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So Thankful to God and Earth for Blessings

Jarid Manos | Posted 03.31.2014 | Black Voices
Jarid Manos

I have been given such a blessing of life; I damn sure am going to use it and make it count.

Richard Sherman and Black Male Achievement

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 03.23.2014 | Black Voices
Rev. Romal J. Tune

Not only is Richard an example of Black male achievement, he is also an example of defying stereotypes based on where you come from, what you look like, and succeeding no matter what other people think about you.

Inglewood Open Studios

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 02.15.2014 | Los Angeles
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

When most people think about Inglewood, California, they usually don't think about the arts. Unfortunately, it was stigmatized in the 90s by Black gangster rap and hood films which gave it a tainted image, similar to Compton and South Central.

14-Year-Old Girl Gunned Down While Bicycling

Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles

A 14-year-old girl riding her bicycle in Compton, Calif. was shot to death Saturday night. The victim, identified as Alicia Cassandra Gomez, suffered ...

The Magic of Us: Music Unites Brings the Power of Music to Los Angeles

Michelle Edgar | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
Michelle Edgar

My goal was to make sure that music was accessible to students across the nation, despite their backgrounds. I believe that music is the one thing that really unites us all, that transcends all borders, and this was something I wanted to bring to life.

Forever 21 Seemingly Pulls Compton, NWA Shirts

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 09.25.2013 | Business

Forever 21's controversial Compton line of t-shirts are now straight outta sight on its website after causing a fury on Twitter. Sparks began ...

Doing More of What Works (and Less of What Doesn't)

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
Karin Chenoweth

Like many other successful high-poverty schools with a high proportion of students of color, Laurel Street isn't doing anything wildly "innovative." Rather, they have clear goals for their students to be educated citizens and they believe every one of their students can at the very least meet state standards.

WATCH: The Compton Cricket Club Will Inspire You

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 07.24.2013 | Good News

"I went out there and swung the bat, hit the ball the first time, and when I made contact there was a feeling that came through that bat, that I kind ...

Pilot Inspires Compton Kids to Dream Big (VIDEO)

Toan Lam | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Toan Lam

Robyn Petgrave, founder of Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum (TAM), is using aeronautics to get at-risk youth in Compton off the streets and into the air -- educating, inspiring and empowering them to soar high and reach their dreams.

Latino, Black Leaders Unite After Alleged Hate Crime

The Los Angeles Times | Angel Jennings | Posted 01.29.2013 | Latino Voices

A coalition of Latino and black community leaders banded together on the steps of Compton City Hall on Monday, seeking to unite the city in the afterm...

The Line That Unites Us

Court Crandall | Posted 01.01.2013 | Entertainment
Court Crandall

So many things happened during those two weeks, it's hard to convey. Many heartwarming. A few heart-wrenching. All on film. In the end, due largely to the incredible generosity of one of our contestants, a line that started with one person touched an estimated 45 million people.

Big Willie Robinson, 69, King of the Street Racers

Steve Parker | Posted 07.25.2012 | Los Angeles
Steve Parker

"Big" Willie Robinson, founder and president of the International and National Brotherhood of Street Racers, died this past Saturday. He was 69.

I Will Be Forever Grateful

Karen Jordan | Posted 04.16.2012 | Los Angeles
Karen Jordan

There was one student who sat pensively most of the morning, but his question ended up riveting me the most. It still haunts me to this day: "Do you think it is possible to be a success in life if you don't come from a successful family?"

2-Time Heart Transplant Recipient Wins Golf Tournament

AP | Posted 08.27.2011 | Sports

LEON, Mexico — Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton won the Mexico Open for his first Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 7-under ...

Kendrick Lamar: Good Kid in a Mad City

Lu Parker | Posted 05.31.2011 | Los Angeles
Lu Parker

Born and raised in Compton, California, a city where violence, drugs, and gang activity looms, Kendrick Lamar knows what he must do to make it out. He's found his voice on the microphone.

Compton Parents Gain Ground In Fight To 'Trigger' School Reform

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Parents petitioning to convert their low-performing Compton elementary campus into a charter school won a temporary restraining order Thursday blockin...

Parents Revolt and Take Control of School

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

While the Compton Unified District scrambles to stop the parent's revolt, many of the parents who have been harassed by district employees are talking to the media.

Compton Parents Are First to Enact Parent Trigger

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

The Parent Trigger is an amazing tool for change because it empowers parents to make decisions on behalf of the single most important stakeholders in education reform: the students.

Parents Pull the Trigger in Compton and Nationwide

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

Parents at McKinley Elementary School in Compton, Calif., are planning the first test of a new state law which allows parents to force reform in traditional public schools.

Compton Parents Use New 'Trigger Law' To Demand Charter School

AP | Christina Hoag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) -- Chanting "yes we can!" and "si se puede!", a busload of parents on Tuesday became the first in California to try to force refo...

Tribeca Interview: Ice Cube's Straight Outta LA

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cynthia Ellis

Ice Cube's new documentary is about the how having the Raiders in LA unified the city, and the genesis of Ice Cube's rap group N.W.A.

Body Found BURNING In Compton (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The LA Times reports: The L.A. County Sheriff's Department released new details Wednesday about a burning body discovered near Compton High School. A...

It's Official: Poseur Jesse James Is a Big Dumb Idiot

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Steve Parker

Just ask Snoop, Dr. Dre or even me, for that matter -- you can take the boy outta Long Beach but you can't take Long Beach outta the boy. One of that town's fine sons has proven that adage once again.

Lots of Cooks Prepared the Compton Cookout Racial Insult Stew

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Black and minority California lawmakers are leaping over each other to lambaste the now infamous Compton Cookout at UCSD as racially insulting, insensitive, and demeaning.

What's Happening in Compton City Hall? An Introduction to Routine Chaos

Emily Henry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Emily Henry

On a Tuesday afternoon in January, the Compton City Council chambers are full to the brim with concerned citizens, guests, and business owners. Except for the mayor.