August is National Black Business Month

August 1st kicks off National Black Business month. And although Black businesses should be supported year-round, all month long people across the country are encouraged to recognize and support Black-owned businesses. Black woman owned business/Photo Credit: Isabelle Price August 1st kicks off National Black Business month. And although Black businesses should be supported year-round, all month long people across the country are encouraged to recognize and support Black-owned businesses. …

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Civil Rights Leaders Demand Results in George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Negotiations

The Democrat-led House has passed the bill twice over the last 12 months, yet, as the deadline passed, the bill continues to be trapped in a holding pattern in the Senate. George Floyd Protests June 2020/Photo Credit: Christy Price Civil Rights leaders from across the nation are calling for Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.  In a joint statement released late June 2021, leaders of…

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Corporations committed $50 billion to Black communities: How it started, how it’s going

      Last summer several American corporations made public statements condemning George Floyd’s murder, affirming that Black Lives Matter and pledging $50 billion in support of Black communities, according to a study from Creative Investment Research. However, since then, just $250 million has been committed or allocated, according to the firms’ analysis. Most of these funds were earmarked specifically for nonprofit organizations run by Black leaders and serving…

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Citizens Outraged as the Deaths of Black Women Soar

NAM/Washington Informer, News Feature, Kia Croom Amid the bustling streets of Washington, D.C., in the midst of Monday morning traffic, a growing body of protesters could be heard for blocks. “Change the game, time is coming! Change the game, we’re getting ready!” they sang. The Reverend Jamal Bryant, pastor of Baltimore’s Empowerment Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, led just under 200 people in a peaceful assembly with a strident demand.…

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“There is Life After a Positive HIV Test” Says Hydeia Broadbent

Hydeia Broadbent’s story captivated America when at the age of six she emerged on the scene as the world’s youngest HIV/AIDS activist. A beautiful, well-spoken child, she wise beyond her years and living with HIV. She had contracted the virus congenitally from her mother who was addicted to drugs. “I was not supposed to live after the age of five, and I’m still here,” Broadbent said in a phone…

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Dr. King’s Letter From Birmingham Jail Still Speaks to Us

On April 12, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., along with 53 members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR), launched the Birmingham Campaign— to put economic pressure on local merchants and government through a series of non-violent protests during the Easter shopping season. Dr. King and protestors were arrested for violating Alabama’s law against mass public demonstrations. In response to…

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Lefty O’Doul’s Foundation Saves Richmond Little League Games

After learning of a recent break-in at the Richmond Little League’s Nichol Park concession stand, Lefty O’Doul’s Foundation for Kids presented coach and league Vice President Thomas Gary with a $1,500 check to recover stolen equipment and concessions. The foundation also treated players to dinner and provided them with commemorative t-shirts and hats. “I was in Los Angeles when I got the Google alert about the break-in. When the…

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League of Women Voters Elects New Officers

The League of Women Voters West Contra Costa County held its annual meeting recently where it announced newly elected board member. Kia Croom was elected president. She is as the first-ever African-American and youngest president elect in the history of the league. “It’s a true honor to be elected to such a prestigious office with such a remarkable organization. The League of Women Voters is a trusted voter service…

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Kia Croom Advocates for Her Community

Writer Kia Croom has always been an advocate for those in need. As program director at the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP), she has helped provide services to homeless individuals and families, including emergency shelter and transitional housing, a resource center and serving meals 365 days a year. Holding a bachelors degree in journalism, a Masters of Science in Urban Studies and Masters of Public Administration (MPA) in Regional…

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Youth homelessness on the rise in Richmond

Continuously over the last four years, Jessica Comstock, 22, has been homeless, relying on a network of local emergency shelters for her survival. She is just one of a growing number of young people between the ages of 18-24 who are slipping into homelessness in the city of Richmond and throughout Contra Costa County. According to a report issued by West Contra Costa County’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), 617 homeless…

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