Action Committee celebrates 45 years

In August 1965, Watts became known world-wide for being the site of the largest riots...

Ethnic media

Millions of official 2010 Census forms arrived in mailboxes this week, and the U.S. Census...