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Luke Scott Is Among A Group Of Incarcerated Individuals Enrolled In California's 'Groundbreaking' Master's Degree Program

While being incarcerated, Luke Scott is fully seizing a new opportunity in California. At age 60, and while serving time without parole, Scott has earned eight associate’s degrees, and in 2022, a bachelor’s degree in communications, the Los Angeles Times reports. Earning the latter from Sacramento State as an inmate at Mule Creek State Prison came decades after he promised his mother, who passed away in 2011, that he would one day be a college graduate.

Ngozi Nwanji

Nov 9, 2023

California Passes Bill That Requires VC Firms To Report On Their Number Of Investments In Diverse Founders

A step has been taken toward more transparency in the VC space. On Oct. 8, 2023, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 54, a law that mandates VC firms to release annual reports regarding the number of diverse founders they’re investing in — making it the inaugural law focused on increasing diversity in VC funding in the U.S. — TechCrunch reports.

Ngozi Nwanji

Oct 10, 2023

California Passes State Legislation That Provides Grants To Students Transferring To HBCUs

California students are being given financial assistance to attend historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Ngozi Nwanji

Oct 9, 2023

California Passes State Legislation That Allows Foster Youth To Attend State Colleges For Free

This is a huge win for foster youth located in the state of California.

Shanique Yates

Jul 20, 2023

Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Lingerie Brand Fined $1M In The State Of California

A little while back, Rihanna announced that she would perform at the upcoming Super Bowl halftime show. This announcement had the Navy in a tizzy, as it sparked rumors about potential new music. Rihanna at the superbowl: — toss a coin to your witcher (@itsayosigns) September 25, 2022 Of course, the Internet did what it does best and took the rumors and created memes about how Rihanna would continue on her music hiatus and, instead, use the moment to promote her cosmetic and lingerie lines.

Josh Rodgers

Nov 30, 2022

California Becomes The First State To Provide Undocumented Immigrants With Access To Healthcare

California just made a historic move, passing legislation that will offer healthcare to all undocumented immigrants. According to The Associated Press, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Thursday (June 30), which includes a $307.9 billion operating budget and will provide coverage to an additional 764,000 people between the ages of 26 and 49. What this means is that the west coast state made a commitment to providing low-income adults with access to California’s Medicaid program by the year 2024, regardless of their immigration status. “This will represent the biggest expansion of coverage in the nation since the start of the Affordable Care Act in 2014,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California. “In California, we recognize (that) everybody benefits when everyone is covered.” NEW: Just signed our budget. California will now be the first state in the nation to achieve universal access to healthcare coverage. This is what being “pro-life” ACTUALLY looks...

Shanique Yates

Jul 5, 2022

These Four High School Students Are The Future Leaders Of DEI

In Whitney Houston’s inspiration classic, “Greatest Love of All,” she mentions that children are the future and how people should treat them and let them lead the way. It seems as if that message resonated with four high school students in New York and California. Eileen Ye, Mahmoud Abdellatif, Shreya Anand, and Ymorah Blakeney are making their mark on the community by ensuring everyone has equal access to resources and feels included and respected in various spaces. Championing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives are more than just hopping on the popular bandwagon for these teenagers. They are actively working within their schools and associated organizations to help implement residual, positive change.

Josh Rodgers

May 3, 2022

Black Tesla Workers Allegedly Moved To The Back When Expecting CEO, 'They Didn’t Want A Black Face Up There'

More exposure to the environment at Tesla for Black employees has to come to light, and it’s not looking good — at all. The Los Angles Times reports that the American electric vehicle and clean energy company is currently under fire after several Black employees allege unfair and racist treatment occurring at the company’s California plant. One of the most alarming claims along with repeated incidents of being subject to racial slurs is that a number of Black employees were allegedly moved to the back of the plant when Tesla CEO Elon Musk would visit because “they didn’t want a Black face up there.” These accounts of alleged racial discrimination at the plant add to the lawsuit filed against Tesla by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing on Feb. 9. AfroTech previously reported that the suit was filed on behalf of over 4,000 Black employees, both current and former, making it the largest racial discrimination lawsuit filed by the state due to the number of people...

Shanique Yates

Mar 30, 2022

TikToker Accuses Citibank Of Racially Profiling Her After Allegedly Attempting To Cash A $30K Check

A TikToker is claiming that she was racially profiled by Citibank. The TikToker — who goes by the username of Baby Storme — shared tearfully in a viral TikTok post that she attempted to deposit a check from her father at Citibank to go toward her rent in Los Angeles, CA. The user was serviced by an undisclosed bank teller who allegedly confiscated her check and stated the bank could not verify it. “So tell me why I literally never experienced what I just experienced. I’m not the kind of person to come on here crying,” Storme said on TikTok. “My dad sent me a check to pay off my rent for the next year and that’s it, and I go into Citibank to cash the check so I can pay my rent and they confiscate my check and refuse to give it back.” Baby Storme requested for her check to be returned and had plans to deposit the funds at another banking institution. The bank teller continued to deny her request. After further questioning, Baby Storme accused the bank teller of racial profiling. “Do...

Samantha Dorisca

Mar 24, 2022

The State Of California Has Filed A Lawsuit Against Tesla After 'Horrific' Racial Abuse Allegations

Tesla is reportedly a hotbed of racial abuse — and the state of California has finally had enough. According to The Los Angeles Times, the state of California has filed a lawsuit against the Elon Musk-led company. The lawsuit comes after more than 32 months of an investigation into the practices by the company, as well as countless worker complaints spanning more than 10 years against the organization. The allegations against Tesla are what The Los Angeles Times is calling quite “horrific” — so much so, in fact, that many of the words that were allegedly used by the company cannot be reprinted here. But what can be stated here is that Tesla allegedly made their Black workers “scrub floors on their hands and knees, and they were relegated to the Fremont, Calif., factory’s most difficult physical jobs,” per the Los Angeles Times. What’s more, the suit alleges that Black workers were routinely denied promotions, were subjected to willful and malicious harassment, got paid far less than...

This California Man Lost $33K In A Certified Check When A Bank of America Branch Closed — Here's How He Got It Back

A California man went to deposit $33,000 in Bank of America — and never saw the money again. According to ABC7 Bay News, the California man in question — Brian Leonard — had a certified check for $33,000. The check was drawn from Leonard’s Wells Fargo account, so that he and his wife could get their kitchen remodeled. He drew a certified check in the hopes that it would “clear quickly,” as typically, certified checks clear within 24 hours of deposit. But the next day, when he checked his account to make sure he had enough money to pay his contractor, he was in for a big surprise — and not in a good way. “The woman said that there was no record of the transaction. So as far as she was concerned, no transaction happened,” he said to the outlet. And it got worse. When the California man drove over to the bank’s branch in Oakland, CA, to see what was going on, the branch was closed . Getting aggravated yet? Don’t worry — so was he, and rightly so. “When I realized the branch was closed,...

Wiz Khalifa Debuts His Khalifa Kush Cannabis Brand In California

Wiz Khalifa is taking his love for cannabis to new territory. The “See You Again” artist already had the streets of Nevada buzzing when his cannabis brand Khalifa Kush dropped. Now, Californians can find out what the hype is about as Wiz Khalifa celebrated the expansion of Khalifa Kush at Cookies Maywood. The storefront alongside its various branches across California will house the cannabis brand exclusively. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Khalifa Kush (@thekhalifakush) It should come as no surprise that Wiz Khalifa put in the work to bring a premium line of cannabis into the market. In an interview with LA Weekly, Wiz Khalifa revealed he grew a deeper understanding and appreciation for cannabis following a meeting with Cookies co-founder and Bay area rapper Gilbert Anthony Milam Jr. “He actually showed me like real plants, and showed me how to cure and things like that stuff,” Wiz Khalifa said, according to LA Weekly. “Stuff I’d never seen and never really even knew...

Samantha Dorisca

Feb 2, 2022

Rap Icon Lil' Kim Set To Make Her Debut In The Cannabis Industry With Launch Of 'Aphrodisiac'

Hip-Hop icon Lil’ Kim is looking to make a dent in the cannabis industry with the launch of her own brand. Forbes reports Lil’ Kim will be debuting “Aphrodisiac” in conjunction with Superbad Inc. at the beginning of next year. Although the launch will begin in California, the brand plans to expand to multiple states including Lil’ Kim’s home state of New York. The partnership will also include CampNova, an online cannabis distribution platform housed in Northern California. The rapper’s interest in Superbad Inc. stemmed from the brand’s mission statement of being driven by “technology, artistry, and innovation,” the official website says. And according to Carlos Dew, Superbad Inc. founder, the cannabis brand will be tailored to the rapper’s favorite genetics and strains, and over the last two years, Lil’ Kim has adopted a hands-on approach to ensure her spirit carries over to her brand. “ I’m a hustler by nature, right? I’m from Brooklyn, so we hustle. I equate the game all the time...

Samantha Dorisca

Oct 26, 2021

The United States Best And Worst Cities To Start A Business

A recent study published by NBC News revealed that North Carolina is the best state to start a business in. But which state is the worst? LendingTree provided their research to NBC News, and their studies concluded that three of North Carolina’s top cities — Raleigh, Charlotte, and Durham — offer the best places for small businesses to get started. Raleigh takes the top spot, while Charlotte is at No. 3, and Durham is at No. 4. “54.8% of Raleigh’s population is in their prime working years between ages 25 and 54, ninth-highest among the 100 metros,” reports the study. Austin, TX, meanwhile, takes the No. 2 spot. In fact, according to the study, the South holds five of the 10 top ten spots in the United States to open a small business. Aside from North Carolina, states like Idaho (with Boise, ID, coming in at No. 5) and Tennessee (with Nashville coming in at No. 9) also made the top of the list. But, which states are the worst states to open a new business in? At the top of the list...

Gov. Gavin Newsom Returns Bruce's Beach To Descendants Of Original Black Owners, Says Move Can Be Part Of 'Broader Reparations'

In March 2021, AfroTech reported that Bruce’s Beach could be going back to the descendants of its original Black owners. On Sept. 30, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California made that a reality. According to Eyewitness News (via The Associated Press) , the beachfront property in question was purchased by Willa and Charles Bruce back in 1912. The Bruces turned the property into the first beach resort for Black families. The resort — which included a lodge, a cafe, and even a dance hall — naturally faced threats and harassment from its white neighbors. There was even an attempt to burn down the resort. Finally, in 1924, the city seized the property — citing eminent domain — and took the property from the Bruces. The campaign to return Bruce’s Beach to the Bruce family — whose descendants include Anthony Bruce, who has been very vocal about the injustice committed against his family (and rightly so) — was spearheaded by LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn. “I’m considering, first of all, giving...