ROBERT WOODS: You Are In It for the Long Term

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OPINION – In prior articles, I talked about Investing Today for a Secure Tomorrow and Gauging Your Attitude on Investment Risk as it pertains to a Defined Contribution Plan (DC Plan). In a nutshell, you are a DC Plan for the long term. This not a Vacation Plan, nor is it a Christmas Club Saving […]

Blacks Suffer Because Shortage of Organ Donors

Photo: Everett Lee (right) with his wife and daughters in 2012. Lee’s leukemia has been in remission 12 years, thanks to a bone marrow transplant. Photo courtesy Everett Lee.

WASHINGTON – At the start of 2002, Everett Lee, 57 at the time, considered himself “healthier than all get out.” So when he found himself winded with the smallest tasks, he knew something was wrong. He scheduled a physical with his doctor as soon as possible, including blood work, EKG, and x-ray. “[My doctor] said, […]

EPA to Require Air Pollution Measurements in Black Communities

Flaring at Shell Deer Park Refinery, Deer Park TX, located on the Houston Ship Channel. (Roy Luck/Flickr/Creative Commons)

WASHINGTON – For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency may require oil refineries to regularly measure the air quality at their perimeters. These fence line measurements will give surrounding communities – largely low-income communities of color – data on the level of pollution they are exposed to each day. The EPA’s proposed rule changes […]

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. […]

Multicultural Festival Features Singer, Songwriter Angie Stone

NORTH SACRAMENTO – Singer, songwriter and reality television star Angie Stone is scheduled to perform locally. Stone will be featured at a free Multicultural Festival in Hagginwood Park on Saturday, August 23. The festival, set to run noon to 7:00 p.m., is being presented by District 2 City Councilmember Allen Warren. Warren invites the public […]

Crime Victim Funds Leave Black Men Behind

NEW YORK – In the third installment of its investigative series “Life Cycles of Inequity,” Colorlines released today an unprecedented investigation into crime victims funds and how they under-serve those who are among those most likely to be victims of violent crime – young black men. “Criminals, Victims, and the Black Men Left Behind,” authored […]

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 […]

‘Yes We Code’ Trains Black Youth on Computer Programming

Van Jones and Mattie Lawson discuss the benefits of the ‘Yes, We Code’ initiative. (Valerie Goodloe photo)

LOS ANGELES – Practically every young person downloads applications or apps to their phones or tablets. Their actions make money for countless companies around the world. CNN broadcaster Van Jones aims to reverse that trend through his ‘Yes, We Code’ initiative which teaches African American youth to write their own apps and make money for […]