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LA Focus’ 22nd Annual First Ladies High Tea An Elegant Affair
September 19, 2019
Publisher Lisa Collins, LA Focus hosted the 22nd First Ladies High Tea at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Apostle Beverly “Bam” Crawford and actress Wendy Raquel Robinson were the Mistress of Ceremonies and on a day when so many powerful and inspiring words were shared, one word captures the entire event most accurately: beautiful.  As Legacy Award Recipient Marla Gibbs quipped “This isn’t low tea, it’s HIGH tea!” ... read more »
‘Hair Love’ is Now in Theaters
September 12, 2019
Hair Love, a new animated short showing the love between a Black father and daughter, is now in theaters. Premiering right before Angry Birds 2, the animation short gives insight and relatability of Black fatherhood to a broad audience. ... read more »
Let’s Clamp Down on Tobacco and Vaping Product Access for Young People
March 21, 2019
Nearly half a million people die every year from complications from smoking. About a tenth of them never put a cigarette to their lips – they die from exposure to second-hand smoke. Death from tobacco is, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the leading cause of preventable death. But too many people, enticed by advertising, think that smoking is so "cool" that they embrace it. And the tobacco industry spent more than $9 billion on smoking advertising, or about a million dollars an hour. ... read more »
Walmart Heirs’ Money Influences Black Charter Schools Debate
January 3, 2019
The Walton family, as one of the leading supporters of America's charter school movement, is spreading its financial support to prominent and like-minded Black leaders, from grassroots groups focused on education to mainstream national organizations such as the United Negro College Fund and Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, according to an Associated Press analysis of tax filings and nonprofit grants data. ... read more »
#BlackLivesMatter’s #BlackXmas is Not Just About Buying Black, It’s About Saving Black Lives
December 7, 2018
This weekend the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles co-hosted #BlackSunday, an opportunity for the community to intentionally spend their dollars with Black-owned businesses, who were provided with booth space at no charge. ... read more »
Police: Man Fatally Shoots Woman at Florida Walmart
November 29, 2018
The shooting occurred during an apparent domestic dispute in the garden section of a Walmart store. ... read more »
Debbie Allen was Surprised with Icon Award Presented by Her Grey’s Anatomy Co-Star James Pickens, Jr. at LA Focus’ 20th Annual First Ladies High Tea
September 13, 2018
Lisa Collins’ 21st Annual First Ladies High Tea is always a classy affair! Debbie Allen was surprised when James Pickens, Jr. delivered a touching introduction and presented her with the Icon Award at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  ... read more »
Starbucks Starts Closing Stores for Anti-Bias Training
May 31, 2018
Nelson and Robinson settled with Starbucks for an undisclosed sum and an offer of a free college education. They also reached a deal with the city of Philadelphia for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from officials to establish a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs. ... read more »
Wal-Mart Sued Over Explicit Employee Photos
March 22, 2018
The suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. ... read more »
Walmart Neighborhood Market, Just What the Doctor Ordered
December 2, 2015
Walmart is the most successful brick-and-mortar retailer in America; with, arguably, the worst reputation. When news breaks that Walmart’s coming, local businesses immediately organize the underground resistance; ... read more »
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