Black Lives Matter

Dr. Elaine Batchlor Excels as CEO of MLK Community Healthcare  

Dr. Elaine Batchlor, Chief Executive Officer of MLK Community Healthcare, will be honored on April 15 at Bakewell Media’s Power, Leadership & Influence of the Black Woman event. The event will take place at the Beverly Hilton from 11am to 2pm. CBS 2 Anchor Pat Harvey will moderate. Dr. Batchlor will be honored alongside the newly-elected Mayor Karen Bass and several other prominent women of Los Angeles, including LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Stephanie N. Wiggins and veteran broadcaster Pat Prescott. 

Mayor & BLM – LA Meet at L.A. Sentinel

L.A. Mayor Karen Bass and members of Black Lives Matter – L.A. Chapter met at the office of the Los Angeles Sentinel on Feb. 10, to discuss a range of community issues of mutual concern. Following the discussion, Mayor Bass joined the gathering for a group photo. (Phil Taylor)

Douglas and Crump File $50M Claim on Behalf of Keenan Anderson’s Son 

Civil rights attorneys Carl Douglas and Ben Crump filed a $50 million Claim for Damages against the city of Los Angeles on behalf of Syncere Kai Anderson, the 5-year-old son of Keenan Anderson on Friday, Jan. 20.  The senior Anderson died after a confrontation with Los Angeles police officers in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles on Jan. 3.  

Theatre Director Sheldon Epps’ New Book Celebrates and Encourages Self-Direction

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.

COMMENTARY: Black No More 

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. 

Melina Abdullah Headed to Prairie View A&M

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.