Arik Armstead and Shaq Thompson Picked In the 1st Round of NFL Draft

Elk Grove's Pleasant Grove High School standout and University of Oregon football star Arik Armstead, left, was picked No. 17 in the first round of the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers on April 30. Armstead is shown here with his father Guss Armstead, right, at a fitness complex in Rancho Cordova, Calif., a day before the draft.
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ELK GROVE — There were numerous speculations that the San Francisco 49ers would draft Arik Armstead in the first round if he was available. The 6-foot-7, 292-pounds defensive player was there for the taking and the Carolina sneaked Grant High’s Shaq Thompson in eight spots after Armstead. The 49ers picked Armstead, who played for Pleasant […]

TIANA BURSE: Who Do You Want To Become

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OPINION – “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together” – James Cash Penney Over the last few years I have had the privilege of speaking with and even coaching thousands upon thousands of brilliant, bright, creative geniuses in their own right. And although each individual that I encountered […]

BET Enters The Boxing Arena With Roc Nation Sports Alliance

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NEW YORK (AP) — BET is storming out of its corner with its first-ever rounds of professional boxing. The network, which has traditionally programmed entertainment, music, news and public affairs for the African-American audience, , told The Associated Press it has partnered with Roc Nation Sports to air up to nine live, two-hour telecasts of […]

Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Loretta Lynch won confirmation as the nation’s first black female attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end. The 56-43 vote installs Lynch, now U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, at the Justice […]

Genesis Missionary Baptist Church Celebrates 25 Years

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MEADOWVIEW – Genesis Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 25th anniversary April 25-26, marking more than two decades of faith, family, empowerment and service. Genesis was started on April 1, 1990 and was led by the late Dr. Robert Porter and Elder Hazel R. Porter. The church, now led by their sons, Dr. Tecoy Porter, […]

Blacks Missing Out on ‘Obamacare’ Savings

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Even as health care costs continue to cause concerns for the poor, nearly 40 percent African Americans and about half of Whites didn’t know that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can help those that need it the most to cover some of those costs. According to the new report by the Alliance […]

Ambassador Andrew Young to speak at Indivizible

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OAK PARK — IndiviZible’s Speaker Series welcomes former U.S. Ambassador Andrew J. Young, Jr., as its guest on Wednesday, March 25, at the Guild Theatre in Oak Park. Sacramento Mayor will conduct a 0ne-on-one, talk show format with Young. Ticket prices for this event varies up to $20 and runs from 6:00 p.m.to 7:30 p.m. […]

Increased Black Home Ownership Would Slice Wealth Gap

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Researchers studying the affects of public policy on the racial wealth gap estimated that the median wealth of Black households would rise 451 percent if Blacks owned homes at the same rates as Whites. “With policies that advance the rate of Black and Latino homeownership to the same rate as White households, […]

NUL Report: Black America Remains in Crisis

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – When it comes to the equality in America, a new report by the National Urban League says that Blacks are missing nearly 30 percent of the pie. The annual State of Black America (SOBA) report compared how well Blacks were doing in economics, health, education, social justice and civic engagement. In the […]

Urban Leauge hosts Diversity Job Fair 2015

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DEL PASO HEIGHTS — For job seekers looking for great employment opportunities be sure to drop by the Greater Sacramento Urban League’s 2015 Diversity Job Fair. The job fair is Thursday, March 26 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., at the Sacramento Convention Center in spacious Exhibit Hall D. RT bus passes are available. Applicants […]