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Local Organizer On Her Way To Ferguson To Assists Youth

SACRAMENTO — Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT) Community Organizer Danielle Williams is on her way to Ferguson, Missouri, to assist in … (Read More...)

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Councilmember-Elect Rick Jennings Endorses Strong Mayor Initiative

SACRAMENTO - Councilmember-elect Rick Jennings today endorsed Measure L, the measure on the November ballot he says will improve Sacramento's system … (Read More...)

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United Way Seeks Volunteers for “2nd Annual Day of Caring”

SACRAMENTO - Five hundred local residents are needed to spend one day caring for the community on Sept. 12 by signing up for one of 31 volunteer … (Read More...)

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Neslon Murder Trial Ends in Three Guilty Verdicts

DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — A Sacramento jury of seven women and five men found two brothers guilty of first-degree murder and one man of voluntary … (Read More...)

Richard Nelson Jr., right, leaves the Sacramento County Courthouse with family members on Aug. 20, 2014, after hearing that three men were convicted of killing his sister Monique R. Nelson on Dec. 14, 2014. Ms. Nelson died shielding her two-year-old son from a hail of gunfire outside of South Sacramento barbershop.
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Sacramento County’s First & Only Black Supervisor, Grantland Johnson Dies

SACRAMENTO - He rose from humble beginnings in Del Paso Heights to the upper echelons of Sacramento politics and state public service. Grantland … (Read More...)

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Local Organizer On Her Way To Ferguson To Assists Youth

SACRAMENTO — Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT) Community Organizer Danielle Williams is on her way to … »More

UW Day of Caring 2013

United Way Seeks Volunteers for “2nd Annual Day of Caring”

SACRAMENTO - Five hundred local residents are needed to spend one day caring for the community on Sept. 12 by … »More

Richard Nelson Jr., right, leaves the Sacramento County Courthouse with family members on Aug. 20, 2014, after hearing that three men were convicted of killing his sister Monique R. Nelson on Dec. 14, 2014. Ms. Nelson died shielding her two-year-old son from a hail of gunfire outside of South Sacramento barbershop.
(OBSERVER photo by Antonio R. Harvey)

Neslon Murder Trial Ends in Three Guilty Verdicts

DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — A Sacramento jury of seven women and five men found two brothers guilty of first-degree … »More

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National News

Michael Brown Vigil: Protesters gather in response to the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown Sunday morning in Ferguson. Brown, 18, was shot to death by a Ferguson Police officer on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Wiley Price/St. Louis American

Jesse Jackson Calls Michael Brown Shooting ‘Crime of Injustice’

ST. LOUIS — Jesse Jackson told The American he hopes that the U.S. Department of Justice sees the Ferguson Police … »More

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EPA to Require Air Pollution Measurements in Black Communities

WASHINGTON – For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency may require oil refineries to regularly … »More

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AFSCME Withdraws Financial Support for United Negro College Fund

WASHINGTON – Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has … »More

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Upcoming Events

Multicultural Festival Features Singer, Songwriter Angie Stone

NORTH SACRAMENTO - Singer, songwriter and reality television star Angie Stone is scheduled to perform locally. Stone will be featured at a free Multicultural Festival in Hagginwood Park on Saturday, … [Read More...]

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A Summer In Love Fashion Show and Event Expo

SACRAMENTO - It’s summer and it’s getting haute. The A Summer In Love Fashion Show and Event Expo, described by organizers as “the biggest fashion explosion of the summer,” is set for Saturday, … [Read More...]

Crime Victim Funds Leave Black Men Behind

NEW YORK – In the third installment of its investigative series “Life Cycles of Inequity,” Colorlines released today an unprecedented investigation into crime victims funds and how they under-serve … [Read More...]

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JASON MATTHEWS: What is Mortgage Protection Insurance?

OPINION - Generally speaking, mortgage protection insurance will cover your monthly mortgage bill in the event that you become disabled, for various lengths of time also pay off your entire loan … »More

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TIANA BURSE: Don’t ask why

OPINION - William Morris once stated: “The true secret to happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of life.” I think we can all agree that life itself carries a certain level … »More

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CHARLES RATLIFF: HAWK – Addressing Inequity in Higher Education

OPINION - The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld voter-passed bans on racial preferences in public-college admissions in a case involving a challenge to Michigan’s 2006 adoption of such a measure. A … »More

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Sports & Entertainment News

Roberta Flack in Concert

NORTH SACRAMENTO - With a career that spans more than four decades, music icon Roberta Flack is still doing her thing. She’ll perform locally on Sunday, August 17 at the Woodlake Hotel and Conference Center and perform songs from her long and … »More

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James Brown Story Comes to the Big Screen

HOLLYWOOD - Time and again we’ve heard the expression, “Behind every great man is a strong woman.” Such is inferred of DeeDee Brown perhaps the better known second wife of entertainment legend, James Brown--in “Get On Up”--the new film that presents … »More

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Local Show Hosts National Film Makers: Fraser Kershaw & Doug Clevenger

SACRAMENTO- A pair of filmmakers have chosen California’s capital to showcase and preview a portion of their new film regarding the world water crisis. Water Works’ Fraser Kershaw and National Geographic’s Doug Clevenger will visit Sacramento Film … »More

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Health News

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Former U.S. Surgeon General to Speak in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO - Considered pioneering and controversial, Joycelyn Elders left her mark in the public health arena.The former … »More

Photo: Everett Lee (right) with his wife and daughters in 2012. Lee’s leukemia has been in remission 12 years, thanks to a bone marrow transplant. Photo courtesy Everett Lee.

Blacks Suffer Because Shortage of Organ Donors

WASHINGTON – At the start of 2002, Everett Lee, 57 at the time, considered himself “healthier than all get out.” So when he … »More

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