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‘How Did 12 Percent of Black Men vote for Trump?’
November 19, 2020
In Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, 95 percent of Black male voters and 96 percent of Black women chose him, NBC News reported. Four years later, Black women’s support remained at 96 percent for Obama’s 2012 re-election, while Black men slid to 87 percent. In 2016, when the nominee was Hillary Clinton, Black men dropped further to 82 percent while Black women’s support for Clinton remained high at 94 percent. Biden came close to matching that this year, garnering the support of 91 percent of Black women. But 12 percent of Black men voted for Trump, according to exit polls. ... read more »
Minority Employees v. Amazon: Rev. Jackson, CK Hoffler, Announce Support of Class Action Lawsuit
November 19, 2020
Former Amazon employee Chris Smalls and his attorneys, National Bar Association President C.K. Hoffler and famed Civil Rights Lawyer Michael Sussman, detailed the lawsuit which seeks unspecified punitive damages against the tech giant, during a call with members of the press and media, including the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos. ... read more »
New Coronavirus Vaccine Requires ‘Trust’ of African American Community
November 19, 2020
Researchers are urging more people of color to participate in clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine, but participation numbers so far are low. ... read more »
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Black Employees Say Racism is Rife at Cal Air Resources Board
November 5, 2020
Black employees say racism is widespread at the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the organization Nichols chairs.   ... read more »
The Power of Plea Bargaining: Prosecutorial Discretion Can Be Good in The Right Hands
November 5, 2020
The truth in our courtrooms is rarely so clear.  Instead, there are layers of issues beyond guilt, including systemic injustice, rushed proceedings, undue pressure, and broad prosecutorial discretion on what charges are filed and the length of sentence that will result.    ... read more »
ELECTION 2020: For Millions of Americans, the Future of Health Care is What’s on the Ballot
October 29, 2020
“Right now, under the Affordable Care Act, it is your right to have access to lactation support and counseling without cost-sharing for as long as you are breastfeeding. If the ACA gets struck down, then insurers will not be required to cover it, which could have devastating impacts on new parents,” noted Andrea Ippolito, a health tech expert and founder of SimpliFed, a company that assists mothers who breastfeed. ... read more »
Black SuperPac Urges Candidates, Parties to Spend Millions with Black Businesses
October 22, 2020
One of America’s leading Black conservative political action committee has instituted a national effort to help Black-owned businesses earn some of the billions of dollars spent during America’s political campaigns as the 2020 election year hits the home stretch. ... read more »
Success On “The Way”-‘The Heart Changer’: ‘Who Can Change Hearts?’
September 3, 2020
It seems to me the only problem which confronts our nation and the world is the lack of introspection (looking into self) and that of each individual’s conscience. Everybody’s got a heart problem. It’s about tolerating the weaknesses of others. It’s about taking the eye of the mind and searching deeply within the heart. If everyone thinks they are perfect, that’s problematic. ... read more »
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NNPA Teams with Magic Johnson to Fund Over $100 Million in PPP Loans for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses
July 30, 2020
Johnson’s EquiTrust is providing critical financial support to underserved communities and businesses that have been traditionally neglected. These small and diverse businesses often have difficulty developing strong lending relationships with big banks. According to the Center for Responsible Lending, up to 90% of businesses owned by people of color have been, or will likely be, shut out of the PPP program. ... read more »
Combating HIV in the African American Community
May 14, 2020
The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic harkens back to another pandemic that began with the movement of a virus from animal into human populations and is still very much with us – HIV/AIDS.  Like COVID-19, HIV affects Black populations at increased rates for reasons related to racism, segregation, and poverty, presenting a serious ongoing threat to our health.  However, it is critical that COVID-19 does not distract us completely from efforts to end the HIV epidemic once and for all – a goal that many believe is in sight.  HIV.gov provides the specific metric for reaching this goal, “to reduce the number of new HIV infections, in the United States, by 75 percent within five years, and then by at least 90 percent within 10 years.” ... read more »
Seeking Victory Over Two Viruses: Covid-19 and the Pathology of Oppression
April 23, 2020
In these troubled, troubling, tragic and trying times, more than ever, we must not only be a people in itself but also a people for itself. That is to say, a people who are not only different and distinct, but also self-consciously and actively so. ... read more »
“Full Dissidence” Examines Racial Disparity in America
April 9, 2020
Senior ESPN writer and author Howard Bryant released his ninth book “Full Dissidence: Notes From an Uneven Playing Field” earlier this year. The book consists of ten essays that explain the different ways in which American Society shows their disdain for Blackness and Black people. ... 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 »
Local Physician Urges More Vigilance During Public Health Crisis
April 2, 2020
As African Americans are largest group of sufferers of chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease, Dr. Cozzette Jones, president of the Association of Black Women Physicians is urging them to be more vigilant during the COVID-19 crisis. She has noticed, she said, the complacency among community members in regards to the pandemic. But complacency is dangerous, said Jones and can cost many lives. ... read more »
On the Front Lines of COVID-19 in South LA
March 26, 2020
“We need goggles, N-95s, surgical masks, pretty much every kind of personal protective equipment,” said Debra Flores, chief operations officer for the hospital and the lead for this emergency response.  “What aren’t we thinking of? What more can we do?” ... read more »
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