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Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant

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The Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant will celebrate its 21st year anniversary on Sunday, August 10, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.  Pageant producer Lisa Ruffin has once again announced a nationwide registration and will select 50 young participants, between the ages of six and 12 for the event. The pageant has seen support over the …

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African Black Coalition: The Rise and Impact of Black Activism

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The African Black Coalition conference featured numerous workshops that supported its theme of “Re-Imagining Black Activism.” These interactive sessions complemented the keynote speeches and allowed the conference attendees to share their thoughts on the key topics affecting the Black community. The first set of workshops was titled “The History and Development of Black Activism,” and highlighted the various Black resistance …

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Marc Lamont Hill: “We Create an Entire Industry on the Prison”

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The Afrikan Black Coalition (ABC) is a coalition designed to unify Black students across the UC system in order to discuss and resolve issues concerning academic policy, campus climate, and matriculation from the University. By bringing together the Afrikan/Black Student Unions from UC and CSU colleges, ABC presents the opportunity for unity in spite of geographical boundaries. This year’s conference was held at UC …

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Black Inmates and Legalized Marijuana in Colorado

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On January 1st, many recreational marijuana stores opened their doors in Colorado. Amendment 64, a ballot initiative that repealed weed prohibition, made the historical moment possible. Supported by over half of Colorado voters, the law permits the growth, sale, possession, and private use of cannabis by adults 21 and older—within the state’s borders. Decriminalization of marijuana use was a long-awaited …

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Roe vs. Wade and The Black Community

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Last week marked the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade: a Supreme Court case that granted women the constitutional right to have an abortion within the first three months of pregnancy. Forty-one years later, the ruling enjoys the support of most American adults. According to Pew Researcher, 65% of American adults say they disfavor overruling Roe V. Wade, while 29% …

Nelson Mandela Has Been Buried

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The world has endured the loss of a legend.  An illustrious symbol of South Afrika’s bold triumph over apartheid, Nelson Mandela passed away December 5, 2013 at the age of 95 after an extensive battle with lung infection. Known to his countrymen as Tata Madiba, he was considered the father of the Afrikan nation. “Our nation has lost its greatest …

The Forum is Back!

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On November 8, Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, along with dozens of local youth, added the final coat of red paint to the exterior of the Forum.  The change in the arena’s color, from blue to red, signifies not only new ownership, but also new beginnings. “The Forum has been an icon in Southern California since it opened in 1967.  …

Oprah Says Obama Is Disrespected Because He Is Black

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  In the weeks leading up to the inauguration of President Barak Obama in 2008, there was an ominous suspicion lurking around America. Many Americans waited in anxious anticipation, bearing in mind the extreme lengths to which white bigots once traveled to keep blacks from voting, wondering if the racist ghost of America’s past would surface to remind us how …

FAME Church In Turmoil

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  In recent years, First African Methodist Episcopal (FAME) church has endured struggles regarding their now ex-pastor and incidences of financial mismanagement. FAME is the oldest church founded by Afrikan Americans in Los Angeles. It is widely known for its large church congregation and influential presence in the surrounding communities. After a dedicated 27 years of service, beloved Rev. Cecil …

Free Screening of “Mandela”

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The Coca Cola Company is hosting a free screening of the new movie  “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” on November 18 at 5:30 p.m. at The Landmark Theater, 10850 West Pico Blvd. Beaman Incorporated is working with The Coca-Cola Company to kick off a nationwide tour of the new film. This special screening is for UCLA students , and  will have refreshments, the opportunity to win prizes, …