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CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY: Making ‘More Black History’ in Classical Music
February 12, 2021
In observing Black History Month, National Newspaper Publishers Association President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., has always maintained a poetic theory: “The best way to observe Black History Month is to make more Black history,” Dr. Chavis, one of America's prominent civil rights icons, stated. ... read more »
Black Investors Take Note: Reddit Rebellion Rescues GameStop Stock
February 11, 2021
The band of amateur day traders that interact with each other on the Reddit page WallStreetBets, encouraged whoever was listening to buy shares of the flailing GameStop, AMC, Macy’s and Koss stocks. Big investors, often in the form of hedge funds, frequently bet against struggling public companies using a process referred to as “shorting,” which allows investors to bet on the degree of misfortune a stock may experience and earn billions of dollars in profits as a result. ... read more »
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, American Petroleum Institute Welcome New Fellow Cody West
December 25, 2020
West, a graduate of Texas State University and the University of Houston, earned a two-year fellowship from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) and American Petroleum Institute (API) as an Energy Policy Fellow. ... read more »
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‘Mightier Than the Sword –The History of the Black Press’
October 1, 2020
From the Freedom’s Journal to the Chicago Defender, and of course, the Los Angeles Sentinel, Black publications and journalists have been on the frontlines fighting for social justice, equality, and basic human rights for Black communities. With the recent killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, Black America is reminded of the power the Black press holds. The rage, the protests, the tears, and the chants screaming, “Black Lives Matter,” inspire Black newspapers and digital media outlets to keep advocating for change. ... read more »
Television Academy Honors Tyler Perry
August 20, 2020
The Television Academy announced that entertainment industry icon Tyler Perry and The Perry Foundation will receive the 2020 Governors Award "in recognition of their unparalleled contributions to shaping the television medium.'' ... read more »
Supervisors Vote to Appoint First Inspector General for Skilled Nursing Homes Amid COVID-19 Deaths
May 28, 2020
Acting on a motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Board Chair Kathryn Barger, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to appoint – for the first time – an Inspector General to oversee skilled nursing facilities, which account for more than half of all deaths from COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. The Board also approved bringing in the Auditor-Controller to ensure closer monitoring of skilled nursing facilities immediately.   ... read more »
Russell Simmons Brings Back Def Comedy Jam to Raise Money for Coronavirus Ravaged Areas
April 9, 2020
Simmons is leading a group of producers who, on Sunday, April 5, will premiere “Def Comedy Jam Presents: Healing Through Laughter,” a marathon fundraiser hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. The program will air online beginning at 10 p.m. EST, and Simmons’ Instagram page will be updated to provide more information. Simmons has established a GoFundMe page with the hopes of raising as much as $100,000 to help with supplies to assist those in need. ... read more »
Will A Woman Be President In 2020?
January 30, 2020
Though polls are not a definitive measure of who will win an election, Warren and Klobuchar tend to poll more weakly than the men in the race – Vice President Biden, Sanders, and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Have we come such a long way since 2016 that a woman is electable? Can so-called progressive men who want to get 45 out of the White House overcome their gender bias to vote for a woman? ... read more »
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Gwen Ifill Immortalized with Postal Service Forever Stamp
November 7, 2019
Among the first African Americans to hold prominent positions in both broadcast and print journalism, Ifill was a trailblazer in the profession. ... read more »
How to Be an Anti-Racist, According to Ibram X. Kendi
September 5, 2019
“A combination of memoir and extension of [Kendi’s] towering Stamped from the Beginning... Never wavering... Kendi methodically examines racism through numerous lenses: power, biology, ethnicity, body, culture, and so forth... This unsparing honesty helps readers, both white and people of color, navigate this difficult intellectual territory... Essential.” ... read more »
WATCH: 400 Years From Slaves Arriving In Virginia
August 20, 2019
400 years ago this month, in 1619, 20 enslaved Africans arrived at what would become the United States, and writers of an epic New York Times effort commemorating this, ... read more / watch video »
Walter Mosley Brings Life to FX’s ‘Snowfall’
July 26, 2019
First impression, Walter Mosley, author and consulting producer/writer on FX’s “Snowfall” for the past two seasons, has a distinctive and comforting voice. His cadence reminded me of jazz.  He confessed that he doesn’t like his voice suggesting that it’s nothing special. I will agree to disagree. ... read more »
Biden Doubles Down on Segregationist Comments, Analysis of 1994 Crime Bill is Next Test
July 4, 2019
On June 25, the New York Times published a deep dive into Biden’s views on justice reform and his involvement on the 1994 Clinton Crime Bill. Biden’s involvement was substantial, unlike former President Bill Clinton, Biden has never walked back his support for the largest crime legislation package in history. ... read more »
Thousands of Police Officers Outed in Slew of Racist Facebook Posts
June 20, 2019
“One of the reasons that I don’t think it’s an individual problem is that these folks are talking to each other. There are a lot of posts that have eight comments underneath them, and three of those comments are by other police officers, and in those long comment threads you often see a kind of piling on,” said Philadelphia-based attorney Emily Baker-White. ... read more »
Trump Calls Mexicans “Animals” Again and White House Advisors Attempt to Justify It
April 11, 2019
President Trump said ... "You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals." ... read more »
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