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BHN Radio 2-6-2024: From three Black soldiers killed, atmospheric rivers in California to Gov. Newsom's viral video, news publishers also discuss President Biden's primary election wins and woes

By Black Headline News

In this episode of BHN Radio, news publishers Cheryl smith, Julia Ann Dudley Najieb and Brigitte Jones first discuss the breaking news about the three US soldiers killed in the drone attack on a US military outpost in Jordan. The three Black soldiers were identified as Sgt. William Rivers, 46, of Carrollton, Georgia; Specialist Kennedy Sanders, 24, of Waycross, Georgia; and Specialist Breonna Moffett, 23, of Savannah, Georgia, according to the Defense Department. They were all assigned to the 718th Engineer Company, a US Army Reserve unit based out of Fort Moore, Georgia, Pentagon deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh said at a briefing, according to CNN.

Meanwhile, California has been suffering severe atmospheric rivers for the past several days, with more rain storms to come. An atmospheric river is a narrow corridor or filament of concentrated water vapor transported in the atmosphere. It’s like a river in the sky that can be 1,000 miles long. On average, atmospheric rivers have about twice the regular flow of the Amazon River, according to Qian Cao.

As the second week of Black History Month is under way, BHN Radio news publishers honor Carter G. Woodson for trailblazing the path from Negro History Week which spawned into Black History Month.

Born in Virginia, the son of former slaves, Woodson had to put off schooling while he worked in the coal mines of West Virginia. He graduated from Berea College, and became a teacher and school administrator. Earning graduate degrees at the University of Chicago, Woodson then became the second African American, after W. E. B. Du Bois, to obtain a PhD degree from Harvard University. Woodson is the only person whose parents were enslaved in the United States to obtain a PhD in history.[6] Largely excluded from the uniformly-white academic history profession, Woodson realized the need to make the structures which support scholarship in black history, and black historians. He taught at historically black colleges, Howard University and West Virginia State University, but spent most of his career in Washington, D.C., managing the ASALH, public speaking, writing, and publishing.

In other news, California's governor, Gavin Newsom, is in a video that has gone viral nationwide due to the nature of an in-store incident with a store clerk.

Democratic Governor Newsom has been coined by some far right politicians and voters as being "too soft on crime." This was a focus for many Republicans in California during a recall effort of Newsom in 2021--they even paid for a commercial during the recall effort purporting this misleading information, according to the Los Angeles Times. The same article explained that compared to other states, a report from the California Policy Lab found that violent crime rates increased slightly and property crime rates decreased substantially in California between 2019 and 2020.

     Even if the media corrects such misinformation, some people still will choose to believe what's not true because it is more sensational. Newsom discovered this himself this past December while buying items at a Target store in Sacramento--If one store clerk is misinformed, imagine what others must believe as well ...

In more news, President Joe Biden overwhelming won the primary election for the Democratic nomination in South Carolina, well over 93%; however, the voter turnout was so low in that state, especially among Black voters that the Biden-Harris Campaign seem to be very concerned about outreaching to this specific group. With hopes of strengthening its connection with Black voters, the Biden-Harris 2024 campaign has hired Jasmine Harris as the director of Black Media, according to The GRIO.  But the grave concern is that Black media is left out of the media buys to reach these intricate voters--will this hurt the Biden-Harris Campaign? The BHN Radio news team discuss the pros and cons.


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