Sacramento Native Tommy Wright Gets His Shot in Fruitvale Station

IMG_0296 crop

NATIONWIDE – Having just moved to Los Angeles to pursue a professional acting career, Sacramento native Thomas Wright was long on ambition, but short on cash. When he got a call from a casting director to audition hundreds of miles away in San Francisco in less than 24 hours, his lack of funds made him […]

Ryan Coogler on Fruitvale Station

Ryan Coogler

NATIONWIDE – Home on Christmas break from the University of Southern California, he watched televised cell phone footage of an unarmed Black man being roughed up and subsequently shot by a White Bay Area transit officer who said he mistook his gun for his taser. He knew it could easily have been him. Four years […]

Jazz in the Courtyard Series Presents: Lloyd Gregory

IMG_7170RET crop

SACRAMENTO – Bay Area musician Lloyd Gregory is looking to jazz up the capital city. The guitar afficianado comes to Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum Thursday, June 20 for its Jazz in the Courtyard series. The show is set to run 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Gregory, based in San Francisco, is an award winning master of […]

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services to Host Career & Job Development Fair

black woman professional job interview crop

SACRAMENTO – Locals looking for work get a boost from the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) on Saturday, May 18, as it hosts a Career and Job Development Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event is designed to offer career resources and expose individuals to local businesses with entry level positions. […]

Whole Foods & thinkThin Give Mothers Something to Think About

black woman shopping 3

SACRAMENTO – Whole Foods is giving area women something to “think” about this Mother’s Day. thinkThin LLC, the producers of popular weight management bars, will be giving special thanks to moms all over the country this week as part of Whole Foods gifting program in celebration of Mother’s Day. Taking place at participating Whole Foods […]

Local Women Fill ‘Plates’ With Self-Sufficiency

LVD_0066

SACRAMENTO – With two jobs and five kids, local mother Ebony Price has a lot on her plate. Fortunately, she seems to have found the recipe for success and self-sufficiency. Ms. Price, 29, is a graduate of the Plates Employment Training Program. Through the program, formerly homeless mothers who have stayed at the St. John’s […]

Emerge: 7 Women 7 Stools

halfPage2-Recovered

SACRAMENTO – Each person will walk away from her play with something different, but playwright Delilah Rashell Williams, hopes that everyone will “emerge” better than they were upon entering the theater. Williams brings “Emerge: 7 Women 7 Stools,” which she co-wrote with local vocalist Kitty Griffin, to Sacramento’s The Center at Twenty Three-Hundred Friday, April […]

Observer Co-Publisher Kathryn C. Lee passes at 77

Dr&MrsLee2004-DSC_0097 crop

SACRAMENTO – She was a contestant in the Miss Amigos pageant in Sacramento in 1954, but those who knew her said her true beauty lie in her ability to help provide opportunities for other African Americans in the region. Kathryn C. Lee, co-publisher of the Sacramento Observer Newspaper, passed away peacefully at her home on […]

Terry McMillan to Speak at Alpha Phi Alpha Scholarship Fundraiser

cropped_12555_2739_me

SACRAMENTO – Her “sistah stories” landed her atop many a bestseller’s list, making her a prime example of literary excellence. Terry McMillan comes to Sacramento on Sunday, March 24 to deliver the keynote address during an event titled, “Building Bridges To Excellence.” The event, is the 59th Annual Scholarship Brunch hosted by the Zeta Beta […]

Environmental Food Justice Conference Hosted in Oak Park

DSC_3471

OAK PARK – They’ve planted the seeds, but aren’t satisfied with simply sitting back and watching them grow. The local organization, Freedom Farms is seeking to cultivate a movement, one that will lead to a healthier community. Freedom Farms sponsored its Environmental Food Justice Conference last week. The event was held at the Guild Theater […]