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Faith Leaders, Elected Officials and Celebrities Respond to Guilty Verdicts in Ahmaud Arbery Case

  Kisha Smith A Brunswick, Georgia jury of eleven whites and one black returned guilty verdicts in the cases of three men— Travis McMicheal, Greg McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan — for hunting down and killing 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, who had been jogging through the Satilla Shores area in coastal Georgi…
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Voting Rights Is the Civil Rights Issue of Our Time

Mark Hedin, Ethnic Media Services It’s the “civil rights issue of our time,” voting rights advocates say, but three different proposals to strengthen and create nationwide standards on voting are all stalled in Congress. “Democracy is facing challenges unlike any we have seen in modern time,” said Wade Henderson, CE…
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Michael B. Jordan and Serena Williams Unite for Million Dollar HBCU Giveaway

Staff Actor Michael B. Jordan, and tennis great Serena Williams have joined forces to provide HBCU entrepreneurs with the chance to win up to one million dollars in cash to assist in their business ventures. “HBCUs are an integral part of our educational ecosystem and have long been centers of entrepreneurial excell…
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Dave Chappelle Hits Back at Controversy and Asks, ‘Am I Canceled or Not?’

Stacy Brown/NNPA Newswire Comedian Dave Chappelle said he’s been disinvited to film festivals, and no company or studio will entertain his new documentary because of the fallout from his controversial Netflix special, “The Closer.” And while he’s willing to meet with the transgender community and Netflix employees w…
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Newsom Signs ‘George Floyd Law’ 

Staff The nation watched in horror the video of three police officers doing nothing to stop former Minneapolis police officer (now convicted felon) Derek Chauvin from snuffing the life out of George Floyd with a knee to his neck. Thanks to Assemblyman Chris Holden’s police reform legislation, AB 26, such actions—or …
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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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