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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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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 found himself winded with … (Read 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.

Uber Makes Ridesharing Easier

SACRAMENTO —Before Booker Cook knew what an Uber app was, he used the ride-sharing service without knowing it. The app — which allows riders to order … (Read More...)

Booker Cook, also a student at Sacramento State University, has discovered that a driver-partnership with Uber is quite flexible and lucrative. The ride-sharing company's limousine-like service is efficient as well as classy for passengers.
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Survey asks, “What Makes Sacramento Special?”

DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — What makes Sacramento distinct and special? The City of Sacramento is working with a firm on a study to uncover that "certain … (Read 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 … (Read More...)

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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 … »More

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See The Smithsonian’s African American Art Collection at The Crocker Art Museum

SACRAMENTO - The Crocker Art Museum continues to draw the community in to see and discuss the traveling exhibit, … »More

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Author & Entrepreneur John Hope Bryant to Speak at Indivizible

OAK PARK - He’s advised three U.S. presidents, has graced national magazine covers and has been lauded by media … »More

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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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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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ROBERT WOODS: You Are In It for the Long Term

OPINION - In prior articles, I talked about Investing Today for a Secure Tomorrow and Gauging Your Attitude on Investment Risk as it pertains to a Defined Contribution Plan (DC Plan). In a nutshell, … »More

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ANITA JOHNSON: Get the Best Financial Management Strategies For Improving Credit Score

OPINION - Most lenders or banks usually look at the credit score before they can approve any loan application from their customers. Because of this reason, many people want to learn how they can … »More

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TIANA BURSE: How to Combat Those Negative Thoughts

OPINION -  An unknown individual once stated: “I wonder if negative people realize that they are negative?” After reading this, I became increasingly curious about this myself. Like most I have … »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

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

Oak Park Farmers Market Hosts “The Care Fair”

OAK PARK - The Neighborhood Works Homeownership Center of Sacramento Region presents its first Care Fair at the Oak Park … »More

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