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, […]

Comedian Tracy Morgan Injured in Fatal Crash

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NEW BRUNSWICK – Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was critically injured Saturday after a tractor-trailer rammed into his chauffeured limousine bus, setting off a chain-reaction crash that left a fellow comedian dead and two others seriously hurt, authorities said. A truck driver from Georgia was charged with death by auto in the crash that killed […]

JET Magazine to Release Final Print Issue

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CHICAGO — JET magazine will release its final print issue, hitting newsstands on June 9. The cover of the last issue salutes JET magazine’s iconic history by featuring images of previous covers throughout the past 63 years. Inside, readers will find a retrospective of the news covered in the magazine dating from 1951 to the […]

The Art of Hip Hop: Celebrating the 5 Elements

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SACRAMENTO – The Art of Hip Hop: Celebrating the 5 Elements, an art exhibition and hip hop festival that seeks to empower and educate the community is set to run June 5-29. Organizers desire for it it to become a cultural resource to promote the development, rich history and legacy of hip-hop culture. The Art […]

As Election Day Wraps Up, Several Local Races Still Too Close To Call

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SACRAMENTO — In one of the lowest voter turnout elections in Sacramento County history, a few Primary Election races are still too close to call while others have been decided. With 46 of 46 precincts reporting, Rick Jennings leads the Sacramento City Council District 7 race with 2,989 votes (50.70 percent) to Julius Cherry’s 2,439 […]

Local Events to Celebrate the Life and Accomplishments of Maya Angelou

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SACRAMENTO – The life and legacy of poet/activist Dr. Maya Angelou will be celebrated this week with a number of local events. On Wednesday, June 4, its the Sacramento Community Memorial at Evolve the Gallery at 6:00 p.m. Participants of all ages are encouraged to attend and are asked to bring flowers, poems and words […]

2014 Sacramento Black Book Fair’s Dates, Times, and Locations

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OAK PARK — The first-ever Sacramento Black Book Fair hosted by Blue Nile Press will kick off June 6, at 6:30 p.m. in Historic Oak Park’s Guild Theater. The event, free to the public, will also take place June 7 and June 8 at various venues in the Oak Park area. The public is asked […]

Sacramento Observer 2014 Primary Election Endorsements

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**DOWNLAD YOUR 2014 OBSERVER PRIMARY VOTER GUIDE** GOVERNOR Jerry Brown LT. GOVERNOR Gavin Newsom SECRETARY OF STATE Alex Padilla CONTROLLER Betty T. Yee TREASURER John Chiang ATTORNEY GENERAL Kamala Harris INSURANCE COMMISSIONER Ted Gaines SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION Tom Torlakson BOARD OF EQUALIZATION — DISTRICT 1 George Runner U.S. Representative — District 3 John Garamendi […]

Poet, Author & Professor Maya Angelou Dies at 86

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NEW YORK — Maya Angelou was gratified, but not surprised by her extraordinary fortune. “I’m not modest,” she told The Associated Press in 2013. “I have no modesty. Modesty is a learned behavior. But I do pray for humility, because humility comes from the inside out.” Her story awed millions. The young single mother who […]