Dear Sentinel Readers,
We would like to thank you for all the years of support, dedication and the readership that has made this publication the proud paper it is today. As we enter 2015, we look forward to a year of continuing the tradition of being a voice speaking for the community.
Now more than ever is it imperative for the Black voice to be heard because it is more than a voice for African and Black Americans—it’s a voice for justice. This country, in all of its star-spangled glory, has forgotten that it stands for freedom and justice. The new movements we see taking shape around the country are the beginnings of an awakening in youth of America. We, as a newspaper, must also awaken to our responsibility to bring news that enlightens, inspires and informs our community on our changing landscape.
As we look at 2014, we see a year filled with joy, sorrow and indifference all of which has helped us to grow. The Sentinel loss Brenda Marsh-Mitchell but her spirit lives on in the pages of our paper. She believed in empowering the community by giving back and supporting those who needed it. The Sentinel will continue to follow in those footsteps Marsh-Mitchell so proudly walked while she was among us.
Our year-end edition is a reflection of what we seek in the community: renewal. As the New Year begins, we want to bring a fresh look into the vibrant world of our culture. There continues to be a new revolution of talent spewing in multiple areas of politics, education, the arts and fashion.
We hope that you enjoy the moments we have reflected on and we anticipate that you use these moments of reflection to inspire your future and the betterment of our lives in this community as a whole. We encourage you to visit our website and see some video content we worked hard to produce, to visually tell the stories that we felt were important to capture through our lenses and share with you. As we are in a social media and internet-dominant world, we encourage you to continue to follow our growth not only here in print, but on our website and social media channels as well.
We were hand picked to be co-editors for this special edition and between the three of us we share seven years of experience at The Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper. We are honored to have had the opportunity to cover and create a rejuvenated look for our readers. Our designed purpose is to bring issues to light that many overlook and liven up the voices of the unheard. As we continue forward we would love to receive feedback from our readers. Please reach us by email with your thoughts about our year-end edition. Amen Oyiboke firstname.lastname@example.org, Brian Carter email@example.com, and Nicole Williams firstname.lastname@example.org