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Rep. Maxine Waters Receives an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from the University of the District of Columbia

On Saturday, May 11, U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) -- the first woman and first African American to Chair the powerful U.S. House Committee on Financial Services -- and civil rights icon and leader, Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., received Honorary Doctorate of Laws degrees from the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). Rep. Waters also delivered a keynote address to more than 900 graduates during UDC’s 2019 University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Commencement Convocation.

Gov. Says No More Tax on Diapers and Tampons, Period

Probably not. At the governor’s unveiling Thursday of his sweeping $213 billion revised budget for the 2019 – 2020 fiscal year - and at an event Tuesday leading up to it – a few things we know about the Golden State’s reputation came to life – the social progressivism, optimism about the future, and even Tinseltown’s cinematic flair.

Heated Charter School Debates Ignore One Key Fact: Black Students Are Underperforming In Our Schools

African-American children are California’s lowest performing group of students, only above students with special needs. Only 2 percent of Black kids in the state attend schools that are considered “high performing.” And only 10 majority African-American schools, located mostly in hard-to-count, high-poverty census tracts around the Bay Area and Los Angeles, score, on average, above the state math and language arts requirements. 

Pollution Starts Right Here in the Valley

As someone who grew up in Bakersfield, smog and air pollution was and still is a common topic of conversation between my parents and friends. The general consensus has often been the pollution comes from Los Angeles. The factories and plants spew pollutants down into the valley where it is trapped inside the high mountains surrounding the valley.

State Leaders Kick Off $100.3M Census Push With Call to Ethnic Media, CBOs to Help Get Word Out

California isn’t playing around in its effort to avoid an undercount in the 2020 Census. That determination was clear April 2 when the California Complete Count (CCC) office assembled a mixed group of stakeholders – advocates, state officials, legislative leaders and community members - to kick off an anticipated $154 million statewide public information campaign. The event was held exactly one year away from Census Day 2020.

Chairwoman Waters Introduces Bill to End Homelessness in America

“In the richest country in the world, it is simply unacceptable that we have people living in the streets,” said Chairwoman Waters. “Today, there are over a half million people experiencing homelessness nationwide. Nearly 160,000 of them are children and nearly 38,000 are veterans who we have failed to support after their service to our nation.”

Businesses and Influencers Consider Black-Owned Platform as a Social Media Alternative

The contemporaneous malfunctioning of three social media giants on March 13, 2019 left business & common users alike with deep concern about the risk of significant reliance on these "no-cost" platforms. The massive glitches came without warning or solution for over 18 hours leaving users with the inability to post, get messages and for many make money. More than ever, people are wondering if there are any alternatives to the platforms that permeate much of our daily routines.