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    By Dianne Anderson Virtual hugs and emoji hearts, skip the feet five and no more elbow bumps. These are strange days, but physical distancing and social isolation isn’t the only thing that concerns Melanie Grant, a lifetime member of NCNW, Inc., Orange County Section. Having lived in Orange County for years, she is seeing and ...
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    We Need Your Help Stater Bros. Markets has always believed in doing the right thing for the right reason.  Please be assured we are committed to keeping all of our stores open as long as each location can provide a safe shopping experience for our employees and customers. Now the Company is asking for help ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Be ready to open the door when, not if, the Census comes knocking. But there is a way everyone can avoid that knock. Unlike any other time in history since the Census began, this generation has one advantage. They can fill out their census questionnaires online. The Census Bureau is telling everyone ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Do white people really not know what it means to do the right thing? Some do, and they are calling on others to join them. Mike Tucker, with the Orange County Racial Justice Coalition, said that his group is committed to organizing and taking action. They are currently working with several civil ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Musical iconoclasts, such as the likes of Armstrong, Ellington, and the Nicholas Brothers, pioneered some of the first beats of the nation’s foundation that the world continues to jam on today. Coming up, the Bowers Museum will bring ragtime fans through the tumultuous rise of jazz, and great performers with their quality ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Disabled kids, kids of color, those that dress or talk or walk differently than other students usually make easy targets for bullying. Star Simmons should know. Her advocacy for disabled students and parents has spanned decades with the fight for resources that began with her own now grown disabled kids. She said ...
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    By Dianne Anderson About two months before the great Women’s Suffrage March of 1913, a group of strong Black women of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. refused to be told that they couldn’t participate in the major voting rights issue of the time. Uninvited, the Deltas boldly stepped up, taking their place at the ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Leave the cell phones, iPads, luggage sized makeup kits, flat irons and other impressive bling accessories at home. There won’t be much need for such creature comforts where ten fortunate women are getting ready to go for an experience more gratifying than any selfie could offer. Margo Malone has led many missions ...
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    By Dianne Anderson The Thurgood Marshall Bar Association recently held its third annual installation and awards gala in honor of their namesake, America’s first Black Supreme Court justice, and to give scholarships in support of local law students. Since starting their bar association in 2012, they are now one of the most recognized legal resources ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Perhaps not coincidentally, Rev. Dr. Ralph Williamson received word of his new appointment to lead Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine just as he was hanging out with his good friend Rev. Mark Whitlock at their big annual AME church conference. Of the two, Rev. Whitlock served the longest as senior ...