Ranadivé Building Sacramento Kings’ Staff On Diversity

Sacramento Kings principle owner Vivek Ranadivé, standing at the podium, built his software company behind diversity and great talent. His vision bodes well for the Kings and Sacramento region that touts many different faces and backgrounds.

OBSERVER photo by Antonio R. Harvey

DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — It’s no joking matter when the Sacramento Kings principle owner Vivek Ranadivé says time after time that he likes to surround himself with people “smarter” than he is. Based on his professional background, the self-imposed discipline Ranadive endorses has been an effective tool for the software engineer and the companies he has […]

Local Entrepreneur on ABC’s Shark Tank


SACRAMENTO – Local entrepreneur Chris Johnson is cooking up some serious support. Johnson’s appearance on ABC’s “Shark Tank” earned him a $300,000 package that will surely raise the profile of his invention that is taking the nation by a storm — the Rapid Ramen Cooker for Ramen noodles. At a viewing party held at Cafeteria […]

DeMarcus Cousins signs 4-year deal; Kings To Open Training Camp

Sacramento Kings principle owner Vivek Ranadive, left, explains why he made DeMarcus Cousins, right, the face of the franchise. Cousins signed a 4-year, $62 million deal to stay with the Kings on Sept. 30.

Inset photo — DeMarcus Cousins' mother Monique Cousins, was in Sacramento for his big payday. Monique is holding DeMarcus' one-year-old son Amir Cousins.

OBSERVER photos by Antonio R. Harvey

NORTH NATOMAS —- The Sacramento Kings first order of business, hours before Media Day on Sept. 30 at the Practice Facility, was signing fourth-year center DeMarcus Cousins to a four-year, $62 million contract. The members of the organization sealed the deal and let Cousins know that he’s the cornerstone of the Kings’ future. Cousins’ presence […]

Insurance Providers Assist Californians With Gaining Access To Affordable Health Care

Amber Lidskin, an insurance agent who work for Kuhtz Diehl Insurance and Financial Services, has been holding mini-seminars around Sacramento to educate people about the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

OBSERVER photo by Antonio R. Harvey.

SACRAMENTO — One of the most regrettable things insurance agent Amber Lidskin has had to do will soon become a thing of the past and she’s happy about it. When Ms. Lidskin — an agent for Kuhtz Diel Insurance and Financial Services — would sit down with potential clients to discuss health care insurance packages, […]

Pannell To Host Talent Showcase & Gala at Luther Burbank HS

Sacramento City Councilwoman Bonnie Pannell will host a Youth Arts Gala on Sept. 21, at Luther Burbank High School.

SOUTH SACRAMENTO — Come join City Councilwoman Bonnie Pannell for an exciting evening as multicultural youth in South Sacramento display their talents in music, dance, theatre and spoken word. The special occasion is the first-ever “Awakening the Arts Youth Talent Showcase and Gala” at Luther Burbank High School, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., on […]

Jackie Robinson’s Wife Remembers “Great,” Black Sports Reporter

Rachel Robinson, at the podium, the wife of the late Jackie Robinson talks about her husband and Black sportswriter Wendell Smith at the California State Capitol on Sep. 9, 2013. While Jackie Robinson made history by integrating Major League Baseball in 1947, Smith, who accompanied Robinson around the country during that historical season, also faced racism as a journalist. 

Standing behind Mrs. Robinson, shown left to right are California Assemblymembers Brian Maienschein, Holly Mitchell, Steven Bradford, Cheryl Brown, Chris Holden, and Sen. Joel Anderson.

OBSERVER photos by Antonio R. Harvey (with the exception of Jackie Robinson's and Wendell Smith's inset photos).

SACRAMENTO — When Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson became the first Black player to play in Major League Baseball (MLB), he and his wife, Rachel Robinson, were under continuous scrutiny and blatant bigotry, from a section of society that cared not to see change.   Robinson, who played first in the Negro Leagues, went on to smash […]

Legislators Vote To Name Bridge After Willie Brown

SACRAMENTO – Despite opposition from Gov. Jerry Brown, a majority of the California State Legislature Senate gave consent to name the western span of the new San Francisco Bay Bridge in honor of Willie L. Brown, Jr. Twenty-six State senators voted yes to the bill while seven said no. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 65 (ACR 65) […]

Rachel Robinson To Visit Sacramento for Screening of “42″


DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — In conjunction with the California Legislative Black Caucus, State Sen. Roderick D. Wright (D-Inglewood) welcomes Rachel Robinson to the State Capitol for a special screening of “42.” The film will be shown at 7:00 p.m., at the Crest Theatre, Monday, Sept. 9, at 1013 K Street. Actress Nicole Beharie played Mrs. Robinson […]

Artist David Alexander Turns Near-Fatal Incident Into Life-Inspiring Motivation

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MIDTOWN SACRAMENTO — It is likely that a near-fatal incident can change a person’s entire outlook of life. Local artist and 3-D sculptor David Alexander knows this by experience. Today, he’s glad to be alive to share his “Body of Life” as well as his “Body of Work” art exhibit with others. In 2009, Alexander […]

NFL Hall of Famer, Ronnie Lott To Speak Locally


OAK PARK — National Football League Hall of Fame legend Ronnie Lott will be the next guest speaker at the Indivizible meeting at the Guild Theatre. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. and run to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 19. Lott will share his business strategies from his 20 years of investment and wealth […]