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Black therapist says police shot him with his hands raised
July 27, 2016
A black therapist who was trying to calm an autistic man in the middle of the street says he was shot by police even though he had his hands in the air and repeatedly told them that no one was armed. ... read more »
Retired LAPD Sgt. Cheryl Dorsey Speaks Out Against Senseless Killing of Black Men
July 27, 2016
In the past two weeks, Black America has been in an uproar about the recent killing of 37-year-old Alton Sterling who was tackled to the ground and shot several times by two white Baton Rouge police officers and 32-year-old Philando Castile who was shot and killed by a Minnesota officer while reaching for his wallet to show his identification. ... read more »
Twelfth Annual Books and Basketball Camp Returns to South L.A.
July 27, 2016
The 12th Annual Brotherhood Crusade Jim Cleamons Books and Basketball Camp will take place August 1 through August 5 at Augustus Hawkins High School, 825 West 60th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90037. ... read more »
#BlackMoneyMattersLA Partners with OneUnited Bank to Re-Direct the Black Dollar
July 27, 2016
Saturday, #BlackMoneyMattersLA activists collaborated with OneUnited Bank to convey the importance of the black dollar and how to re-direct our purchasing power back to African-American businesses and communities. ... read more »
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 »
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 »
LACCD Chancellor to Appoint Interim President to Los Angeles Southwest College
July 21, 2016
LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez has informed the Board of Trustees of his intention to appoint Denise Noldon, Ph.D. to serve as interim president at Los Angeles Southwest College ... read more »
Black Farmers, the New Dred Scott of 1857?
July 21, 2016
Southern Region farmers and other justice and equality supporters protested outside the Supreme Court building to demand courtroom justice ... read more »
Unarmed therapist shot by Miami police
July 21, 2016
An unarmed Black behavioral therapist was shot by North Miami Police early Wednesday afternoon while lying on the ground with his hands up. The therapist, Charles Kinsey, was trying to help his autistic patient who had run away from a group home. ... read more »
Over 100 Black Women Participated in Historic Photo in Edward M. Kennedy Institutes’ Replica of the US Senate Chamber
July 21, 2016
"Visual protest" highlighted the anniversary of Barbara Jordan's historic Democratic Convention keynote address; Photo took place after national week of racial tragedy and unrest ... read more »
At NAACP Convention, Hillary Clinton Condemns Recent Shootings of Police; Reiterates Call to Work Together for Needed Reforms
July 21, 2016
Clinton reiterated the pressing need to support our law enforcement officers, reform our criminal justice system, and pass common sense gun laws to keep our communities and police officers safe. ... read more »
Back-to-School Festival Readies Youth For School
July 21, 2016
Mothers In Action continues to serve with supplies, healthcare and information for the community ... read more »


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