McKinney Aims to Bring Balance to Criminal Justice System in Race for L.A. District Attorney

“I think Mr. Gascón has taken us a little too far to one side, and we’ve lost our ability to hold people accountable. If we can’t hold people accountable, we can’t rehabilitate. We can’t correct behavior. We can’t make people who are actually victims of crime feel that they’ve received some sense of justice, so that’s really what’s driving me,” said deputy district attorney John Mckinney, who is running for Los Angeles District Attorney.

Clergy Rally for Peace and Justice Before and After Chauvin Guilty Verdict

A day before the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, four Los Angeles-area pastors united to lead a rally for peace and justice, not matter what the outcome. Their timely actions not only reinforced their ties to the pulse of the public, but some people commented that the rally helped community members to prepare to remain calm. Fortunately, Chauvin was found guilty on April 20, of three counts of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, an African American man who was murdered on May 25, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Floyd died as a result of Chauvin pressing

Symbols and Insights of Kwanzaa: Deep Meanings and Expansive Message

Kwanzaa was conceived as a special time and space for celebrating, discussing and meditating on the rich and varied ways of being and becoming African in the world. It invites us all to study continuously its origins, principles and practices and it teaches us, in all modesty, never to claim we know all that is to be known about it or that our explanations are only for those who do not know much about its message and meaning.

Mayor Eric Garcetti announces Collaboration with Microsoft and Starry, Six Months of Free Internet Looking to Connect the Los Angeles Community

This is a coalition between the Los Angeles City Mayor Administration, HACLA, Starry, and Microsoft. The objective is to grow from the tragedies presented from COVID-19. Mayor Garcetti recognized the reach to success can be amplified when there is unity between private sectors and public leadership. There is a lot of work to be done, but this benchmark in digital unity is looking to create a ripple affect across the community and beyond.

Los Angeles City Mayor Reflects on Breonna Taylor Case Settlement; “More Work For Justice Has To Be Done.”

Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke of transforming relationships and making investments in programs that foster progressive and mindful behavior among the community.  He called for the city to double their efforts in building a strong connection between resident and public officials.  Garcetti stated, “As we process today’s news, lets stay mindful of the words determination and peace that Breonna’s family has shared with us, day after day, that courage that they have shown. Let’s keep saying her name, lets never give up the fight for justice…”

Bringing Forth the Fire Within Us: Weathering the Worst of Winters

Reflecting on the challenge before us, I am drawn to the word for “challenge” in Swahili, changamoto. The word is a combination of two words—moto (fire) and changa which has several meanings, but is here interpreted as both to collect and to contribute. Thus, it literally means both to collect and contribute fire, a gathering and giving of fire, interpreting fire here as vital and transformative energy and focused and determined agency.

‘Church at the Park’ Brings Promotes Peace in South L.A.

“Me and my wife were walking in the neighborhood and they told us to come over to the park. Everyone was nice to us and they gave us food and clothes and we danced and had fun,” said South Los Angeles resident Louis Sanchez. Upwards of 2000 men, women and children made their way to the 3rdAnnual “Church at the Park” held at the historic South Park, located at 345 E. 51st Street in South Los Angeles. Pastor Shep Crawford, and co-pastor, Dr. Shalonda Crawford, of Experience Christian Ministries (ECM), led the festival-styled event, which aimed to promote peace and unity in

Van Jones’ #LoveArmy Rises Up in Hollywood

Media mogul Russell Simmons, comedian and television personality Nick Cannon and actor Nnamdi Asomugha joined activist, New York Times bestselling author and CNN commentator, Van Jones, onstage for a powerful panel discussion.


Sustainable outrage is the key to mounting successful efforts to change a status quo that continues to deny Black people full equality and justice. Yet, most Blacks don’t seem to get it,  and fail to consistently apply pressure on its leaders and “the system” necessary to secure such change. “We are Trayvon” was more than a slogan that resonated with Black people.  It captured a kindred feeling among Blacks. However, except for Black Lives Matter, it seems that feeling has not been troubling enough to sustain justifiable outrage. Police killing unarmed Black men and boys is the tip of the

Madam CJ Walker: An American Legacy of Success, Love and, Prosperity

“I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations…. I have built my own factory on my own ground.” – Madam Walker
July 1912