FILM REVIEW: LOVING

(NNPA) – For a long time it was a forbidden love. Through slavery, the reconstruction era, on into the 20th century, particularly in the South, interracial romantic relations were looked down on and marriages were illegal. Anti-miscegenation laws were on the books in 16 states below the Mason-Dixon line. Marry someone not of your race […]

Cousins, Gay help Kings top Raptors 96-91 to end skid

TORONTO (AP) — By winning on the second night of a back-to-back, the Sacramento Kings avoided an empty road trip. DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 23 against his former team and Sacramento beat the Toronto Raptors 96-91 on Sunday night before a sellout crowd of 19,800 at Air Canada […]

REVIEW: ‘Sunset Baby’ Shines In East Sacramento

EAST SACRAMENTO — Leave it up to James Wheatley to find stage productions most directors would pass on to avoid controversy, putting actors in an uncomfortable setting, or offending its patrons. But since 1998, Wheatley has kindly mastered the drama aspects of suspense, absurdity, and disgust. That’s why his latest theater work is a must-see […]

Dwayne Bishop Elevated to Inderkum Head Varsity Basketball Coach

NATOMAS – Dwayne Bishop was standing near the basketball courts outside of Sacramento’s Inderkum High School in Natomas when one of the students quietly approached him while he was doing an interview with a local reporter. The male student’s interruption was respectful and greeting straight to the point. “Hi ya doing coach,” the teenager said. […]

After Kaepernick’s protest, singers question anthem

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning R&B singer Anthony Hamilton has sung the national anthem in the past. Don’t ask him to sing it in the near future. Hamilton’s frustration with “The Star-Spangled Banner” is shared by some other Black Americans, who feel like the tune sung before major U.S. events is not the best representation […]

Despite Critics Panning of “Birth of a Nation,” DeMarcus Cousins Says Film Is “Excellent”

SACRAMENTO — Sacramento Kings star center DeMarcus Cousins viewed the film “Birth of a Nation” over the weekend. He also heard and read about the critics who have deemed the flick a disappointment and a flop. Cousins, sharing his take on the movie directed and produced by Nate Parker, told The OBSERVER that the film […]

Oakland Raiders Outlast San Diego Chargers For 34-31 Victory

OAKLAND — The Oakland Raiders win their first home game of the season and move into a first-place tie in the AFC West after beating the beleaguered San Diego Chargers 34-31 on Oct. 9 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Oakland quarterback Derek Carr completed 25 of 40 passes for 317 yards and two touchdowns while receiver […]

Paul McCartney Rocks Out New Golden 1 Center

SACRAMENTO — Musical extraordinaire Sir Paul McCartney made history when he stepped on the stage at the Golden 1 Center on Oct. 4, which marked the first-ever event in the newly built facility. Fans from all over the Sacramento region and northern California, estimated at 15,000-plus, happily surged into the building to see one of […]

T.D. Jakes to Tackle Headlines in New Talk Show on OWN

(NNPA) – The struggles of an interracial marriage, families divided by race, religion and politics and the conversion of one Jewish woman to Islam are all upcoming segments that will be featured on Bishop T.D. Jakes’ new talk show which premieres on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on Monday, September 19 and is schedule to […]

Kings sign point guard Jordan Farmar

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings have signed free agent point guard Jordan Farmar. General manager Vlade Divac announced the deal Wednesday. Farmar has averaged 7.7 points and 2.9 assists per game in nine NBA seasons. He won two NBA titles as a reserve on the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and ’10. Farmar […]