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‘Visionary Man’

Play tells story of God’s inspiration

Many of us have known people like J.B. Murray, eccentric old souls whose lives seem lit by some inner flame that guides them to places in the mind where no one else can follow. They may have been poor and illiterate, yet their zeal to accomplish some heavenly purpose drove them past any concerns of creature comfort.

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Black, White, Korean musicians come together to honor King

Symphony of Brotherhood concert

The Martin Luther King Jr. 50th Anniversary Concert Symphony of Brotherhood at the downtown Colburn School’s Zipper Hall on Sunday was just that—a symphony of brotherhood.

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It’s not a real knife, but it can cut away tumors

An outpatient procedure, it won’t work for all cancers

A relatively unknown treatment for tumors could be a boon for many African American cancer patients. The treatment—a radiation procedure for both benign and malignant tumors called the CyberKnife—is painless and can be done on an outpatient basis requiring little or no down time or recovery time.

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‘Justice for Trayvon’ rallies bring out protesters nationwide

Change in self-defense laws; charges against George Zimmerman urged

Jay Z and Beyonce joined Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton and the Rev. Al Sharpton in the heat at a New York rally. Heeding a call by Sharpton’s National Action Network, more than 100 “Justice for Tryvon” rallies were held outside federal buildings in cities around the country on Saturday.

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Attorney General Eric Holder asked to step into Los Angeles redistricting case

‘We have minorities disenfranchising minorities,’ says Leo Terrell

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, civil rights attorney Leo J. Terrell is asking the attorney general to become “an intervening party” to a lawsuit filed against the city of Los Angeles regarding the issue of voting rights violations involving the city’s 2011-2012 redistricting process.

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Inner City Youth Orchestra closes season with Beethoven, Jackson

A lot of musical extras thrown in

In its final concert for the season, the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA) proved that it is a musical ensemble that can artfully juxtapose the formality of the Classical music with the freedom and joviality of Pop.

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Leimert Park may be fading as a Black cultural hub

New owners forcing out tenants

After a noble fight by some to win an underground station in Leimert Park as a compliment to the area considered the cultural hub of Black Los Angeles, those whose businesses have helped to make it so may not be around to enjoy the benefits. A number of Black businesses in the Village have been notified that their leases won’t be renewed.

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Coalition continues fight to take Crenshaw Rail Line underground

Former Councilman Farrell compares battle to civil rights era

“I have not seen anything like this since the 1960s,” former 8th District Councilman Robert Farrell told a gathering of the Crenshaw Subway Coalition. A Freedom Rider during that period, Farrell was one of a contingent of Black and White civil rights activists who took on the dangerous challenge of riding buses through the segregated South to focus attention on the government’s lack of enforcement of laws desegregating interstate bus travel.

Ralphs closes one store but re-opens another

However, the stores are in different neighborhoods

As protesters were planning a rally at the Ralphs market on the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Western Avenue on Thursday, June 13, the grocery company was putting the final touches on the “grand re-opening” of another supermarket in Baldwin Hills at 5080 Rodeo Road.

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Crenshaw Rail Line still has a key issue to overcome

Eleven additional blocks of tunneling is a sticking point

Arthur T. Leahy, CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Agency, excited that the MTA board had finally authored a resolution to fund both the Leimert Park Village Station and Florence/Hindry Station in Inglewood, called to assure that the two Crenshaw Line projects would be done.

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