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    By Dianne Anderson Plans to stop Black History Month, Hispanic heritage, Women’s heritage, Pride and other heritage events went over like a lead balloon recently when Huntington Beach city council voted 4-3 to shift official celebrations to its other accomplishments, like the Revolutionary War and discovery of oil. Under community pressure, the city has since ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Black moms dying three to four times more than white moms during the birthing process, and Black babies dying over twice as much as white babies before their first birthday, is not a medical mystery for nurse Shamiesha Ebhotemen. Black health professionals, although distressed, are not surprised. “The thing is, as a ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Black students at Cal State University Fullerton looking for more free money, otherwise known as college scholarships, can submit their applications starting now to tap $1,500 – maybe more through the university’s several partnerships to help pay for their education. Recruiting events are calling Black students to meet the application deadline of ...
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    By Dianne Anderson All the backs of buildings and hidden places of Santa Ana became familiar territory for Pennie Mack, which was just like home for ten years until she got sick and tired of being sick and tired. She slept around the flags of the Civic Center for years, living on the walkway where ...
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    By Selen Ozturk As the U.S. grows more diverse, so do its voters. At a Dec. 8 Ethnic Media Services briefing, experts discussed who these new ethnic voters are, what motivates them, and how their affiliations compare to their white counterparts. AAPI party preference “When it comes to candidates, voters’ party identification shapes their opinions ...
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    By Dianne Anderson All the tinsel and twinkling lights with visions of sugarplums have big-eyed little kids hoping to nab their favorite toy, but sometimes the adults need something a little more grownup. For them, the annual Jazzy Christmas at New Hope Presbyterian Church opens next week with top performers, and don’t forget to bring ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Isolated solo seniors will have a little something to smile about this Christmas, thanks to the cheerful givers of the Orange County chapters of the National Action Network, the Delta Sigma Theta, and NCNW. Darlene Futrel, the president of the local NAN, said she started the event three years ago to help ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Growing up in Orange County, Msessie Hollis is well familiar with all the supposed upscale areas that house all the hidden homeless. Her family was among them. For that reason, she finds inner healing in helping others, especially this time of year. Her mother, now passed away, had issues with money mismanagement, ...
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    The California Black Power Network (CBPN), Equal Justice Society (EJS), and six former members of the California Reparations Task Force – Dr. Cheryl Grills, Lisa Holder, Dr. Jovan Scott Lewis, Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Senator Steven Bradford, and Donald Tamaki – announced the formation of a new collaboration called the Alliance for Reparations, Reconciliation, and Truth. ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Sticker shock at the grocery store is a real thing for local food activist and tasty free meals connoisseur Connie Jones, who knows firsthand what the shopping experience is like for people subsisting on limited incomes. She said it is especially hard for families with hungry growing kids. “You wonder how people ...