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Black Panther is the Superhero – and Heroines – We Deserve
February 22, 2018
the blockbuster superhero film Black Panther, which opened this week, is such a significant milestone. Few films have been more joyously anticipated, with advance ticket sales breaking records. The character, created for Marvel Comics by Stan Lee in 1966, already had generations of fans. ... read more »
Black Panther: Everything Doesn’t Have to Be Gay
February 22, 2018
Like with anything Black people do that receives too much high praise and critical acclaim, there’s always at least one descendant of a colonizer at the ready to make sure that we don’t get too big for our britches.  This time around its criticism of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther film for their so-called “lack of LGBT representation.” ... read more »
NFL Season Marred by Controversy
February 22, 2018
I’m Happy the Philadelphia Eagles Won the Super Bowl, but I Refused to Watch It. This season, however, I took a complete break from watching the NFL and, as a result, missed the game entirely. ... read more »
When The Mainstream Media Covers the Deaths of Black People by the Police
February 15, 2018
The presence of news media at a recent town hall meeting in South LA to address the deputy-involved killing of unarmed 16-year-old Anthony Weber could've been a blessing. The grieving family and community had an opportunity to be heard on a national level. An opportunity to say or do what they needed in front of sheriff's department officials with less of a chance of being threatened, beaten, or shot. An opportunity to expose the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's actions for what they are – the coverup and justification of the state-sanctioned murder of a Black child. ... read more »
Board Member George J. McKenna III: School Safety Must Be Our Priority
February 15, 2018
In light of recent acts of weapons related violence at school campuses in several locations across the nation and now in a LAUSD middle school, it is essential that we continue the discussion of school safety and the available methods and policies that we utilize to protect students and staff. ... read more »
Willie Lynch: Remnants of Slavery Persist
February 8, 2018
We internalized the poison fruit of Willie Lynch’s dehumanizing methods for controlling Black slaves which remain in the collective Black psyche. ... read more »
Redefining what it means to be homeless is long overdue for politically correct Los Angeles
February 8, 2018
It’s no secret that Los Angeles has a homelessness crisis--but what is less talked about are the homeless that we can’t see. ... read more »
President Trump’s Actions Should Inspire Us!
February 8, 2018
Black Americans should be inspired to convert the anger provoked by the comments and actions of President Trump into an action plan, starting with the truth, because presenting a false narrative lures people into complacency and lowers their expectations. ... read more »
INDIA.ARIE PENS OPEN LETTER TO NEIL PORTNOW’S POST-GRAMMY COMMENTS ABOUT WOMEN “STEPPING UP”
February 3, 2018
Neil Portnow is mistaken. His statements are a mess, but I get why he can’t empathize with women and women of color. HE is saying, the more women there are, the more chances women have to WIN. BUT. WE NEED MORE WOMEN, more WOMEN OF COLOR AND MORE INCLUSIVE MINDED PEOPLE in positions of power, in the rooms where decisions are made. When this happens, doors will open for women to be represented in more DIVERSE WAYS. The music industry is dominated by white men and the Grammys and NARAS are run and produced by ONLY white men. The fact that Portnow says we’d “be welcomed” indicates that he doesn’t think we’re part of the household to begin with. ... read more »
In the Trump Era, Consumer Protection Agency Changes Course
February 2, 2018
Representative Karen Bass talks about President Trump's impact on the Black community, healthcare, criminal justice reform and voting rights. ... read more »
Call Me Brilliant (Part 2)
February 2, 2018
Well, I certainly struck a soft spot on this one. And I’m glad about it! You recall me ranting on about believing that African American, Latinos, Middle Eastern or whoever want to be recognized as people of character. No called vulgar, demeaning names…“He’s Latino,” a gangster…a Black Man, “He’s ignorant.” Or from the Middle East (which is Africa) and “He’s a terrorist." ... read more »
NAVIGATING TOUGH 21ST CENTURY CHALLENGES
February 1, 2018
Donald Trump’s indescribably chaotic, insensitive and destructive presidency borders on surreal. But, how will Blacks in particular, navigate the increasingly hostile social, political and economic challenges it portends? Many, if not most of us, are more adept at perpetuating rather than alleviating a status quo that is not in our own best interests. Is it because, among many other reasons, the Black community overwhelmingly permits Black leadership, in general, to act in self-serving ways that do not actually benefit the community? Whatever the reasons, our people’s mindsets and behavior must change if things are to be different. Most likely, this will only happen when, collectively, we are sufficiently dissatisfied to think and behave differently. This is the quintessential but accomplishable challenge. ... read more »
Republicans Will Ride with Trump Forever
February 1, 2018
Stop Hoping that the Republicans Will Get Sick of Trump. They Won’t. ... read more »
We Must Resist the Dangerous GOP Agenda
February 1, 2018
The GOP has passed spending bills that actively take resources away from communities of color. ... read more »
David G. Brown Editorial Cartoon
February 1, 2018
"Will get to it after we build the wall..." ... read more / view cartoon »
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