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DEPARTMENTS Publisher’s Note .......................................page 2 Love & Laughter w/ Pastor P: On LGBTQ folks .......................................page 2 Cooking w/ Sweet Rice Tea: Peanut butter teabread .......................................page 4 Comics 101 with Vince: On Genre 19 .......................................page 4 Community Calendar .......................................page 6 Rhonda’s Wellness Corner .......................................page 7 Readers’ Letters .......................................page 7
PIA Gallery Institutes New Era Mark Bradford, Jeffrey Deitch, 100s more attend Papillion premiere by
Controversial figure and art dealer Jeffrey Deitch came to Leimert Park Saturday, February 15 for “Open,” a new group show at the inaugural night of Michelle Joan Papillion’s re-launch of her P.I.A. gallery “This is a perfect example of why it’s so dynamic. The room we’re standing in right now. There are so many good artists that are here. Virtually every artist in the world wants to show here,” said Deitch in regards to the L.A. art scene. Internationally renowned artist Mark Bradford was also at the event. When asked about his recent purchase of a nearby building in the heart of Leimert Park, he smiled and said, “It is going to be an exhibition space.” It is a new era in Black L.A. Los Angeles having long
Gallery owner Michelle Papillion, artist Hugo McCloud and art dealer Jeffrey Deitch stand before a work by artist Kenturah Davis at the premier of Papillion in Leimert Park on Saturday, February 15.
been a redheaded stepchild to the New York art scene has upped its game in recent years with sophisticated shows, several elite art schools and programs, but as L.A. is fragmented and unconnected, so too is the art scene here It’s like a precocious child genius who paints in the paint room and plays the piano in the pi-
ano room and does both those things very well, but doesn’t get that art can’t be contained like recess and lunch. Deitch’s attempt to help MOCA grow up was met with lots of crying by the closed L.A. art scene. “[L.A.] is a very diverse community and what I see happening is that it is goplease see Papillion, page 7
Southwest College Remembers Dr. Lakin
Lakin Family and Southwest College faculty cut the ribbon for Thomas G. Lakin building. by
On Thursday, February 13 the community gathered together at Southwest College to celebrate the re-opening of the remodeled Thomas G. Lakin Physical Fitness Center. In 1986, Dr. Lakin was credited with increasing enrollment at Southwest College by 60%. please see Lakin, page 7
A Tree Falling in Inglewood Could Cost Taxpayers Millions of Dollars in Court Despite Chronicle’s warnings in July and August, mayor failed to listen by
Inglewood homeowners could be on the hook for millions of dollars owing to a massive tree that fell on three vehicles in early February. The Chronicle had warned the mayor and Public Works Superintendent Harry Frisby, Jr. of such a possibility as far back as July, 2013 and again in August via two separate stories on the front page of the newspaper. The massive tree crushed two brand new 2013 vehicles and wrecked a third one that
was only moved about 50 feet forward to allow Inglewood Public Works employees to access the two crushed vehicles. Frisby had also been invited to two District 1 Block Club Captains meetings in 2013 to speak about trees in Inglewood. According to Inglewood please see Crushed, page 6
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A word from the publisher
Food Deserts are Mirages Don’t call people’s communities food deserts. It is disparaging to their community and it’s disparaging to the desert. Deserts are natural. Deserts are beautiful. Deserts are needed. The Earth’s modern deserts are a consequence of one of the following mechanisms: Air mass subsidence which created the Sahara and Antarctica; Rain shadows which created the Mojave; Distant moisture sources which created the Gobi; Cold offshore sea-surface temperatures which created the Atacama. In our deserts we find copper, crystals, agave nectar, quartz, jade and gold. Environmental writer Chris Clark said in the article “Why You Should Love the Desert” for KCET, “The deserts are some of the most intact and biodiverse ecosystems North America has to offer.” So the term food desert is not only disparaging to a community that has been purposely denied a resource by other humans, but it is also an inaccurate term for the desert, which is an abundant diverse ecosystem that the earth needs. Catchy phrases are for corporations to sell electronic toys. Catchy phrases should not be used to explain purposely cruel actions by humans against other humans. Racist corporate supermarkets don’t build quality supermarkets in our community, because they think Black people aren’t worth anything. Because that is what their marketing department told them. At about 12 percent of the U.S. population AfricanAmericans aren’t worth pretending to be interested in. There is nothing beautiful or natural or necessary about that. There is something very wrong with how these academic catchy terms seem to never make the rich and those who are doing the oppressing look badly, but always seem to instead assist in making the people being oppressed or where people who are oppressed live look badly. Terms like “ghetto,” “urban” and “food desert” all seem like they are things that “just happen.” I asked a young man once what he thought food desert meant and he answered, “Some effed-up thing in the ghetto where blacks and Mexicans live.” This was a young Latino man. After the grant cycle is over the community is simply left with sophisticated new racial slurs with academic pedigrees that ten years later just means something bad that happens in communities where Black and Latino people live, because Black and Latino people live there. “Food desert,” “urban,” and “single mother” are all slurs and they are all pieces of lies.
February 21, 2014
Inglewood Murder Rate Rises with Mayor and Chief’s Salaries by
According to the Web sites CrimeMapping.com, there have been no fewer than six homicides in Inglewood in the first seven weeks of 2014. One year earlier, during the first two months of 2013,there were no homicides reported in Inglewood, but that appeared to have changed in the months following IPD Chief Mark Fronterotta’s appointment by Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts. A January 24 story in the L.A. Times talks about the number of deaths in 2013: “At least 17 people were murdered in Inglewood last year, according to the Homicide Report. According
A January 29 shooting incident at the 500 block of S. Flower Street near the Madison Square Garden’s Forum in Inglewood is said by a number of residents to have been a murder. IPD Chief Fronterotta reported the incident as an assault. to the Los Angeles Times blog, the city was the 21st most deadly neighborhood
out of L.A. County’s 270 neighborhoods.” please see Murders, page 6
Mr. John Peoples’ Slave Ship Replica Reparation day event held at IUSD’s Inglewood HS by
Mr. John Peoples of the National Reparation Day Committee (NRDC) brought his custom crafted shave ship replica to Inglewood High School for their Black History Month assembly on Wednesday, February 12. “When we think of slav-
ery, we think of so-called Black people, but we all are enslaved,” said Mr. Peoples to the crowd of high school students. The crowd of students understood and quietly nodded. “You can’t name any slave ships. They took it out the history books,” said Mr. Peoples referring
to the ships that brought the kidnapped ancestors of the Descendants of Black Africa Slaves (DOBAS) to the U.S. Archiving your history is important, because the version that is written down is the version that is true. “Slave ships were please see Reparations, page 4
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Ethan Smith is From and for the Community
Walsh employee is one of many residents working on the Metro Crenshaw Line Ethan Smith is working to deliver Metro’s Crenshaw Corridor light rail project to promote mobility and foster economic development in the Crenshaw and Inglewood communities. Even before then, however, he honed his engineering skills while he gave back to the community of South Los Angeles. . Beginning last August, Ethan, 24, began working as project engineer for Walsh Construction Company one of the named partners in the Walsh-Shea Corridor Constructors joint venture contracted to conduct the much anticipated design-build project for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). He currently works directly as an apprentice with the project’s business manager and describes his experience as nothing short of phenomenal.
“In my short time with Walsh, I have already witnessed the company’s dedication toward enhancing the vitality of the community as well as their commitment to building young engineers and professionals to be the leaders in today’s industry,” Smith said. “Coupled with an ability to work with Metro and learn about developing transportation infrastructure in our community, I feel like this is a real
opportunity that will lead to a career with exponential growth and longevity.” Growing up in South Los Angeles, he dedicated himself to representing the best in the community. “There are a lot of stereotypes out there about our community, but my mom was always clear that we create our own destiny.” He attended Verbum Dei High School in Watts. It was there that he saw that college was a possibiliplease see Smith, page 7
“All Aboard!“ Called the Train Conductor at the Inglewood Depot
The Yellow Cars came to Inglewood several decades ago: part 1/2 By Diane Sombrano, Pres. of The Historical Society of Centinela Valley As the Crenshaw-LAX Metro line continues to be a plan in the making, it is interesting to look back to the first rail system that linked Inglewood to downtown Los Angeles. The Santa Fe rail line through Inglewood dates back to 1888. It was through the efforts of Inglewood city founder Daniel Freeman that the link from L.A. to the new “Resort City” Redondo Beach made a stop in Freeman’s planned community of Inglewood. Freeman previously grew grain (mostly barely) on the nearly 24,000 acres, known as his Rancho Centinela, and agreed to build the train depot to make the stop possible. Right next to the field is where he located his land office (the first Inglewood real estate office) where he began to sell
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South L.A. resident Ethan Smith of Walsh Construction Company.
individual house lots. He also hired the same architect from that office to design the Inglewood Hotel, a boarding house which occupied the entire block surrounded by La Brea Avenue (then known as Commercial Street), Market Street, Manchester Boulevard (then known as Pimento) and Queen Street. Like many other downtown businesses that suffered major damage during the earthquake of 1920, so too did the Boardinghouse. Newspaper photographs showed that its exterior brick wall fell into the street leaving the previously occupied guest rooms looking much like a modern doll house. Many early 20th century Angelinos boarded the train to see the effects of the earthquake which had caused so much damage, and many decided to move to the prosperous town-site. The 6.4 magnitude earthquake of 1930 made its im-
pact by causing damage to the Inglewood High and Crozier school sites requiring new construction to replace the only 20-year-old Inglewood High buildings. The Fields Act became law within a month requiring a state architect review of building plans and construction of new California school buildings. Not only was the earthquake damage so significant that state building codes were enacted to avoid similar damage in the future, but the geological studies of the event documented the Inglewood-Newport fault line as significantly important. With all the media attention from the Los Angeles Times and Herald Examiner, the young community became not just a place to come see but a place to come live. Part 2 of the history of the Yellow Cars in Inglewood will be in the next edition of the MP Chronicle. MorningsideParkChronicle.com
Pastor Seth Pickens
1. My faith tells me to love them unconditionally; I do. 2. Some want to get married, and some don’t; go figure. They also bleed red if you cut them. 3. With the bullying and hate many face, they qualify as an oppressed people. Christians support oppressed people. 4. They were here before I was born, and they’ll be here after I die. 5. Their demands are forcing us to rethink the potentialities of God.
6. Brothers can really dress. 7. Homosexual behavior is documented in many species of animals; maybe some are just born that way. 8. As much respect as I have for the soul of animals, I have even more respect for human beings. 9. Let’s see, art, music, dance, church, reality TV…. they aren’t the only ones who can steal the show, but they tend to do it darn well. 10. Gay literally means happy. In the name of all that is holy, what’s wrong with that?
Rev. Seth Pickens is Senior Pastor of Zion Hill Baptist Church, a thriving fellowship in South Los Angeles committed to the spiritual, mental, and physical development of its congregation and community. Prior to pastoring, Seth enjoyed successful stints as a school teacher, a salesman and a stand-up comedian. Visit www.zhill.org for more information.
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Inglewood Poetry Project Eagle Nebula awarded I-GAP grant
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Eagle Nebula in the Heights of Fairview in Inglewood. by
Eagle Nebula, Century Heights native and currently a Fairview Heights resident is the recipient of the inaugural round of 2013 IGAP funding. I-GAP stands for Inglewood Growing Artists Program. It provides grants at the levels of $10,000, $15,000 and $25,000 to bring public art to the community. Inglewood is the only community south of the 10 freeway to have such a generous grant program for artist-driven projects. Nebula is a recipient of the $10,000 grant and her project is the “Inglewood Poetry Project.” After graduating Howard University in D.C and spending time in Ghana and Brooklyn, Nebula decided to come back to her hometown of Inglewood, where her journey began. “I’ve been a poet from a very young age. I have been a poet since third grade when I was eight years old, but I was always more than that. Poetry was like my gateway drug into being a creative person” joked Nebula. She explained how poetry not only helped her with creativity, but it also helped her challenge her shyness. “As a young person I was very much a closeted artist. I would do things alone. My mother noticed I was an artist and would put Reparations from pg. 2 big. Slave ships carried 10,000 people, 20,000 people,” said Mr. Peoples. Mr. People then went on to give the student a modern day local comparison of how big slave ships were.
me in artistic situations and I would run scared,” said Nebula. As many awkward people, Nebula also wanted to just fit into the square peg, but the universe had other plans. “When I went away to college I was not thinking I was an artist. I thought I’m going to be normal. I went to college and I was studying film and television. Then I worked in television, which I hated, because I am an artist,” said Nebula. Nebula has also had success as a recording artist. She toured Europe for five years. “I reluctantly became a recording artist. I just didn’t have anything else to do and this thing kept coming up, so I said let me go with this and people liked it,” said Nebula. While Nebula is a poet, lyricist and filmmaker she is always drawn back to poetry. “Most of my work in New York came from teaching poetry workshops. That has been my path,” said Nebula. The Inglewood Poetry Project starts next month. It is all ages. Seniors and adults of all ages are encouraged to come down to Darby Park and be part of a year-long workshop that will culminate with an anthology and spoken word album. Welcome back to Inglewood Eagle Nebula. “In order to have a slaveship to carry 25,000 people it had to be bigger than the Forum,” said Mr. John Peoples. It was an informative assembly which allowed for a detailed explanation as to the a big gap in U.S. history books.
February 21, 2014
Howdy, there, folks, it’s your Culture Nerd Vince. This time around I am going to talk briefly about a couple of gentlemen I know who have come together to produce magic and wonder. To take their readers into places beyond imagination. To explore more than just strange new worlds. To move past mere genres into those places where stories cannot be so easily catego-
rized. I am going to talk about Genre 19 which can be read about at the Web site, www.genre19.com. Genre 19 is a fiction factory. Genre 19 is a brand in the building. It is also the partnership of two men, Geoffrey Thorne and Todd Harris. Thorne is a former actor whose work includes being a regular on the TV series, In The Heat Of The Night) turned writer. He has written Star Trek short
stories and novels. He also worked on the TV shows Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, and Leverage. Todd Harris works as a storyboard artist and designer. His credits include God Of War 2 and 3, XMen Origins: Wolverine, and After Earth. Individually, each of these gentlemen is a creative dynamo. Together they are lightning in a six pack of bottles. please see Genre 19, page 6
Vince Moore wears more hats than a hydra at a haberdashery. He is the editor of such titles as ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction, Valkyries, The Hammer Kid, and Lazarus: Immortal Coils; a writer of the Omnium Gatherum column for Comics Waiting Room cwr.comicswatingroom.com; the author of Total Recall: Life On Mars for Dynamite Entertainment; and works as a part-time comics retailer at Comics Ink in Culver City. Plus he has plenty more items in the works that can’t be discussed under penalty of death and dismemberment.
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February 21, 2014
IT’S THE A History of Biddy Mason
Matt Sedillo Brings Back the Revolution Local poet makes circles in national ponds
YWCA President/CEO Faye Washington
By Darren Cifarelli
discusses one of L.A.’s greatest residents
Matt Sedillo’s poetry performances are not exactly electrifying; listening to him is closer to being electrocuted: part history lesson, part revolutionary speech, Sedillo has brought the revolution back to poetry. He is a two-time national slam poet and was the grand slam champion of the Damn Slam in Los Angeles in 2011. His collection of poetry, For What I Might Do Tomorrow, was published by Casa de Poesia in 2009. He is currently shopping newer work, more poetry and a play to publishers. Sedillo is a radical, activist and poet. He proclaims himself not to be a poet, but instead to be a communist, and reading and listening to his work is like attending a political protest. He’s loud; he’s angry; he’s smart. He approaches performances as “confronting the lies that justify power and replacing them with a rational explanation of the world as it actually is.” Re-interpreting media reports and
I got to speak with Los Angeles legend Faye Washington President and CEO of the YWCA Greater Los Angeles at the SCE Black History Month celebration earlier this month. YWCA Greater Los Angeles was founded in 1864. Its mission is eliminating racism and empowering women. With women’s history month coming up I thought I’d ask Washington where did she see Black women going in the future. “I see the future of black women as becoming the business women they have always been. The creator of ideas. They will start mastering how to package those ideas. And then become much like a young lady back in 1891, Biddy Mason, grandmother of L.A.” Bridget “Biddy” Ma-
“Biddy Mason” mural by Mark Venaglia
son was born into slavery in Georgia in 1818. She moved to California in 1851. “[Biddy Mason] ended up being the richest woman in Los Angeles. Why, because she earned $2.50 a day. She saved it for ten years and she purchased the largest piece of property in downtown L.A.,” said Washington describing Mason’s determination. Biddy Mason won freedom for herself and her please see Biddy Mason, page 6
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writing revisionist history into his poetry, Sedillo is an advocate for the forgotten and the exploited. Here is an excerpt from Sedillo’s poem, L.A. Is Full of Pigs: And I wonder As even now skid row Is being gentrified As this city As this system As the pigs Push people Past poverty Past hunger Past homelessness Towards the very edge of existence On Skid Row Where all the so-called complexities Of an economy
Are laid bare Where the rich Are literally stacked upon the poor Justice and injustice, as he points out, aren’t concepts exclusive to courthouses and government buildings; they are concepts played out on street corners and workplaces all over the world. Like a social revolutionary, Sedillo wants the world to wake up: for the worker to open his or her eyes and see their own exploitation for the profit of businesses, corporations and the ruling class. “If you are a worker, you are being robbed,” he explains.
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Thursday, March 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Traginew Park, 839 S. Central Avenue
Compton CA 90220 (corner of Alondra and Central) Demand Reparations for the intentional holocaust of slavery In memory of our ancestors Free vendor space, speakers, performers and organizations. Call Steve Taylor at (714) 970-1227
For general information, call Mr. John Peoples at (310) 632-0577
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Crushed from pg. 1 Police Department Senior Lead Officer Nicole Loudermilk, Frisby accepted both offers. Frisby, however, failed to show up to either of the meetings. Multiple requests for comment over several months up to and after the tree’s fall were not answered. The incident occurred Tuesday night, February 11. Inglewood Public Works employees apparently were not able to respond until Wednesday morning. According to those on the scene, one vehicle owner was found and was able to move her car several yards forward so as to allow the crew to chainsaw the four-foot thick tree limbs that had crushed the 2013 Dodge Murder from pg. 2 Fronterotta was confirmed as chief during a city council meeting on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Residents contend that there have been more murders than have been officially reported. At least one alleged homicide on the 500 block S. Flower near the newly re-opened Forum just days after the Eagles six-day run has apparently been reported as an assault, and the recordbreaking murder rate and the way the new chief of police appears to not be working to stop it has residents fearful. “There have been seven murders in the city,” said one resident during a January church event in Inglewood. Although speaking to a crowd, the resident asked to not be identified owing to the fear of violent retribution that could occur for speaking out against a police chief and mayor who have failed to keep residents safe from murder, assaults and robbery. The latest shooting death happened Tuesday evening on the corner of West Beach Avenue and Venice Way in Inglewood’s District 2. The salaries of Inglewood’s mayor and chief of police have also risen in the last year. In 2012, Butts, had a monthly salary of $9275;
Morningside Park Chronicle Challenger and the 2013 four-door Nissan Titan that had been crushed by the massive tree. The other two cars were towed away by the City of Inglewood before the owners could be found, an action that could add to the massive lawsuit that taxpayers will have to pay in a settlement or in court if the cars’ owners pursue the case. As can be seen by the photos on the front page and the Chronicle’s Web site, the Challenger was totaled and the Titan’s front end was crushed. Inglewood residents are urged to cal Public Works Superintendent Harry Frisby, Jr. for any such incidents at (310) 4125586. For after-hour emergencies, please call (310) 412-8771. it was raised to $13,537 in December, 2013. In 2012, the salary for the chief of police of Inglewood was $14,953 monthly. For reasons unknown, the chief’s salary was not listed in the city’s budget for 2013 and 2014, but city hall insiders have confirmed that Fronterotta’s salary is higher now than when he was interim chief up until January of 2013. District 2’s councilman, Alex Padilla, is a former Santa Monica police officer who was elected council member for D-2 in June, 2013. He gets an annual pension of $185,741.76 from the City of Santa Monica along with his City of Inglewood salary (approximately $62k + benefits). Butts has admitted to having groomed Fronterotta. “I was his first supervisor when he went to patrol after graduating from the police academy,” said Butts the day that the new IPD chief was confirmed. Padilla was formally endorsed and significantly funded by Butts for the 2013 city council campaign. Butts is also a former Santa Monica policeman who receives an annual pension of $236,914.20 from Santa Monica along with his City of Inglewood pay. Neither Fronterotta, Butts nor Padilla responded to the requests for comment.
February 21, 2014
INGLEWOOD COMMUNITY CALENDAR The Friends of the Hyde Park Miriam Matthews Library present: Model Me Over—Mind/ Body/Spirit/Heart. Workshops for youths aged 13-18 years focuses on building character and self-esteem through basic modeling techniques and self-empowering activities. The next and final workshop will be on Friday, Feb. 21, 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Hyde Park Miriam Matthews Library, 2205 Florence Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90043. Please e-mail ModelMeOver09@gmail.com. ••• “Growth Groups” at Zion Hill Baptist Church is a series of financial and health classes on how to grow your life. The classes start February 3 and continue through March 10. Zion Hill, 7860 10th Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043. For more information, please call (323) 753-4610. ••• A Day of Demand: National Reparations Day will be Thursday, March 6 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Demand Reparations for the intentional holocaust of slavery in memory of our ancestors. Free vendor space, speakers, performers and organizations. Tragniew Park, 839 S. Central Avenue, Compton CA 90220. For more information, please call Steve Taylor at (714) 970-1227. For general information, call Mr. John Peoples at (310) 632-0577,
e-mail NationalReparationDay3613@gmail.com or write to: National Reparations Day Committee, P.O. Box 6286, Compton CA 90224-6286. ••• The Citizen Police Oversight Commission meets every second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is on Wed., March 12. The meetings take place on the 9th floor of Inglewood’s city hall at One Manchester. For more information, please call (310) 412-5280. ••• The Metro South Bay Service Council usually meets the second Friday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at Inglewood’s city hall in the Community Room A located on the 1st Floor. The next meeting will be on March 14, 9:30 a.m. For more information, please call (213) 922-1282 or visit the Web site at www.metro.net/about/localservice-councils/sba. ••• The Inglewood Arts Commission meets every third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Inglewood’s city hall in the Community Room A located on the 1st Floor. The next meeting will be on March 19. For more information, please call (310) 412- 5280. ••• The City of Inglewood Parks & Recreation Commission usually
meets every first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. The next meeting will be on March 6. The meetings usually take place on the 9th floor of Inglewood’s city hall at One Manchester. For more information, please call (310) 412-8750. ••• The Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD) Trustee/Advisory Board of Education Meeting usually takes place every third Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will be on March 19. The meetings take place in the Dr. Ernest Shaw Board Room, 5:30 p.m. at IUSD’s main office, 401 S. Inglewood Avenue in Inglewood. For more information, please call (310) 419-2700. ••• Parking Traffic Commission meeting meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. on the 9th floor of Inglewood’s city hall at One Manchester. The next meeting will be on February 26. For more information, please call (310) 412-5280. ••• The City of Inglewood Planning Commission meets every first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. The next meeting will be on March 5. The meetings take place on the 9th floor of Inglewood’s city hall at One Manchester. For more information, please call (310) 412-5280.
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Biddy Mason from pg. 5 children in 1856. “She started First AME (1872) right on her property in downtown Los Angeles on Spring Street and 4th Street. It is where the State Building sits today. That was owned by a Genre 19 from pg. 4 I first learned of them through their comics work in their premiere publication, Prodigal: Egg of First Light. Prodigal... is pulp action adventure for the post-modern age. It is what Indiana Jones would look like with more than a splash of color and a whole lot more magic. It is the audience’s introduction to the world of Pae Mei Jacinto and her partner Byron Lennox, so-called “recovery experts.” This story is not the first of their adventures, a fact that comes through the telling of the tale, just the first one we get to read. This quality comes through from the opening page where we meet our heroine and hero fully realized in their banter and bickering, their MorningsideParkChronicle.com
Black woman,” said Ms. Washington. First African Methodist Episcopal Church is the oldest African-American church in Los Angeles. “She was a slave and she decided I don’t have to work for the man. I can buy my way to freedom.
And she did. And she created freedom for her children and generations to come. I see Black women going back to that route again, “ said Washington. A great chapter of L.A. history from a living legend who is making history for the future.
world fully fleshed out in gorgeous colors and textures. For this adventure, our heroes are asked to recover the fabulous object that gives the story its title for an order of mysterious Eastern monks. As usual, what sounded like such a simple mission goes so many shades of wrong that one wonders how Pae Mei and Byron could have survived for as long as they seemed to have if every case went as far south as Antarctica. Written and lettered by Geoffrey Thorne and drawn and colored by Todd Harris, Prodigal can be found on Amazon.com or ordered through your local bookstore and comics shop. The title was the first work I saw by these two gentlemen but it was not the last. Next up for these two
busy men was Journeymen. Serialized last year in Dark Horse Presents, Journeymen introduced another fully realized world and another pair of heroes. This time around the hook was spacetime travel and dimension hopping. The world was a corporate-controlled dystopian future. The pair found themselves the unlikely allies of J.M. Swift and Dr. Hayley Shore. This multi-part story has yet to be collected; interested readers will have to track down the issues of DHP from Dark Horse either in print or as digital copies. And the men of Genre 19 have more in the works as their very filled schedules in other arenas allow. Seek out their work. You will be glad you did. Until next time, folks. Namaste.
Morningside Park Chronicle
February 21, 2014
Is this what happens in Santa Monica?
Dear Editor, Great newspaper. I’ll be honest with you, I cannot remember the last time I grocery shopped in the City of Inglewood. When the Von’s on Manchester first opened, I went there for a while but I did not like the way I was treated. I’ll give you an example: I requested a Vons Rewards Card and was sent to customer ser-
vice where I was asked to show my drivers license. Well, I had changed handbags and since they told me I absolutely had to show some kind of ID to get the card, I informed them I would go home, get the license and be back in about 20 minutes. When I returned with drivers license in hand, the employee told me she had thrown my application away because she thought I wasn’t telling the truth.!! A couple of weeks later, I stopped by the Ralphs in Westchester to get a few items and as I reached the checkout
stand, the grocery checker casually asked me if I would like a rewards card, I said yes, she reached under the cash register and gave me the card. It was just that simple. There were other things about that Vons on Manchester, they didn’t want to take my check -- said it wouldn’t go through, and I had to demand it be reentered, plus they didn’t have nearly the variety as the other Von Pavillons’ so I decided to take my business elsewhere. San Kofa, Inglewood, CA
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Papillion from pg. 1 ing to change. Instead of circles around a few art schools defining what art in is L.A. to the world it’s really going to open up. People are coming here from different places forming new art communities, so it’s a new dynamism,” he said. As a longtime patron of the arts I felt Jeffrey Deitch brought more inclusiveness and openness to MOCA as the director. Art at MOCA was more fun under Deitch. Ironically it was actually more representative of what L.A. is under Deitch. “If you read the L.A. Times it was all this stuff ‘Deitch lost the community, no rapport with the community’ As if the community is 500 people and kind of a circle of people, teachers and Lakin from pg. 1 Southwest College was open in 1967 as a response to the Watts Rebellion in 1965. “We met at Trade Tech. He was a serious man. He was extremely focused,” said Larry Aubrey, an In-
alumni from CalArts and UCLA. That is not the community. L.A. has many communities and for a public museum [that] is connected with the city and is supported by the city you have to be open to all these communities and encourage all the communities to connect.” Deitch seemed to have a great rapport with the community in Leimert Park. “It’s all happening here. It’s wonderful that someone like Michelle can open up and draw this crowd and she has great instincts on how to do this and she is going to connect and draw an international audience here,” said Deitch. Papillion re-launched the P.I.A. gallery in Leimert Park after having first launching it on the edge of L.A.’s old black
eastside on Main Street. Papillion seemed to echo Deitch’s idea of art when I spoke to her back in 2012. “There is a division in the art community here. In New York, actors, poets, musicians, dancers, photographers, painters, writers everyone just hangs out together. There is no separation in what you do; it’s just the arts.” And it is just the arts, like it is just L.A. How can we move to a city that is just L.A.? Not South L.A., East L.A., West L.A. and maybe not so much a city that loses its suburban identities, but how can we become a city where culture and “real” art isn’t something that is viewed as only visual, white, CalArts and flows downward? Los Angeles seems too big of a city to have such a narrow definition of art.
glewood resident and one of the founding board members of the college. Recounting how Lakin was instrumental in the remodeled Physical Fitness Center named after him at Southwest P.E., faculty member Henry Washington told how La-
kin lamented, “We pay taxes just like everyone else. How come we don’t have anything?” For more information on Southwest College, please e-mail email@example.com or telephone to (323) 2415225. MorningsideParkChronicle.com
Rhonda’s Wellness Corner
Chakras and Whole Body Health: pt.1 This article is an introduction to a series in which we will discuss seven main chakras and the five major elimination systems of the physical body governed by each chakra. Plants, animals, humans and all living beings have a physical body surrounded by an etheric body (sometimes called chi, qi, ki, prana, vayu, libido, etc.) made up of several layers of electromagnetic energy. Chi is believed to be the vital life force energy of the universe. While Chi can exist without a physical body, a physical body cannot live without Chi. Chi forms meridians that run through glands, nerves, major organs and energy centers. These meridians flow through, support and sustain the physical body. Energy moves through meridians and is processed in the chakras, which maintain the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual
aspects of our being. Chakra is a Sanskrit term which means “wheel of light.” Cyndi Dale, author of New Chakra Healing, explains “chakras regulate, maintain, and manage the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of our being on the physical plane. Chakras themselves serve as revolving doors or portals between our body, mind and soul.” In other words, chakras receive vibrations from various dimensions of consciousness, then they process the energy received so it can be assimilated and used for transforming the physical body. Each chakra corresponds with specific organs and systems in the physical body. When a chakra is blocked, the physical body is affected. In our next article (part 2 of 8 parts), we will explore the root chakra which is associated with the kidneys and bladder.
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of Black Engineers, he worked in the LMU Office of Admissions under the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, and he was heavily involved in community service and social justice initiatives amongst LMU students. After graduating from LMU, he worked for the Posse Foundation for two years before going to Walsh. “My experience with Posse not only allowed me to give back to my community but also allowed me to be an asset towards cultivating student leadership.” “I owe much of my achievement to high school sports which kept me away from gangs and violence, teachers and mentors who gave me the raw truth about life, my high school counselor, organizations such as the Blazers and A Place Called Home, and my mom who was committed to creating opportunities for her children.”
ty. Raised by a hard-working mom, but seeing his two older brothers and besieged by challenges, he made it his goal at “The Verb” to go beyond expectations. He was the salutatorian of his graduating class and received a full tuition scholarship to pursue engineering at Loyola Marymount University (LMU), a school only 30 minutes west of his home in Central Los Angeles. LMU was a huge change and challenge for him. In describing his college experience, he said, “LMU was different from anything I had ever experienced in my life; it was exciting, challenging, and it played a tremendous role in helping me define who I am.” He has also found a niche in community and professional development organizations. He served as the President and Regional Programs Chair of the National Society
Morningside Park Chronicle
February 21, 2014
Art Shots from Papillion’s Trot
all photos: ©Randall Fleming
A plethora of artists and art lovers “Opens” Leimert Park’s Papillion Institute of Art
Hundreds filled the gallery, footpaths and streets outside the premier of Papillion when it opened Saturday night, February 15 in Leimert Park. Mark Bradford, Jeffrey Deitch and too many more than can be named here were on hand to enjoy the art that will surely be appreciated as a landmark evening.
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