Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Lola Ajetunmobi

Lola Ajetunmobi, Social Media Editor

Lola Ajetunmobi, sophomore at Cerritos College, is the Social Media Editor for Talon Marks covering community, life, arts & entertainment and opinions. Lola hopes to transfer to Syracuse University in Fall 2021 to double major in journalism and public relations. She enjoys writing, listening to music and exploring different foods.

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Little girl draws a sad face on a paper in front of her mirror. This facial expression represents how she is feeling in the moment.

Minority parents’ dismissal of mental health struggles lead to long-term consequences

May 18, 2021

The "myth" of mental health among minority families is far too common and negatively affects the children in those families. A variety of minority kids discuss how the lack of support and understanding...

Hand reaching for someone to pull them out of the darkness on October 9, 2018. Mental health is a real thing that affects many.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesmilstid/451578827 Photo credit: James Milstid

Minority parents’ beliefs around mental health hurt the next generation of kids

May 17, 2021
Social Media Editor Lola Ajetunmobi and Staff Writer Janet Chavarria discusses how often minority children struggle with mental health and the generational gap in understanding mental health challenges.
A vigil is made in West Hollywood response to the killings of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo. Police murder is written in chalk on the concrete in front of the memorial on April 18, 2021.

[Photo] Memorial built for Toledo & Wright in West Hollywood

April 22, 2021

A vigil is made in West Hollywood response to the killings of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo. "Police murder" is written in chalk on the concrete in front of the memorial on April 18, 2021.

While all rides are closed at California Adventure Park, local residents came to enjoy the variety of foods and wine during their Touch of Disney event. Hundreds of people visit the park and obey COVID-19 safety guidelines on April 16, 2021.

California Adventure holds food & wine event while enforcing safety guidelines

April 21, 2021
California Adventure Park held their "Touch of Disney" event, where attendees could order exclusive foods and wine while obeying COVID-19 guidelines.
Anti-racism counter-protesters arrive to prevent a KKK protest at Huntington Beach Pier. Many protesters waved signs with strong messages against white supremacists on April 11, 2021.

[Photo] Counter-protesters prevent KKK organized “White Lives Matter” rally in Huntington Beach

April 12, 2021

Anti-racism counter-protesters arrive to prevent a KKK protest at Huntington Beach Pier. Many protesters waved signs with strong messages against white supremacists on April 11, 2021.

Growing food locally may be the best alternative to corporate-created, segregated food deserts. This garden in New York shows the beauty of a community in action. Photo credit: Jim.henderson

A bloom in the desert: community gardening is an alternative to “food deserts”

April 8, 2021
Impoverished communities are plagued by unhealthy food options and lack readily available healthy options. Local food production could feed and empower these neighborhoods instead of enriching agribusiness giants.
Ingrid Holweger, 3, of Syracuse during the Syracuse Womens March. About 150 people marched to the University United Methodist Church from the James M. Hanley Federal Building, Sat. Jan. 18, 2020, Syracuse, N.Y.

Stop the attack on Women’s rights

April 1, 2021
Women's History Month is over but the fight for Women's rights continues in the United States. The laws in the country need to start protecting women's rights, their lives and their futures.
Jack Brandhorst, owner of Red Rifle arms in Carson, posing with an AR-15 on March 24. This gun is ready to picked up buy a purchaser. Photo credit: Lola Ajetunmobi

SoCal gun owners respond to Biden’s calls for gun reform

March 31, 2021
Local gun owners and gun shop owners respond to the demands for gun reform. Many feel stricter gun laws would not change anything, but offer other alternative solutions.
Many gather to protest against the recent attacks on the Asian American community at the OC Great Park in Irvine on March 20,2021. People hold up Stop Asian Hate signs to show their support for the Asian Community.

Protect, acknowledge & unite with the Asian American community

March 25, 2021
Ignorance, hate and violence have become frequent towards the Asian American community. Like other marginalized groups, they need to be protected and their voices lifted.
Photo credit: Hideralodo Dwight Leitao

Expectations versus reality in pandemic relationships

March 22, 2021
Lola Ajetunmobi and Janet Chavarria discuss people getting into relationships during this pandemic and whether or not it is a good idea.
Cerritos College Virtual Covid-19 Peer Support Group flyer. They meet every other Tuesday of the month at 5 pm.

A safe space for Cerritos College students

March 22, 2021
Stress, anxiety, unmotivation and lack of connection is prevalent among many college students during this pandemic. Cerritos College provided a space to try to address that.
Amna Jara, the students activities coordinator, conversing with the students after finishing the game. AJ laughs with the Jeremy, president of the Geography Club, about their Shrek movie backgrounds. Mar. 9, 2021.

Day one of the Falcon Games: an intense tournament

March 12, 2021
Cerritos College's annual Spring Falcon games was hosted on Zoom during the week of March 9. The first event was the competitive academic decathlon.
Spicy Shrimp Pasta waiting to be devoured. Sit heavenly and hot. Mar. 1, 2021. Photo credit: Lola Ajetunmobi

What Lola Likes: Spicy Shrimp Pasta

March 11, 2021
Can't travel? No problem. Let's have Little Italy at home with this creamy, spicy, fulfilling, lip-smacking and mouth-slurping dish.
One of the captains, Trent Anderson, gets ready to hit the baseball on Aug 21, 2020. Cerritos College Falcons plays against Mt. San Jacinto College Eagles. Photo credit: Nick Martinez

Cerritos baseball struggles with cancelled games, focusing on training

March 10, 2021
Cerritos College baseball players discuss how the pandemic affected their mental and physical health.
News outlets have a history of gaslighting stories and creating false narratives. By creating fake news, they confuse their viewers and create distrust in the media. Photo credit: Pixy.org

Media must stop gaslighting and creating false narratives

March 4, 2021
The media continues to gaslight stories and create false narratives, which confuses their viewers. They must stop and report information accurately and unbiasedly.
Semi-busy day Mamas Comfort food and Cocktails in Los Alamitos around noon on Feb 20. My friends and I wait outside for the rest to come. Photo credit: Lola Ajetunmobi

What Lola Likes: ‘Mama’s on 39,’ a casual comfort eatery

March 4, 2021
Lola Ajetunmobi reviews the home-feeling comfort food restaurant, "Mama's Comfort Food and Cocktails," also known as "Mama's on 39."
Salmon fish tacos with mango lime salsa ready to eat. Feb 6, 2021

What Lola Likes: Salmon fish tacos with mango lime salsa

February 25, 2021
A slightly sweet salmon taco dish balanced with fresh mango tangy lime salsa. This takes less than 30 minutes to make and is great for any day, not just Tuesdays!
Will Mittendorf asks those in the zoom call if the the mind and brain are the same thing on Feb 23. Many different answers and discussions from the students.

Freedom of consciousness: How smartphones are a part of our mind

February 25, 2021
Cerritos College Philosophy club sparks conversation on the idea of our smartphones being a part of our mind and whether or not that should be protected.
On Feb, 17, Francesca Campos, an associate marriage and family therapist talks about what is a pandemic burnout and its affect. She continues on to her second slide on how one is not alone in feeling this way.

Mental health tips for pandemic burnout

February 25, 2021
Whittier Public Library presents a virtual guest speaker, Francesca Campos, to talk about mental health tips for pandemic burnout.
Workers at the Inglewood Vaccine Site give people their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Feb. 10.  Afterward, they held for 20-minute observations to check for any allergic reactions.

Inglewood Forum vaccine site distributes second doses

February 11, 2021
The Inglewood vaccine site at the Forum distributes the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, along with four other mega vaccine sites in LA county on Feb. 10.
Cluck & Blaze wings Photo credit: Instagram: Cluck & Blaze. February 12, 2020.

What Lola Likes: Local Nashville Chicken Experiences

February 10, 2021
Spicy chicken, a popular food staple in the American South, is now available for foodies in California
American film star Cicely Tyson during press conference in Utrecht, 1973. Tysons memoir Just As I Am describes some of her struggles as a Black woman in Hollywood.

Black women are still underrepresented and excluded in the film industry

February 4, 2021
Lack of diversity plagues Hollywood, both on camera and behind the scenes. As a result, black actresses suffer tremendous injustices at the hands of the entertainment industry.
The logo for What Lola Likes, the newest Talon Marks column. Staff writer Lola Ajetunmobi will cover food and recipes closest to her heart, starting February 5, 2021. Photo credit: Lola Ajetunmobi

Introducing ‘What Lola Likes’: the newest food column for Talon Marks

February 4, 2021
An introduction for Talon Marks' new food column, "What Lola Likes," gives readers an insight on the author's love for food and what might be featured in upcoming articles.
First Cerritos College Speech and Debate Team. Posing for a picture before heading to nationals. 1952.

Get involved with different clubs, organizations at Cerritos College

February 3, 2021
We may be in a pandemic but that should not stop you from getting involved with school activities. Join the different clubs Cerritos College has and participate through Zoom meetings to build leadership, life skills and an addition to your resume.
Shown here is the Parler logo. A District Court judge in Seattle ruled that Amazon’s cloud-computing division was within its rights to boot Parler from its servers. Judge Barbara Rothstein opined that forcing Amazon to get Parler back online goes against the public interest, given “the kind of abusive, violent content at issue in this case, particularly in light of the recent riots at the U.S. Capitol.” Photo credit: Anthony Behar/Sipa USA/TNS

Biden’s election won’t solve our social media driven division

January 21, 2021
With the end of the Trump presidency, we are now fully aware of the power of social media to shape public perception. Without big changes, this issue isn't going away.
LAPD officers rode on bicycles to patrol the area around Los Angeles City Hall on Jan. 20. There were no notable Trump protests in LA on inauguration day.

Potential protests on Inauguration Day put LA and Washington D.C. on high alert

January 21, 2021
On Jan. 20, LAPD patrolled the surrounding streets of Los Angeles City Hall as they waited for potential protesters. In Sacramento and Washington D.C., law enforcement and the national guard also remained on high alert.
(From left to right) Prof. Damon Cagnolatti, Dr. Shelia Hill, Dr. Chelena Fisher, Ms. Clara Ross-Jones at the 2018 California Umoja Conference. 
They continue to lead the program at Cerritos College.

Cerritos College Umoja Success program molds future Black leaders

January 19, 2021
Cerritos College Umoja Success program is working to recognize and highlight the impact and importance of the Black community during Black History Month next month.
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