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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »