California passes law to study paying reparations to Black Americans

Slaves

California has become the first state in the nation to pass a law that would study and create proposals for slave reparations. On Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 3121, which will force the state to examine the history of racism in America and the systemic effects of slavery, according […]

Naya Rivera declined life jacket, yelled ‘help’ as she drowned, report says

Naya Rivera declined life jacket, yelled 'help' as she drowned, report says

Former “Glee” star Naya Rivera raised her arm and yelled for help as she drowned, an investigation has found. The former “Glee” star was boating with her four-year-old son Josey on Lake Piru in California when the tragic incident occurred and the post-mortem report has now revealed more details about her last moments. The report […]

Frank Ocean’s brother reportedly dies in car accident

Frank Ocean's brother reportedly dies in car accident

Frank Ocean‘s younger brother reportedly has died in a car accident. Ryan Breaux, 18, passed away alongside a friend in the early hours of Sunday morning, Aug. 2, 2020, when the vehicle they were traveling in in Thousand Oaks, California, ran off the road and hit a tree. ABC News reported: “The initial investigation revealed […]

Naya Rivera’s fans hold vigil at Lake Piru (photos)

Naya Rivera's fans hold vigil at Lake Piru (photos)

Naya Rivera‘s fans have held a vigil at Lake Piru. The “Glee” star tragically died in a drowning accident at the California lake last month at the age of 33. Her death certificate has recorded that she died “within minutes” from accidental drowning, and it stated there were no other significant conditions that contributed to […]

Los Angeles woman dragged from home by cops while nude and menstruating

Los Angeles woman dragged from home by cops while nude and menstruating

A California woman has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the County of Los Angeles after she was allegedly forced out of her home at gunpoint, while nude and on her menstrual cycle in July 2019, according to NBC Los Angeles. To make matters worse, the woman’s younger sister and 5-year-old son were present, as […]

WWE star Shad Gaspard found dead days after swimming at Venice Beach

WWE star Shad Gaspard found dead days after swimming at Venice Beach

Shad Gaspard had one request before he reportedly died — “Save my son.” The former WWE star was found dead by investigators after his body was washed ashore on May 20 at Venice Beach in Los Angeles, according to KTLA.  Gaspard’s body was found three days after he went for a swim at the beach […]

Kobe Bryant’s cause of death revealed

Kobe Bryant's cause of death revealed

Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna’s cause of death has been revealed, almost four months after the helicopter crash that ended their lives. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner says the basketball star and his 13-year-old daughter died from “blunt trauma” in the crash, which happened Jan. 26, 2020, in Calabasas, California. According […]

The ‘Virtual Cali Picnic’ draws thousands as organizers push for new date

The 'Virtual Cali Picnic' draws thousands as organizers push for new date

An online version of The Cali Picnic, a historically successful festival with roots that go back to the early ’90s, was held on Saturday, April 18, 2020, via Zoom video conferencing, Facebook Watch Party and Instagram Live. Dubbed “The Virtual Cali Picnic,” the party streamed for upwards of five hours, boasting four DJs – Big […]

Tesla reveals plans to build ventilators

Tesla reveals plans to build ventilators

Tesla has unveiled a prototype of its new ventilators. Elon Musk’s firm has used parts from its Model 3 motors on the breathing equipment to help with the shortage during the global health crisis. On Sunday, April 5, 2020, Tesla gave an update on their ventilators, which are “heavily based on Tesla car parts,” according […]

Actor Christian Pierce deems himself blessed, hungry and inspired

Actor Christian Pierce deems himself blessed, hungry and inspired

Christian Pierce is a writer, producer and star of Facebook Watch’s comedy parody series “The Real Bros of Simi Valley.” Created and written by Pierce and writing partner Jimmy Tatro (Netflix’s “American Vandal”), the series follows the lives of four friends from Simi Valley who never evolved past high school despite graduating 10 years ago. […]

Tasha Turner challenges the tobacco industry through awareness poem

Tasha Turner challenges the tobacco industry through awareness poem

Tasha “Sixfootah ThePoet” Turner is a Bay Area native and poet who commands the attention of audiences with her stature and moves spirits with her insightful poetry. Inspired by the iconic Maya Angelou, Turner uses her flow to address uncomfortable topics, like the dangers of menthol and tobacco. We spoke with Turner about an open […]

California’s governor orders all 40 million residents to stay home

California's governor orders all 40 million residents to stay home

The most populous state in America has shut down. On March. 19, California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all 40 million residents in the state to stay home, according to the Los Angeles Times.  Newsom announced that he was implementing a statewide order during a press conference. “We need to bend the curve in the state […]

What coronavirus means for Coachella

What coronavirus means for Coachella

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak. The iconic music festival was expected to take place between April 10 and 12 and April 17 and 19, but it has now been pushed back to the fall over fears about the spreading of the flu-like disease. In a statement, organizers […]

Truth Ali shares his thoughts on the universe and new single

Truth Ali shares his thoughts on the universe and new single

Truth Ali is on the rise. His high-energy approach to rap is multilayered with a focus on lyricism. Rolling out recently spoke with the California native about his latest single, “Guns in Space,” the universe and what motivates him. What inspired your single’s cover art? I’m big on art with layers. The song concept is […]

Security guard pulls gun on Black man for taking pictures of bike racks (video)

Security guard pulls gun on Black man for taking pictures of bike racks (video)

A Black man in Oakland, California, was detained by members of a private security guard company for taking photos of bicycle racks. Kenya Wheeler provided a lengthy Facebook post on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, and has since provided interviews with local Bay Area news affiliates, including NBC and ABC after the incident, which occurred on […]

Why Kamala Harris pulled the plug on her 2020 presidential bid

Why Kamala Harris pulled the plug on her 2020 presidential bid

According to multiple sources and a tweet from her personal account, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., has dropped out of the 2020 presidential campaign, effective immediately. While she qualified for the December debate, the overwhelming perception is that she did not have enough financial backing to continue. According to CNN, “The California Democrat informed her senior […]

Michael Jackson’s accusers get tentative court ruling

Michael Jackson's accusers get tentative court ruling

Wade Robson and James Safechuck have tentatively had the dismissal of their lawsuit against Michael Jackson’s estate overturned. The two men had previously filed claims against the late “Thriller” hitmaker — who died in June 2009 — over allegations he abused them as children but their cases were dismissed in 2017, in part due to the statute […]

Black man cited for eating sandwich files racial profiling claim against BART

Black man cited for eating sandwich files racial profiling claim against BART

Steve Foster, the California man who was famously detained and handcuffed for eating a sandwich on a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station platform, is filing a civil rights claim against the transit agency, alleging racial profiling and selective law enforcement. Foster acquired the services of a well-known Bay Area civil rights attorney, John Burris, […]

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