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Inequality Last Year Grew, But Child Poverty Dropped
September 15, 2022
Income inequality in the U.S. increased last year for the first time in more than a decade, but childhood poverty was cut almost in half due to expansion of the federal government’s child tax credit and stimulus payments made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new survey results released Tuesday, Sept. 13, by the U.S. Census Bureau. ... read more »
Opening Houses of Worship in a Time of Uncertainty
September 7, 2022
I had just announced our church’s plans to resume in-person worship when someone called and told me they had contracted COVID-19. Immediately, I second-guessed the decision to reopen our worship building for services. ... read more »
Black Surfers Unite at “A Great Day at The Stoke”
July 7, 2022
Last month, Black surfers gathered to celebrate their existence at A Great Day at The Stoke in Huntington Beach. Touted as the biggest gathering of Black surfers, A Great Day at The Stoke included a surf competition, free Yoga sessions, and free surf lessons. ... read more »
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COMMENTARY: Together We Can Make a Difference  
June 16, 2022
At the Dallas Police Department/Korean American Safety Town Hall Meeting on Monday night, you didn’t have to speak the language to know the feelings that were dominating the room. These citizens gathered in the wake of three racially motivated shootings at Korean-owned and operated businesses and they wanted answers.  ... read more »
Make Mental Wellness Part of Our Total Health
June 2, 2022
The next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in California has arrived. As the state begins to implement its SMARTER Plan, protecting ourselves and our communities from COVID-19 and its fast-spreading variants through vaccination can ensure better outcomes for us all. ... read more »
Strong Support, Harsh Criticisms Follow Gov. Newsom’s Budget Into Final Negotiations
May 26, 2022
On May 13, Gov. Gavin Newsom held a press conference in Sacramento to present his $300.6 billion revised budget for fiscal year 2022-23. He has dubbed the spending plan the California Blueprint. It is the largest budget proposal in the 172-year history of the state. ... read more »
Op-Ed – Investing in Community Clinics is a Civil Right for Our Generation
May 19, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic is still devastating Black communities because our fight for civil rights isn’t yet done. ... read more »
Student Athlete of the Week: Cameron Washington
April 28, 2022
Dorsey senior Cameron Washington has a natural talent when it comes to athleticism. This has helped him be an efficient dual-sport athlete for the Dons, being a linebacker for their football team and a catcher for baseball. ... read more »
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Prostate Cancer Rising in Black America 
April 28, 2022
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 »
Vaccination as an Act of Faith: Celebrate Easter by Protecting Against COVID-19 
April 14, 2022
Faith and science are not opposing forces: they are two sides of the same coin that have saved countless lives throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.   ... read more »
Working in Community Interest Drives Perry’s Congressional Campaign 
March 31, 2022
The homelessness crisis, rising cost of living, and the pandemic’s effect on mental illness are the top issues Jan Perry aims to tackle if elected as the representative for the 37th Congressional District.  ... read more »
Robert F. Smith, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Frank Baker and William Pickard Top List of Black Donors to HBCUs 
March 17, 2022
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 »
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Directs Over $2 Million of Federal Funding to Student Financial Relief
March 17, 2022
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) in South Los Angeles, one of the nation’s four historically Black medical schools and a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, has allocated more than $2 million of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) authorized in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to provide financial relief directly to students, it was announced by David M. Carlisle, president and CEO of CDU. ... read more »
Gipson Pushes for Health Equity at MLK Community Hospital
March 10, 2022
Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) introduced AB 2426, to address health equity in the South Los Angeles community. This bill would build off of AB 2599 (Bass, 2009) and cover hospital-based outpatient services provided in the emergency department. ... read more »
Preserve 211 LA – the County’s Community Service Hotline Operator 
February 9, 2022
Essential services for our community are at risk, and it’s up to us to save them.  ... read more »
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