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Report: FBI Investigating Alleged Secret Society of Deputies
7/19/2019 2:13:37 PM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—The FBI is investigating a secret society of tattooed deputies in East Los Angeles as well as similar gang-like groups elsewhere within the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, it was reported Thursday. News of the probe comes from multiple people familiar with the inquiry, according to the Los Angeles Times. The federal probe follows allegations of beatings and harassment by members of the Banditos, a group of deputies assigned to the Sheriff's East L.A. station who brand themselves with matching tattoos of a skeleton outfitted in a sombrero,...

22 Alleged MS-13 Gang Members, Associates Targeted in Southland Crackdown
7/19/2019 2:12:07 PM

By Fred Shuster   LOS ANGELES (CNS)— Federal and Southland law enforcement authorities Tuesday announced indictments of nearly two dozen people allegedly linked to the MS-13 gang, accusing them of taking part in the killings of seven people, including the machete slaying of a gang rival who was dismembered and had his heart removed. The 12-count indictment, which was unsealed Monday in Los Angeles federal court, accuses alleged gang leaders of authorizing and coordinating the killings, while also naming gang members who allegedly carried out the murders and attempted...

Black Panther Free Movie Screening
7/19/2019 2:08:39 PM

There’s something magical about a night under the stars watching your favorite family flic Join us as we partner with the office of Council President Herb J. Wesson for some live music, food trucks, and free outdoor movies!   4 pm to 10:30 pm Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 W Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Los Angeles https://www.baldwinhillscrenshawplaza.com/movie-nights/ (323) 290-6636 Free, Family...

In Performance: “Portrait of Charles White”
7/19/2019 2:07:40 PM

Obie Award–winning collaborators Roger Guenveur Smith and Marc Anthony Thompson present Portrait of Charles White. Smith navigates White’s career as an artist, educator, and political activist—as well as his compelling personal life—in this intimate meditation on a man of immense complexity and enduring influence. Portrait of Charles White is the latest in a distinguished series of Smith’s and Thompson’s studies for the international stage that have included A Huey P. Newton Story and Rodney King, both adapted into telefilms by Smith, scored by Thompson,...

Femme It Forward
7/19/2019 2:06:25 PM

Femme It Forward presents an invigorating lineup of amazing female powerhouse artists who have given us chart-topping hits such as “The Boy is Mine”, “Baby,” “One Thing,” “Superwoman” and “Pretty Girl Rock.” Come out and join us as we rock to the sultry sounds of Brandy, Monica, Ashanti, Keri Hilson, Amerie, and Lil Mo. All Femme It Forward shows will donate a portion of proceeds from ticket sales to philanthropic organizations that support the advancement of women.   7pm to 10 pm Microsoft Theater, 777 Chick Hearn...

6th Annual “Art & Jazz In The Rose Gardens”
7/19/2019 2:04:23 PM

Dysonna City Art Productions will celebrate it’s 6th Annual “Art & Jazz In The Rose Gardens” at Exposition Park. Since the community demonstrated much love in the fall, we are bringing you our FREE Summer Edition featuring an array of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. The event will include artists presenting live painting, live music, poetry reading, art vendors, wine tasting, Fashion Show and much more! We encourage you to bring your blankets and picnic baskets and spend the day with us. Featuring a Dysonna Garden Fashion Show Art...

Cameron Boyce Remembered
7/19/2019 2:00:09 PM

By Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D.   The world is mourning the loss of Disney star Cameron Boyce who passed away Saturday due to an ongoing medical condition. Boyce, 20, who starred in Disney’s Descendants franchise, was found unresponsive at his home and could not be revived by paramedics. Boyce grew up in front of the camera making his big screen debut in the 2009 horror film Mirrors. He rose to fame as the character of Luke Ross on Disney’s tv show “Jessie.” His “Jessie” co-star Skai Jackson remembered him on Twitter. She wrote: “I...

Jerry Lawson, Leader of a Cappella Persuasions, Dies at 75
7/19/2019 1:57:21 PM

By Andrew Dalton   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Jerry Lawson, who for four decades was the lead singer of the eclectic cult-favorite a cappella group the Persuasions, has died. He was 75. Lawson died Wednesday at a Phoenix hospice after a long illness, longtime friend and sometime Persuasions producer Rip Rense said. Lawson's smooth baritone led the group of five and later six singers, who were revered as the “The Kings of a Cappella” by their small but devoted fan base. Through 25 albums the Persuasions recorded rock, blues, gospel and pop songs, all with no...

‘Orange is the New Black' Leaves Legacy for Women of Color
7/19/2019 1:51:04 PM

By Leanne Italie   NEW YORK (AP)—Corrupt overseers, dilapidated conditions and brutality. Those are just a few of the prison issues “Orange is the New Black” took on as it turned one white woman's story of her unlikely life behind bars into a tapestry of roles for women of color. As the show nears its final season this month, some of its key stars reflect on how it transformed their lives. Uzo Aduba was ready to quit acting before she landed the role of Crazy Eyes. Laverne Cox kept her day job at a Manhattan drag spot until after the first season....

Mental Health Stigma Still Affecting African Americans
7/19/2019 1:39:27 PM

The NNPA is taking a closer look at the stigma of mental illness in the African American community. This is the first in a series. By Stacy M. Brown   Historically, seeking psychotherapy has been difficult for African Americans, said Dr. Viola Drancoli, a licensed clinical psychologist who wrote a master thesis about the barriers to seeking mental health services in ethnic minority communities. “It is not only a concept with European origin, but also a concept that does not fit the community-oriented, collective approach to healing and support that has been so helpful...