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    by Barbara Smith California is engaged in an unprecedented effort to combat hate crimes where we saw a 20% increase in such crimes in 2022. Disturbing is last year’s steep increases in such crimes against transgender people (up 55%), Muslims (up 39%) and Black people (up 27 %). According to a soon-to be-released study by ...
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    “The Wiz”, a spin-off of L. Frank Baum’s classic “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” kicked off in San Bernardino Valley College’s (SBVC) Auditorium on November 16 to a sold-out show, and will continue its run through November 19. The Wiz, written by William F. Brown, and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, follows Dorothy Gale ...
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    by Barbara Smith California is known for its vibrant arts and cultural scene, which includes a wide range of artistic expressions. Notably, with the rise in hate crimes locally and nationally, California has launched initiatives and legislation aimed at promoting tolerance and healing divisions. The “Stop the Hate” program, and “CA vs. Hate” are two ...