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Season of Giving
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 17 December 2009
Season of Giving  As the Holiday Season quickly comes upon us, I can't help but be amazed at the care, consideration and kindness of those in our community. I have now gotten to a point that I actually ... read more >>
Culver City Police
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 10 December 2009
Culver City Police Last Saturday some friends of mine (two women and one man... the man was driving) were driving through Culver City when they got pulled over by the police. The police said they pulled ... read more >>
Sports and Life
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 03 December 2009
I am a HUGE sports fan so this weekend and truthfully this entire week has been a true joy for me. Let's start with the easy ones and then move on to the significant ones, which involve not only sports, ... read more >>
2009...2010...It's time!
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 19 November 2009
Can you believe it? Thanksgiving is one week away!  I certainly have a lot to be Thankful for. I have a good job, great friends and a loving family, I am in fairly good health (I don't go to the gym ... read more >>
Celebration of Life
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 05 November 2009
Let me start this Talk To Danny, by Thanking all of my Sentinel Family for the love and support you all have given to me and my family during the home going of my beloved Grandmother Marybell Bakewell. ... read more >>
Sunday Supper
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 15 October 2009
There are so many things I was going to write about my grandmother Marybell Bakewell and her home going. But, as we all know God gives us what we need. And this time, he gave it to me in the words of my ... read more >>
4th Annual Taste of Soul is coming!!
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 08 October 2009
Today was a GOOD day! Today, along with representative from The Brotherhood Crusade, SCLC-Los Angeles, 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Cosmopolitan Golf Association, National ... read more >>
Governor stop trying to blame Speaker Karen Bass
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 24 September 2009
Okay, for all of you USC haters who have been waiting to rub it in. Go ahead have your fun! The mighty Trojans have fallen and you guys have been dying to rub it in our faces for quite a while. Eric Lee ... read more >>
As the World Turns
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 17 September 2009
As the World Turns  This has been a very interesting week. First off, it is the first full week without our old managing editor Ken Miller. So now me and Interim Managing Editor, Yussef Simmonds are ... read more >>
Good Luck Ken!
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 10 September 2009
Everybody goes back to work on Capitol Hill this week as members of the United States Senate and The House Of Representatives resume hammering out a complicated health care initiative.Funny isn't it that ... read more >>
Happy Labor Day
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 03 September 2009
Talk to Danny!Labor Day this year is more meaningful than perhaps it has ever been.Not only are the unions shouldered with the task of helping workers keep the jobs they have, but with many more losing ... read more >>
4th Anniversary of Katrina
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 27 August 2009
This has been a very memorable week with the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, another hurricane season quickly approaching, and the lack of progress with the worst natural disaster in the history ... read more >>
Healthcare: America's Topic
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 13 August 2009
The healthcare crisis is reaching a feverish pitch with critics and supporters of the historical legislation urged by President Barack Obama on the opposite end of the battle lines.It is a hot stove topic ... read more >>
200 Historical Days
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 06 August 2009
Two hundred historical days that it took America 40 years to achieve, and President Barack Obama celebrated his 48th birthday this week as the 44th President of The United States of America.It is yet another ... read more >>
President Obama Takes A Stand
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 30 July 2009
This whole Gates thing is driving me crazy. It seems that everywhere you turn everyone has an opinion about Obama and Gates and was this a good move or a bad move for Obama to comment.Well, the first thing ... read more >>
Marlton Square?
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 23 July 2009
Marlton Square? What the (excuse my French) HELL is up with that?The other day I was driving down Santa Rosalia admiring Chuck Quarles building (Bedford Park) when all of a sudden I reached Marlton and ... read more >>
Racism Lives On
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 16 July 2009
Just when I think racism and racist can no longer surprise me, somebody does something to slap me in the head and say racism and racist will always find a new way to shock me. Two days after the incredible ... read more >>
R.I.P. Michael Jackson
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 09 July 2009
First, let me start off by thanking all of you friends and fans alike who reached out to me and all of the Sentinel staff to tell us how much you enjoyed last week's Michael Jackson commemorative Issue. ... read more >>
Where were you?
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 02 July 2009
In life there are moments you never forget where you were when It happened. I often hear of the older generation speaking about remembering exactly where they were when they heard that Martin Luther King, ... read more >>
Big Budget Decisions
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 25 June 2009
Big budget decisions for the state of California this week, and while I am in support of the unions, the reality is that we are all faced with some drastic moments now.These harsh economic times are not ... read more >>
Education Accountability
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 11 June 2009
The Crenshaw High School exit exam crisis or lack thereof is more about African American accountability than it is about passing a test to graduate from high school.While I sympathize with the students ... read more >>
Hang in there!
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 04 June 2009
Hang in there! I know many of you are feeling the pinch of an eroding economy and with prom dates and graduations, you are probably not feeling economical relief that was promised.It is in these times ... read more >>
Senseless Killings?!
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 28 May 2009
The rash of gang related murders are quite disturbing and the most recent one of the young budding football star from Narbonne High School brought back the painful memories of Jamiel Shaw Jr.'s fatal shooting.Troubling ... read more >>
Steele! Take a Chill Pill
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 21 May 2009
Now, I really know why I am not and could never be a Republican! Early Monday morning I found myself wide awake at 3:30 in the morning (yes, in the morning - most people who know me know I don't sleep) ... read more >>
KEEPING IT REAL (5-21-09 Edition)
Written by Rev. Al Sharpton 21 May 2009
Last week I met with President Barack Obama and I felt it very noteworthy that the President of the United States would agree to meet on an issue of such great importance as the race and economic gap in ... read more >>
Vote Your Voice May 19th
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 14 May 2009
Since we came out in record numbers to elect our first Black President Barack Obama, we have not continued such momentum in elections that are equally as significant and close to home.Tuesday, May 19, ... read more >>
Mother's Day
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 07 May 2009
From the day I was born I have always had an affinity, a compassion and a biasness for the strength and love of Black women in our community. My own mother, Aline Bakewell has always been first and foremost ... read more >>
Vote on May 19th!!
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 30 April 2009
Election Day is very near. Yes people, another election. I know many of you are feeling burnt out on elections, but this is not the time to dream or drift, faulter or fall by the way side. These are major ... read more >>
History Counts for Something
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 23 April 2009
Naming or renaming the NEW police administration building after the old racist Chief of Police, William H. Parker is just straight up, plain old, flat out WRONG! Would anyone recommend that we name a building ... read more >>
THANK YOU!!
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 16 April 2009
This was an incredible week. So much has been going on, between Barack Obama and the pirate shooting, the economy is always an issue. The Lakers are in the playoffs, Tiger Woods struggled and then made ... read more >>
The Stimulus Is Coming....
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 09 April 2009
As President Barack Obama's stimulus money begins to trickle in, African Americans have a responsibility to discover where the money is going and how each of us can benefit from it.There will be flows ... read more >>
Votes are in and the winner is....
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 26 March 2009
Well the voters have spoken and it will be Assemblyman Curren Price who will in all likelihood replace Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas on May 19. Each of the candidates, Assemblyman Mike Davis, Robert ... read more >>
Donate Blood May 18, 2009
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 19 March 2009
Words cannot express the thankfulness I felt in my heart to all of you who came out to The Sentinel on Friday March 13th to support our blood drive. In conducting this blood drive 149 people attempted ... read more >>
Donate Blood and Make a Difference
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 05 March 2009
Next week the time shall come when we MUST do our part to save the lives of Black children  whose mere survival depends on your blood donation on March 13 at our offices on Crenshaw Blvd. In ... read more >>
An Open Letter....
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 26 February 2009
AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL LOS ANGELES SENTINEL READERS   Dear Loyal, Prideful and Committed Members of the Sentinel Family: As a man who professes to be a person dedicated to the betterment of ... read more >>
Sickle Cell is a Community Issue
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 19 February 2009
There will always come a moment in each of our lives when we are so emotionally touched by something that our shortcomings become secondary. Such was the case for me when I sat in a meeting recently ... read more >>
The Rev. Eric Lee should lead SCLC
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 05 February 2009
This could turn out to be an incredible year of change for African Americans on not just the political front, but the national civil rights front as well. President Barack Obama brought about much ... read more >>
Its Our Time to Help
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 29 January 2009
Whew! It's hard to exhale after last week's historical inauguration ceremony where Barack Obama was sworn in as America's first Black President, but that we must, and now as he rolls ups ... read more >>
We Got Black President, Ya'll
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 22 January 2009
Do you think it is a coincidence or is it an anointing when you look at the parallels of history tied to the election of PRESIDENT Barack Obama? First, remember that President Obama was not the favored ... read more >>
His Dream is Being Realized!
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 15 January 2009
Never in the history of America will we as African Americans have as much to celebrate in the next two weeks as we will have this year. It began with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the ... read more >>
Happy 2009
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 08 January 2009
Is everyone ready for the New Year? Whether 2008 was good for you or bad for you, it is now gone. We must move forward with the plans, dreams and execution of these plans and dreams as we begin this ... read more >>
Hope is alive and well in 2009
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 01 January 2009
2008 has been a year of tremendous highs and incredible lows. We saw the election of the first African American woman to serve as Speaker of the California Legislature (Karen Bass), Mark Ridley-Thomas ... read more >>
What Is All The Fuss About?
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 25 December 2008
I was all ready to write the normal hope all of you have a blessed Christmas and a Happy Kwanzaa Talk to Danny when out of nowhere came this Rick Warren doing the invocation at the Obama Inauguration ... read more >>
The True Meaning of Christmas
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 18 December 2008
We find ourselves in some of the most difficult economic times in history. While I was not around during the great depression, from everything I have heard and/or read this certainly looks like very ... read more >>
Proposition 8
Written by Brandon Bowlin (Blogger) 11 December 2008
PROPOSITION 8 WARNING: SINCE SOME VOICES FELT THE NEED TO TARGET A SMALL GROUP WITH HATE LEGISLATION AND OTHERS DECIDED TO BLINDLY LEGALIZE SAID LEGISLATION AND THE TARGETS OF THE LEGISLATION NOW BLAME ... read more >>
In Power to Empower!
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 11 December 2008
People are placed IN POWER so that they can EMPOWER our community. This is not meant to be a sermon, but today for several reasons I am feeling like our community leaders sometimes gets confused between ... read more >>
Are You Ready for CHANGE?
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 04 December 2008
CHANGE: The dictionary defines it as: to make a different or to replace with another. President-elect Barack Obama was elected on the concept of change, and at one point even his opponent John McCain ... read more >>
We Have Much To Be Thankful For
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 27 November 2008
Thanksgiving is a time of the year for reflection for all of the good we have. Even during a moment of historical transition in our country where we are celebrating our first Black President-elect ... read more >>
The Struggle Continues
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 20 November 2008
The election of Barack Obama was a defining moment in the history of America. But, more importantly it was a defining moment in history for me. This was the bench mark for real change in America, when ... read more >>
BREATHE …SLOWLY
Written by Brandon Bowlin (Blogger) 13 November 2008
BREATHE …SLOWLY Believe me I was excited. But I was even more curious at the euphoria of us. Street running and car cruising. Hanging out of building orifices of all sizes and screaming at the ... read more >>
Our Vote Made The Difference
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 13 November 2008
Well election day has come and gone, and all of our community is still basking in the glow of Senator Barack Obama becoming President-elect Barack Obama. This election season has been filled with ups ... read more >>
Our Moment In History
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 06 November 2008
This has been a long day for me. My day started at 3:30 am when I left my house to come to the Sentinel to meet NBC News for election-day coverage. To my surprise when I opened the doors to let the ... read more >>
5 DAYS TO HISTORY!
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 30 October 2008
Make sure everyone you know votes, take them to the polls, call friends and see if they have already mailed their absentee ballot. Offer to pick it up, bring them stamps, drive them to Norwalk. Call ... read more >>
Get Out to the Polls and 'Represent'
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 23 October 2008
The Colin Powell endorsement makes me feel really good about the status of the Barack Obama campaign. The results of every poll I see on MSNBC, CNN and NBC make me feel even better (I don't watch ... read more >>
Block Party of the Year
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 16 October 2008
Just 2 more days until the Taste of Soul rocks Crenshaw Boulevard and everyone here at the Sentinel is fired up and ready to go. Preparing for a block party with over 100,000 guest is no small task and ... read more >>
OUR STORY
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 09 October 2008
History has been made. I received my absentee ballot today, and I have already filled it out (and will mail it tomorrow). So, I can proudly report to all of you that I have officially voted for Barack ... read more >>
Politikin’ and Playactin’
Written by Brandon Bowlin (Blogger) 02 October 2008
Chairs were creaking in anticipation. Too many of us had our minds made up. We wanted a knock out and now leaned forward with bloodlust. McCain had been long accused of misrepresenting Obama’s ... read more >>
Crenshaw Debate Party
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 02 October 2008
Hundreds of sentinel readers joined us last week to watch the first historical presidential debate featuring Barack Obama and John McCain.I was quite impressed with how many of the people who showed up ... read more >>
Image Gallery: Obama / McCain Debate Community Viewing
Written by Brandon Bowlin (Blogger) 02 October 2008
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First Presidential Debate of the Year
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 25 September 2008
Please come out to the Sentinel this Friday Night and watch the first Presidential Debate of the year  Here at the Sentinel we are honored to have been asked by the Obama Campaign to host a ... read more >>
Lies. Mythology, Drama and Delusion
Written by Brandon Bowlin (Blogger) 11 September 2008
Joe Lieberman’s handholding of McCain during McCain’s “off” moments has marked him as a ridiculous man. He lied about Senator Barack Obama’s willingness to work with others ... read more >>
Closer to the Dream
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 28 August 2008
Right now I am caught up in the essence of history. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that it would happen, but I have always held out hope that a Black man could become President. Now that Barack ... read more >>
A Tale of Two Woods
Written by Brandon Bowlin (Blogger) 15 August 2008
The Complete set of interviews can be seen here: www.youtube.com/therootsvoice A Tale of Two Woods 7:38am. A telephone rings loudly. “Yeah.” “Heeeyyyy mannnnn. What ... read more >>
Racism or A Better Quality of Life
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 14 August 2008
I have tried and tried to talk about something other than Barack Obama and this election, but every single solitary week something happens in this campaign to either inspire me or piss me off and I ... read more >>
FUN WITH NAME CALLING
Written by Brandon Bowlin (Blogger) 07 August 2008
John McCain and his campaign have a strategy: To throw as much crap against the wall as possible and run on whatever sticks. The tricky part is that no matter what he does, in the end, he’s still ... read more >>
The US Dream Team
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 07 August 2008
I am sitting in an airport watching the US Dream Team and in awe of just how great they look.  However, as I enjoy and in fact love sports, I have to remember that our real Dream Team is Barack ... read more >>
Are the Polls Full of It?
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 31 July 2008
With our current President ratings at an all time low and Americans pleading to end the war in Iraq, there is no reason why presumptive Democratic candidate Barack Obama does not have a double-digit ... read more >>
Playground Witchcraft!
Written by Brandon Bowlin (Blogger) 24 July 2008
Playground Witchcraft! Yes, I said it. You damned right! Girls on the playground are scary as hell! You know I'm right! You play these weird games with numbers and counting! At recess! Recess! ... read more >>
Another Man Dies... Likely Unnecessarily
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 24 July 2008
Our community was paralyzed again this week with the police involved shooting death of another African American man. This time the young man was returning home from his job as a postal worker when ... read more >>
What in the Hell did You Just Say?
Written by Brandon Bowlin (Blogger) 18 July 2008
“I am not a perfect servant but a public servant.” -Jesse Jackson, Democratic Convention 1984 “Fuck yourself” -Dick Cheney to Senator Patrick J. Leahy (Vt.), On ... read more >>
Offensive, Disgusting, Cruel, and Absolutely UN-American!
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 17 July 2008
From the moment Barack Obama became the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party, I have been saying that this election is going to be a true test of America’s progressiveness. Well, my friends ... read more >>
City Obligations to our Communities
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 10 July 2008
When will the City of Los Angeles commit to our neighborhoods what they have already committed to everyone else? I was driving through different parts of Los Angeles the other day and I was amazed ... read more >>
THE EYES OF LAURA BUSH
Written by Brandon Bowlin (Blogger) 10 July 2008
Somewhere, in the White House, is a phone. In a secret room. A place where Laura Bush can call one of da hommies from Midland, Texas and chat it up. For months, in this room, Laura Bush has relieved her ... read more >>
Wow, What a Week!
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 03 July 2008
For those of you who don’t know I just returned from the NNPA (National Newspaper Publishers Association) Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The NNPA is a coalition of Black Newspaper Publishers, ... read more >>

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Where’s the Christian Voice?
Written by Brandon Bowlin (Blogger) 26 June 2008
Where’s the Christian Voice? Right Wing religiouso James Dobson attacks Senator Barack Obama and I have to ask: Despite Malcolm’s claim (which I believe) that King’s prominence in ... read more >>
"You can BET on it!"
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 26 June 2008
The annual BET awards at the Shrine Auditorium this week was one of the most positive experiences that I have ever had at an entrainment awards show. Accompanied by my teenage daughter Taelor, I took ... read more >>
PIMP PARADOX:
Written by Brandon Bowlin (Blogger) 19 June 2008
PIMP PARADOX: PART ONE-SUPERSIZED  Let me let you in on a little secret, When you hear someone say the four words… “Yo, it’s like this…” ... read more >>
A Million Dollar Goal
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 19 June 2008
This week we are starting the National HIV Testing Campaign where our goal is to test one million African Americans throughout the nation. This Saturday, June 21 at 8:00 a.m. on KJLH 102.3 Radio Free, ... read more >>
Dark Words
Written by Brandon Bowlin (Blogger) 12 June 2008
The taking of our leaders is so painful and such a reality for us that we often feel torn even to discuss the nature of the facts surrounding some of the circumstances if only just to learn. ... read more >>
Supporting the Process
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 12 June 2008
Last week was a historical week for African Americans in our statewide primary elections as many incumbents, such as Congresswomen Maxine Waters, Diane Watson and Laura Richardson all were easily elected. ... read more >>
A Monumental Comeback; Score Trails by One at the Half
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 04 June 2008
We have seen a day that most of us never thought we would see—the day that a Black man would be elected the Presumptive Nominee of the Democratic Party (He will be the presumptive nominee until ... read more >>
Exclusive Photo Blog
Written by Brandon Bowlin (Blogger) 29 May 2008
On my way back from a health scare, I come upon a terrible scene. On lock down from about 72nd to Van Ness along the ‘hood artery known as Crenshaw, on the corner of Florence, a six car, six fatality ... read more >>
Black Business, Sentinel Business
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 29 May 2008
As most of you know the Sentinel is in the midst of celebrating our 75th Year Anniversary. Now like most of you, we have all been so used to dealing with the Sentinel that we often take it for granted. ... read more >>
Democratic Convention, Here I Come!
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 22 May 2008
Wow! What a week. As many of you know I was recently elected as a delegate (alternate) for this year’s National Democratic Convention. Since I am a delegate, I had to travel up to Sacramento this ... read more >>
Do We Really Hate the Police?
Written by Brandon Bowlin, Sentinel Blogger 15 May 2008
When I heard the verdict of the police officers who were charged for killing Sean Bell I wept. He died in a barrage of 50 bullets after leaving a strip club. He was unarmed. The officers opted for ... read more >>
Robynn Milton-Potter, 14 Years Young
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 14 May 2008
This past weekend I had one of the most somber and sobering experiences of my life. Unfortunately, It was attending the funeral of my friends’ 14-year-old daughter. Her name was Robynn Milton-Potter ... read more >>

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THAT’S WHAT’S UP!
Written by Brandon Bowlin 08 May 2008
THAT’S WHAT’S UP! Senator Barack Obama smashes in the NC and pushes the tape... in Indiana??!!! Hell, yeah…. Here it is. He has outraised money. He has won more delegates. He has ... read more >>
What About Home?
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 08 May 2008
I don’t want to seem to insensitive regarding world politics and issues. And I really do feel the pain and will continue to pray for those people who were devastated in the cyclones of Myanmar. ... read more >>
Wright Words, Wrong Time?
Written by Brandon Bowlin 01 May 2008
1966 “Peter Buxtun, a PHS (United States Public Health Services) venereal-disease investigator in San Francisco, sent a letter to the director of the Division of Venereal Diseases to express ... read more >>
Silver Rose Weekend
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 01 May 2008
I want to give a special shot out to Jenesse Center, my friend Karen Earl and the Lovely Ms. Halle Berry. This past Monday, I played in the first annual Halle Berry Golf Tournament. It was truly a fabulous ... read more >>
75 Years and a New Taste
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 24 April 2008
Recently I have received several telephone calls and emails asking whether or not the Taste of Soul is still set to take place since the recent sale of the radio station V100. I am here to assure you ... read more >>
WE DID IT!!!
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 17 April 2008
First off let me say to all of you who gave up a Fabulous Sunday Afternoon to come out to USC to vote for me (or any of the other 84 nominees), Thank You. Not only do I want to thank all of you for coming ... read more >>
33rd Congressional District Nominee
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 10 April 2008
For those of you who have not heard, I am running to be a Barack Obama delegate at this years Democratic National Convention to be held in Denver, Colorado this August. While holding any elected office ... read more >>
"I Have a Dream" to Witness New History
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 03 April 2008
Why are we having an Obama-Thon to commemorate the Passing of Dr. Martin Luther King? The reason is simple. The very essence of what Dr. King lived for and ultimately died for was so that "One ... read more >>
A "No Vote" Hurts like a "No" Vote
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 27 March 2008
Now a lot of people have their thoughts on Talk to Danny. Whether you believe in what I am saying or not, it really does not matter. What really matters is that you are committed to what is happening ... read more >>
Uh Ooh, The Pastor Eats Pork! Better Find Another Church!
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 20 March 2008
From the moment Senator Obama decided to run for President, like most of you I knew they were gonna come after him. I said to myself and many of my friends America is not ready to elect a Black President ... read more >>
Our Lost Priorities
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 13 March 2008
The death of Jameil Shaw has really affected me. Maybe, it was the fact that I love coaching football, and Jameil Shaw reminds me of the hundreds of kids I have coached throughout my lifetime. Maybe, ... read more >>
6.25 Percent Black: What Math are YOU Using?
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 06 March 2008
I recently received a letter from one of our readers who lives in Marina Del Rey. The person (whose name I don’t want to give out) sent me what looks like a chain letter entitled Obama’s ... read more >>
The End of Black History Month
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 28 February 2008
We must ask ourselves, is it really the end of Black History Month? Or is it the start of us recognizing, understanding, and believing that without Black History there is no American History. I Love ... read more >>
VIDEO: Interviewer Picks Wrong Obama Supporter to Try to Railroad
Written by Sentinel Staff Writer 21 February 2008
When Derrick Ashong, an Obama supporter,  was sideswiped in Los Angeles by a sniper with a video camera, the interviewer might have received a little more than he bargained for.  ... watch video >>
Black Press: LAPD Discontent
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 21 February 2008
From the moment Officer Randal Simmons was killed our office was inundated with calls and visits from LAPD officers who wanted his story told. They wanted the entire community to know just how good an ... read more >>
Black AIDS Institute
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 14 February 2008
The Black Aids Institute recently held their “Heroes in the Struggle” Awards Banquet in which both Danny Sr. and I, along with a lot of other individuals who I truly feel are much more deserving ... read more >>
Keep The Faith
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 07 February 2008
“I have not been able to sleep, I am just so excited.” “I have been emotional since Iowa.” “I am so excited, that I am scared they just might kill him.” All of these ... read more >>
Obama vs Clinton?
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 31 January 2008
Obama versus Clinton, this is a question that I as well as many other African Americans have been plagued with for the past few months. While I do not embrace the concept that Bill Clinton is the first ... read more >>
The Beat Will Continue
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 24 January 2008
First off, once again let me wish all of you a Happy King Day. For those of you who did not know, I was recently honored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) with the Drum Major for ... read more >>
King Week
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 17 January 2008
As we move into King Week, I must ask that we make sure we don’t just get caught up in the holiday festivities. Let’s not just celebrate having a day off from work or a day off from school ... read more >>
Encouraged, Inspired, Motivated, Nervous and Down Right Scared
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 10 January 2008
As we enter into the Sentinel’s 75th year anniversary, I find myself encouraged, inspired, highly motivated, nervous and down right scared. I am encouraged by the things that we as the Sentinel ... read more >>
2008 - The Seventy Fifth Year
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 03 January 2008
HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope the New Year, brings you, your family and your friends the greatest blessings, joys and wonders that this world has to offer. As I have started preparing for 2008, I have had a ... read more >>
Reflection and Thanks
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 20 December 2007
As we approach this holiday season, let me start off by wishing all of you and yours a very merry Christmas, and Happy Kwanzaa. As this year comes to an end, I want to encourage all of you to reflect ... read more >>
Lost Not Without a Fight!
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 13 December 2007
This is a critical time for us as a people and as the demographics have shifted with other ethnic groups increasing in numbers, we need to let our voices be heard, now more than ever. That could not ... read more >>
The Season of Giving
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 06 December 2007
As we start this holiday season, I pray that all of you have a safe and blessed holiday. No matter what religion you are and how deep your faith, I hope we all take a little time out of our hectic schedules ... read more >>
The Gift of Brotherhood
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 29 November 2007
Tis The Season To Be Jolly. But it’s also the season to be proactive and make a difference in our community. We have to begin to take control of our own destiny. How many of you are planning to ... read more >>
The Power of the African American Ballot
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 22 November 2007
Apathy is a dangerous thing. In New Orleans they recently held elections and it is a terrible thing when a city as badly damaged and divided as this city is, gets less than a 20 percent turn out. Reports ... read more >>
Sports Fan
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 15 November 2007
Having a weekly column sometimes is wonderful and other times it can wear you out. Every week I am amazed at how fast next week rolls around and another column is due. The consistency of needing to write ... read more >>
Words DO Hurt Like 'Sticks and Stones'
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 08 November 2007
First it was Michael Richards at the Laugh Factory and then Don Imus with his degrading comments about women on the Rutgers women’s basketball team, and now comes “Dog the Bounty Hunter” ... read more >>
Internal Affairs
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 01 November 2007
The No. 1 Rule within the Black Family is and has always been we don’t take our dirty laundry to the street. That’s a double-edged sword. That is the reason we have not been willing to discuss ... read more >>
Walk the Walk
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 25 October 2007
Having 75,000 people on Crenshaw Boulevard for Taste of Soul was a glorious day, having 50,000 people show up to protest the injustices that were occurring in Jena, Louisiana and supporting the Jena ... read more >>
75,000 Strong
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 18 October 2007
Let me start off this week’s “Talk to Danny” by thanking the 75,000+ (some say it was closer to 100,000) people who came out and supported “Taste of Soul”. Saturday, October ... read more >>
Taste of Soul
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 04 October 2007
While Aretha Franklin may be the designated Queen of Soul, the heart and soul of our blockbuster ‘Taste of Soul’ is our very own Brenda Marsh-Mitchell.Brenda will probably kill me for writing ... read more >>
"A Force to be Reckoned With"
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 27 September 2007
Last week was really worth repeating and again this week I will reiterate the impact and significance of the massive crusade in Jena.White folk need not underestimate the power of Black people, not when ... read more >>
Jena Blog: Back in LA
Written by Evan Barnes (Sports Editor) 23 September 2007
We are back in Los Angeles and I am glad to say that everyone has many good things to say about our experience in Jena. Without a doubt, this has been a powerful experience for us all and we have many ... read more >>
Jena Blog: L.A. bound - Passing Odessa Texas
Written by Evan Barnes (Sports Editor) 21 September 2007
We're about 50 miles outside of Odessa, Texas and headed home.  There is a lot of thought and conversation reflecting about the experience in Jena.   But not just about the experience, but about the ... read more >>
Jena Blog: Back to the Hotel...
Written by Evan Barnes (Sports Editor) 20 September 2007
Things have been so chaotic that it's been difficult to post an update.   The rally is over, but it's presence is totally still being felt.   We're now back at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria having ... read more >>
Jena Blog: Arrival at Southern University
Written by Evan Barnes (Sports Editor) 19 September 2007
We've arrived at our first stop in Louisiana. Officials and students at Southern University has greeted us with open arms - over 110 bus riders with toiletries including washcloths, toothpaste & brushes, ... read more >>
Jena Blog: Louisiana FINALLY!
Written by Evan Barnes (Sports Editor) 19 September 2007
Crossing the border of Louisiana and should bereaching Southern University in within a couple hours.  Getting closer, the riders are getting anxious and looking forward to tomorrow's rally. read more >>
Jena Blog: At Fort Worth Texas
Written by Evan Barnes (Sports Editor) 19 September 2007
Feedback from Michael Baisden broadcast – things will start around 5:00 am tomorrow. As we were leaving Sweetwater, and during the Michael Baisden broadcast,  a reminder from one of the bus coordinators ... read more >>
Jena Blog: 300 Miles to Shreveport, LA
Written by Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer) 19 September 2007
Our caravan of supporters is currently about 300 miles outside of Shreveport LA, and looking forward to arriving. Bus riders are hearing reports that counter protesters from hate groups like the KKK are ... read more >>
Racism: Alive and Well!
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 12 September 2007
Racism is alive and well in America! If you don’t believe it, try spending your next summer vacation in Jena, Louisiana. Like many of you, because it was not happening here in Los Angeles County, ... read more >>
Talk Back-Talk Black
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 06 September 2007
As many of you know, the Bakewell family recently purchased a radio station in New Orleans with the call letters WBOK. In the radio business, WBOK is known as a heritage station. While I am way too young ... read more >>
Labors of Love: Let's Get to Them!!!
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 29 August 2007
The summer is almost over. Labor Day has come and depending on what day it is that you are reading the Sentinel, it may be gone (get a subscription and you will always have your paper before the weekend ... read more >>
Throw Stones and Hide??? What a Coward!
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 23 August 2007
I am often amazed at how many letters I receive from readers every week commenting on my “Talk to Danny” articles. And as I say at the end of every article I really do want to hear from you.However, ... read more >>
Closing of Martin Luther King Hospital
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 16 August 2007
People often ask me why does the Sentinel cover so much political news? Well the closing of Martin Luther King Hospital is exactly why. Decisions like, ‘will we keep the hospital opened or closed’ ... read more >>
"Talk to Me" - The Movie
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 12 July 2007
Another Hard Lesson for Hollywood:  Motown Founder Berry Gordy Deserves Our Respect!Talk to me Hollywood! When are you going to learn you can’t produce an African American film, cast a mostly ... read more >>
ROOTS
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 27 June 2007
All I have known my entire life is that you should unapologetically love being Black, you should love Black people and take pride in everything we as a people have ever accomplished. I have been taught ... read more >>
King Drew Medical Center
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 21 June 2007
I have been a proponent and an advocate of Martin Luther King Hospital for years. I have been willing to stand tirelessly up for them in the wake of people calling it “Killer King” and making ... read more >>
Congressman William Jefferson
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 13 June 2007
If you read last week’s Los Angeles Sentinel you saw that Congressman William Jefferson was indicted on 16 counts ranging from accepting bribes to wielding is influence for personal gain. But, ... read more >>
News in Our Community
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 07 June 2007
First off I would like to thank everyone who has commented on how much they enjoy the new look of the Sentinel. I appreciate all of your positive words. It is truly fulfilling to know that the work ... read more >>
Down But Not Out!
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 01 June 2007
Sorry, I missed last week. I was out of the office ill all week and no matter how hard I tried, I just could not get focused enough to complete "Talk to Danny". Thank you to all of the people ... read more >>
FUN!
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 17 May 2007
FUN! Somewhere within the hustle and bustle of life, we are all suppose to find some time to have fun, and I believe Summer time is really the best time to have a good time. So, as I approached this week, ... read more >>
The African American Vote
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 03 May 2007
Last week I did a radio show on NPR where the commentator said that “The African American Vote No Longer Counted” that the Latino community was now carrying power and then asked “Is the ... read more >>
Juanita Millander-McDonald
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 26 April 2007
The other morning I woke and realized that I forgot to finish off my “Talk to Danny” the way I had originally planned. I had intended to close with a special word of encouragement and ask all ... read more >>
HIV/AIDS
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 19 April 2007
When you read this week’s Sentinel you are going to find an ad from Gilead Sciences, Inc. regarding AIDS and HIV in the Black Community. This is the first of a series of ads and articles that we ... read more >>
Poor Peoples Campaign
Written by Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor) 05 April 2007
I am a firm believer in the simple fact that every person who wants a job can get a job. That’s an old school philosophy I learned from my grandfather Frank Bakewell, when I worked at his store on ... read more >>

 

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