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BLACK-LATINO RELATIONS NEGLECTED
August 24, 2016
Black-Latino relations have always been a mixed bag, mostly cooperative, but highly contentious at times ... read more »
Better Mental Health
August 24, 2016
“When policy-makers say that someone has fallen through the cracks, we attempt to explain a situation as something that we cannot control. As an elected representative, it is my responsibility to identify those cracks, and propose responsible solutions to repair those cracks and ensure that they do not splinter again. ... read more »
First-Time Homebuyers: Ready Set Go 
August 24, 2016
Buying a home is a huge responsibility; it is also a huge opportunity. Owning your home means you can paint the walls with your favorite color, plant flowers and vegetables if you choose and plant the seed for an investment in your future. ... read more »
The shame of Milkwaukee 
August 24, 2016
Now it is Milwaukee. Recently, a car with two African-American men was stopped for “suspicion.” The men fled, the policeman pursued, and the driver, reportedly armed, was shot and killed. ... read more »
Dear Parents: The Conversation Just as Important as the Birds & Bees
August 17, 2016
As children begin to edge into adulthood another important topic that is almost as dreaded for both parents and kids: personal finance ... read more »
The New Face of Homeownership
August 17, 2016
Fifteen percent of recent homebuyers were single females, which makes them the second-largest recent home buying demographic after married couples ... read more »
Taking a Closer Look at Black Mental Health
August 17, 2016
The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that one of every five adults in the U.S. — some 43 million people — will experience mental illness this year ... read more »
Success On The Way: Gumption
August 17, 2016
My mother said, “gumption.” I didn’t know what she meant; but she was distinctive enough to convey the life changing motivation. The tone of her voice and the context spoke volumes. ... read more »
Black Owned Newspapers Matter
August 11, 2016
We have to emphasize the importance of nurturing and mentoring the rise of a new generation of freedom-fighting journalists ... read more »
Did the NABJ and NAHJ Just Pimp Their Members Out to the Democrats?
August 10, 2016
When the leaves start falling, we know autumn is around the corner. When the snow begins to fall on the east coast, we know that Thanksgiving and Christmas can’t be far behind. When Hillary Clinton opens her mouth, we know she is lying and after the party conventions, we know the season of buffoonery is about to begin. ... read more »
Inequality and Discrimination in Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Health
August 10, 2016
Recently, it was brought to my attention that two communities facing similar environmental stressors were treated very differently by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH). In Maywood, the Southeast community suffered as a toxic magnesium explosion terrorized the neighborhood. In Porter Ranch, the suburban community was afflicted by a gas leak. Though both regions were exposed to extreme environmental hazards, the DPH gave significantly more attention to the latter community, creating a large disparity between the assistance each community was provided. ... read more »
Poverty, desperation in world-class city
August 10, 2016
Chicago is one of America’s greatest cities. Yet many of its residents live in terror in what is virtually a war zone. When a demented killer slayed 49 in a gun rampage in Orlando, Fla., there was national attention. Presidential candidates called for escalating the fight against the Islamic State in the Middle East, even though the killer seems to be a homegrown terrorist. ... read more »
America must equalize access to homeownership and its wealth opportunities
August 10, 2016
Although many American families have modest financial means, there is nothing small about their hopes. Owning a home has long been an important part of the American Dream.Just as a college education can open doors to America’s middle class, a home is more than just where families come at the end of the day. It is also where children are raised, memories are created and – how historically most American families built wealth. ... read more »
Message from Watts: Liberation is Coming from a Black Thing
August 10, 2016
The year 1965 began on an ominous and unsettling note—the assassination and martyrdom of Malcolm X, the Fire Prophet. Even in the white and winter cold of February, it was a sign of the coming fire. Indeed, it pointed toward the fiery fulfillment of prophecy which Malcolm, himself, had predicted. It was there, too, in the title of James Baldwin’s classic, The Fire Next Time. And it was the topic of countless conversations around the country. Baldwin had taken his title from a line in a Black gospel song which says: “God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water the fire next time.” And this, for us, was the fundamental time of turning when the fire would be this time. ... read more »
The Price of Black Disunity Is Much Too High
August 10, 2016
Currently, Los Angeles’ Black city council members actually seem to be working together which hadn’t happened for some time. A telling example of past negativity was the fight between the three Black council members over redistricting following the 2010 census; it lacked civility and any semblance of common ground. But it highlighted the lack of unity among Black leadership that has become more the norm than the exception throughout the U.S. ... read more »
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