California State University, Dominguez Hills Earns Maximum 10-Year Re-Accreditation
8/10/2018 9:39:02 PM

CARSON—California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) has had its accreditation reaffirmed for a maximum 10-year term by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior Commission for Universities and Colleges (WSCUC), the regional accrediting agency responsible for certifying higher education institutions in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific. “Accreditation confirms CSUDH’s commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence,” said CSUDH President, Thomas A. Parham. “To receive WSCUC’s full, 10-year accreditation is further...

Black Public Media Launches Third Round of its 360 Incubator+
8/10/2018 9:37:06 PM

Black Public Media (BPM), the nation’s only nonprofit dedicated solely to media content about the Black experience, has issued an open call to producers for nonfiction broadcast projects (individual programs or series pilots) and scripted or nonfiction digital web series. The third round of BPM’s 360 Incubator+ will see as many as 10 teams contend for up to $150,000 in funding to help produce the pilots or funding reels of their broadcast or digital projects. The program is designed to get quality programming and content into the pipeline and help move it to market. “We...

Former Congressman Ron Dellums Dies at 82
8/10/2018 9:34:32 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   Ron Dellums, the firebrand former Oakland, California mayor and founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, who vigorously fought on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised, died on Monday, July 30. Dellums, who helped shape politics in the Bay Area for decades, reportedly died after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 82. Tributes celebrating Dellums political and civil rights activism poured in from colleagues and friends. “I have known and admired Ron Dellums since I was a child,” former U.S. National Security Advisor Susan...

High Heat, Fire Danger Again Threaten Southland
8/10/2018 9:32:58 PM

LOS ANGELES—Parts of the Southland remained under the threat of wildfire and an excessive heat warning signifying health threats went into a second day. A red flag warning signifying a high risk of wildfire because of high heat, strong winds, low humidity and bone-dry vegetation remained in force in the San Gabriel Mountains and the forests that stretch over them—the Angeles National Forest in L.A. County and Ventura County's Los Padres National Forest—and the Santa Clarita Valley. It went into effect Monday and was scheduled to expire at 9 Tuesday evening. There...

California Urges Resistance to Census Citizenship Question
8/10/2018 9:30:41 PM

By Kathleen Ronayne   SACRAMENTO (AP)—California's top elections official urged residents Tuesday to formally oppose a Trump administration plan that would ask whether a person is a U.S. citizen on the 2020 census. Secretary of State Alex Padilla and advocacy groups for immigrant, Muslim and other communities warn a citizenship question will discourage immigrants from participating, giving California an under-count in the decennial recording of each state's population. The numbers determine each state's representation in Congress and federal funding. Padilla...

Judge Says Reuniting Families Is Government's Sole Burden
8/10/2018 9:28:37 PM

By Elliot Spagat   SAN DIEGO (AP)—A federal judge last Friday said the Trump administration was solely responsible for reuniting hundreds of children who remain separated from the parents after being split at the U.S.-Mexico border, puncturing a government plan that put the onus on the American Civil Liberties Union. “The reality is that for every parent that is not located, there will be a permanently orphaned child and that is 100 percent the responsibility of the administration,” U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said. His remarks in a conference call came...

Josephine Baker Documentary Headlines African Diaspora Film Festival in Washington
8/10/2018 9:22:46 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   “Streetlight Harmonies,” by Brent Wilson and the documentary “Josephine Baker: Black Diva in a White Man’s World,” count among the highlights of the 12th annual African Diaspora International Film Festival which opens on Friday, August 17 at the Marvin Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The three-day festival, which presents films to diverse audiences and redesigns the Black cinema experience by strengthening the role of African and African descent directors in contemporary world cinema, will feature 16...

Calling 911: Actresses Bassett, Hinds Helped by Responders
8/10/2018 8:16:46 PM

Angela Bassett once resorted to dialing 911 for help when she had trouble with a fireplace at home. Aisha Hinds needed help for a life-threatening emergency as a teenager. The actresses co-star on Fox's “9-1-1” series about the pressurized world of police, firefighters and dispatchers who are thrust into a variety of high-stress situations. Bassett told a TV critics meeting on Thursday that she once called for help when a fire she and a friend started got out of hand. It wouldn't extinguish after being doused with water and she had trouble using a spatula to toss the...

New FX Series Chance to Tell Latino Stories from Inside Out
8/10/2018 8:09:50 PM

By Beth Harris   BEVERLY HILLS (AP)—The co-creator of a new series featuring Latino characters who are violent criminals is at its core about a family, albeit a damaged one that lives outside the parameters of normal society. Kurt Sutter told a TV critics meeting on Friday that he's “really proud to have a brown cast” in “Mayans M.C.,” which debuts Sept. 4 on FX. At the time same, Sutter said he doesn't bow to outside pressure that many of the Latino characters are criminals. “The stories that I like to tell and the characters I...

Kendrick Lamar Is 'Fearless' in Tackling TV Guest Role
8/1/2018 6:14:22 PM

By Lynn Elber   BEVERLY HILLS (AP)—It was Kendrick Lamar's friendship with 50 Cent that helped him get a guest role on Starz's “Power,” but Lamar came ready to work. “He was so chill, like very cool, very humble,” said series creator and producer Courtney Kemp. “He's very kind of quiet and thorough and methodical. He had prepared so much. He was ready.” Kemp didn't give much away about the character Lamar plays in Sunday's episode airing at 8 p.m. EDT, but she said he indicated he was interested in playing a drug...