Cousins scores 37, Kings get 122-105 win in Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins had a big third quarter, and these days it seems like everybody does against the Brooklyn Nets. Cousins had 37 points and 11 rebounds, scoring 18 points in the third quarter, to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 122-105 victory on Sunday night. “He is just hands down one […]

Bounce TV to bring back ‘Cosby Show’ reruns

ATLANTA (AP) — Reruns of “The Cosby Show” are returning to television, even as the comedian’s sexual assault trial looms next year. Bounce TV announced in social media posts that it will resume airing reruns of the 1980s sitcom on Dec. 19. Atlanta-based Bounce, programmed for black audiences, says it takes the allegations against Cosby […]

NCAA: Graduation rates up for black men’s basketball players

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The NCAA announced Tuesday that 77 percent of black men’s Division I basketball players who entered college in 2009 earned a degree within six years, up five points from a year earlier and a record high. That improvement helped the overall Graduation Success Rate match last year’s record of 86 […]

Dave Chappelle, ‘SNL’ give thoughtful coda to election

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Saturday Night Live” called on host Dave Chappelle’s wit and Kate McKinnon’s performance of “Hallelujah” for a thoughtful coda to a divisive presidential campaign. Chappelle, claiming to be rusty after a decade largely out of the TV spotlight, proved ready and eager to offer his take on Donald Trump’s victory over […]

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 […]