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ConnectBlackLA was birth out of the Covid-19 epidemic and the 2020 Protests after the death of George Floyd , an African-American man, died in Powderhorn, a neighborhood south of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States.

ConnectBlackLA is a Community Resource Space for Black Americans in Los Angeles County to share information and resources in their VOICE that would help others in our everyday lives.

ConnectBlackLA is a portal to create vital, informative and inspiring conversations through forums YOU create.

ConnectBlackLA's mission is to support our Black Communities in all walks of life and to provide a vehicle to connect with local, regional and national black businesses, share information, resources and programs and opportunities available along with an opportunity for us to discuss vital topics that affect us individually and as a collective voice in one community space.

GOVERNOR NEWSOME - faces growing concerns reopening California

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s rapid reopening strategy is drawing concerns from lawmakers and public health officials who fear the governor is basing decisions more on political pressure than science.

Newsom’s reopening plan started just over two weeks ago with a handful of rural counties with relatively few cases allowing restaurant dining and shopping in stores. Now,most of the state  has been given the go-ahead to reopen churches, malls and hair salons. And gyms will get guidance within "a week or so," the governor said Wednesday.

Los Angeles County, now the state’s hot spot for the virus, on Tuesday released new guidelines that pick up the county’s pace to reopen, allowing religious gatherings to resume under the state guidelines and low-risk retailers to allow shopping indoors.

On Wednesday, Los Angeles County, the nation's largest county with more than 10 million people, applied for permission to accelerate into California's third reopening phase, which includes which includes schools, dine-in restaurants, barber shops and hair salons. This comes despite its high infection and death rates.
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L.A. Officials State Inequality of Underserved Communities

Public officials acknowledged that COVID-19 has magnified the struggle within underserved communities. The goal is to find a new way to equality and recovery, at a safe distance. Supervisor Hilda Solis stated, "Economic recovery cannot come at...

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Budget Cuts Could Put MLK Community Hospital in Jeopardy

With an "A" grade for patient safety from the prestigious Leapfrog group; its patient satisfaction ranking placing it in the top 10% of hospitals nationwide; and its all-digital, state-of-the-art systems putting it among the top 6% of hospitals...

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Rent Relief Program
Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez filed a motion on Wednesday, May 27, to use $100 million in federal funding to support the city’s COVID-19 Emergency Renters Relief Program. The program is intended to begin July 1, Martinez said.

Martinez was joined by Garcetti and Los Angeles City Councilmen Herb Wesson, Mitch O’Farrell and John Lee. City Council members have earmarked nearly $3 million of their council district discretionary funds for the Renters Relief Program.

Over the past two months, HealthyLA has developed and built consensus on over 30 specific policies at the core of their platform to protect tenants, homeowners, workers, small business owners, and immigrants. They have driven the public communications and lobbying efforts that have pushed the LA City Council and County Supervisors to enact over 20 crucial protections. Some of Healthy LA’s legislative victories so far include:

Housing Stability

•  Eviction moratorium  — Prohibit landlords from evicting tenants for a range of reasons, including inability to pay, having extra tenants, or keeping pets. (LA City & County)
 Ban rent increases  — A freeze on rent increases for the next 12 months in rent-stabilized units. (LA City & County)
 Increase rent repayment period  — Ban late fees and interest, and expand the rent repayment period from 6 months to 12 months. (LA City & County)
•  Responsible banking ordinance  — Ordinance that leverages the power of government as a consumer of financial services to pressure banks to grant mortgage relief to renter relief. (LA City & County)

Small Business Protections

 Eviction moratorium and legal grounds for nonpayment of commercial rent and other costs  — Issue a declaration establishing that businesses have lost the use of their property and are not functioning as intended, and cannot be evicted. (LA County)
 Extended rent repayment period for small businesses  — Rent repayment period extended to 12 months for small businesses, and 6 months for other commercial properties. (LA City)
It's No Surprise Black and Brown Communities Are Hit...

Judy Belk This piece was originally published in the Los Angeles Times. At age 26, recently engaged and about to start my first grown-up managerial position in city government, I was handed a hefty report summarizing the results of my...

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13 best wellness apps to download for 2020

Like it or not, our smartphones have become an essential part of our health and wellbeing. Whether it's connecting with friends, making new relationships , looking up dinner recipes or streaming music for our workouts , for most of us, our phones ...

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Nutrition and Food Security Resources For You

Reminders: For the latest Coronavirus updates, visit our website:https://www.mlkch.org/coronavirus-response . For more information on LA County's response to Coronavirus, visit the LA Department of Public Health'sinformation page . For daily...

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Some of the first celebs to get personal about their hair color on social media were Kelly Ripa and Kevin Hart. Other stars are getting open and honest about their grays, too including Tamera Mowry who have shared their struggles on social media — along with empowering messages of self-love. Mowry is a great example of celebs staying positive during such a confusing and scary time. The Disney Channel alum shared a fresh-faced selfie with her hair away from her face in a braid. She captioned the stunning photo, “Hello grays. No getting my hair done during #socialdistancing, and I’m okay with it!”

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Los Angeles Restaurants and Hair Salons Can Start Reopening
Los Angeles County restaurants may soon be able to resume dine-in service, and hair salons and barbershops can start taking customers. With those reopenings, the region takes a significant step forward in the resumption of normal economic activity.
Much as retail outlets and shopping malls have been allowed to reopen with crowd size limitations and distancing requirements, restaurants that wish to offer dine-in service will be expected to comply with  numerous new protocols . Spaces will require frequent deep cleanings, and restaurants will have to find ways to keep customers and workers physically distant from one another.

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Community News
Communities of color have been disproportionately affected by cannabis criminalization--NEW GRANT

Governor’s Office of Business Development (GO-Biz) will be providing $30 million in grant funding in partnership with the Bureau of Cannabis Control for individuals hoping to establish their business in California’s legal marijuana marketplace are also from communities impacted by the criminalization of marijuana.

Los Angeles will receive over $6 million in funding. The funding was established by the California Cannabis Equity Act (SB 1294) which was authored by Senator Bradford. Under the act, individuals will also be able to receive professional job training, aid with technical and regulatory compliance, and assistance in applying for and obtaining loans. Additional information on how the funds will be awarded will be announced on July 1.

This event has been canceled.  In response to the latest guidance of public health officials and in an effort to protect our artists, audiences, staff, and community from the spread of COVID-19, we are canceling the 2020 season at the Hollywood Bowl. This includes LA Phil-presented concerts scheduled from June 6 through September 26.
“Dear Class of 2020"
June 6, 2020 @ 12pm pst
Commencement speeches by former President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Appearances by Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and the Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafzai.

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