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Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman Steals The Show

It was one of the inauguration’s most memorable moments and it belonged to Amanda Gorman, the 22-year old poet laureate who made history as “the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate”. The powerful words of her poem, “The Hill We Climb”, struck at the very heart of what the United States is experienc…
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Covid Vaccine Now Available for Angelenos Over 65, Concerns Over Delayed Distribution For Others Grows

Dianne Lugo, Staff Los Angeles is pushing forward and has opened up appointments to residents above the age of 65 to receive the COVID-19 vaccine even as California overall struggles to accurately count and report how many of the vaccine doses are distributed daily. Gov. Gavin Newsom previously asked Californian’s t…
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Rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black Among 140 Pardoned and Commuted by Donald Trump

Dianne Lugo, Staff In his final hours as President, Donald Trump announced that he had issued 73 pardons and commuted the sentences of 70 politicians, businessmen and close allies in addition to rappers Kodak Black and Lil Wayne. Some of the names were notable but unsurprising, as Trump was well known for his willin…
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Bridgerton Has Been Renewed For A Second Season

Staff The official announcement is in, Netflix’s hit new show Bridgerton is getting a second season. The show from Shonda Rhimes is a part of her multi-year Netflix deal, bringing the bestselling Bridgerton book series by Julia Quinn to life. The show, a Regency-era period drama, debuted at the end of 2020 and quick…
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Black Lawmakers Dig Into History of Inequality in Criminal Justice System

Antonio Ray Harvey | California Black Media Two Black lawmakers, Sen. Steve Bradford (D-Gardena) and Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), made history last month when they were both appointed Public Safety Committee chairpersons in their respective chambers of the California legislature. This is the f…
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California’s New “Master Plan” for Aging Keeps an Eye on Equity

Quinci LeGardye| California Black Media After more than a year in development, the Newsom Administration released California’s new Master Plan for Aging on Jan. 6. The plan includes goals and initiatives that state and local governments will undertake to make the state more age-and-disability friendly. The state say…
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Trials Still Ongoing Before Approval of COVID Vaccines for Children

Tanu Henry | California Black Media Pfizer and Moderna, two of the major pharmaceutical companies leading the production of COVID-19 vaccines, are taking steps to make sure their treatments are safe for children. As of now, though, neither vaccine has been approved for children under 16 years old to receive. “The tr…
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75 % Of COVID Vaccines in U.S. Sitting in Freezers

Sunita Sohrabji | Ethnic Media Services The U.S. has obtained more than 31 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, but has administered only about 12 million vaccinations nationwide, according to Jan. 14 data from the Centers for Disease Control. About 10.5 million people have received at least on…
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California Rings In A New Slate of Laws for 2021

Chez Hadley, Staff Out with the old, in the with new—laws, that is. With the dropping of the ball in Times Square, the New Year rings in a new slate of laws and as with most years, many of them are fueled by the previous years’ headlines.  Not surprisingly, many of the 320 laws Governor Gavin Newsom signed were insp…
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CDC Monitors New COVID Strain, Stresses Vaccine Safety

Stacy Brown || NNPA Newswire The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring a new strain of the coronavirus in the United Kingdom. The agency is in constant communication with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Dr. Jeffrey E. Hall, the CDC’s COVID-19 Chief Health Equity …
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Newsom’s Choice To Fill Kamala Harris Seat Draws Heated Response

By Dianne Lugo, Staff Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ Senate Seat, ending a campaign from progressives in the state to fill the seat with another Black woman. But some Angelenos believe he may have instead turned up the heat on himself and …
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Beyoncé Will Donate $500,000 to Families Facing Eviction and Foreclosure

When the pandemic began Beyoncé’s charitable foundation BeyGOOD helped small businesses by providing $10,000 grants to 250 small businesses in addition to providing water, food, supplies, COVID-19 testing and mental health support to communities in need. Today, BeyGOOD has announced that the foundation will now help…


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