Hub City News
Volume 5, Issue 7
Serving the cities of Compton, Lynwood, Carson, Gardena, Watts, Inglewood, Long Beach, Wilmington and Los Angeles County February 12, 2010
news to “Communicate, Educate and Stimulate.”
Watson Announces Retirement
‘For Love of Liberty’ Highlights Black Veteran’s Contribution By Hub City !ews Service
Just about everyone knows or have heard the story of the Tuskegee Airmen and the Buffalo Soldiers, but very few people know the stories of the Harlem Hellfighters, James Roberts, the Black Panthers (761st Tank Battalion) or Ruben Rivers. These stories and more can be found in the new television documentary “For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots” that finally, and for all time, sets the
Part one of “For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots” airs on KCET-Channel 28 in Los Angeles on Feb. 15; part two airs Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. The film will run continuously on PBS for the next four months. Check local listings. Ten years in the making, the film uses letters, diaries, speeches, journalistic accounts, historical text and military records to document and acknowledge the sacrifices and accomplishments of African-
Harlem Hellfighters record straight about the African American experience in the United States military. The four-hour, two-part documentary television series is executive produced by Louis Gossett Jr., introduced by Colin Powell, hosted on-camera by Halle Berry and narrated by Avery Brooks. The film is produced by Eleventh Hour Productions.
American service men and women since the earliest days of the republic. Among the actors featured reading narratives are Gossett, Morgan Freeman, Mel Gibson, Bill Cosby, John Travolta, Ossie Davis, Robert Duvall, Delroy Lindo, Sam Elliot, Danny Glover, Walter Cronkite, Isaac Hayes, Ice-T, Robert Townsend, Alan Rickman, LeVar Burton, Roscoe Lee Browne, Continued on page 6
MA! OF THE YEAR - Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was the recipient of the West Angeles Community Development Corporation’s “Man of the Year” Award presented at the West Angeles Community Development Corporation’s Unity Awards Dinner held on Feb. 4. The supervisor was honored for his efforts to promote unity, mobilizing residents to make a difference and empowering communities to deliver results. Pictured following the ceremony are (from left): Paul Turner, chairman of the West Angeles CDC, Ridley-Thomas, State Senator Curren Price, Dr. Lula Ballton, CEO of West Angeles CDC and Darrell Brown, senior vice president, Consumer Banker, US Bank.
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CALLI!G IT A CAREER - Congresswoman Diane Watson was joined by friends and supporters this week as she announced that she will not seek reelection to the 33rd Congressional District seat she has held since 2001. Watson is pictured with (from left) John Mack, Celes King, Jr., Willis Edwards and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.--PHOTO BY BO!A!ZA PHO-
LOS A!GELES -Flanked by friends and longtime supporters, Congresswoman Diane Watson announced at a press conference this week that she will not seek re-election to another term in the United States Congress. Watson, who has represented the 33rd Congressional District since 2001, said that she is retiring to care for her 100year-old mother. Continued on page 3
SCHFA Announces $25Million Dollar Program For First-Time Homebuyers LOS A!GELES - Last week, the Southern California Home Financing Authority (SCHFA), a joint powers authority between Los Angeles and Orange counties, issued mortgage revenue bonds for the purpose of assisting low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers in obtaining below-market rate first-mortgage loans. SCHFA issued $25 million in bonds to fund its First Home Program. It is anticipated that 80-100 loans will be originated under this bond issuance.
The program offers qualified first-time homebuyers one of two options: (1) a 4.70% interest rate without a grant for down payment and closing assistance; or (2) a 5.125% interest rate with a grant for down payment and closing cost assistance equal to 3% of the first loan amount. The program will also be used to purchase foreclosed properties in conjunction with the Community Development Commission's Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) and Housing Economic Recovery Owner-
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known as the Freedmen from citizenship in the tribe.
Freedmen Descendants Launch Southern Calif Campaign LOS A!GELES - An effort to mobilize descendants of slaves of the Five Civilized Tribes who live in the Southern California area is getting underway. A meeting to bring together "Freedmen" descendants of the Creek, Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole Indian nations is scheduled for Feb. 20, 1 to 3 p.m., at Vermont Square Methodist, 4410 S. Budlong Ave., in Los Angeles. The purpose of the meeting is to form a Freedmen organization in Southern California to meet the needs of all Freedmen and to educate Freedmen descendants about the issue surrounding the movement of the Cherokee and other Indian tribes, especially the Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole to expel blacks and multi-racials
Freedman Adam Grayson “The tribes have kicked out many of them based on the fact that they don’t have Indian blood,” said Eli Grayson, a Continued on Page 3
ship Program (HERO). Qualified veterans (even those who are not first-time homebuyers) may also use either of the two program options described above. The First Home Program offers the opportunity for homeowners with an adjustable rate loan made between 2002 through 2007, to refinance their existing loan with a 30-year fixed-rate loan at 4.70%. Other restrictions apply. “The First Home Program provides valuable assistance through grants and loans to Continued on Page 7
HO!OREE - Former Compton City Councilwoman Delores Zurita will be honored Feb. 18, 5:30 to 8 p.m., during Tibby Elementary School’s Black History Month Program. Zurita is being recognized for her work in pioneering After School Programs. Tibby Elementary is located at 1400 W. Poplar Street in Compton.
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Community Calendar of Events ‘Is Child Support Ruining Your Life?’ Workshop Planned For Fathers
LOS A!GELES- Gain insight on how to modify child support orders, address arrearages and establish custody during a Great Beginnings for Black Babies Fatherhood Initiative workshop beginning at 6 p.m., Feb. 17, in the Great Beginnings (GBBB) offices, 3311 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. Moderated by long-term GBBB Board member, Inglewood City Councilmember Danny Tabor, the workshop also will provide opportunities to influence legislation that could improve the child support process. For additional details contact the GBBB Fatherhood Initiative Program Coordinator Roderick Elzy at 323-789-7955, ext. 22 or by email at email@example.com or visit the website at www.fatherhoodinitiative.org.
GRA!D REOPE!I!G - Students from Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School were on hand to help Councilman Bernard Parks (c) unveil the newly refurbished Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Also on hand were Jon Kirk, general manager of the Department of Recreation and Parks, Barry A. Sanders, Commission president-Department of Recreation and Parks and Gary Lee Moore, city engineer.
Martin Luther King Park Reopens
LOS A!GELES - After tireless efforts by Councilmember Bernard C. Parks to secure funding, residents of South Los Angeles will be able to take advantage of the warm weather this weekend in newly refurbished Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The $1.2 million renovation project included construction of a new basketball court, tennis court, swing set, irrigation system, nighttime lighting and security camera system. “After weeks of grim economic news and lengthy discussions about budget cuts, it's great to step out of City Hall and into the neighborhood to celebrate a positive addition to the community,” said Councilmember Bernard C. Parks, who was present
Thursday afternoon for the dedication ceremony. “I think it’s important to recognize that public safety is a lot more than police officers and fire fighters…it's parks and it’s also libraries. This facility will provide neighborhood youth with a safe place to play outdoors, compete in athletics, and stay out of trouble.” The dedication ceremony, during African American Heritage Month, coincides with the 20-year anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from prison. Mandela, like Martin Luther King Jr., was a fierce advocate for equality and civil rights. The recent upgrades comprise the third of four phases of upgrades planned for the site. Phase one consisted of renova-
tion of the baseball field and the addition of a handicapaccessible playground. Phase two involved the construction of the Mary McLeod Bethune Library, a LEED-certified green building, and phase four will involve the construction of a synthetic soccer field. The new security camera system features 10 surveillance cameras that will be monitored at two separate locations, and new lighting was installed at the tennis and basketball courts. In addition to the universallyaccessible playground, the park also includes a therapeutic recreation center, which provides a variety of programs for people with disabilities in South Los Angeles.
Los Angeles County Overhauls General Relief Program LOS A!GELES - The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have approved an ambitious plan to dramatically restructure the General Relief (GR) program. Since 1901, Los Angeles County has administered this program to provide temporary cash aid to indigent adults. All 58 counties across California are legally mandated by the State to provide assistance of this kind. Approximately 89,000 County residents receive cash assistance through the GR program each month: up from 71,000 last year. Direct costs currently are looming near the $200 million mark in local taxpayer dollars: up from $161 million last year. A number of GR participants have been on the program for more than 20 years, and 60% of the caseload
is homeless. In addition, experts estimate that the county spends almost four times the cost, above and beyond providing GR cash assistance on other services to this population, mostly related to repeated incarcerations in county jail and recurring visits to emergency rooms and clinics. These additional costs push the price tag closer to $1 billion per year. “This is a bold step, but we saw a clear opportunity to both control costs, reduce the caseload and better serve this highneed population, many of whom are homeless,” said Supervisor Don Knabe, who introduced the original motion in April 2009 that called for this restructuring. The program will be restructured to ensure that everyone on the caseload is
working towards ways of transitioning off of GR, via employment or pursuit of other benefit programs they would more appropriately qualify for. A large part of the proposal focuses mainly on the county better aligning the GR program to move people off of GR onto Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is federally funded. Many of the GR recipients that are homeless have disabilities that would likely qualify them for SSI. Federal funding would also be available to fund most of the cost of housing them while they pursue SSI eligibility. “I think we have a genuine chance to help many of these individuals overcome serious challenges and transition to a better life,” the supervisor added.
Expungement Education Workshop Set For Long Beach Area
LO!G BEACH - Do you, or someone you know, have an adult or juvenile criminal record that needs clearing? If so, you’ll want to attend the no-cost Expungement Education Workshop, Feb. 17, from 4 to 5 p.m., at the Center for Working Families, 1900 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. At the workshop, participants will receive pertinent information from subject-matter experts on certificate of rehabilitation; information on expungement of adult convictions & sealing of juvenile records; and assistance with completing required expungement forms. For a very straightforward self-help tool for those wishing to file a petition on a Long Beach case, visit http://www.longbeach.gov/citypros/expungements.asp. For more information on the workshop, call 562-570-WORK.
Horton Keynotes GLAAACC !etworking Breakfast
LOS A!GELES--Jerome E. Horton, vice chair of the California Board of Equalization, will be the keynote speaker for GLAAACC in the A.M., the networking breakfast hosted by the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce, on Feb. 17, 8:30 to 10 a.m., at 5120 W. Goldleaf Circle, Room 10 AG, in Los Angeles. To RSVP or for more information please call 323- 292-1297 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Metro To Host Bicycle Roundtable
LOS A!GELES -- The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will be hosting the first Bicycle Roundtable on Feb. 19, 2 to 4 p.m., at Metro, Windsor Conference Room, 15th Floor, One Gateway Plaza, in Los Angeles. The meeting is intended to initiate a dialogue and identify issues of importance to cyclists in Los Angeles County that will help create a vision for enhancing Metro’s current bicycle program. Doug Failing, Metro’s new executive director of Highway Programs and interim chief planning officer, will kick-off the meeting. Failing previously chaired the Caltrans Bicycle Advisory Committee before joining Metro. A presentation on Metro’s bicycle planning efforts is also planned. The outcome of the first meeting will determine the frequency, next steps, and agendas of future meetings. Bicycle parking is located in Metro’s parking garage located at One Gateway Plaza on the P1 level between the fish tank/customer service center and Metro elevators. To RSVP for this meeting, call 213-922-4224 or e-mail email@example.com. For additional information about the Metro Bicycle Program, visit www.metro.net.
Free Cash For College Workshop Scheduled
State Senator Curren D. Price, Jr., is hosting a free Cash for College workshop on Feb. 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Mary McLeod Bethune Library, 3900 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles. Information and RSVP: 213-745-6656.
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Education Educational Foundation Helps Blacks With Free IT Training
A!SWERI!G THE CALL TO SERVICE - Answering President Barak Obama’s call for community service, Arts and Minds, Inc., an Inglewood-based youth focused nonprofit and Inglewood City Councilman Daniel K. Tabor launched the “We Are the Change” Community Service Campaign recently at Inglewood City Hall with the assistance of City of Hope Development Director Nancy Lewis (pictured). The campaign’s goal is to connect students from Animo Inglewood Charter, California Academy for Math and Science, City Honors, Inglewood, and Morningside high schools, in addition to St. Mary’s Academy, to eleven charities. The students will earn required community service hours by planning and implementing fundraising campaigns over a twelve week period from March through May. High school students interested in being a part of the We Are the Change Community Service Campaign can call 310-644-0696.
(continued from page 1) Watson had not endorsed a candidate to succeed her, at Hub City !ews press time; however, according to sources she was set to meet this weekend with Assembly Speaker Karen Bass. Sources also report that Bass will officially
announce her candidacy for the 33rd Congressional District this coming week. “I have been very fortunate over the years to work with the honorable Diane E. Watson, whom i consider a mentor, colleague and friend. She has had a long and distinguished career in public service.
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“She has always been a popular leader, rating highest in polls among her peers on values such as integrity, honesty and hard work. She is a true champion for the causes in which she believes, placing accountability above irresponsibility and the common interest above the special interest,” Continued on page 5
(BLACK PR WIRE) OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill.-- To help more African Americans enter the information technology (IT) workforce, the CompTIA Educational Foundation provided 239 African Americans with free IT training and certification last year, and another 19 received merit award scholarships to help them further their educational goals. African Americans are finding new tech career success, although they are still somewhat under-represented in the IT workforce. The Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2008 calculated that approximately 574,000 African Americans worked in IT and related fields. African Americans make up roughly 12.5 percent of the entire U.S. population, compared to only 8.6 percent of the IT workforce. To help diverse the IT workforce, the Foundations Creating Futures program provides training and certification opportunities to U.S. veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, minorities, at-risk youth and dislocated workers. The program works with employers to identify their hiring needs, then tailors its training to help individuals obtain the skills employers require. The Foundations IT Merit Awards Scholarships recognize outstanding accomplishments by students and adult learners in both the CompTIA Education to Careers (E2C) and CompTIA Learning Alliance (CLA) programs who have trained for and received CompTIA certification. Two recent African American merit award winners came from the Barbara Jordan High School (BJHS) in Houston, Texas, a magnet school that makes it possible for students to earn a high school diploma while acquiring career and technical skills in their chosen career. Seniors Dennis Christian and Lyndon Bolden passed their CompTIA A+ certification tests last fall and already have been accepted into Texas top universities. Christian will attend Texas
A&M University in the fall and plans on majoring in telecommunications. Interested in computers since he was young, he will travel and volunteer with the YMCA this summer before starting college. Bolden will attend the University of Texas to major in management information systems. He will move into college in early July with hopes of gaining a student job within the computer maintenance department on campus. Lyndon starting off his high school career focusing on football and athletics, but a knee injury refocused him on an IT career in his junior year. BJHS combines hands-on study with online curriculum. The school works with HP and the Houston Community College System, but needs more local business support. Kevin McDonald, an instructor in the program, comments, Our students need to see where the job opportunities are and what those jobs are like, so that the students can see themselves in those roles. We need more local companies to allow field trips to their offices and job shadowing. Our industry can only grow stronger with more diversification and more qualified technicians, said John Venator, president and CEO of the CompTIA Educational Foundation. IT jobs are available, but we lack enough qualified workers to fill them. With programs like Creating Futures and the IT Merit Awards, we help more individuals launch a career in IT. However we need more companies and training organizations to step up. Dennis and Lyndon exemplify the type of bright students our industry wants. Lets work together to help even more people join our industry. Individuals and companies can make a donation and learn about partnering opportunities, and prospective participants can apply for IT training, by visiting the CompTIA Educational Foundation website, http://www.CompTIA-EF.org.
the Indian nations that held them as slaves.” According to Grayson, there are about 100,000 Freedmen descendants nationwide and a huge percentage living in the Southern California area. “This meeting is to educate Freedman descendants who live in Los Angeles what this issue is about. This isn’t about their grandmother being part Indian, this issue is about their grandmother being a slave in a tribe. This is about people who
(continued from page 1) Creek Indian who supports the Freedmen. “The reality is they were bought for hard labor not for Indian blood when their ancestors were purchased to work in cotton fields. They got citizenship based on the same way Mississippi blacks got citizenship based upon emancipation and the 13th and 14th amendments. Because these particular Africans were owned by these tribes, they didn’t receive American citizenship. They received citizenship in
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Sports Reggie Miller Selected For Hall of Honor LOS A!GELES -- The Pac-10 Conference will honor 10 former student-athletes, including UCLA's Reggie Miller, with their induction into the Pac-10 Men's Basketball Hall of Honor during the 2010 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament. The
induction ceremony will take place on March 13 during the Pac-10 Hall of Honor luncheon. Miller was a point-producing machine during his four-
year Bruin career (1984-87), finishing his career as the school's second all-time scorer (2,095 points) behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 2,325 points (he is now tied for third on that list). His 202 free throws in 1986 are a UCLA single-season mark. Miller's best scoring output came on Feb. 28, 1987, when he totaled 42 points, including a school-record 33 in the second half to help UCLA defeat defending NCAA champion Louisville, 99-86. He finished his career with 47-career 20-point games (tied for No. 3 in UCLA history) and 16career 30-point contests (No. 2 in UCLA annals). A two-time first team AllPac-10 performer, Miller led the Bruins to the school's firstever NIT Championship in 1985, earning NIT’s Most Outstanding Player award along the way, and the firstever Pac-10 Tournament championship in 1987.
A 1987 first round selection by the Indiana Pacers with the 11th pick, Miller played his entire 18-year career with Indiana, playing more games (1,323) with the same team than all but two players in league history. He is the NBA record-holder for most threepointers in a career (2,560) and was a member of the Gold Medal winning USA Men’s Basketball team in 1996 at the Summer Olympics Games in Atlanta, Ga. He also played for Team USA at the 1994 (Gold Medal) and 2002 World Championships. Those other individuals to be inducted include: Mike Bibby (Arizona), Jeremy Veal (Arizona State), Earl Robinson (California), Kenya Wilkins (Oregon), Dave Gambee (Oregon State), John Arrillaga (Stanford), John Block (USC), Eldridge Recasner (Washington) and Paul Lindemann (Washington State).
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by Chico !orwood e-mail to The Associated Leave the Williams Press.” Sisters Alone
Why is it that no matter what Venus and Serena Williams does or says it comes under intense scrutiny by the media? They are damn if they do and damned if they don’t. Fresh on the heels of Serena winning her 12th grand slam title and fifth Australian Open title and the sisters winning their 11th Grand Slam doubles title and fourth Australian Open
One tennis blogger wrote: “While their countrywomen were sweating on the tennis court in USA’s Fed Cup meeting with France this weekend, top two American players Venus and Serena Williams joined the football world.” What’s the big deal? The Williams sisters decided instead of playing Fed Cup that they wanted to participate in
doubles title, both came under fire from the media and sports bloggers for bowing out of playing Fed Cup for the United States. The first round of Fed Cup play began Feb. 6 in Levin, France, on a clay court. “The Williams sisters are choosing football over Fed Cup” was the lead in an Associated Press article written by Tennis writer Howard Fendrich. The article went on to read “Serena and Venus Williams will not play in the Feb. 6-7 Fed Cup quarterfinal between the United States and France, saying they plan to be in South Florida for Super Bowl weekend in their roles as part owners of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. “Asked this week at the Australian Open whether she’d be facing France, Serena Williams said: ‘I really want to, but ... since I do own a football team, we have some owner’s stuff that we have to do for Super Bowl. Venus and I have to be there.’ “The Dolphins say that’s not exactly the case. “There is a meeting for NFL owners Feb. 6, the day before the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints play in the Super Bowl at Miami. Last year, the Williams sisters were among several celebrities to buy a small stake in the Dolphins franchise. “‘There is no formal requirement for them to be at any of the Super Bowl activities, including the owners’ meetings. Any decision they make is their own personal choice,’ Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene wrote Wednesday in an
the Super Bowl activities. What’s wrong with that? It proves that these two talented, smart women have interest out side of tennis. Andy Roddick has decided not to play Davis Cup this year for health reasons; however, not a single reporter sent an email to his doctor questioning his health status. James Blake has also decided not to play Davis Cup, yet no one is examining his reasons. No one is questioning their patriotism. Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina and Maria Sharapova did not play Fed Cup for the Russians, but no one questioned these blond, blue eyed one’s motivation for not playing. Yet, when Venus and Serena decide they want to take a break, kick back and enjoy the fruits of their labor, American journalist and so-called bloggers want to toast, roast and barbecue them for not playing Fed Cup. These are the same individuals who wanted Serena kicked off the circuit after her outburst at the U.S. Open. What hypocrites! Serena was wrapped like a mummy at the Australian Open and it seems to me that she needed to take a little R&R to get healthy for the long tennis season. In the comments section of one blog a writer using the name “tennis student” wrote: “I am so glad Venus nor Serena are playing Fed cup. In America they are treated as outcast although being the flag bearer for more than a decade and counting.
Lady Toro Cagers Win Third Straight
SEASIDE -- Scoring machine Neka Mixon (Long
minutes later increased the cushion to 8 at 19-11, before a
A Mixon jumper and two makes at the foul line, however, gave CSUDH a 5-point lead at 50-45 with just 84 seconds left in the game, while two more successes at the line with 14 ticks left provided the final Toro scoring in their nail-biting 2-point win as the Otters fel to 14-7, 10-7 CCAA. The Toros enjoyed a huge rebounding night by Barbara
!eka Mixon drives to the basket. Beach/Wilson HS) notched a game-high 23 points, but none were more important than her two made free throws with 14 seconds left in regulation, sealing the win against a spirited Cal State Monterey Bay squad in a key Friday night conference road game. With the win, CSUDH improves to 9-13, 8-9 CCAA. Entering the contest with two wins in its last three games, the visitors held a comfortable lead at 12-6 with 10 minutes elapsed in the first half. A Brandie McCann (Moreno Valley/Perris HS) triple seven
Mixon jumper with 24 seconds left gave CSUDH its largest lead of the half at 26-17 before a Helen Suarez lay-in with eight seconds left brought the hosts to within 7 at 26-19 entering the half. CSUDH maintained its mid-single digit lead after the break, before a Michelle Santizo 3-pointer gave the Otters life and cut their deficit to 37-34 with 11:29 left in regulation, getting as close as two points twice over the next six minutes, and to just one on a Santizo foul shot with 4:30 left in the game.
Barbara Houston from Compton Houston (Compton/Artesia HS), who pulled down 16 boards in 31 minutes of play, with McCann's 12 aiding the CSUDH victory. As a team, CSUDH shot just 27.9% compared to 34.0% for CSUMB, but won the game at the line after converting 11of-17 from the charity stripe, compared to a dismal 9-of-22 performance for the Otters.
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Entertainment Tracy Morgan Stars in ‘Cop Out’ ball, or his mind on the crime. Already in trouble and with nothing left to lose, Jimmy and Paul will have to break all the rules--including enlisting the aid of stoner thief Dave (Seann William Scott), who’s working Paul’s last nerve as Paul and Jimmy try to work the case. In addition to Morgan and Willis, “Cop Out” also stars Adam Brody, Kevin Pollak, Guillermo Diaz, Ana de la Reguera and Seann William Scott. The film is produced by Marc Platt, Polly Johnsen and Michael Tadross. Adam Siegel, Robb Cullen and Mark Cullen serve as executive producers.
Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis in ‘Cop Out’ “Cop Out” is the new go wrong...it’s pilfered before Warner Brothers feature star- he has a chance to collect. Paul ring Tracy Morgan and Bruce Hodges (Morgan) is Jimmy’s Willis. It opens in theatres on Feb. 26. Directed by Kevin Smith, “Cop Out” features two longtime NYPD partners on the trail of a stolen, rare, mint-condition baseball card who find themselves up against a merciless, memorabilia-obsessed gangster. But before they can recover the prized ‘52 Pafko, they must first rescue a Mexican beauty who holds the key to millions of dollars in off-shore bank accounts--and who has already witnessed one highprofile murder because of them. Veteran detective Jimmy Tracy Morgan as Det. Paul Hodges Monroe (Willis) needs to cash in on his perfect Pafko in order “partner-against-crime,” whose The film is rated R by the to pay for his daughter’s preoccupation with his wife’s MPAA for pervasive language upcoming wedding, but in the alleged infidelity makes it hard including sexual references, tradition of everything that can for him to keep his eye on the violence and brief sexuality.
(continued from page 3) said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark RidleyThomas, who joined Watson at the press conference. A lifetime resident of the 33rd Congressional District, Watson was elected to Congress in a special election held in 2001, after the death of Congressman Julian Dixon. She was reelected Nov. 5, 2002 to a full two year term and has been successfully reelected ever since. As a member of Congress, Watson currently serves as a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and is the chairwoman of the
Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization and Procurement. She also sits on the Subcommittee for Domestic Policy and the Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census and National Archives. Additionally, she sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Watson's political career began in 1975 when she became the first African American woman to be elected to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. Three years later, she was elected to the California State Senate. An advocate for health care, consumer protection and children during her time in the
Senate, Watson authored the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program and the Residential Care Facilities Act. She was also instrumental in introducing far reaching legislation for welfare reform. In 1999 she was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as united States Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia. “She was well liked and considered a good elected official,” said Political consultant Kerman Maddox. Ridley-Thomas added that Watson’s retirement “signals the latest chapter in the generational change in South Los Angeles' leadership.”
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Cunningham Family Freedmen descendants lion in 2006. Freedmen Launch “That’s what this is about. (continued from page 3) are from some of the oldest There had never been a probAfrican families in America. lem with their citizenship until Black people who were first the casinos came about and brought over here sold to now they are being booted out Indians before the white people because the tribes don’t want to took over and started their slave share the money with them,” he trade. These particular said. “Today because of the Africans go all the way back to casinos and the amount of the 1600s. We’re trying to edu- money that these tribes make cate them on their history," they think they have to kick out the minority for the pie to be Grayson said. At one point, the Grayson larger for the Indian. So the family was one of the largest first people to get kicked out slave traders in Indian happen to be the descendents of Territory, Eli Grayson said. slaves.” Jon Velie, an attorney who One of the families enslaved by his family was the family of represents the Freedmen in the Hub City !ews Publisher Leroy Cherokee issue, compared the movement by the tribes to that of Hitler. “There really is an ethnic cleansing going on,” he said. According to Marilynn Vann, president of the Descendants of the Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes, the issue is not a matter of Indians versus non-Indians. “The majority of Freedmen can prove they have Indian blood, if not through DNA then through government documents,” she said. Eli Grayson added, “I have to ask myself in the Indian way, in the native way what’s honorable about kicking out people who breast fed my grandmother and made their meals, and
Paro Brune, the first Creek Freedmen to enroll with the Dawes Commission Grayson. “My ancestors used to own their ancestors,” he said. Eli Grayson believes the expulsion movement is due to the emergence of the Indian gaming casinos. The U.S. Supreme Court confirmed the authority of tribal governments to establish gaming operations free of state regulation in 1987. The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which set up a framework for gaming with limited state involvement, was passed by Congress a year later. Gaming exists in 28 states with more than 200 tribes. According to data from the National Indian Gaming Commission, revenue from tribal gaming grew from $6.3 billion in 1996 to $25 bil-
Freedman Morris Sheppard kept their farms and all of that? What's honorable about that? There's nothing honorable about that. That’s what white people do. This is the same thing that Ross Barnett and George Wallace in the 1960s.” To learn more about the Freedmen movement visit www.thecreekfreedmen.com. For information about the meeting call 323-293-8210.
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‘For Love of Liberty ‘For Love of Liberty’
(continued from page 1) Ruby Dee, John Amos, Danny Glover, Eriq La Salle, Angela Bassett, Chris Cooper, Alfre Woodard, Louis Gossett Jr., Blair Underwood, Kris Kristofferson, Anthony Chisholm, Isaiah Washington, Charles S. Dutton, Jessie L. Martin, and Tom Berenger. The story spans the American Revolution to the Inauguration of President Barack Obama and examines why, despite enormous injustice, these heroic men and women fought so valiantly for freedoms they themselves did not enjoy. Unlike other documentaries that feature “talking heads and historians,” “For the Love of Liberty” does not use a single interview or historian, according to producer Frank Martin of Eleventh Day Entertainment. “We used all of these
Ruben Rivers incredible letters, first person accounts that go all the way back to the Revolution to tell the story and then we brought in this amazing cast. The film connects to the viewer on an emotional level,” said Martin. “This film is a bunch of small personal stories that when connected give you the bigger picture.” Rejected by major foundations and sponsors, “For the Love of Liberty” became a labor of love for Martin, who was brought the project by Jim Crite, a young black writer who had stumbled upon a book published by the Defense Department called “Black Americans in Service of their Country.” Crite took the book to Gossett who steered him to Martin. “The project started with the most innocent of intentions and then turned into a labor of love. It was one of these stories that had to be told and that's what kept us going,” he said
When asked why the movie is relevant in the year 2010 Martin points to “Flags of Our Fathers” the military film directed by Clint Eastwood and produced by Eastwood and Steven Spielberg. “Did you happen to see Flags of Our Fathers?” It’s a wonderful movie, an incredible story. Clint is certainly not a racist and he’s certainly not an ignorant man, but there are no black people in that movie. Why here in 2006, when that movie came out, why are we still doing that? I don’t know the answer to that. “Our schools have done a tremendous disservice to the African American veteran because nobody tells their stories. And it’s not just about the veterans. There’s more to black culture than Martin Luther King and Harriet Tubman," Martin said. Most of the stories told in “For Love of Liberty” are about everyday, ordinary people who just did extraordinary things. The film also asks one very important question-why would a group of people shed their blood in defense of a country that treated them worst than second class citizens? “The answer to that question is answered time and time again through these letters in the most eloquent of ways. The basic answer is that black Americans fought for this love of liberty and that freedom is a precious thing. They believed in the promise of America. They believed that one day we were eventually get there and that’s a powerful message that’s relevant today,” Martin said. Among the stories told include the story of Ruben Rivers, who Martin calls “an amazing man.” Rivers was a solider with the 761st Tank Battalion, also known as the Black Panthers. “These guys basically saved General (George) Patton’s behind in Europe but when you see the movie,
The Black Panthers ‘Patton,’ the only black face you see is Patton’s orderly. They (the Black Panthers) went on to fight in the Battle of the Bulge,” Martin said. Another group overlooked by history was the Harlem
Hellfighters, black soldiers who went to France in World War I but were not allowed to fight under the American flag. “The American army wouldn’t have them. They gave them to the French and they served under the French Flag wearing French uniforms and firing French weapons. These guys were the first American soldiers of any color to receive the French Medal of Honor. They were among the most heroic American troops that served in France. When they came home they were given a parade down Fifth Avenue. It (the parade) was called the greatest black celebration since Emancipation. As far as you can see down Fifth Avenue are these soldiers coming home. The parade can be seen in the movie,” Martin said. The project’s goal is to raise public consciousness and shed light on an extraordinary
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Christian Fleetwood Civil War Medal of Honor winner and relatively unexplored aspect of our nation’s history. The central theme of the initiative, the price of liberty, is relevant to all Americans, Martin added. “For the Love of Liberty” is sponsored by the United States Army, U.S. Bank, Ford and State Farm Insurance. Commercial disc are available for $19.95. A three-disc set will become available in about two weeks containing an additional five hours of never before seen archival material dating back to the Spanish American war, Martin said. Martin has produced a 40minute version of the series for special screenings for schools, groups and organizations at no charge. Clips of “For Love of Liberty” can be viewed at www.forloveofliberty.org. For more information or to set up a screening contact Martin at www.forloveofliberty.org.
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Dr.Conrad Murray-Wrongly Charged By Jasmyne A. Cannick
If Dr. Conrad Murray is guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, well then so am I and about half of America. For the record, I’m not currently on any prescribed medications. Nor am I one of the eccentric Jackson fans still living in Neverland and disbelief on exactly who Michael Jackson was. And for the sake of clarity, he was a gifted and talented man who had a penchant for young boys and controlled substances-and what Michael wanted, he often got. Case in point, let’s just say he finally got the sleep he was looking for. Too bad he’ll never awaken to tell us how it was to finally go to sleep. Now onto Dr. Conrad Murray and this charge of involuntary manslaughter for his use of the operating-room anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid for Jackson-at the deceased’s request. Michael Jackson was a grown ass man capable of making grown ass decisions on his own. He knew exactly what he was doing when he directed his doctor to give him propofol. Look-I know smoking is bad for my health and will eventually lead to cancer and more than likely my death. I know it, the execs at Lorillard Tobacco Company of Greensboro, North Carolina, know it, and the clerk at the gas station who sells them to me knows it too. Like Michael Jackson, I am grown and I know with every inhale and exhale exactly what I am putting into my body and the danger it causes. Am I trying to kill myself? No, just like I don’t believe that the suits over at Lorillard Tobacco Company or the businesses that sell cigarettes are trying to kill me. Like Dr. Conrad Murraythey’re in it for the money. So if I die, well then that’s on me. I knew the risks from the first puff. My decision to smoke is no different from morbidly obese adults who still insist upon eating fast food and refuse to do anything to get down to a healthy weight. When they roll over and die from that Big Mac, large fries, and Coke, whose fault is it, McDonald’s or their own? What about lawmakers whose indecisiveness and partisan bickering over healthcare reform indirectly contribute to preventable deaths because universal or even affordable healthcare wasn’t an option?
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Are prosecutors going to charge politicians with involuntary manslaughter? If Dr. Conrad Murray is guilty of anything, it’s ambition, greed, and stupidity. Being the personal doctor of the world’s most famous pop singer isn’t a bad gig if you can get it, nor is the dough associated with it. Now was it worth it? Probably not, but that’s a question only Dr. Murray can answer. As for the stupidity aspect of the whole thing, I truly believe the ambition and greed contributed greatly to it. Still not convinced Dr. Murray should go free? Consider this. My grandmother is a diabetic who the doctor told in no uncertain words that if she didn’t leave the salt and the sweets alone, she was going to lose a leg, maybe two, and more than likely die. So when I take her out to eat at Sizzler’s where she piles fried chicken legs onto her plate which eventually lead to her demise, according to L.A. prosecutor’s reasoning, I should be guilty of involuntary manslaughter as well. I knew she was a diabetic. I knew what the doctor said was going to be the outcome if she ate specific foods. I took her to Sizzler’s and I paid for the bill. There you have it I am guilty. It’s obvious I love my grandmother, so there’s no malice or intent, not that prosecutors have to prove it anyway for an involuntary manslaughter charge. But if my grandmother should die and the cause was proven to be what she ate well that qualifies as a lawful act performed “without due caution and circumspection.” Lock me up cause’ I’m guilty as charged. And like Dr. Murray who had Jackson’s permission, I had my grandmother’s permission to take her to Sizzler, in fact she specifically asked me to take her to Sizzlers so she could eat those fried chicken legs. Although unlike Dr. Murray, my grandmother wasn’t paying me, but in my defense, she sure does know how to lay the guilt on me when I don’t do what she asks. If L.A. prosecutors want to charge someone with involuntary manslaughter, they can start with parents who smoked around their children that eventually led to their children being diagnosed with cancer and dying. And if the children didn’t die but contracted asthma or some other form of illness, charge them anyway.
Another good start would be admitting that overweight and obese children whose parents do nothing about their children’s weight and continue to feed their children fast food and sweets are the victims of child abuse therefore holding the parents accountable in a criminal court of law. You see, I believe that unlike Michael Jackson who was grown, children are not adults responsible for their own behavior. Perhaps even more puzzling in the drama known as the death of Michael Jackson, is that while prosecutors in Chicago couldn’t manage to charge a certain other pop singer with rape or even the possession of child pornography even with video of the crime, here in L.A., our prosecutors found the time to pull a rabbit out of the hat under the guise of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a grown ass man who had a penchant for young boys and controlled substances. Until we’re ready as a society to reexamine what constitutes a criminal offense, including the offenses I cited earlier, anyone looking to blame someone for Michael Jackson’s death should start here… 1712 S. Glendale Ave., otherwise known as Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Yeah, I know Michael Jackson’s music was loved, as with that other singer from Chicago, I was a fan too before I found out the truth. But let’s not get crazy here. It’s not like he was cranking out the hits before he died and blaming Dr. Conrad Murray for his death isn't going to bring Michael back-not that he was “here” technically when he was alive. And if you charge Dr. Murray, why not charge everyone else who technically aided and abetted in the committing of said crime by knowing what was transpiring between Jackson and his doctor and doing nothing about it? Bottom line-if Dr. Conrad Murray is guilty of involuntary manslaughter I guess the only thing left for me to say is, where is my “Free Dr. Conrad Murray” t-shirt?
tennis establishment keep on their downward slide from the sport!” Here, here!!!! FYI: Serena has just published her autobiography called On the Line written with Daniel Paisner. Look for it at your
favorite bookstore to gain some insight into these two phenomenal female athletes.
Unexpected and unapologetically Black, Jasmyne Cannick, 32, is a critic and commentator based in Los Angeles who writes about the worlds of pop culture, race, class, sexuality, and politics as it relates to the African-American community. She can be reached at www.jasmynecannick.com.
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(continued from page 1) families who might otherwise be unable to afford a home,” said Sean Rogan, executive director of the Community Development Commission. “To date, working with participating private lenders, SCHFA has helped over 5,000 families in Los Angeles County purchase a home through its homebuyer programs,” he added. Under the Program, the maximum annual family income cannot exceed $84,480 in Los Angeles County, and $103,320 in Orange County.
The maximum home price is $708,495 for a new or existing home in both counties. These limits are subject to change under federal guidelines. Eligible homebuyers cannot have owned a home in the last three years, except in specified target areas. Additional information about the program and a list of participating lenders can be obtained by visiting http://www.lacdc.org/CDCWebsite /HDP/ProgramInfo.aspx?ID=1880 or by calling the Information Line at (323) 890-7249.
Inglewood Council To Rotate Office of Mayor Inglewood, CA -- Second District Councilwoman Judy Dunlap has been appointed to serve as Mayor Pro Tempore for the month of February, 2010, according to a rotation schedule established by the city council following the resignation of Mayor Roosevelt F. Dorn last week. Councilwoman Dunlap succeeds Fourth District Councilman Ralph L. Franklin who served as Mayor Pro Tempore for the first week immediately following the departure of former Mayor Dorn. The Inglewood City Council announced plans to rotate the Office of Mayor
among council members until a special election is held on June 8, 2010, which will select a permanent mayor. Council Members will rotate as Mayor Pro Tempore following Franklin and Dunlap according to the following monthly schedule: Third District Councilman Eloy Morales, Jr., March; Fourth District Councilman Ralph L. Franklin, April; and First District Councilman Daniel K. Tabor, May. Mayor Pro Tempore has all the power and authority vested in the Office of the Mayor, including the power to sign contracts.
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