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    By Charlene Crowell Anyone who struggles with the rising costs of living knows all too well how hard it is to try stretching dollars when there’s more month than money in the household. Predatory lending, like payday and car-title loans, worsen financial stress with triple-digit interest rates that deepen the debt owed with each renewal. ...
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    By Tanu Henry  | California Black Media Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law one of the strongest measures in the country intended to deter police officers from killing civilians while pursuing criminal suspects. After a grueling yearlong process that survived bitter fights, tense negotiations and impassioned speeches, the Senate voted 29-1 to pass AB ...
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    By Charlene Crowell For most people, life feels better when there is something to look forward to. Whether looking forward to graduation, the arrival of a new baby, or retirement that affords a few years to just enjoy life – these kinds of things make going through challenging times somehow more manageable. For payday loan ...
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    By Julianne Malveaux The US House of Representatives passed the Securing America’s Fair Elections (SAFE) Act in June by a nearly totally partisan vote of 225-184 in late June. Only one Republican voted for legislation that would mandate paper ballots, increase election security, and create safeguards to prevent foreign interference in our elections. Senate Majority ...
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    By Dwight Brown NNPA Newswire Film Critic In this #MeToo age, a biofilm about a wrongfully convicted high school football player, who was accused, tried and imprisoned for rape, is timely. The real Brian Banks, the subject of this movie, lived through an ordeal that was tragic, inspiring and often profound, something is lost in ...
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    By Charlene Crowell A second major disclosure of major consumer data breach was announced on July 29 by Capital One Bank. That same day, the FBI arrested a suspect was charged with stealing the personal information on March 22 and 23. The apparent focus of the financial theft was credit card applications filed with the ...
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    By Dennis J. Freeman Two-times NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard has arrived back home where he started his basketball roots. After leading the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA title, Leonard, who starred at Canyon Springs High School (Moreno Valley) and Martin Luther King High School in Riverside during his prep days, is now an ...
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    By Charlene Crowell From its founding in 1909 to today, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has endured as a vital advocacy organization dedicated to freedom and justice for all. From July 20-24, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization’s annual convention met for the 110th time in Detroit’s Cobo Hall. ...
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    By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire The First Step Act, which replaced a federal “three strikes” rule that imposed a life sentence for three or more convictions – with a 25-year sentence, is benefiting thousands of incarcerated Black men, according to a new report. More than 1,000 individuals incarcerated in federal prisons were granted sentence ...
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    By Dianne Anderson As a budding choreographer, local dance instructor Maura Townsend at times found herself in lock step with some of the same restrictive moves that many new artists face when starting their own company. Back then, the big challenge was staying technically correct, and remembering to never bring politics to the dance floor. ...