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Chris Hedges: Cornel West and the Fight to Save the Black Prophetic Tradition – Chris Hedges’ Columns – Truthdig

September 12, 2013

“The black prophetic tradition has been the leaven in the American democratic loaf,” West said. “What has kept American democracy from going fascist or authoritarian or autocratic has been the legacy of Frederick Douglass,

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Burglary Suspect Sought by Police NR13074am

March 9, 2013
Burglary Suspect Sought by Police NR13074am

Los Angeles Police Department Harbor Division Burglary Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a burglary suspect that smashed the window of a local business. On Jan 26, 2013, around 2:30 am, a restaurant located on the 200 block of North Gaffey Street was burglarized by two suspects. Detectives obtained a surveillance video of the break-in which shows the two suspects involved in the crime. One suspect, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and shorts, smashed the drive through window with a rock. After smashing the window, the suspect entered the restaurant and attempted to remove money from the cash register. A second suspect, seen wearing a baseball cap and glasses, acted as the look-out while the restaurant was being burglarized. The look out, later identified as 19-year old Michael Alvarez of San Pedro, has been arrested and convicted of the crime. Detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the outstanding Suspect wearing the black hooded sweatshirt. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Harbor Area Detective Eldridge at 310-726-7853.During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (CRIMES on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to …

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Girl was Robbed of her Gold Necklace NR12457rh

October 2, 2012
Girl was Robbed of her Gold Necklace NR12457rh

Girl was Robbed of her Gold Necklace NR12457rh Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Division Robbery detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of a suspect who robbed a girl of her gold necklace in the Hollenbeck area. On September 24, 2012, around 1 pm, a suspect walked up to the victim and pulled her gold chain from her neck in the area of Cesar Chavez Avenue and Ficket Street. The suspect was last seen running from the location with the victim’s gold necklace. Nearby surveillance cameras show the suspect buying a soda minutes prior to the robbery. Detectives believe the suspect may be responsible for other similar crimes in the area. The suspect is described as a tall male Black, 20-25 years of age, stands between 6 feet 3 inches and 6 feet 5 inches tall, and weighs around 180 pounds. Photographs of the suspect are attached to second page of this news release. If anyone has any additional information regarding this crime contact Hollenbeck Area Robbery Detective Miguel Barajas at 323-342-8991.During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (CRIMES on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline …

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Restaurant Robbery Suspects Captured on Surveillance Video NR12389SF

August 17, 2012
Restaurant Robbery Suspects Captured on Surveillance Video NR12389SF

Los Angeles: Detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify two armed suspects who robbed a sandwich shop in Boyle Heights. On July 2, 2012, around 1:35 am, two men entered a restaurant in the 1800 block of Cesar Chavez Avenue. The first suspect jumped onto the counter, as the second suspect pointed a handgun at the employees and a lone customer. The first suspect jumped down and demanded money from the cash register while the second suspect continued to act as a look out. After receiving the money from the cash register, the suspects left the sandwich shop. The first suspect is described as male Black who stands 5’08″, and weighs approximately 140 lbs. He appeared to be 30 to 40-years-old with acne scars on cheeks. The second suspect is described as a male Black who stands 6’3″, and weighs approximately 210 lbs. He appeared to be 28 to 30-years-old with a goatee mustache and wore prescription black framed glasses. The restaurant’s surveillance camera captured the robbery on tape. To view the video, please go to: www.LAPDTV.org. Detectives warn the public that the suspects should be considered armed and dangerous and if seen, community members are asked to call 9-1-1. Anyone with information about this crime or suspects, or vehicle is asked to contact Hollenbeck Area Robbery Detective Gonzalez at (323) 342-8988.During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed Hollenbeck Area Watch commander at (323) 342-4101, or to 877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247 …

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Monique Ruffin: It’s Official: Gay Is the New Black

January 28, 2012

The civil rights issue of our time is gay marriage, and the key players in our country’s most significant civil rights movement are on the wrong side of it. The black church has taken on a new role: oppressor. As a black person born in the late ’60s, I missed the actual Civil Rights Movement, but the remnants of oppression and stories of segregation were always fresh on my grandmother’s mind. It was her lessons in black history, literature, and Christianity that inspired me to be proud of my heritage. She did her best to teach me the value of diversity, and so I learned to love all people regardless of their race, sexual orientation, religion, or socioeconomic background. Although my grandmother taught me to love, she was not immune to her community’s mores. And so she also — unconsciously — taught me to deny the humanity of another human. My uncle (one of her five sons) is gay. For his entire childhood and young adult life he was teased and beaten by his brothers for being gay. Our family never spoke aloud about my uncle’s homosexuality, and for decades we called his life partner, who was a kind and loving man, his “friend.” It was against the rules to openly accept, acknowledge, or appreciate my uncle for all that he really was. This was being a good Christian in my family’s eyes, but for me it was telling a lie and an act of oppression. Today, I am still shocked by the response of some of my black Christian friends to the plight of gay people in our nation. “I just don’t agree that gay people can compare their struggles to ours,” they bemoan. This is followed by the list of injustices blacks have experienced: the middle passage, slavery, lynching, rapes, and deaths. “Gay people haven’t suffered nearly as much as blacks,” they say. “Being black is not a choice,” they add. “As if being gay is,” I respond. I don’t support the comparison. For me, the sufferings of a person or a group of people at the hands of other humans are frightening and heartbreaking. Instinctually, I feel that if any group can be oppressed, then I can be oppressed. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made this very point when he said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” This is why I’m always flabbergasted when I see some black Christians fighting against the civil rights of gays. We know firsthand the impact and dehumanization of discrimination. Like many black people, I was raised in the church. I was in church every Wednesday evening and all day Sunday. There was Bible study, Sunday school, and services. I have some great memories of growing up in church. However, when I became a young adult, I began to recognize a conflict in the church’s “truth” and reality. Preachers and church members spoke of the sinful nature of homosexuality, but sometimes, the very people leading prayers, preaching, and participating in the choir were obviously gay. Living in Los Angeles, I’ve sat in some of the biggest megachurches and have been baffled to learn that some of these church leaders — who preach that homosexuality is a sin — are closeted gay people. After watching a close friend’s life come undone because of a scandal around her closeted gay husband, I left Christianity for good. Such hypocrisy in a place promoting spiritual growth was more than I could handle. Not all Christians oppose gay marriage because they are struggling with their own sexual orientation. There are also those black Christians who oppose gay marriage because the Bible declares, in their interpretation of it, that homosexuality is a sin. This is their sincere belief and value system. However, the Bible was also key in the justification of enslaving blacks centuries ago. Blacks were believed to be descendants of Canaan’s son Ham and, accordingly, were cursed to serve as slaves. We perceive this as outrageous. Is it not equally outrageous to think that God deems another group of people to be less than? Rather than opposing the right of people who love one another to be married, I will suggest that there are those black people who might look into their closets and begin cleaning them out. Our churches might begin making their priority the rising numbers of gay black men who are contracting HIV each year. They might teach church members self-awareness and inner growth as a means of revealing the spirit of Christ within them. When I was a practicing Christian, learning how to embody the loving spirit of Jesus — who dared not judge but lived a life of love and compassion — would have served me well. I believed then, and still hold dear, Jesus the Christ’s command to love. Above all things, love. Love is the driving component. Those who have suffered grave atrocities at the hands of others know too closely what the absence of love creates. They know the isolation, fear, devastation, and self-hatred the lack of love breeds. We don’t need gay people to be lynched in order to know that the denial of their rights is damaging to the progress of all peoples. If one person has suffered at the hand of another, we need not measure that suffering to prove its value. In our attempt to distance ourselves from the plight of gay people, we also distance ourselves from our own struggle and take the position of oppressor. Gay is the new black. And some Christian blacks must be willing to look into their hearts and find the seeds of fear that would have them deny the humanity of another in the name of God (just the way it was done to them not that long ago). Let’s ask ourselves: do we fear gays or fear being gay? Why must gay leaders in our churches and communities serve clandestinely? Consider what the power of love and acceptance might offer if we are willing to stand courageously with gays as we stood for ourselves decades ago. Our freedom will not truly be granted until we can pass it forward. Gay is the new black, sadly, because many blacks haven’t been willing to embrace their own practices, secrets, fear, and shame about homosexuality. Many blacks have not been able to reconcile their real-life experience with their faith, and until they do this, they are oppressed people who are also practicing the oppression of others. Originally posted here: Monique Ruffin: It’s Official: Gay Is the New Black

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Salute Noir: ‘Absolute Black’ at Zombie Joe’s Underground

January 18, 2012
Salute Noir: ‘Absolute Black’ at Zombie Joe’s Underground

Vanessa Cate’s dapper murder mystery, Absolute Black , is currently playing at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre in North Hollywood. This homage to film noir whodunits follows a nameless, witty private eye and two bumbling police officers as they try interrogate suspects after the untimely death of an up-and-coming Hollywood starlet. more › Link: Salute Noir: ‘Absolute Black’ at Zombie Joe’s Underground

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SoCal Stores Offer Post-Christmas Sales

December 26, 2011
SoCal Stores Offer Post-Christmas Sales

Stores across Southern California are preparing for another flood of shoppers. It’s not Black Friday, but there’ll be plenty of day-after-Christmas sales, plus all those gift returns. Read the original here: SoCal Stores Offer Post-Christmas Sales

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Hazmat Team Called In To Swanky Westside Gym Because of Pepper Spray

December 24, 2011
Hazmat Team Called In To Swanky Westside Gym Because of Pepper Spray

We all know by now to beware of Walmart shoppers on Black Friday , but it turns out Westside fitness nuts hitting the gym during the holidays are not safe from pepper spray. more › Excerpt from: Hazmat Team Called In To Swanky Westside Gym Because of Pepper Spray

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Week in Review: Beverly Hills Welcomes the Holiday Season

November 28, 2011

It was a holiday-themed week in Beverly Hills from Nov. 20-Nov. 26. Here are the top five stories. 1. The city and the Rodeo Drive Committee kicked off the holiday season on Nov. 21 with the first “Let It Sparkle” event with a display of crystals and an electronic ticker tape. 2. Keeping up holiday spirits, the Beverly Hills Firemen’s Association served a generous turkey meal Nov. 21 to Beverly Hills seniors. 3. Patch got readers ready for Thanksgiving by offering food preparation tips as well as some fun trivia about the holiday. 4. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals brought their anti-fur message to Rodeo Drive shoppers on Black Friday. 5. Nov. 26 was Small Business Saturday , conceived by American Express. In honor of the day, Patch profiled A.sweeT., a local small business that mixes sweets and style. Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . Read the original here: Week in Review: Beverly Hills Welcomes the Holiday Season

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Extra, Extra: More Black Friday Chaos, Chaz Bono’s Marriage Proposal, George Michael Rushed to Hospital

November 27, 2011
Extra, Extra: More Black Friday Chaos, Chaz Bono’s Marriage Proposal, George Michael Rushed to Hospital

In tonight’s Extra, Extra, vandals crush the green thumbs of children, Chaz Bono proposes to his girlfriend, drug smugglers get busted and a man suffers severe burns after falling into his fire pit. Plus: Keep up with us on Facebook , and follow us on Twitter: @LAist @LAistFood @LAistSports . more › Read the original here: Extra, Extra: More Black Friday Chaos, Chaz Bono’s Marriage Proposal, George Michael Rushed to Hospital

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