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Prayers for Jesse Jackson

Chez Hadley Americans around the country are sending prayers to the family of the famed Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. The 79-year old civil rights icon and his 77-year old wife of nearly 60 years, Jacqueline, remained hospitalized with COVID. While Jackson—who has Parkinson’s disease— had been vaccinated in January and is…
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Biden Administration Extends Pause on Student Loan Payments

Staff In a move to keep the economy recovering at a steady pace, the Biden Administration—which had paused federal student loan repayments for millions of Americans to the end of September—has announced it is extending that pause one final time through January 31, 2022 at 0% interest. Collections have also been susp…
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Tavis Smiley’s KBLA Gives Voice to Community as L.A.’s First Black-Owned Talk Radio Station

Lisa Collins Tavis Smiley is used to making history. He did it as the first black to have a talk show on NPR and the first African American to have a talk show on PBS. Now, he is making history as with the launch of KBLA-1580, the first Black-owned talk radio format in Los Angeles. Smiley closed the deal to purchase…
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With Clemency from Former President Donald Trump, Corvain Cooper Resets His Life as Entrepreneur and Community Activist

Corvain Cooper knows what it is like to be behind prison walls and feel like the people you love the most have forgotten about you. He served seven years of a life sentence for a nonviolent marijauna conviction. Since receiving clemency from former President Donald Trump before he left office in January, Corvain has…
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Congresswoman Waters Demands Federal Probe into L.A. Sheriff’s Department “Executioners” Gang

Staff Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, is calling on  U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to take immediate action in directing the U.S. Department of Justice to look into the reports of a rogue, violent gang of law enforcement officers, who call themselves the …
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Calif. Reps. Lee and Bass Are Pushing Bills to Probe COINTELPRO; Remove Hoover’s Name From FBI Building

Quinci LeGardye | California Black Media California’s U.S. Congresswomen Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) and Karen Bass (D-CA-37) are backing legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to remove former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s name from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters in Washington, D.C. Ano…
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Haitian American Artist Brings His Vision, Gift to State’s COVID Campaign

Bo Tefu | California Black Media California’s “Your Actions Save Lives” art campaign recently unveiled two “Safety First” murals in San Francisco. The artworks, created by the Grammy-nominated visual artist Serge Gay Jr, were commissioned to encourage people to continue to take safety precautions against COVID-19 ev…
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White Farmers Thwart Plan to Provide Relief to Black Farmers

Staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s plan to redress decades of loan discrimination by handing out $4 billion in payments to an estimated 16,000 Black farmers has been thwarted by a group of white farmers who have sued the USDA claiming its reverse discrimination. Last week, a U.S. District court issued a temp…
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Haitian Americans Fear What Comes Next As Assassination of Jovenel Moïse Casts Nation into Political Crisis

Haitian Americans and immigrants are expressing alarm following the shocking midnight assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and the attack on his wife, first lady Martine Moïse at his home near Port-au-Prince. According to reports, the president was assassinated at his private residence at around 1am in an assaul…
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“Police Reform and Personal Responsibility”

It is indeed rare, if not unprecedented, to see a highly diverse group of organizations such as the conserva- tive Alliance Defending Freedom, the liberal American Civil Liberties Union, the libertarian Cato Institute and the Reason Foundation on the same page as the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund on the sam…
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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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