Freedom Schools Teach Literacy and Life to  At-Risk Youth
Jul03

Freedom Schools Teach Literacy and Life to At-Risk Youth

While “probation camp” may inspire pictures of work boots, barbed wire fences, and stringent rules, County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas introduced an entirely new kind of summer probation program that kids actually want to go to—one that is arguably much more important, and effective, than your typical camp for troubled or at-risk youth.

One o One: Djimon Hounsou
Jul03

One o One: Djimon Hounsou

Rarely does an actor gain an Oscar nomination for his very first starring role, but that is exactly what happened to 50-year-old Djimon Hounsou with his breakout role in Steven Spielberg's "Amistad." Fact is, the Benin, Africa native became the talk of Tinseltown in 1997, not just for his stirring portrayal of Joseph Cinque, the leader of a slave ship mutiny, but also for his rags to riches rise to fame. Homeless and living on the streets of Paris after dropping out of school at 13, Hounsou moved to Hollywood to pursue acting. A chance encounter with Spielberg and Debbie Allen at an open casting call for the movie would forever alter the course of his career. A string of credits followed on both the big and small screens including a semi-regular role on “ER” and appearances in “Gladiator” opposite Russell Crowe and “Blood Diamond” opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, “Biker Boyz,” “Beauty Shop” and most recently “Baggage Claim” and most recently “How To Train Your Dragon 2.”

The Evolution of Prophet Walker: From Teen Felon to Politician
Jul03

The Evolution of Prophet Walker: From Teen Felon to Politician

Prophet Walker knows what failure looks like. Prophet Walker also knows what the criminal justice system looks like. But most of all, Walker—who spent six long years at Ironwood State Prison for a crime he committed at the age of 16—knows how to make good on both: to take the power of his story and inspire hope. With his run for the 64th State Assembly District this November—the 26-year-old, former convicted felon is doing just that —making good on his story.

How Much Does Sugar Really Cost?
Jul03

How Much Does Sugar Really Cost?

A new research study published under the title “The Future of Affirmative Action: New Paths to Higher Education Diversity after Fisher v. University of Texas,” has suggested new guidelines might increase the number of minority students in top-rated American universities.

The research focused particularly on African American and Hispanic enrolment in top elite schools, and found their numbers would more than double if the top ten percent of every high school class were guaranteed admission and students who had particularly low socioeconomic standing were given an advantage. If the top ten percent of high school teens were admitted on SAT scores alone, African American enrollment would increase from 4% to 6%. The mean SAT score would also increase from the current 1230 to 1254.

Saving Grace: Crystal Fox
Jul03

Saving Grace: Crystal Fox

All actresses’ hope for most of the time is work—work that can be seen and appreciated by people. So this has blown us away,” says Crystal Fox, who stars as Hanna Young in Tyler Perry’s one-hour breakout hit drama, “The Haves and the Haves Not.”

Jul03

"Top Two" Primary Contenders Prepare to Face Off In Upcoming elections

In 2010, California voters opted in the “top two” system, which states that primary elections held for state offices will dictate the two opponents in the actual elections by means of taking the top two incumbents with the most votes. This nonpartisan system allows two people, be they of opposing political parties or same, to run in the secondary election. Several of these “top two” elections finalized in early June, setting the scene for who will face off in elections later this year.

First Ladies High Tea
November will mark the 20th Anniversary of our Annual First Ladies High Tea, honoring the contributions of female leaders and women of faith to the Los Angeles community. For more information, visit www.firstladieshightea.com
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