California rampage puts spotlight on homemade ‘ghost guns’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gunman who killed his wife and four others in a rampage in Northern California this week found an easy way around a court order prohibiting him from having guns: He built his own at home. Kevin Neal, 44, was armed with what authorities believe were two high-powered rifles that he […]

Unauthorized Mural Damages 102-Year-Old Guild Theater

(OAK PARK) – A recent tribute to local men who have died at the hands of local law enforcement officers was painted on the wall of the Guild Theater in Oak Park. However, the artists never asked the property owner for permission, and now the mural could have serious ramifications. Tracy Stigler, the president of […]

Gas Tax & Vehicle Fees Bump May Benefit State’s Black Business Owners (VIDEO)

(CBM) – A looming hike on the price of gasoline and new vehicle registration fees that will pay for improving the Golden State’s crumbling roadways will send millions of dollars of infrastructure work to minority and women-owned agencies and firms. State Senator Steve Bradford, a Los Angeles-area legislator, said in an Aug. 17 interview with […]

BAPAC Elects New Interim Leader At Annual Conference (VIDEO)

SACRAMENTO, CALIF (CBM) – The Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) elected a new interim president during their state convention held in Sacramento from October 20-21. San Diego Chapter president Dr. Willie P. Blair was selected to serve the nearly 40 year-old organization founded by the late Percy Pinkey, a longtime aide to U.S. […]

Initiative would expand DNA gathering, restrict early parole

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker on Monday proposed a ballot measure that would bar certain convicted rapists and sex traffickers from being eligible for early release and expand the list of crimes for which a perpetrator’s DNA is collected. Assemblyman Jim Cooper of Elk Grove, a former Sacramento County Sheriff’s captain, said he’s […]

Need Health Insurance? It’s Enrollment Time at Covered California!

LOS ANGELES (CBM) – Enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) opens November 1, and Covered California, the state’s hub for affordable plans, launched its outreach to Black communities with a “Coffee & Conversation Media Roundtable” at the California Endowment on October 19. The event was hosted by Dr. Robert Ross, president, […]

California Senate hires outside firms to review harassment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The leader of the California Senate announced Monday that two outside firms will investigate allegations of sexual assault and harassment, including unwanted groping and sexual advances, and will review the chamber’s policies for responding to such misconduct. The move comes as female lobbyists, lawmakers and legislative staffers share stories of harassment […]

New Law Criminalizes Calling Transgender Elderly “Preferred” Gender Pronouns

SACRAMENTO (CBM) – In 2007, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) symbolically buried the ‘N-Word. The country’s oldest civil rights organization held the mock funeral at its convention in Detroit. “We can plant the seed to a new word – the ‘A’ word, ‘all’ – all our people,” then-Michigan Gov. Jennifer […]

Local Entrepreneur Spearheads Donation Drive for Hurricane Survivors

She’s known for bringing Caribbean entertainment to Northern California and now Denise Carter is working to send positive vibes in the other direction in the wake of recent devastation from hurricanes and tropical storms. Ms. Carter, the founder of HASO Live Events and the One Love Reggae Festival, recently spearheaded a local donation drive for […]

CA State Capitol First Female Black Top Cop Retires for the Second Time (VIDEO)

(CBM) – Debra Manning has retired from her position as chief sergeant-at-arms of the California Senate for the second time. Manning first retired from the position in 2008 but was called back to replace Tony Beard Jr. in 2014. Beard abruptly retired after it was revealed he had covered for Gerardo Lopez, a sergeant-at-arms who […]