African Diaspora Film Festival Takes on ‘Who is Black in America?’
11/14/2018 10:23:24 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   The 26th annual installment of the African Diaspora International Film Festival promises to tackle the topic: “Who is Black in America?” The popular festival, which showcases Black filmmakers, actors, directors and producers all over the world, runs from Friday, Nov. 23 to Sunday, Dec. 9, at venues that include Teachers College at Columbia University, the Cinema Village, MIST Harlem, the Dwyer Cultural Center, and the Riverside Theater. “There’s a lot new this year,” said Reinaldo Barroso-Spech, an educator in foreign...

Michelle Obama Rips Trump in New Book
11/14/2018 10:22:36 PM

By Deb Reichmann   WASHINGTON (AP)—Former first lady Michelle Obama blasts President Donald Trump in her new book, writing how she reacted in shock the night she learned he would replace her husband in the Oval Office and tried to “block it all out.” She also denounces Trump's “birther” campaign questioning her husband's citizenship, calling it bigoted and dangerous, “deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.” In her memoir “Becoming,” set to come out Tuesday, Obama writes openly about everything from...

Aretha Franklin Doc 'Amazing Grace' to Finally See the Light
11/14/2018 10:21:49 PM

By Jake Coyle   NEW YORK (AP)—More than 46 years after it was shot, the Aretha Franklin concert film “Amazing Grace” will finally be released, ending one of the most tortured and long-running sagas in documentary film.    The late gospel singer's estate and film producers said Monday that “Amazing Grace” will premiere Nov. 12 at the DOC NYC film festival with the full support of Franklin's estate. The film, largely shot by Sydney Pollack, captures Franklin's performance at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los...

More Deaths Seen for Less Invasive Cervical Cancer Surgery
11/14/2018 10:19:46 PM

By Carla K. Johnson   New evidence about a cancer operation in women finds a higher death rate for the less invasive version, challenging standard practice and the “less is more” approach to treating cervical cancer. The unexpected findings are prompting changes at some hospitals that perform radical hysterectomies for early-stage disease. The more rigorous of the two studies was conducted at more than 30 sites in a dozen countries. It found women who had the less invasive surgery were four times more likely to see their cancer return compared to women who had...

FDA Approves Return of Popular Primatene Mist Asthma Inhaler
11/14/2018 10:19:09 PM

By Linda A. Johnson   TRENTON, N.J. (AP)—A new version of the once-popular asthma inhaler Primatene Mist will soon return to U.S. stores. The Food and Drug Administration approved the over-the-counter aerosol inhaler late Wednesday. It's for temporary relief of mild, intermittent asthma symptoms in people ages 12 and up. The original Primatene Mist was discontinued seven years ago because the inhaler's ozone-depleting propellant had been banned. That version had been marketed for half a century, including in memorable TV ads. The new product developed by...

Does Racism Have an Impact on Health?
11/14/2018 10:17:34 PM

History, Urban Life May be an Additional Cause By K. Barrett Bilali   Racism in the health care system continues to confound but a few researchers are taking a historic look and holistic approach to addressing racism’s effect on Black and poor communities. One researcher is using his foundation-funded fellowships to dive into the barriers to good health in the Black community, namely Overtown, Florida. While another joined an organization that looks for ways to keep historically racist practices out of today’s health care system. “Look at the health...

South El Monte Resident, L.A. Sheriff's Deputy, Two Others Arrested in Pot Heist
11/14/2018 10:16:09 PM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy and two others were scheduled to make their first court appearances this afternoon on federal drug distribution charges for allegedly making off with more than $1 million in marijuana and cash during an armed robbery at a downtown Los Angeles warehouse. Federal agents arrested Marc Antrim, 41, a patrol deputy at the sheriff's station in Temple City, along with Eric “Rooster” Rodriguez, 32, and Kevin McBride, 43, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors allege Antrim used his law enforcement...

California Governor Says Divided Nation Needs Common Ground
11/14/2018 10:15:02 PM

By Don Thompson and Jonathan J. Cooper   SACRAMENTO (AP)—California's outgoing governor, Democrat Jerry Brown, said Wednesday the deeply divided nation needs to find comity and common ground, even as his state's aggressive confrontation of President Donald Trump looks to accelerate under his successor. Brown is preparing to hand off power to Gavin Newsom, a Democrat who ran on his promise to stand up to Trump and promote California's liberal values. “I see the central challenge of America is pulling itself together and minimizing the deepening...

Officials Urge Residents to Help with Cash Donations, Stay Out Of Fire Zone
11/14/2018 10:13:32 PM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—Southland residents interested in helping fire evacuees were urged Monday to contribute money rather than goods to nonprofit organizations working directly with victims. "During a natural disaster, with constant images of destruction on television and social media, public reaction is to want to help, and we are so grateful for that support," said sheriff's Chief Maria Gutierrez, who is also director of the Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center. "The easiest and most effective way to get support to those who need it most is to donate to...

Lynwood Unified Receives Golden Bell Award for Guided Planning Program
11/14/2018 10:12:41 PM

LYNWOOD—Lynwood Unified was the recipient of the California School Board Association Golden Bell Award for the District’s Guided Planning program, where teachers from the same grade level meet to collaborate, network and share lesson plans that strengthen the District’s curriculum. The CSBA Golden Bell Award seeks to promote excellence in education and school board practices by recognizing exceptional programs in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. A 17-member judging panel made up of experts from school districts and county offices of...