Let’s just put it out there, that’s really what comes to mind for many of us when we hear LAPD mentioned. The following questions were submitted via Twitter (@affrodite) and Facebook (Affrodite Sez). I hope by reading Capt. Young’s responses that you’ll at least get a new perspective from a high ranking officer in the LAPD as opposed to our limited exposure (except for those of you living within Los Angeles).
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I knew while I had Capt. Ann’s attention that I wanted her to share some advice to keep women safe when leaving their homes. It’s so easy to take your surroundings for granted. We’ve all been guilty of it at some point in time, but it only takes a moment, ladies. Take heed and read below…
All too often we are captivated by horrific yet true stories that are seemingly unfathomable. Whether it’s our poor response to natural disasters as in Hurricane Katrina, acts of terrorism as in 9/11, or school shootings as in Columbine High School. Then there are stories like Shaniya Davis whose mother treated her own daughter as a commodity and sold her to sexual human trafficking…now dead. These stories affect the families directly associated with them as well as many of us who get a glimpse via newspapers or television.
Captain Ann E. Young (Capt. Young), has held a variety of positions as she’s grown through the ranks within the LAPD. Not being familiar with the various divisions within the LAPD or any police force, I wanted to get a better understanding of Capt. Young’s specific responsibilities at the moment and probe a little more into some of her community involvement.
When I was asked if I would like to speak to Capt. Ann E. Young (Capt. Young) and given her bio, I responded with a resounding yes. Her career has included service in the Juvenile Division (Abused Child Unit), Robbery Homocide Division (Rape Special Section), and Internal Affairs. Outside of her main responsibilities, Capt. Young is very active in the community. Just the day before she she was part of the Los Angeles FOX 11 News “Wednesday’s Child” segment, a series that features older children in foster care, after spending a day with Christopher who is an aspiring police officer. Check out the segment below.
On the surface, I’d say “City Kid” is a “man book,” but there were elements that I was fond of and could identify with as a writer and music lover. Ladies, you can skim the parts about Nelson’s love for comic books, sports, and tales of man adolescence; however, there are still threads integral to his memoir that you’ll enjoy.
Link to feature on Ife author of blogs affrodite.net and ifelicious.com. A rare moment where blog worlds collide for 20 questions.
The second of a 2 part series interview with Toya Smith Marshall. This final part focuses on the discussion we had about natural hair.
Preface (or shall I say Premise) I’m not a non-believer, but I’m also not in a confident space when it comes to my own spirituality. When Dove from Tygereye Entertainment approached me about interviewing one of her clients, Jocelyn AKA iNDIGO, who is an urban gospel artist, I initially had …
Part 1 of 2 interview with Toya Smith Marshall, NPR essay winner and entrepreneur. Includes info about her belly dancing career, makeup artistry, and blogs (Life of a Ladybug and Makeda).
Toya Smith Marshall is one of those ladies that has managed to do it all and keep it all together. Professional belly dancer, professional makeup artist, Federal Govt employee, mother, wife, sister lock wearin’, manages 2 blogs (LIFE OF A LADYBUG and MAKEDA), I could go on… I recently spoke …