Mixed Institute of Cosmetology Offers Options

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SOUTH SACRAMENTO — Salon owners from four different African American hair shops across Sacramento region have joined together to form Mixed Institute of Cosmetology, a new school located at 5950 Florin Road. Mixed Institute is currently enrolling for classes beginning Feb. 25. Mixed, which stands for Multicultural, Innovative, Cutting Education, seeks to provide students with […]

New Oak Park Masjid As-Sabur Scheduled To Open

Masjid As-Sabur is located at 4926 15th Avenue in Oak Park. The facility will officially open Feb. 21 with activities through the weekend.
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OAK PARK — Masjid As-Sabur of Sacramento has served the Oak/Tahoe Park area for nearly 39 years. This year the congregation moves into its new 3,500-square feet, facility located at 4926 15th Avenue. A fundraising grand opening is set for Feb. 21 and 22. Emerging from the Nation of Islam and transitioning to Al Islam […]

Kings Trade Marcus Thornton. Acquire Jason Terry and Reggie Evans

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NORTH NATOMAS –  The Sacramento Kings acquired guard Jason Terry and forward Reggie Evans from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for guard Marcus Thornton, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. “Adding Jason and Reggie provides our roster with toughness and veteran leadership that will help this team continue to grow,” said D’Alessandro. “They bring […]

Afrofunk Experience Comes to Sacramento’s Torch Club

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SACRAMENTO – The award-winning Afrofunk Experience band brings its unique style to Sacramento’s Torch Club on Friday, February 21 at 9 p.m. The Afrofunk Experience won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding World Music Album for “Black President” and an SF Weekly Music Award for Best International Act. Members were the band behind Sila and […]

Kings Commit Up to $100,000 Towards Reading and Literacy Initiatives

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SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Kings have announced that they will donate up to $100,000 from new season ticket deposits to four organizations that support reading and literacy initiatives in the Sacramento region. The Sacramento Public Library is pleased to be one of these recipients. The up to $25,000 from the Kings will be used to […]

100 Black Men & Kappa Alpha Psi Host African American Young Male Conference

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SACRAMENTO – In an effort to expand the cultural and educational horizons of young African American males, The 100 Black Men of Sacramento and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.’s Sacramento Alumni Chapter will host the Silver Anniversary African American Young Male Conference of Northern California. Held annually for the past 24 years, the event is […]

Former Miss America Recalls Prison Visit; Makes Bid For Congress

Main photo — Erika Harold, right, after relinquishing her 2003 Miss America crown, took a tour of Angola Prison in Louisiana in March 2004. She is shown here touring the facility with Angola Prison warden Burl Cain, left (photo courtesy of The Angolite).

Left photo —  Harold, a Republican, is vying for the 13th Congressional District of Illinois. If she gets to the general election and claim victory, Harold would be the first Black female Republican elected to Congress. The primary election is March 18 (AP photo).

Right photo — Harold's reaction after she won the Miss America crown in September 2002 (photo courtesy of Erika Harold).

URBANA-CHAMPAIGN — When she was crowned Miss America on Sept. 21, 2002, Erika Harold never imagined she would be entering an United States penitentiary a year later. Surrounded by hardened criminals, a majority that have committed heinous crimes, Ms. Harold, her mission dear — provide hope to those many have written off as hopeless. She’s […]

NCBW, Sacramento Chapter Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

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SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. is accepting applications for its 2014 scholarship for area high school students. Scholarships will be given to seniors graduating from Sacramento area schools. Applicants are required to write an essay on the topic, “My Life, My Goals.” An application and complete […]

Not Enough Blacks Staying in HIV Treatment Programs

Phill Wilson says no one cares about HIV-infected Blacks more than other Blacks (NNPA Photo by Freddie Allen)

WASHINGTON – Even though Blacks get tested for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), the virus that causes AIDS more than other group, health care providers continue to struggle to get Blacks into treatment and keep them there, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During a three-year period, Blacks accounted […]

Black Unemployment Rises to 12.1 Percent

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WASHINGTON – The Black unemployment rate increased from 11.9 percent in December to 12.1 percent in January, according the Department of Labor’s latest monthly report. At 12.1 percent the Black unemployment rate is nearly double the national unemployment rate of 6.6 percent. The unemployment rate for Black men over 20 years old jumped from 11.5 […]