Articles in Nevada

The Urban Voice provides news relevant to the black community in Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as, Reno, Carson City, Henderson, Boulder City, and North Las Vegas.

Stephanie Charter for District Court Family Division – Department Y

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Stephanie Charter is running for one of the new judicial seats in Clark County Family Court: Department Y.  Stephanie was admitted to the California State Bar in 1991 and the Nevada State Bar in 1994.... Read full article

Count on Me! US Census Impacts Lives for a Decade

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The Census is a Constitutionally mandated count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories that happens every 10 years. ... Read full article

Why We Need to Elect Professional Educators to Run the School Board of Trustees

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Did you know that historically the CCSD Board of Trustees, which manages the fifth largest school district in the nation, has been run by business people and non-educators? ... Read full article

PROFILE: Belinda T. Harris, Esq.

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Belinda T. is unafraid of initiating the difficult conversations that are necessary. She understands that what she may have to say and do could go against popular opinion, and certain decisions can be very hard to make. ... Read full article

Equal Representation for All: Carli Kierny, Esq.

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Carli Kierny explains “It exists in the justice system as higher rates of arrest for black people, higher rates of conviction, and longer criminal histories than their white counterparts.  I am committed to combating the effects of white privilege."... Read full article

How a Traffic Ticket Can Ruin Your Life

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Heidi Almase is a former Las Vegas Municipal Court judge who created and presided over the Serious Traffic Offenders Program.... Read full article

Family First, Fantastic Food

by Naiomi L. Pitre on

Sharon Harrell has been the owner and operator of TC’s World Famous Rib Crib in Las Vegas, Nevada for fifteen years. It has been a family business from the very beginning.... Read full article

Elle Drane, the 1st Black Cleopatra for Caesars Palace

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“I would advise any aspiring model to believe in herself before she expects anyone else to,” Elle shares.  “That, and she should carefully monitor and consider any actions that she makes, because what you do today has a strong effect on your future.”... Read full article

Nevada State College: Committed to Serving African-American Students

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Since Nevada State College’s inception in 2002, diversity and inclusion have been at its core. Nevada State celebrates the storied backgrounds of its campus community. It operates with commitment to represent the diverse population of Nevada.... Read full article

Justice in Policing

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The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is the first-ever bold, comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, end racial profiling, change the culture of law enforcement, empower our communities, and build trust between law enforcement...... Read full article

The Judiciary: Part 1 of a 4-Part Series on Government in the State of Nevada

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The Judicial branch of the government is responsible for interpreting the law. While that sounds like a relatively simple task the justice system relies on a multi-leveled court system. ... Read full article

Government for the People, by the People: Jasmin Lilly-Spells, Esq.

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Jasmin Lilly-Spells has demonstrated her exemplary legal expertise while working as a practicing trial attorney, working in the trenches and handling all aspects of her cases.  She has shown an even and fair judicial temperament.... Read full article

Attorney General Ford Launches New Public Information Campaign on Expanded Voting Rights

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Carson City, NV – Today, Attorney General Ford announced a new public information campaign to educate Nevadans about recently-passed legislation that expands voting rights to people formerly incarcerated. ... Read full article

Q&A for Esther Rodriguez, Esq.

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"Diversity in the judiciary is important in that it restores public confidence in our judicial system. Nevadans need to have confidence in the Courts that are meant to serve them." Esther Rodriguez candidate for Nevada Supreme Court | Seat B.... Read full article

PROFILE: Jasmin Lilly-Spells, Esq.

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As Lilly-Spells runs for a seat on the Eighth Judicial District Court in Department 23, she plans on offering a unique approach to administering justice and serving her community. She believes in balancing compassion with just punishment.... Read full article

PROFILE: Monica Trujillo, Esq.

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Running for District Court judge in Department #3, Trujillo desires to serve as a trial judge where she feels she can have the greatest impact.  If elected, she plans on ruling with compassion, integrity and respect.... Read full article

Doing Justice to Patient Care, One Tooth at a Time – Dr. Owen W. Justice, Jr. DDS

by Naiomi Pitre on

“I like the work.  I love the people.  I sometimes almost feel like I’m cheating.  People are paying me to do what I love to do.  From what I hear, that isn’t what they call work,” Dr. Justice states with a sincere, disarming smile.... Read full article

The Game of Sports and Small Business: Las Vegas Teams Commit to Growing Minority Companies

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Las Vegas Golden Knights (LVGK), President and COO, Kerry Bubolz, visited the Urban Chamber of Commerce Coffee and Commerce with over 40 small and minority businesses to give insight into the National Hockey League’s (NHL) procurement practices. ... Read full article

Women of Color in the Courtroom

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Clark County Chief Deputy Public Defender Dedree Butler, Esq., quips, “Representation matters. As a woman of color, I did not grow up seeing attorneys and judges who look like me, from similar backgrounds.... Read full article

PROFILE: Dedree Butler, Esq.

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A strong passion for family law and criminal defense drew Dedree “Dee” Butler into the legal field, where she has been practicing as an attorney in the Clark County Public Defender’s Office.... Read full article

The Elimination of "Cash Bail"

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Why should you concern yourself with voting in the upcoming Primary Election?  Why should you concern yourself with ensuring that the right candidates are elected to serve on the Nevada Supreme Court? ... Read full article

The Wrongful Conviction of Fred Steese for the Murder of Gerard Soles

by Naiomi Pitre on

After serving more than twenty years in prison, the hard work and diligence of the federal public defender’s office uncovered all of the evidence that was withheld by the prosecution and therefore violated Fred Steese’s right to a fair trial.  ... Read full article

One Vote. One Voice.

by Joseph C. Abraham on

Specifically, the objective of the “One Vote. One Voice.” voter engagement campaign is to increase voter participation in historically disenfranchised populations, as well as, communities of color throughout Southern Nevada.  ... Read full article

Cedric Williams, A True Legacy Builder

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Due to all of the work that Cedric has done in the community, he was recently given an award and named a Legacy Builder by the NAACP.... Read full article

A Pathway to the American Dream

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"Renewing the American Dream requires we deliver on our bold campaign proposals: an Opportunity Agenda to grow our economy, create better jobs, create wealth for more people in more places" - Deval Patrick... Read full article

Joe Biden Will Fight for Our Small Businesses

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With so much at stake in the 2020 election, I’m focused especially on who can restore the promise of economic mobility for everyone. ... Read full article

This Adaptive Model Turns a Runway of Dreams into Reality

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In spring 2019, Zappos Adaptive teamed up with the Runway of Dreams Foundation, a nonprofit that works toward a future of inclusion, acceptance and opportunity in the fashion industry. Several models were selected to participate — including Mills.... Read full article

In memoriam: Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson

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Nevada Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson remembered by the community, including Jared Clark, Esq., Roxann McCoy, China Hudson, Quincy Branch, Trina Jiles, Kelvin Atkinson, and Steven Horsford in a touching tribute to his lasting legacy of excellence.... Read full article

Nancy Justice – Modern Renaissance Woman

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Nancy's tenacity and confidence would surface many times during her life, and her childhood nickname would serve as inspiration for the name of her fashion company, Nefertiti Fashion, LLC.... Read full article

Seeking to Represent District A: Anand Nair

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As a proud United States Marine Corps veteran, Anand Nair learned many valuable life lessons, including the Latin term, “ductus exemplo”, meaning lead by example. ... Read full article

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