Tag Archives: civil rights

  • Sharon Leal Stars in ‘Stop Kiss’ at The Pasadena Playhouse

    Oct 30, 14 by LaRita "Jazzy Rita" Shelby Leave a comment


      *With same sex relationships being more public and even politicized, it is not uncommon to see more of these romantic story lines on screen and on stage.  The Pasadena Playhouse welcomes “Stop Kiss” a play written by Diana Son that has been widely received and is the winner of the GLAAD Media Award for […]

  • Black & Blue News: Why LAPD Det. Frank Lyga Won’t Be Fired

    Oct 17, 14 by Retired LAPD sergeant Cheryl Dorsey 2 Comments


    *Today it was reported that a Los Angeles Police Department administrative hearing known as  a Board of Rights (BOR) recommended the termination of LAPD Detective Frank Lyga as a result of racist, sexist and inflammatory remarks he made last year during a joint LAPD training day. The truth is, Det. Lyga  quite possibly may live to offend […]

  • Black&Blue News: Why White Cops ‘Fear’ Black Motorists

    Oct 9, 14 by Cheryl Dorsey, retired LAPD sergeant & author Leave a comment


    *There is a pandemic. The black motoring public needs to stop scaring white police officers. Incidents are being reported nationwide; white police officers say, “I was in fear for my safety”;  code talk for, “I need to justify the excessive/deadly force I just used.” As a retired Los Angeles Police Department sergeant, responsible for investigating allegations of police […]

  • Black and Blue News: Calling Coco to the Hot Box

    Oct 1, 14 by Ret. LAPD Sergeant Cheryl Dorsey 3 Comments


    *There is a very powerful scene in the Oscar-winning movie “Django Unchained” directed by Quentin Tarantino, where a “hot box” is used as punishment for rebellious slaves. Well, I think it’s time to put actress Daniele Watts– who played the  Coco in the blockbuster hit – in the “hot box.” She has been going around […]

  • Steven Ivory: Donald Sterling, the Gift that Keeps on Giving

    May 15, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *I love me some Donald Sterling. There is nothing more emboldened than a racist  white man old enough to remember when black people were slaves and rich enough to not give a damn what anyone thinks about what he says. With Sterling, you get to hear firsthand  and largely  unfiltered what many white people truly […]

  • Between the Lines: 50 Years After the Signing of the Civil Rights Bill: Overcoming is Still the Challenge

    Apr 10, 14 by Anthony Asadullah Samad, Ph.D. Leave a comment


    *In the first two weeks of April, within the first ten days of this month—in 2014, the nation was challenged to face up to itself and its racial legacy with three different events.. Every April, we have to live through the memory of 46 years of the brutal killing of America’s greatest modern day civil […]