Mapping
Black
California

MBC, a Black Voice News project, equips the state’s population with data-driven knowledge on all things Black and data in California to eliminate regional and local systemic inequities.

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Combating Racism as a Public Health Crisis

Combating Racism as a Public Health Crisis

The Combating Racism as a Public Health Crisis platform leverages burgeoning web recorder screen capture technology to centralize California declarations as a resource and accountability tool for the state’s elected officials and community members. 
The Blackest City

The Blackest City

Moreno Valley is a vital, yet overlooked, part of the narrative on Black migration to the Inland Empire. Through oral histories collected from past and present Black residents, The Blackest City captures the experiences and stories of building a family, practicing religion, making a living, building community, engaging in sports and leisure activities, and raising the young in Moreno Valley. These stories were geographically pinned on a map, offering a tangible representation of the community's history affirming the communities vision for a thriving and inclusive community in the Inland Empire’s Blackest City.
The Black Equity Fund

The Black Equity Fund

This map and StoryMap combines data visualization and narrative storytelling humanizing the impactful work of the Black Equity Fund in the Inland Empire.
How Do California Cities Spend Money on Policing?

How Do California Cities Spend Money on Policing?

This study analyzes the variability of police spending in 476 California cities from 2014 to 2019, visually representing the percentage of municipal budgets allocated to police departments and contracts with county sheriff departments. The research highlights significant differences in police spending across the state and investigates the relationships between spending percentages and population changes during the 5-year period.
BLO Directory

BLO Directory

California’s Only Comprehensive Statewide Database of Black-Led Organizations. An intersectional digital resource.

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BEI Data Report

BEI Data Report

A report combining data visualization and narrative storytelling humanizing the impactful work of the Black Equity Fund in the Inland Empire to understand where the black community is excelling and where need exists
Black Civic Engagement in the Inland Empire

Black Civic Engagement in the Inland Empire

Black residents are leading a momentum of change through a continuing legacy of civic engagement and high voter turnout across the Inland Empire. This resilience is even more exceptional in the face of the disproportionate impacts of the justice system on the regions Black communities.
Los Angeles Ethnic Media Ecosystem

Los Angeles Ethnic Media Ecosystem

MBC designed and developed a data visualization of news ecosystems in Los Angeles County as a means to identify reach and gaps in information dissemination to socioeconomically and racially diverse Los Angeles County residents.
SoCalGas

SoCalGas

Mapping Black California developed a map visualizing Black Led Organization (BLO) giving patterns in Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) territories from 2019 - 2020.
MBC Census Lab

MBC Census Lab

A collaborative effort with Black media to statewide working collective on Census 2020 reporting and community engagement for a complete count.

MBC Newsroom

Segregation by the Sea

Segregation by the Sea

Despite civil rights laws, informal discrimination and economic barriers restricted their access. Specific cases like the Pacific Beach Club and Bruce's Beach illustrate the resistance and discrimination Black beachgoers encountered. However, recent efforts have led to the return of Bruce's Beach to its rightful owners."
California’s Changing Political Landscape

California’s Changing Political Landscape

Over the past decade, California has experienced a growing Democratic trend in presidential elections, indicated by an increasing ratio of votes for Democrats compared to Republicans,as the state's diverse population, including Black, Latino, and other voters of color, mobilizes and prioritizes issues relevant to their communities."
Mapping Hate in California

Mapping Hate in California

The incident of racist graffiti at Hamilton Elementary School in Anza, Riverside County, and the subsequent arrest of two individuals highlight the enduring issue of hate crimes in California, dispelling the notion of the state's liberal reputation, while emphasizing the importance of understanding and addressing these acts of hatred through an in-depth examination of hate crime prosecutions and convictions.
Inland Empire: How Much Do Inland Empire Cities Spend on Policing?

Inland Empire: How Much Do Inland Empire Cities Spend on Policing?

The movement to defund the police gained momentum following the killing of George Floyd in 2020, prompting a reevaluation of the exorbitant amount of funding allocated to policing in the United States. Despite a decrease in criminal activity, police budgets have consistently grown over the years, with local, state, and federal governments contributing to the substantial fiscal support. The allocation of funds to law enforcement, often without clear objectives or constraints, has overshadowed investments in vital community needs such as education, housing, and mental health services. It is imperative to shift resources towards alternative initiatives that promote safety and security without relying on a system characterized by violence and discrimination.
San Bernardino City Food Access

San Bernardino City Food Access

So-called food deserts exist throughout San Bernardino County and are characterized not only by the lack of affordable grocery stores within a 1 mile radius, but they are also marked by other socioeconomic factors such as poverty, racist infrastructure, unaffordable housing, lack of transportation access and low-income.

Black-Led Organization Directory

California’s only statewide comprehensive list of Black-Led Organizations (BLO). Navigate our searchable database by county or main category to find BLO addresses, contact info, websites, and mission statements.

Our Team

Founded, led, and operated by Black women. We are a team of storytellers with diverse backgrounds ranging from literary theory to theatre identifying inventive avenues for data visualization in journalism, strategic media consulting, and beyond.

Dr. Paulette
Brown-Hinds

Founder

Candice
Mays

Project Director

Alex
Reed

Project Manager

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