Watching the city council meetings days after the recording of unhinged racist remarks by the three Latino councilmembers and Ron Herrera from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor showed the anger and frustration of the public towards morally corrupt leaders. ... read more »
As a young girl, Tamarra Crandall wanted to become a doctor, aspiring to help cure patients suffering from illnesses that cause so much pain and discomfort, especially among minority populations. As fate would have it, Crandall didn’t pursue a medical degree. But, as she will tell you, she pursued the next best thing, which was a career in nursing, and she has no regrets.
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Death tolls across California tell a distressing story about the indelible mark the pandemic has left on all of us. Black Californians and other minorities experienced a disproportionate reduction in life expectancy occurred compared to White Californians.
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The MUZEO Museum and Cultural Center opened “Same Game, Different Smokers” to the public on July 7 and continues until August 24. The groundbreaking exhibit is an exploration of the troubling relationship the tobacco industry has had with the Black community over the last 400+ years. ... read more »
During the recent virtual town hall titled “Mental Wealth: COVID’s Impact on Mental Health in the Black Community,” a panel of trusted doctors discussed insights into how parents and caregivers can support their children’s mental health during the pandemic and beyond. ... read more »
Community advocate Lola Smallwood-Cuevas, a passionate labor organizer who has fought on the frontlines of the labor movement over the past two decades, is now running in her first political race as a candidate for the California State Senate. ... read more »
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles’ (PPLA) Black Health Initiative Leadership Team celebrated the grand opening of their Inglewood Health Center and Planned Parenthood Community Center on May 13. ... read more »
The video that captured the beating of Rodney King was profound in so many ways. For the very first time, the nation witnessed police brutality in a raw form as filmed, not by a member of the media, but rather from an average citizen. And marginalized communities of color now had evidence of what we had been saying for years – law enforcement used unlawful tactics and tended to target Black males and used excessive force without cause or care of discipline. The proof was there. The video was broadcast for all to see. Then came the trial and the acquittal of the officers. The date was April 29, 1992.
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Whether it is other philanthropists, local or regional health centers, or state and federal officials, there is a desperate need for creative solutions to getting more people screened and saving more lives. Smith’s initiative is an innovative approach, but there are other ways to spread awareness and boost screenings in the Black community. ... read more »
With tobacco use being a major contributor to the three leading causes of death among African Americans, young entrepreneur, Blakk Tatted, made it his mission change the debilitating relationship between the community and tobacco products. ... read more »
A recent Washington Post story found that Black Americans donate a higher share of their wealth than their white counterparts – to the tune of around $11 billion each year. Given their cultural and educational importance to the Black community, HBCUs are the repository of much of these donations with a number of household names – and some you may not know – making big-dollar contributions to these institutions. ... read more »
In March 2020, when college campuses across the country closed and sent students home, many HBCUs continued to house hundreds of students who did not have homes to return to. Groups of students were stuck on campus without the funds to pay for transportation back to their home cities. This challenge was a byproduct of several students losing the jobs they used to help fund their education, along with loss of family income. Many students became both food and housing insecure without the critical resources that HBCUs often provide. ... read more »