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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 »
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 »
Legendary Photographer Bill Jones Memoralized
July 20, 2016
Legendary photographer Dr. William Benjamin “Bill” Jones, who captured Hollywood’s most iconic and luminous African American celebrities for decades, was memorialized on July 14, 2016 at Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. ... read more »
Major Key Alert
July 20, 2016
When it comes to business and sharing trade secrets, it can be hard to find women that are willing to empower other entrepreneurial aspirants on how to be their own boss. Fortunately, for the ladies that have attended the Brown Girls Love brunches, lifestyle blogger Christina Brown has been more than transparent about the steps she took to grow her following and monetize her brand. ... read more »
Ronald Eskew aka Najee Ali disrespects BLM Leaders and Insults husband of Redel Jones
July 20, 2016
Black Leaders Call for Mayor, Police Chief and NAN to sever all ties with known community double agent ... read more »
No Justice for Redel Jones?
July 20, 2016
Family members of Redele Jones and their supporters are still seeking justice, despite the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners finding her officer-involved fatal shooting was justified. ... read more »
Gangs Unite for Peace
July 20, 2016
Members of L.A. Bloods and Crips gangs met in peace under one roof at the Nation of Islam’s meeting on July 17 and forged the “Bloods & Crips 2016 Peace Treaty, July 17th Cease Fire Agreement.” ... read more »
Metro CEO Phil Washington Vows To Correct Unfair Stop & Frisk Practices
July 20, 2016
Phil Washington is not immune to criticism and as the CEO of the Los Angeles Metro Authority he has received his share. But what does make Phil Washington unique is that he is a problem solver. When Washington received statistical evidence showing people of color are overwhelmingly subjected to the LA Sheriff’s “stop and frisk” practices, he didn’t sweep it under the rug. ... read more »
Cedric “The Entertainer” Host Black Hollywood To Stand Up For Justice
July 20, 2016
Cedric “The Entertaner”, Omar Epps, Marlon Wayans, Tasha Smith and Megan Goode Lead Movement To Have Black Hollywood Stand United in Support of Ending The Senseless Violence ... read more »


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