Los Angeles Sentinel

The Los Angeles Sentinel is a weekly African-American owned newspaper published in Los Angeles, California. The paper boasts of reaching 125,000 readers as of 2004, making it one of the oldest, largest and most influential African-American newspapers in the Western United States. The Sentinel was also noted for their coverage of the changing African-American daily life experience in the post-1992 Los Angeles Riots era.[1]

Los Angeles Sentinel
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TypeWeekly newspaper
PublisherDanny J. Bakewell
Headquarters3800 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90008
United States
WebsiteOfficial website

The Sentinel was founded in 1933 by Leon H. Washington Jr. for Black readers.[2] Since that time, the newspaper has been considered a staple of Black life in Los Angeles.[3] The paper mainly focuses on and thus enjoys most of its circulation in the predominantly African-American neighborhoods of South Los Angeles, Inglewood and Compton. The office is on Crenshaw Boulevard with commercial corridor in the Hyde Park neighborhood which is known as "the heart of African American commerce in Los Angeles".

On March 17, 2004, the Sentinel was purchased and came under the direction of real estate developer and community activist Danny Bakewell.[4] He planned to provide the diversity of thought that exists among African-Americans with opinion columns and editorials. He also wanted to cover business and reach young people.[5]

Notable peopleEdit

  • Larry Aubry, columnist, activist, known as the "Conscious of Black LA
  • Robert C. Farrell (born 1936), journalist and member of the Los Angeles City Council, 1974–91
  • Gertrude Gipson, editor and columnist
  • Brad Pye, Jr. (born 1931), sports and managing editor city editor, columnist (Prying Pye), radio sports broadcast journalist.
  • Patricia "Pat" Newman (1935-1981) journalist, hostess of "Pat's Points" Sunday morning talk show, community activist, feminist.
  • David Glenn Brown (born 1954) award-winning political cartoonist, educator and Publisher. NAACP Image award 2009. Sentinel Political Cartoonist 2003–present[6]


  1. ^ Thornton, Michael C. (2011). "Meaningful Dialogue? The Los Angeles Sentinel's Depiction of Black and Asian American Relations, 1993-2000". Journal of Black Studies. 42 (8): 1275–1298. doi:10.1177/0021934711410316. JSTOR 41304584. S2CID 145117951.
  2. ^ Hodder, Kevin (2011-12-18). "Leon H. Washington Jr. (1907-1974)". The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed. Retrieved 2019-12-25.
  3. ^ Carr, Elston (1993-06-13). "CRENSHAW : Los Angeles Sentinel to Relocate Offices". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  4. ^ "Danny Bakewell takes over Sentinel". L.A. Observed. 2005-11-25. Archived from the original on 2005-11-25. Retrieved 2020-05-31.
  5. ^ Zavala, Val (2005-01-01). "Life & Times Transcripts: 05/17/04 - Includes interview with Danny Bakewell". KCET Life and Times. Archived from the original on 2005-01-01. Retrieved 2020-05-31.
  6. ^ Jackson-Fossett, Cora (10 October 2019). "Black Political Cartoonist Heightens Awareness of Current Events". Los Angeles Sentinel.

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