New Bartlett’s Compiles Black Quotations


NEW YORK – For the debut Bartlett’s anthology of Black quotations, editor Retha Powers wanted to capture the personal, the political and the artistic. “When you think about Black history, you think about touch points like slavery, colonialism, apartheid,” Powers says. “Those are heavy and difficult topics. But there also lives being led and poetry […]

In Banner Year For Black Films, Hopes For Momentum

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NEW YORK – Oprah Winfrey has heard this story before. A wave of high-profile films about black people receives accolades. A heart-warming trend of greater on-screen equality is declared. Hollywood basks in its multiculturalism – and then returns to business as usual. From the slavery odyssey “12 Years a Slave” to the day-in-a-life drama “Fruitvale […]

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. […]

Crockett Joins Talented Cast In ‘Baggage Claim’

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BEVERLY HILLS — You can always count on Affion Crockett to bring some big laughs to whatever role he’s playing, be it a thugged out gangsta (“Haunted House” and “Soul Men”) or the tightly wound TSA agent he portrays in the new, romantic comedy, “Baggage Claim” which opens nationwide Sept. 27. In addition to Crockett, […]

50th Anniversary of March on Washington to Air Live on Aspire

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ATLANTA –  ASPiRE today announced it will carry the live broadcast of today’s national “The Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action Ceremony” (#MLKDream50) in Washington, D.C., marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.’s epic “I Have a Dream” speech. ASPiRE’s live broadcast will […]

Boyz II Men & Bell Biv Devoe Coming to Sunrise Pavilion

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CITRUS HEIGHTS – Motown Philly’s back again. Fans will be happy to know it’s not the “End of the Road” for Boyz II Men, they’ll perform locally on Thursday, August 15. Wanya Morris, Nathan Morris and Shawn Stockman will hit the stage at the Sunrise Marketplace Outdoor Pavilion as part of the Sunrise at Night […]

Ryan Coogler on Fruitvale Station

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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 […]

50th Anniversary Celebrity Golf Tournament Hosted By Paul Rodriguez

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The Sacramento Observer Media Group Presents 50th Anniversary Celebrity Golf Tournament   Monday, July 15, 2013   Yocha Dehe Golf Club at Cache Creek Casino Resort 14455 Highway 16, Brooks, CA 11:00 am Shotgun Start   CLICK HERE… to Register Online For the Tournament Or CLICK HERE… to Download Registration Form   Mixed Format Tournament […]

Pelicans, Blazers, Kings Make Deal; Evans Headed to New Orleans

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SACRAMENTO – New Orleans, Portland and Sacramento have agreed to a three-team trade sending guard Tyreke Evans to the Pelicans, center Robin Lopez to the Trail Blazers and guard Greivis Vasquez to the Kings, people familiar with the deal said. The people, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because NBA […]

Kings’ Rookies McLemore & McCallum are “Ready To Rock” New Era

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NORTH NATOMAS — At this point in his life, hopefully Ben McLemore should not have to worry about where his next meal is coming from. After the Sacramento Kings made him their No. 7 pick in the first round of the NBA Draft last week, McLemore could, if he desire, buy other unfortunate families a […]