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College course ‘Black Minds Matter’ draws sharp conservative criticism

A San Diego State University (SDSU) course based on the Black Lives Matter movement has raised the ire of some Republicans.

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Black-owned law firm honored

Named Top 10 for criminal defense, immigration, personal injury work

The Law Office of Zulu Ali, based in Riverside, has been named as one of the top 10 law firms in criminal defense, immigration and personal injury in the area of client satisfaction. The firm recently received the designation from the American Institute of Legal Counsel (AIOLC). AIOLC’s yearly list recognizes outstanding law firms in California.

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Blind Dance Company allows non-sighted performers to showcase their talents

The newly-formed Blind Dance Company recently gave its first show on Aug. 12 at the Lazarus Experience in downtown Los Angeles. The Dance Company is made entirely of blind or sight-impaired dancers. According to Hydeia Muhammad, director and choreographer, the show which is titled “Emotions,” featured a diverse collection of dance styles including hip hop, contemporary, salsa and ballroom.

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Leland Melvin: Astronaut and professional football player

A lot of little boys dream of growing up to be an astronaut or a pro football player, but Leland Melvin is the only person who has done both of those things. Melvin was a wide receiver for the University of Richmond. He was also on the roster for both the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys before being cut. Melvin was recruited by NASA while he was in grad school. He eventually qualified for the astronaut program and flew in space. Melvin details his journey from the football field to the International Space Station (ISS) in his new book “Chasing Space.”

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Former CIA Officer: War on Drugs is a failure, targets minorities

When former CIA officer John Kiriakou received 30 months in jail for exposing the agency’s torture program, he went into prison prepared to survive in hostile environments.

Ivy-League trained attorney details his experience surviving corporate America

With many colleges recently holding their commencement ceremonies, thousands of bright-eyed Black graduates will soon head into Corporate America, looking to forge their careers. However, Stephen M. Graham, an Ivy-league-trained lawyer, has a warning for them. Be prepared for a hostile environment. Graham is a corporate partner at Fenwick and West, and founder and managing partner of the firm’s Seattle office.

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Emmy nominee Jabari Ali is a Crenshaw High graduate

“Shots Fired,” the recently-aired FOX mini-series was groundbreaking for several reasons. Firstly, it took a close look at police shootings, but it was also one of the first TV dramas to create its own original music. The show features music from artists such as BJ The Chicago Kid, Aloe Blacc, Swizz Beats, NAS and Anthony Hamilton. “Shots Fired” was created by Reggie Bythewood and Gina Prince-Bythewood.

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Single-payer health bill passes senate but critics question how to fund it

California has long been a national leader in healthcare innovation, and if Senate Bill 562 (which seeks to establish a Medicare-for-all system) passes, the state could change the direction of health care in the nation. SB 562 is sponsored by the California Nurses Association (CNA.) According to a CNA press release, the primary goal of the new single-payer system is to save money and provide more efficient health care.

Critics claim proposed new tax agency gives governor too much power

A plan to radically reshape the State Board of Equalization (BOE) has both Democrats and Republicans up in arms. Plans for the changes are contained in SB 86. According to the

Deathstroke comic shows there are no easy answers to Chicago violence

Comic book movies are currently hip in Hollywood. But comic books, long-regarded as geared towards children, have taken a darker turn in recent years, dealing with adult issues and featuring brooding heroes. Issue #11 of Deathstroke is as dark as it gets. The comic tackles violence in Chicago. A group of mothers hires Deathstroke, a super villain in the DC universe, to avenge the murders of their children. But the comic also shows that more violence and guns don’t necessarily solve the problem.

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