Rest In Peace: 14-Year-Old Honestie Hodges Dies From COVID-19, Went Viral At Age 11 After Being Abused By Police

COVID-19 has disproportionately affected the Black community not only in regards to positives cases but also deaths. The Guardian noted a heartbreaking stat from the CDC that obliterates the idea that only older folks are susceptible to losing their lives to this growing pandemic: Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native youth constitute only 41% of the under-21 US population but comprise about 75% of all pediatric Covid-19 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control Sadly, one of the people who have joined this morbid statistic is 14-year-old Honestie Hodges. While her name…

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Black Coalition Against Covid Releases A Love Letter to Black Americacovid

African Americans are more than three times as likely to contract the coronavirus as whites, and twice as likely to die. To address the disparities, The Black Coalition Against COVID is starting a national dialogue about COVID-19 through the launch of the Love Letter to Black America, from America’s Black Doctors and Nurses. Rooted in love of and for the Black community, the initiative is a collaboration with Howard University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, Charles Drew University, National Medical Association, National Black Nurses Association, and the National Urban League. Join the conversation…

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Bucks’ Sterling Brown Receives $750K Settlement After Police Brutality Incident

  Update 11/09/2020 12:12pm: Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown was wrongfully arrested by Milwaukee police in 2018 after he was accused of parking in a handicapped space. Video of the incident shows the NBA player approaching police to question them about the ticket he was being issued, which led to the situation being escalated by police who tackled him, then tased him. Along with that, he was charged with resisting arrest. The charges were dropped after an investigation was launched into the incident and bodycam footage revealed that Brown did…

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Scarface Needs a Kidney Months After Testing Positive for the Coronavirus

Months after testing positive for COVID-19, Scarface tweeted, “I need a kidney y’all any volunteers? B+ blood type.” Back in March, Scarface told fellow Geto Boys member Willie D that he tested positive for the coronavirus and described his symptoms. “This whole three weeks has been an ordeal, Will,” Scarface said. “It’s the craziest s*** I’ve ever done and seen in my life. Like I’ve been to the point where I just felt like I was gonna die, bro. I threw up so much until it was just like hot sauce. Like…

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Meet the Bay Area rapper working on a COVID vaccine

Ruby Ibarra is almost a modern day Hannah Montana. By day, she’s a scientist at a Bay Area biotech company, working in the quality-control department on COVID-19 test kits and yes, even a vaccine. But by night, she’s an up-and-coming hip-hop artist, performing sold-out shows with her band of eight, the Balikbayans (well, at least she used to in the Before Times; now all her performances take place online). Unlike Miley Cyrus’ sneakily wig-swapping character, however, she hasn’t kept her double life a secret. “At first, I tried not to…

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FROM COVID TO CALIFORNIA FIRE SEASON 2020: A NURSE’S PERSPECTIVE ON PROTECTING OURSELVES

by JR Valrey, Black New World Media My 90-year-old grandfather had gotten sick during the COVID-19 pandemic, and my uncle. who is a nurse, gave the family new rules that we had to follow to keep us as safe as possible from the invisible biological killer. In the past, I took my uncle’s occupation for granted. I soon realized in 2020 his cautious words could be the difference between life and death. I know that everyone in our community does not go to the doctor regularly, so I wanted to…

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Black business networking site GlimmerofBliss.com created by young Bayview woman during shelter-in-place

by JR Valrey, Black New World Media:                                                                                                                                                                       …

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Struggle to Bubble is still empowering homeless people amid the pandemic in Oakland

JR Valrey, Black New World Media Aswad “Baldhead” Muhommed started the Struggle to Bubble Movement, a homeless empowerment community survival program, in 2013 in Oakland to feed his soul – not for a non-profit grant, not for a tax write-off, not because he is running for office or trying to sell an album, and not for a status symbol. I have personally seen and participated in the work of Struggle to Bubble, and it was transformative for me as I know it has been for many. At the end of…

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Starting Aug. 17, East Oakland Youth Development Center Programs will expand to fill void in school day

by JR Valrey, Black New World Media The COVID-19 pandemic summer has changed society in ways that would not have been imaginable a year ago. One of the big adjustments that the Black community has to deal with is education, now that “distance learning” and “social distancing” has become the norm. The Oakland Unified School District has declared Aug. 10 as the first day of school, although the first four weeks will, surely, be on the computer screen because of reported spiking COVID infections in Alameda County, and no one…

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The East Oakland Youth Development Center is a beacon of hope for East Oakland during COVID

by JR Valrey, Black New World Journalists Society The East Oakland Youth Development Center aka EOYDC is a definite anchor in the Deep East Oakland community that has been helping many desperate Black and Brown families navigate the uncertainties of the historic COVID pandemic since it started. I, just like so many in my direct family and the surrounding community, grew up in and around the EOYDC under the tutelage of Miss Regina Jackson, the president and CEO of the East Oakland Youth Development Center. She has done a marvelous…

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