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Billionaire activist uses her wealth to be an agent of change

By LA Stories Staff Billionaire activist and philanthropist Kat Taylor has made it her life mission to bring equity to underserved and underrepresented communities across the country. As the co-founder and board chair of Beneficial State Bank, she aims to make banking more accessible to under-resourced communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. What […]

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Allensworth, a town founded by Black settlers, secures new funding and a better future

By Denise Kadara Sept. 26, 2022 Many of us living in the Central Valley have long known and experienced the effects of discrimination and divestment. Allensworth, California’s first all-Black town established in 1908, has not been an exception. Once a thriving farm community inspired by the dream of self-determination, Allensworth has grappled with arsenic contamination […]

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A Historically Black California Town Honors Its Proud, Painful Past — and Fights for Its Future

By Lakshmi Sara Sept. 9, 2022 The town of Allensworth, located 30 minutes off Interstate 5 near Bakersfield, was a thriving Black community in the early 20th century. Its founders — a group of five Black settlers including Lieutenant Colonel Allen Allensworth — envisioned a Black utopia. The town had its own school, church and […]

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TomKat MeDiA Developing Novels ‘Fateful Harvest’ And ‘The Death And Life Of Aida Hernandez’ For Film

Kat Taylor & Tom Steyer’s TomKat MeDiA has unveiled its slate of social justice-themed projects for 2022. The multi-platform media company has secured rights to Duff Wilson’s eco-thriller Fateful Harvest and Aaron Bobrow-Strain’s award-winning work of narrative non-fiction, The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez, with plans to develop both as feature films. “As we advocate for more equitable […]