First Trump Came for Mexicans, but I Didn’t Speak Up Because I Wasn’t Mexican. Then They Came for Me — and by That Time, No One was Left to Speak Up

I bought this poster at Revolution Books on Durant and Telegraph in Berkeley and I had it on my wall throughout college.  I suppose I was attracted to message because I am a journalist and a writer, so it’s fundamental … Continue reading

Hillary Makes Herstory! This One Is For The Girls!

So, for anyone who’s still in doubt, Hillary was championing women and children when you didn’t think it was a cause, when you weren’t paying attention, when it wasn’t “viral” on social media, or the cause du jour. Remember, integrity is what you do when no one is watching.
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Summer Solstice 2016 Enters With A Rare Full Strawberry Moon

A Strawberry Moon floats above the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, California, on the 2016 Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year.  This aspect of the Lunar Moon Goddess doesn’t mess around. She’s wants you to remember her name. This year, … Continue reading

Breaking News! The GOP has died.

The “Party of No” has died. The cause of death is an overdose of Donald Trump.  THANKS TO NEW YORK DAILY NEWS FOR REPORTING THIS  HISTORICAL EVENT   Goodbye, Republican party. You made your casket, now lie in it. You … Continue reading

Happy Cesar Chavez Day! A Day of Service.

Think Different. Change the World. Cesar Chavez Day.   Through his work, along with fellow labor leader, Dolores Huerta, and the countless others who were part of the United Farm Workers‘ struggle, Cesar Chavez brought international awareness of the unfair wages and … Continue reading

Monday Music: “Can you Feel It?” (Martin Luther King Mix)

MLK DAY 2016 In honor of MLK Day, let us pause and remember the power of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message.  This deep-house classic from Larry Heard, AKA Mr. Fingers, is a mellow, downtempo mix that’s perfectly infused with MLK’s … Continue reading

Tragedy in Paris: Where to go from here

A Light in the Darkness The French flag over the Seine We have so many grand memories of France and, as such, have felt the effects of last night’s violence in Paris. We have traveled the entire country of France … Continue reading

A Real-Life Hero: Remembering My Uncle On Veteran’s Day

Remembering my uncle, Manuel Diaz, on Veterans Day. Above, Manuel Diaz formally receives his Bronze Star for exemplary Army ground combat at his belated presentation ceremony in Los Alamitos, California, in 2009 — 60 years after it was handed to … Continue reading

Hillary Clinton and the Benghazi Hearings … and how Jay Z ties it all together

Hillary Clinton and the Benghazi Hearings … and how Jay Z ties it all together

You gotta get, that, dirt off your shoulders In case you didn’t get a chance to catch the 11-hour marathon of Republican inquisitors grilling Hillary Clinton on Benghazi, one simple GIF sums it up in a nutshell. The now-iconic “brush … Continue reading

Catholic “Saint” Junipero Serra Changed the DNA of California Mission Native Americans…but not for the better.

Catholic “Saint” Junipero Serra Changed the DNA of California Mission Native Americans…but not for the better.

The Catholic Church views Junipero Serra as a hero who helped colonize California in the 18th century by converting Native Americans from California to Catholicism. But, last week, the Washington Post reported that a statue of the Spaniard Catholic priest … Continue reading

Meeting Russell Westbrook: A Lesson On The Survival Of The Human Race

Meeting Russell Westbrook: A Lesson On The Survival Of The Human Race

By ABRAHAM TORRES Editor CHERYL DIAZ Last week my girlfriend and I took a stroll through UCLA’s Westwood Village and went to Gushi, our favorite teriyaki bowl joint.   As we turned the corner, sitting, waiting for his order, was … Continue reading

The Cherie Bomb Photo of the Day: Giant Thunderhead Cloud Over Los Angeles

The Cherie Bomb Photo of the Day: Giant Thunderhead Cloud Over Los Angeles

  Angelenos — from the the eastside to mid-city to the westside — went a little camera-phone crazy the other day when a giant, other-wordly thunderhead floated above the greater Los Angeles area. Some onlookers reported hearing thunder — hence … Continue reading

Earth Day 2015: A Stunning, Jaw-Dropping, 121 Million-Megapixel Single Shot of Earth

This is THE definitive photograph of planet Earth. A Russian Satellite captures ALL of our planet — in a SINGLE SHOT — ONE stunning, 121 MILLION-MEGAPIXEL shot. See more of these beautiful, massive photos taken by Electro-L, Russia’s latest weather … Continue reading

President Obama Shuts Down GOP Hecklers at State of the Union Address

President Obama Shuts Down GOP Hecklers at State of the Union Address

Missed the State of the Union Address last night? Here it is in a nutshell. President Obama: I have no more campaigns to run… Republicans lawmakers interrupt: clapping. President Obama: I know because I won BOTH of them (drops the … Continue reading

Oh, Gloria Steinem! Happy 80th Birthday!

You know she comes around here At just about midnight She make ya feel so good. Lord! She make ya feel all right And her name is G-L-O-R-I-A G-L-O-R-I-A (GLORIA) G-L-O-R-I-A (GLORIA) I’m gonna shout it all night (GLORIA) I’m … Continue reading

{MUSIC VIDEO} U2’s Classic Ode to Martin Luther King, Jr.: They Took Your Life. They Could Not Take Your Pride

Today marks the 50-Year Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s. “I Have a Dream” speech & The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. “Early morning April 4/Shot rings out in the Memphis sky/Free at last/They took your life/They … Continue reading

In A Nutshell: Your Country on Democrats vs. Your Country on Republicans

In A Nutshell: Your Country on Democrats vs. Your Country on Republicans

Louisiana Republicans Think Hurricane Katrina Debacle is Obama’s Fault

Louisiana Republicans Think Hurricane Katrina Debacle is Obama’s Fault

A poll shows that 29% of Louisiana Republicans blame Obama for poor federal response to Hurricane Katrina. Newsflash, y’all: GEORGE W. BUSH was President in 2005. Oh? Yeah.