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Theatre Director Sheldon Epps’ New Book Celebrates and Encourages Self-Direction
October 27, 2022
Sheldon Epps, one of the first Black artistic directors in American regional theatre, has written a new book entitled, “MY OWN DIRECTIONS: A Black Man's Journey in the American Theatre.” Epps chronicles his tribulations and triumphs as a freelance director, which led him to the Pasadena Playhouse, where he served as artistic director for twenty years. During that time, he helmed many productions, also directing episodes of classic television shows along the way. ... read more »
Brother-Coach Duo Revamps Bellflower Football
October 4, 2022
Longtime high school football coach Jason Miller now is the head coach of the Bellflower high school football team. Miller has led the Bellflower Buccaneers to a 6-1 overall record during this season. ... read more »
“Wade in the Water” Tells the History of Black Surfers
September 1, 2022
When David Mesfin moved to St. Augustine Florida from Ethiopia in his teenage years, he found swimming and surfing to be a means of escape from his problems. ... read more »
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The Shining Light Foundation Brings ‘Black History Mural Project’ to Leimert Park  
April 21, 2022
On Sunday, April 17, 2022, the Black History Mural Project had an unveiling in Leimert Park at the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center. This project paints 28 murals in different cities to educate people on different Black figures throughout history and their significant contribution to society.  ... read more »
COMMENTARY: Black No More 
April 21, 2022
It is worth noting that recounting the horrors of slavery, remembering heroes of the civil rights movement, along with a few 19th and 20th century inventors, athletes and entertainers, in no way sufficiently pays proper tribute to the totality of our past. Only by passing down our complete stories and sharing the fullness of our heritage do we properly honor our ancestors and history, a history that long predates the 17th century in North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. We were Africans long before becoming New Yorkers, Jamaicans, Brazilians, Haitians, Cubans or Puerto Ricans.  ... read more »
King Shares Insight on Voting Rights at Drew University Breakfast
March 31, 2022
Author and activist Shaun King offered unfiltered commentary on the state of voting rights and redistricting during the 7th annual President’s Breakfast hosted by Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). ... read more »
BLM Hosts Black Media Briefing Surrounding Jussie Smollett Case
March 23, 2022
Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, hosted a Black media briefing addressing the popularity of certain verbiage used by most newsrooms to describe the complexities of the Jussie Smollett Case. ... read more »
Melina Abdullah Headed to Prairie View A&M
March 9, 2022
Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) has announced that scholar and co-founder of the Los Angeles Chapter of Black Lives Matter, Melina Abdullah, will be the university’s inaugural Activist-In-Residence for the 2021-2022 academic year.    ... read more »
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Al Sharpton – Locke Was Guilty Only of Being ‘Black in America’
February 24, 2022
The Rev. Al Sharpton told the hundreds gathered Thursday for the funeral for Amir Locke that the 22-year-old Black man who was shot by Minneapolis police as they served a no-knock search warrant was not at fault when he was killed. ... read more »
After Guilty Verdicts, Civil Rights Leaders Exhort Black America to ‘Never Stop Running for Ahmaud’
December 2, 2021
After nearly two years of pain, suffering, and wondering if the men who killed Ahmaud Arbery would pay for their heinous crime, the 25-year-old’s family finally received justice. ... read more »
#BlackXmas: Visioning Beyond the Weight of the Moment
November 26, 2021
This last several days have been heavy and dispiriting. Last Thursday, we breathed a collective sigh of relief that was all too brief. Our days, weeks, months, and years of organizing was successful in having the life of Julius Jones be spared from the death penalty in Oklahoma only hours before his scheduled execution. While the immediate theft of his life was blocked, Governor Stitt’s final hour clemency remanded Julius to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Julius has been on death row for more than 20 years for a crime that he was falsely accused of committing when he was a 19-year-old student at the University of Oklahoma. ... read more »
Guilty Verdicts in Ahmaud Arbery Case
November 24, 2021
After more than 11 hours of deliberation and eight days of testimony, a nearly all-white jury in the seaside town of Brunswick, Ga., have brought back guilty verdicts for all three men charged in the shooting death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery.  Travis McMichael, 35; Gregory McMichael, 65, and their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, face sentences of up to life in prison.  Glynn County Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley will decide if those convictions come with or without the possibility of parole.  Judge Walmsley did not immediately schedule a sentencing date. ... read more »
All 3 men charged in Arbery’s death convicted of murder
November 24, 2021
All three white men charged in the death of Ahmaud Arbery were convicted of murder Wednesday in the fatal shooting that became part of a larger national reckoning on racial injustice. ... read more »
LAPD: Swatting Calls in LA Tied to Suspects in Ohio, New York, Cyprus
November 12, 2021
Los Angeles police today said an investigation into ``swatting'' incidents targeting a leader of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles has tied the crimes to a group believed responsible for those incidents and for nearly three dozen other similar crimes, including bomb threats, that occurred across the United States. ... read more »
Photo Gallery: Remembering Colin Powell
October 21, 2021
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