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September 27, 2020

Black History: The Queen of Sheba

September 24, 2020

The Queen of Sheba. I am the Queen of Sheba, more famous than others, and attractive: I am beautiful and chaste. There is a mirror in my chest, In which young men may behold whatever they wish. While one of them views it, he pulls a rope, the bellows are compressed, And darkness suddenly bursts forth…


September 24, 2020

Now more than ever, California’s Black community and other communities of color need accurate news to make certain that our families are educated about their health and their rights during COVID-19 and the current uprisings. Black media and other ethnic media outlets play a key role — and right now, they need support to continue…

Planning for the Worst: Black Californians Among Groups State Is Targeting for Emergency Preparedness

September 22, 2020

By Quinci LeGardye | California Black Media   Black Americans were already in the midst of two disasters this year – the disproportionate toll of the COVID-19 pandemic and a spate of horrifying incidents of police brutality — when fire season in California started early. Wildfires have burned over 3.1 million acres in California since the beginning of the year, breaking the record for the deadliest year of wildfires…

Police Group Places Gun Target on Image of Black Elected Official

September 17, 2020

By Antonio Ray Harvey | California Black Media America is still healing from several violent murders of unarmed Black men and women at the hands of law enforcement officers across the country. But that climate in the country, volatile and fraught with distrust and disagreement, did not stop members of the California Correctional Peace Officer…

California State Bar Shaken by Personnel Issues Involving Two Black Women

September 14, 2020

By Antonio Ray Harvey | California Black Media In less than one month, the State Bar of California has been roiled in high-level personnel snafus involving two prominent Black California women. In July, the California State Bar offered Fredericka McGee, a respected California legislative attorney, the position of executive director. Then, in August, the organization…

The California Towns Where Blacks Feared Sundown

August 31, 2020

By Quinci LeGardye | California Black Media In the Aug. 16 premiere of the HBO show “Lovecraft Country,” created by Misha Green and based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, the main characters drive past a sign that reads “[N-word]s, don’t let the sun set on you here. Understand?” Towns that banned African Americans in the mid-20th century would, either formally or informally, put…

“A Beautiful Pregnancy Overall”: BOE Member Malia Cohen Prepares to Give Birth Amid a Virus and Violence

August 31, 2020

By Tanu Henry | California Black Media  About 41 weeks into her pregnancy now, California Board of Equalization (BOE) member Malia Cohen, who is the state’s only African American woman constitutional officer, is preparing to give birth on Sept. 3.  Motherhood will be a new role for Cohen, a veteran leader and elected official, who…

AB 2257 to Broaden AB5 Worker Re-Classification Law for Professionals

August 31, 2020

    Quinci LeGardye | California Black Media After months of protests and tough negotiations with representatives from various industries, California lawmakers have released an updated list of professions that could be exempted from AB 5, the controversial worker re-classification law that went into effect Jan 1. AB 2257, a new bill that revises some…

Bill Wants to Force Food Delivery Apps to Get Restaurants’ Approval First

August 24, 2020

By Tanu Henry | California Black Media     Jonathan Burgess co-owns Burgess Brothers with his twin brother Matthew. It is a popular American bistro-slash-barbecue restaurant and food supply company based in Sacramento. Locals treasure them for their delicious waffles; handcrafted gourmet barbecue sauce; sweet and spicy smoked sausages; among other specialties.   The African American entrepreneur says small family-owned businesses like his are tempted by what digital food delivery services might offer them: A broader customer base and online advertising on highly trafficked apps. But that exposure…

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