Lynching, Love, and Strong Performances Define “Levee James” Play

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EAST SACRAMENTO — There are numerous stories from the Jim Crow era that express the disturbing acts of lynching and violence against southern Black people in the deep south states. Mixed in with solid performances by a cast of three dynamic actors, S.M. Shephard-Massat’s stage play “Levee James” ushers in awareness of another side of […]

Award Winning Grant Pacer Drumline Looks To National Parade

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DEL PASO HEIGHTS —  With only a few weeks before America celebrates its birthday, Grant High School’s talented and gifted members of the  school’s Drumline still need a little financial push to fund its important 4th of July excursion to Washington, D.C. The youthful musical group were invited by the National Selection Committee to represent California […]

Vaccinations: Losing the Option to Opt Out

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(CBM) – Singer Chaka Khan’s sister, Tammy McCrary, believes there is a link between her 17-year-old son’s Autism and a Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) shot a pediatrician gave him when he was a two-year-old toddler. Before agreeing, with reluctance, to the doctor’s recommendation for the multi-dose vaccine, McCrary says she preferred a holistic approach to […]

Black Graduates Face a Tough Job Market

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  WASHINGTON (NNPA) – College graduates will enter a job market this year that is better than it has been in recent years, but they will still face a tough climb. That climb will be especially difficult for Black college graduates who will grapple with a jobless rate that is still in the double digits, […]

A Push to Address Black-on-Black Violence

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  WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As cities across the country have mobilized massive street protests over police violence and misconduct, a familiar question has been raised by their opponents: Why does violence within the Black community garner less concern than police violence? According to crowd-sourced database, Mapping Police Violence, 304 Black people died at the hands […]

Study: Minorities in retail get paid less, promoted less

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WASHINGTON (AP) — African-American and Latino cashiers, salespeople and first-line managers are paid less, are less likely to be promoted off the floor and more likely to be poorer than their white counterparts in the retail industry, a new study showed Tuesday. The study, done by the NAACP and Demos, a public policy organization, found […]

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 […]