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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.

Proposed tax on services may hurt small business owners

A proposed state bill designed to restructure California’s tax system could end up hurting small businesses. Senate Bill 640, which was introduced by State Sen. Robert M. Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles), would raise taxes on services such as haircuts, and beauty shop and veterinary visits.

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Kimberly Ellis says California Democratic Party needs new blood

When former Labor Sec. Tom Perez defeated Rep. Keith Ellison in the race to head the Democratic National Committee, it was seen as another defeat for progressives. (Perez later named Ellison deputy chair.) Some progressives are still seething over the fact that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, their favored candidate, lost the presidential nomination to former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton. But the California Democratic Party may be on the verge of electing a party outsider candidate Kimberly Ellis. If she wins the election in May, Ellis would be the first African American and only the third woman to hold the post.

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‘Burning Sands’ tackles hazing in the Black Greek system

Former child star Imani Hakim from the hit TV sitcom “Everybody Hates Chris” appears in “Burning Sands,” a Netflix original film that tackles a controversial issue, hazing in the Black Greek system. The film follows a young man Zurich (Trevor Jackson) who goes through Hell Week and begins to question the hazing process. Hakim plays his love interest. “Burning Sands,” also stars Alfre Woodward and was executive produced by rapper/actor Common. The film is directed by Gerald McMurray, who was a producer for the critically acclaimed “Fruitvale Station.” McMurray is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

SoCal Muslims prepare for hostile Trump-led America

For Southern California Muslims, the election of Republican Donald Trump was the worst case scenario.

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Trump presidency causing African Americans to look into self protection

In the age of president-elect Donald Trump, it’s not unusual to hear news stories of Black people being targeted by racial attacks. And that’s the reason why some Black Americans are deciding to exercise their Second Amendment rights and carry firearms for protection.

Black Republicans have mixed reaction to Trump victory

California Black Republicans have expressed mixed reactions to the shocking election of Donald Trump. His election has sparked nationwide protests and the Southern Poverty Law Center has recorded more than 700 incidents of racial attacks. John Wood Jr., former second vice chair of the Los Angeles GOP, previously said he would not support Trump. He cast a ballot for Gary Johnson and admitted he was surprised by Trump’s victory.

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Black-owned store provides quality extensions to diverse clientele

Black women are known to spend thousands on the billion-dollar hair industry, but very few of them are buyers or suppliers in this industry. Riqua Hailes, owner of Just Extensions, is one of few Black women who supplies hair extensions. Hailes has a salon called Just Extensions, which also has an online store.

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