Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Loretta Lynch won confirmation as the nation’s first black female attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end. The 56-43 vote installs Lynch, now U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, at the Justice […]

‘Black Panther Party’ Film Seeks Wider Audience

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, the first feature-length film to focus on the origin and downfall of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense is making waves in the film community. It’s been a breakout entry at the Sundance Film Festival, and has already won an award at the Pan African […]

Audit says California jail releases jumped 37 percent after realignment

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SACRAMENTO — The number of inmates being released by county jails increased by 37 percent statewide during the first three years after California began sending lower-level offenders to local lockups instead of state prisons, state auditors said Tuesday. The number of local inmates freed early in one month increased from about 10,200 in September 2011, […]

Genesis Missionary Baptist Church Celebrates 25 Years

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MEADOWVIEW – Genesis Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 25th anniversary April 25-26, marking more than two decades of faith, family, empowerment and service. Genesis was started on April 1, 1990 and was led by the late Dr. Robert Porter and Elder Hazel R. Porter. The church, now led by their sons, Dr. Tecoy Porter, […]

Chicago offers $5.5 million ‘reparations’ package to police torture victims

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CHICAGO (AP) — Victims of police torture under former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge would share $5.5 million, receive an apology and see their story taught in school under a reparations package proposed Tuesday that city leaders hope will help close one of the most shameful chapters in Chicago’s history. More than 100 people who […]

Kings Tumultuous Season Finally Comes to an End

Jason Thompson pulls down a rebound against Los Angeles' Jordan Hill at Sleep Train Arena on April 13. The Kings beat the Lakers 102-92 at home, and then beat Los Angeles again on its floor 122-99 on April 15.
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LOS ANGELES — The Sacramento Kings end their regular season on a good note by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 122-99 at the Staple Center on April 15. Ben McLemore lead the Kings with 24 points, seven assists, and five rebounds for the Kings. Derrick Williams had 22 points and six rebounds and Ray McCallum […]

Blacks Missing Out on ‘Obamacare’ Savings

According to the AJS report, more than 40 percent of Black enrollees and more than half of White enrollees didn’t know which services were covered under their health plans and which services they would pay for out-of-pocket. (Stock Image)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Even as health care costs continue to cause concerns for the poor, nearly 40 percent African Americans and about half of Whites didn’t know that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can help those that need it the most to cover some of those costs. According to the new report by the Alliance […]

Black Women Face Challenges in Building Wealth

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Black women are the only group that has not recovered the jobs they lost in the recession. Five years into national recovery, the unemployment rate for Black women has even risen a little since December, from 8.2 percent to 9.2 percent. On the flip side, employment brings its own unique difficulties for […]

Kamala Harris raises $2.5M for her U.S. Senate run

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LOS ANGELES (AP)- Democrat Kamala Harris has raised $2.5 million since mid-January for her U.S. Senate run in California, giving her an early financial edge in the 2016 contest, her campaign announced Monday. Competitive races are costly, and analysts predict Harris could need $30 million or more by Election Day next year. She is the […]

CHET HEWITT & WENDY PETKO: Frightening Local Black Child Death Rate

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OPINION -In 2009, the Sacramento County Child Death Review Team found that in Sacramento County African American children die at twice the rate of other children. Appropriately, this news was cause for considerable alarm. Perhaps even more disturbing was the recognition that a significant disparity in African American child death rates has persisted in Sacramento […]