Author: Emilie St. John

Emile St. John is a contributing writer for 2UrbanGirls.com and the Los Angeles Wave newspaper.

COMPTON – Graduates of Compton College got the surprise of a lifetime when a local hero stopped by their commencement ceremony held on June 7. The seventeen-time Grammy winner, Kendrick Lamar, 36, addressed Compton College’s Class of 2024 who participated in the June 7 Commencement ceremony, including 124 high school students who earned an associate degree or certificate while still enrolled in high school. “I wanted to come out here just to tell y’all how much I appreciate y’all. I’m proud of the city of Compton, I’m proud of Compton College, and most importantly I’m proud of the graduates out…

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David Johann Kim’s Two Stop tells the other side of the 1992 L.A. Uprising from the point of view of a Korean store owner as he battles to save his investment. In the Korean American community, the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising is remembered as Sai-i-gu (April 29 in Korean). Also known as the 1992 Los Angeles Riots or the 1992 Rodney King Riots, it was a major outbreak of violence, looting, and arson that began on April 29, 1992. The L.A. Uprising was a response to two events: the acquittal of four white L.A. policemen on all but one charge…

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WILLOWBROOK – California Assemblymember Mike Gipson is proposing state funding be awarded to MLK Hospital to stave off the closure of its maternity ward. State officials, community leaders, and stakeholders gathered in front of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital on June 7 to implore lawmakers to set aside funding in the current budget to keep the vital service open, “MLK is one of the last hospitals providing critical front-line services to our residents and yet it’s on the brink of closure,” said Gipson.  “This small but mighty community hospital has and continues to show resilience and determination but…

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INGLEWOOD – The city of Inglewood has announced it will present rapper Mack 10 with the Key to the City during the Juneteenth Father’s Day Festival on June 16. Dedrick Rolison, known professionally as Mack 10, is a long-time Inglewood resident and alumni of Inglewood High School feels honored to be recognized for his charitable contributions to Inglewood’s youth. “It feels great being honored by the city of Inglewood because I am being recognized in an extremely positive way by the people that I represent. And it’s an extra special feeling because Inglewood is where I’m from,” Rollison said. https://www.instagram.com/p/C77QW34yJlg…

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INGLEWOOD – The Inglewood City Manager’s office presented the modified midyear budget for fiscal year 2023-2024 which shows a projected $35 million deficit. The City adopted the 2023-2024 fiscal year budget in September 2023 which projected revenue of $189,494,516 and expenditures projected at $203,244,522, which would create a budget surplus of roughly $6.5 million. The June 4 staff report indicated “$21.4 million in expenditures for carryover of prior year encumbrances and amendments” contributed to the projected $35 million deficit.  The report also indicates the modified budget “does not include anticipated carryover of $20.3 million in revenue” that was factored into…

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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna faced scrutiny from the sheriff’s department watchdog when a flyer described as a “thinly veiled threat” was on display in a sheriff’s station last year. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, investigators with the Office of Inspector General visited the East Los Angeles Station and discovered a photo of Inspector General Max Huntsman affixed to a hair loss ad and a quote from John Wayne. A poster featuring a defaced image of Inspector General Max Huntsman appeared in the East LA station last year, along with an apparent…

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INGLEWOOD – The Inglewood Finance Department has released its mid-year budget review for fiscal year 2023-2024 which projects a $35 million revenue shortfall due to carryovers from previous fiscal years. The mid-year budget will be presented during the June 4 city council meeting. The City adopted an initial budget in September 2023 which projected revenue of $189,494,516 with expenditures projected at $203,244,522 which projected a budget surplus of roughly $6.5 million. After the budget was adopted, the City added $20.3 million in carryovers, which increased the projected expenditures to $224,678,748 resulting in a projected deficit of $35 million. The City…

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INGLEWOOD – An officer-involved shooting was not reported to the public that occurred at a local park on May 27. A resident that lives close to the area alerted 2UrbanGirls believing someone was shot in Darby Park in the 3400 block of Arbor Vitae off Crenshaw Blvd. “There is a heavy police presence at the entrance to the park, can you please look into it,” asked the resident. 2UrbanGirls was then contacted by a city of Inglewood employee who drove by the scene and reported the same scenario. According to videographers on the scene, “An Inglewood Police Department officer became…

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Police Department Board of Commissioners are seeking the community’s help as they seek input in selecting its next chief of police. Interim LAPD Chief Dominic Choi was sworn in March 1 succeeding former Chief Michael Moore who retired on Feb. 29. Choi has expressed no desire to remain in the position permanently. Interim Chief Dominic Choi opts out of LAPD’s full-time chief race, focuses on stability The Los Angeles City Council approved Mayor Karen Bass’ budget on May 23 which calls for increasing the budget for the department by nearly $138 million. L.A. City…

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SACRAMENTO – Lawmakers in the State Assembly have advanced a bill that allows warrantless arrests for shoplifting. Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo and co-authors Assembly Members Carlos Villapudua, Mike Gipson, and Juan Alanis are sponsors of Assembly Bill (AB) 1990, The Secured Transactions and Organized Theft Prevention (STOP) Act. This legislation is a direct response to communities across California facing an onslaught of organized retail theft and loss of jobs, and directly answers Governor Gavin Newsom’s call for the Legislature to develop a framework that intensifies the crackdown on property crimes. “I firmly believe in the principles of justice, public safety, and economic stability that are…

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Sen. Steve Bradford announced three pieces of legislation related to reparations have passed through the California State Senate on May 21. “After two years of study by the California Reparations Task Force on the impact of slavery and institutional discrimination on African Americans in California, we are now taking action. These three bills are critically important for setting up the framework for reparations,” Senator Bradford said. “I appreciate my Legislative colleagues who have directly faced this important issue and shown great courage by passing these historic pieces of legislation. I look forward to working with the members of the Assembly…

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NORTH HOLLYWOOD – The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office is seeking the public’s help identifying a man found dead after being struck by a train on May 18. The person is believed to be between the age of 20-40. The examiner’s office describe him as “a thin white or Hispanic male struck by a train in the 6900 block of Vineland Ave. around 9:44 a.m.” “The decedent has brown hair, brown eyes, apparent all natural straight teeth, and a brown beard and mustache. No scars nor tattoos were noted. The decedent was wearing a black gray zip-up sweatshirt (“Spyder” -…

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NEW ORLEANS – Multi GRAMMY award winning artist/songwriter/producer PJ Morton has provided a sneak peek at the music commissioned for the all new Tiana’s Bayou Adventure scheduled to open at Walt Disney World on June 28. “Man…its a dream come true!” wrote Morton on his social media accounts. “So grateful to have created original music for The Princess and the Frog’s attraction Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opening.” The New Orleans native shared a video filmed on location in New Orleans at the world-renowned Jackson Square featuring the St. Augustine marching band, where Morton graduated from, and members of Leah Chase’s family…

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LOS ANGELES – The Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) outreach and program teams joined County of Los Angeles and community partners on May 8 to launch activities for CalFresh Awareness Month (CFAM) and to provide essential resources to Mar Vista area residents. “Just putting three meals a day on the table is a daily struggle for too many families in Los Angeles County,” stated DPSS Director Jackie Contreras, who shared her personal story of how food subsidy programs helped her family. “I am so grateful my mother had the courage to reach out for help when we needed it.”…

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‘The Hope Theory’ explores Helder Guimarães move from Portugal to the United States and his desire to become an entertainer, specifically a magician. Guimarães is the first generation in his family, The Sons of April, to be born after the topple of the country’s dictator on April 25, 1974. Dubbed the “Carnation Revolution” because it was a non-violent overthrow of the Estado Novo government it also ushered in a phrase used rampantly throughout his household: “Nunca tomes a liberdade como garantida!”“Never take freedom for granted!” “Freedom allows each one of us to think and act as we choose. But when…

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