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The Bronner Bros Int’l Beauty Show (BB) announced the launch of the BB Beauty & Barber Fund to provide relief to licensed cosmetology professionals who have not been able to work or are experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The collaborative effort will help supp…

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The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Columbia (SC) Chapter will present information to small business owners regarding ways they can safeguard the health of their business during the COVID-19 pandemic. This session aligns with the organizations commitment to promote economic empo…

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Earvin "Magic" Johnson's insurance company to provide $100 million in PPP loans for minority- and women-owned companies

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As an African American nurse anesthetist, I feel uniquely qualified to deliver an important—perhaps even life-saving—message to South Carolina’s African American community about COVID-19.

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Starting on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) returned to operating five days a week at all but two branch office locations. Previously, SCDMV branch offices were open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The Allendale and McCormick locations will con…

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Mark Myers grew up watching the Bonanza television show and dreaming of becoming a cowboy. As an adult he was able to make that dream come true. Mark and his wife Sandra are the founders of the Black Cowboy festival, held annually in Rembert, SC.

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To assist in preparing Columbia businesses with re-opening in the near future, SC Help donated 10,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) packages to the City of Columbia! Last Friday, Mayor Steve Benjamin and SC Help handed out FREE PPE packages on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Ric…

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In an effort to provide citizens with outdoor locations for physical activity durng the warmer weather, the City of Columbia's Parks and Recreation Department has announced that greenways, open spaces and trails will be open to the public effective immediately. These areas can be visited by …

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The University of South Carolina’s Columbia campus announced plans Wednesday to begin immediately distributing $10.7 million in federal financial assistance directly to more than 20,0000 students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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To assist in preparing Columbia businesses with re-opening in the near future, SC Help donated 10,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) packages to the City of Columbia! Last Friday, Mayor Steve Benjamin and SC Help handed out FREE PPE packages on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Ric…

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SC Civil Rights Advocate Nathaniel Abraham, Sr. celebrated his 86th Birthday on Saturday, May 2, 2020, in Fort Mill, SC.  Family and friends honored Mr. Abraham while practicing social distancing with a birthday parade, after which cupcakes were given out.

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Rep. Ivory Thigpen, Rep. Kambrell Garvin, Sen. John Scott, and Sen. Mia McLeod, in collaboration with the Medical University of South Carolina, Richland School District Two, Building Better Communities, and Richland County School District One, held a press conference Tuesday on the grounds o…

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In an effort to help local leaders contain the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard their citizens against infection from the virus, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) is coordinating the nationwide Mayors for Masks initiative with mayors across the U.S., and has already delivered tho…

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Since our founding 35 years ago, we have covered some big stories. The election of Barack Obama, successes and failures at South Carolina’s HBCUs, the decades-long fight to remove the Confederate Flag from the State House grounds, local and state elections, the rise of Black mayors, African-…

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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is here and ready for self-service applications. The Department of Employment and Workforce has been working feverishly to build this federal program into the state’s system, and South Carolina is one of the first wave of states to offer these resources…

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On Monday, April 27, Governor Henry McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-29, which declares a state of emergency throughout the state and allows for the state’s response to COVID-19, and the ever-evolving challenges the pandemic presents, to continue.

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Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement today on the resumption of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP):

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Richland County Councilwoman Yvonne McBride (District 3), Bishop Eric J. Freeman of The Meeting Place Church of Greater Columbia, and area neighborhood associations and community members came together to distribute hundreds of masks to the citizens of Richland County.

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On Friday, April 24, 2020, thousands of people gathered at the South Carolina State House to protest the government shutting down the state to combat the Coronavirus outbreak. Thousands of people drove up and down Gervais Street and Main Street, honking their horns to show their displeasure …