News Report • Maria Mejia | New America Media,

REDWOOD CITY–Cecilia, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, never anticipated that her life in the United States would turn into a real-world telenovela, the popular Spanish language dramas.

A few years ago she married a U.S. citizen who soon started to mistreat her. He later filed [...]

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Interviews • Edgardo Cervano-Soto | Photos • David Meza

Editor’s Note: The Richmond City Council convened a special meeting on March 12 to review the results of an independent investigation of  highly publicized accusations of neglect by the Richmond Housing Authority at the city’s public housing complexes. At the meeting, lead inspector Michael Petragallo of [...]

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Ed. Note: With emotional trauma afflicting an estimated 75 percent of children in the U.S. juvenile justice system, the Sierra Health Foundation recently launched the Positive Youth Justice Initiative (PYJI), a grant initiative that aims to encourage a “trauma-informed” approach to working with youth in custody. The initiative will direct grant dollars towards establishing key [...]

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Editor’s Note: Late last year, Chevron began unveiling a series of billboard advertisements in Richmond.  Broadly interpreted, the ads convey a theme of city pride and feature images of workers as well as city landmarks like the Rosie the Riveter museum and local parks.  Initial reactions from residents have been mixed, with some people saying [...]

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Commentary, Valerie Klinker

A recent study conducted by Melissa Kearney at University of Maryland suggests that the MTV reality show, 16 and Pregnant, has led to fewer teen births. The research contends that the show produced more Internet searches and tweets by teens regarding birth control and abortion, and ultimately led to a 5.7 percent [...]

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Film Review by Sean Shavers

“What Mama Didn’t Say: A Dialogue about African American Sexuality,” recently premiered at Richmond City Hall. The event was hosted by the Teen Services Division of the Richmond Public Library. The documentary, produced by local filmmaker Doug Harris, explores multiple issues around sexuality within the Black community – essentially, all the topics [...]

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