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 […]

April 7th Special Election for Sacramento City Council District Seat

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EAST SACRAMENTO — Sacramento City Council’s District 6 special election is April 7. Eric Guerra and Bruce Pomer are vying to replace Kevin McCarty who was elected to the State Assembly last November. In regard to the City Charter, the candidate who receives the most votes during the “Special Municipal Election” shall fill the vacant […]

First Lady Michelle Obama declares ‘Black Girls Rock!’

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(AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life. “No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful,” […]

RUDOLPH LONCKE: Courts could do more to save our children

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OPINION – As an African American judge, now retired, I bring the perspective of a member of the judiciary to the Steering Committee on the Reduction of African American Child Deaths (RAACD). Working within a system that has been afflicted with bias against African Americans and other minorities, it has been my life’s work to […]

Andrew Young Shares His Thoughts and Civil Rights Experiences

Andrew Young, Jr., former ambassador, civil rights activist, and mayor of Atlanta, spoke to the members of Sacramento's IndiviZible on March 25 in Oak Park. Young was a close associate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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OAK PARK — Civil rights icon Andrew Jackson Young Jr. has experienced and accomplished many, many things in his lifetime. While he was a close confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Young practically learned the social mentally of America — and he’s not afraid to talk about the good and the bad side of […]

24 percent of California voters registered without political preference

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SACRAMENTO — New state figures continue the trend of the fastest growing segment of the California electorate registering without any political affiliation. Secretary of State Alex Padilla released voter registration figures on Monday showing almost 24 percent of voters have no party preference. The report says California had 17.7 million registered voters in February. Of […]

Nielsen Releases First Multicultural ‘Super Consumer’ Report

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(NNPA) – With multicultural consumer spending in the United States today at $3.4 trillion, this “super consumer” group has tremendous impact on U.S. mainstream culture, according to a Nielsen report recently released. The report, The Multicultural Edge: Rising Super Consumers, identifies multicultural consumers as the most dynamic and fasting growing segment of the U.S. consumer economy.“The Multicultural […]