November 1, 2003
Kerman Maddox's "Blood and Silence" (Opinion, Oct. 26) was the best article I've ever read regarding the horrible acts I saw up close and personal while growing up in Compton, where the Bloods and Crips ran rampant. I've seen too many innocent lives taken for wearing a certain color, which doesn't make any sense at all. Whenever there are incidents between cops and young black males, either assaults or deaths (which doesn't happen that much), folks like Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles)
June 20, 1999
Re "Which Path Will Black Leadership Take in L.A.?" Opinion, June 13: I am the executive director of a grass-roots coalition based in South L.A. We have spent the last nine years walking door to door talking with thousands of residents in the 8th, 9th and 10th districts. Repairing potholes and paving streets are nice improvements but these issues have never surfaced as burning concerns. The most serious concerns raised by neighborhood residents are the numerous abandoned buildings, problem liquor stores, motels, recycling centers, etc., that attract crime, e.g. drug trafficking, drug use, prostitution.
June 13, 1999 |
Throughout his long political career, Nate Holden has traded eagerly on the image of himself as a political pugilist, someone who may look the worse for wear but always comes out in the 15th round swinging, scoring an improbable knockout. This electoral season, it was Holden against the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1999 |
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters said a thing or two Friday about what it means to be a leader in her keynote address to the Young Black Leadership Conference at Cal State Northridge. Waters, a Los Angeles Democrat, touched on AIDS, drugs, computer literacy, hip-hop music and grandparents-as-caregivers in her speech. She emphasized her commitment to keep abreast of the concerns of youth. "I'm delighted to be here, growing old, but--at least--still in touch.
October 27, 1996 |
Given all that we know about governmental hanky-panky, it is not farfetched for black leaders to swallow allegations that the Central Intelligence Agency was involved in drug deals that resulted in South-Central suffering from a flood of crack cocaine.
January 18, 1996 |
The father speaks in rhyme; the son rattles off statistics. The father wears elegant clothes; the son bought six cheap, identical navy suits so he doesn't waste "brain energy" getting dressed. The father got a D in preaching class because he refused to write down his A-plus sermons; the son totes around every speech he has ever delivered, all filed and some laminated, in a black canvas bag.