THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS | May 13, 2020


California’s Vote-by-Mail Election Push Is Both Praised and Put Down
(BLACK & MAGAZINE) – f you’re a registered voter in California, expect to receive a ballot from your county elections officials in the mail for the November 3, 2020 elections. Gov. Newsom made the announcement Friday during his daily COVID-19 press briefing. He held the news conference at a flower shop in Sacramento to mark the second phase of the state’s reopening after he issued a stay-at-home order about two months ago.   Read More

Community Leaders Protest CIM Plans to Acquire Crenshaw Mall
(LA FOCUS) –  A handful of people gathered Thursday in the sweltering heat on the corner of Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to voice opposition to the CIM Group proposed purchase of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. Read More

Win for Reparations: California Assembly Committee Votes Yes on Bill(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – On May 11, the California Assembly Judiciary Committee voted yes on a bill that would mandate the state to set up an 8-member commission to examine how California engaged in — and benefited from — the enslavement of Black men, women and children. Read More

San Francisco Police Chief Bans ‘Thin Blue Line’ Face Masks(BLACK VOICE) – San Francisco’s police chief said the city’s rank and file will wear neutral face coverings to defuse a controversy after officers sent to patrol a May Day protest wore masks adorned with the “thin blue line” flag. Read More

The Coronavirus Pandemic And The Black Church A Test Of Faith In A New Normal
(LA FOCUS) – On Tuesday, April 28, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom made 14 new appointments to the position of Superior Court Judge, including two in Alameda County, three in Los Angeles County, two in Orange County, two in Sacramento County, one in San Bernardino County, two in San Mateo County, one in Santa Clara County, and one in Yolo County. Read More

Attorney John Burris and Black Lives Matter Announce Legal Action Against Cop Who Brutally Assaulted Small 14-Year-Old Child
(SF BAY VIEW) – The law offices of John Burris, through its lawyers John Burris and Adante Pointer, filed a legal claim against the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department on behalf of the 14-year-old minor who was recently brutally assaulted by Sacramento Sheriff Deputy Brian Fowell. Deputy Fowell is contracted out to the City of Rancho Cordova as a police officer. Read More

New Organization Advocates For ‘Essential’ Black Businesses
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – A new organization has formed to help advocate for minority-owned businesses who may get left out of the resource loop. Former legislative consultant Salena Pryor started the Black Small Business Association of California (BSBA) last month in response to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Read More

How California Community College Foundations Are Trying to Help Students
(RICHMOND PULSE) – As several U.S. states reopen their economies, a panel of health and policy experts caution that certain ethnic groups will continue to be at greater risk for catching and dying from COVID-19. Read More

California Black Newspapers Win Hundreds of Thousands in Facebook Grants
(CARIBPRESS) –  Several Black-owned newspapers in California have received grants to help them weather the economic downturn the COVID-19 pandemic has caused. Facebook announced May 7 that it is awarding nearly $10.3 million to 144 local newsrooms through the company’s COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund Grant Program. Read More

Black Barbers, Beauty Professionals Push Gov. Newsom to Reopen Their Shops
(LA FOCUS) –  Two weeks ago, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp drew sharp criticisms from African Americans across the country. Black politicians, social media commenters, and others blasted the governor, saying his decision to lift his state’s month-long stay-at-home order by first opening businesses like barbershops, nail salons, sneaker stores, tattoo parlors, gyms, and bowling alleys put the lives of Blacks at risk. Those are businesses African Americans frequent, his critics pointed out. Read More

COVID Crisis: The Black Press is Doing What It Does – On Budgets Spread Thin(ONME NEWS) – In 1827, before slavery ended, prominent freed African Americans in the North gathered in the New York City home of Boston Crummell, a social reformer and former slave. They assembled to seek solutions on how best to communicate and register their views on economic, social, and political issues and injustices that were challenging their respective communities. Read More

 Observer Connects Webcast: Distance Learning: Are Black students being left behind?
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – The OBSERVER invites you to join us on May 14, 2020 at 10AM to engage in a lively conversation surrounding the challenges of distance education and its impact on African American students. Read More


Georgia Man Ahmaud Arbery, Shot and Killed — Jogging While Black
(SAN BERNARDINO AMERICAN) – Add jogging while Black to the ever-growing list of reasons African Americans continue to be shot down senselessly by armed White men, supposedly under the color of law. Twenty-five-year-old Georgia resident Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed while jogging after a former police officer and his son chased him down because they “thought he looked like the suspect in a recent string of break-ins.” Read More 

Implicit Bias a Driver of COVID-19 Among African-Americans
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – Dr. Melva Thompson-Robinson knows the data on the disparate impact of the corona virus and COVID-19 on African Americans and other minorities. Her key concern is how racism and unconscious bias continue to act as an accelerant of the pandemic. Read More

No Time to Grieve: How COVID-19 Has Changed Funerals and Mourning
(BAKERSFIELD OBSERVER) – It could be the high-profile deaths of African American cultural icons like Little Richard, Andre Harrell or Betty Wright, who all left us within the last week. Or it could be the delayed news of a heinous hate crime murder victim like Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. Maybe, it’s the peaceful passing of a well-known local activist or the sudden death of close family member. COVID-19 has changed the way death hits us, and the ways we mourn and memorialize people we respect and love. Read More

Shooting Death in Georgia of Ahmaud Arbery is Defined as a “Modern Day Lynching”
(SD VOICE & VIEWPOINT) – The shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, 25, went viral on social media on May 6, months after his murder. The video shows Arbery jogging down a street in Brunswick, Georgia. It appears to demonstrate the involvement of three men — two on a pickup truck and another filming the scene from behind. Read More

Little Richard, One of the Most Influential Founding Fathers of Rock n’ Roll, Dies at 87
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, was one of the most influential singer songwriters in popular music. He was one of the founders of Rock n’ Roll in the 1950s and one of the most memorable performers in rock history. Little Richard was born in 1932 in Macon, Georgia. Read More

On the Front Lines of “Reopen America”
(SAN BERNARDINO AMERICAN) – The skies above downtown Los Angeles were smogless and blue on May 1, as a parade of truckers rolled their massive cabs past City Hall, blasting their air horns at up to 152 decibels. The ground shook and a crowd of protesters carrying signs and American flags cheered every ear-shattering honk. And no one was more energized than Erik Rodriguez, marching along the sidewalk in dreadlocks, D’Artagnan mustache and goatee, raising a megaphone. Read More

NYPD: 9 of 10 arrests for coronavirus-related offenses involved black or Hispanic people, but not social distancing
(FOX NEWS) – More than 90 percent of coronavirus-related arrests made throughout New York City since the lockdown restrictions began in March were of black or Hispanic people, data released by the New York Police Department (NYPD) on Tuesday revealed. Read More

Questions of Bias in Covid-19 Treatment Add to the Mourning for Black Families
(NY TIMES) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have advised health professionals to be on the lookout for medical bias. Read More

This Is How Hard It Is to Invest in Black Neighborhoods
(CITYLAB) – The story of one investor trying to revitalize a crumbling block in Birmingham, Alabama, shows how little value American institutions place on black properties. Read More

Ahmaud Arbery and The Resilience of Black Protest
(CNN) – he protests were striking. No, not the mostly white and maskless militaristic ones demanding that the country reopen even in the thick of the coronavirus pandemic, but the ones drawing attention to another arbitrary black death. Read More

Woman Shot and Killed by Kentucky Police Who Entered Wrong Home, Family Says
(NBC NEWS) –  Louisville police officers were looking for a suspect at the wrong home when they shot and killed Breonna Taylor, according to a lawsuit. Read More

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