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USA Men’s Basketball defeated China in Exhibition Game
July 25, 2016
Although they came off to a slow start, Team USA routed China 106-57 on Sunday at the Staples Center. ... read more »
Milan Christopher Talks Collecting Checks at 2016 ASCAP Awards
July 24, 2016
Milan Christopher Talks Fashion, Music Production & Artistry at 2016 ASCAP Awards Host: Brittany K. Jackson ... read more / watch video »
Urban Youth Learn Surfing for Gabaldon Day
July 23, 2016
Several organizations united to celebrate the legacy of Nick Gabaldon during the first weekend of June at Bay Street Beach in Santa Monica. Gabaldon was the first known surfer of color, being of both African-American and Latino heritage. ... read more / watch video »
Summertime Cinema Returns to Westfield Culver City July 15 Through August 12
Westfield Culver City is bringing back their popular Summertime Cinema series to help kick-off the weekends this summer. Every Friday, starting July 15th through August 12th, some of the biggest and most beloved movies will be screened outdoors, allowing attendees to relive the magic of the big screen. ... read more / view event »
GLADYS KNIGHT & TOWER OF POWER AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, AT 8PM
A tireless performer who still electrifies audiences around the world, Knight also finds the time to make forays into film and television. Most recently, she appeared in the Tyler Perry film I Can Do Bad All By Myself, and in a cameo on the Emmy-winning NBC hit comedy 30 Rock. Knight is also an indefatigable humanitarian, supporting such organizations as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Elton John Aids Foundation and the Kumasi Women's Cooperative in Ghana. ... read more / view event »
Former NFL coach Dennis Green dies at 67
July 22, 2016
Green was the first black head coach in Big Ten history when he took over at Northwestern in 1981 and was just the third black head coach in the NFL when the Vikings hired him in 1992. ... read more »
WHOOPI GOLDBERG to be a Keynote Speaker at SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CANNABIS CONFERENCE & EXPO August 6-7 at San Diego Convention Center Presented by Let’s Educate a Future
The business of cannabis will reach new highs at the Southern California Cannabis Conference & Expo when actor, producer and entrepreneur Whoopi Goldberg takes the stage as a keynote speaker at the event taking place August 6 and 7th at the San Diego Convention Center. ... read more / view event »
SoCalGas to Award Grants to Non Profits
July 21, 2016
Southern California Gas Co. is soliciting applications for its Environmental Champions Initiative, in which $500,000 will be doled out to nonprofit organizations with programs dedicated to cleaner air, energy and water conservation. ... read more »
Gardena Man Gets 40 Years for Child Sex Trafficking
July 21, 2016
A self-described "cross-country pimp" from Gardena was sentenced on Monday to 40 years in federal prison for forcing seven girls -- including one who was 13 years old -- to work as prostitutes. Laron Darrell "Birdd" Carter, 39, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips to pay more than $630,000 in restitution to six of his victims, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Following a five-day trial in April, a Los Angeles federal jury convicted Carter of seven counts of sex trafficking of a minor by force, fraud or coercion, and seven counts of transporting a child to engage in prostitution. The evidence at trial showed that the Crips gang member trafficked girls as young as 13 and subjected some of them to beatings, which included victims being punched in the face and whipped with a belt. Carter's "conduct in this case spanned a decade as he prostituted the seven minor victims from 2003 to 2013" and transported them from California to Arizona, Texas, Georgia, Washington, D.C., and Nevada, prosecutors wrote in a pre-sentencing memorandum filed with the court. The case stemmed from the 2013 rescue of a 16-year-old girl, who told investigators that she had been recruited by Carter to travel from Minneapolis to Los Angeles. When she arrived in Southern California, Carter forced her into prostitution, she said. Carter took the teenager to a hotel in El Segundo and advertised her services on backpage.com. The victim "ran away at one point, but she found herself lost with no money and returned," according to court documents. "When she returned, defendant beat her and whipped her with a belt for leaving," federal prosecutors wrote. After the victim was rescued, investigators located six other girls who had been coerced or physically forced into prostitution by Carter between 2003 and 2010. "Above all, this sentence assures no more girls will fall prey to this brazen and manipulative sexual predator for decades to come," said Joseph Macias, a special agent for Homeland Security Investigations in Los Angeles. "But the outcome of this case should also serve as a sobering warning to those engaged in the sex trafficking of minors about the severe consequences for those who commit such crimes." During the trial, the jury saw Facebook postings in which Carter described himself as a "cross-country pimp" who worked for "Pimpin' International." The jury also saw photos of tattoos with the "Birdd" moniker that victims were forced to get, prosecutors said. ... read more »
Garcetti: ‘LAPD to Get Extra Resources to Keep them Safe’
July 21, 2016
The Los Angeles Police Department will get extra resources to make sure its officers are safe and supported following the killings of three law enforcement officers and the wounding of three others in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Mayor Eric Garcetti said on July 17. ... read more »
Mayor Shows Support for Chief Beck Amidst Calls for His Removal
July 21, 2016
Mayor Eric Garcetti said last Friday, that he continues to support Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck, despite calls for the chief's ouster by activists upset over a decision upholding the actions of an officer who fatally shot a black woman in the Crenshaw district. ... read more »
Mano, Major, Kid Ink, J Doe Talk Music Industry & ASCAP
July 21, 2016
Mano, Major, Kid Ink, J Doe Talk Music Industry & ASCAP Host: Brittany K. Jackson ... read more / watch video »
Judge Rejects Baca Plea Deal
July 21, 2016
A federal judge rejected a proposed plea deal this week, between former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and prosecutors that called for the retired lawman to serve anywhere from zero to six months in prison for lying to investigators. ... read more »
Edna Sims’ ESP PR Becomes First African American Publicist For the Renowned THE CAUCUS FOR PRODUCERS, WRITERS & DIRECTORS
July 21, 2016
Representing a wide rage of corporations and talents in every industry that requires publicity, Edna Sims and ESP PR are most definitely to be considered one of the best worldwide. ... read more »
More, not less, financial regulation needed say voters
July 21, 2016
Financial accountability and tough regulations are still needed, say 3 out of 4 likely voters. These two top line findings from a recent poll measured consumer satisfaction with Wall Street banks as well as a range of other financial services and providers including credit cards, debt collectors, payday loans and mortgages. The poll, jointly commissioned by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and Americans for Financial Reform (AFR), reveals that these preferences are shared across partisan affiliations. ... read more »


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