Entertainment Legend Cicely Tyson Dies at 96

Cicely Tyson, a gifted and versatile thespian, who graced the stage, screen and television has died. She was 96 years old.

California Bill Would Require State to Contract More With Black-Owned Businesses

It also expands on AB 657, passed in 2017, which initiated steps to establish a “small business liaison-advocate” for each agency that regularly interacts with small businesses. This office would primarily be responsible for meeting the 25% goal.

California Black Women Leaders Organize to Open Paths for Others

“That was very motivating to me because all of the issues that we had worked on in the community. When people leave, everything that you’ve worked on can be reversed. So, that’s what led me to run for office,” said Congresswoman Karen Bass.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Pushes For Legalization of Essential Workers in Covid Relief Bill

Two bold immigration reform bills, which include an eight-year path to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented residents — with a three year path for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program— are making their way through the House and Senate.

Pioneering DJ U-Roy Dies at 78

Ewart Beckford, O.D., commonly known as U-Roy, who helped originate the modern DJ rap style has died.

SoCal: COVID 19 Testing Is Coming to a Black Church Near You

“Trust is sacred, and it hangs by a thread between the Black community and some of our institutions. The church has always been the bridge to engage the Black community, rebuilding the trust that has been broken,” said the Rev. Gerald Agee.

Nixing Prison Time for Certain Crimes Among Proposed Changes to Calif. Penal Code

SB 81 would reform the state’s use of sentencing enhancements that add years to prison sentences. The bill would also reform a 150-year-old law that gives prosecutors the ability to classify a petty theft charge as felony robbery.

Nominations open Valentine’s Day for Jamaica Diaspora and Friends Champion Awards

“It’s wonderful to see how this award has developed from the initial design when we launched it in 2017. This is a great mechanism to discover the volume of projects delivered every year in service to Jamaica…” said JDTAN Chairman Leo Gilling.

Idris Elba, Folake Olowofoyeku and Dayo Okeniyi tapped for Image Awards

The NAACP Image awards honors the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature, and film.

TBFF to feature films from Jamaica, Namibia and Nigeria

The Toronto Black Film Festival is dedicated to giving unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world.

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