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Merdies Hayes

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South Los Angeles is undergoing rapid change to benefit residents

No longer a forgotten part of city

When traveling north through South Los Angeles, the gleaming downtown skyline may remind one of sentinels that overlook an often neglected community historically shut off from modernity.

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Dick Gregory revisited next month at Annenberg Center

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will launch its 2017-18 season on Oct. 13 with a limited engagement of “Turn Me Loose” about the life and times of trailblazing comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory.

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Mexico earthquake is reminder that southland is always vulnerable

Last week’s 8.1-magnitude earthquake that hit offshore in Southern Mexico is another reminder to southlanders

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Many scholarship opportunities remain available for African American students

Every year, billions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships are given away to students to help them pay for tuition, books, and other college-related expenses.

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Lakers to retire Kobe Bryant jersey

Kobe Bryant will be immortalized in Los Angeles Lakers lore—aside some of the greatest players in NBA history—in December, when the team

One generation honors another at state Black Caucus anniversary

The California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) celebrated recently its 50th Anniversary with “The Legacy Continues” black tie gala at Universal Studios Hollywood's Globe Theatre. Nearly 500 people gathered to honor 50 years of advocacy by former CLBC leaders, including the Founder's Award recipients, Hon. Willie L. Brown, Jr. and the Hon. Yvonne Brathwaite-Burke; the Chairman's Award recipient, Hon. Nate Holden; and the Vanguard Award recipient, Hon. Mark Ridley-Thomas.

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Mental illness is still an issue that causes silent suffering

Exploring the facts versus the myths

About one in five American adults—roughly 43.8 million people—will experience some form of mental illness in any given year. The statistics are startling regarding how pervasive the many aspects of mental illness can be. This week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to spend $800,000 toward new psychiatric and family residency programs at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Watts. The psychiatric programs will focus on outpatient services in the committees of Athens, Compton, Crenshaw, Florence, Hyde Park, Lynwood, Paramount and Watts.

NAACP denounces DACA decision

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), America’s premier civil rights organization, released the following statement today in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to revoke an Obama Administration-era executive action designed to prevent young, undocumented immigrants from deportation and to keep families intact.

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National Black Worker Project looks at Labor Day and African Americans

As the nation prepares to celebrate Labor Day, the African American community faces a two-dimensional job crisis: the crisis of unemployment and the crisis of low-wage work. These are two of the many issues being addressed by the National Black Worker Center Project, an organization that seeks to provide education about the impacts of low-wage work and unemployment within the Black community, while also working to prevent racial discrimination in hiring and other employment practices and policies.

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Harvey strikes Houston as thousands of citizens scramble to safety

The biggest rainstorm in history to hit the U.S. mainland made a second landfall on Wednesday on the Gulf Coast, and is slowly moving away from Houston, Texas while inundating the southeast portion of the state and southwest Louisiana. Now categorized as Tropical Storm Harvey, it is expected to weaken today as it moves north toward Mississippi and Tennessee as the National Hurricane center warned mid-week of “catastrophic and life-threatening” flooding. At press time, more than 20 persons were reported dead and tens of thousands of people in Houston and across southeast Louisiana have had to evacuate their homes. Officials fear many more fatalities as the waters recede in the coming days.

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