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National Report Indicates Low Rate of Premature Death in LA County, But Challenges Remain
March 25, 2019
A new report on the health of counties across the nation has ranked Los Angeles County among the California health jurisdictions with the lowest rates of premature death. The County’s result also fared better that those of the other three most populous counties in the nation. ... read more »
NAACP Celebrates 110th Anniversary of Freedom Fighting
February 21, 2019
“Had there been no May 17, 1954 (the day the Supreme Court ruled in Brown V. Board of Education), I’m not sure there would have been a Little Rock. I’m not sure there would have been a Martin Luther King Jr., or Rosa Parks, had it not been for May 17, 1954. It created an environment for us to push, for us to pull,” Lewis said. ... read more »
Study Finds: Attacks on Public Sector Unions Put Black Community at Risk
January 31, 2019
According to the report, “An Ongoing Demand for Los Angeles:  A Bright Future Requires Organizing More Black Public Sector Union Workers,” public sector jobs and unions that represent such employees contribute to the economic and social stability of the Black middle class in Los Angeles. ... read more »
1908 Race Riot Site Could Become National Historic Monument
January 10, 2019
A central Illinois congressman has introduced a measure to designate the site of 1908 race riots in Springfield as a National Historic Monument. ... read more »
NATION’S LARGEST LONG TERM CARE UNION WELCOMES APRIL VERRETT AS ITS NEW PRESIDENT
January 8, 2019
The members of SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Local 2015, the nation’s largest long term care union representing over 385,000 home care and nursing home workers throughout California, are celebrating the new year with the start of April Verrett as their President. ... read more »
Unexpected For-Profit College Closures Come Before Christmas
December 27, 2018
“…this year, just a week before Christmas, there are people who were dealing with the aftermath of something far colder than the weather: college closures with no advance notice and a promise of more information at a date yet to be determined.” ... read more »
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade Settle the Score with One Last Dance
December 11, 2018
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade culminated a sixteen-year professional basketball relationship, two championships, and two Olympic gold medals under the bright lights of Staples Center on Monday night. With the Lakers’ 105-103 triumph over the Heat, James edged out Wade 16-15 in all-time wins. ... read more »
Harris at Spelman College: “Go forward unburdened, unwavering, and undaunted by the fight”
November 1, 2018
This past week, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris delivered remarks at Spelman College, America’s oldest private, historically Black liberal arts college for women, as part of the school’s annual Homecoming weekend. Speaking to students from Spelman College and the Atlanta University Center, Harris emphasized the urgency of the current political moment, highlighted the importance of young women of color taking on leadership roles, and drew from her own experiences to suggest how young women can remain undaunted by the challenges ahead.  ... read more »
Comedian Kevin Hart helping 18 students at HBCUs
August 16, 2018
Hart's "Help From The Hart Charity'' and KIPP Public Schools each donated $300,000 in scholarships administered by the fund. Hart also gave $100,000 to the fund in 2015. ... read more »
Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
August 13, 2018
For movies opening August 17, 2018. ... read more »
Conservative Nominee Tapped for Post in Kenya Gets Grilling from Dems
August 10, 2018
Democrats are challenging President Trump’s nominee from the Midwestern state of Illinois for the post of U.S. ambassador to Kenya. State Sen. Kyle McCarter’s conservative views run the gamut from opposition to gay rights, restrictions on immigration and locking up former Senator Hillary Clinton. ... read more »
State AGs to DeVos: Work with, Not Against, State Law Enforcement
July 26, 2018
Starting last summer, student loan servicers like Navient have been lobbying DeVos to shield them from liability for their practices. And it’s worked. Despite objections from a bi-partisan group of Attorneys General (AGs), the National Association of Governors, and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, DeVos and the Department of Education have increasingly made it more difficult for state and federal law enforcement agencies to do their jobs by retracting information sharing agreements with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and instructing servicers not share student loan information with state law enforcement and banking supervisors. ... read more »
Celebrating Writer and Educator Charles Johnson
May 31, 2018
While a graduate student at SUNY, Johnson produced numerous short stories. In these works, Johnson experimented with the fusing of philosophical interpretative method to literary form.  He later used this technique in his two most important non-fiction books: Being and Race (1988) and Turning the Wheel: Essays in Buddhism and Writing (2003). ... read more »
The Descendants of Dred Scott and Chief Justice Roger B. Taney Meet
March 15, 2017
Charlie Taney read some of the words that his great-great-grand uncle, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, wrote in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision 160 years ago ... read more »
Wear Orange Campaign: Bullets See No Color
June 4, 2016
Supporters from around the world make “American Orange Again” on National Gun Violence Awareness Day ... read more »
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