Including “us” in US History

On September 28, revisions to California history and social sciences textbooks were made to include information about numerous marginalized groups, including LGBTQ+ and disabled communities. After years of focusing on white, straight, cisgender males, history books will now better reflect the diversity of our country. “It’s time to teach our children American history that is […]

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An architecture school tries to diversify a discipline

The Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc), which is within walking distance of Boyle Heights, offers a summer program to expose high school students to design careers. Christopher Becerra, now enrolled at the Institute, says the summer program “inspired me to reimagine and reinvent the world.” Learn more about the Institute’s efforts to diversity the architecture profession, […]

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Getting ‘the traveling experience’ without leaving Long Beach

Long Beach has the distinction of being one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country. Curious about what she could learn about the world through her home city, Cindy Maldonado explored foreign cultures through food, dance, music, and art — all without stepping foot outside of Long Beach. “Much like a tourist, I mapped my destinations and created an itinerary of […]

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Esmerelda Soria: Bringing Diversity and A Unique Perspective to Fresno City Council

The daughter of farmworkers, Esmerelda Soria was sworn into the Fresno City Council in January. She says of her struggles, “They were not the happiest moments in my childhood, but they were moments that shaped who I am today.” Learn more about the first woman elected to represent Fresno’s District One on The Know.

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Green 2.0: How diverse is your staff?

A national campaign to make environmental groups more racially diverse is asking Bay Area nonprofits to share their diversity data with the public. It’s the first step in addressing a long-felt discordance. Polls show that people of color tend to be highly supportive of environmental issues, and are more impacted by environmental problems, from air pollution to lack of […]

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Long Beach film artists respond to lack of diversity at the Oscars

Next Sunday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will host its 87th Academy Awards. But with Twitter hashtags like #OscarsSoWhite gaining more and more popularity, some in the movie industry are concerned about the lack of diversity in the awards show, and among its nominees. A youth reporter spoke with artists, actors and filmmakers from Long […]

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Is hip-hop being whitewashed?

With recent Grammy wins for two different white rappers, some hip-hop fans are criticizing white rappers for what they call the cultural appropriation of a genre that developed out of black culture. For some local Long Beach hip-hop artists, respecting and acknowledging those who came before is enough to keep the culture authentic. “I don’t care who’s […]

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Dancer fuses east and west traditions, sparks conversations

Shyamala Moorty is bringing awareness to global issues by teaching “creative world dance” in elementary schools and performing throughout in Southern California. She does this hoping that the cultures of dance from different ethnic communities in Long Beach will intersect more — and says the local dance scene is currently dominated by Western forms. “She is trained in the traditional vocabulary […]

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