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THIS WEEK'S TOP NEWS | November 20, 2019


Can These Powerful Black Leaders Join Forces to Close the Achievement Gap for Black Children?
(CARIB PRESS) - When California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced the English language arts and math results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) test last month, we found out that African-American students’ scores lagged behind the much higher marks their White, Asian and Hispanic peers obtained. Read More

As California spends billions on high-needs students, calls grow for more oversight
(BLACK VOICE NEWS) - Seven years after California started pumping billions of dollars into schools with the neediest students — an attempt to narrow a chronic academic achievement gap — a new state audit has found that the state’s landmark school funding law isn’t adequately ensuring that targeted money is actually going to the disadvantaged students it’s supposed to help. Read More

Investigation Finds California Cops With Criminal Convictions Still on the Job
(OAKLAND POST) - A group of USA Today Network publications in California launched an investigation into how California deals with cops who commit crimes. After six months, they made a few interesting findings. There have been about 630 current and former cops in California who have been convicted on a range of counts, from domestic violence and animal cruelty to reckless driving and manslaughter. More than 80 of them are still on the job. Read More

California Democrats’ ‘big tent’ is not yet fully open to young people
(BLACK VOICE) - Democrats take young people and our votes for granted. That has to stop. Read More

Black-Owned ‘Naturally Herbs’ Aims for a Healthier Richmond
(RICHMOND PULSE) - Naturally Herbs and More opened its doors at 4113 Macdonald Ave. six months ago with a mission of bringing alternative methods of health, wellness, and awareness to the community. The business — owned and operated by two East Bay families — sells products like shea butter, body butter, hair oil, black soap and herbs in bulk, like a 102-mineral herbal tea blend, which the owners say is close to the 104 minerals that make up the human body. Read More

Statewide “Anti-Gouging” Emergency Declaration Limits Rent Increases
(OAKLAND POST) — Governor Gavin Newsom signed a declaration Oct. 27 announcing a statewide emergency due to wildfires and evacuations that recently ravaged California, triggering the state’s “anti-gouging law” (AB-1919), which overrides Costa Hawkins rent law and establishes “vacancy control” during the period of the declaration. Read More

Gov. Newsom Nominates First Black Woman to Serve on First District Court of Appeals
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - Gov. Gavin Newsom has nominated Judge Teri L. Jackson associate justice of the First District Court of Appeals, Division Three, in San Francisco. If confirmed, Jackson, 63, a Democrat from San Mateo, will be the first African-American woman in the history of the state to serve on the court. Read More

Blacks in Metro Areas across the Country are Dying of Opioid Addiction at Increasing and Alarming Rates
(BLACK VOICE) - Middle-aged Blacks are experiencing a concerning rise in opioid deaths from manufactured fentanyl mixed with other drugs. Read More
More than 900 Pieces of Hateful Evidence
(IE VOICE) - The same week FBI data showed hate crimes nationally reached a sixteen year high in 2018, Americans received proof positive what most had suspected all along—that White House advisor and Trump’s lizard-brain, Steven Miller, is a White nationalist and his extreme hatred is shaping the racist policies of this nation. Read More

How heavy a burden does a person of color alleging discrimination have to carry to have his day in court
(SAN BERNARDINO AMERICAN) - The United States Supreme Court’s decision will determine whether a plaintiff who alleges race discrimination pursuant to 42 USC 1981 may have his or her day in court if he or she can show that racial discrimination was a factor, even among others, in a defendant’s refusal to do business. Read More

Female and minority TV directors reaches milestone
(CARIB PRESS) - According to Deadline, female and minority TV directors have reached a milestone – this year, for the first time ever, they directed half of all episodic TV shows. According to the Directors Guild’s latest diversity report, that’s up from last year’s record high of 42.5%, and up from just 21% five years ago. Read More
Obesity among Black women outrageously high
(SAN BERNARDINO AMERICAN) — African American women are reportedly more susceptible to being overweight or obese than any other race. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health has reported that roughly four out of five African American women are either overweight or suffering from obesity. This statistic has a lot to do with the long-standing history of the African American culture, socioeconomic status, stress, and dietary habits that have been passed down from one generation to another.  Read More

Georgia teenager arrested in alleged plot to attack a Black church
(CNN) - A 16-year-old white high school student is in custody after her plan to attack an historically black church in Gainesville, Georgia, with knives was foiled, police said Tuesday. Read More

California bar study finds Black male lawyers more likely to be disciplined
(SACRAMENTO BEE) - Black male lawyers in California are more likely than other attorneys to be subjected to discipline by the State Bar, and far more likely to be the targets of complaints to the bar by their clients, according to a study commissioned by the bar. Read More

This Is Why Black Voters Don’t Trust Mayor Pete Buttigieg
(THE DAILY BEAST) - When South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg first entered the race, to be honest, I was mesmerized. He struck me as young, but brilliant. He spoke with compassion for the least of these and, led by his faith, he invoked the kind of Christianity long missing from the national discourse—one that is inclusive, wrapped in love and equality, and that believes the test of us brings out the best in us. Read More

What The Site Of The Democratic Debate Says About Georgia, Role Of Black Voters
(NPR) - Atlanta's Tyler Perry Studios has been home to Wakanda, the White House and The Walking Dead, but on Wednesday night it will host its most topical production yet: the next Democratic presidential primary debate, hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post. Read More

Stephen A. Smith Responds to Kaepernick Criticism: 'I'm a Black Man, You Idiots'
 (THE BIG LEAD) - Smith has been one of Kaepnerick's loudest critics since the news broke that the NFL was hosting a workout for him this past Saturday, stating several times that Kaepernick needed to put all non-football stuff on the side if he wants his job back. Some of the general population took this as an indirect shot at Kaepnerick's efforts to draw attention to police brutality and other social justice issues. Read More

Apple Park construction workers racially harassed with noose, swastikas, suit says
(SF CHRONICLE) - A hung noose with a scrawled note threatening lynching. Swastikas on the walls of portable toilets. Those are some of the tactics used to intimidate African-American workers at Apple Park’s massive construction project, a federal lawsuit filed Monday alleges. Read More

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