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An effort to stop overnight jail releases in California is rejected by Gov. Newsom | Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — Ten years ago, Mitrice Richardson was released from the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Malibu/Lost Hills Station just after midnight, left to find her way home through a remote area, alone and on foot, with no money or phone. When her body was located 11 months later, questions were raised about why the Sheriff’s Department let her go at an hour when there were few transportation options available and after she showed signs of a mental health crisis; she had been arrested after failing to pay her bill at a Malibu restaurant and exhibiting what was described as “strange […]

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How America’s Ugly History of Segregation Changed the Meaning of the Word ‘Ghetto’ | TIME

Today, for many Americans, the word “ghetto” conjures images of run-down and crime-ridden African American segregated areas—“inner cities,” in a common euphemism. This connotation is relatively recent; it has only become mainstream in the past 70 years or so. Beforehand, the term was primarily associated with Jewish urban quarters, and its changing meaning illustrates the troubling tenacity of such an idea. The linkage between Jews and “ghetto” began in the early 16th century. In 1516, as a compromise offering to those agitating for the city to be Christian-only, Venice confined its Jewish population to a little island in the northern […]

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When a black-owned funeral home in a gentrifying city has no one left to bury | The Washington Post

The thick, dusty ledgers were scattered about the cluttered office, 18 of them, their pages filled with neat script documenting the deaths of thousands of black Washingtonians over the course of a half-century. Open a volume to Page 123 and there is Lawrence Monroe Ryles, 39, a “colored” postal worker who on Sept. 13, 1947, was “run over by a train.” Turn the pages and find Melvin Bailey, of 1406 Third St. NW, a 6-year-old who died the same year of meningitis. Deep inside another book is Leon Anthony Porter Jr., 18, whose 1990 death occurred after a bullet pierced […]

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‘Grandmama’ recalls last, brief moments with 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee | Chicago Tribune

Megan Crepeau, Chicago Tribune Dwright Doty listens to opening statements in his trial for the killing of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on Sept. 17, 2019. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune). Featured Image ertha Lee recalled Wednesday how her 9-year-old grandson, Tyshawn, had stopped at her South Side house after school on a sunny November day in 2015. He raced off to play basketball at nearby Dawes Park — but not before telling “grandmama” that he loved her, she said. “I said, I love you too,” said Lee, now 75. “… He said, […]

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How The African American Day Parade Has Celebrated Blackness For 50 Years | Blavity

Manseen Logan, Blavity Image Courtesy of Blavity. Featured Image very third Sunday in September, a grand parade celebrating everything that is good and Black takes over the Harlem, New York City streets. It’s a pretty big deal. In fact, The African American Day Parade (AADP) has been a big deal, since its debut in 1969 when Shirley Chisholm and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. served as their first grand marshals. On September 15, the organization will commemorate 50 years with over 200 prestigious organizations, 25 decorated floats, and three lit HBCU marching bands strutting down Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard. Classified […]

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Locked out of L.A.’s white neighborhoods, they built a black suburb. Now they’re homeless | Los Angeles Times

Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times Michelle Vaughn, 24, and Edwin Williams, 31, live in an African American homeless encampment under the Ronald Reagan Freeway in Pacoima. Many of the residents were displaced from homes their parents owned in the 1950s and 1960s.(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times). Featured Image Pierfax grew up after World War II in Pacoima, one of the few Los Angeles suburbs that offered the American dream of home ownership to African Americans who had been locked out of other neighborhoods by racial covenants. His stepfather worked at Lockheed Martin to support the family of 15. His […]

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3-year-old uses lemonade stand profits to buy diapers for babies in need | KMOV4

Associated Press, KMOV4 Photos: Ava’s Lemonade, Durham Rescue Mission via Facebook. Featured Image , N.C. (AP) — A 3-year-old North Carolina girl and her mother have come up with a sweet way to help struggling mothers provide for their children. Ava Lewis opened a lemonade stand in front of her mother’s hair salon, with the proceeds going toward helping women facing challenges that include raising children. “I wanted her to do bracelets, but she said she would rather do lemonade,” said Maggie Lewis, Ava’s mother. WTVD reports that on Monday, the mother and daughter dropped off several boxes of baby […]

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