Jury Deliberates: Oscar Grant’s Family Speaks Out

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Jasmyne Cannick: Oakland and Los Angeles residents are preparing for a verdict in the Johannes Mehserle shooting of Oscar Grant. Family and friends are filled with apprehension and hope. In this exclusive interview, members of Oscar Grant’s family talk frankly about the case, politicians, community activists and life without Oscar as they wait to hear the verdict.

California Assembly Outdoes the LAUSD and City of L.A. in Sending Mixed Message with AB 1832

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Jasmyne A. Cannick: While Californians were fixated on Tiger Woods and the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor Monday, the State Assembly took a unified step in stifling the voice of the People to bring about change

If Michael Jackson’s Last Doctor Is Guilty of Manslaughter, So Am I

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Jasmyne Cannick: If Dr. Conrad Murray is guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, well then so am I and about half of America.

New Year New Hype

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Jasmyne Cannick: I’ll feel safer in this world the day we start treating gang violence with the same sense of urgency and government participation that we afford to 23-year-old Nigerians with incendiary devices in their underwear aboard airplanes.

He Was Either Going to Carjack, Mug, Rape, or Kill Me — or All of the Above

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When I realized that I was about the victim of some crime, I bolted. I wanted to alert my neighbors, but I couldn’t dial. I want to honk my horn, but I was afraid this guy had a gun. The only thing I could think to do was speed my ass down the driveway and away from him.

L.A.’s Marijuana Problem (and the Solution)

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If they want to address the weed issue, they need to figure out how to tax it and use that money to save the jobs of the employees who are losing theirs because the City is broke.

Black People: It’s Time to Nut Up or Shut Up

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On any other occasion, had the Los Angeles Police Department arrested and booked a young Black female and then let her go in the middle of the night without her purse, car, or cell phone, in the middle of nowhere never to be seen again—Black people would be screaming off with their heads.

One on One with LAPD Chief-Designate Charlie Beck

Incoming and outgoing LAPD Chiefs, Charlie Beck and Bill Bratton (Photo/Nick Ut)

Beck has some big shoes to fill, no doubt, but after meeting and speaking one-on-one with him, I think the LAPD is going to be okay. I wasn’t that sure beforehand, but I can tell you that Beck is, if nothing else, a sincere and humble guy with big ideas, who has a passion for a job in a city that at times is one heartbeat away from a full on race riot.

Real Talk From L.A.’s Top Cop on His Decision to Leave, His Successor, and Black Los Angeles

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I have to admit that I am sad to see L.A.’s top cop leave. While my opinion may not be in the majority as it relates to Blacks here in Los Angeles, Police Chief William Bratton has definitely been my favorite police chief.

Leave it to Fox’s “The Cleveland Show” to Pick Up Where BET’s “We Got to Do Better” Left Off

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Fox knows it’s pushing something too with “The Cleveland Show,” and it isn’t an envelope. Fox is making an attempt to capitalize off of the negative stereotypes of Blacks and laughing all the way to the bank.

What Do Fox News and the Black Media Have in Common?

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But it must be said that if the president can do mainstream and Spanish language television media to push his health care plan, the Black media should be included. Black people have just as much to lose or gain as anyone else depending on the plan that passes.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Black Girl: Serena Williams

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What happened Saturday during the women’s semifinal at the United States Open between Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters is just another example of how Black women are still seen as threatening and hostile.

They Say Obama Lies and Grandma Dies. Grandma Dies Anyway Because Co-Pays Are Too High

Any talk of healthcare reform has to take into serious account the skyrocketing costs of co-pays and prescriptions. On the one hand, we can’t play up the benefits of preventative healthcare but then charge the patient an arm and a leg, no pun intended.

Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC) Fight Against Gay Marriage A No Win Situation

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The SCLC’s leadership and Rev. Lee would do well to remember it and not become pawns in a game played by people who at the end of the day have never had the best interest of Blacks at heart.

Operation Infiltrate the Black Community, Phase Two

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Soon, the white gay community will hire black faces to walk through the hood, convincing those that they look like to support the white gay agenda of gay marriage.

Father’s Day: It Takes All Kinds

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In 1995, Oakland, California, a young man helping a fellow church friend found himself the father of a 4-month-old child. This happened when the mother, who at the time had three small children, simply couldn’t afford to take care of them all. What started out as helping her on the weekends with the kids, eventually [...]

What Blacks Can Learn From Gays

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Before you open that bottle of champagne, can of beer, or bottle of Hennessy in celebration of last week’s decision by the California Supreme Court upholding Proposition 8 and the ban on gay marriage, did you ever stop to think maybe the joke’s on us? I mean, think about it. Last November, Blacks voted overwhelmingly [...]

A White Gay’s Guide for Dealing with the Black Community: Chapter 9: Take a Chill Pill

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THE PROBLEM: Strong feelings of entitlement, refusal to work with others, racism, extreme issues with class, sudden temper tantrums THE PRESCRIPTION: Take as needed one chill pill with a large glass of reality… The gay community needs to take a chill pill…seriously. Protesting President Barack Obama outside of the Beverly Hilton Hotel during a fundraiser [...]

Special Election: Dear Los Angeles Black Mega Church Pastor

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I didn’t say anything when I drove down Crenshaw Boulevard two Sunday’s ago and that truck with that big sign in support of the upcoming measures on the May 19 California Special Election was conveniently parked in front of your church. But after this past Sunday’s “dog and pony show” I can’t takes it no [...]

When the Budget’s in Doubt, Threaten to Let ‘Em All Out

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he whole world knows that California is as broke as its residents are. Yet, it never ceases to amaze me when it comes to local and state politics how low some politicians will go to get their way. Case in point, California’s Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose new motto should be “when in doubt, threaten to [...]

One Block, Three Pharmacies, How Come?

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Okay so we’re always talking about the number of liquor stores, check cashing businesses, motels, pawn shops, and fast food restaurants in our neighborhoods, but has anyone ever bothered to question the oh-so-stealty move-in of pharmacies? Case in point, on Crenshaw Boulevard at Coliseum, in one block there is a Rite-Aid, CVS, and Walgreen’s—literally next [...]

When Swine Flu Hits South Los Angeles

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First to the haters–No, I don’t have it…yet, anyway. And if I did I wouldn’t tell you and give you a reason to finally get that black dress out of the cleaners. Moving on… Mark my words…at some point this Swine Flu will hit South Los Angeles—and there ain’t a damn thing we can do [...]

Woman to Woman: We Need to Cut This Sh*t Out!

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For my Baldwin Hills folks…yesterday on Santa Rosalia (say it with me ABC 7 morning news anchor Phillip Palmer Ros-a-lee-a not Ro-sal-ee-a) and Buckingham, uh huh, right on the edge of what used to be Marlton Square, a 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death by a woman in a wheelchair after fighting…over a man. Sidenote: [...]

Michelle, Malia, and Sasha Cannot Be the Only Black Women Whose Lives Matter to Us in 2009

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So I went to the scene of the crime yesterday afternoon that left a teenage girl dead and a 30-year-old paraplegic arrested for murder. If I’d driven by too fast, I’d have missed the small makeshift memorial of candles and teddy bears that marked the spot where another Black person lost their life to senseless [...]

We Can Stop Our Businesses From Moving Out

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Long before I saw her walking her dog that morning or the guy who was jogging, or that couple move in down the street, I concluded that one way or another, my neighborhood was going to change. I just wasn’t expecting it so soon or for Black people to play such an active roll in [...]

AIG Bonuses: Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game

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I watched this week as the nation’s furor turned towards employees of insurance giant American International Group (A.I.G.) and the $200 million-plus in retention bonus payments recently doled out to executives. Executives, who, as we already know, are largely to blame for their role in A.I.G.’s financial crisis that led to the country’s economic meltdown [...]

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