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L.A. Public Officials Collaborate with USC Research Program; Results show Extreme Increase in COVID-19 Case Rate
April 20, 2020
Monday, April 20. Los Angeles City Officials welcomed lead researcher Neeraj Sood from University of Southern California. He provided in depth scientific research about COVID-19. Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health disclosed updated statistics surrounding the coronavirus outbreak happening across the Los Angeles Region. The results from the research conducted by USC discovered that L.A. is still in the preliminary stages of the pandemic. ... read more »
Black Los Angeles Makes Demands in Light of COVID-19 and Rates of Black Death
April 16, 2020
In response to community pressure, last week, Los Angeles County released initial racial data on who is contracting and dying from COVID-19. The rate of Black death is twice the Black population share. Black people constitute 9% of the population, but 17% of the County’s COVID-19 deaths. While trillions of dollars are being spent on the crisis and there is no shortage of local, state, and federal initiatives, resources are not being directed to meet the particular needs of the Black community. The disproportionate and deadly impact of COVID-19 on the Black community magnifies what we have known, that “underlying conditions” result from an enduring system of racial apartheid and oppression. ... read more »
Golden Globe Awards Blackout — Travesty or Testament?
January 16, 2020
Black talent being shut out of the Golden Globes is not just a travesty but also a testament to the power of the work and the narratives being told that challenge the status quo. Why folks assume that awards shows invested in the same media industries that continue to perpetuate and recycle the vilest stereotypes of black identity and behavior would somehow acknowledge the stories, performances and behind-the-scenes work that challenges dominant ways of thinking about Black people on and off-screen is befuddling. ... read more »
Celebration of Life: Dr Lawrence H Moore
May 16, 2019
In memory of... ... read more »
Heather Hutt Talks About Her New Role as State Director for Senator Harris
April 18, 2019
A California, particularly a Los Angeles native, Hutt has spent her life and career fighting for the residents in South Los Angeles. ... read more »
The Black Women Jailed for ‘Stealing’ an Education, The Inequity of the Elite College Admissions Scam
March 21, 2019
“… she wanted a better life for her son, so she enrolled him in the Norwalk public schools despite having no real ties to the city. ‘When the city found out that it was spending its money educating her boy, it demanded that Ms. McDowell be charged with a crime,’ Pattis said. ‘Norwalk prosecutors, known statewide for an unreasoning mean-streak, obliged. She was charged with first-degree larceny,’ said Norm Pattis, a trial lawyer who is fighting for freedom “one client at a time.” ... read more »
Son of California Councilwoman Killed Near USC Campus 
March 13, 2019
A student who was the son of an Oakland, California, city councilwoman was shot and killed in what might have been a robbery attempt near the University of Southern California campus, officials said.  ... read more »
Local Organization ‘Change the Tune’ Reimagines South L.A.  
March 7, 2019
Charli Kemp has always been infatuated with music and cooking and how these activities bring people together. During the summer of 2017, Kemp’s two passions would intertwine creating her ideal non-profit Change the Tune.  ... read more »
SCAQMD Awards More Than $47 Million in Incentive Funds to Implement and Demonstrate Cleaner Technologies and Fuels to Reduce Air Pollution
January 4, 2019
The South Coast Air Quality Management District today awarded $47.4 million to 26 businesses, organizations, universities, government agencies and utility companies in the South Coast Basin and Coachella Valley to help them purchase and upgrade their equipment with cleaner and energy efficient technologies.  Much of the funding will be directed at environmental justice communities that are close to industrial areas and are some of the hardest hit by air pollution.  The projects are located in all four counties in SCAQMD’s jurisdiction.    ... read more »
Schools Fail Black Students, Why Are We Silent?
December 20, 2018
In a previous column, Schools Fail Black Students, So Why Are We Silent? (Nov. 2008), I   described barriers in LAUSD that contributed to a failure of the district to properly educate Black students. Substantially ... read more »
The Caucus For Producers, Writers and Directors 36th Annual Caucus Awards Dinner
December 3, 2018
The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors’ 36th Annual Caucus Awards Dinner was a fabulous night at The Skirball Cultural Center. The full house of Hollywood’s elite enjoyed an enchanted evening of watching their peers receive honors in the television industry. ... read more »
USC School of Architecture Launches Dean Curry’s New CreativeTalks Series
November 1, 2018
In an auditorium at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture, students, faculty and the general public listened and participated in an interdisciplinary conversation between the School’s first black Dean, ... read more »
Tournament of Roses 2019 Royal Court Selected
October 12, 2018
The Tournament of Roses® announced the seven members of the 2019 Royal Court.  Applicants from 24 Pasadena area schools participated in the interview process. Volunteer members of the Tournament of Roses’ Queen and Court Committee made its selections based on a number of criteria including public speaking ability, academic achievement, youth leadership, and community and school involvement. ... read more »
USC Interim President Dr. Wanda Austin Goes 1-on-1 with the L.A. Sentinel  
October 4, 2018
Dr. Wanda Austin was appointed as the first African American female interim president at the University of Southern California, a university with nearly 45,000 students and an endowment of over $5 billion.   ... read more »
Los Angeles NAACP Supports Ridley-Thomas’ 
African American Voter Efforts
August 30, 2018
USC said it turned the matter over to the feds because the School forwarded the donation to the United Ways of California, directing it be used for an African American voter research project run by his son, former California Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas. ... read more »
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