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Sheriffs & Media Misidentify Innocent Compton Man as Cop Shooter
September 17, 2020
33-year-old Compton native, Darnell Hicks, had no idea why his phone was blowing up Sunday night.  Like every Sunday, he was working the swing shift as a client aide at a South Centra L.A.  transitional housing program, when all of a sudden, he started receiving back-to-back text messages and social media notifications.  Darnell could hardly believe what he was reading--that he was wanted in the shooting of two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies as they sat in a patrol SUV at the Compton Willowbrook rail station. ... read more »
Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson Honored with NNPA 2020 National Leadership Award
September 17, 2020
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Mississippi), who began his grassroots political activism being a civil rights champion through the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) while a student at Tougaloo College, will receive the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) 2020 National Leadership Award. ... read more »
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Michelle Matthews-Alexander of General Motors Earns NNPA 2020 National Leadership Award
September 17, 2020
In partnership with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), Matthews-Alexander and Chevrolet have invested heavily in the future of Black journalism while simultaneously supporting students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. On Thursday, September 17, 2020, Matthews-Alexander will receive the NNPA 2020 National Leadership Award. ... read more »
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to Receive NNPA 2020 National Leadership Award
September 17, 2020
A graduate of Chatham University and American University – with honorary degrees from both Chatham University and Trinity University, Mayor Muriel Bowser has moved the forefront of racial equality and social justice. ... read more »
Los Angeles County Announces Millions of Dollars Will Be Put Towards COVID-19 Related Challenges, To Fight Them Head-On
September 16, 2020
There is a need for all residents to come together. There is no room for lack of support when multiple livelihoods are looking at the bottom of their barrel.  All public officials took a united front and supported the message of compassion to spread across Los Angeles. ... read more »
Two Sheriff’s Deputies Shot in Compton; Los Angeles County sets $100,000 Reward for Any Information
September 15, 2020
Los Angeles is experiencing turbulence amid residents and those sworn to protect them. Chairwoman Barger disclosed that two LAPD deputies were ambushed over the weekend. Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas and Barger are offering a $100,000 reward for any information leading to a capture of those who committed the violence. ... read more »
The Los Angeles Public Library and Dynasty United Youth Association Team Up for A New Virtual Tutoring and Job Preparation Program for South L.A. Students Affected by COVID School Closures
September 15, 2020
The Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) and the Dynasty United Youth Association (DUYA) come together to launch the virtual Accelerated Learning Program Service for South L.A. students in grades K-12. Students can access the free educational support program, Monday through Friday, noon to 8:00 p.m through June 5, 2021. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. ... read more »
SAG-AFTRA STATEMENT ON THE ARREST OF JOSIE HUANG
September 14, 2020
SAG-AFTRA today released the following statement regarding the arrest of KPCC journalist Josie Huang on Saturday:   This past Saturday, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputies tackled, held down, handcuffed and arrested SAG-AFTRA member Josie Huang, a public media journalist with radio station KPCC. Huang was visibly credentialed as a working journalist and verbally identified herself as a member of the press. She had done nothing to warrant questioning much less arrest. ... read more »
Kaiser Permanente Becomes First Carbon-Neutral Health System in the U.S.
September 14, 2020
The organization’s mission to improve individual and community health drives its longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability and slowing climate change ... read more »
Los Angeles Urban League Letter to The Editor – Another Police Killing
September 11, 2020
On Monday, August 31, 2020, two Los Angeles County Sherriff deputies shot and killed Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old African American man from Lancaster, CA, visiting friends and family in the Westmont neighborhood of Los Angeles.  Shortly after Mr. Kizzee was pronounced dead, community activists gathered at the sight of the shooting. They marched to the local Sheriff's station to protest the unnecessary murder of another Black man by those pledged to protect and serve. Protesters are rightfully outraged, and the family deserves answers and transparency.  ... read more »
Gov. Signs Bill Allowing Producers, Writers, Musicians and More to Remain Freelancers 
September 11, 2020
After months of uproar, harsh criticisms and biting commentary from advocates representing various industries, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 2257 into law on Sept. 4. The legislation is an AB 5 amendment bill, and it will go into effect immediately.   ... read more »
First Black Council Member Appointed to Lakewood City Council
September 11, 2020
A longtime Lakewood city commissioner and former Los Angeles County sheriff's commander was sworn in today as the first Black council member in the city's history. Vicki Stuckey was unanimously appointed Tuesday night to fill the 18 months remaining on the term of Diane DuBois, who retired after 15 years on the Lakewood City Council. Stuckey -- who has lived in Lakewood for 28 years -- has been a city commissioner for 19 years, served four years on the community safety commission and 15 years on the planning and environmental commission, including four stints as the commission's chair. ... read more »
Lupita Nyong’o says Chadwick Boseman’s ‘power lives on’
September 11, 2020
Lupita Nyong’o has written a stirring tribute to her late “Black Panther” co-star Chadwick Boseman, calling him a man whose power will “reverberate for generations.” “I write these words from a place of hopelessness, to honor a man who had great hope,” the actress writes in the message posted to her social media accounts Tuesday, 11 days after Boseman’s death from colon cancer at age 43. “The news of his passing is a punch to my gut every morning.” ... read more »
Woman Alleges BHPD Stopped Her Because of her Race
September 10, 2020
A Black woman is suing the city of Beverly Hills, its police department and several individual officers, alleging she was stopped because of her race while driving through the city, then ordered out of her car at gunpoint. ... read more »
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