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    By Dianne Anderson Out walking the wards of Riverside, local Ward 3 city council candidate Jalani Bakari is hearing some recurrent concerns on the street, such as access to affordable housing and the growing homeless population. Traffic complaints are also coming up loud and clear. “We need better off-ramps, we definitely need to deal with ...
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    By Dianne Anderson What part of sexual assault is hard to understand? At least at the teenage level, probably most of it. Debbie Sacks, a longtime educator, past teacher, and principal, said students and parents usually go through the motions of signing off on an agreement at school stating they know the rules, that any ...
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    By Dianne Anderson All high school students looking for free money for college, and all nonprofits that want to learn where and how to get their next round of grant funding need not look far. The Community Foundation serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties recently announced the opening of scholarship season. Financially shrewd takers are ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Never underestimate the power of the Black Student Union, the student group responsible for starting the Black History Month parade in Riverside 40 years ago. This year, Dell Roberts reflects on the major role that his BSU kids took upon themselves to get their vision off the ground. They represented an untapped ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Some people pay a lot of money for health and wellness coaches, stress management classes, Zumba and POP Pilates, Tai Chi, or any of the many other classes offered up free of charge at several locations across Riverside city. Participants just need to log in to the Riverside Community Health Foundation calendar ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Different modes of celebration this month will keep Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy alive beyond the holiday, the street festivals, and twirling of batons — although that too holds its place in history. Bishop Kelvin Simmons, acting president of the Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches, said MLK’s legacy continues in ...
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    By Sandra Baltazar Martinez The two-day old baby needed a home. And foster parents. Soon after she was born, Children and Family Services took Brandy Renee Taylor and her 2-year-old sister away from her drug-addicted mother. Her grandmother stepped in, along with the man she had just married six months earlier. Bill and Dorothy Lockridge, ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Some of the world’s top coders today started as whiz kids working major miracles out of their garages with little more than dial-up internet on clunky first generation computers. Since then, powerful algorithms, artificial intelligence, and cool gadgets have evolved into great paying STEM fields, but where a lot of Black and ...
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    By Sandra Baltazar Martinez When Imani Kai Johnson was in graduate school, she began thinking about what hip-hop is – and where it’s going. Several years later, Johnson created her own space to showcase and discuss the future of hip-hop studies. On Dec. 7-9, the University of California, Riverside’s Department of Dance will host the fourth biennial Show & Prove ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Men got a chance to look long and hard in the mirror at the family structure, the impact of anger on their partners, and on the kids, who are usually first-hand witnesses to domestic violence. Seldom is there just one victim. Terry Boykins said his recent Wigs N Weaves Mental Health Awareness ...