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President Harrison announces new grant fund to boost diversity at CSUN

President Dianne F. Harrison announced the Diversity and Equity Innovation Grant Fund in a campus-wide email on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020.

Emily Holshouser, Contributor

August 14, 2020

CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison announced in an email to the student body on Friday morning the creation of a new grant fund to support efforts to increase diversity on campus. The new Diversity and Equity Innovation Grant Fund will “make available funding to support projects aimed at increasing...

Jackie Lacey’s husband charged after pointing gun at BLM-L.A. activists

A protester holds up a sign saying

Michaella Huck, Arts and Entertainment Editor

August 5, 2020

Editor's Note: Revised as additional information by Justin Marks was provided on Aug. 5. California Attorney General Xaviar Beccera filed charges against Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s husband after he allegedly pulled a gun on Black Lives Matter activists in front of the Laceys...

United Teachers storm Twitter demanding Cal State L.A. to appoint Melina Abdullah as Ethnic Studies dean

Black Lives Matter L.A. co-founder Melina Abdullah.

Natalie Miranda, Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor

August 3, 2020

United Teachers Los Angeles launched a “Twitter Storm” on Friday to demand the appointment of Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and professor of Pan-African Studies at Cal State Los Angeles, as the inaugural dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at Cal State L.A. Twitter...

Lawsuit against L.A. County over death of Quinten Thomas moving to trial

Quinten Thomas in summer of 2014 during EOP Bridge. (Photo courtesy CSUN Educational Opportunity Program)

Orlando Mayorquin, News Editor

July 31, 2020

A civil lawsuit alleging that Los Angeles County violated the constitutional rights of Quinten Thomas, a CSUN student who died at the Twin Towers correctional facility in 2018, is moving forward in federal court after a judge blocked the county’s attempt to prevent the case from going before a jury. Thomas...

Garcetti announces new LAPD bureau focused on community policing in L.A.

Mayor Eric Garcetti creates a new bureau, the Community Partnership Safety Bureau, that will focus on community policing. The program will focus on building relationships between police officers and the community that they serve.

Michaella Huck, Opinion Editor

July 27, 2020

  Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the creation of a Community Partnership Safety Bureau, which will focus on community policing within the Los Angeles Police Department in a brief on Monday. “Today we take a big step forward … to ensure equity and success for every Angeleno by creati...

Daily dose of artists supporting the Black Lives Matter movement

Daily dose of artists supporting the Black Lives Matter movement

Alex Behunin, Reporter

July 18, 2020

Art, whether it be music, movies, or drawings, has the power to heal and educate. People are able to document movements and as time goes on, we look at it and interpret it through our lens.  As the world continues to fight for justice for George Floyd and others affected by police brutality, arti...

CSUN Faculty Senate issues demands for university in light of movement against racial injustice

The faculty senate's demands include defunding the university's police department, which many student activists have also called for.

Orlando Mayorquin, News Editor

July 9, 2020

CSUN Faculty Senate denounced police violence against the Black community in a statement of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement this week. The statement also featured a list of demands for the university that includes cutting the CSUN Police Department’s budget and creating a plan to recruit an...

Meet VanillaBlack: a Black female-owned L.A. coffee shop with an increased community support

Vanessa Butler, the owner of VanillaBlack, stands at the entrance of the Echo Park coffee shop on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Butler said the coffee shop remained open throughout the pandemic with implemented safety precautions.

Samantha Bravo, Assistant Campus Editor

July 6, 2020

Outside of VanillaBlack coffee shop’s aesthetic storefront — synthetic grass-covered front with a pink neon “VanillaBlack” sign behind the window — in Echo Park, Justin Pineda and Megan Soskos took photos of their freshly-made lattes. Pineda and Soskos are part of the new wave of customers...

Recap of “Defund LAPD” movement’s victories this week

Although the total defunding of the police has not happened yet, the

Orlando Mayorquin, Campus Editor

July 4, 2020

Black Lives Matter Los Angeles made strides this week in its campaign to defund the police. Here is a recap of the movement’s progress this week.   L.A. City Council approves motion to dispatch unarmed workers instead of LAPD to non-violent calls (Tuesday, June 30) The Los Angeles City...

Opinion: Being a Black journalist when Black lives finally start to matter

A protester holds up his fist as demonstrators hold a moment of silence for George Floyd outside of City Hall on May 31, 2020.

Michaella Huck, Opinion Editor

June 29, 2020

My whole life being Black and being a journalist remain in sync. I was a strange child. Some kids watched the “Teletubbies,” I watched the 5 o’clock news. My mom calls me nosy; I’d say I’m curious, especially when it comes to issues that I care about. I was raised in a household that taught...

Watch these 10 movies and docu-series to learn more about racial injustice

(Image courtesy of mohamed_hassan from Pixabay)

Alex Behunin, Reporter

June 28, 2020

Racial awareness has always been important. With the death of George Floyd and others at the hands of injustice, it’s important to educate ourselves on the systemic racism this country has built itself on. Here are 10 movies and docu-series to watch that may increase your knowledge of racial injustice: “13th” (2016) ...

Q&A: Melina Abdullah on student activism, defunding police, upcoming November election and more

Black Lives Matter L.A. co-founder Melina Abdullah.

Orlando Mayorquin and Michaella Huck

June 26, 2020

Melina Abdullah is a co-founder of Black Lives Matters Los Angeles and a professor of Pan-African studies at Cal State Los Angeles. She answered a few questions on topics such as student activism, the role of media coverage, defunding the police and more.   What does it mean to defund the pol...

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