THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS | May 6, 2020

CALIFORNIA BLACK NEWS STORIES

Out with Prop 209: Black Lawmakers make case for affirmative action in California
(SF BAY VIEW) – Does California have a “legacy of unequal treatment” of minorities and women? That’s language from Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5 (ACA-5) introduced by Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson). Members of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) want their colleagues in the legislature to consider that question and examine whether affirmative action is the right response for redressing that history of inequality. Read More

 CA to begin reopening on Friday
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – Mark your calendars for Friday — the day that California will begin partially reopening after seven weeks of sheltering in place. Read More

Four Blacks Among New Judicial Appointments—Increasing Courtroom Diversity in California
(BLACK VOICE) – 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

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

COVID-19 overtakes California’s federal prisons, infecting 1,534 prisoners, killing 31
(SF BAY VIEW) – Does California have a “legacy of unequal treatment” of minorities and women? That’s language from Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5 (ACA-5) introduced by Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson). Members of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) want their colleagues in the legislature to consider that question and examine whether affirmative action is the right response for redressing that history of inequality. Read More

Fair Pay to Play Act: California Skeptical of NCAA Rule Changes
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) highest governing body announced last week that it is moving toward allowing student-athletes to receive compensation for endorsements and promotions. Read More

Essential Workers and Their Kids “Unsafe” As States Reopen
(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

L.A. COUNTY REACHES KEY MILESTONE: MORE THAN 50 PERCENT OF RESIDENTS HAVE RESPONDED TO THE 2020 CENSUS
(BAKERSFIELD OBSERVER) –  While Encouraged by the Response Rate, County Officials Urge More Residents to Complete the Census. Read More

Is The NAACP Lynching Its Leadership?
(SD NEWS) – Clovis Honore; former president of the San Diego chapter of NAACP is questioning the legacy organization’s loyalty to its leadership. He spoke to SDMNEWS editor sharing with us his agenda, and devotion to his community. Read More
NATIONAL BLACK NEWS STORIES  
Essential Workers And Their Kids “Unsafe” As States Reopen
(BAKERSFIELD OBSERVER) – 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 

Black-Owned Businesses demand share of federal dollars as COVID-19 rages on
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the U.S. economy, leaving scores of businesses in limbo and livelihoods in jeopardy. And Black businesses – many of which were already fighting to access capital – are struggling to weather this economic disaster COVID-19 has wrought. Read More

Congress Must Include African American Independent Professionals In COVID-19 Recovery
(BLACK VOICE) – The term “gig” has its modern origins in music.  Jazz musicians in the early 20th century used to refer to any job that paid money as a “gig”.  They used the term to differentiate between playing with friends and playing for money because musicians, like pretty much all artists, tend to follow their passions in life and business whether it pays the bills or not.  They do what they love.   If they can string enough gigs together to make a career out of doing what they love, they’re living their dreams. The great Louis Armstrong once said, “Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them.” Read More

Americans may be suffering ‘quarantine fatigue,’ going out more
(WESTSIDE STORY NEWS) – Some Americans could be suffering from “quarantine fatigue” and leaving home to go out more frequently, according to a new report. Read More

Distance Learning Earns an ‘F’ in Most Poor Homes
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – Illinois Governor J. Robert “JB” Pritzker recently announced that remote learning for Illinois pre-K-12 students enrolled in public and private schools will continue their studies until the end of the academic year while schools remain closed to stop or slow the spread of COVID-19. Read More

Artistic Likeness of Frederick Douglass Adds Ancestral Wit to COVID Awareness
(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
BLACK AMERICA IN THE NEWS

A simple exercise on belonging helps black college students years later
(SCIENCE NEWS) – Black freshmen who participated in the training had higher life satisfaction as young adults. Read More

Biden campaign unveils plan to empower black voters
(FOX NEWS) – Saying the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are exacerbating disparities long faced by African Americans, Joe Biden’s presidential campaign on Monday unveiled what it calls “The Biden Plan for Black America.” Read More

Research Shows Black Drivers More Likely to Be Stopped by Police
(NYU NEWS) – New research offers evidence that black drivers are more likely to be stopped by police than their white peers. Read More

When Maternity Wards in Black Neighborhoods Disappear
(NY TIMES) – Experts fear that closures will become a trend nationwide because of the coronavirus, devastating an already vulnerable population. Read More

Coronavirus misinformation crosses divides to infect black social media
(NBC NEWS) –  “What you have are the same, often very dangerous, ideas repackaged in a way that makes sense to very different groups of people,” one expert said. Read More

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