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Don't Call it ‘Blue'; Metro Unveils Renovated ‘A Line'
11/6/2019 3:22:01 PM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—Light rail service between downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach was fully restored Saturday as an eight-month, $350 million renovation project came to an end—but the route isn't called the Blue Line anymore. The previously known "Blue Line" is now the "A Line," as Metro slowly begins the process of switching from colors to letters to designate its rail and express bus lines. Renovation work on the line—Metro's oldest and historically busiest rail route—began in late January, fully closing the southern portion of the...

Laila Ali helps Covered California Jump Start Open Enrollment with Community Fitness Event
11/6/2019 3:20:45 PM

SACRAMENTO—Covered California launched its statewide marketing and outreach campaign on Monday, to educate consumers about the current open enrollment period and the new state subsidies that are available for the first time. “We want to make sure that everyone knows about the new state subsidies that are already helping people across the state save money on their monthly health insurance premiums,” said Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee. “California is making coverage more affordable for low-income families, and we are making history by becoming the...

LAX Officials Announce Expansion of Pickup Lot
11/6/2019 3:18:05 PM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—In the face of complaints from some passengers bemoaning long waits for rides, Los Angeles International Airport officials Monday announced a 50% size expansion of its new remote pickup lot for taxi and ride-hailing services. The LAX-it lot opened last Tuesday to mixed reviews. Airport officials said they needed to move taxi, Uber and Lyft pickups out of the airport's Central Terminal Area to relieve ever-growing congestion that has been compounded by long-range construction projects. Airport officials have been working to tweak the system since it opened,...

Rep. Karen Bass Addresses Press Following House Vote on Impeachment Inquiry
11/6/2019 3:16:20 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   WASHINGTON—Today, by a party line vote of 232-to-196, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives took the historic step of passing a resolution, formalizing the parameters of the next phase of the impeachment inquiry. An important move in a process that could eventually lead to the impeachment of President Trump. Shortly after the resolution was passed, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, briefed publishers and editors from the Black Press of America during an exclusive conference call with members of the...

Alleged DUI Driver in Long Beach Takes a Third Life, Kills Entire Family
11/6/2019 3:15:20 PM

LONG BEACH (CNS)—A 32-year-old woman whose husband and 3-year-old son were killed when the family was struck on a Long Beach sidewalk by an alleged drunken driver on Halloween night has also died, authorities confirmed Monday. Raihan Dakhil was taken off of life support and died on Sunday night. Her husband, 30-year-old Joseph Awaida, died shortly after being struck by the SUV. Their son, Omar Awaida, died Saturday at a hospital. The collision occurred at 9:55 p.m. Thursday in the area of Country Club Drive and Los Cerritos Park Place, where responding officers found the family...

Gwen Ifill Immortalized with Postal Service Forever Stamp
11/6/2019 3:14:28 PM

The 43rd stamp in the United States Postal Service's Black Heritage series honors Gwen Ifill, one of America's most esteemed journalists. The stamp features a photo of Ifill taken in 2008 by photographer Robert Severi and designed by Derry Noyes, according to the Postal Service. Among the first African Americans to hold prominent positions in both broadcast and print journalism, Ifill was a trailblazer in the profession. Ifill was born on September 29, 1955, in New York. Her father, O. Urcille Ifill, Sr., served as an African Methodist Episcopal minister who hailed from...

An Evening with Azar Lawrence
11/6/2019 3:13:01 PM

The GRAMMY Museum will welcome acclaimed jazz saxophonist Azar Lawrence for an intimate conversation moderated by Scott Goldman, discussing Lawrence’s longtime career playing alongside iconic musicians and artists. Following the conversation, Lawrence will perform live with his band, The Azar Lawrence Experience. Over the course of Azar Lawrence’s career, he has performed, composed and/or recorded with such groundbreaking icons as McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, and Earth, Wind & Fire. Azar’s 2018 album Elementals reached #2 on the jazz charts and...

Vision Theatre Town Hall Series
11/6/2019 3:11:59 PM

The Department of Cultural Affairs invites you to attend the third of three Vision Theatre Town Halls. The purpose is to discuss programming and visioning for the Vision Theatre/ Manchester Youth Arts Center. The specific focus of the November 7th town hall is Performing Artists. The Vision Theatre will not only serve Leimert Park Village, but all of South LA and the City of Los Angeles at large. The discussion will be facilitated by Shay Wafer, DCA’s Vision Theater Community Engagement Consultant and hosted by Lula Washington, Artistic Director/Founder; Erwin Washington,...

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
11/6/2019 3:11:03 PM

James Forman, Jr., author of “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America,” will discuss his critically acclaimed 2017 book which explores how decisions made by black leaders — often with the best of intentions — contributed to disproportionately incarcerating black and brown people. His Washington Post bestseller was longlisted for the National Book Award and has been named a Best Book of the Year by numerous publications, including the New York Times, The Marshall Project, Publisher’s Weekly, and GQ Magazine. Forman, a graduate of Yale Law School,...

Pembroke Taparelli Arts And Film Festival
11/6/2019 3:09:50 PM

Pembroke Taparelli Arts and Film Festival (PTAFF) is an International Artivist Festival giving artists committed to social justice a platform to showcase their work. With this year’s theme, ‘Unite For Change’ PTAFF celebrates filmmakers and artists showcasing artistic pieces with a lens on issues of RACE, RELIGION, AND JUSTICE from around the world. The festival is at the intersection of art and social justice, giving emerging and established independent artists a place to create, thrive and bring to market work that lets their voices be heard around the world. Through...