E. Mesiyah McGinnis

Local Varsity Football Teams Find Command Ground in Rams’ Locker Room

For the sixth consecutive season, the Los Angeles Rams teamed up with RISE, a national nonprofit that educates and empowers the sports community, to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice, and improve race relations, for a leadership and community-building program and panel discussion that welcomed local Dorsey High School and Lincoln High School’s varsity football teams.  According to the Rams, this year’s initiative will include five sessions for the varsity football players from the two schools.

Lakers and Bibigo Unveil New Lakers Dynamic Duos Mural

      On Monday, June 5, the Los Angeles Lakers and representatives of bibigo® foods hosted their inaugural ‘Lakers Town’ community event in Koreatown. The event featured a new Lakers mural by artist, Jonas Never, and appearances by Los Angeles Lakers legends, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, James Worthy, A.C. Green, and Robert Horry at the unveiling of a mural that celebrates some of the dynamic duos in Lakers history. According to Kiesha Nix, vice president of Charitable Affairs & Lakers Youth Foundation, the Lakers, the partnership with bibigo is intend to create inspiration, creativity, vibrance, and a lasting impact in communities such

A Plant Paradise for Kids in Compton

Marquis Mitchell, founder and president of Souljas Progression, Inc. and Sandee Taylor, meditation coach, together run a non-profit afterschool gardening program for elementary and middle school-aged students at Optimal Christian Academy in Compton. 

Fatima’s Bridal Shower, a Celebration of Sisterhood

On Saturday, January 22, a group of women gathered at the Jamaica Bay Inn in Marina Del Rey, CA, to celebrate Fatima Elswify’s soon-to-be wedding and marriage to Matthew Thomas.   The attendees were comprised of friends and family from various areas of her life. The Inn was the ideal venue to host such a special event, with decorations created by Fatima’s sister, Amira Elswify.  Her cousin, Lauren Brazile hosted the intimate shower that was packed with elegant fun.  The group enjoyed fine cuisine, played games, shared stories, and danced while shouting to onlookers, “She’s getting married!”   While at the

Los Angeles Health Save and Downtown Crenshaw Give Away Organic Foods in Leimert Park

Every month, Since January 2021, the Los Angeles Health Save in partnership with Downtown Crenshaw came together to provide up to 100 bags of fresh organic and locally grown produce that included items such as sweet potatoes, cabbage, collards, kale, onions, garlic, organic apples, pears, oranges, green beans, mushrooms, bananas and more. The food was provided by LA Health Save to help Downtown Crenshaw provide organic groceries and meals to community members in the downtown Leimert Park area. The groceries always included a hot fresh plant-based meal. Most of the meals this year have been provided by Chef Supreme Dow

Dorsey High Loses in Semi-finals, Wins the Season

In an exclusive interview from the The L.A. Sentinel staff writer, E. Mesiyah McGinnis, Dorsey High School head coach, Stafon Johnson, assesses his first year and returning to the school that made him a legend.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen Speaks On His Frustrations Over The Years

The penalties hindered the Chargers from executing their offense and three of the five penalties were offensive holding. Allen said in week 6, the Ravens did a good job defensively but wouldn’t acknowledge the Patriots. “Today it was all us. I didn’t see anything that they did where we couldn’t understand what was going on.”

L.A. Churches Present Mini-Homes to Skid Row Homeless

On Thursday, August 12, Yes We Can! Worship Center, led by Pastor Sherman D. Manning, and McCoy Memorial Baptist Church, headed by Dr. R.A. Williams, teamed up to sponsor Homes 2 Go. The event, which featured the presentation of five miniature homes to a group of unhoused people, was held at the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles. The mini Homes 2 Go was invented by 17-year-old, Jordan Szigeti-Larenne of Orange County, who designed and built the mobile home prototype to provide shelter and privacy for people living on the street. With the help of members of McCoy Baptist,

This is a Tribute: We Remember Iris Marie Laurent Stanford

Iris Stanford worked in the Classified section department for the Sentinel for over two decades and over that time, she became the heart of a community. She served as the Classifieds Specialist for the Sentinel and L.A. Watts Times Newspaper. Anyone who did business, whether it was a DBA, an ad, or renting a room—you went to Iris.  In many ways, she was the mother of the Sentinel office, checking you when needed, loving on you always and laughing with you all the time.