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Counties Statewide Can Reopen Places of Worship for Religious Services and Retail Stores
May 25, 2020
The California Department of Public Health today announced the statewide reopening of places of worship for religious services and in-store retail shopping. Modifications are required to keep Californians safe and limit the spread of COVID-19. Subject to approval by county public health departments, all retail stores can reopen for in-store shopping under previously issued guidelines. Under new guidance, places of worship can hold religious services and funerals that limit attendance to 25% of a building’s capacity – or up to 100 attendees, whichever is lower – upon approval by the county department of public health. ... read more »
WATCH: #SaveLocalJournalism #5: #BLACKPRESSMATTERS — THE VOICE OF BLACK AMERICA
May 22, 2020
Join us as the NNPA’s Sr. Correspondent Stacy Brown interviews 4 iconic publishers: Calvin Anderson, Memphis New Tri-State Defender; Cheryl Smith, Texas Metro News; Toni Draper, the Afro; & Brandon Brooks, Los Angeles Sentinel. They will discuss business, culture, and the future and respond to your questions and comments. ... read more / watch video »
Is There More COVID Cash Coming to Help Californians? 
May 21, 2020
Last week, Gov. Newsom presented his May Revision budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year.   ... read more »
The California Wellness Foundation Donates $20,000 Grant to Support Brotherhood Crusade COVID-19 Outreach
May 21, 2020
In response to Brotherhood Crusade’s COVID-19 Community Rapid Response Fund, The California Wellness Foundation donated a $20,000 grant to help Los Angeles community youth, young adults and families during this critical time. ... read more »
California Black Newspapers Win Hundreds of Thousands in Facebook Grants
May 14, 2020
Several Black-owned newspapers in California have received grants to help them weather the economic downturn the COVID-19 pandemic has caused. Facebook announced May 7, that it is awarding nearly $10.3 million to 144 local newsrooms through the company’s COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund Grant Program. ... read more »
Los Angeles Native Nathan Thornton Teaches SmarterKorean
May 14, 2020
Nathan Thorton started and runs SmarterKorean, a successful Korean language company that started in Los Angeles. What’s unusual about this fact is that Mr. Thorton isn’t Korean; he is in fact, African American and was born and raised in Los Angeles.  ... read more »
Bank of America Receives Approval for 265,500 SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loans to Date for Small Businesses
May 14, 2020
Bank of America announced today that it has received Small Business Administration (SBA) loan approvals for 265,500 small businesses under the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This represents $24.9 billion in needed relief for small businesses. More than 256,000 of these small businesses have received a loan number since the SBA reopened the PPP funding on April 27. ... read more »
Councilmember Harris Dawson Brings Successful Small Business Accelerator to South LA
May 14, 2020
South Los Angeles businesses are experiencing a renaissance. COVID-19 has presented obstacles and setbacks, however, our community is resilient and local leaders are leveraging every available resource to support entrepreneurs and ensure they can thrive despite this crisis. Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson has partnered with Grid110 to support emerging South LA entrepreneurs and businesses. Grid110 is an accelerator aimed at helping new entrepreneurs build and grow strong, sustainable businesses and established business owners take their ventures to the next level. ... read more »
CHANGE & SAVE WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAM SERVES MORE THAN 300 FAMILIES DURING COVID-19 SHUTDOWN
May 14, 2020
In February, West Basin Municipal Water District launched Change & Save, a water conservation program designed to assist communities in West Basin’s service area that have historically lower participation rates in water conservation programs. To date, the Change & Save program has served more than 300 households in Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lawndale, Gardena, Carson, and Lennox.  ... read more »
Community and Labor Come Together to Host the People’s Assembly
May 7, 2020
COVID-19 has brought America face-to-face with its pervasive inequities. The gaping divide in our education system, healthcare, jobs, criminal justice, technology, transportation, and economy, as well as the lack of a social safety net and voter suppression (due to the COVID-19 crisis), all speak to a broken system. But the most significant and most immediate inequity threatening communities of color came to light as data poured in from major cities all over the country, showing how vulnerable the Black and indigenous communities are due to underlying health conditions brought about by systemic racism. ... read more »
Comerica Donates Funds to Support Brotherhood Crusade COVID-19 Outreach
May 7, 2020
These funds will directly assist with basic living, academic and household needs and assist students while they are away from their schools and the Brotherhood Crusade YouthSource Center. ... read more »
Fair Pay to Play Act: California Skeptical of NCAA Rule Changes 
May 7, 2020
The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) highest governing body announced last week that it is moving toward allowing student-athletes to receive compensation for endorsements and promotions.   ... read more »
State Agencies Update Faith and Nonprofit Leaders on COVID-19 Resources
May 7, 2020
California state agencies came together on April 29 to update faith leaders and nonprofits executives on the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on African Americans and minorities and the array of resources available to combat the crippling disease. ... read more »
Los Angeles County Health Department Announces Guidelines in place for Businesses to Follow as L.A. Prepares for Economic Recovery
May 6, 2020
Tuesday May 5. Los Angeles Public Officials disclose charitable news surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. L.A. is preparing for a gradual recovery of local businesses and community locations. There is concern of what guidance will be provided from the health department. The decisions made by city leaders continue to be guided by the data collected by the department of health services, and other professional medical personnel. Director of public health Barbara Ferrer delivers updated numbers that represent positive cases and death rates within the Los Angeles County. All public officials stressed the importance of the requirements of social distancing as L.A. approaches a new way of operating businesses. ... read more »
South Coast AQMD unveils online tool to track permit applications
May 4, 2020
Today, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) unveiled a new online Permit Application Status tool where businesses and organizations can now track submitted permit applications from start to finish. South Coast AQMD is the first air agency in California to provide an online tool that provides this type of information clearly and easily to the public. ... read more »
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