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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 »
The Heinous Murder of George Floyd and Race in America
June 4, 2020
As Vice-Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus and Chair of the Senate Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color — and more importantly, as a human being — I am appalled by the senseless killing of George Floyd. His death is another tragic reminder of the police violence that has devastated Black families and communities for decades. ... read more »
Watts Crash Leaves Three Dead
May 1, 2020
The crash occurred about 7:15 p.m. near Compton Boulevard and Imperial Highway, according to Officer Drake Madison of the Los Angeles Police Department. ... read more »
New Poll by The Partnership for L.A. Discusses Difficulties Regarding the Digital Divide in Low-Income Communities
April 30, 2020
As the nation adjusts to the new normal, education remains a topic of discussion as students have been learning from home. With assistance from teachers, parents are now asked to homeschool their children, but the question for many lies in resources.   ... read more »
CEO of TDE, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith Pays Rent for over 300 Senior Units residing in Watts Developments
April 30, 2020
On April 22, big news was buzzing about a big gift from a big guy, with a big heart. As the co-founders of Philanthropy Is, (a focus on exclusive insight with community givers) Marisa Hall and Lena Anderson were honored to speak with Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith about leadership, his contributions to the Watts area and the future of Top Dawg Entertainment. ... read more »
CicLAvia: South Los Angeles Presented by Metro kicks off its 10-year anniversary season with an event in South Los Angeles on Feb. 23
February 20, 2020
CicLAvia kicks off its 2020 season on Feb. 23 in South Los Angeles, launching the celebration of its 10-year anniversary. This is the second time CicLAvia hosts an event in South Los Angeles. ... read more »
Children’s Institute Breaks Ground in Watts Celebrating a New Landmark In the Community
February 14, 2020
Children’s Institue (CII) and its Board of Trustees welcomed the community to celebrate their latest development located in Watts. The groundbreaking ceremony held Thursday, January 30, 2020, was complete with a live band, BBQ luncheon and a virtual tour of the new building. ... read more »
Tonya Butler Appointed Chair Position at Berklee College of Music
February 6, 2020
She will be the first African-American and woman to hold the position. ... read more »
Two Local Entrepreneurs Gifted New Bicycles to 50 Students in Watts and Inglewood
December 26, 2019
Christmas is officially underway as two local entrepreneurs and mentors teamed up to surprise 50 students in Watts and Inglewood with new bikes and helmets on December 17 and 18. ... read more »
Happy Holidays from Rep. Maxine Waters
December 19, 2019
Happy holidays to all of the families in the 43rd District and the entire Greater Los Angeles community! I am so grateful to have spent this holiday season sharing in the spirit of giving with so many organizations who are ensuring that our neighbors who are need of support have an enjoyable holiday season. ... read more »
CDU and APLA Health Host Rare ‘Indoor Ground Breaking’ On New Health Facility
December 12, 2019
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) and APLA Health (APLA) officially announced plans to move forward on a new building located on the CDU campus that would house a new CDU Wellness Center and an APLA clinic during a symbolic “indoor ground breaking” ceremony on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. Plans for the upcoming 10,000 square-foot facility were formalized with a signed agreement between the two organizations in February 2019. ... read more »
Scott Reflects on His ‘Incredible Ride’ at Macedonia Baptist
October 16, 2019
It’s been a more than eventful stretch for the Rev. Shane B. Scott, who serves as pastor of the historic Macedonia Baptist Church in Los Angeles. ... read more »
Remembering the Watts Revolt: A Shared Condition, Consciousness and Commitment
August 29, 2019
The Anniversary of the 1965 Watts Revolt occurs in the context of a larger history of Black struggle, sacrifices and achievements: the assassination, sacrifice and martyrdom of Min. Malcolm X; the Selma March; the Voting Rights Act; the founding of our organization Us and the African American Cultural Center; and the introduction of the Black value system, the Nguzo Saba, which became the core values of the pan-African holiday Kwanzaa and of Kawaida, a major Movement philosophy of life and struggle. ... read more »
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