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After 30 Years, ‘Champagne’ King Still Has Her Pop

After 30 Years, ‘Champagne’ King Still Has Her Pop

After 30 Years, ‘Champagne’ King Still Has Her Pop By Bobbi Booker, Philadelphia Tribune Evelyn“Champagne” King’s rise to fame and fortune in the music business is as close to a “Cinderella story” as you can get. The R&B and disco diva was discovered while singing at age 15 in the bathroom at Philly International Records, where her … Read entire article »

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SAN LEANDRO NEWS

SAN LEANDRO NEWS

CITY REQUESTS PUBLIC INPUT ON PARKING Community Invited to Attend July 19th Meeting to Discuss Downtown Parking With the City’s new the 395 space, LEED certified, four-story downtown parking garage scheduled to be completed in summer 2012, the City is reviewing how well parking functions throughout the downtown and intends to create a parking management strategy. As part of this review, the City has … Read entire article »

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Sharpton-West‘Showdown’ Becomes Dignified Debate

Sharpton-West‘Showdown’ Becomes Dignified Debate

By James G. Muhammad Special to NNPA from The Final Call CHICAGO—The debate about whether President Obama is doing enough for Blacks and the poor should focus on the issues, not on personalities, members of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) agreed June 24 during a forum here at their annual convention. The forum featured two prominent leaders who have been the face of the public debate, where the issues have sometimes been … Read entire article »

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Black Newspaper Publishers Conference Brings Out Black Leaders

Black Newspaper Publishers Conference Brings Out Black Leaders

NNPA Chairman Danny Bakewell Sr. Passes Mantle of Leadership to Arizona’s Cloves Campbell Jr. By Jasmyne A. Cannick NNPA National Correspondent CHICAGO, IL – Led by Chairman and Sentinel publisher Danny Bakewell Sr., over 200 Black newspaper publishers from all over the country gathered at Chicago’s legendary Drake Hotel for several days of robust conversations on the future … Read entire article »

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LORI JONES APPOINTED AS ALAMEDA COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES AGENCY DIRECTOR

LORI JONES APPOINTED AS ALAMEDA COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES AGENCY DIRECTOR

Today, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors announced its unanimous appointment of Lori Jones as Director of the Alameda County Social Services Agency (SSA), effective July 3, 2011.  Ms. Jones was appointed Interim SSA Co-Director in January 2011 while the Board conducted a national search for the permanent replacement for Yolanda Baldovinos, who retired as Director of SSA after 28 years of distinguished County service.  Board members and the County Administrator also expressed their … Read entire article »

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In CA and Other States, Black Migration Alters the Political Landscape

In CA and Other States, Black Migration Alters the Political Landscape

LOS ANGELES—African-Americans once were clustered so heavily in urban areas that the terms “black” and “inner city” came to be used almost synonymously. According to the 2010 U.S. Census results, that time is history. While blacks have by no means vanished from cities, unprecedented numbers have headed for the suburbs or left the big cities of the North and headed south. As legislative districts are redrawn, nonpartisan groups and both political parties are watching how this … Read entire article »

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GOP Ploy: Blame Black Joblessness on President Obama

GOP Ploy: Blame Black Joblessness on President Obama

Commentary, Earl Ofari Hutchinson LOS ANGELES, Calif.–GOP presidential contenders Michelle Bachman and Newt Gingrich figured out yet another ploy to knock President Obama. Blame him for joblessness among blacks now at nearly Great Depression levels, especially for young black males. Both candidates made the claim in recent speeches at the Republican Leadership Conference. Gingrich got so carried away with this absurd notion that he went off the deep end by claiming that Obama’s … Read entire article »

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Redistricting Black Political Survival

Redistricting Black Political Survival

Ask the average person about redistricting and the response, most likely, would be a perplexed stare. Yet, redistricting is one of the fundamental “deciders” of who gets to represent the community (district) in the Congress (House of Representatives only); the state Senate, the state Assembly and the state Board of Equalization. (The county and the city officials draw their own district lines). It is important to understand the rationale behind the state mandated redistricting … Read entire article »

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How California Tea Partiers Hijacked Redistricting Reform

How California Tea Partiers Hijacked Redistricting Reform

SAN FRANCISCO—Few ordinary Californians have been more intensely interested in the state’s new Citizens Redistricting Commission than Berkeley-based Tea Party activist David Salaverry. Back in March, he realized that the fledgling panel, with its 14 citizen members drawing political districts instead of politicians and its commitment to openness and transparency instead of behind-the-scenes deal-making, offered a golden opportunity for conservative Californians to influence the redistricting process at a time when their political clout was waning … Read entire article »

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Bay Area Pavement Conditions Stalled in Fair Territory

Bay Area Pavement Conditions Stalled in Fair Territory

“Pothole Report” Spotlights Strategies for Safer, Greener Roads; Cites Need for Funding OAKLAND, Calif., June 22, 2011 . . . The condition of pavement on the Bay Area’s 42,500 lane-miles of local streets and roads is only fair at best, with the typical stretch of asphalt showing serious wear and likely to require rehabilitation soon. Data released today by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) puts the region’s 2010 pavement condition index (PCI) score at 66 out of a maximum possible 100 points, as … Read entire article »

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