85 Years LA Sentinel

Governor Newsom Announces Changes at Troubled DMV

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s DMV is trying to improve customer service by accepting credit cards, upgrading its website and offering clearer instructions on how to obtain a new federally mandated ID, but Gov. Gavin Newsom cautioned Tuesday the agency’s long wait times and other troubles aren’t over. “This is going to take a few years. Next year will be tough,” Newsom said, referencing an expected surge in people using the Department of Motor Vehicles next year to acquire new IDs that will be required for air travel. Newsom spoke as he released a report detailing efforts the DMV is

Durant, Irving make Nets the talk of the town in New York

NEW YORK (AP) — Just three seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the NBA. On Sunday, they were the story of the league. They agreed to deals with superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as part of a sensational start to free agency, giving the longtime No. 2 team in New York top billing in the Big Apple. They landed two of the top players available, both perennial All-Stars and NBA champions, and they weren’t finished. They also added center DeAndre Jordan, who played with Durant and Irving on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team that won

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton Introduces Bill to Require Federal Agencies to Report on Advertising with Minority and Women-owned Media

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During National Small Business Week, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) t introduced a bill that requires federal agencies to include in their annual budget justifications the amount they spent on advertising contracts with small disadvantaged businesses and businesses owned by women and minorities in the previous fiscal year, as well as projections of their spending for the upcoming fiscal year.  Norton and Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) also sent letters to all 12 House appropriations subcommittees requesting that they direct each agency under their jurisdiction to include this information in their fiscal year 2021 budget justifications.  The report

Hijabi Model Halima Aden Rocks SI’s Swimsuit Edition

Caption: Halima Aden poses for the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, making history as the first to wear a hijab and burkini. (Yu Tsai / Sl Swimsuit) The 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition will be a historical issue as Somali-American supermodel Halima Aden will be the first to wear a hijab and burkini for the issue. This adds more highbrow experience to her gilded resume. The supermodel took to Instagram, expressing her excitement of her accomplishment with Sports Illustrated, sporting a vibrant blue and turquoise burkini and hijab; she left her followers with words of encouragement. “Don’t change yourself …

California Inches Toward 40M People, but Growth Rate Slows

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California had its slowest recorded growth rate in its history last year as the country’s most populous state was hit by a slowdown in immigration and a sharp decline of births. Estimates released Wednesday show California had 39.9 million people as of Jan. 1, adding nearly 187,000 people for a growth rate of 0.47% — the lowest since 1900, the earliest records available. And while thousands lost their homes after last year’s deadly wildfire in the northern part of the state, initial estimates show most people shuffled to cities closest to the blaze. California’s population has

Obamas Unveil Slate of Series, Documentaries for Netflix

NEW YORK (AP) — Barack and Michelle Obama on Tuesday unveiled a slate of projects they are preparing for Netflix, a year after the former president and first lady signed a deal with the streaming platform. The Obamas’ production company, Higher Ground Productions, on Tuesday announced a total of seven films and series that Barack Obama said will entertain but also “educate, connect and inspire us all.” Higher Ground is producing a feature film on Frederick Douglass, adapted from David W. Blight’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography. Also in the works is a documentary series that adapts Michael Lewis’ “Fifth Risk: Undoing

WATCH: Remembering the 1992 LA Civil Unrest -Rev. Cecil Murray Preaches as the Fires of the L.A. Riots Burn

Over six days in late April and early May 1992, hundreds of fires burned in the heart of Los Angeles. The acquittal of police officers charged with using excessive force against Rodney King had sparked the L.A. Riots or L.A. Uprising, one of the most destructive episodes of urban violence in U.S. history. The unrest left 55 people dead and more than 2,000 injured. On Sunday, May 3, 1992, the Rev. Cecil Murray addressed his congregation from the pulpit of First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME). As the fires burned, the church had opened its doors to the community, media and

Congressmembers Alma Adams and Donald McEachin Introduce the ‘African American Burial Grounds Network Act’

WASHINGTON – In honor of Black History Month, Representatives Alma S. Adams and A. Donald McEachin introduced the “African American Burial Grounds Network Act.” This legislation would create a voluntary national network of historic African American burial grounds, and would provide information, technical support, and grants to aid in the research, identification, preservation, and restoration of burial sites within the network. The “African American Burial Grounds Network Act” would provide federal support for historic African American burial grounds in need of assistance to ensure their preservation for future generations. Historically, the documentation and protection of African American burial grounds have

WATCH: President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry Kick off My Brother’s Keeper Summit in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told a roomful of minority boys on Tuesday that they matter and urged them to make the world a better place. Obama was in Oakland, California, to mark the fifth anniversary of My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative he launched after the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The death of the African-American teen sparked protests over racial profiling. The initiative was a call to communities to close opportunity gaps for minority boys, especially African-American, Latino and Native American boys, Obama said to roughly 100

Rep. Hank Johnson Introduces Bill Requiring US Supreme Court to Follow Code of Ethics

Congressman Hank Johnson WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) introduced the Supreme Court Ethics Act (H.R. 1057) requiring the Judicial Conference of the United States to create a code of ethical conduct for the Supreme Court of the United States. “Unlike federal judges, Supreme Court Justices are exempt from the Code of Conduct for United States judges – a binding code of ethics that ensures neutrality and transparency in our judiciary,” said Rep. Johnson, a former magistrate judge. “This bill would change that by requiring the Judicial Conference of the United States to create a code of ethics, binding the Justices