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NAJEE’S NOTES: Another day, another police shooting

The killings of unarmed African-Americans by law enforcement continue.

On Sept. 27, police officers shot and killed Alfred Olango, a 38-year-old Ugandan immigrant who activists and friends described as mentally ill, in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon. Demonstrators have demanded a federal investigation into his death.

Olango was pointing a silver vape smoking device at police when officers shot and killed him authorities said, triggering two nights of massive protests. The shooting came just as racially charged anger over similar incidents in two other U.S. cities during the past two weeks had started to subside.

Two El Cajon police officers confronted Olango, whom callers to police said had been acting erratically and walking in traffic. One of the officers opened fire with a pistol and his partner simultaneously fired a Taser stun gun when the man pulled an object from his pocket and aimed at them in a “shooting stance,” police said. No gun was found at the scene.

The Rev. Shane Harris, president of the National Action Network San Diego chapter, is acting as the official spokesman for the family.

Harris is a young activist who has been in the trenches for years and has taken San Diego by storm. He reminds me of a mixture of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X every time I hear him speak.

The family and the community of San Diego are fortunate to have him as an advocate. A coalition of South L.A.activists are enroute to San Diego to join and support the protests for justice. Police don’t have a right to shoot and kill unarmed mentally people.

I’ll have more on this upon my return from San Diego.

And finally. I have received several emails over the past year asking why do I ignore news in the Inland Empire area, which has a large African-American population. The truth is I live and work in Los Angeles. My focus is on this area and the area that the Los Angeles Wave covers.

We appreciate our online readership in the Inland Empire. I understand the power of social media. So this public service announcement is for Wave Publications supporters in the Inland Empire. It’s also a cause near and dear to my heart as I continue to fight my own battle with cancer.

Cancer survivor Mishele Dixon of Left Right Entertainment presents “Laugh Upon the Stars — 1 Night, 1 Mic, 1 Cause” with “The African King of Comedy” Michael Blackson, Precious Hall, D’Lai, Mike Cano, Paula Bel and host G-Thang.  The purpose of this comedy fundraiser is to support breast cancer awareness, victims of breast cancer and organizations that assist those with breast cancer and their families.

From her own fight and overcoming cancer, Mishele Dixon chooses to help others through a night of laughter. Not new to this, Dixon has been creating fundraising events for years.

In addition, she has produced numerous comedy shows. Now, as she expands her goal to bring both worlds together in a major forum, Mishele Dixon continues to win.

Mishele’s motto “Laughter Heals!” thus the production of Laugh Upon the Stars. “Through it all … God is my source, faith is my substance (Hebrews 11:1) as I laugh at my pain (Proverbs 14:13). I am a living witness that early detection does saves lives, and I encourage every women to be proactive about their health and to do monthly self-breast exams and to schedule mammograms,” Dixon said. “Laugh Upon the Stars” is being produced as one of several major events planned within the year. It is an Inland Empire Initiative purposely produced in San Bernardino to not only bring awareness and support to breast cancer, but to also bring economic strength and positive entertainment to San Bernardino.

“Laugh Upon the Stars” is giving portions of funds raised to Save the Ta-Tas, a 501 c3 organization that helps those recovering from cancer.  In addition, they support survivors and their families.

The event takes place Oct. 8 at San Manuel Stadium, 280 S. E St., San Bernardino.  Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8.

Tickets ranges from $39 to $129 and can be purchased online by going to or can also be purchased at Beola’s Southern Cuisine, 1845 E. Holt Blvd., Ontario.

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