Diddy Tops Forbes Richest in Hip-Hop List, Jay-Z in Second Place

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NATIONWIDE – Sean “Diddy” Combs ranks No. 1 on this year’s Forbes Five, the magazine’s list of hip-hop’s wealthiest artists, with an estimated net worth of $580 million. The bulk of the Bad Boy Records founder’s wealth comes from non-musical ventures, namely his deal with Diageo’s Ciroc. The agreement entitles him to eight-figure annual payouts […]

Emerge: 7 Women 7 Stools


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 […]

Sacramento City Council Approves Arena Term Sheet


SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento City Council voted 7-2 to approve a financial term sheet to build a new $447.7 million sports and entertainment arena in downtown Sacramento on Tuesday night. The City Council’s decision paves the way for the usage of the city’s parking operations. In reference to the term sheet, $258 million would be […]

“Alley-Oop” Elevated Pleasant Grove To State Title

Pleasant Grove player Crivello (No. 15) gives Matthew Hayes a championship hug after the Eagles won the Division I State Championship at Sleep Train Arena on March 23. Pleasant Grove beat Santa Monica 73-57 (OBSERVER photo by Antonio R. Harvey)

NORTH NATOMAS — After senior point guard Malik Thames threw a lob, alley-oop pass to sophomore center Marquese Chriss with four minutes left in the Division I State Finals, fellow Pleasant Grove teammate Matthew Hayes snapped his fingers. The dunk was good, and Hayes was sure the Eagles locked up the victory. The Pleasant Grove […]

Kings Staffers Author Novels

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SACRAMENTO – Darrin May and and Devin Blankenship work behind the scenes for the Sacramento Kings’ Media Relations Department. Among the various aspects of their communicative positions, they both have to deal with local and national media outlets as well as tend to the needs and personalities of professional basketball players. But for the last […]

Public Forums Set to Discuss Arena Financing Plans


SACRAMENTO – Three public forums are scheduled to discuss the downtown arena financing plans. The first is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21 at City Hall. The arena is the second part of the equation to convince the NBA Board of Governers to keep the Sacramento Kings in the place they have […]

Pleasant Grove Wins NorCal Division I Regional title; Plays for State Title


NORTH NATOMAS – In order to beat Deer Valley of Antioch and its 6-foot-10 senior Marcus Lee, Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove knew that its 6-foot-7 sophomore Marquese Chriss had to have a decent game on Sleep Train Arena’s floor. Chriss had 10 points, eight rebounds, and two blocked shots against Lee and the Pleasant […]

“They’re good, but we are better;” Sac High Gets “Revenge” Against Grant

Grant High coach Deonard Wilson consoles his star player De"Sean Parson after the Pacers were beat by Sacramento High 77-52 on March 9.

DEL PASO HEIGHTS – When Sacramento High played Grant High in the CIF San Joaquin Section Playoffs on Feb. 27, freshman Devin Young hardly saw the basketball. Young only scored two points, both free throws, and the Sac High Dragons ended up losing 72-69 at home to the Grant High Pacers. By Sac High’s standards, […]

The Shame of College Sports: Black Atheletes Play. But Where’s The Payoff?

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NATIONWIDE – College sports programs thrive on Black athletes, but African American businesses and students are shunned A host of scandals in recent years have made the corruption of college sports constant news fodder. In 2010, the NCAA sanctioned the University of Southern California after determining that star running back Reggie Bush and his family […]

Sheldon’s Boys Ranked No. 4 Inaugural Open Division; Sac High Girls seeded No. 5


SACRAMENTO – After beating Pleasant Grove in a knock-down-drag-out fight at Sleep Train Arena over the weekend, the No. 4 Sheldon Huskies will start the CIF Northern California Regional playoffs against No. 5 Serra in the newly-formed Open Division. Bishop O’Dowd, ranked No. 3, will play No. 6 Modesto Christian while No. 2 Archbishop Mitty […]