Tracy students asked to write about Blacks’ “Lower Intellectual Faculties”

(CBM) – Parents, teachers and even the Superintendent are outraged that students were asked to address the sexual appetites of Thomas Jefferson’s slaves. Eighth-grade students in a greater San Francisco Bay Area school system were recently assigned a writing assignment that’s discussion points included a line describing U.S. Founding Father and third President Thomas Jefferson’s […]

Vallejo School Board Fires Black Female Superintendent, Offers No Reasons

(CBM) – The Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education in a 3-2 vote opted to fire Superintendent Dr. Ramona Bishop during its March 15 board meeting. Exercising the “no cause” clause of Bishop’s contract, Vallejo School Board Trustees offered little to no reason for her termination. As Superintendent, Bishop showed concrete financial success […]

Kimberly Ellis Says California Democratic Party Needs New Blood

(CBM) – When former Labor Sec. Tom Perez defeated Rep. Keith Ellison in the race to head the Democratic National Committee, it was seen as another defeat for progressives. (Perez later named Ellison deputy chair.) Some progressives are still seething over the fact that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, their favored candidate, lost the presidential nomination […]

Proposed Tax On Services Could Hurt Small Business Owners

(CBM) – A proposed state bill designed to restructure California’s tax system could end up hurting small businesses. Senate Bill 640, which was introduced by State Sen. Robert M. Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles,) would raise taxes on services such as haircuts, and beauty shop and veterinary visits. According to the bill, the funds raised would also […]

NAACP Says ‘Medical Marijuana Czar’ Is Ignoring Input From Minority Groups

SACRAMENTO (CBM) – The California State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has raised some concerns about Lori Ajax, Gov. Jerry Brown’s nominee for chief of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation. Media reports have called Ajax California’s first medical marijuana “czar.” The Bureau, which oversees the regulation and […]

Roland Martin Challenges State’s Black Leaders in Passionate MLK Speech

SACRAMENTO (CBM) – TV One commentator and host Roland Martin challenged African American legislators and other officials to aspire to the goals, dreams, and ideals of civil rights icon Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a speech last week in Sacramento. Martin, a journalist, and the host of TV One’s NewsOne Now, asked attendees […]

Stockton’s First Black and Youngest Big City Mayor is Sworn In

STOCKTON (CBM) -Last week over 800 hundred Stockton residents and supporters attended the swearing-in ceremony of the city’s first Black and youngest mayor to lead a city over 100,000 in U.S. history.  Michael Tubbs speech set the tone and extended an invitation for the entire community to come together and keep Stockton moving forward collectively. Tubbs […]

Democrats, Republicans Both Vying for Black California Voters

Both Democrats and Republicans are lobbying for African American voters, but how will Californians vote when they go to the polls in November? Harmeet Dhillon, RNC National Committeewoman, says the California State GOP is encouraging Republican people of color to run for local elected offices and that the GOP has had success with several Black Republican mayors being elected in the Inland Empire.

Skyrocketing EpiPen Price Causes Outrage

(CBM) – A Riverside County mom could get help from Golden State voters in a fight for her life if they pass a proposition this November intended to lower prescription drug prices. Proposition 61, the Drug Price Relief Act, is the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s response to a controversy over the dramatic price increase […]

Injunction Against Vaccine Law Shot Down in Court

(CBM) – With the new school year in full swing across the Golden State, a lawyer for a group of families seeking an injunction against a new law mandating all K-12 students be vaccinated before heading into the classroom, said his clients children will not be able to attend public or private schools. Last year, […]