Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson (Photo by: Mike Morris | Wiki Commons)
LA Focus

Russell Wilson Signs Deal to Become NFL’s Top-Paid Player

LA FOCUS — The Seattle Seahawks and their quarterback Russell Wilson have reached an agreement on a four-year, $140 million contract extension that makes him the highest paid player in the NFL and includes a $65 million signing bonus […read more]

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Latino brother wept on Min. Muhammad’s shoulder at the memorial site for Nipsey Hussle “You’ve been my father figure. I listened to you in prison, and you’re a father figure of more Latinos than you realize,” he told Min. Muhammad.
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Student Minister Tony Muhammad, rooted in love for a community that loves him too

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Brother Tony Muhammad has been very impactful, not only in this situation with Nipsey Hussle, but he has been consistent. His consistent effort, working with Crips and Bloods, dating back to ’92, so the measurement of success for me is through his consistency,” said Skip Townsend, former gang member who founded 2nd Call, a gang intervention organization in South Central. […read more]

Rapper/entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle (Courtesy Photo) A peaceful vigil is set in front of THE MARATHON CLOTHING store, near Crenshaw and Slauson in South L.A., in honor of the slain rapper and beloved community leader. (vigil photo Brandon I. Brooks, Los Angeles Sentinel)
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Nipsey Hussle, Gun Violence and the Big Business of Weapons

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Guns contributed more than $52 billion to the U.S. economy and generated over $6.8 billion in federal and state taxes in 2018, according to a new WalletHub study that compared the economic impact of guns on each of the 50 states to determine which among them leans most heavily on the gun business, both directly for jobs and political contributions and indirectly through ownership. […read more]

Barbara Love is the local organizer for the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo – but she's better known as "Miss Kitty," pictured here in a TSD file photo with her horse Silver.
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Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo provides rare glimpse at African American cowboys, cowgirls

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The main event – playfully named “The Greatest Show on Dirt” — is the rodeo itself. Thousands of spectators gather to watch black cowboys and cowgirls compete in eight major rodeo events. Among them (abbreviations intact): Bare Back Ridin’, Bull Doggin’, Calf Ropin’, Steer Undecoratin’, Barrel Racin’, Kid’s Calf Scramblin’, Relay Racin’, and Bull Ridin’. “Nobody ever leaves disappointed,” said Barbara “Miss Kitty” Love. […read more]

Nipsey Hussle memorial area at South Los Angeles store, the Marathon Clothing. (Photo by: Wiki Commons)
Crime

Rapper’s death is part of recent spike in shootings

WAVE NEWSPAPERS — The death of rapper Nipsey Hussle came during a week that saw a spike in shootings that prompted three City Council members to introduce a motion at the April 2 City Council meeting asking the police department and the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development to report on the recent surge and the department’s strategy on responding to the increase. […read more]

Beyoncé performing on The O2 in London. {Photo by: Idrewuk | Wiki Commons)
Los Angeles Sentinel

PRESS ROOM: Beyoncé and JAY-Z to be honored at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards for Accelerating LGBTQ Acceptance on March 28, 2019, in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today announced that it will honor Beyoncé and JAY-Z together with the Vanguard Award for their LGBTQ allyship at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, March 28, 2019. […read more]

Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party.
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OPINION: Democrats Are Anti-American

NNPA NEWSWIRE — When Raheem and Pookie get caught up in our criminal justice system, they get the book thrown at them, even for civil offenses like a parking ticket. But when it happens to someone in the country illegally, they get rewarded with a social security number, a job, free housing, free healthcare and free transportation to the American city of their choosing. And the possibility of American citizenship. All for committing a series of illegal acts. […read more]

Victor McElhaney
Crime

USC music student killed in apparent robbery attempt

WAVE NEWSPAPERS — An Oakland City Council member March 12 hailed the life of her slain son — a USC student who was gunned down near campus in an apparent robbery attempt — saying he was a musical prodigy who will be remembered as more than just a homicide statistic. Speaking to reporters at USC, Lynette Gibson McElhaney said her 21-year-old son Victor, who was fatally shot just after midnight March 10 near Maple Avenue and Adams Boulevard, is “not a homicide number or statistic.” […read more]

Community

NCNW View Park Section to Award Multiple College Scholarships at “The Purple Hat Affair High Tea” Fundraiser

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — California students rank well below the national average on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in reading. According to research by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, children who do not read proficiently by 3rd grade are more likely to fall behind academically and dropout of high school compared to their peers who are reading at grade level. Volunteers from NCNW tutor students 6-12 years of age on a weekly basis to ensure students are reading at grade-level proficiency according to the California of Student Assessment Performance and Progress standards. […read more]

Community

Bike hub opens at Culver City Expo Line station

WAVE NEWSPAPERS — Bringing secure bicycle parking to one of the highest demand rail stations on the Westside, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority celebrated the opening of a new Bike Hub at the Expo Line Station March 1. The $1.4-million, 1,600-plus square-foot facility is located near the city of Los Angeles and Culver City Expo Line bikeways for convenient access to and from local destinations. […read more]

Centinela Valley Union High School District students learned the post-high school life skills needed to handle the unique challenges in today's society 
Community

Defying the Odds Black History Educational Experience, Kinecta Federal Credit Union Empowered African American Male Students

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — There has been a decline in African-American men transitioning successfully into and through college.  As part of its commitment to the advancement and strengthening of the communities it serves, Kinecta Federal Credit Union hosted Defying the Odds Black History Event to shed light on the history of the struggles and successes of African-Americans while helping to equip young men with the necessary tools and contacts to define their own path of success. […read more]

Dionne Warwick will begin a highly anticipated concert residency in Las Vegas on April 4, 2019.
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PRESSROOM: Legendary songstress Dionne Warwick announces, “She’s Back,” first new album in five years

NNPA NEWSWIRE — In addition to ten tracks of new songs as well of remakes of pop/soul gems, “She’s Back” will be packaged with a bonus disc of Ms. Warwick’s 1998 album, “Dionne Sings Dionne,” which features her greatest hits, remastered for this package. “She’s Back” also includes duets with Kenny Lattimore (“What Color Is Love”), Musiq Soulchild (“Am I Dreaming?”) as well as Bone, Thugs & Harmony’s Krayzie Bone (“Déjà Vu”). […read more]

Dr. Brooks will walk the Red Carpet on Saturday, March 30, in Los Angeles where she’ll find out if her nomination turns into a win at the 50th NAACP Image Awards.
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Dr. Sheila Brooks, Author and Emmy Award Winner, Nominated for NAACP Image Award

Dr. Sheila Brooks, the founder, president and CEO of SRB Communications, a full service Washington, D.C.-based advertising and marketing agency, has earned an Image Award nomination in Outstanding Literary Work as one of the authors, (along with Clint C. Wilson) of the new book, “Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice.” […read more]

One of The Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA) primary mandates involves building systems of support for educators through the use of additional funding and initiatives provided in Title II.
Commentary

COMMENTARY: What More Can Be Done Under ESSA to Support Highly Qualified Teachers

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Teacher concerns transformed into organized protests when, in early 2018, the West Virginia teacher’s strike made headlines, lasting over 2 weeks. Local education activists and teacher advocates forced the state legislature to address many of their concerns through the statewide strike. Afterwards, teachers returned to their classrooms with a 5 percent pay raise. […read more]