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California Senate passes bill to stop discrimination towards natural hair

Black women have been historically criticized for their natural hair. Today, they find power in embracing how they choose to wear their hair, natural or otherwise. (File Photo)

Gabe Carlos

May 14, 2019

On April 22, the California State Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 188, also known as the CROWN (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair) Act, which protects students and employees from discrimination based on natural hairstyles including afros, braids and twists. According to the...

Black Minds Matter hopes to spark dialogue about students of color

A banner for the Black Minds Matter event is set up next to the Black Lives Matter display shown in the Student Center at American River College on March 6, 2019. (Photo by Anthony Barnes)

Anthony Barnes

March 28, 2019

American River College hosted a Black Minds Matter workshop March 11 that was designed to shed light on the issues that young black men face in the world of education. The workshop used the public coursework of author and social scientist Jonathan Luke Wood, who is a proponent of uplifting men of c...

Police need to be held accountable for actions

The Sacramento community is working on healing and coming together in the wake of the district attorney's office's announcement. Demonstrators hold up a sign that reads “We must love and support one another / Black Lives Matter Sacramento” banner during the one year anniversary of Stephon Clark’s death in South Sacramento, Calif. on March 18, 2019. (Photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Breawna Maynard

March 27, 2019

Another year, another unarmed black man killed by the police, and another injustice for the families of the victims involved. Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old African-American man, was shot in the Meadowview neighborhood in Sacramento by two police officers from the Sacramento Police Department on March ...

Opinion: “Lives” Movement Paints a Different Picture

The notion that black lives matter more than any other life is incorrect, but the rate of violent deaths of black men living in the United States is appalling. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black men die of homicide at a rate higher than people of any other race. (Photo illustration by Kameron Schmid)

Johnnie Heard

October 20, 2015

In the wake of the recent "Black Lives Matter" and "All Lives Matter" debate, it is time to discuss this very divisive issue. As have most African-American men, I have been directly affected by police brutality, or let’s just say bad policing. Racial profiling and police brutality go largely unchecked in ur...

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