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French president honors U.S. civil rights leader Jesse Jackson
7/21/2021 7:14:56 PM

PARIS—French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday made American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson a commander of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest award, for helping “change the destiny of the United States” and with it, the world. Jackson, 79, who had gallbladder surgery this year and is being treated for Parkinson’s disease, had visible difficulty walking. The founder of the Rainbow/PUSH coalition and two-time U.S. presidential candidate sat beside the podium as Macron spoke at a ceremony in Paris. “He’s a visionary with talent for...

Racial diversity in children’s books grows, but slowly
7/21/2021 6:41:17 PM

By Christine Fernando   CHICAGO—In the world of children’s books, villagers can protect their water from a black snake, dark skin is as beautiful as the night sky, and a little girl’s two puffs of hair can make her feel like she’s floating above the clouds. Kids are seeing more of these possibilities in the books they read as authors make a bigger push to reflect the diversity around them. Racial diversity in children’s books has been picking up since 2014, reversing a 25-year plateau, according to Kathleen T. Horning, director of the...

Millennial Money: Changing the face of the cannabis industry
7/21/2021 6:39:08 PM

By Sean Piles   Cannabis businesses have transformed from clandestine ventures to glossy lifestyle brands in a matter of years, thanks to an evolving regulatory and business landscape. The majority of states now have some form of legalized cannabis, whether for medical or recreational use. The 2021 U.S. cannabis market is valued at $33 billion , according to an analysis by market research firm Grand View Research. That number is forecast to balloon to $84 billion by 2028. These trends indicate a fertile environment for seeding a new cannabis venture. But while the...

7/21/2021 6:25:01 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   You may be hurting or afraid. Show up. We’ll gather healing on the way. Show up. We will be strong, we will be brave. Show up. Dream of the world we will create. Show up. – Joe Davis   Joe Davis is an artist, educator, and speaker “committed to activism and compelled to create work that celebrates social transformation, healing, and liberation,” and he is presenting his poem “Show Up” during the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)’s annual...

The blossoming flower whisperer
7/21/2021 5:35:02 PM

By Dr. James L. Snyder   When it comes to flowers, I am the epitome of naivety. I have no expertise whatsoever in the plant world. All I see are red, blue and yellow. Don't get me wrong here; I enjoy flowers. However, when it comes to names, I am off the planet. I don't need to know the name of a flower to really enjoy that flower. Instead, I enjoy the fragrance and the optics of a row of flowers. If I had to take care of flowers, they wouldn't last more than 24 hours. Just because you like something doesn't mean you know how to take care of...

Pulitzer Prize-Winning photographer Marcio Jose Sanchez finds inspiration in Lynwood upbringing
7/14/2021 2:50:34 PM

LYNWOOD— Long before photographer Marcio Jose Sanchez made history last month as the first native of Honduras to win a Pulitzer Prize, he had a deep history with Lynwood where he discovered a passion that guided him to the ultimate career achievement. Sanchez, who graduated from Lynwood High School in 1988, still remembers the inspiration of LHS educators who encouraged him to pick up a camera that would ultimately change his life. Sanchez is a member of a 10- person group of Associated Press photographers who were awarded the Pulitzer Prize in June for Breaking News Photography...

Poor communities suffer more from extreme heat in cities, UCSD study finds
7/14/2021 2:42:42 PM

LOS ANGELES—Low-income neighborhoods with higher Black, Hispanic and Asian populations experience significantly more urban heat than wealthier and predominantly white neighborhoods in the Southland and within a vast majority of populous U.S. counties, according to a UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy study released Tuesday. The researchers, whose findings are published in the journal Earth’s Future, analyzed remotely sensed land surface temperature measurements of 1,056 U.S. counties which have 10 or more census districts. The analysis revealed that for 71%...

African American spelling bee champ makes history with flair
7/14/2021 2:38:49 PM

By Ben Nuckols   LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP)—Zaila Avant-garde understood the significance of what she was doing as she stood on the Scripps National Spelling Bee stage, peppering pronouncer Jacques Bailly with questions about Greek and Latin roots. Zaila knew she would be the first African American winner of the bee. She knew Black kids around the country were watching Thursday night’s ESPN2 telecast, waiting to be inspired and hoping to follow in the footsteps of someone who looked like them. She even thought of MacNolia Cox, who in 1936 became the first...

Where oh where is my hair?
7/14/2021 12:49:58 PM

By Dr. James L. Snyder   I must confess I sometimes get so busy that certain things have slipped my mind. I don't do this intentionally, but I try to prioritize things in my life. With so many things going on, it is tough to keep up-to-date with everything, even personal items. This is not true with the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. No matter how busy her day is, she always keeps up with everything. She knows things that are happening a week before they actually happen. How she does that, I don't know, and trust me, I am not going to inquire. I just...

Killing it at being ourselves
7/14/2021 11:58:34 AM

By L Ron Brooks   The next time you’re out at a big summer blockbuster movie—even if it isn’t for a couple more years (foreshadow alert!)—here’s something funny to do. People love it, trust me. As you’re leaving the screening, if there are lines queued-up for the next show already, run up to them goggle-eyed and cry, “Everybody dies at the end!!” A wave of conflicting emotions will pass visibly among the line-standers culminating very quickly in rage at you for spoiling the end of the movie they’ve been waiting to see. You...