Local Organizer On Her Way To Ferguson To Assists Youth

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SACRAMENTO — Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT) Community Organizer Danielle Williams is on her way to Ferguson, Missouri, to assist in social justice and political activities. Williams, 29, will depart Sacramento on Aug. 31 and should return by Sept. 1. ACT, is a member of the PICO National Network (People Improving Communities Through Organizing), which […]

Councilmember-Elect Rick Jennings Endorses Strong Mayor Initiative

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SACRAMENTO – Councilmember-elect Rick Jennings today endorsed Measure L, the measure on the November ballot he says will improve Sacramento’s system of government. “Now is the right time for Sacramento to take this important step,” said Councilmember-Elect Rick Jennings. “After listening to my constituents throughout the campaign, it’s clear that the people of Sacramento demand a […]

United Way Seeks Volunteers for “2nd Annual Day of Caring”

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SACRAMENTO – Five hundred local residents are needed to spend one day caring for the community on Sept. 12 by signing up for one of 31 volunteer projects happening across the region on United Way’s 2nd Annual Day of Caring, sponsored by Nationwide. The event, which kicks off the fall fundraising campaign, will start at […]

Neslon Murder Trial Ends in Three Guilty Verdicts

Richard Nelson Jr., right, leaves the Sacramento County Courthouse with family members on Aug. 20, 2014, after hearing that three men were convicted of killing his sister Monique R. Nelson on Dec. 14, 2014. Ms. Nelson died shielding her two-year-old son from a hail of gunfire outside of South Sacramento barbershop.
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DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — A Sacramento jury of seven women and five men found two brothers guilty of first-degree murder and one man of voluntary manslaughter for the killing of Monique Nelson outside of a Sacramento barbershop on Dec. 14, 2010. A fourth man on trial was acquitted of all charges in the murder case. The […]

Sacramento County’s First & Only Black Supervisor, Grantland Johnson Dies

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SACRAMENTO – He rose from humble beginnings in Del Paso Heights to the upper echelons of Sacramento politics and state public service. Grantland Johnson, the first and only African American to serve on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, passed away Tuesday apparently of diabetes-related kidney failure. He was 65. Johnson was referred to by […]

Blacks Suffer Because Shortage of Organ Donors

Photo: Everett Lee (right) with his wife and daughters in 2012. Lee’s leukemia has been in remission 12 years, thanks to a bone marrow transplant. Photo courtesy Everett Lee.

WASHINGTON – At the start of 2002, Everett Lee, 57 at the time, considered himself “healthier than all get out.” So when he found himself winded with the smallest tasks, he knew something was wrong. He scheduled a physical with his doctor as soon as possible, including blood work, EKG, and x-ray. “[My doctor] said, […]

Uber Makes Ridesharing Easier

Booker Cook, also a student at Sacramento State University, has discovered that a driver-partnership with Uber is quite flexible and lucrative. The ride-sharing company's limousine-like service is efficient as well as classy for passengers.
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SACRAMENTO —Before Booker Cook knew what an Uber app was, he used the ride-sharing service without knowing it. The app — which allows riders to order a taxicab-like ride from their smartphone — instantly changed his transportation outlook. While attending a Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (SAEPPO) at Sacramento State University, Cook and […]

Survey asks, “What Makes Sacramento Special?”

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DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — What makes Sacramento distinct and special? The City of Sacramento is working with a firm on a study to uncover that “certain something” essential to the nature of the city. It may be a physical asset, an attitude, an accomplishment or the history. Being able to better understand the unique culture will […]

James Brown Story Comes to the Big Screen

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HOLLYWOOD – Time and again we’ve heard the expression, “Behind every great man is a strong woman.” Such is inferred of DeeDee Brown perhaps the better known second wife of entertainment legend, James Brown–in “Get On Up”–the new film that presents a behind-the-scenes portrayal of Brown’s interpersonal relationships. Starring Chadwick Boseman (“Draft Day, 42”) as […]

State Fair Exhibit Recognizes Black Pioneer James Beckwourth

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SACRAMENTO – As business owners pitched household products and farmers handed out free produce samples, a local woman was offering up something she says was just as useful, knowledge. Culture champion Dorothy Benjamin spent the last two weeks educating folks about California pioneer James P. Beckwourth at the California State Fair. Ms. Benjamin said numerous […]