Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

God’s Guidance Inspires Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program’s Response to COVID-19

As the coronavirus rapidly enveloped the country, Dr. Bill Releford prayed for God’s direction to help the African American community in the greater South L.A. area. Releford, who founded the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program, requested God’s guidance in using his skills and talents to reduce the occurrence of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, in Black people. In response to Releford’s request, God gave him a tangible solution – distribute free sanitizers and face masks to the community, which is what Releford did on March 27. Joined by members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, he and the men

They Say, ‘It Appears That no one Cares’: But We Do!

In a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, I saw a story entitled, ‘It appears that no one cares’: Report slams Juvenile Hall for filthy conditions and poor leadership. In the story, they depicted Los Angeles County’s Central Juvenile Hall as a leaderless operation with “unacceptable” and “deplorable” conditions similar to a “Third World country prison.” The story went on to say, that some of the walls were covered in gang graffiti and filth and that no one made an effort to wash it away. Morale among staffers was at “dungeon lows from a workforce that claims to be