Community Organizations & City Leaders Host Bridge Building Forum #3

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SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Branch National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Mayor Kevin Johnson, Councilmember Allen Warren, and Councilmember Elect Rick Jennings have convened a series of community forums in response to the Ferguson event to proactively improve community relations in Sacramento. The next installment, the third in the series, has been […]

Obama: US Needs to Bring Schools into 21st Century

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama called on local school officials Wednesday to help meet his goal of bringing high-speed Internet to virtually every student within a few years to help American children compete with counterparts in countries that already use technology to help them learn. “One of the things we also need to do […]

Study: Nearly Half of Black Men Arrested by Age 23

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NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 50 percent of Black men and 40 percent of white men are arrested at least once on non-traffic-related crimes by the time they turn 23, according to a new study. One of the authors of the study published this month in the journal “Crime & Delinquency” said the statistics could […]

New Report: Child Homelessness on the Rise in US

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation’s high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence. Titled “America’s […]

Group Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In an effort to increase the relevancy of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) redesigned one of its signature programs to cultivate Black industry leaders at the corporate level. Johnny Taylor, president and CEO of TMCF, a HBCU membership group focused on increasing access, retention and […]

California Targets 1.7 million for Health Sign-ups

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — After initial missteps caused a choppy start, California health care officials are betting that an upgraded website, more help and better Spanish-language outreach will result in a smoother and bigger second open enrollment season under the Affordable Care Act this year. Starting Saturday, Californians who don’t have access to health plans through […]

California Legislative Black Caucus Continues to Grow

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SACRAMENTO (CBM) – Following midterm elections that sent their party reeling nationwide, a key bloc of Democratic lawmakers in California saw their numbers swell with victories won by a record number of African-Americans. With five new members — Autumn Burke, Tony Thurmond, Jim Cooper, Kevin McCarty and Mike Gipson — winning election to the Assembly […]

World Renown Poet, Nikki Giovanni to Speak at Indivizible

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OAK PARK – She’s been ego tripping for three decades and there is a reason. World renown poet Nikki Giovanni is set to speak in Sacramento on Monday, November 17 as part of 2014 Indivizible Speakers Series. She’ll make her appearance at the Guild Theatre, in Oak Park during the organization’s monthly meeting. Ms. Giovanni […]

Black Democrats Bemoan Decision to Run from Obama

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ATLANTA (AP) — Some Black political leaders think Democratic candidates who distanced themselves from President Barack Obama sapped enthusiasm among African-Americans in states where they anchor the party’s base. They point to Senate races in North Carolina, where Kay Hagan was denied a second term, and Georgia, where Michelle Nunn failed to capture an open […]

Lynch Nomination Will Test Obama’s Relationship With New Congress

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In what may be the first test of the GOP-controlled, United States Senate’s willingness to work with the White House, President Barack Obama nominated United States Attorney Loretta Lynch to succeed Eric Holder as the next attorney general. If confirmed, Lynch would become the first Black woman to serve as Attorney General. […]