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NAACP Sues U.S. Education Secretary Over COVID-19 School Money
August 10, 2020
The NAACP formally filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C., accusing DeVos of illegally changing the rules for allocating $13.2 billion in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) money to benefit wealthy private k-12 schools. ... read more »
California eyes 11 police reforms after George Floyd’s death
August 10, 2020
California lawmakers are pushing to enact nearly a dozen policing reform laws driven by nationwide outrage and protests after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in May. Lawmakers have until Aug. 31 to approve and send legislation to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. ... read more »
Census Bureau drop-outs complicate door-knocking efforts
August 10, 2020
With widespread home visits for the 2020 census set to begin next week, the Census Bureau is losing workers like Garick to pandemic fears. The attrition could complicate the bureau’s plans to ramp up efforts to reach the hardest to count communities, including minorities and immigrants, on a shortened schedule. ... read more »
Is the Postal Service Slowing Mail Delivery?
August 6, 2020
Reports of significant problems at the postal service under newly appointed postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, a major Trump donor, has exacerbated claims that the slowdown is intentional. ... read more »
Census Crunch Time: Activists Say Every Black Californian Must Be Counted Before New September Deadline
August 6, 2020
African American stakeholders are ramping up their outreach to undercounted census tracts where Black Californians live after the U.S. Census Bureau announced this week that it will stop the national count at the end of September. The state too is intensifying its last-ditch initiatives to achieve an accurate count of all Californians as enumeration goes into its final stretches. Federal legislation that would have extended it through October has stalled in the U.S. Senate.    ... read more »
Black Automotive Media Group (BAMG) Hosts Discussions with Nation’s Automakers Over Lack of Inclusion
August 6, 2020
The BAMG feels that addressing these pillars is crucial to reversing decades of exclusion that Black automotive journalists have faced. As a result of the letter, all manufacturers responded, and a series of video calls were executed. The conversations were informative and sometimes uncomfortable, and souls on both sides of the discussions were bared. “We need to be an adequate part of the solution,” said one automaker. “We need a strategic corporate reset,” said another. ... read more »
Grand Jury Charges Ed Buck with Four Additional Felonies, Including that He Enticed Victims to Travel Interstate to Engage in Prostitution
August 4, 2020
A federal grand jury today returned a superseding indictment charging Edward Buck with four additional felonies, including that he allegedly enticed victims – including a man who died at his West Hollywood apartment after he administered drugs to him – to travel interstate to engage in prostitution. ... read more »
OPEN LETTER BY BLACK WOMEN LEADERS IN RESPONSE TO THE NARRATIVE SURROUNDING BLACK WOMEN NOMINEES FOR VICE PRESIDENT
August 4, 2020
Black women are many things. We are business executives, political strategists and elected officials, philanthropists, and activists. We are health and wellness practitioners. We are entertainers and faith leaders. We are wives, mothers, daughters, educators, and students. We set and shift culture. We build power and we are powerful. ... read more »
Former GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain dies of COVID-19
August 2, 2020
Herman Cain, former Republican presidential candidate and former CEO of a major pizza chain who went on to become an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, ... read more »
Xavier University of Louisiana gets $20M donation
August 1, 2020
A historically Black university in Louisiana has received a $20 million donation from MacKenzie Scott, the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. The gift is the largest private contribution in the school's history and part of hundreds of millions of dollars Scott announced that she had given away. ... read more »
John Lewis mourned as ‘founding father’ of ‘better America’
August 1, 2020
Lewis was ``a man of pure joy and unbreakable perseverance,`` Obama said during a fiery speech in which he hearkened back to Lewis' legacy and connected it to the ongoing fight against those who are ``doing their darndest to discourage people from voting.'' ... read more »
Transcript: Barack Obama’s address at John Lewis’ funeral
August 1, 2020
As a boy, John listened through the door after bedtime as his father's friends complained about the Klan. One Sunday as a teenager, he heard Dr. King preach on the radio. As a college student in Tennessee, he signed up for Jim Lawson's workshops on the tactic of nonviolent civil disobedience. John Lewis was getting something inside his head, an idea he couldn't shake that took hold of him - that nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience were the means to change laws, but also change hearts, and change minds, and change nations, and change the world. ... read more »
Congresswoman Karen Bass Emerges As Contender for Biden VP Slot
August 1, 2020
Rep. Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, has emerged as a contender to be Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's vice presidential pick, according to multiple published reports. ... read more »
NNPA Teams with Magic Johnson to Fund Over $100 Million in PPP Loans for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses
July 30, 2020
Johnson’s EquiTrust is providing critical financial support to underserved communities and businesses that have been traditionally neglected. These small and diverse businesses often have difficulty developing strong lending relationships with big banks. According to the Center for Responsible Lending, up to 90% of businesses owned by people of color have been, or will likely be, shut out of the PPP program. ... read more »
Furloughed Employee Sues Live Nation for Racial & Gender Discrimination
July 30, 2020
Newman believes she was practically terminated due to her grievances about being discriminated against in the Live Nation workplace. Newman alleges that Live Nation did not show their support with her grievances; instead, she claims that the global entertainment company negated her complaints, and then cut her loose with coronavirus-related staff reductions to cite as the excuse to relieve the company of the complaint. ... read more »
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