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    By Dianne Anderson Calling all Black youth: Come jam the beats, get involved, get connected, and just talk it out. Last year, the Clarissa Manuel Foundation launched its latest program, Young Cultivated Minds of the Future, to make sure that when students graduate high school they can go after higher education and a living wage ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Black Infant Health providers are ecstatic with the long-awaited latest addition to their family – a $25,000 little bundle of joy now starts the first phase of a culturally competent awareness campaign to help Black moms and their babies stay alive. It’s the first of many Long Beach dollars to trickle down ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Perseverance to the top of their career paths, and a strong dedication to give back to the community are a few of the finer attributes that Long Beach City College looks for in their distinguished Hall of Famers. Paula Barrow, director of Development and Alumni Relations with the LBCC Foundation, said their ...
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    More than $200 million for economic recovery, public health and fiscal stability initiatives critically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic The City of Long Beach unveiled the Proposed Long Beach Recovery Act. The $207 million proposal focuses on various economic, fiscal and public health priorities that promote inclusive, effective and prosperous economic and social recovery for Long ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Being Black in STEM fields usually adds up to a mere handful of students tough enough to suffer through the academic gauntlet alone, but there is strength in the Hesabu Circle. A team of dedicated math doctors has come together to heal the community. Dr. Kagba Suaray, a mathematics professor at Cal ...
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    By Dianne Anderson The Black community had been stuck in crisis mode for a long time, and then the pandemic hit. Since Coronavirus, the rise in mental health issues are consistent with increased unemployment, loss of healthcare, surging death rate twice that of whites, and back-to-back victimization of Blacks by police abusers. It’s keeping healthcare ...
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    California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the lifting of the Regional Stay at Home Order, allowing counties to return to the color-coded tier system that allows for reopening based on case numbers per 100,000 population and the positivity rate among people who have taken COVID-19 tests. The Governor lifted the order because it is projected that Southern California ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Break out of the quarantine doldrums for a full day “Rhythm in Black” celebration featuring top local talent, deeper discussions with Black Lives Matter, resources in the COVID continuum, and exhibits on the past, present and future of racial justice. On Friday, February 5, the community is invited to virtually gather for ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Even on a slow day, hundreds of parents are now watching the Long Beach Unified School Board meetings, which is exponentially more than what was happening pre-pandemic. For all the havoc that COVID-19 has wrought on the community, there is still some room for optimism. “Before the pandemic, at the board meeting ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Ida Marie Briggs is pushing her old Boss sewing machine – a straight stitch and overlap from another era – to the max, creating dozens of personalized comforters for local kids just in time for Christmas. It is a labor of love that she knows will be nonstop in the days ahead. ...