Joy-Ann Reid Says The Practice of Racial Profiling Is Very Real In America

MSNBC contributor and national journalist Joy-Ann "Joy" Reid, wearing red dress, meet with guests at Sacramento's Evolve the Gallery last month. Reid's appearance was hosted by the Sacramento Chapter of 100 Black Women Incorporated.
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OAK PARK — National Journalist Joy-Ann Reid Says The Practice Is Very Real In America. The practice of “racial profiling” impacts African Americans every day, and is even terrifying for many, so says nationally acclaimed journalist and commentator Joy-Ann Reid. Ms. Reid, who used her words and voice as an on-air MSNBC contributor to help […]

PART ONE: Kings’ Abdur-Rahim Had GM Qualities Before Retiring As NBA Player

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NORTH NATOMAS — Before Pete D’Alessandro’s name popped up as a candidate to become the general manager for the Sacramento Kings, he was in the running for the same position for the Denver Nuggets organization. As seen through other NBA executives and mid-level stewards, D’Alessandro had methodically worked his way up the ladder in the […]

Group Seeks Independent Statehood For African Americans

These advocates for Independent Statehood for African Americans are seeking local support. Shown left to right are Devon Muhammad, Debra Sanau Barnes, and Leon Muhammad. OBSERVER photo by Antonio R. Harvey

SACRAMENTO — There is a national petition floating about that is asking Black Americans, whose parents or grandparents were descendants from slavery, to establish a separate state or territory of their own. The organizers who are pushing the movement say it not about hate, disdain or rebellion. But the formal request is to help African […]

Sac High Faces Christian Brothers in Division III Football Playoffs

Sacramento High School running back Lonny Powell, with the football, get some effective blocking from his offensive linemen Maddarius Murray (No. 50) and Malik Baker in the Dragons 41-21 victory over Oakdale Nov. 23.

Inset photo: Sac High's quarterback Caden Voges (No. 2), running back Lonny Powell (No.10), and the rest of the Dragons play Christian Brothers Nov.29 in Round 3 of the Division III Playoffs.

OBSERVER Photos by Antonio R. Harvey

OAK PARK — The members of Sacramento High School football team know more than anyone where their strengths are and proved that they know when to use them in urgent situations against visiting Oakdale last weekend. Oakdale was leading 14-13 at the half, and then came out to score quickly against the Dragons to make […]

Kings Aquire Derrick Williams in Trade With Timberwolves

SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Kings announced this week the acquisition of forward Derrick Williams from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for forward Luc Mbah a Moute (BAH-ah MOO-tay), according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. “We’re excited to acquire a player with Derrick’s skillset,” said D’Alessandro. “He will add size, length and serve as a […]

Kings’ Blood Drive Brings In More Than 300 Donors

Henry Block relaxes as he donates a pint of blood at Sleep Train Arena on Veterans Day. BloodSource collected more than 300 pints of blood from donors in the Sacramento region.

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NORTH NATOMAS — The Sacramento Kings fans donated more than 300 pints of blood to BloodSource at Sleep Train Arena on Veterans’ Day. The goal was to reach 275, though the drive successfully exceeded that expectation. BloodSource staff was busy for six hours registering, collecting, and thanking individuals for donating blood for patients in need. […]

Twin Rivers School Board Member Cortez Quinn Arrested


NORTH SACRAMENTO – Twin Rivers Unified School District board member Cortez Ledon Quinn said he will take a 90-day leave of absence from the board following a closed-door meeting he had with fellow board members Thursday night. Quinn was arrested along with an alleged accomplice for supposedly submitting “a false DNA sample” in a paternity […]

On The Border Restaurants Offering Free Food For Veterans Monday

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SACRAMENTO – Veterans can have a free meal at On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina restaurants Monday. “On the Border is humbled to say, ‘thank you’ to those who have served our country,” said Steve Clark, CEO for On the Border. “On this day of honor and respect, we are proud to serve them […]

Opening Night Rocked; Kings Beat Nuggets 90-88

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, right, and Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive, left, presents NBA Commissioner David Stern, center, with the keys to the city during opening night at Sleep Train Arena. Kings beat the Denver Nuggets 90-89. Oct. 30, 2013.
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NORTH NATOMAS – It was only one word to describe the Sacramento Kings opening night at Sleep Train Arena Wednesday night: Crazy. However, at the the end of night, the team made the evening worth all the while and ensured enthusiastic patrons that they are proud to keep playing in Sacramento for many more seasons. […]

Sleep Train Arena Workers Get New Uniforms; 800 Jobs Saved

Brittany Jones, left, and Courtney Ewing, right, new employees at Sleep Train Arena, show off their smiles and new uniforms on Oct. 23, 2013. All of the employees at the facility were fitted with new uniforms to start the upcoming NBA season. The new owners of the Kings saved about 800 jobs that would have been lost had the team relocated from Sacramento to Seattle.

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NORTH NATOMAS — When the new owners of the Sacramento Kings stopped the team from moving out of town and took control of the franchise, they effectively saved nearly 800 full-time and part-time jobs at Sleep Train Arena. For the past few months, the new owners have made on-the-court changes, installed new leaders in the […]