Remember When Presidents Were White Men?
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 19 February 2009
For the first time in the history of the United States of America President's Day, celebrated this past Monday, February 16, 2009, was celebrated with a Black man in the White House. And, as you ... read more >>
I Cram to Understand: Where's All of the Hoopla for the Local Elections?
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 19 February 2009
I didn't think it possible, but I have definitely become more cynical, especially when it relates to local politics. Add to that, I have begun to develop a few of my own conspiracy theories as it relates ... read more >>
Gang Injunctions: Political Exercises in Futility?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 19 February 2009
The proliferation of gang injunctions is as problematic it is enticing. The injunctions are not sufficiently linked to broader, long term implications; many consider them politically driven, shortsighted ... read more >>
Republicans: "Look Y'all-We Got Us One Too!"
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 05 February 2009
I hate to be cynical, and I certainly hate to drag the issue of race back into the public debate while President Obama and literally millions of Americans of good will are working so hard to put this ... read more >>
Valentine Assistance
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 05 February 2009
Men, I boldly claim that this article will enhance those euphoric moments that will take place this February 14th. Follow these suggestions precisely and you will experience pleasures that will extend ... read more >>
Keeping It Real: Why is Bernie Madoff Home?
Written by Rev. Al Sharpton 05 February 2009
The disparity in the criminal justice system is profoundly illustrated in the case of Bernie Madoff the prominent investment manager who's hedge fund, Ascot Partners, was found to be a giant scam ... read more >>
Servant of the Lord and the People
Written by Malik Spellman 05 February 2009
They say that a man of GOD was asked once before what is it that the Lord loves most about a person? Well the answer is that with which a person is most consistent. At the moment I know of such a person ... read more >>
Walking With Woodson in History
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 05 February 2009
We owe this month of meditation, celebration and recommitment to increased study of our history to Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), the founder of Black History Month, who rose up from the evil and ... read more >>
Black Thought or African Thought?
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 05 February 2009
For Black History Month this year, African descendants all over the world have something to celebrate--the actual making of history. An historic event many of us thought we'd never see has actually ... read more >>
Partisan Posturing
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 05 February 2009
2.8 million jobs lost last year. Millions of families facing foreclosure and the loss of their homes. Food kitchens swamped. And it is going to get worse. We need fast and bold action to staunch the ... read more >>
It Starts at the Local Level
Written by Carson Mayor Pro Tem Mike Gipson 05 February 2009
George Bush is out and President Barack Obama is in, but it isn't over yet. While what happens in Washington is important, it's what happens here in Carson twice a month that has a larger impact ... read more >>
The Legacy of Lumumba
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 05 February 2009
Almost a decade ago, in February of the year of the Space Odyssey, 2001, I wrote a review for the movie Lumumba after being asked to do so. Patrice Lumumba was the first post-colonial Prime Minister ... read more >>
The Mayor and the Curious Case of Missing Councilmembers
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 05 February 2009
Last week the Rampart Station of the Los Angeles Police Department, our Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, L.A.P.D. Chief William Bratton, and friends (ATF, ICE, DEA, FBI, etc.) held a press conference to ... read more >>
Increasing Violence and Crippling Independence
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 05 February 2009
Violence respects neither race nor class and has become the horrific norm in neighborhoods throughout the city and county. (Contrary to main stream media hype, however, it is by no means confined to ... read more >>
Revs. Lowery, Wright, and the Black Church
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 29 January 2009
It was about 3:00 in the morning, and I was somewhere between browsing the Internet and dozing into never-never land when I read the following post from one of my more conservative White friends regarding ... read more >>
Don't Do It!
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 29 January 2009
Hello world, I really can't posse a question this week because the energy that surrounds my topic demands your attention in regards to prevention. The prevention of our friends, family and love ... read more >>
SEIU--Betraying Brothers and Sisters
Written by Jameelah A Shukri 29 January 2009
Very few can live connected lives and never fail those who depend upon them. But betrayal is different from failure. It involves intentionally wounding those who have trusted you. Betrayal by a member ... read more >>
Keeping It Real: Black HIV Awareness Day
Written by Rev. Al Sharpton 29 January 2009
Twenty Seven years into the HIV/AIDS pandemic and still today in the United States, HIV/AIDS is a health crisis in Black America. Every responsible person, politician, pastor, parishioner and Black ... read more >>
Recovery and Hope in Haiti
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 29 January 2009
In the midst of our joyous and rightful celebration of the inauguration of President Barack Obama, I turned to thoughts about Haiti. not only because this is the month of Haitian Independence (January ... read more >>
The Bridge-The Notorious Conspiracy Theory
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 29 January 2009
It seems that everywhere I go, someone is talking about Notorious, the new movie about the life of the Notorious B.I.G, aka Biggie Smalls. I hear the excitement, but I can't feel it. I guess ... read more >>
Water the Roots
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 29 January 2009
The debate on how we get out of this mess has begun in earnest. The $825 billion plan introduced in the House is a good beginning. It makes a down payment on investments vital to our future--in new ... read more >>
Wasted Minds 'Left Behind'
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 29 January 2009
Throughout history highly educated people have done some very bad things. For instance, in two time periods of the past century-the early 1900s and during World War II-highly educated colonial German doctors ... read more >>
The Exorbitant Price of Continuing Disunity
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 29 January 2009
Barack Obama's presidency, an occasion for unbridled rejoicing, arguably will have little effect on the storied disunity of America's Blacks. Despite notable progress, Blacks' attitudes ... read more >>
Change is upon us
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Entertainment Editor) 22 January 2009
President Barack Obama's presidency is significantly memorable because it represents a lifetimes worth of work and effort. More importantly it represents a lifetimes worth of work and effort paying ... read more >>
Bush Cannot be Allowed to Get Away with What He's Done to America
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 22 January 2009
Bush Cannot be Allowed to Get Away With What He's Done to America I'm in total agreement with Obama's sentiment that it's time for America to heal itself and move forward, but I certainly ... read more >>