California Senate approves another minimum wage hike

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — The California Senate on Monday approved a plan to again raise the state’s minimum wage, lifting it to $13 an hour in 2017, then tying it to the rate of inflation after that. The proposal by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, comes just two years after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation giving […]

California awards $250M to high school career prep programs

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California is betting big — $1.4 billion over five years — that connecting high school studies to specific careers will get more students to graduate, go on to college and find well-paying jobs. In the latest incarnation of vocational education programs that once prepared young people for skilled trades, the state […]

David Oyelowo creates a tortured soul in HBO’s ‘Nightingale’

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO’s “Nightingale” is a small film with an indelibly big performance by David Oyelowo, who plays an emotionally damaged man losing himself further after a spasm of off-camera violence. The demands of the one-character drama gave him pause, the British actor said. But he doesn’t shy away from a challenge, as […]

Remembering Lu Vason, Founder of all-Black rodeo Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo

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CALIFORNIA (CBM) – Cowboys, cowgirls, and rodeo enthusiasts are mourning the passing of Lu Vason, the creator of one of America’s longest running all-Black touring rodeos, the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo. Vason, who had just celebrated his birthday in April, was 76. Longtime friend and California Rodeo Coordinator, Margo Wade LaDrew states of Vason: “Over […]

Black Infant Health Aims to Improve Health Among African American Mothers

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ARDEN-ARCADE — When Alexis Senegal, already four months pregnant, arrived in Sacramento three years ago from the Bay Area, she immediately sought out the Black Infant Health program (BIH). One month from making that call to inquire about the program, Ms. Senegal enrolled in BIH classes. From there, she and her unborn daughter at the […]

Second Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair

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SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Black Book Fair (SBBF) needs book lovers and civic-minded folks to assist in making the second annual event of its kind in this region a stellar success. This event will be held June 5-7. Many volunteer positions are available. Those interested in volunteering can visit www.sacramentoblackbookfair.com and download the Volunteer Packet […]

‘King of the Blues’ blues legend B.B. King dead at age 89

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King died peacefully […]

Brown to propose $380 million tax credit for working poor

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown will propose offering a $380 million tax credit for the working poor as part of his revised budget Thursday. Information provided by the Brown administration says the tax credit would help as many as 2 million people who earn up to $13,870 a year for a family of four. […]

Gov. Jerry Brown to boost school spending amid surplus

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – Lawmakers expect Gov. Jerry Brown to suggest spending more tax dollars on public schools and community colleges while asking for more money to be set aside for a rainy day when he releases his updated budget this week. But with a growing $3 billion surplus, Democrats who control the Legislature will jockey […]

Dr. Steve Perry To Share Educational Philosophy At IndiviZible Meeting

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OAK PARK — Innovative educator Dr. Steve Perry is the next featured guest for IndiviZible’s popular Speakers Series at the Guild Theater in Oak Park. The event is at 6:00 p.m., on Monday, May 11. Dr. Perry’s heart pumps passion and produces positive change. Featured in CNN’s Black in America series, Dr. Perry is the […]