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WATCH: Sen. Holly J. Mitchell’s comments on today’s passage of 2019-20 budget
June 13, 2019
Watch and listen to Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, give opening and closing statements as the California Senate approves on a 29-11 vote the 2019-20 state budget. ... read more / watch video »
Creole cuisine queen Leah Chase gets New Orleans sendoff
June 13, 2019
Fellow chefs, musicians, family and friends were among hundreds who filed through a New Orleans church on Monday to pay last respects to Leah Chase. ... read more »
USWNT Routs Thailand 13-0 in World Cup Start
June 13, 2019
The last time Thailand and the US women met up, it was a 9-0 thrashing in favor of the United States. It was not much different on this occasion. The score was 3-0 by halftime with the ball staying in Thailand’s final third nearly the entire time. ... read more »
Democrats Hold Hearing on White Supremacy
June 13, 2019
Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire, House Democrats, FBI and Department of Homeland Security, hearing, Trump administration, violent white supremacist groups, House Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, “Confronting White Supremacy: Adequacy of the Federal Response”, domestic extremists, 30 percent to 40 percent rise in domestic terrorism cases, FBI Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Michael McGarrity, FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Criminal Investigations Calvin Shivers, DHS assistant secretary Elizabeth Neumann ... read more »
Mistrial declared on remaining counts against ex-NFL player
June 13, 2019
A California judge declared a mistrial Tuesday on the remaining charges against former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. after a jury convicted him of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman but could not break a deadlock over two counts of rape involving a 54-year-old hitchhiker and an unconscious teen. ... read more »
Two New Reports Chop Up the Data and Make It Easy to Connect with Black California  
June 13, 2019
A little over 2.2 million African Americans call California home. Of that number, 72 percent lives in southern California with the greatest concentration (about 36 percent) in Los Angeles County, followed by the Inland Empire, and then, the San Diego area. ... read more »
Census Committee Reaching out to California’s ‘Hard to Count’ Population
June 13, 2019
Members of the California Complete Count Committee met in Sacramento June 4, to discuss their statewide outreach and communication strategy for 2020, keeping with their mission of getting everyone counted and connected to appropriate resources. The official Census count will begin April 1 of next year, and the committee wants to ensure they reach everyone, especially those who are “hard to count,” they said. Those include immigrant renters, children under 5 and those living below the poverty line. ... read more »
Governor Newsom Announces Appointment of Alva Johnson
June 13, 2019
Alva Vernon Johnson, 51, of Elk Grove, has been appointed director of the California State Lottery. Johnson was director of intergovernmental affairs for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians from 2016 to 2018. ... read more »
Lester Holt, Colleagues to Moderate First Democratic Debate
June 12, 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — Lester Holt and four of his NBC News colleagues will share moderating duties for the first debate of 2020 Democratic presidential contenders. ... read more »
WATCH: Central Park Five and the Impact on American Law
June 12, 2019
The new Netflix series “When They See Us” is reigniting debate over how police treated the Central Park Five during the investigation into the brutal attack on a female jogger in 1989. ... read more / watch video »
WATCH: Taraji P. Henson on Mental Health before the Congressional Black Caucus
June 12, 2019
Taraji P. Henson opening statement before the Congressional Black Caucus Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health: “We, in the African American community, we don’t deal with mental health issues. ... read more / watch video »
UPDATE: Geto Boys’ Bushwick Bill Dead at 52
June 9, 2019
A publicist for rapper Bushwick Bill says the founder of the iconic Houston rap group the Geto Boys has died. Bill’s publicist, Dawn P., told The Associated Press that the rapper died Sunday at 9:35 p.m., ... read more »
Harris, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Accelerate Electrification of Nation’s School Bus Fleet
June 7, 2019
U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday led Senators Merkley (D-OR), Feinstein (D-CA) Booker (D-NJ), Smith (D-MN), Sanders (I-VT), and Cortez Masto (D-NV) in introducing the Clean School Bus Act, legislation to assist school districts around the country in replacing traditional diesel school buses with new, electric buses in order to mitigate students’ and drivers’ exposure to harmful pollutants and help address the climate crisis.  ... read more »
The List of Black and Missing Continues to Grow
June 7, 2019
The alarming number of missing Black females counts for a large chunk of disappearances nationwide. Yet, as the crisis continues, media attention remains largely diverted. ... read more »
Leah Chase… A New Orleans Culinary Icon & Lovely Lady
June 6, 2019
‘Queen of Creole Cuisine’ Passes Away at Age 96 “Life is about listening, learning and never giving up. As long as you’re here on earth, you’re here for a purpose and it’s not about you, it’s about what you can do to better the world you live in. And that’s why I’m here, to help someone else up.” That’s what New Orleans chef and civil rights icon, Leah Chase told the Sentinel in an exclusive interview in 2017. She has served notables such as Quincy Jones, Jesse Jackson, Thurgood Marshall, James Baldwin, Ray Charles, former President Barack Obama and many more. ... read more »
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