Cheers West Edition


Michael Simpson took first place in an essay contest, “If I were Dr. King … These Would Be My Words to the Nation” at a ceremony for National Black History Program, sponsored by Mission Bear Hospital and Adoption Agency.

On Feb. 28, contest officials selected Simpson’s essay because it focused on his tough upbringing in Compton.

Other winners include: Janay A. Evans, Antonio and Kiesha Hilt, Jared Appling, Tramelle Davenport, Rameka Malloy and Roberta Wilkinson.

The blog 2UrbanGirls named Monique Ford Earl as March’s “Urban Girl of the Month.”

Earl is one of the highest-ranking African American budget officials for the city of Los Angeles since becoming a deputy controller last December.

She previously worked in the offices of former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilman Bernard Parks.

Clifton Johnson received the Profession Legacy Award from

Monique Ford Earl
Monique Ford Earl
Clifton Johnson
Clifton Johnson

Feb. 28.

Compiled by Shawnte Passmore.

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