Central African Republic Receives First Female President

Amidst the absence of a formal government, on Monday, January 20, a transitional parliament appointed Catherine Samba-Panza, 58, as interim president of the war-torn Central African Republic (CAR). She will serve as the CAR’s very first female president. Samba-Panza, a businesswoman and mayor of the nation’s capital of Bangui, will be entrusted with the task of restoring order and stability …

Afrikan American Ridley-Thomas Sworn Into Office As Representative of 54th Assembly District

Earlier this month 26 year-old Democrat, Sebastian Ridley-Thomas was elected and sworn into office as the new representative for the 54th Assembly District after winning 60 percent of the vote, ahead of Christopher R. Armenta, who polled second with 36 percent of the vote. Ridley-Thomas follows in the footsteps of his father, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas, who supported his …

Nelson Mandela Has Been Buried

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 …

Black Judge Accuses UCLA Police of Using Excessive Force

Superior Court Judge David S. Cunningham III, who was arrested for driving without a seatbelt last Saturday just after 10 a.m. when he left Westwood LA Fitness, has filed a complaint against UCLA police for excessive force. In the complaint 60 year-old Cunningham states that he was in the process of putting on his seatbelt after having briefly undone it …

The Forum is Back!

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.  …

The Double Consciousness Theory

I understood what double consciousness was. I sat in my dorm room trying to understand White privilege in relation to it. It was easy to blind yourself and say it doesn’t exist. They even try to guilt trip you by saying we are making excuses and looking for pity. They can’t see it so they try to tell us it doesn’t exist. “The …

Oprah Says Obama Is Disrespected Because He Is Black

  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 …