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Stanley O. Williford

Stories by Stanley O.

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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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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.

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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.

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.

Crenshaw Rail Line still has a key issue to overcome

Arthur T. Leahy, CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Agency, excited that the MTA board had...

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There are two sides to the Leimert Park Village Station story

Some are unhappy that the whole line is not underground

Last Friday, in a quickly assembled celebration at Leimert Park, activists, politicians and community stakeholders exulted over a decision by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) board to fund the Leimert Park Village Station on the Crenshaw/LAX light rail line. The decision had been made on Thursday, the day before.

There are two sides to the Leimert Park Village Station story

Last Friday, in a quickly assembled celebration at Leimert Park, activists, politicians and community stakeholders...

Community exults over approval of Leimert Park station

A quickly-assembled, celebratory crowd of about 200 persons rejoiced in Leimert Park Friday over the...

Aspects of the Crenshaw rail line still hanging in the balance

The Crenshaw Subway Coalition is gearing up for a possible showdown over additional funding for...

Study suggests alternative uses for Black philanthropy

A study on Black philanthropy commissioned by the Liberty Hill Foundation seeks to increase giving...

Activists returning to Memphis to re-ignite civil rights coalition

Forty-five years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was felled by an assassin's bullet...

Inglewood sees tough crossing at the Crenshaw/LAX Line

A meeting of the First Community Development Council at First Church of God . ....

Spirit of the inauguration: King and Obama

The spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. hung appropriately--and perhaps approvingly--over the second inauguration of...

Remembering the man and the movement

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Rev. James Lawson were both 29 when they...

Housing advocates call for dropping of foreclosure review deadline

Disappointed with the federal effort to reach the more than 4 million homeowners affected by...

Evangelist Mary Ellen Strong succumbs at 91

Evangelist-prophet-teacher Mary Ellen Strong, a frequent speaker at such well-known ministries as the Abundant Living...

Leimert Park: the making of historyand a book

It was through the Leimert Park Book Fair that author and book fair founder Cynthia...

Luke D. Dixon: giving thanks for 100 years

A week from today Luke D. Dixon will turn 100 years old. That means a...

Preying on the church

When the church doors open at the First African American Episcopal church in Los Angeles--known...

Candidates for L.A. mayor

If diversity is what you crave in politics, you have it in this election. In...

Latino leaders meet with a top adviser to the president

Senior Democratic Strategist Valerie Jarrett swooped into town on a hot summer's Friday last week...

Kevin James sees what others call his negative as positives

The fourth candidate to throw the proverbial "hat" in the ring for mayor is Kevin...

Interview with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Our Weekly Editor Stanley O. Williford sat down recently with Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa at...

Romney takes his message on jobs, the economy to the NAACP

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney spoke to a generally warm and welcoming crowd at the...

Controller takes into account the run for Los Angeles mayor

In 1979, when she was student body president at John Kennedy High in Granada Hills,...

In love with the land

Black Americans considering vacations have long overlooked one of the world's greatest bargains right under...

McDade family has differences with autopsy report

According to the autopsy report on 19-year-old Kendrec Lavelle McDade, Pasadena police officers Jeff Newlen...

Beutners quiet departure changes the dynamic of the mayors race

The mayoral candidate that Los Angeles magazine aptly termed "the unpolitician," has folded his tent...

Was McDade involved in a felony? Lawsuit says he wasnt

The 911 call by Oscar Carrillo that led to the death of Kendrec McDade was...

Trayvon Martin: the protests continue in Florida and the nation

The nation's outrage over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old...

Sculptor Elizabeth Catlett succumbs in Mexico

Elizabeth Catlett, the much-revered sculptor who eventually gave up her American citizenship to live in...

ACLU report offers alternatives on realignment of criminal justice system

Noting that the nation's criminal justice system is out of whack, a report titled "Public...

Protesters fill the City Council chamber, but cannot sway the vote

Richard G. Moore, a retired Los Angeles school teacher, told an early-morning special meeting of...

Garcetti sees his connections all over the city

"You can plop me down anywhere in this 4-million-person metropolis, and I have a personal...

Tommy Hawkins book adds another chapter to a good life

No one can laugh at life like Thomas Jerome Hawkins, partly because the former Lakers...

State panel tries to chart a new course for young men of color

Perhaps Manual Arts student Joshua Ham said it best when he attempted to walk the...

The unkindest cuts?

The relationship between the Los Angeles City Council's three African American members--Bernard C. Parks and...

Contractors seek to trouble waters under Long Beach bridge

A local organization--the Young Black Contractors Association Inc.--is threatening to "occupy" the Gerald Desmond Bridge...

No rejoicing in the religious community over Prop. 8 ruling

While such politicians as Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Sen. Barbara Boxer and Attorney General...

City Council divide widens between Wesson, Perry and Parks

The rift between Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson on the one side and...

Singer Etta James to be laid to rest on Saturday after private service

Mourners, fans and curiosity-seekers will get a final opportunity to say farewell to Jamesetta Hawkins,...

John Levy, 99, took Jazz management to another level

John Levy broke the mold of White management among African American Jazz musicians, and in...

Etta James: rebel with a cause

Etta James, the big-voiced singer with the rowdy persona, has died after a long battle...

Building is in Jan Perrys bloodline, but so are mayors

Jan Perry's passion for building comes naturally. In the Cleveland, Ohio, area where she was...

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