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Missy Elliott Honored at MTV VMAs; Swift Wins Top Prize
8/29/2019 2:08:57 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The incomparable career of Missy Elliott, the rapper-singer-songwriter-producer-dancer whose music videos have moved the needle over the last two decades, was honored at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, where Taylor Swift also took center stage with her gay pride anthem, “You Need to Calm Down.” Elliott earned the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and brought her colorful, eccentric and groundbreaking music videos to life, from “Work It” to “Lose Control,” on Monday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. She even...

Life-Changing 'Power': Stars Reflect on Series' Impact
8/29/2019 2:06:59 PM

By Jonathan Landrum, Jr.   LOS ANGELES (AP)—It's tough to overstate the impact of “Power.” The series turned Starz into a must-watch cable network for many viewers, proved 50 Cent's instincts correct and along the way turned its characters into internet sensations and in some cases, household names. While much of the show focused on Omari Hardwick's character, James “Ghost” St. Patrick, and his double life as a drug kingpin wanting to turn legit, its supporting cast proved equally compelling. Ahead of the show's sixth and final...

Special Prosecutor Named to Look into Jussie Smollett Case
8/29/2019 2:05:26 PM

CHICAGO (AP)—An Illinois judge has named a special prosecutor to look into why state prosecutors abruptly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett that accused him of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself. Cook County Judge Michael Toomin's appointment of former U.S. attorney Dan Webb during a hearing Friday raises the possibility that the special prosecutor could bring new charges against the former “Empire” actor. Smollett maintains that the January attack wasn't staged. The Cook County state's attorney's office charged Smollett in...

Compton Unified School District Successfully Issues $229.9 Million in Measure S Bonds
8/29/2019 2:03:44 PM

COMPTON—Compton Unified School District successfully issued its Election of 2015 Series B bonds. The Series B bonds represents the second series of bonds under Measure S, authorizing the District to issuance up to $350 million in general obligation bonds. The District achieved bond ratings of “Aa3” from Moody’s Investors Service and “A” with a Positive Outlook from Standard and Poor’s. The rating agencies cited the District’s growing tax base, strong liquidity levels and demonstrated history of conservative financial practices as credit...

Compton Speaker Series Sports Roundtable Honors Local Champions
8/29/2019 1:35:32 PM

Honoring the 50th anniversary of Compton High School’s back-to-back state basketball championships, the Compton Library and Compton 125 Historical Society recently celebrated those accomplishments. The event included players from the 1968, ’69 and ’70 teams that set the record for the most victories without a loss in the history of California high school basketball with 66 straight victories, a record that still stands. The 1968-69 teams were back-to-back National Champions as well, a feat that earned them the title of “Living Legends.” Legends pictured...

Metro Expo Line Services to Resume at Downtown Los Angeles Stations
8/29/2019 1:34:35 PM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—Two Expo Line stations in downtown Los Angeles that have been closed for about two months due to construction work will reopen to the public today. The Pico and Seventh Street/Metro Center stations have been closed since June 22 as part of an ongoing improvement project on the northern portion of the Metro Blue Line, which shares track with the Expo Line at the two affected stations. “The reopening of the two Expo Line stations in downtown Los Angeles is a step forward as we strive to complete the New Blue Improvements Project,” Metro Board Chair and...

Public Asked to Help Locate Man, 89, With Dementia
8/29/2019 1:32:44 PM

LAKEWOOD (CNS)—Sheriff's detectives today asked the public for help locating an 89-year-old Lakewood man with dementia and diabetes. Frank Martinez Espinoza was last seen at 6 p.m. Sunday leaving his residence in the 20800 block of Alburtis Avenue. Due to his physical and mental condition, his loved ones are concerned for his well-being, Deputy Tracy Koerner of the Sheriff's Information Bureau said. Martinez Espinoza is Hispanic, 5 feet 6, 177 pounds, with white balding hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a green shirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information on his...

Study Finds Latinos Under-Represented in Film Industry
8/29/2019 1:31:37 PM

HOLLYWOOD (CNS)—Of the 100 top-grossing domestic features from each of the past 12 years, Latinx characters make up only 4.5 percent of all speaking roles, it was reported Monday. The finding came out of a study by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative in association with the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and Wise Entertainment, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The report is entitled, Latinos in Film: Erasure on Screen & Behind the Camera Across 1,200 Popular Movies. Only 3 percent of the films studied featured Latinx leads or co-leads. Seventeen, or 49...

Lynwood Man Pleads Not Guilty to Pharmacy Robberies
8/29/2019 1:27:52 PM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—A Lynwood man suspected of running a seven-person crew that committed more than a dozen armed robberies of mom-and-pop pharmacies across the Southland pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges. Tyrome "Boobie" Lewis, 24, and six co-defendants allegedly stole a variety of prescription medications—in particular, oxycodone—with the intent of selling the stolen drugs on the black market, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Lewis pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles federal court to one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by...

New Website Helps Diners Find Black-Owned Restaurants
8/29/2019 1:26:45 PM

By Lisa Fitch   More than 2,000 Black-owned eateries are featured on the new internet-based restaurant locator eatblackowned.com, which launched June 21 intending to support Black-owned restaurants. “There’s only one thing that everyone in this world has in common: we all love great tasting food,” creator Edward L. Dillard said. “We have soul food, vegan, BBQ, Caribbean, seafood and more listed on the site.” “I believe that if people have a place where they can find all the minority-owned restaurants in this country, more of us will start...