THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS | APRIL 22, 2020

CALIFORNIA BLACK NEWS STORIES

Over a million California students still lack access to remote learning
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – More than a month since officials closed schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, California officials said a two-week blitz led by First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom has brought in 70,000 computers and other devices that will be distributed to needy students this week. Read More

California Small Businesses Struggle While Waiting for Stimulus Aid(SD VOICE & VIEWPOINT) – M’Dears Bakery & Bistro fills the air in its South Los Angeles neighborhood with smells of fried chicken, French toast, and homemade desserts. “It was very serendipitous,” said 66-year-old restaurant owner Carrie Reese about how she transitioned from a vendor at jazz festivals to opening a dine-in restaurant at 77th and Western Avenue. Read More

 Governor Taps Diverse Group for COVID-19 Recovery Task Force
(LA FOCUS) – “It’s been like tons or gallons of alcohol being thrown on the open wounds of inequality and racism in this country. And as we think about how to recover, we’re going to have to think about how to make sure that we don’t go back to where we were before,” said Angela Glover Blackwell, an African-American author and policy specialist based in Oakland. Read More

 This 4/20, California’s Famous Weed Culture Took A Hit, Too(BLACK & MAGAZINE) – This week, Marijuana enthusiasts across the state of California — and around the world are — observing 4/20/2020. Read More

Testing can reopen CA. When?
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – As calls mount for life to return to normal, a test to see who has immunity to COVID-19 holds the key to reopening California’s economy. But there are hurdles. Read More

Local Parents, Students Learning to Adapt to Distance Learning
(INLAND VALLEY NEWS) – The coronavirus pandemic has rapidly reshaped the world as we know it. Millions of Americans are now forced to work at home. (About 22 million people are out of work, according to the Department of Labor.) In many cases, they are working alongside their children who have also been sent home. According to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, schools are closed for the rest of the academic year. During a press conference, he announced a partnership with Google to provide three months of free broadband Internet to families and give away 100,000 laptops. Read More

California Lawmakers Want Say in Governor’s Virus Spending(BLACK VOICE) –  Five weeks after giving California Gov. Gavin Newsom broad power to spend up to $1 billion on coronavirus precautions, state lawmakers on Monday said they feared overreach by the governor’s office and sought more answers on a contract to buy millions of protective masks. Read More
NATIONAL BLACK NEWS STORIES   

Sony Pictures Entertainment Launches Interactive Family Activity YouTube Channel
(BLACK & MAGAZINE) – Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) announced the launch of their new YouTube Channel, Sony Pictures Kids Zone, providing parents and kids with a one-stop central destination for interactive fun, physical movement, learning, and hands-on activities. Sony Pictures Kids Zone is curated with a wide range of activities that will support families coping with school closures, new work-from-home routines, and social distancing.  Read More

48.9 Million Unbanked Consumers May Wait Months for Federal Stimulus Checks
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – As frontline workers mount up daily to battle COVID-19, each “essential employee” fights in a different way to keep our economy powered; our lives and livelihoods sustained; and our cities and towns safe. While some tend to the sick in hospitals, others brave the streets to distribute food. Read More

“Saving Our Selves:” BET Announces COVID-19 Relief Effort in Support of Black Communities
(RICHMOND PULSE) – In response to the growing and unconscionable death rate of African-Americans—and other minorities—resulting from the spread of COVID-19, influential Black leaders and others are launching initiatives to help members of these communities cope with the disease’s devastating impact. In support of this effort, Black Entertainment Television (BET) has announced an all-star special, “Saving Our Selves: A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort.” Read More

Neither Snow, Nor Rain, Nor COVID-19: Postal Workers Keep Pushing Against Odds
(BLACK VOICE) – As frontline workers mount up daily to battle COVID-19, each “essential employee” fights in a different way to keep our economy powered; our lives and livelihoods sustained; and our cities and towns safe. While some tend to the sick in hospitals, others brave the streets to distribute food. Read More

WHO Head Warns Worst Of Virus Is Still Ahead
(BLACK VOICE) – At long last, the results are mostly in. And as was clear on election night, Vermont Sen. and Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders won the California primary. In a very crowded field, he landed 8 percentage points ahead of second-place finisher Joe Biden. Read More

NFL & Players Coalition Commit $3 Million+ to Communities of Color in Support of COVID-19 Relief
(SD VOICE & VIEWPOINT) – The NFL, through its Inspire Change platform and the Players Coalition, today announced a donation of $3,050,000 to seven markets that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19. Read More

Senators Urge Anti-Bias Police Training Over Mask Fears
(SD VOICE & VIEWPOINT) – Democratic lawmakers want police departments to be vigilant about any racially biased policing during the coronavirus pandemic, as people in communities of color express fears of being profiled while wearing masks or other face coverings in public. Read More
BLACK AMERICA IN THE NEWS

America’s Black and Hispanic communities are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus crisis
(CNN) – Data on race and the disease Covid-19 is too limited to draw sweeping conclusions, experts say, but disparate rates of sickness — and death — have emerged in some places.  Read More

BET hosts COVID-19 relief special to aid Black communities
(WASHINGTON POST) – The cable channel BET will broadcast a special telethon Wednesday night to support African American communities who are being hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Read More

Black doctors blast ‘woefully anemic’ data on minority coronavirus cases
(POLITICO) – African-Americans make up a disproportionate number of the COVID-19 deaths in Chicago, new data shows. Of the 118 total deaths from the disease in Chicago, 81 were black residents. But only 29 percent of the city’s population is black, revealing a deep disparity in who the virus is impacting — and killing — in Chicago.  Read More

 Black Hockey Player Faced Racial Taunts. Some Fans Aren’t Surprised.
(NY TIMES) – K’Andre Miller was repeatedly harassed in a videoconference organized by the Rangers. Some fans say the incident, as well as the team’s handling of it, is indicative of a larger problem. Read More

Players Coalition and NFL donate $3M to black communities hit by coronavirus
(NBC NEWS) –  Terence Lester spent nearly a week living on the streets of Atlanta in 2013 to experience what it felt like to be homeless. Not long after, he created Love Beyond Walls, a nonprofit organization that supports the homeless. Read More

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