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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.

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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.

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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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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San Francisco city ordinance targets flavored tobacco products

The city of San Francisco has announced a new ordinance last week that cracks down on tobacco sales. The tobacco control ordinance, which was authored by Supervisor Malia Cohen and Supervisor Ahsha Safai, targets flavored tobacco products. “This is the most comprehensive municipal restriction on flavored tobacco in the country,” said Cohen. According to Cohen, flavored tobacco is targeted towards young Black consumers and is designed to make them long-time customers.

State lawmaker wants to tax companies that profit from private prisons

With the current national focus on law and order, some statewide organizations and lawmakers are working on what they say are solutions that promote investment

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LeVert2 continues group’s R&B legacy

Older R&B fans will be pleased to hear the group LeVert is still around and producing new music, even though original band members Gerald and Sean Levert passed away.

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Vallejo School Board Fires Black Female Superintendent, Offers No Reasons

The Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education in a 3-2 vote opted to fire Superintendent Dr. Ramona Bishop during its March 15 board meeting. Exercising the “no cause” clause of Bishop’s contract, Vallejo School Board Trustees offered little to no reason for her termination.

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