Dropping the mic on Trumpism

Drop the mic. One of President Barack Obama’s greatest strengths has been his audacity to hope. He brought that hope to Philadelphia as he spoke at the Democratic National Committee Convention as the party’s leader. He also brought with him a dash of scorn and a scoop of rebuke for Donald Trump. Obama has had […]

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Sumo wrestling and sushi in LA

LOS ANGELES-Three world Sumo champions, nearly 1, 500 pounds of brute strength, appeared at the Exchange LA in downtown Los Angeles at the Sumo Sushi Show during their tour of Southern California, presented by USA Sumo. Andrew Freund, executive director and president of USA Sumo, served as emcee while explaining rules, technique and Sumo culture. […]

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Excitement buzz around Laker Girls tryout

EL SEGUNDO-Every July, there is summer excitement brewing at the Toyota Sports Center, the Lakers headquarters and practice facility in El Segundo.  No, it wasn’t the news that Brandon Ingram, the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, was practicing at the Lakers facility.  On Saturday, the excitement involved about 216 capable young women […]

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Q&A: The Re-Segregation of America

EDITOR’S NOTE: After Mitt Romney’s defeat in 2012, the Republican Party determined that it needed to connect with the nation’s increasingly diverse electorate. But two years earlier, writes author Dave Daley in his new book Ratf**ked (Liveright), GOP strategists had already embarked on a strategy to win control of Congress by in effect “re-segregating” America. […]

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Seager’s hit game fueling Dodgers

This season, there’s a Dodger player who is racking-up some impressive stats. Rookie sensation and 2016 MLB All-Star shortstop Corey Seager accomplished a career-best 19-game hitting streak that was ended last Thursday at Dodger Stadium against the Padres.  The streak tied for the second longest by a Dodger rookie behind only Tommy Davis’ 20-game run in […]

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Peace and love from Aloe Blacc

The Ford Signature Series at the newly-renovated John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, a jewel in the Hollywood Hills, welcomed to the stage for the first time soulful singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc with a concert promoting peace and love. For this special performance, Blacc, well-known for his chart-busting 2013 hit, “Wake Me Up,” brought with him to the […]

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The Drew League’s line of defense

LOS ANGELES-Welcome to the Drew League, home of Nike Basketball. This is where summer pickup basketball becomes the next best thing to your mamma’s sweet potato pie. Yeah, it’s that good. NBA players annually climb down from their basketball perch to take on the local street legend, try to impress college hoopsters, and add on […]

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When have Black Lives ever mattered?

Black lives do matter. White on black crime used to be the norm, the way things were supposed to be. White robes, hooded sheets, cross-burnings and a good old-fashion lynching. The rope has been replaced by the gun. Black lives means just as much today as it did when Harriet Tubman was running around and […]

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