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Sen. Steven Bradford Commits to Building Upon Weber’s Legacy as Next Black Caucus Chair
January 7, 2021
Last week, the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) elected Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) chair of the group comprised of African Americans serving in State Legislature. Bradford, 60, who is the longest serving member in the caucus and the only African American member in the California Senate, is succeeding the CLBC’s outgoing chair Dr. Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego). ... read more »
Top Crenshaw & Around Stories of 2020
December 31, 2020
These are the top stories of what happened in Crenshaw & Around this year. ... read more / view gallery »
DESTINATION WATTS THEN AND NOW
December 17, 2020
 Watts is a historic place. It’s where oppressed people from the Deep South and, more recently, from around the world, have come to start a new life in fabled California. They fled the remnants of slavery, Jim Crow, the Klu Klux Klan, lynchings, and corrupt political and legal systems. They fled oppression and political exclusion and came with great hope in search of a new life.  ... read more »
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ALL IS NOT WELL IN WATTS
October 22, 2020
Councilman Joe Buscaino recently replied to a series of articles by the undersigned setting forth facts demonstrating that Watts is and has been a politically neglected appendage of Los Angeles. Mr. Buscaino takes issue with that contention and responds that Watts has not been neglected and cites several recent projects to support his argument. At the outset, we need to express appreciation for Mr. Buscaino’s efforts for the people of his district and his willingness to debate the larger political issues relating to Watts in particular, and the city generally. Healthy debate always leads to positive results. That said, let us take a closer look at Watts. ... read more »
Danny J. Bakewell. Sr. & the Taste of Soul Team Visit Food Vendors
September 24, 2020
Despite the Taste of Soul festival being cancelled in 2020, TOS pledges support to Black businesses, urging people to support local restaurants in their communities. ... read more »
CHANGE: By the residents of Watts, For the residents of Watts
September 24, 2020
In their Sentinel op-ed last month, Tim Watkins and Mark Ravis made an argument that in the upcoming round of redistricting Watts should be moved from the 15th Council District, which I represent, to the 9th Council District. ... read more »
Rams Player Donates Laptops to Youth in Need
September 10, 2020
With the COVID-19 pandemic transforming education into virtual learning, internet and computers are a must-have for students. Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day is donating laptops and internet hot spots to four Dreamer Scholar students in Watts from the I Have a Dream Foundation-Los Angeles (IHADLA). ... read more »
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Bloomberg Philanthropies Strives to Increase Black Physicians by Donating to Historically Black Medical Schools
September 10, 2020
Inequality in education is one of the most fossilized civil rights issues that one can still witness today. There is a lot of discourse and imbalance found in the unequal funding and lack of federal or state priority within community-driven colleges of color. Recently, there has been meteoric change in social awareness, which is bringing more light to the current state of the educational system for people within the Black Community. ... read more »
A PIVOTAL TIME: 15 TO 9
August 21, 2020
While this is a pivotal moment in our nation’s history, it is also a pivotal moment in the history of Los Angeles.  Although it is a time of crisis, we need to use it as time of great opportunity, a time to breathe new life into the marvelous minority communities of South-Central Los Angeles.  In short, we need to embark on what may be called an Urban Marshall Plan designed to expand political power to minority communities and to promote fairness in the distribution of public resources. This is an opportunity to bring new hope to the poor and underserved who are suffering the most in these times of crisis, as they do in all times.  ... read more »
WATTS HEALING
August 13, 2020
 While a compelling case can be made for a significant expansion of the Los Angeles City Council, a more modest and immediately doable approach to demonstrating our concern with minority rights in these turbulent times would be to free Watts from Council District 15 and join it with Council District 9. ... read more »
Despite COVID-19 Setbacks, Watts Learning Center Students Thrive
July 30, 2020
When coronavirus fears sparked massive shutdowns of schools across California, Eugene Fisher, Watts Learning Center’s board president, wasn’t completely alarmed at the abrupt change. ... read more »
About A Dozen Protesters Arrested in Beverly Hills
July 24, 2020
About a dozen protesters were arrested tonight for failure to disperse, and at least one person for alleged ``assault on a police officer'' during a demonstration organized by the Black Future Project in Beverly Hills. ... read more »
African American Neighborhoods Falling Behind in 2020 Census Count
June 18, 2020
L.A. County Board of Supervisors urge residents to complete the census during National Census Day of Action ... read more »
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: CLARENCE WOODS ZURITA May 21, 1931 – May 11, 2020
June 4, 2020
Clarence Zurita was born on May 21, 1931 to Mary Zurita in San Pedro, California. Clarence never knew his mother and would become orphaned at a very young age. He was blessed to be placed with the Woods Family in Watts, California, where he was embraced and reared in a loving home. It was at the family business--Woods Family Auto Parts--where Clarence developed a love for cars and the skill to fix almost anything…although many times in a unique way of his own! He attended David Starr Jordan High School and held many state records, some for decades, in Cross Country Track events. A few years after graduating high school, Clarence was drafted into the United States Army, where he served one tour of duty, fought in the Korean War and received an Honorary Discharge. ... read more / view gallery »
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