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In a 24/7 food culture, periodic fasting gains followers
1/8/2020 12:03:46 PM

By Candice Choi   On low-carb diets, meat and cheese are OK. On low-fat diets, fruit and oatmeal are fine. With the latest diet trend, no foods at all are allowed for long stretches of time. A diet that forbids eating for hours on end might seem doomed in a culture where food is constantly available, but apps and Facebook groups are popping up for people practicing “intermittent fasting.” Bri Wyatt, a 32-year-old Tennessee resident, tried it this summer. “At first I was like, there's no way,” she said. But after reading more about it,...

Kwanzaa Marketplace Held at Willowbrook Library
1/3/2020 11:03:44 AM

WILLOWBROOK (CNS)—A Kwanzaa Marketplace and Bazaar was held Saturday at the A C Bilbrew Library in Willowbrook celebrating the Kwanzaa principle Ujamaa, cooperative economics. Entrepreneurs and exhibitors provided a wide range of products and services from South Los Angeles communities and beyond, while art activities and music resonated against the aromatic backdrop of cultural food. Additional Kwanzaa celebrations were held Sunday at the South Bay Pavilion in Carson and the Umoja Center in Leimert Park will held its inaugural Kwanzaa event, a conversation titled "Ujamaa in...

Storm Causes Trees to Fall on Two Lynwood Homes
1/3/2020 11:00:23 AM

LYNWOOD (CNS)—Gusty winds, heavy rain and already saturated soil caused trees to topple onto two Lynwood homes Thursday, authorities said. A large tree fell at 3:52 a.m. on a home in the 4000 block of Brewster Street, then at 3:56 a.m. a large tree fell on a house in the 3000 block of Lugo Street, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Imy McBride. No injuries were reported and the city's Public Works Department was contacted to help homeowners deal with the trees, she...

Train Service Disrupted on Metro A Line Due to Vandalism
1/3/2020 10:59:11 AM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—Train service was disrupted on the Metro A Line due to vandalized equipment between the Compton and Del Amo stations. According to Metro, trains were forced to shut down between the stations for repair last Tuesday night. Southbound trains were stopped at the Compton Station and then turned back toward downtown Los Angeles, while northbound trains stopped at the Del Amo Station then returned toward Long Beach. It was unclear exactly what equipment had been vandalized or how. Metro operated bus shuttles between the affected stations on the A Line, which was...

Compton College Receives $400,000 Grant for Guided Pathways
1/3/2020 10:56:47 AM

COMPTON—The Compton Community College District (CCCD) was awarded a $400,000 grant from the College Futures Foundation to support Compton College’s implementation of its Tartar Completion by Design (Guided Pathways), Dual Enrollment, block scheduling, and transfer partnerships. To close achievement gaps and increase graduation and retention rates, Compton College has adopted the Tartar Completion by Design framework to guide the college’s priorities, decision-making, and evaluations. The Guided Pathways system has four main goals: • Create clear curricular...

Civil Rights Icon and Congressman John Lewis Announces Cancer Diagnosis
1/3/2020 10:55:18 AM

By Lauren Victoria Burke   "I am going to fight it,” read a statement from Rep. John Lewis on the evening of December 29. "I may miss a few votes during this period, but with God’s grace I will be back on the front lines soon,” he added. Lewis announced on the last week of 2019 that he has been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. The news sent shock waves through the political community on the left and right and prompted many to reflect on what Lewis’ life has added to American history. “While I am clear-eyed about the...

Black News Channel Network Launch Fulfills Lifelong Dream of JC Watts
1/3/2020 10:46:58 AM

By Stacy M. Brown   WASHINGTON, DC—On January 6, 2020, the Black News Channel (BNC) will become the nation's only 24-hour news and information television network focused primarily on African Americans. The historic launch of the BNC will fulfill the business dream and vision of J.C. Watts, Jr., a nationally known entrepreneur and former U.S. Congressman, Representing Oklahoma’s Fourth District. Programming will include special news features on topics that most affect the quality of life of communities of color – like Sickle Cell Disease and hypertension...

Lizzo Named The Associated Press' Entertainer of the Year
1/3/2020 10:25:41 AM

By The Associated Press   NEW YORK (AP)—Breakthrough singer-rapper Lizzo has been named Entertainer of the Year by The Associated Press. Voted by entertainment staffers of the news cooperative, Lizzo dominated the pop, R&B and rap charts in 2019 with songs like “Truth Hurts” and “Good As Hell.” Though she released her first album in 2013, Lizzo dropped her major-label debut, “Cuz I Love You,” this year and the success has made her the leading nominee at the 2020 Grammy Awards, where she is up for eight honors. Outside of music,...

Eddie Murphy's ‘Saturday Night Live’ Return Is a Ratings Win
1/3/2020 10:24:14 AM

By Lynn Elber   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Eddie Murphy delivered an early holiday gift to “Saturday Night Live.” With Murphy aboard as host after a decades-long absence, the NBC show earned its biggest audience since 2017. Just shy of 10 million viewers tuned in to see Murphy back on the late-night comedy show that helped launch his career. His last appearance was in 1984. In May 2017, an episode hosted by Melissa McCarthy attracted 10.4 million viewers. Murphy reprised some of his landmark “SNL” characters on last Saturday's show, including Mr....

Film Explores Ronstadt's Life, Wide-Ranging Music Career
1/3/2020 10:21:06 AM

By David Bauder   NEW YORK (AP)—Between the Kennedy Center Honors and a CNN documentary about her life debuting on television New Year's Day, Linda Ronstadt is taking a career victory lap. Ronstadt drew attention this month for a comment at a dinner for Kennedy honorees hosted by the State Department and Secretary Mike Pompeo. Ronstadt said she hadn't planned to mention the Trump administration but did so to show support for fellow honoree Sally Field. The actress had remarked about living in an era where the idea of truth was being challenged, Ronstadt...