Why Immigration Reform Now?

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Anthony Samad: The Black-Brown racial conflict can’t be the manipulator that makes us all pawns in the game. Immigration reform is a great opportunity to talk about race relations reform in America.

The Radical King: Is The Absence of Tension the Presence of Justice?

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Antonhy Samad: IWhat black people should be using as a day of critical observation and self-examination, we use to parade and party. And you wonder why the world thinks black people are crazy for remaining in the conditions of socio-economic compromise for as long as they have.

Fiscal Cliffing In America: The Dramatic Realities of Insincere Politics

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Anthony Samad: “Cliff hanging” allows Republicans to be relevant to the conversation, while at the same time be irrelevant to the solution.

REAL EYEZ Book Signing at Eso Won Wednesday Night

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Antony Samad: The book is an examination of American Institutions (Race, Religion, Education and Politics) and the cultural shifts taking place in our society (national identity, racism, sport, social stigmatism, sex, redemption, counter-culturalism, popular acceptance and tragedy)

Urban Issues Forum: Senior Hunger

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Please join us this FRIDAY MORNING, December 7th, at 7:30 a.m., as we discuss a dire economic reality around the senior population in our community, hunger among the elderly.

Obama’s New Southern Manifesto

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Anthony Samad: President Obama has a lot to look forward to when he presses forward with the Rice appointment. They’re pulling out the whole playbook now.

Why Republicans Can’t Figure Out How They Lost

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Anthony Samad: The Republicans lost because they lost sight of the truth and their sense of true reality.

Election Day 2012: Test of America’s National Character

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Anthony Samad: We have to be true to ourselves in order to make a difference in our local communities. And, in being true to self, we show our character if we’re being true to what’s in the best interest of all.

Republicans Mantra: When They Win, They Win; When They Lose,They Win

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Anthony Samad: When Republicans win, they expect the Democrats to cooperate and do the people’s business. When they lose, they don’t cooperate and blame the Democrats for not doing they people’s business. It’s insane.

Urban Issues Forum: The Real Battleground — October 26

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The Right Wing, Voter Supression, and the November 6 Election. With Karen Bass, Curren Price, Lafonza Butler, Michael Green, and Ralph Miller. Saturday, 26 October.

No on Measure J: Time to Stop Ballot Initiative Exploitation

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Anthony Asadullah Samad: NO ON Measure J. Tell your friends, family, even people you don’t like. Vote Obama, Jackie Lacey and NO on Measure J.

Urban Issues Forum: HIghway Overcrowding — October 24

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Expresslanes 110 FWY Opening: What Are the Benefits to Surrounding Communities, with Stephanie Wiggins, Executive Director, Congestion Reduction Initatiive — Wednesday, October 24

After Villaraigosa, Will Black Community Decide LA’s Mayor’s Race?

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Anthony Samad: Hindsight is 20/20, but it’s time to admit it — the Black Community picked wrong in 2005. It intends to pick right in 2013.

Urban Issues Forum Welcomes Jackie Lacey — September 28th

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Anthony Samad’s Urban Issues Breakfast Forum welcomes Jackiet Lacey, Candidate for LA County District Attorney, Friday, Sept. 28, at The Regency West, Los Angeles.

When Work Disappears: The Silent Reality of Chronic Black Unemployment

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Anthony Samad: Damn near every street in the southland is torn up from construction, as is damn near every freeway. I purposely look for BMWs (Black Men Working). I rarely see any and I’m not the only one who notices this. It’s often a point of conversation in the circles I run in.

Convincing Young Voters Obama Was the Change Candidate Obama Promised

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Anthony Samad: The President must tell more of what he’s done, where it becomes evidence that Candidate Obama went to work for the people once he became President Obama.

Urban Issues Breakfast Forum with Michelle Alexander — May 11

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Urban Issues Breakfast Forum with Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow.” Friday, May 11, 7:30 a.m., at the California African American Museum.

The Hoodie Debate: The “Shoot First” Law and Negrophobia

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Anthony Samad: The week after President Obama was elected in November of 2008, the FBI reported a 49% jump in background checks for gun and assault rifle purchases. Some 374,000 people sought to buy guns between November 3rd and 9th, 2008.

LA City Council Redistricting: What Price Belligerence?

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Anthony Samad: Parks and Perry went straight at Wesson in the most belligerent manner they could. The outcome hasn’t been pretty. Did the constituents of the 8th and the 9th districts pay a price for their representatives’ belligerence?

Clear Channel’s Problem Doesn’t Stop at Rush, John and Ken

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Anthony Samad: Clear Channel has a problem, and it goes far beyond the rationales being given for John and Ken’s, and Rush’s, inappropriateness.

Newt Gingrich and What Black People Need: Intellectualizing Racism

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Anthony Samad: By intellectualizing racism, Gingrich is leaving his signature card with Americans that still have a race problem with Obama. We can’t let it work.

State of the Union: The Only Time Congress Deals In Virtual Reality

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Anthony Samad: President Barack Obama laid out the reality of our nation, his accomplishments despite obstruction, in front of Congress and the nation. He did it in real time, in virtual reality, in jaw-dropping fashion.

Can America Withstand Its Own Political Rhetoric?

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Anthony Samad: The Republicans need a vehicle with a big enough horn to get the public’s attention. They need to raise the ideological rhetoric just to have a chance. Regardless of what it does to the nation. The rhetoric bomb is coming under hood and sheets. The question is, will the nation stand for it.

Reconstructing King: Justice Is Not Everything to Everybody

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Anthony Samad: We posture King and prostitute his memory wearing t-shirts in parades and attending chicken dinners. We run from the very things he stood for. We run from economic subjugation.

Holiday Commercial Madness: How Do We Continually Rationalize Christ-mas?

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Anthony Samad: It’s all a little much for a day that’s a bunch of mess about nothing. Except separating us from our money. Christmas is about separating us from our money…with a smile.

Am I the Only One Thinking the Lakers Are Trippin’?

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Anthony Samad: With the Lakers, the old girl found out she was about to be dumped for the new girl BEFORE the brotha could break the news. That’s a problem…a fit waiting to be thrown, let’s say.

The New Culture of Making Nothing Out of Something

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Anthony Samad: The Los Angeles taxpayer would be astonished with the number of unexcused absences council members have, but these two small-minded council persons — Parks and Perry — wanted to send a message and get some press out of it—and they did.

It’s Still “Magic” 20 Years Later

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Anthony Samad: Few have followed his lead on inner city investment, but many have followed his lead in living two decades with HIV.

King Memorial: Now More than a Scar on the Nation’s Conscience

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Anthony Samad: King meant different things to different people, but one thing is for sure…America, black and white, had not gotten over King’s death – not if you have any sort of a conscience.

In Search of “The Great White Hope” (Again)

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Anthony Samad: If the President is the solution to the nation’s problems, then the Tea Party doesn’t want those problems solved. They’ll collapse the country and start over rather than let Obama rebuild it.