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One Down, Three to Go: How Will Chauvin Verdict Factor in Trials of Three Remaining Officers Charged in Death of George Floyd

Staff As most in the nation applauded the verdict handed down by a Minneapolis jury finding former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter, one lingering question remains: how will the Chauvin verdict factor in the trial of the three officers also charged in the deat…
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California Elected Officials, Civic Leaders React to George Floyd Verdict

Antonio Ray Harvey, Bo Tefu & Tanu Henry | California Black Media “The hard truth,” Gov. Newsom said in an April 20 statement, “is that if George Floyd looked like me, he’d still be alive today.” Newsom made the remark after a Hennepin County jury found Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, 45, guilty in the…
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Derek Chauvin Chooses Not to Testify in His Defense [Video]

AP Derek Chauvin chose not to take the stand during his murder trial on Thursday morning (April 15). In what marked the 14th day of his trial, the former Minneapolis police officer told Judge Peter Cahill that he would instead exercise his Fifth Amendment right and decline to testify in his defense. “I will invoke m…
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Judge Throws Out Joe Collins Lawsuit Against Maxine Waters

Staff L.A. Superior Court Judge Yolanda Orozco has dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by Joe Collins, the republican candidate she defeated by more than 90,000 votes last year in the 43rd Congressional District race last year. The lawsuit was filed after a highly contentious race that had both candidate t…

Federal Moratorium on Evictions During Pandemic Has Been Extended

Staff President Biden’s administration has heeded advice from housing advocates and are once again extending a federal moratorium on evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Set to expire on Wednesday, the moratorium is now extended to the end of June. It is a moratorium first initiated by the Centers for Disease Con…

The Virus, Vaccines and New Variants: Weighing the Threat of a Mutant COVID Strain

Manny Otiko | California Black Media Health care specialists, including several medical doctors, are keeping their eyes on coronavirus variants that some fear could lead to new strains of COVID-19 that could possibly undermine global efforts to vaccinate people and stem the global crisis. According to the Centers fo…

A Timeline of California’s Efforts to Equalize Access to the Internet

Quinci LeGardye | California Black Media A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, California legislators are making strides toward addressing and alleviating systemic inequalities brought to light during the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, several bills have been introduced in the state Legislature regarding the digital d…

FEMA Will Give $7,000 to Cover Funeral Costs of Loved Ones Lost to COVID-19

Dianne Lugo  The United States has suffered loss of every kind throughout the pandemic. Over 550,000 people died after contracting the virus and, according to Pew Research, 25 percent of adults surveyed had someone in their household lose their job or lose income during the COVID-19 emergency. The financial impact o…

COGICs Select Bishop J. Drew Sheard as New Presiding Bishop

Staff The Church of God in Christ has elected Bishop J. Drew Sheard as its new leader. Results of the virtual election—making Sheard the presiding prelate of the 7-million member strong, worldwide denomination headquartered in Memphis—were announced March 20. Sheard, 62, had formerly served as prelate of the Michiga…

A Call to Stop Hate: Asian Americans & Allies Held Vigil Demanding an End to Violence & Racism

By Stephen Oduntan A Black Lives Matter – South Pasadena activist came together with the San Gabriel Valley community to hold a “Stop Asian Hate” candlelight vigil on Saturday evening and called for the ongoing attacks on Asian Americans to stop. The vigil was held at Almansor Park in Alhambra, four days after a lon…

Cal Lawmakers Propose Process to Decertify Convicted Cops

Antonio Ray Harvey | California Black Media Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), the chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus, and Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) added language with some teeth to Senate Bill (SB) 2, the “Kenneth Ross Jr. Police Decertification Act of 2021.” The amendments to…

Cal. Black Elected Officials Unite to “Crush Unfair” Effort to Recall Gov. Newsom

Manny Otiko and Antonio Ray Harvey | California Black Media Fourteen California Black Democratic elected officials serving at the federal, state, county and city government levels joined hands in a virtual show of support for Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday during a news briefing on Zoom. In one-minute statements, each …


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