Sacramento Area Black Caucus is offering scholarships

SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Area Black Caucus is accepting applications for its Rosenwald “Robbie” Robertson Scholarship. This annual award is made to African American students from the Sacramento area community who meet the standards of academic achievement, community service, and commitment to the African American community exemplified by the life of the late Sacramento City […]

Proposed Legislation Aimed To Combat Human Trafficking

SACRAMENTO — For almost two decades, the city of Sacramento and other municipalities across the state have been faced with increases in human trafficking. Assemblymember Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, along with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office, crime victim’s families, and bill supporters, announced the introduction of human trafficking legislation in Sacramento at the State […]

Kickoff for local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

DEL PASO HEIGHTS – Sacramento-area dignitaries will be on hand at Grant Union High School on Saturday, January 30 to celebrate the kickoff of the local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program that provides free tax help for qualifying residents. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the school’s auditorium, 1400 Grand Avenue, speakers will address the […]

Gaps in Teacher Effectiveness Hurt Young, Minority Students

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Minority and low-income students are less likely to have consistent access to effective teachers between preschool and the third grade than students from high-income households, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington, D.C-based think tank. Rachel Herzfeldt-Kamprath, a researcher at CAP and a co-author of the […]

Governor warns of economic downturn as Black leaders advocate for more spending

SACRAMENTO (CBM) – Gov. Jerry Brown expressed caution when looking at the state of California in his State of the State address to lawmakers last Thursday in Sacramento. While some African American legislative leaders are advocating to restore dollars for programs cut in past years, Brown is asking lawmakers to focus on current liabilities and […]

New laws in 2016 show states are diverging on guns, voting

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Laws taking effect at the start of the new year show states diverging on some hot-button issues. Restrictions on carrying guns eased in Texas, for example, but got tighter in California. It is easier to register to vote in Oregon, but there is another step to take at the polls in […]

San Francisco’s housing shortage threatens African Americans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tired of paying nearly $4,000 a month for a one-bedroom in San Francisco’s popular South of Market district, two newlyweds last year bought a townhouse in a budding development along the city’s rough-edged southeastern bay-front. Friends warned Eyitejumade and Jinglin Sogbesan that the historically Black Bayview-Hunters Point was a dangerous place. […]

Ohio grand jury doesn’t indict officers in shooting of 12 year old Tamir Rice

CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials are urging calm as they brace for expected protests after a grand jury voted not to indict a white Cleveland police officer for fatally shooting a 12-year-old black boy who was carrying what turned out to be a pellet gun. Small groups of protesters gathered Monday outside the Cuyahoga County Justice […]

Ex-Globetrotters star Meadowlark Lemon dies

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Meadowlark Lemon, the “clown prince” of basketball’s barnstorming Harlem Globetrotters, whose blend of hook shots and humor brought joy to millions of fans around the world, has died. He was 83. Lemon’s wife and daughter confirmed to the team that he died Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz., Globetrotters spokesman Brett Meister said […]

Rondo, Gay lead Kings over Raptors 104-94

TORONTO (AP) — Despite some impressive numbers, Rajon Rondo deflected praise after a big win Sunday. Rondo had 19 points and 13 assists for his fourth consecutive double-double and 13th of the season and the Sacramento Kings beat the Toronto Raptors 104-94 to snap a four-game road losing streak. The Kings point guard leads the […]