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New affordable housing is coming to Palmdale

Juniper Grove could open in June 2022

Palmdale has broken ground on Juniper Grove, a 123,410 square-foot..

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Christian courage and faith loom large in times of uncertainty

Easter lessons about the vaccine include wisdom, patience, faith

Courage is widely considered an indispensable asset...

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Christian courage and faith loom large in times of uncertainty

Easter lessons about the vaccine include wisdom, patience, faith

Courage is widely considered an indispensable asset...

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Wil Shelton sets sights on better Black barbershops

An original ‘safe space’

The barbershop is the central hub of the Black community...

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Homeless in LA County at tipping point of survival

Skid Row a major COVID-19 hotspot

Skid Row in Los Angeles is a major COVID-19 hotspot...

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Homeless in LA County at tipping point of survival

Skid Row a major COVID-19 hotspot

Skid Row in Los Angeles is a major COVID-19 hotspot...

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Historic Black voter turnout was key to Biden-Harris win

Trump trampled on Voting Rights Act

In August 2016, candidate Donald Trump delivered a blunt assessment of his view of the Black electorate...

Employee at Palmdale magnet school receives Counselor of the Year award

Shadow Hills Engineering and Design Magnet Academy

The work of school counselors in supporting students’ emotional and..

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Politics ‘post Trump’ leaves many unanswered questions

President Biden believes it’s a time of healing

Donald Trump left office a week ago...

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Artist Bernie Rollins dies at age 87

Known for magazine 'Soul Illustrated'

Bernard “Bernie” Rollins has died at age 87...

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Outrage over George Floyd murder was global

World watches what happens in United States

The worldwide mass protests in wake of the murder of George Floyd..

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A ‘different Christmas’ will test faith among Black Christians

Finding shelter during the 1918 Spanish Flu and 2020 coronavirus

It’s a different Christmas this year...

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A ‘different Christmas’ will test faith among Black Christians

Finding shelter during the 1918 Spanish Flu and 2020 coronavirus

It’s a different Christmas this year...

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Foster youth must navigate holiday season, wellbeing

Pandemic has made matters much worse

The holiday season can be an electric—and often hectic—time of year...

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African-Americans buying more firearms than ever before in history

Rationale from pandemic to 'stand down and stand by'

The level of civil strife surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the..

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African-Americans buying more firearms than ever in history

Rationale from pandemic to ‘stand down and stand by’

The level of civil strife surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the..

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Kamala Harris: First woman and Black U.S. vice president

Overcoming racist and sexist attacks

Sen. Kamala Harris’ meteoric rise to the second highest office in the land...

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Kamala Harris: First woman and Black U.S. vice president

Overcoming racist and sexist attacks

Sen. Kamala Harris’ meteoric rise to the second highest office in the land...

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National campaign underway to get Black men to polls

BlackMenVoting.com

African-American men across the country are pledging to “turn up and turn..

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Group launches national campaign to get more Black men to polls

BlackMenVoting.com

African-American men across the country are pledging to “turn up and turn out”..

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Mike Garcia, Christy Smith compete to represent 25th Congressional District

An unexpected battle ground contest

California’s 25th Congressional District has become an unexpected battleground..

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Mark Ridley-Thomas, Grace Yoo vie for 10th District council seat

Veteran politician takes on newcomer

From Angelus Vista to Wilshire Vista, Los Angeles’ Councilmanic District 10..

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Negro League set a pathway for modern baseball

100th anniversary this year

Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Dodgers paid fitting tribute to Negro League..

West Coast on fire because of climate change

Millions of acres are burning

The West Coast is on fire. From Seattle to San Diego, persistent conflagrations have..

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Pilot program seeks answers to high Black infant mortality

African-American babies die at alarming rate

The U.S. infant mortality rate has fallen over the last two decades, but major disparities..

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Jail diversion may finally have moment of attention

COVID-19, justice reform lead efforts

Jail diversion, or some form of it, is probably as old as the justice system itself. It..

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Jail diversion may finally have moment of attention

COVID-19, justice reform lead efforts

Jail diversion, or some form of it, is probably as old as the justice system itself. It..

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Kamala Harris is Biden’s pick for running mate in November

Junior senator first Black woman on major presidential ticket

Former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden..

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Wearing a mask becomes latest political divide on Capitol Hill

‘Who was that masked man?’

A mask is a simple thing. A piece of cloth with stretchy bands at each end. But in the..

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Wearing a mask becomes latest political divide on Capitol Hill

‘Who was that masked man?’

A mask is a simple thing. A piece of cloth with stretchy bands at each end. But in the..

Black athletes opting toward more HBCUs

Reviving a fabled tradition

A few generations ago, Historically Black Colleges and Universities..

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Black athletes opting toward more HBCUs

Reviving a fabled tradition

A few generations ago, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were the..

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Mattel announces they will use only recycled material in products

Expanding sustainability principles

It’s the holiday season, and arguably one of the...

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‘Holiday blues’ is a real disorder and not a myth

Don’t dismiss those ‘bad feelings’

Whether you call them the “holiday blues,” “Christmas blues”or the more clinical..

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Enjoy select holiday favorites throughout the season at LPAC

Beach Boys will perform on Dec. 2

Enjoy outstanding entertainment this holiday season..

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National Homeless Youth Awareness Month

Kickoff tonight at Holman United Methodist Church

Sanctuary of Hope (SOH), a local nonprofit youth development..

Impeachment is somber moment for American public

A last resort of punishment

Impeachment has been generally reserved as a last resort of..

Lancaster public improvement plan hopes to make a positive impact

Updating key city assets

The city of Lancaster’s public improvement program..

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Wildfires have made LA County air quality among worst in nation

Vast stretches of California are burning

Los Angeles County and surrounding areas..

Price, O’Farrell seek ordinance preventing ‘no fault’ evictions

Result of surge in rent increases

In a move to stave off a surge in rent..

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Diahann Carroll dies from cancer in LA at age 84

Actress-singer Diahann Carroll, a pioneer for Black..

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Diahann Carroll dies from cancer in LA at age 84

Actress-singer Diahann Carroll, a pioneer for Black..

MOAH will return unique artwork to native Australia

The Lancaster Museum of Art and..

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Early detection is key to defeat prostate cancer

As September served as Prostate Awareness..

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Feuer launches extensive media campaigns to halt vaping

’Your Body Knows’

A campaign to educate children and families about the dangers..

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The Afro represents cultural change within Black Diaspora

O.D. Threatt makes way for the barber chair..

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The Afro represents cultural change within Black Diaspora

The Afro represents cultural change within Black Diaspora

O.D. Threatt makes way for the barber chair..

Lancaster deputy admits lying about ‘sniper’ attempt

In a rare Saturday night press conference..

Family intends to sue county in death of Palmdale toddler

Merdies Hayes Editor

The great-grandmother of a 4-year-old Palmdale boy..

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Cybercrimes and data breaches make personal info vulnerable

Beware of online scam artists

In our fast-paced, online-obsessed world, it may be easy to forget how...

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