Neslon Murder Trial Ends in Three Guilty Verdicts

Richard Nelson Jr., right, leaves the Sacramento County Courthouse with family members on Aug. 20, 2014, after hearing that three men were convicted of killing his sister Monique R. Nelson on Dec. 14, 2014. Ms. Nelson died shielding her two-year-old son from a hail of gunfire outside of South Sacramento barbershop.
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DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — A Sacramento jury of seven women and five men found two brothers guilty of first-degree murder and one man of voluntary manslaughter for the killing of Monique Nelson outside of a Sacramento barbershop on Dec. 14, 2010. A fourth man on trial was acquitted of all charges in the murder case. The […]

Sacramento County’s First & Only Black Supervisor, Grantland Johnson Dies

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SACRAMENTO – He rose from humble beginnings in Del Paso Heights to the upper echelons of Sacramento politics and state public service. Grantland Johnson, the first and only African American to serve on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, passed away Tuesday apparently of diabetes-related kidney failure. He was 65. Johnson was referred to by […]

See The Smithsonian’s African American Art Collection at The Crocker Art Museum

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SACRAMENTO – The Crocker Art Museum continues to draw the community in to see and discuss the traveling exhibit, “African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond.” The exhibit, drawn entirely from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s rich collection of African American art, is on display at the downtown museum through September 21. […]

Author & Entrepreneur John Hope Bryant to Speak at Indivizible

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OAK PARK – He’s advised three U.S. presidents, has graced national magazine covers and has been lauded by media mogul Oprah Winfrey. Entrepreneur, author and philanthropist John Hope Bryant returns to Sacramento on Monday, August 18 to share wisdom derived from years on the front lines of the fight for African American inclusion and equality. […]

Survey asks, “What Makes Sacramento Special?”

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DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — What makes Sacramento distinct and special? The City of Sacramento is working with a firm on a study to uncover that “certain something” essential to the nature of the city. It may be a physical asset, an attitude, an accomplishment or the history. Being able to better understand the unique culture will […]

State Fair Exhibit Recognizes Black Pioneer James Beckwourth

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SACRAMENTO – As business owners pitched household products and farmers handed out free produce samples, a local woman was offering up something she says was just as useful, knowledge. Culture champion Dorothy Benjamin spent the last two weeks educating folks about California pioneer James P. Beckwourth at the California State Fair. Ms. Benjamin said numerous […]

North Sacramento Community & Parents Get Answers About TB Outbreak

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NORTH SACRAMENTO – With the first day of school in the Twin Rivers Unified School District just a couple of weeks away, parents with children in the District are highly concerned about a potential outbreak of Tuberculosis, especially after a case of the infectious disease was discovered at Grant High School last school year. A […]

Local African Americans Contributing To The Development Of Downtown Arena

Mayor Kevin Johnson, at podium, has been a driving force behind the downtown arena development. Here Mayor Johnson is shown with, from left to right, City Councilmember Jay Schenirer, Asian Chamber of Commerce CEO Pat Fong-Kushida, City Councilmember Allen Warren and Sacramento Kings President Chris Granger.

DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO – When the National Basketball Association (NBA) was deliberating on what to do about Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, after he made degrading remarks about Black people, a nationwide conversation on issues of race, fairness and equity flared up. Key economic and political questions emerged: Will African Americans — who dominate the […]

State Approves Fines Of Up to $500 Per Day For Water Wasters

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SACRAMENTO – California water regulators voted Tuesday to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, as a report showed that consumption throughout the state has actually risen amid the worst drought in nearly four decades. The action by the State Water Quality Control Board […]

Sacramento Kings Unveil Commemorative 30th Anniversary Logo

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NORTH NATOMAS — The Sacramento Kings unveiled this week a special anniversary logo and corresponding video (http://www.nba.com/kings/kings-30th-anniversary) to celebrate the team’s upcoming 30th season in Sacramento. Selected by season-ticket holders in an online survey, the logo incorporates the same font and color scheme used by the Kings during the inaugural 1985-86 season until May 22, […]