Former Grant Pacers star Shaq Thompson headed to NFL

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SEATTLE (AP) – Washington linebacker, and Sacramento native, Shaq Thompson is forgoing his senior season and will declare for the NFL draft. The school announced Thompson’s decision Monday. Thompson’s final game was the Huskies’ loss to Oklahoma State in the Cactus Bowl last Friday. Thompson was one of three Huskies on the AP’s All-America first […]

Cosby Not Finding Support in Black Community

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WASHINGTON – Bill Cosby hasn’t been “America’s dad” for years. For some blacks, he is the cranky uncle complaining about young African Americans who, in his view, dress and behave in a way that drags down their race. The shift in perceptions of Cosby, from revered comedian to more of a public scold, may be […]

Former Grant Standout Shaq Thompson Earns AP All-American Selection

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SEATTLE — Former Grant High School football star Shaq Thompson was named a First-Team All-American by the Associated Press last week. Thompson, a junior linebacker for the University of Washington Huskies (UW), racked up 70.0 total tackles while scoring four defensive touchdowns for the Huskies on three fumble recoveries and an interception return this season. […]

Kings Fire Malone; Corbin Assumes Duties

Tyrone Corbin talked to the local press after he was officially named the replacement for Michael Malone. Malone was fired after an 11-13 start this season and a few bad losses, many without the service of center DeMarcus Cousins.
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NORTH NATOMAS — Sacramento Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro discussed publicly on Dec. 15 why Michael Malone was relieved of his head coaching duties. In the interim, at least until further notice, Tyrone Corbin is the Kings’ coach. “This was an extremely difficult decision, but we feel this is in the best interest of the […]

NBC Scraps Cosby Project and TV Land Pulls ‘Cosby Show’ From Lineup Amid Assault Allegations

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NEW YORK (AP) – NBC has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development and TV Land will stop airing reruns of “The Cosby Show,” moves that came a day after another woman came forward claiming that the once-beloved comic had sexually assaulted her. NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks said Wednesday the Cosby sitcom “is […]

Barnes & Noble Hosts Book Signing for “Introspection”

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NATOMAS – Natomas Barnes and Noble to host a public book signing Saturday, November 22 featuring Fresno author, magazine publisher and business owner, Reginia (Regana) McKinney-McGee, as she signs her first book titled “Introspection.” “Introspection” is the poignant story of a struggle between morality and retribution as a woman with deep secrets embarks on a […]

Raiders Lose 9th Straight; 15th Overall

The Oakland Raiders led 10-6 until the Denver Broncos scored 35 unanswered points on their way to to a 41-17 victory on Nov.8.
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OAKLAND — The Oakland Raiders remained winless this season as they fell to the visiting Denver Broncos 41-17 at O.co Coliseum on Sunday. Peyton Manning was 31-for-44 for 340 yards and five touchdowns for Denver (7-2, 4-0 AFC West). David Carr was 30-for-47 for 192 yards and two TDs for the inept Raiders (0-9, 0-2). […]

Kings Break Ground on New Arena. But lose to Warriors 95-77 in Opener

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NORTH NATOMAS — On a day where the city of Sacramento enjoyed a fabulous day to break ground for the the new downtown arena, the Sacramento Kings soiled the occasion with a 95-77 loss to the Golden State Warriors in the season opener at Sleep Train Arena. DeMarcus Cousins, in foul trouble most of the […]

Time For Hip-Hop Artists to Stand For Black Community

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., members of the Black community and independent artists continue to call on mainstream rappers and entertainers to use their visibility to speak out against police brutality affecting young, Black males. Jasiri X, an internationally-known rapper, […]

Film Review: Dear White People

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NATIONWIDE (NNPA)- “Dear White people: The minimum requirement of Black friends needed to not seem racist has just been raised…to two.” Biting satire abounds in this witty, edgy ode to racism in the age of Obama. In his debut feature film, writer/director Justin Simien’s perceptive observances take no prisoners. It’s a Black thang. Time to […]