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Exemplary Riverside Youths Honored At Annual Jamil Dada Excellence Awards

By IEV Staff The Riverside County Workforce Development Board has honored 10 youths from across the county for their exemplary character while overcoming some of life’s most significant challenges. The 2022 Jamil Dada Character Excellence Youth Awards identified young leaders in their communities who, in spite of difficult and sometimes tragic situations, were determined to […]

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Medical Study Finds Pandemic Has Lowered Life Expectancy among Black Californians

Edward Henderson | California Black Media If you follow social media or if you’re out and count the number of masks being worn, you might conclude that the COVID-19 pandemic is over. People are posting pictures of their summer vacations and family gatherings. Fourth of July celebrations and fireworks shows entertained thousands of uncovered faces […]

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Mapping Black California Unveils Statewide Database of Black-led organizations

Amber Bolden | The Black Voice News (BVN)’s Mapping Black California (MBC) is relaunching its website with a groundbreaking new data tool, Mapping Black California: Black-Led Organization (BLO) Directory.  The first and only comprehensive statewide interactive map of Black-led organizations in California, the directory is MBC’s newest and most robust flagship project. It is also […]

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Sunnymead Middle School’s Kindness Club named 2022 Student Club of the Year

Breanna Reeves  The Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation’s Anti-Bullying Institute selected Sunnymead Middle School’s Kindness Club as the recipient of the 2022 Student Club of the Year Award.  The club will receive its award at the Anti-Bullying Institute’s Annual Fundraiser event on Thursday, August 18, 2022, at the California State Citrus Park in Riverside, California. […]

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The Black Voice News Turns 50

In 1972 students at the University of California, Riverside, led by Artis Lilly, started the Black Voice News because they wanted to “plead their own cause” on campus. Once they graduated the newspaper moved to community ownership under the stewardship of publisher Sam Martin. He eventually sold the newspaper to my parents Hardy and Cheryl […]

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Black Voice News Enters Its Golden Year

S. E. Williams | Its been 50 years since a small group of Black students at the University of California, Riverside, having grown tired of being invisible and un-represented in the school’s student publication, coalesced and published the first edition of Black Voice News (BVN) and in doing so, not only raised the voices Black […]