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Temecula, California had earned a reputation for SMACAN L Crossing in Collierville to ask a sales clerk to remove the sensor being the ‘second safest city in America.’ Yet, Temecula is the loRTP OGO left on the bra that she bought earlier in the store for which she cation where police fatally shot 18-year-old resident Matthew, HON WIT had a receipt with. H YO adding Matthew Tucker’s name to the tally that includes Freddie E. L S at the counter and looked around the store. Shecleft er istheObra U ANG Gray, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, and others. R G s r a uway Bloo TAB c ingto She wasbon the Edressing LES room with new items to purMatthew Tucker was slain by officers from the Riverside abythe dlig e Jones h : t L Film and ( ET O chase when hile the staapproached aw police officer w County Sheriff’s office, who were called in for a suicide crisis inRev Bam t a e pri AP) her s ie i r _ Aand handcuffed her. Baker w preg haveesasked, R p s o tervention. The Tucker family is outraged and now seeking justice o “He could ma’am,  can Cali your bag? He T n B n n ake uesd sfield ding ant. systeI search forn Fres rsfield ayofinthat. through the court system on behalf of their beloved. to in Sajust m didn’t do any He came and salled ia on me. no S Nat r a afthandcuffs a iv fi h B g e Bas tate M e Na C C a h r she13.correct On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 18-year-old Matthew Tucker, k t ketb o o en’s med e He made up in his mind I was guilty,” Jones told Fox b o o r a e s g g sked ion all C H t ee le sa field. l fil say oac ead emotionally distraught over a failed romantic relationship, was for a the h nhandcuffs ed a wthe ys sheventuallyeremoved he lo offi tioCage inma s safter nal I said less police d contemplating suicide. He dialed 9-1-1 at approximately 5:21 rably traumatized without so much as an offer of counseling or ground, e or We a clear indication of an unnecessary and unjustified use st h i t s t crimstolenesprodoldshe didn’t have any being nstit andstseeing w force. The family’s attorney, Darryl Exum, confirmed, ofth deadly wasnsearched, FREE! renu that inati when s e offic pm. Responding officers, Investigator Michael Hamilton and condolences from Riverside County. e Con ill Reap u ’ o t t i u o p “Neither officer testified they shot him [Matthew] while he was i ucts. o seque To add further insult, press statements were issued by the s pos als s n n o anot n law he Deputy Rosa Calderon, arrived at the Tucker family home twenty nces hestatement itioapology Tissued her p ssibSecret le an ihas e bent over,” and yet he was shot in the back. “Their expert, [FaRiverside County police department immediately following the h Victoria’s an and said suit w n a minutes later, at approximately 5:41 pm. as p chap d a th ositi En Wheinvestigating, regn there. e’dclerk i. Sh t no on w shthe elonger involved works onm degree angle wthat after C Before police entered the home they were immediately shooting, criminalizing young Matthew and citing inaccurate, jardo] said, Matthew may have bent over atJusatvicir45h a a n e h a lifor ntal e say ith a meeting v ile also ground They Facin e Isson e wthey ue the nia Cnt“toand ru saidshthat sother cautioned by Matthew’s mom that he was suicidal and saying incomplete, and/or false information. Matthew Tucker was an when this bullet entered his body or he was Rseated lowe e towith eiththeir she wassociates es g Kern s flat on his “los as seare ingvalues t her nnour e r nts Co. r s a he ‘wants to die.’ Having already been informed that Matthew African American male of mixed-race heritage. Published reports or close to the ground or on the ground proneide(laying reinforce and policies.” t a v s tol orrecake l D baby to stop en mo lary. d th eave gift was emotionally distraught and despite the admonition, seeing omit Matthew Tucker’s ethnicity. These statements offered no stomach)” when he was shot in the back. Apparently, the fatalt epartm In addition, the company offered Jones a $100 n d a at t ue to or accard, i d ent fight hs pr Opinionin Matthew Star Tucker’s back, occurred while he was down, dis- onbut the teen holding a knife, in a two-step process, county officers promise of a full investigation into police misconduct, nor did shot cept o e a i she said that it “is not going to take back the discrimination, f d b g : and p n Poli b e C armed, on the ground. n they cite findings from Riverside County’s medical examiner. l t u a acen w n or ot im defamation to 2 c s nt, C day.” ordered the emotionally distraught teenager to ‘drop the weapon,’ Cha ce Reco C this, stray bullets I tfaced Blacklike rgin asmm al ru ineethat med rectionthat In instances lethal as those humiliation, instore oogl in Faare g e matethat k M EO Apo drew their guns, and then, shot to kill. According to both officers’ Press statements were released before any official medical exams tal C ICE Ag nd p i e fel is a a t e t u e n Meanwhile, she contacted the local NAACP l e nA rash nts inside the ogithe aimed, endangering the lives s office, re.” dC ly co and who l rres of zes family members testimony, they quit shooting when Matthew dropped the knife. ination of the deceased Matthew Tucker’s body had taken place. Th o m m ted l e ater Tucker home at the time of the shooting, as well as endangering m also reviewing the case. Chief coroner Dr. Mark Fajardo indicated in his findings m C ent o unit Matthew Tucker and his family were residents of Temecula, a l ifo y n th a suburban town in Riverside County, located in Southern Cal- that the final, fatal shot resulted from an entry wound found in the lives of their neighbors. Bullets fired from the officers’ hande law Rehab rnia She Tucker home, and pierced s u ifornia, population 113,054 (2016), known for Temecula Valley Tucker’s back with a bullet lodged in his abdomen. Dr. Fajar- guns had, in fact, ricocheted, exited Sthe it. ilitariff aythe residential community. u s Yo Wine Country. On the day Matthew Tucker was gunned down do further clarified during his June 7, 2017, deposition, the fatal through two other homes nearby in Urg He Wa ngbloo d in s N Temecula incident, Kill gin A the by police, he was in his home in the presence of several family “gunshot entered from the top [of Matthew’s back] going down- While no further injuries were reported Inm nyone ot a s to can occur. In Meet fatalities from police-involvedteshootings members—his mother, sixteen-year-old sister, and niece, an eigh- ward entering at the back right shoulder blade of Mr. Tucker and bystander “ CEO Kameron Prescott was killed just days before teen-month-old toddler. His family trusted officials from the local proceeding on a trajectory toward the lower right front of his ab- 2017, six-year-old & Foa stray bullet fired from a sheriff deputy’s handChristmas, when unde sheriff’s office to de-escalate the situation. Instead, police entered domen but not actually exiting the abdomen.” r ohis f Texas home. gun pierced the wall of He also specifies the angle of the wound further suggests and shot Matthew in his home, in the presence of his family in “ Rina Matthew Tucker’s back, apparMoreover, the fatal shot the shot was fired into Matthew’s back while the teen was on the m less than a minute. All surviving family members remain irrepaNum page T ently while he was down, disarmed, on the ground, was e A Q ber On akand uiet e ros fired by Deputy Michael Hamilton. had previously Plac fHamilton m e come under scrutiny for misconduct and has faced three sepaEUGENE, Ore. (AP) _ An Oregon school district sent a rate lawsuits. In a 2012 racial profiling incident (involving the letter to five high school staff members advising them not to eyo threatening of 15-year-old$B1Jerry n Brown and his family), Hamilton engage in political expressions at work after they took a knee 00,0ce Give s randomly threatened an Hinnocent man at gunpoint, after isto 00 to young Sch rically mistaking him for another oyoung black male who’d been spotted during the national anthem at a student assembly. Bla ols ck The Register-Guard newspaper reports that the Eugene on camera shoplifting. Yet, despite Hamilton’s pattern of harassment, racial profiling, and resultant litigation, Riverside County School District sent “the letter of directive” after the June 1 has elected to promote Michael Hamilton to Sheriff Sergeant and incident at Winston Churchill High School. has endowed both Hamilton and Calderone Major Incident RecSchool district spokeswoman Kerry Delf says it wasn’t ognition Awards in a formal ceremony, held on March 23, 2018. disciplinary, declining to identify the employees and whether or The Family of Matthew Tucker is outraged and calling for not they’re teachers. Justice and as Matthew’s mother, Jenny Tucker states, “I have no Delf cited no official law or school district provision but problem with policing. Law enforcement is necessary. Civil ser- said employees are expected to refrain from unacceptable political vice has been this families’ legacy. Matthew’s dad, Shawn Tucker, is a firefighter and now owns a kennel that breeds and trains po- activities when students are held as a captive audience. Kneeling has become a political statement ever since lice dogs. Bad seeds, however, need to be held accountable. They were supposed to help, but they waltzed in and devastated us. professional athletes defied the tradition in protest of police And now, I feel like these despicable individuals just got trophies brutality against blacks. for killing my baby.” While the defendants continue to celebrate each other in blame-the-victim fashion, the family and their legal team has submitted sufficient evidence to make it past summary judgement. A Facebook page has been set up in Matthew’s honor to raise awareness and with updates of the ongoing litigation. For more information, please contact Darryl Exum by calling 951-6822903 or via email to maricruz.exumlaw@gmail.com. The following hashtags are being used to bring awareness to this incident:
#JusticeForMatthew
#Justice4Matthew
#Justice4MatthewTucker
#BlackLivesMatter
#PoliceBrutality
#WrongNORTH BROOKFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Police in 18-year old Matthew Tucker. (courtesy photo) fulDeath Massachusetts are searching for suspects who allegedly threw a hatchet at a black teen and yelled racial slurs at him. WHDH-TV reports the 14-year-old was stepping off his school bus in North Brookfield on Tuesday when two masked men in a passing car yelled at him and threw the hatchet at his head. The boy’s mother says he ducked out the way and the hatchet narrowly missed. North Brookfield Police Chief Mark Smith says he views the altercation as a hate crime. Police are currently increasing patrols at area bus stops as a result.

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Chicago Group ‘Protect our Parks’ Lawsuit Filed to Block

Obama Presidential Library Parolee Dies in Crusader Staff Report The Chicago Crusader/NNPA Member Days before the Chicago Plan Commission approved plans for the Obama Presidential Center, a federal lawsuit was filed to block the proposed $500 million facility that will be built in Jackson Park. The 500-acre park is located in Chicago’s predominately Black Woodlawn and South Shore neighborhoods, where former First Lady Michelle Obama, rapper Kanye West and some of the nation’s most prominent Blacks once lived. On Thursday, May 17, the Chicago Plan Commission unanimously approved the blueprints for the Obama Presidential Center, despite emotional appeals from protestors who are concerned that the library will eventually drive up rents in the neighborhoods and force out longtime, low-income residents. The plans now go before the city’s 50-member city council. While those plans are expected to pass that stage, the Obama Foundation faces a lawsuit that may be its biggest hurdle yet. The lawsuit was filed on Monday, May 14 by “Protect Our Parks,” a nonprofit organization that seeks a court order to “bar the Park District and the City from approving the building of the Presidential Center and from conveying any interest in or control of the Jackson Park site to the Foundation.” In its complaint, Protect Our Parks accuses the Chicago Park District of an “institutional bait and switch.” The organization said the park district transferred public land to the Obama Foundation to house an official federal Obama Federal Library. But that purpose changed when Obama decided his center will not be his official library. Instead, the federal National Records and Archives Administration will run it in another location. In the lawsuit, Protect Our Parks called Chicago’s plan to lease public park space an “illegal land grab.” The organization also said the transfer of park land to a non-governmental private entity violates the park district code. In addition, Protect Our Parks said the park district and the city will receive only token rent for the land and the Park District Act law “does not authorize the Park District itself to transfer valuable public trust land for virtually no compensatory return.” Protect Our Parks says that city officials are “prohibited by law” from turning over public park land to a non-governmental private entity for private use. At a meeting Thursday, May 17, the commission was expected to take up a resolution authorizing a long-term ground lease for 19.3 acres in Jackson Park from the city to the Obama Foundation. In March 2015, Chicago’s city council approved an Continued on page A2

Sacramento Police Wagon SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ A man on parole died in a Sacramento police wagon while en route to jail, the Sacramento Police Department said. The man, identified as a black person in his 30s, was in the custody of parole agents with the state’s Department of Corrections, who requested a marked Sacramento police vehicle transport him to jail on Wednesday, the department said in a news release. The man was “handcuffed and laying on the floor” of the parole agents’ vehicle when the Sacramento Police Officer helped the agents get the man on his feet. The officials then walked him to the rear of the patrol wagon and put him inside, the department said. As the officer drove, he monitored the man through the wagon’s video monitoring equipment, and as he approached the jail he noticed the man had stopped moving, police said. When the officer parked in the jail entry and checked on the man, he was unresponsive, the department said. The officer and the parole agents, who had followed the Sacramento police wagon in their vehicle, administered CPR until the Fire Department arrived and took over medical care. The man was then taken to a local hospital, where he died, police said. The police department did not say give details on the man’s medical condition or why parole agents asked a police officer to transport him to a jail. An email and phone message from The Associated Press requesting more information from the Sacramento Police Department was not immediately answered. The man’s death is being investigated by the Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, the Sacramento City Attorney’s Office and the City’s Office of Public Safety Accountability, officials said. Video and audio associated with the incident will be released to the public within 30 days, the department said.

Chicago’s Jackson Park is the proposed of the Obama Presidential Center, but a new lawsuit threatens its future. (The Obama Foundation)


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Jeffrey Boney says that many of elected officials, who visit the Black community only during the election season, get a pass for doing nothing. (Jeffrey Boney)

By Jeffrey L. Boney NNPA Newswire Contributor It’s that time again. It occurs every year around the same time like clockwork. It’s election season. Political signs infiltrate Black neighborhoods, placed by campaign operatives hoping you remember their respective political candidate come election time. More importantly, these political operatives are hoping your familiarity with their respective candidate will drive you to the polls with the belief that their efforts will translate into a vote for them at the ballot box. Establishing familiarity is quite an effective tool, especially when it comes to creating a sense of connection with people. Now be honest. If connecting with people through establishing a sense of familiarity weren’t so effective, why would radio stations play the same song over and over again, or why would major companies spend an inordinate amount of money to consistently and strategically advertise their product or service to consumers on a regular basis? Seeking to connect with people by establishing a sense of familiarity is one of the first things any campaign team tries to do to help get their respective candidate elected. Have you ever noticed that during every election season, radio ads become more frequent, print mailers get sent out in bulk quantities and television ads get placed on any given network during key television shows in an effort to try and reach registered voters? Politicians have long been staples in our community. Many of them visit a church here, walk the block and knock on doors over there; kiss babies, shake hands and even give the Black community ‘stuff’ to get them to come out to the polls and vote. It is fascinating the way some political candidates scurry around during election season trying to solicit the Black vote so that they can get elected to a certain office or retain their current seat. It’s an art. Many of these campaign operatives and elected officials have it down to a science. However, when it comes to developing key, solid policies that will help the Black community, many of these same candidates disappear—never to be heard from again—until the next election cycle rolls around. Interestingly, many of these elected officials get

a pass for doing nothing. Now, if members of the Black community would be completely honest, they would admit that a lot of these elected officials are often treated like high-profile celebrities, rather than public servants who have the power to advocate for substantive policies that can literally change the economic landscape and quality of life of their communities. One act of familiarity that has been a go-to-approach to reach the Black community has been the tactic of political candidates using certain gimmicks to solicit votes. You know what I’m talking about; offering the Black community chicken dinners, BBQ cookouts, fish plates, steak days, gift cards, air conditioners for senior citizens, etc. Many of these politically-motivated gimmicks have and continue to be used to get Black people to vote for a particular candidate. You know the routine. Black voters get out to vote, then there is very little reciprocity from many of the candidates towards the Black community, if they are elected. Think about it for a moment and ask yourself some questions. What evidence do you have to prove that any of your elected officials have actually advocated for you? Ask yourself, when it comes to developing sound policies and legislation for the Black community, when was the last time your elected officials drafted any policy or advocated for any legislation at the local, state and/ or federal level that has positively impact you? Now, you may have been invited to a fish fry, steak dinner or community social event, but ask yourself when was the first or last time any of your elected officials educated, equipped and informed your community about any key issues that is impacting them or will affect them? Truth be told, the Black community has been short-changed when it comes to advocacy by many of their elected officials, regardless of the elected official’s race or ethnicity. Blacks have also been deprived of having progressive and substantive policies drafted by many of their elected officials. In many cases, instead of talking to elected officials about substantive policies and key legislation, elected officials are often sought after to attend an event or take a picture with someone as if they are a Hollywood star, versus a public servant who was elected to serve the people. Again, it’s about familiarity. The Black community deserves to be treated more like a partner in a serious relationship versus some fling on the side where politicians whisper sweet nothings in our ears in order to get the only thing they really, truly want—the Black vote. The Black community must stop allowing disengaged elected officials to continue making empty promises in order to get their vote, and then turn around, close the deal (get their vote), and never hear anything from these individuals anymore until they need their Black vote again. The same thing goes for political candidates who don’t win when they run for office as well. Elected officials are not highly-paid Hollywood entertainers. Elected officials are public servants. The Black community must stop treating elected officials as if they are the hottest celebrity and start demanding sound policy offerings from them. The Black community must embrace accountability and adopt a realistic expectation of having their elected officials be the advocates they need to get things done and fight for them by any means necessary. This year, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), a trade group representing over 200 Black-owned media companies across the U.S., is focused on encouraging 5 million Blacks to register to vote before the midterm elections. We need to elect politicians who care about creating sound legislation and being advocates for the Black community year-round. The same energy and efforts that these elected officials use to get elected, or re-elected, should be the same energy they use when it comes to sitting down with the Black community to better understand our needs needs and advocate for policies that positively impact their community. If the constituents of these elected officials have not progressed since they have been in office, and are no more advanced as a result of their leadership, it is time to start looking for new leadership. Elected officials can keep giving out chicken dinners, BBQ cookouts, fish plates, steak days, gift cards, air conditioners for senior citizens, etc., but what the Black community really needs, however, are sound policies, legislation and advocacy from their elected officials.

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In this June 3, 2018, file photo, photographers capture dueling US demonstrations between antifascists known as antifa and a right wing group called Patriot Prayer in downtown Portland, Oregon. (Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP, file)

Violent Protests Again Draw Attention to Portland GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Viral videos of bloody skirmishes between right-wing activists and self-described anti-fascists have drawn national attention to Portland, Oregon _ a city of storied political activism that has struggled to keep the peace at dueling rallies illustrating a microcosm of the nation’s political division. Tensions erupted most recently this month when members of the so-called “antifa” movement showed up at a march organized by a right-wing group called Patriot Prayer. As police tried to keep order, fist fights broke out in a string of downtown parks fringed with aspen trees and dotted with plaques honoring Portland’s founders and fallen World War II soldiers. Videos from the conflict on social media show one man being knocked to the ground and kicked repeatedly as he covers his head with his hands. In another, a man lying on the ground is dragged away from a group of attackers, his face bloodied. In a third, two men - including one wearing homemade body armor - take swings at a third man who is backed against a wall with his arms raised. Police made four arrests June 3 in and around the parks, which have become gathering places for dissent in this liberal city already known for near-weekly protests. And in this city that patiently waits out traffic jams caused by protests, residents wondered how free speech had turned so violent. Protesters here traditionally have demonstrated together for their causes. But over the past year a different type of political activism has shattered the unanimity normally seen among demonstrators, said longtime Portland resident Jon Baldivieso. “It obscures better forms of political speech,” he said. “It feels different when protests are more one-sided and not skirmishes between ideological factions. ...I’ve got very low patience for physical confrontation.” What is happening could be an expression of a deep sensitivity to a dark chapter of the city’s history that’s bubbling up as the rest of the country, too, becomes more politically polarized. In the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan had a strong presence in the city and by the 1980s, Portland was a hot spot for white supremacist groups, earning it the nickname “Skinhead City.” One of the most infamous attacks in Portland’s racial history occurred in November 1988, when an Ethiopian immigrant was beaten to death by three white supremacists from the Californiabased White Aryan Resistance in front of his apartment. The city was also the home base for Volksfront, a nowdefunct white separatist organization founded in 1994, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups. While Patriot Prayer isn’t considered a white supremacist or hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, its members march alongside right-wing groups promoting free speech rights by rejecting political correctness, said Ryan Lenz, an SPLC

spokesman. Those marches have drawn a forceful reaction from a leftwing movement known as the antifa that is dedicated to rooting out neo-Nazis and white supremacists, he said. The 10-year-old group Rose City Antifa is one of the most organized of these loosely affiliated groups in the nation and also one of the oldest. Individual antifa members remain anonymous, but the group’s public Facebook page issued a call for members to show up June 3 to confront the “rising tide of fascism and the forces of structural and insurgent white supremacy” in Portland. “If you think about it, Portland is home to this extreme leftist perspective ... but at the same time it is home to very hardcore racist groups going back to the skinhead groups,” Lenz said. Patriot Prayer has also held marches and rallies in many other cities around the U.S. West that have drawn violent reactions. But the Portland events have taken on outsized significance because of the stabbing deaths a year ago of two men who came to the defense of two young black women _ one in a hijab_ who were being harassed on a light-rail train by a Patriot Prayer sympathizer. The man charged in the deaths, Jeremy Christian, was filmed making the Nazi salute at a Patriot Prayer rally a month before the killings. Christian, who has pleaded not guilty, later told investigators he was not motivated by racism but was drunk and wanted to “do his free speech thing” when he shouted racist and anti-immigrant slurs on the light-trail train before the stabbings. In the aftermath, Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson organized a pro-Trump free speech rally that attracted thousands from both sides to downtown Portland. The ensuing chaos shut down much of the city’s core and police arrested more than a dozen people amid widespread fighting. Gibson, who is half Japanese and lives in Vancouver, Washington, across the Columbia River from Portland, said his followers are not racist but want the right to express themselves safely in a city that’s very liberal. He hopes to put on another rally as soon as next month in an attempt to promote confrontation. “We’re way more diverse than any of these far-lefters, who are mostly white men,” Gibson said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. The marches are intended to “stir the pot. It’s to get people to oppose us, to violently oppose us.” Many Portland residents say they love their city’s reputation for political dissent but are dismayed it has become a spotlight for violence. At a park dedicated to a city founding father, accountant Mack Stilson used his lunch break to run through a set of bluegrass songs on his mandolin as a tour group strolled by snapping selfies and bike commuters whizzed past. “This is sort of like an arena for their battles and I have a lot of trouble putting any weight behind it,” he said of the protesters. He added: “You can say whatever you want to say, whether you’re extremely conservative or extremely liberal, and I think this town should be open to both. That’s kind of what this town is all about.”

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nance for Chicago Park District land in Jackson Park to be transferred to the city of Chicago to lease to the Obama Foundation. Protect Our Parks’ lawsuit may force planning officials to rewrite the ordinance. Protect Our Parks is being represented by Roth Fioretti; Robert Fioretti is a former Chicago alderman who challenged Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015 before endorsing Emanuel in the run-off. More recently, Fioretti was defeated in a March Democratic primary bid for Cook County Board president. In an emailed statement, Emanuel’s mayoral spokesman Grant Klinzman said, “The Obama Presidential Center is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest hundreds of millions of dollars that will create good jobs on the South Side, bring our communities together and honor the legacy of Chicago’s favorite son and daughter. While some choose to stand in the way of progress for the South Side, we are focused on making progress in every community in Chicago.” But later that day, Emanuel at an event called the lawsuit frivolous and said that the “notion that somehow this is not a presidential library, because the actual papers will be in New York …to me not only is frivolous, but means the people that filed this don’t understand the 21st century,” he added. “The good news is, the presidential papers will be in two places but there will be only one library, here in Chicago.” Emanuel said that the papers will be digitized. Juanita Irizarry, executive director of Friends of the Parks, also released a statement, saying officials with the group welcome the Obama Center to the South Side “but disagree with the choice to locate it on public parkland, rather than vacant land across the street from Washington Park.” “While we are not involved with this lawsuit in any way, it is an indication of the fact the Friends of the Parks is not alone in our concern about Chicago’s parks being seen as sites for real estate development,” Irizarry said. Plans have not gone smoothly for the library since President Barack Obama announced that Jackson Park will be the location of his library in 2016. Residents in Woodlawn and South shore have held numerous protests demanding that the Obama Foundation sign a community benefits agreement as concerns of neighborhood gentrification and rising rents continue to grow. Despite their concerns, Obama has said that a community benefits agreement is not necessary, because his library is an automatic benefit to the neighborhoods.

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The summer lunch program will also take place at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church in East LosAngeles, and the Gloria Molina Community Empowerment Center in Walnut Park.

LA County Parks and Recreation Announces 2018 Free Summer Program

New CDE Mobile App Helps Families Find Summer and Afterschool Meal Program Locations

The Los  Angeles  County Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, the California Department of Education and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, will provide approximately 300,000 free snacks and lunches this summer to children at 50 county parks, 25 county libraries, and at Gerdes Park, Hermosillo Park and Norwalk Park in the city of Norwalk. 
The summer lunch program will also take place at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church in East LosAngeles, and the Gloria Molina Community Empowerment Center in Walnut Park. 
The 2018 free Summer Food Service Program will kick off on  Monday, June 11, and will end  Friday, Aug. 3. Lunch and snacks will be served between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Exact times vary depending on location. 
Created to help reduce the growing number of young people in the United States challenged by obesity or lack of consistent access to wholesome meals, this program aims to provide a healthy alternative for children when school is out for the summer.  
Monday through Friday during each week of the program, children 18-years-of-age and under are invited to receive a nutritious lunch and snack, which may include vegetables, fruits, seeds and healthy dairy products like milk, string cheese and yogurt.   
Participating parks are required to service communities within the geographical boundaries of an elementary, middle or high school attendance area where at least 50 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. 
“The  Los  Angeles  County Department of Parks and Recreation is proud to be part of the safety net that helps ensure children do not go hungry this summer by having access to daily healthy meals while not in school,” said Department Director John Wicker. “We want young people to come to our parks, enjoy a healthy lunch and snack, and stay for all the great programs, facilities and other amenities that our parks offer to their communities.”

 The public may use the California Department of Education’s (CDE) CA Meals for Kids mobile app to find the locations of California’s Summer and Afterschool Meal Programs, including the ones sponsored by the county Department of Parks and Recreation.  
The CA Meals for Kids App provides the most up-to-date information about meal services available in the community. Children and families can use location-based searches to find meal sites, dates, and times. The app also allows for searches by site name, ZIP code, and city. 
The CA Meals for Kids mobile app is available for free download through Apple’s App Store  , Google’s Play Store  , and Microsoft’s App Store  Web pages. More information is available

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Law Enforcement Reps Get Ear Full In State Senate Hearing

California State Senate’s Committee on Public Safety hearing.

By Manny Otiko California Black Media State Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) had harsh words for law enforcement officials during a California State Senate’s Committee on Public Safety hearing. Bradford lashed out at law enforcement officials during a discussion on Senate Bill 1421

Federal List of Illegal Drugs GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Mayors from seven U.S. cities in states with legal marijuana said Monday they have formed a coalition to push for federal marijuana policy reform just days after President Donald Trump expressed support for bipartisan congressional legislation to ease the federal ban on pot. Mayors from Denver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and West Sacramento _ all in marijuana-friendly states _ sponsored a resolution at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston that asked the U.S. government to remove cannabis from a list of illegal drugs, among other things. It was approved unanimously by the broader gathering Monday, Larry Jones said, a spokesman for the conference. Mayors from Oakland, California and Thornton, Colorado weren't sponsors but pledged to advocate for federal reforms. “As mayors of cities that have successfully implemented and managed this new industry, we have hands-on experience that can help Congress take the right steps to support other local governments as they prepare to enter this new frontier,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, who led the coalition. “We all face common challenges.” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said marijuana businesses employ thousands of people and generate millions of dollars in Oregon. “Cannabis prohibition has failed. It has failed to keep our children safe, it has failed law enforcement, and it has especially failed communities of color disproportionately targeted and prosecuted for low-level drug offenses,” he said in an email Monday. “Eventually, legalization will come to every state _ and we want to make sure it’s done so safely and effectively.” The resolution comes after Trump said he would “probably” back a bipartisan congressional effort to ease a U.S. ban on the drug that about 30 states have legalized in some form. The bill supported by both parties was introduced June 7 and would dramatically reshape the nation's legal landscape for pot users and businesses. The federal ban that puts marijuana on the same level as LSD and heroin has created a conflict with states


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that have legalized pot in some form, creating a two-tiered enforcement system at the state and federal levels. The legislation with four sponsors, including Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, would ensure states have the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within their borders. Some U.S. restrictions would remain, however, including sales of non-medical pot to people under 21. “I support Senator Gardner. I know exactly what he's doing,” Trump told reporters in Washington, D.C., on Friday, when asked about the legislation. “We're looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes.” The mayors' resolution adopted Monday asks Congress, among other things, to:

authored by Nancy Skinner, a bay area representative, requires police agencies to open their records during officer misconduct cases. Bradford made a pointed remark about the makeup of law enforcement organizations. During public testimony, supporters of the bill shared their support for the bill and their stories, including the uncle of Oscar Grant (who was shot in the back in the San Francisco area,). However, Bradford noticed that all the victims of police violence were black and brown and all the people representing police organizations where white.  He said, “Why doesn’t law enforcement fear for their lives when they’re approaching white men?”  Bradford added that since he had been in the state legislature, he had never seen a person of color representing a law enforcement organization.  “This speaks volumes to the mindset,” said Bradford.  Law enforcement organizations have not been in full support of SB 1421,  although they gave public testimony, they said they are looking for common ground on the bill.  According to a report by the California Secretary of State, the Los Angeles Police  Protective League, a police union, has recently contracted with an African American.  Lobbyist Darryl Lucien. Lucien previously served as Chief of Staff to former  Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles), and previously  served as policy director to the current California Legislative Black Caucus Chair,  Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena).  However, Los Angeles area legislator Sen. Holly Mitchell, said “You’re not going to be able to lobby your way out if it.” The bill passed out of the Senate and will now be heard in the Assembly.

• remove cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances Act • allow employers in the marijuana industry to take tax deductions similar to those allowed in other businesses • provide guidance to financial institutions that provide banking to cannabis businesses • extend legal access to medical marijuana for U.S. veterans The resolution's approval means that the U.S. Conference of Mayors as an organization will now create federal policy recommendations to submit to Congress starting next year.

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The NBA Final Recap Master P’s 2nd Annual StarStudded Celeb Basketball Nationwide — Essence Festival weekend has an impact on the City of New Orleans but on July 5th, Master P’s 2nd annual star-studded celebrity basketball game will bring the community together for entertainment, peace and giving back. New Orleans native Percy Miller’s Day of Service is all about the elderly and the youth. The goal is to give community members and festival goers a message of hope, inspiration, and appreciation for the city that has brought Essence Festival week to life for over 20 years uplifting and rebuilding the community. Percy Miller and Team Hope NOLA is about helping the elderly and the youth in the city of New Orleans by unifying the community to beautify Guste Home Center once again, which accommodates 2,000 elderly residents. At the same time Team Hope Nola provides mentorship, school supplies, scholarships and other enriching opportunities for inner city youth. At the celebrity basketball game, Master P will be honoring Mayor Latoya Cantrell for her dedication and commitment to the community. The event will be held at Xavier University, doors open at 4pm. For more details about Team Hope Nola, visit  www. teamhopenola.org

The Golden State Warriors win the 2018 NBA Finals Championship by beating the Cavaliers, winning their third title in four seasons. (courtesy photo)

By Cameron Buford Whatsgoodinsports.com The best teams from each of the leagues conferences collided in a best of seven matchup to decide the 2018 NBA Championship. This is the eighth consecutive seasons that the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by this generations best player LeBron James has made it to the NBA Final and the fourth time that they would be facing the Golden State Warriors who’s bursting with All Stars. The Cavaliers were set to get yet another chance to dethrone the defending Champions Golden State Warriors. Though the Cavaliers were facing a daunting task, with their new mixture of youth, athleticism and the way LeBron James has been playing in this year’s playoffs provide some hope for Cavs fans. The Warriors came into the Final, intent on defending their title and as the old phrase goes “winning a championship takes talent; going back to back takes character!” Wining back to back Championships would solidify these Golden State Warriors position amongst the best teams in NBA’s history. This article will recap our projections of the upcoming NBA Finals Championship series.

As each team came off a seven-game series in their respective Championship series, they both were dealing with injuries to key players. Kevin Love was coming off a concussion having missed the Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals and Andre Igoudala suffered a leg injury that would keep him out of Games one and two, of the NBA Finals. The injury which impacted the series most came after Game 1, the only game that went into overtime. In the now infamous Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals, LeBron James led his Cleveland Cavaliers with 51 points, keeping pace with the high-powered Warriors, who finished the game with 3 players with 20 or more points. The drama began, as the clock wound down to the end of Game 1; the Cavaliers had an opportunity to take the lead, as George Hill was fouled before receiving a pass from James, for a go-ahead layup. Historically, Hill shoots 80% free throw line, though he has never been in the NBA Finals or in a position to put his team up by 1 point with under 5 seconds to go in this critical basketball game. After making his first free throw, to tie the game, Hill missed his second free throw and the hysteria ensued. J.R. Smith was able to get the rebound, and it appeared that he could’ve gone

right back up for a layup of his to take the lead, with seconds to go in the game. However, Smith elected to dribble the ball to the three-point line, seemingly not understanding time and score of the game. J.R. did pass the ball to a teammate who was able to get a rushed shot off though it bounced off the rim… sending the game into overtime. Not understanding the time on the clock and score of this championship game is an unforgivable mistake. Clearly frustrated, James could be seen on the court asking Smith what he was thinking, and he could be seen saying, “I thought we were ahead…?” The Frustrated Lebron James, then walked back to the benched steaming from that mental collapse. To further exacerbate the situation, James was seen on the bench ignoring his teammates while stewing in his emotions. This lack of leadership led to a Cavalier collapse in the overtime period of Game 1. This also spilled over into the locker room when James admitted to a self-inflicted injury to his hand, after he struck a blackboard in the locker room. This aided in the collapse in the remainder of the series for the Cavaliers. Yes, LeBron led the Cavaliers onto the home court of the defending champs and had them on the brink of an upset, but it was how he and his teammates handled adversity, which adds another small stain on the career of LeBron James. Though the Cavaliers have been Lebron James; Lebron James has been the Cavaliers! His play in this post season has been exceptional, though they were severely under matched in the series, they probably shouldn’t even have made it to the Finals, though for the greatness of LeBron James. The addition of, 2-time NBA Final MVP, Kevin Durant makes the, already formidable, Warriors nearly invincible. Though James is responsible for the breakup of many teams over years, the Warriors appear to be responsible for the second breakup of James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. As James is likely to be on a different team next season, hopefully challenging the Golden State Warriors for an NBA Championship in the future. I was confident in my prediction of a Golden State Warriors victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. Though I figured James could lead his team to at least one NBA Finals win. Sweeping the Cavaliers adds to this impressive Championship run of 3 Championships in 4 seasons by the Warriors. After setting the league record for regular season wins, the Warriors added a league MVP to their roster. This team, with a unique type of bond, is in position to win rings for many years to come. Once again, the NBA proves to be fantastic, even in the event of a sweep during its Championship series. We’ve seen historic performances when Curry set the NBA’s Finals 3-point record, mindless blunders such as in the mistake by JR Smith in Game 1, and inspirational play by the league’s best player, as he is the first to score 50 plus points in a NBA Final loss. Now that the NBA season is over; let me know What’s Good by sharing your thoughts and feedback in the comment section below at www. whatsgoodinsports.com

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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30 shoots around Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) in Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals on Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 to sweep the series. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA Finals led ABC to victory in the television ratings last week, but it must have been hard for network executives not to wonder what could have been. The third and fourth games of the Warriors-Cavaliers series were the two most-watched shows on television last week, the Nielsen company said. It was the fourth straight year those two teams have met for the NBA crown. But a more competitive series would have meant a lot more viewers. A seven-game series would have been a gold mine. ABC learned something else this past week: the Kardashians and Kanye West trump the Tonys. Their appearance on “Celebrity Family Feud,” heavily promoted by the network, drew 7.57 million viewers. The Tony Awards on CBS, with ratings up slightly over last year, reached 6.3 million. ABC won the week in prime-time, averaging 6.3 million viewers. NBC had 4.8 million, CBS had 4.7 million, Fox had 2.1 million, ION Television had 1.43 million, Univision had 1.42 million, Telemundo had 1 million and the CW had 860,000

viewers. Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.38 million viewers. MSNBC had 1.6 million, HGTV had 1.4 million, USA had 1.38 million and TBS had 1.18 million. ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.7 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 7.1 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.6 million. For the week of June 4-10, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NBA Finals: Golden State at Cleveland, Game 3, ABC, 17.94 million; NBA Finals: Golden State at Cleveland, Game 4, ABC, 16.24 million; “America’s Got Talent,” NBC, 11.24 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 8.01 million; “Celebrity Family Feud” (Sunday) ABC, 7.57 million; NHL Stanley Cup Final: Washington at Vegas, Game 5, NBC, 6.6 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 6.54 million; “Tony Awards,” CBS, 6.313 million; “World of Dance,” NBC, 6.312 million; “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 6.18 million.

LA Unified Student Athletes College Bound By Earl Heath Contributing Sports Writer Now that the School year is completed several student-athletes and softball players are headed on continuing their education. View Park High Schools softball duo of Camille Taylor and

Camille Taylor and  Skyler Veazie  both of View Park Prep share a moment before L.A.City All-Star game at Los Angeles Valley college. (Earl Heath photo)

Skyler Veazie are college bound. Taylor is headed to Compton College. She leaves the school after helping the Lady Knights to win three Los Angeles City ti-

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Crenshaw’s Hazlyn Goty is headed to Cal State Fullerton. (Earl Heath photo)

L.A.C.E.S School first baseman and pitcher Robecca Hollman  and  Samahi Squalls  of  PalisadesHigh are headed for college. (Earl Heath photo)

“When we won the first one and we were just having fun. The program was new and we didn’t know just how good we were,” said Taylor. “The second one was tougher, we got moved

up a division but everyone pulled together. The third was even tougher getting there but once we won we were all relieved, Our Coach (Leesa Harris) really pushed us, she really worked us. ”  Veazie a senior hit .333 on the year and had three hits in the Championship game against Roosevelt High defeating the Rough-riders 13-1. This year was her second L.A. City Title. “We had to win we were in competition with the basketball team (won City and State titles). people in school really challenged us, The boys were walking around  when they won, so we thought we could do the same,” said Veazie. Veazie is headed to Clark University in Atlanta to major in business. Jackie Cordova of Bravo High is headed to Cal State Fullerton where she will major in Civil Engineering. Crenshaw’s Hazelyn Gotay is also headed to Cal State Fullerton Fairfax’s Jackie Madrigal is headed to Glendale College. The senior first baseman knocked in 16 runs and scored 17 in  helping lead the Lady Lions their first L.A. City title ever. The win was for especially sweet for retiring head Coach Naomi Iki who spent 19 years at the School. “The win felt great we really wanted to win it for her,” said We all knew she was leaving so we wanted to make sure she won,” said Madrigal. “We wanted to make her proud. Samahi Squalls of Palisades High had a .576 O.B.P. help lead the Dolphins to a 10-9  (9-3 League). She was named to the L.A. City All-Stars team. She is headed to Jackson state major in Pre-Medicine. Rabecca Holen is pitcher and first baseman for LACES School. She is one of the one of the “Coolest” kids you will ever meet. She’s on her way to washing ton to major in English. When asked what she will miss the most about high school, she replied. ”The teachers, they are the best, they taught me a lot about life and things outside of school.”


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Director X’s “Superfly” transplants the 1972 Blaxploitation classic from Harlem streets to suburban Atlanta mansions, flips Curtis Mayfield’s soul score for Future’s hip-hop soundtrack and forsakes the original’s politically charged grit for shallow musicvideo indulgence. “He’s got a plan to stick it to the man,” went the ads for Gordon Parks Jr.’s “Super Fly,” with Ron O’Neal as Youngblood Priest, the suave cocaine dealer trying to make one last score. Coming a year after “Shaft” (directed by Parks’ father), “Super Fly” was a post-civil-rights-era time capsule oozing anti-authoritarian fury and ‘70s style. “The Man” is mostly MIA in this “Superfly,” which takes more after Brian De Palma’s “Scarface” and familiar hip-hop fantasies than anything channeled by the earlier Blaxploitation films. If snorted lines of coke were copious in the original, Director X’s “Superfly” is packed with scenes of slow-motion booty shaking — imagery the filmmaker is well versed in as the director of (some very good) music videos for Drake, Rihanna, Jay-Z and Kanye West. This Youngblood Priest (Trevor Jackson) is a polished businessman who runs a well-established, clandestine drug business with his partner Eddie (Jason Mitchell). Financially savvy, deeply connected all over town and never rattled by the most lethal interactions, Jackson’s slickly coifed Priest is almost as much superhero as super fly. Having risen well above the streets, Priest senses his good fortune can’t last. He wants to get out, along with his two girlfriends (Lex Scott Davis, Andrea Londo), before fate comes for him. There are already signs that his even-keeled lifestyle is about to get rocky. A squabble threatens the peace with the rival crew dubbed Snow Patrol, a white-dressed gang of dealers who drive white cars, shoot white guns and pretty much look like the ATL chapter of the Storm Troopers. With one last score in mind, Priest does what few ready to give up a life of crime would do: He goes to great lengths to prove himself to a powerful Mexican cartel. “Don’t let the pretty hair fool you,” Priest pleads to the cartel boss (Esai Morales) after

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circumventing his regular supplier and mentor, the karate master Scatter (Michael Kenneth Williams). Williams’ presence begs the question: Wouldn’t “Superfly” be better — and carry more of a sense of danger, of real threat — if Williams was starring in it? Jackson comfortably carries the film with a smooth panache, but his Priest — like the movie — doesn’t make much of an impression. Yet “Superfly” is also a generally entertaining movie, with good things in it. Mitchell (“Mudbound”) is predictably excellent as Priest’s less scrupulous partner and friend; he’s the film’s high point. And any movie that casts Big Boi as the mayor of Atlanta has done some things right. (“Superfly” would be better if there was more of him in it.) And Jennifer Morrison, one of the two crooked police detectives in the film, is unexpectedly terrific in a usually stereotypical role. But it feels like the reason for remaking “Super Fly” got lost along the way. Screenwriter Alex Tse and Director X have glossed up a story that took its power from its era’s reality. “Superfly” lives in a music video dream world driven by extravagance, where women aren’t anything but dancing eye candy or threesome partners. Future’s songs also aren’t especially distinct, though, admittedly, Mayfield’s majestic score — which is heard a few times here — is untouchable. Comparing the two versions of “Super Fly” — one in two words, the other just one — only illustrates what movies can lose by over-glamourizing themselves. “Superfly” makes one belated stab at relevance in a shakedown scene with a corrupt white cop that speaks to today’s Black Lives Matter protests. (In the 1972 original, it was white cops supplying the cocaine that poisoned the black community.) But even that moment is a reminder of how much genuine angst and emotion “Super Fly” could have tapped into. For that, we’ll just have to wait. Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” is due out later this summer. “Superfly,” a Columbia Pictures release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for “violence and language throughout, strong sexuality, nudity and drug content.” Running time: 107 minutes. Two stars out of four.

Actress Rose McGowan Indicted on Cocaine Charge McGowan has maintained the cocaine isn’t hers, suggesting in court papers that the drugs were planted at the behest of movie producer Harvey Weinstein. LEESBURG, Va. (AP) _ A grand jury in Virginia has indicted actress and activist Rose McGowan on one felony count of cocaine possession. News outlets report a Loudoun County grand jury handed down the indictment Monday. Charging documents say cocaine was found in a wallet McGowan left behind on a plane last year. McGowan has maintained the cocaine isn't hers, suggesting in court papers that the drugs were planted at the behest of movie producer Harvey Weinstein. He couldn't immediately be reached for comment. McGowan was among the first to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault, and she and others say he's aggressively sought to discredit his accusers. Weinstein has denied all accusations. McGowan's trial date will be set Tuesday. Her attorney, Jim Hundley, declined comment to media.

Court Says AIG Must Defend Cosby in Defamation Suits BOSTON (AP) _ A federal appeals court says an insurance company must pick up Bill Cosby's tab to fight defamation lawsuits brought by women who accused him of sexual misconduct. But the ruling by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston doesn't mean the insurance company, AIG, must pay any damages. Cosby faces civil lawsuits alleging he defamed women when he accused them of lying about their allegations. Cosby was convicted in April on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. The 80-year-old comedian is due to be sentenced in September and faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison. Cosby has denied all allegations of wrongdoing. An AIG spokeswoman declined to comment Monday. Document Details

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By Darlene L. Williams Los Angeles Contributing Beat Writer BURBANK, CA- The K.I.S.S. (Keep Inspiring Tina Knowles-Lawson further empowered the enerpe of HoWomen’s Strong retreat was held Saturday, Feb- getic group with an open question and answer session in geSistahs) Messa ruary, 24th at the Ramada- Burbank Airport Hotel from relation to operating successful businesses. The CSU’s 1 p.m. to 9.m. The one-day event geared towards inspir“The best businesses are services people need. You ing and empowering women to love themselves, featured want to have a product that people need,” explained dia Tina CampKeynote Speaker,rn and Black MeWinner, Knowles-Lawson. iaMulti-Award Texas Woman toof Ca bell the lifo famed sister duo, Mary Mary and aeca Qtes andin Pants “Find a couple of people you can trust, she said. t an Def Gr ’s gs PG&E A session with entrepreneur, designer, philanthropist, to Hide Dru Knowles-Lawson along with husband, Actor Richmotivational speaker, and mother of iconic daughters ard Lawson successfully operates and owns WACO Beyonce’ and Solange; Tina Knowles-Lawson. (Where Art Can Occur) Theater Group in Los Angeles, The event also included a One-Woman Stage play, where they mentor inner-city youths. an All Male Panel Discussion (What Men REALLY “I’ve always dreamed of mentoring young girls”, she Want?) hosted by Fox 11 News Reporter, Leah Uko; and said. Flying Over 50 Exotic Dance Coach, Makeda Smith. Event founder, producer, life-coach, and celebriCampbell, spoke to a group of about 70 women ty hairstylist, Stephanie Singleton told The Bakersfield about the importance of faith, forgiveness, and healing. News Observer; that the overall message intended “I’m a person of faith, Campbell said. Jesus is for women is that they embrace their “outer and what I do”. inner beauty”. Campbell, spoke about her marriage to Robert Coats and Brandon Ellis both husband, Teddy Campbell. “I dealt with his inflew out from Akron, Ohio to support Singlefidelity very publicly and it almost destroyed ton and the K.I.S.S. retreat. “I’m here my marriage. I’ve overcome the opinions of to support the movement people,” she said. and brand. It’s power“God has your life fully orchestrated, Campful for bell told the attentive group, as she began to the womsoftly sing her hit song, “Destiny” an culture. This “I’ve got a destination in my view/ is a great time to push the road may be bumpy getting there/ for the woman, it’s so importBut I’m pressing through/ I will enjoy ant,” Coats said. this journey/ No matter come what “It’s a nice atmosphere; it’s nice what may/ I’ll become better and she’s (Singleton) doing for the women. stronger/ and wiser every It’s important to make women feel powerday.” ful, Ellis said. We are kings and queens.” “ W h y Additionally, Veteran Entertainlook good er and Flying Over 50 Exotic Dance when you can be Coach, Makeda Smith encouraged the good,” Campbell women in attendance to move their said. hips and to “awaken the sleeping goddess within.” “When was the last time Exotic Dance Coach, Makeda Smith leading you shook your hips? Smith asked. the audience in a dance practice. (Carrington Soon the energetic and funny Prichett/Los Angeles News Observer Photo)

Exotic Dance Coach, Makeda Smith leading the audience in a dance practice. (Carrington Prichett/Los Angeles News Observer Photo)

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Tina Knowles-Lawson further empowered the energetic group with an open question and answer session in relation to operating successful businesses. “The best businesses are services people need. You want to have a product that people need,” explained Knowles-Lawson. “Find a couple of people you can trust, she said. Knowles-Lawson along with husband, Actor Richard Lawson successfully operates and owns WACO (Where Art Can Occur) Theater Group in Los Angeles, where they mentor inner-city youths. “I’ve always dreamed of mentoring young girls”, she said. Event founder, producer, life-coach, and celebrity hairstylist, Stephanie Singleton told The Bakersfield News Observer; that the overall message intended for women is that they embrace their “outer and inner beauty”. Robert Coats and Brandon Ellis both flew out from Akron, Ohio to support Singleton and the K.I.S.S. retreat. “I’m here to support the movement and brand. It’s powerful for the woman culture. This is a great time to push for the woman, it’s so important,” Coats said. “It’s a nice atmosphere; it’s nice what she’s (Singleton) doing for the women. It’s important to make women feel powerful, Ellis said. We are kings and queens.” Additionally, Veteran Entertainer and Flying Over 50 Exotic Dance Coach, Makeda Smith encouraged the women in attendance to move their hips and to “awaken the sleeping goddess within.” “When was the last time you shook your hips? Smith asked. Soon the energetic and funny

First Black Female Nominated to State Hall of Fame By Dr. Soraya M. Coley President, Cal Poly Pomona As I was reflecting on the importance of CSU’s Super Sunday, what came to mind was an experience I had meeting an African American great-grandmother who introduced me to her 8-year-old great-grandson that she and her husband were raising. She had heard my message about the

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The first black female member of the General Assembly is being nominated to the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. The late Margaret E. Morton was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1972. She served four terms, representing Bridgeport. She later won a Democratic primary against an incumbent senator and then went on to win the general election after a lengthy court battle with Bridgeport Democrats. She served six terms in the Senate, eventually becoming deputy president pro tempore in 1990. She retired in 1992 and died in 2012. Four current black women legislators nominated Morton to the hall of fame, citing her “quiet determination” to fight prejudice and racism. Nominations for the hall of fame are accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed by a consulting scholars committee. Continued on page A2

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Multi-Grammy Winning Gospel Artist, Tina Campbell. (Carrington Prichett/Los Angeles News Observer Photo)

57 year-old, whose motto is #SexyNeverGetsOld, had the women up on their feet and moving. It appeared as if all the sleeping goddesses had been awakened, as the women swayed their hips from side to side to a sultry and soulful blues tune Smith used for the inspirational moment. Bridgett LaRe’, Author, Aspiring Actress and event attendee, told the BNO, “I was looking for self-love and a friend told me about the retreat; I knew it was God.” “I was handed a flyer at church, said another event attendee, LaToya Towner of Los Angeles, I’m trying to find myself.” “K.I.S.S. stems from a personal place; it’s a movement, Singleton said. I’m helping women to know that we were all born with love and someone robbed us if you can’t say you love yourself.”

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Multi-Grammy Winning Gospel Artist, Tina Campbell. (Carrington Prichett/Los Angeles News Observer Photo)

57 year-old, whose motto is #SexyNeverGetsOld, had the women up on their feet and moving. It appeared as if all the sleeping goddesses had been awakened, as the women swayed their hips from side to side to a sultry and soulful blues tune Smith used for the inspirational moment. Bridgett LaRe’, Author, Aspiring Actress and event attendee, told the BNO, “I was looking for self-love and a friend told me about the retreat; I knew it was God.” “I was handed a flyer at church, said another event attendee, LaToya Towner of Los Angeles, I’m trying to find myself.” “K.I.S.S. stems from a personal place; it’s a movement, Singleton said. I’m helping women to know that we were all born with love and someone robbed us if you can’t say you love yourself.”

Dr. Soraya M. Coley (Courtesy Photo)

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California Mayors Seek $1.5 Billion to Help Homeless

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Mayors from California’s eleven largest cities on Wednesday asked state lawmakers to provide $1.5 billion to help with what they say is a growing homeless crisis. They are backing legislation that would require the cities to provide matching funds, creating a $3 billion pot of money to be spent on affordable housing, temporary shelters, supportive services and outreach. They said in an earlier letter to legislative leaders that lawmakers should use a quarter of the state’s $6.1 billion budget surplus to help the homeless. San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer called it “the most pressing issue facing California cities today.’’ The mayors cited a 2017 federal estimate that the most populous state now has more than 134,000 homeless people. Their request came the same day that two Democratic state senators announced they will seek $2 billion for affordable housing, also in response to the mayors’ requests. The bipartisan group includes mayors from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Long Beach, Sacramento, Oakland, Bakersfield, Anaheim and Santa Ana. The proposals come less than six months after Gov. Jerry Brown signed 15 housing bills into law. They imposed a new $75 real estate transaction fee and placed a $4 billion housing bond on the November ballot.

lanewsobserver.com increasing value of a college degree and the commitment of the CSU system to access and opportunity. She wanted reassurance that if her great-grandson continued to excel in school, he might one day achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut. She also wanted advice on courses he should take to prepare him for college. She and her husband were in their 70s and had few resources but were trying to set

Dr. Soraya M. Coley (Courtesy Photo)

PG&E’s Grant to California Black Media

By Tony Khing California Black Media SACRAMENTO -- On Feb. 22, PG&E presented a $53,000 grant to California Black Media to help their efforts in supporting major African-American news outlets within the company’s service area. The endowment was given during a multicultural media event at The California Endowment co-hosted by PG&E and CBM with eight African-American print and broadcast organizations.  “At PG&E, we work hard to support the African-American community all year, but February is a special month because it’s a formal acknowledgement of many

Tina Knowles-Lawson, wife, entrepreneur, and mother to singers Beyoncé & Solonge Knowles. (Carrington Prichett/Los Angeles News Observer Photo)

increasing value of a college degree and the commitment of the CSU system to access and opportunity. She wanted reassurance that if her great-grandson continued to excel in school, he might one day achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut. She also wanted advice on courses he should take to prepare him for college. She and her husband were in their 70s and had few resources but were trying to set Continued on page A2

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PG&E’s Grant to California Black Media

By Tony Khing California Black Media SACRAMENTO -- On Feb. 22, PG&E presented a $53,000 grant to California Black Media to help their efforts in supporting major African-American news outlets within the company’s service area. The endowment was given during a multicultural media event at The California Endowment co-hosted by PG&E and CBM with eight African-American print and broadcast organizations.  “At PG&E, we work hard to support the African-American community all year, but February is a special month because it’s a formal acknowledgement of many unsung African-American heroes who’ve made significant contributions in history. The African-American press is a vital resource in the African- American community. We’re pleased to partner with them to support their work. We look forward to continuing to work with them in 2018 on important PG&E updates and energy policy initiatives,”  said PG&E Community Relations Manager Jimi Harris. Representatives from outlets such as  The Post News,  Sun Reporter  andSacramento Observer and other media outlets learned about PG&E’s Time of Use rate plan and how customers can better manage their energy usage. During the one-hour session, they also received informa

Texas Woman Defecates in Pants to Hide Drugs

CORSICANA, Texas (AP) _ Police say a Texas woman attempted to hide evidence during an arrest by defecating in her pants and using the feces to conceal drugs.

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By Dr. Soraya M. Coley President, Cal Poly Pomona As I was reflecting on the importance of CSU’s Super Sunday, what came to mind was an experience I had meeting an African American great-grandmother who introduced me to her 8-year-old great-grandson that she and her husband were raising. She had heard my message about the

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News Observer K.I.S.S. By Darlene L. Williams Los Angeles Contributing Beat Writer BURBANK, CA- The K.I.S.S. (Keep Inspiring Strong Sistahs) Women’s retreat was held Saturday, February, 24th at the Ramada- Burbank Airport Hotel from 1 p.m. to 9.m. The one-day event geared towards inspiring and empowering women to love themselves, featured Keynote Speaker, and Multi-Award Winner, Tina Campbell of the famed sister duo, Mary Mary and a Q and A session with entrepreneur, designer, philanthropist, motivational speaker, and mother of iconic daughters Beyonce’ and Solange; Tina Knowles-Lawson. The event also included a One-Woman Stage play, an All Male Panel Discussion (What Men REALLY Want?) hosted by Fox 11 News Reporter, Leah Uko; and Flying Over 50 Exotic Dance Coach, Makeda Smith. Campbell, spoke to a group of about 70 women about the importance of faith, forgiveness, and healing. “I’m a person of faith, Campbell said. Jesus is what I do”. Campbell, spoke about her marriage to husband, Teddy Campbell. “I dealt with his infidelity very publicly and it almost destroyed my marriage. I’ve overcome the opinions of people,” she said. “God has your life fully orchestrated, Campbell told the attentive group, as she began to softly sing her hit song, “Destiny” “I’ve got a destination in my view/ the road may be bumpy getting there/ But I’m pressing through/ I will enjoy this journey/ No matter come what may/ I’ll become better and stronger/ and wiser every day.” “ W h y look good when you can be good,” Campbell said.

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Candidates May Register through March 8th at attherams.com/2018cheerauditions The Los Angeles Rams are hosting cheerleader Bill Cosby’s auditions for the 2018 season starting Sunday, March Daughter Ensa Dies at 44 11. Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders not only perform at home games at the LA Memorial Coliseum and Los at Angeles Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, but also participate in public appearances, events and community service across the Los Angeles region, nationally and internationally throughout the year. Candidates looking to audition must be 18 or older by Thursday, March 1, and must register online by Thursday, March 8. Walk-up registration is not available. Coverage from last year’s preliminary auditions (KEEP INSPIRING STRONG SISTAHS) can be viewed at therams.com/cheer/videos. Women’s Retreat In addition, the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders Held in Burbank are hosting four voluntary workshops prior to auditions at 24 Hour Fitness locations throughout the LA region. Each workshop includes one hour of dance led by Choreographer JOHN PETERS, followed by a presentation and a Q & A segment with the Rams Cheerleading Director KEELY FIMBRES. Workshops cost $40.00 per person and have limited availability. Footage from last year’s workshops can be viewed here.  Interested candidates may sign up for workshops at therams.com/cheerleaders/workshops. Volume 33 Number 18

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First Black Female Nominated to State Hall of Fame HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The first black female

member of the General Assembly is being nominated to the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. The late Margaret E. Morton was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1972. She served four terms, representing Bridgeport. She later won a Democratic primary against an incumbent senator and then went on to win the general election after a lengthy court battle with Bridgeport Democrats. She served six terms in the Senate, eventually becoming deputy president pro tempore in 1990. She retired in 1992 and died in 2012. Four current black women legislators nominated Morton to the hall of fame, citing her “quiet determination” to fight prejudice and racism. Nominations for the hall of fame are accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed by a consulting scholars committee.

California Mayors Seek $1.5 Billion to Help Homeless

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Mayors from California’s eleven largest cities on Wednesday asked state lawmakers to provide $1.5 billion to help with what they say is a growing homeless crisis. They are backing legislation that would require the cities to provide matching funds, creating a $3 billion pot of money to be spent on affordable housing, temporary shelters, supportive services and outreach. They said in an earlier letter to legislative leaders that lawmakers should use a quarter of the state’s $6.1 billion budget surplus to help the homeless. San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer called it “the most pressing issue facing California cities today.’’ The mayors cited a 2017 federal estimate that the most populous state now has more than 134,000 homeless people. Their request came the same day that two Democratic state senators announced they will seek $2 billion for affordable housing, also in response to the mayors’ requests. The bipartisan group includes mayors from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Long Beach, Sacramento, Oakland, Bakersfield, Anaheim and Santa Ana. The proposals come less than six months after Gov. Jerry Brown signed 15 housing bills into law. They imposed a new $75 real estate transaction fee and placed a $4 billion housing bond on the November ballot.

Texas Woman Defecates in Pants to Hide Drugs CORSICANA, Texas (AP) _ Police say a Texas woman attempted to hide evidence during an arrest by defecating in her pants and using the feces to conceal drugs. Officers in Corsicana, about 55 miles (88 kilometers ) south of Dallas, were investigating a report of a theft at a grocery store on Wednesday when they attempted to subdue a female suspect and take her into custody. Police say they placed Shannen Martin in the back of a police cruiser where they say she intentionally defecated in her pants then hid a crack pipe, 2.3 grams of crack cocaine and a Valentine’s Day card in her excrement. Officers had to sift through the woman’s feces to retrieve the evidence after Martin was booked on charges of tampering with evidence and possession of a controlled substance.

Prince’s ex-wife Manuela Testolini and Andre Cymone, one of Prince’s closest friends and music collaborators are honoring the musician’s legacy with the gift of music for one lucky school.

School Gets Music Room in Prince’s Honor MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Friends of Prince are honoring the musician's legacy with the gift of music for one Minneapolis middle school. WCCO-TV reports that the In a Perfect World Foundation has given Anwatin Middle School a new music room. The room includes keyboards, guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and acoustics to help students explore music. The effort was spearheaded by Prince's ex-wife Manuela

Testolini, who founded the organization, and Andre Cymone, one of Prince's closest friends and music collaborators. Several musicians and technicians came together to create the room. Testolini says they wanted to make sure Prince's work in the community continued after his death. Cymone grew up near the middle school. He led the school's music students in a jam session. Cymone says he believes Prince would've appreciated their efforts.


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Thursday, June 14, 2018

PARKS AFTER DARK PROGRAM KICKS OFF SUMMER SEASON

Free for the Whole Family at 33 Parks The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation kicks off the 2018 Parks After Dark (PAD) season on June 14 at 33 county parks, with numerous free programs and events for children and the entire family to enjoy during balmy summer evenings. 
 PAD encourages healthy living, promotes social connectedness and provides safe havens during extended evening hours of park operation and programming at parks throughout Los Angeles County. Parks will be kept open to provide local youth and families with a variety of free recreational opportunities, health outreach and social services.


PAD takes place Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and will last until Aug. 4 at 33 parks throughout the County. 
These 33 county parks will host free activities that include organized sports, exercise classes, teen activities, swimming, concerts and movies, arts and crafts and jumpers for kids, cooking classes, and resource fairs that offer social, health, youth employment, economic and legal services. Some parks will also host Environment, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (ESTEAM) informational mobile museums and booths.

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Since its inception in 2010 with only three parks, PAD has helped transform county parks into safe havens for community members to participate in quality programming and gain access to valuable resources. 
PAD has helped transform gang-impacted parks into safe community hubs. A 2017 evaluation conducted by UCLA showed that PAD: • Achieves high participation rates and increases access to quality services and programming (there were over 198,000 visits to the PAD parks in 2017). • Achieves high satisfaction rates (over 96% of attendees indicated they would participate in PAD again and recommend it to a friend). • Increases collaboration among different stakeholders (over 90% of the agencies that participated in the 2017 resource fairs agreed PAD made it easier to reach their target populations and that their services were well-received by participants). • Decreases community violence and increases perception of safety (an estimated 41 serious and violent crimes and 478 lesser offenses were avoided from 2010 to 2017). • Increases physical activity and reduces the risk of chronic disease (84% of participants engaged in physical activity during PAD, including those who previously led sedentary lifestyles). • Increases social cohesion and community well-being (98% indicated PAD improved quality time with family, and 96% indicated PAD improved relationships with neighbors). Achieves cost savings for the County (over 3 million dollars in estimated chronic disease and criminal justice costs

were avoided in 2017). 
“Parks After Dark builds resilient communities across Los Angeles County,” said John Wicker, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. “We partner with numerous county departments and community-based organizations to provide an incredible array of free, fun and outcome-based programming and services for youth and families. PAD also provides a comprehensive and collaborative approach to fostering social cohesion, reducing crime rates, creating safe park environments, and enhancing health.” 
PAD is led by the Department of Parks and Recreation, with strong support from partners including the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Chief Executive Office, Sheriff’s Department, Department of Mental Health, Department of Public Health, Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services; Probation Department, Department of Children and Family Services, and many other government and community-based organizations. 
“From a public health perspective, being physically active has profound health benefits, particularly in preventing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even some forms of cancer,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. 
“But, we must address the barriers to healthy living, including community violence, to ensure everyone in L.A. County has access to the resources and opportunities needed for health and well-being. Parks After Dark creates safe havens and community hubs at local parks, making it easier for people to be active, build relationships with neighbors and law enforcement, and access needed health and social services that promote community-wide healing.”

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