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The dubious Sterling era is officially over – former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is in

August 14, 2014

 

Associated Press

 

Steve Ballmer officially became the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday August 12.

 

The team said the sale... Read more...

Police: Mom helped son partake in ‘fire challenge’; Charlotte woman arrested after teen burned in Facebook fire challenge

August 14, 2014

 

By JEFFREY COLLINS

Associated Press

 

A Charlotte woman is facing charges after police say she helped her son set himself on fire in a videotaped stunt known as the... Read more...

Hollywood Arts Council holds 29th Annual FREE Children’s Festival of the Arts

August 14, 2014

 

LAWT News Service

  

The Hollywood Arts Council (HAC) presented their 29th Annual FREE Children’s Festival of the Arts at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood on Sunday, August... Read more...

The search for she top Indie musicians: L.A.’s best singer/songwriters’ compete at Vitello’s

August 14, 2014

 

LAWT News Service

  

Koffeehouse Music and Vitello’s restaurant are teaming up to present a weekly music series and competition starting Wednes­day, September... Read more...

Jesse Jackson Calls Michael Brown shooting ‘Crime of Injustice’

August 14, 2014

By Chris King

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American

Jesse Jackson told The American he hopes that the U.S. Department of Justice sees the Ferguson Police shooting of Michael... Read more...

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Category: News

August 14, 2014

 

By Kenneth D. Miller

Assistant Managing Editor 

 

 

It has been more than one year and the pain and grief felt by the family of the promising teenage Bijan Shoushari who as murdered on Crenshaw Blvd. on Aug. 3, 2013 is still fresh.

 

He would have been 19 years old by now, finishing up his first year of college to become a first responder, but instead is another unsolved murder of a Black teen whose life was taken before it flourished.

 

Two week ago, the family and friends of Shoushari gathered on the anniversary of his murder at Leimert Park in the Crenshaw District, adjacent to a giant billboard offering a $50,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of his killer or killers.

 

Shoushtari was shot to death while riding in a car on Crenshaw Boulevard shortly after midnight on Aug. 3, 2013. The shots were fired from a car that pulled up alongside the white 1973 Buick Electra in which Shoushtari was riding. No one else in the car was hurt.

 

His mother Marsha and family members have vowed to continued to question why would a person kill a teen who was high school football player and good standing member of his church?

 

It is a question that mothers and family members of other young Black boys or teen slain by senseless violence in this never ending tragic tale of Black on Black crime.

 

While discovering who did it and why would not bring back Bijan, it would in a sense give the family some closure and more importantly take an individual or individuals who are callous killers off the street.

 

Shoushtari had just graduated from Hamilton High, where he was a football player. He had plans to go to college and wanted to be an emergency medical technician, then eventually a firefighter.

 

“If the people who shot him knew him, they wouldn't have shot him,” said Mark Jones, his uncle, a local pastor, pondered.

 

More than 100 people, including family members suffering from similar plights helt lit candles and solemnly marched in the park . They wore green T-shirts, with words pleading for Stop The Violence. It is a plea that many in the community wish would be heeded to, even if it was too late for Bijan Shoushari.

 

“If you know someone who knows someone who did this heinous crime, please, please call someone,” Jones-Shoushtari said.

 

The killing has led friends and family to start a campaign called “Stop the violence, save lives” aimed at curbing violence.

 

“This is a way of life for us now,” Jones-Shoushtari said.

 

Her family has learned to cope. Her husband, Manochehr, is sometimes angry, and he is very protective of his 21-year-old daughter, Ea, who attends Pepperdine University.

 

Ea and older sister Samantha, 27, recently got tattoos of their brother’s name in Farsi as a remembrance.

 

For Samantha, the passage of time has allowed her to more fully accept her brother's death.

 

“When I look at his pictures now, I smile,” she said. “Before it was hard.”

 

Jones-Shoushtari said she received a phone call from the Los Angeles Unified School District recently. The caller told her that the district was polling recent graduates to track their progress and wanted to know what Bijan was up to.

 

She told the woman that her son had been killed but added that if he were alive, he would have been finishing his first year of college, working a part-time job and taking summer school classes.

 

Los Angeles police detectives say they have no leads or motives in the case. A $50,000 reward has been offered.

 

Anyone with information on this case can call the LAPD’s Criminal Gang Homicide Division at (213) 485-4341.

 

Sentinel Wire Services contributed to this report.

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August 07, 2014

 

LAWT News Service 

 

The Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant (LMAA) comes of age this year with its 21-year anniversary celebration on August 10,  at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.  Actresses Laila Ali and Meagan Good will co-host, joining Dawnn Lewis, the mistress of ceremonies, as a bevy of little beauties, ages six to 12, make their way on stage to compete for over $10,000 in scholarships and prizes. Pageant producer Lisa Ruffin notes that this year’s event will also celebrate past contestants who have grown up and gone on to accomplish “wonderful feats.”

 

Judges this year include Penny Johnson Jerald (ABC-TV’s “Castle”); Ella Joyce (TV One’s “Belle’s”); Lamman Rucker (TBS’s “Meet the Browns”); Shamicka Lawrence (VH-1’s “Hollywood Exes”) and TV/radio host Mother Love. The pageant starts at 4:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.littlemissafricanamerican.org as well as at the door. VIP and reserved seating is available.

 

Cites Pageant producer/choreographer, Lisa Ruffin, “These young ladies just keep me going strong. This year, as we turn 21, we honor them all, past and present. Alycia Jones was the very first LMAA and received her bachelor’s degree from University of Florida. Our second, Alexis Witherspoon competed in the Olympics Trials, then graduated from USC. LaTanya Fisher was LMAA 1995 and she graduated from USC as well. Myisha Lyseight was LMAA 1996. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from UCLA. She went on to complete her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Syracuse University in New York. She also played it forward by joining the LMAA staff last year.”

 

“The state of Texas produced LMAA 1998, Lauren Hayes. Lauren graduated from the very prestigious Notre Dame and is currently working there. Then there is Miss Shakina that Academy Award winner Mo’Nique crowned,” continues Ruffin. “She graduated from USC and is in Law School at Howard University. We train our girls to wear their C.A.P. (Confidence, Awarness & Pride)!”

 

For more information and to purchase tickets go to http://littlemissafricanamerican.org/.

 

For a visual overview of the pageant and its impact on contestants, go to http://vimeo.com/15018101.

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News

$50,000 reward still stands for Bijan’s killer; One Year Later Promising Teen Murder Unsolved

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Community

AltaMed opens Watts PACE Senior Center

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August 14, 2014   LAWT News Services       Community leaders in Watts were on hand Friday Aug. 8 for the grand opening of the AltaMed PACE Senior...

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Sports News

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Arts & Culture

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August 14, 2014   By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. Associated Press Pharrell is teaming up with the world's best-selling basketball video game franchise as...

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