Kimberly Ellis Says California Democratic Party Needs New Blood

(CBM) – When former Labor Sec. Tom Perez defeated Rep. Keith Ellison in the race to head the Democratic National Committee, it was seen as another defeat for progressives. (Perez later named Ellison deputy chair.) Some progressives are still seething over the fact that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, their favored candidate, lost the presidential nomination […]

Delta Days in Sacramento March 24-27, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. invites members and supporters to join them in standing up and speaking up as its hosts Delta Days in Sacramento March 24-27. Delta Days in Sacramento is an annual legislative conference to increase members’ involvement in regional public policy-making. The conference, in its […]

Proposed Tax On Services Could Hurt Small Business Owners

(CBM) – A proposed state bill designed to restructure California’s tax system could end up hurting small businesses. Senate Bill 640, which was introduced by State Sen. Robert M. Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles,) would raise taxes on services such as haircuts, and beauty shop and veterinary visits. According to the bill, the funds raised would also […]

Wells Fargo Commits $60 Billion to Increase Black Homeownership

(NNPA) – Wells Fargo & Company has set aside a staggering $60 billion to lend to at least 250,000 black homeowners by the year 2027. Metropolitan Atlanta’s second-largest bank also pledged to increase the diversity of its home lending sales team and spend another $15 million to give financial education and counseling over the next […]

Ben Carson Sworn-in as Trump’s Only Black Cabinet Pick

(NNPA) – The swearing-in of all the primary members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet is just about complete. Most of Trump’s cabinet—from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross—are rich, White and male. On Thursday, March 2, retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson broke the mold with his swearing-in as Housing and Urban Development […]

Black Hollywood Wins Big at Oscars

(NNPA) – During an unexpected made-for-Hollyood moment, “Moonlight,” a film directed by African American Director Barry Jenkins, took the award for Best Picture over favorites such as “La La Land” and “Hidden Figures.” The film is a complex coming of age story of an African American man that follows his journey from boyhood into manhood. […]

President Trump Signs Executive Order on HBCUs

(NNPA) – President Trump signed an executive order to focus more attention on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) on Tuesday, February 28. Although HBCUs comprise just three percent of higher education institutions in the U.S., “HBCUs contributed 19 percent of the nearly 9 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering awarded to […]

School ends auction of senior that reminds some of slavery

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California high school abandoned an annual fundraising auction to buy a senior for a day after some students said the practice reminded them of slavery. Lamari Johnson, an African-American senior at John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento, launched an online petition to end the practice, noting that February is […]

UC president announces choice for UC Davis chancellor

DAVIS – “Gary May is a dynamic leader and an accomplished scholar and engineer with a passion for helping others succeed,” Napolitano said. “He was chosen from an extraordinarily talented pool of candidates because I believe he’s the right person to guide UC Davis to even greater heights, advancing academic and research initiatives, building a […]

Pelicans acquiring Cousins in multi-player deal

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins is on his way out of Sacramento — and right into an All-Star frontcourt pairing with Anthony Davis. The New Orleans Pelicans agreed to acquire Cousins from the Kings on Sunday, the same night the center was playing in the All-Star Game in their arena. The Kings dealt one […]