Obama Turns to Black Radio to Plead for Midterm Votes

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don’t want him around in person. African-American turnout will be vital to Democrats’ hopes in states such as Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina […]

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, […]

Justice is Served: Jordan Davis’ Killer To Be Jailed For Life

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OPINION (NNPA) – Justice for 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was murdered by Michael Dunn in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2012 in a dispute over loud music has not come without a struggle. A jury in the Duval County Court recently found Dunn guilty of first-degree murder in the tragic, fatal shooting of Davis. Of course, millions […]

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 […]

Twin Rivers School Board Member Pleads ‘No Contest’

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NORTH SACRAMENTO – In a Sacramento County courtroom Wednesday, Oct. 15, Twin Rivers Unified School District board member Cortez Ledon Quinn plead no contest for allegedly conspiring to submit a fraudulent paternity test. An admission of no contest has the same effect as a guilty plea. Before Judge Laurel D. White in Department 8, Quinn […]

Darla Givens & Tia Ewing Join The Salvation Army Women’s Auxilary for Helping Handbags Fundraiser

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SACRAMENTO – When it comes to helping the community, they’ve got it in the “bag.” The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will host the 10th annual Helping Handbags luncheon and auction on Saturday, October 18. The luncheon will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lions Gate McClellan Conference Center-5411 Luce Ave., McClellan. […]

US Steps Up Response as Ebola Worries Grow

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health officials said Thursday they still don’t know how two Dallas nurses caught Ebola from a patient, as criticism increased from lawmakers who questioned whether the nation is prepared to stop the deadly virus from spreading in the U.S. The revelation that one of the hospital nurses was cleared to fly […]

Sacramento Kings Visit the Great Wall of China

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MUTAINYU – Today the Sacramento Kings visited the Great Wall of China’s Mutainyu section. Players, coaches and other team personnel marveled at the world-famous historical landmark and paused to take a group photo as they walked along he iconic Wall. The Sacramento Kings are in China to play two preseason games against the Brooklyn Nets […]

Sacramento Native Cornel West Arrested in Ferguson Protests

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FERGUSON (AP) — Pounding rain and tornado watches didn’t deter hundreds of protesters Monday outside Ferguson police headquarters, where they stayed for almost four hours to mark how long 18-year-old Michael Brown’s body was left in a street after he was fatally shot by police. Organizers of the four-day Ferguson October protests dubbed the day […]

Covered California Offers Millions in No-Bid Contracts

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency’s executive director. Covered California’s no-bid contracts were for a variety […]