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    By Dianne Anderson Students will have one less thing to worry about this year at Long Beach City College, what with all the free food, free laptops, free transportation, all to help them keep their minds focused on what’s important – their studies. The clock is ticking on financial aid FAFSA or California Dream Act ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Suicide rising among Black boys and men is a hard conversation to have, seemingly harder if the answer requires more money to Black organizations to provide community-based resources, and the political will to get it done. Mental health providers are calling on community participation to shed light on some of the reasons ...
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    By Antonio‌ ‌Ray‌ ‌Harvey ‌California‌ ‌Black‌ ‌Media‌ The California Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board (RIPA Board) released its annual report on policing in December. It revealed that People “perceived as Black were searched at 2.2 times the rate of people” appearing as White. Additionally, law enforcement officers in the state searched a total of 6,622 more people perceived as ...
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    By Congressman James E. Clyburn (D-SC) Martin Luther King, Jr. visited Ghana in 1957 to participate in the celebration of the country’s independence from British colonialism. Upon returning home, he delivered a sermon called “The Birth of a New Nation,” and introduced his idea for a post-Jim Crow society in this country. He explained the ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Everybody who is anybody will converge at the nonprofit Sister Cities International’s first-ever African Regional Summit to network, to talk economic development strategies, and look to make new cultural connections in America. From all corners of the Motherland, dignitaries will arrive in Cape Town, South Africa for the conference that runs February ...
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    By Charlene Crowell On January 16, the nation will mark its 37th national holiday honoring the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968). Across the country observances will chronicle how one man’s efforts pricked the moral conscience of the nation in a lifespan of only 39 years. When he was just 26 and a ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Good grades are almost everything, and it all starts with parent engagement, student summer programs, and HBCU tours that are now in full force through the Long Beach Unified School District’s Black Student Achievement Initiative. For Elyssa Taylor-Stewart, testing is on the periphery of successful outcomes for one of her jobs as ...
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    By Dianne Anderson MLK Day was always more than just a fun day from as far back as Susan Jacobs can remember. As a personal protest against the system that was fighting against making MLK Day a federal holiday, her mom kept both her and her sister out of school. Instead, they went out to ...
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    Both Campaigns Part of On-Going Outreach to the Black and African American Community   The state of California has launched two campaigns designed to engage the Black and African American community by providing information about COVID-19 vaccines and boosters and opportunities to get boosted through January 2023. Shot of Faith returns with the Boost Up/Stay ...
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    By Dwight Brown Film Critic NNPA News Wire Call it a comeback! In 2022 the movie industry roared back with high-quality films, stellar performances and great artistry. For the record, movie theaters aren’t dead yet and streaming is a part of the equation and not the whole picture. These noteworthy films and artists will vie ...