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Roe v. Wade Overturned

The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, abolishing the constitutional right to an abortion after nearly 50 years since the landmark decision that protected federal abortion rights was passed in 1973. In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court decision has now left abortion rights up to individual...
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Track & Field World Championship at Eugene

Oregon’s iconic Hayward Field will host the very best athletes in the world this July. The pristine northwest venue has undergone an additional $250 million in renovations over the past three years, expanding its overall capacity to 30,000 patrons. Hayward Field has become synonymous with world records while hosting...

Juneteenth: The Inland Region in Joy and Celebration

On Saturday June 18th, a number of Juneteenth events were held across the Inland Empire. The Black Voice News spent time at the Black Collective X Itoas’ annual Juneteenth Celebration at White Park in Riverside as well as San Bernardino Juneteenth Committee’s Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom at San Bernardino Valley College. At these events community members, local merchants and artists came together to celebrate the holiday and its meaning, uplifting community voices and sharing joy.

Keeping it Real: Freedom Day And The Unfinished Symphony

I started a new Juneteenth tradition for myself this year. Although I have always acknowledged the day and its importance in our history I usually did so with a slight tinge of bitterness over how it reminded me of an ‘insult added to injury’ for the leaders in Texas not to free their slaves. My thoughts were further darkened by the cruel irony that while we can be critical of what Texas did, we must also remember the Emancipation Proclamation did not free the enslaved –only those in Confederate states.

Juneteenth: The Unintended Consequences of Commercialization

At 89 years old in 2016, Ms. Opal Lee walked 1,400 miles from Fort Worth, Texas to Washington, D.C. in order to gain support from Congress to recognize June 19 — Juneteenth — as a national holiday. Lee made the trek by traveling two and a half miles each day to symbolize the two and a half years Black Texans in Galveston waited to receive the news of their freedom on June 19, 1865 — two years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863.

Keeping it Real: We Are Not for Sale– A Response to Wells Fargo and Other Corporate Duplicity

The idea of doubleness is at the core of duplicity. Duplicity comes from a Latin word meaning “double” or “twofold,” and its original meaning in English has to do with a kind of deception in which you intentionally hide your true feelings or intentions behind false words or actions. If you are being duplicitous there are two yous: the one you’re showing and the one you’re hiding. And—key to the idea of duplicity—you’re hiding that you in order to make people believe something that’s not true. – Merriam Webster.

Nation Prepares to Approve COVID-19 Vaccinate for its Youngest Children

Next week the FDA and CDC will consider whether to authorize and recommend the first COVID-19 vaccines for children under the age of 5. In preparation for what is certain to be a tough choice for many parents and families when the vaccine is approved, the Biden Administration has announced an operational plan to ensure that vaccines for the children—if authorized by FDA and recommended by CDC—are readily available and parents are well informed about them. The plan includes the following:

CA Reparations: Interim Report and Recommendations

California’s Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans released an interim report on June 1 detailing the history and legacy of slavery across the nation and in Calfiornia. The report, nearly 500 pages long and divided into 13 chapters, examines the role and influence of...

Keeping it Real: Killing Children and the Myth of Good Guys with Guns

“We must elect people who are committed to moving this nation toward a more perfect union,” I wrote last week. “Whether we are protecting Black lives or the lives of children in elementary classrooms or those in a gay bar, at an outdoor concert, in church, or shopping for groceries, the only way to begin to end [gun] violence is to elect those who are willing and committed to change, to put[ting] an end to white supremacy and a gun culture that has spiraled out of control.”