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Discussing Delta: Four Influential Black Women Share Views on the Variant and Vaccination
September 9, 2021
Dr. Rhea Boyd, pediatrician, and minority community health advocate was the medical expert on the panel hosted by Regina Wilson, executive director of California Black Media, with the support of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The other two participants were former Miss Teen USA Kamie Crawford and Teala Dunn, an actress and social media influencer. ... read more »
Cal Ed Chief Thurmond to Families: ‘Translate Fear Into Action’ as Schools Reopen
August 26, 2021
Millions of students are returning to in-person classes at California’s public schools, amid parents and teachers’ fears about the inability to vaccinate children under 12 and the spread of the COVID Delta variant. ... read more »
Profile: Sydney Kamlager Carries the Weight of All Black Women in California Senate
July 29, 2021
Kamlager, the only Black woman serving in the California Senate, spoke with California Black Media about her career, what inspires her and the priorities she has fought for since her term began. ... read more »
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Company Will Pay You $125 to Participate in Research Project
July 22, 2021
Evitarus, a Black-owned Los Angeles-based public opinion research firm, is surveying African Americans in California to gauge opinions on healthcare and racism. The goal of the project, the company says, is to gather data that can influence healthcare policy.  ... read more »
Black Californians Are the Number One Target of Hate Crimes
July 15, 2021
Miya Ponsetto, the Piru, California woman who falsely accused a Black teenager of stealing her phone at a New York City Hotel in December 2020, has been charged with a hate crime. Two Californian men have been charged with a hate crime in Oregon for allegedly assaulting a Black gas station attendant. A Berkeley woman was charged with a hate crime after she allegedly harassed a Black Amazon delivery driver, shouting racial slurs at him and physically stopping his attempts to escape the confrontation. ... read more »
“We Have His Back”: Dem Leaders Throw Support Behind Gov. Newsom in $276 M “Republican Recall”
July 8, 2021
A group of influential California Democratic leaders held a press conference July 2 to pledge their support for Gov. Gavin Newsom against what they are calling the “Republican Recall,” and to remind Californians, from their point of view, what the state will lose if that effort succeeds. ... read more »
Bill to End “Slavery” in Prisons Advances in Cal Legislature
July 8, 2021
April Grayson, a policy associate for the Young Women’s Freedom Center and a formerly incarcerated Black woman, who spent 17 years behind bars, said she can’t wait to see the day when the language in Article 1, Section 6 of California’s Constitution is off the books. ... read more »
Calif. Atty Gen. Bonta Was Leading Force in Fight That Saved Obamacare
July 1, 2021
Last week, the United States Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of keeping the core of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, intact. ... read more »
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Some Upbeat News for Black Businesses Still Reeling From Pandemic Losses
June 17, 2021
“It’s a state of disrepair. They need significant support,” said Tara Lynn Gray, director of the California Office of the Small Business Advocate.   ... read more »
Gov. Newsom Okays Inquiry Into Death Row Inmate’s Clemency Request
June 3, 2021
 Cooper has served over 35 years on death row at San Quentin State Prison for the crimes.  “Mr. Cooper maintains that he is innocent of the crimes of which he was convicted and contends that the evidence introduced at trial against him was manufactured, mishandled, planted, tampered with, or otherwise tainted by law enforcement,” said Newsom in executive order N-06-21, which he signed on May 28. ... read more »
Most Blacks Locked Out of Market as California Median Home Cost Soars Past $800,000
May 27, 2021
The California Association of Realtors (CAR), the California Building Industry Association (CBIA), and Habitat for Humanity California have joined together to urge lawmakers to make additional investments in this year’s state budget to encourage developers to build more homes across California. ... read more »
Readiness to Reopen: Leaders Gauge COVID Threat in Black Communities
May 13, 2021
With California set to do away with most of the state's COVID-19 restrictions and prepare to fully reopen on June 15, some Black leaders and medical professionals are taking stock of the pandemic’s impact on Black communities. ... read more »
Many Black Renters, Hit Worst By COVID, Remain in Dark About Billions in Relief Funds
May 6, 2021
But many renters, including Black Californians who lease residential property, may not know about the state’s new CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program or they may not have details on how to apply for the available assistance. Other advocates say some renters could simply be confused because there are multiple rental relief programs at the county or city level to help renters. ... read more »
California Governor Newsom Nominates Oakland Lawmaker Rob Bonta as Next Attorney General
March 24, 2021
After weeks of speculation, Gov. Gavin Newsom has picked his replacement for former California attorney Gen. Xavier Becerra. Last December, President Biden nominated Becerra to his Cabinet as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He was recently sworn into that role. ... read more »
Asm. Holden Takes on Unfair Lowballing When Black Californians Appraise Their Homes
March 4, 2021
Assemblymember Chris Holden has (D-Pasadena) introduced legislation, Assembly Bill (AB) 948, to address discrimination in the real estate appraisal process in California. ... read more »
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