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Painful documentaries are must-see movies

  I usually don’t pay much attention to the Academy Awards unless African-American actors are nominated and win or unless African-American-themed films have an opportunity. This year, I am paying much attention, what with “Fences,” “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight” among the nominees for best picture, and with Denzel Washington (“Fences”), Ruth Negga (“Loving”), Mahershala Ali Read More…

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NAJEE’S NOTES: Human trafficking summit shines light on ugly topic

Last week I had the pleasure to accept an invitation to attend the Human Trafficking Summit sponsored by Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office held at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. I decided to accept this invitation because the lead organizer was Kimberley Baker Guillemet, manager of the Office of Re-entry at City Hall. Guillemet and her Read More…

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South L.A. activists plan another Oscar protest

LOS ANGELES — A coalition of minority groups and civil rights activists are launching another national boycott and protest of the 2017 Academy Awards. The announcement was made Jan. 24 hours after this year Academy Award nominations were announced and despite the fact that six black actors were nominated for Oscars, an all-time high. “We’re Read More…