LAUSD's First Black Superintendent Has Big Plans for the District.
Feb03

LAUSD's First Black Superintendent Has Big Plans for the District.

Last month marked a significant moment in the Los Angeles Unified School District. For the first time in its 163-year history, the board selected an African American woman to serve as the new superintendent. After a three-month nationwide search, the board determined Michelle King was the only candidate capable of fixing the nation’s second-largest district. “It is a surreal situation being the first black woman superintendent,” King told L.A. Focus. “I hope to inspire students of all races and backgrounds to pursue their dreams by demonstrating what is possible in L.A. Unified.”

 

Black Pastors Draw fire for trump meeting
Dec07

Black Pastors Draw fire for trump meeting

Depending on who you speak with the meeting Donald Trump had with 100 Black pastors on November 30 was either a huge success or a huge fiasco. Prior to the meeting, the presidential hopeful had announced he was holding a press conference to announce his endorsement by 100 black religious leaders. That, however, wasn’t what the majority of the preachers who turned out to a meeting at Trump Towers in New York had in mind. Instead, they say, they came to listen. To see what the billionaire Republican frontrunner Trump —who cancelled the press conference — said that the subsequent meeting was amazing and fruitful.

 

Another Win for Legal Marijuana As Issue  Still Divides Californians
Nov05

Another Win for Legal Marijuana As Issue Still Divides Californians

In October 9, 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown signed three bills into law establishing what he calls an “overdue” regulating system for the state’s estimated $2.7 billion medical marijuana industry, a number that has grown 74% from $1.5 billion in 2013, according to Arc View Market research. Some onlookers saw the move as one more step in the direction of full legalization of cannabis in the state, although Californians remain deeply divided on the issue.

This year, the Public Policy Institute of California conducted a statewide survey and found 53% of residents support the legalization of marijuana, 45% oppose it, and 2% are undecided. The survey also found 63% of African Americans and 57% of whites support the legalization of marijuana.

Game Changers: Five Blacks Who Are Making Big Moves In The City of Angels
Nov04

Game Changers: Five Blacks Who Are Making Big Moves In The City of Angels

They have made significant strides in terms of leadership, law enforcement, and even entertainment. From Police Commissioner to Executive Director of Los Angeles World Airports, Hollywood, local government and the music industry, their moves are shaking this town up and making them key players to watch in the years ahead.

Making groundbreaking moves in entertainment is award winning writer, director Ava DuVernay, who has not only earned accolades for her Oscar-nominated film “Selma”—a biopic about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s led voting rights campaign in 1965, but she’s also redefining how films are being distributed through her recently-formed company called Array, an outgrowth of her African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM).

Ben Carson Surges in the Polls, But For How Long?
Oct05

Ben Carson Surges in the Polls, But For How Long?

On Sept. 16, 22.9 million American viewers watched CNN’s prime-time debate between 11 leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination.

The three-hour highly anticipated slugfest at the Ronald Regan library in Simi Valley, however, was nothing like the “Thrilla in Manilla.”

In fact, frontrunner and real estate mogul Donald Trump was less combative with his fellow debaters than expected. But while the presidential debate did not live up to the hype and has been aptly described by Politico as “an empty calorie joy ride,” Ben Carson—despite his lackadaisical performance—continues to surge in the polls.

Obama Takes $1 Billion Presidential Library To Chicago
Oct03

Obama Takes $1 Billion Presidential Library To Chicago

With less than 500 days remaining in office, President Barack Obama intends on preserving his legacy as the nation’s first black president in Chicago.

The Barack Obama presidential library, which beat out rival proposals from Hawaii and New York, will be associated with the University of Chicago and built on the infamous South Side.

First Ladies High Tea
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