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Gov. Newsom should sign AB 1460. It is vital to preparing students educationally and socially for the world in which they will live, work and eventually lead.
July 30, 2020
For decades, Ethnic Studies faculty, students and staff have argued and struggled to have Ethnic Studies as a requirement in the university curriculum as an indispensable contribution to a truly inclusive and quality education. Gov. Newsom should sign AB 1460 when it reaches his desk this week. It is in the best interest of preparing students for the global society in which they will live and work and eventually play important and leading roles. AB 1460, authored by Dr. Shirley Weber (D-79th District), addresses this issue in a clear and meaningful way. Under the law, beginning 2021-2022, in order to graduate, CSU students would be required to take a class in one of the four major ethnic group disciplines: Native American, African American, Latinx American or Asian American. The benefits of this requirement are numerous and include: its enhancing and expanding knowledge of the various peoples and cultures of the state, country and world; sharing and sharpening perspectives; improving interracial and intercultural relations; and helping prepare students for the diverse state, national and global community in which they will contribute and succeed.  ... 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 »
Princell Hair Named President & CEO Of the Black News Channel
July 23, 2020
Hair brings a unique background in diverse platforms including general management, experience leading a national news network, a regional sports business and several local television news departments. He has reimagined programming lineups in his career discovering new, engaging talent, enhancing linear audience reach and vastly growing digital user engagement. ... read more »
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Why Byron Allen’s Comcast Settlement Win Is an “L” for Black America 
June 18, 2020
Former comedian and entertainment mogul Byron Allen filed suit against Comcast in 2015 seeking $20 billion in damages. Allen alleged that Comcast refused to offer many of his television programs as part of its cable television offerings because he is African American.   ... read more »
There’s No Way Around It, California. You Owe Descendants of Enslaved Black Americans
June 11, 2020
Last year, I read a book titled “The Color of Law.” Every Californian should read it, too — especially if you truly care about Black lives.    ... read more »
Ava Duvernay’s Non-Profit Foundation Launches $250,000 Initiative
April 16, 2020
Array Grant recipients include independently-owned film festivals and screening series impacted by COVID-19 Health Crisis ... read more »
Writer & Director Tayarisha Poe delivers in first feature film ‘Selah and The Spades’
April 15, 2020
TAYARISHA POE: I made an overture to “Selah and the Spades,” called "Overture," in 2014, knowing I eventually wanted to make a feature. But I didn't know how to write a feature script, and I didn't know what it would be about, so I wrote short stories about the characters and their world — one every day for the month of November 2014. At the end of the month, I had all these stories. Since I knew how to write and take photos, I turned the stories into separate multimedia works. It's not the most conventional approach to making a movie but it worked for the story because I wound up spending so much time world-building and thinking about the lives of these kids, which in the end made the feature itself so much more complex and rich.  ... read more »
EXCLUSIVE: Rory Gamble Named First African American President of the UAW
March 19, 2020
“I was sitting at home and brainstorming on things that I needed to do, and then the phone started to ring,” stated Rory Gamble, a welder fixture repairman, who joined the UAW in 1974 when he worked at the Ford Motor Co. Dearborn (Mich.) Frame Plant. “The local NAACP chapter president called, and others,” noted Gamble, who in December was named the 13th president of the 85-year-old union. “It hit me then that, ‘Hey, you’re the first African American president,’” Gamble recalled. “It struck me like a rock. It’s a great accomplishment.” ... read more »
Aircraft Carrier Named After Doris Miller
February 20, 2020
Miller fought during the attack on Pearl Harbor after the Japanese surprise attack on the islands on December 7, 1941. ... read more »
Former DNC Chair Howard Dean Recalls His 2003 Run for President
February 20, 2020
"First, when you have a foreign government helping one of the parties, that's a major problem, and it makes it more difficult," Dean stated. "What [Russian President] Vladimir Putin is trying to do is not so much to support a person, but he's really trying to eliminate any idea of truth. He's attacking the country in a very clear and more dangerous way. He's gone further than they even did during the Cold War. So, these are pretty big problems that we have to figure out how to overcome." ... read more »
Remember Atatiana Jefferson
January 17, 2020
As we enter into a new year, it’s important that we do not forget the December 20th indictment and pending trial of Aaron Dean, a former Forth Worth, Texas police officer, on murder charges in the shooting death of Atatiana Jefferson, an African American woman and Xavier University graduate. ... read more »
EXCLUSIVE: 40 Years of Cathy Hughes’ Leadership at Urban One Fulfilling Dr. King’s Dream
January 16, 2020
As the nation celebrates the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this month, those who knew King well, say Hughes and Urban One are the epitome of King’s dream. ... read more »
The World Stage Celebrates Opening Newly Designed Space
January 16, 2020
Special concert featuring The Bobby West Trio on January 17 ... read more »
Black Inspirations of 2019
December 26, 2019
These Black men and women, through their passions, gave the community inspiration ... read more / view gallery »
House Passes Voting Rights Measure to Restore Portions of Law Gutted in 2015
December 12, 2019
The bill would require all states to get federal approval for election changes known to disproportionately affect voters of color. ... read more »
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