San Joaquin County Family Fair Brings Next Level Concerts to Stockton

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STOCKTON – As the weather heats up, so does local entertainment scene. The Next Level Concert Group has announced a number of concerts as part of the 2014 San Joaquin County Family Fair, running in Stockton, July 2-6. July 2 has been dubbed “Family Fun Day.” Performers on that day include TONY! TONI! TONE! and […]

California Expands Medi-Cal While Continuing Cuts

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SACRAMENTO – California has been praised for its early embrace of the federal health care expansion. But the new budget has raised questions about the state’s commitment to getting its poorest residents into doctors’ offices and dentists’ chairs. The spending plan signed Friday provides extra money for more low-income residents enrolling in Medi-Cal, the state’s […]

Local Actress Making Waves

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SACRAMENTO – Most every actor realizes that talent will take them far in their careers but, they will also tell you that a little luck doesn’t hurt either. No one knows this better than Christina Elmore. After landing a small part in director Ryan Coogler’s critically acclaimed debut film, “Fruitvale Station,” the up and coming […]

“Offer” Made In Quinn Criminal Case; Next Court Date July 16

Cortez Quinn has been in a Sacramento County Courtroom 10 times thus far. 
His latest appearance was June 18 and his next date is set for July 16.

SACRAMENTO — Twin Rivers Unified School District board member Cortez Quinn will make his next court date July 16 after his attorney told a Sacramento judge his client was made an “offer” in his criminal case that also includes conspiracy to submit a false DNA sample. Quinn appeared in Department 8 of the Sacramento Courthouse […]

13th Annual Juneteenth Celebration: A Celebration of Freedom!

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SACRAMENTO – Education and entertainment will combine this week as the 13th Annual Sacramento Juneteenth Celebration is set to run June 20-22 at William Land Park. The annual celebration will feature Gospel Under the Stars on Friday, June 20, featuring the Ugandan Orphans Choir; the Festival on Saturday, June 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 […]

Actress-Novelist Victoria Rowell Tells On TV Industry

Actress and author Victoria Rowell, here speaking at the Brickhouse Art Gallery in Sacramento's Oak Park neighborhood, had a lot to say about the television soap opera industry.

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OAK PARK — Popular television actress and author Victoria Rowell  was among the celebrities who appeared at the Sacramento Black Book Fair last weeked to discuss her best selling books, “The Women Who Raised Me,” “Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva:  A Novel,” and “The Young and the Ruthless: Back in the Bubbles.” Ms. Rowell […]

Uncovering The Truth Behind Nutritional Studies

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ATLANTA –  Do you often feel confused by the multitude of sensational nutrition studies in the media? When it comes to feeding your family, being able to break down the scientific research process to make informed nutrition choices is essential. Conflicting information It’s only natural to wonder about nutrition studies mentioned in headlines. One moment […]

ACTRESS RUBY DEE DEAD AT 91

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NEW YORK — Ruby Dee, an acclaimed actress and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio television and film, has died at age 91, according to her daughter. Nora Davis Day told The Associated Press on Thursday that her mother died at home in New Rochelle on Wednesday night of “natural causes.” Dee, […]

California Teacher Tenure Law Unconstitutional

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LOS ANGELES – Tenure and other job protections for California’s public school teachers were ruled unconstitutional Tuesday by a judge presiding in a lawsuit brought by nine students. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu cited the historic case of Brown v. Board of Education in ruling that all students are entitled to equal […]

GOP Struggles to Recruit Black Voters, Candidates

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SMYRNA – Like an eager date, Leo Smith showed up at Mount Zion First Baptist Church with a bouquet of flowers in hand. He wasn’t seeking romance. He was seeking voters. As the minority engagement director for the Georgia Republican Party, Smith is helping to lead an effort to recruit African-American voters in pivotal states, […]