Sacramento Observer’s 60th Anniversary Gala: A Historic Celebration of Black Journalism

In a dazzling yet elegant celebration, the Sacramento Observer, a beacon of the Black Press, commemorated its 60th anniversary, bringing together community leaders, supporters, and acclaimed artists. The event, held at the landmark Sacramento Memorial Auditorium in California’s capital city, not only honored the historical significance of the Observer but also highlighted its enduring relevance…


Highlights from our 60th Anniversary Gala

Made For This Moment

For Larry Lee, The OBSERVER’s Second-Generation Publisher, The Future Has Arrived

When COVID exploded in 2020, it claimed not only 1,127,000 American lives, it buried thousands of businesses. COVID served as a knockout blow to a newspaper industry that for years had been teetering on extinction for the better part of two decades; more than 300 newspapers went under and 6,000 journalists lost their jobs.



OBSERVER 60th Gala Photos

The OBSERVER’s 60th Anniversary Gala celebration on Nov. 10. 2023 was a night to remember! Here are just a few images from the memorable night!


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Thank You To Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors Include:

Legacy Sponsors Include:

Table Sponsors Include:

100 Black Women, Sacramento Chapter
California African American PAC
California African American Chamber of Commerce
California Black Media
Center of Praise Ministries
Center for Fathers and Families
El Dorado Savings Bank
Five Star Bank
Fortune School of Education
Lucas Public Affairs
National Council of Negro Women, Sacramento Chapter
New Faze Development
Old Sugar Mill/Clarksburg Wine Company
Pentecost Fellowship
Roberts Family Development Center
Sacramento City Police Department
Sacramento City Fire Department
Safety Center
Solving Sacramento
St. Hope
The Afro
The McClatchy Foundation
The Sierra Health Foundation
The Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce
UC Davis Health
United College Action Network
United Way
Visit Sacramento
The Washington Informer
Word In Black

Colour of Music Festival Orchestra

Assembling acclaimed Black chamber ensemble players and artists to form the Colour of Music Orchestra, the festival showcases some of the top classical musicians of African descent in the United States, trained at some of the most prestigious schools in the world. (All photos are by Jason Cohn)

The Colour of Music Festival, Inc. is a music festival dedicated to promoting diverse classical music and honoring the contributions of Black classical composers and performers. The festival presents a wide range of baroque, classical, and 20th-century music, all performed to the highest musical standards. It has been held in multiple cities across the United States, including Atlanta, Charleston, Columbia, Nashville, Houston, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Washington, D.C., Tulsa, and Sacramento.

One of the festival’s primary goals is to raise awareness of the work of Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an African-French composer whose compositions were on par with or surpassed those of his contemporaries in the 18th century. Despite international recognition, his music remains relatively unknown in the United States. Additionally, the festival aims to address the limited opportunities for celebrated Black classical musicians to perform with major American orchestras.

Since its establishment in 2013, the Colour of Music Festival has expanded beyond Charleston, South Carolina, where it first began, and now showcases its performances in various cities nationwide. The festival brings together highly acclaimed Black chamber ensemble players and artists to form the Colour of Music Orchestra, featuring some of the most remarkable Black classical musicians in the United States. These musicians have received training at esteemed music schools, conservatories, and universities worldwide.

Frank McComb

Frank McComb is a highly acclaimed Soul Jazz recording artist known for his captivating vocals and skillful piano playing. He has received recognition for his musical talents, being hailed as one of the 27 greatest keyboard players of all time by also nominated him as one of the best male vocalists and recognized his song “High,” featuring Eric Roberson, as a top track in 2019.

Throughout his career, Frank has showcased his versatility as a vocalist, musician, writer, producer, and even as a videographer with his “Overhead Series” on social media. He boasts an extensive collection of original projects, starting with his debut album “Love Stories.”

Frank has collaborated with numerous artists worldwide and has now established the Frank McComb Independent Artist Institute (FMIAI). Through this Master Class program, he shares over 25 years of knowledge and experience from an independent artist’s perspective. The institute also features other esteemed artists, creating a valuable resource for aspiring musicians globally.