About 3.2 percent of the U.S adult population are vegetarian or vegan. In Sacramento, there are a lot many of people with plant based diet. Each year a festival is held to showcase the community. Welcome to the Sactown Vegfest.
Lovers of books, poetry, and black culture- mark your calendars! The 4th Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair (SBBF) will be held on June 2nd and 3rd at The Historic Center of Oak Park at 35th Street & Broadway. The Sacramento Black Book Fair will celebrate another year of bringing black authors together introducing the 2017 theme “Black Books Matter: The Truth of Our Many Selves.” Unlike many of the previous book fairs, this year will include book signings, talks by the featured writers, cultural awareness vendors. Families, schools, and churches are recommended to attend for the array of activities featured such as a Kids Zone, writer’s workshops, food trucks, community parades, poetry readings and art galleries.
“What’s different about this book fair is that people will actually get to talk with the author’s themselves,” says Faye Wilson Kennedy, SBBF Coordinator.”
-“Many people don’t understand the depth of black authors’! So getting to meet them personally to discuss literature will create an understanding and appreciation of their work.”
The Sacramento Black Book Fair plans on spotlighting over fifty authors of African descent which will promote a unique group of authors and literature. The author’s stories and books will feature topics on religion, contemporary and historical fiction, poetry, children’s stories, inspirational, non –fiction, fiction, and biographies.
For more information contact: Faye Wilson Kennedy at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacramento’s largest charity football game, the 43rd annual Pig Bowl / Guns and Hoses XV featured a last minute charge by the area fire fighters against area law enforcement, making for an exciting finish to this long-time tradition in the Sacramento area.
The Law Hogs staved off the Fire Dogs 14-11 in this traditional rivalry that raises thousands of dollars by the Pig Bowl Association for area charities.
Tune in for the replays on the following schedule:
Saturday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 6 at noon
Monday, Feb. 7 at 4 a.m.
Hometown TV can be watched on Comcast or Consolidated Communications cable channel 17, AT&T U-Verse channel 14 and is live streamed from AccessSacramento.org at those same times.
Terrence McDonald caught two touchdown passes, leading the law enforcement Hogs to a 14-11 victory over the firefighter Dogs in the annual Guns & Hoses game at Sacramento State.
McDonald’s TD receptions covered 35 and 21 yards as the first-time Hog was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
Neither team mounted much offense. Fire outgained Law, 179 yards to 158.
Law committed three early turnovers, but Fire could not capitalize. Fire QB Ryan Gardner completed 10 of 18 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown.
The victory was Law’s second straight in the Guns & Hoses series, which now stands at 11 Law wins to four for Fire.
The game was the 43rd edition of the Pig Bowl which began in 1975 and the 15th annual Guns & Hoses after the series was renamed
When Harvest Sacramento hosts a fruit collection event, the community and the team of volunteers involved in the effort, all benefit.
Youth media hubs from all over California united in Sacramento to socialize, learn, and discuss topics that effect the youth and the communities surrounding them. The BHC Youth Media convening was held at the Doubletree by Hilton and had many youth media groups come from various places in California such as Fresno, South Kern, Oakland, Boyle Heights, and more.
When first arriving, the young journalists checked-in with their luggage to get their room before going to the ballroom to have lunch with the rest of the youth. The first speaker of the day was Dana Griffin; a news reporter from KCRA 3. She began with an introduction of herself covering how before she lived in Sacramento she was a reporter and fill-in anchor in Rhode Island and about how her career began in Eureka, California. She finished her talk by answering questions from the audience.
The youth took a quick break to their rooms and came back down to the ballroom to do workshops. One was about photography in which you would learn about lighting and angles. In the other, the youth learned about LGBTQ history. At the end of day one, every youth media hub got together at the ballroom to eat dinner. They then hurried off into their rooms, ending the night.
The next day started with breakfast with a speaker from BLM speaking on his experiences while advocating his views. He talked about shutting down BART in Oakland and other protests. He finished his speech and took questions from the audience
We moved onto two more workshops which included how to do Quik videos presented by Isaac Gonzalez. In that workshop, he taught everyone how easy and fast it is for someone to make a video using the program.
“I think it’s pretty cool. I mean it’s something that I think is interesting and I could use to easily make videos with,” said Jocelyn Cuevas, a youth media participant at the event.
The second workshop was about infographics in which they taught the audience about
what it means to have a mean share information and the power it has to do so.
“Using information from credible sources and a bit of art design, you could make a really informative infographic,” said Isabella Martinez, s fellow youth journalist.
We finished the whole event with announcing who were the photo contest winners and gathering everyone together for a grand photo before sending everyone home to where they traveled from.
What makes a neighborhood “wealthy”? This question has been asked many times and many people have attempted to provide a reasonable answer. Some think it’s the work that the community does, some data shows that the racial makeup of an area has a say in what makes a neighborhood rich or poor. According to an article by Vox, an independent online media outlet, living in a poor neighborhood can perpetuate an unending cycle of hopelessness and diminish one’s ability to ever gain wealth.
According to Vox, racist policies during the civil right era still have significant ramifications into today’s world. One example provided was the U.S Federal Housing Administration in Detroit during the mid-1900’s. The FHD refused to support African-American or White developers that wanted to develop an African-American neighborhood. The FHD only gave the loan needed to begin construction to the developer once a “6-foot-tall, half-mile-long wall” was built to segregate the White and African American neighborhoods. Even today, the disparity within those two neighborhoods are still significant to this day.
Could it be that the same has happened to people in Sacramento? When the Sacramento wealth statistics are looked at, it shows that most wealthy neighborhoods are predominantly populated by White people while the poorer areas are predominantly home to African Americans, Hispanics, and other races. The average household income of a Sacramentian is roughly $48,000 per year, with income averages closer to $90,000 in neighborhoods with a higher proportion of White people. On the other hand, the average household incomes of African-American communities are closer to $20,000.
To some Sacramento residents, the culture of division is what has always been.
“When you put a person who makes a million dollar [house] next to a person who makes twenty thousand dollars, there will be a problem,” says Mr. Martin Young, a Sacramento school district psychologist with the Sacramento City Unified School District. While residents and advocates work towards changing these situations, the change comes slowly because after a community is developed it is difficult to transform it all the way down to its foundations.
Note: Repeated attempts to get a comment from the City of Sacramento Planning Department before deadline were unsuccessful.
On January 20th 2017, people marched through the streets of Sacramento in protest of the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States. One group formed in the quad of Sacramento City College and marched down Freeport Boulevard before convening with a larger group in front of the State Capital, where people chanted, played music, performed spoken-word poetry and gave speeches on behalf of groups and causes they felt were threatened after the inauguration.
This past Martin Luther King weekend marked the 2017 BHC Youth Media Conference for young people who are aspiring to be the future journalists of tomorrow. The conference highlighted hot button issues by creating workshops discussing the latest presidential election, the school-to-prison pipeline, Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ rights, and providing valuable information on new apps to help better tell a story.
Many speakers came to speak to the youth on a variety of topics that are effecting youth which also supports the BHC movement. KCRA Channel 3 News reporter Dana Griffin took the stage at the conference to share her personal story of breaking into the broadcasting business while also answering any questions the young journalist were curious about. Even though people may think her job of being on TV as being easy or glamorous, those words are far from what it takes to be in the business.
The young journalist, whom was raised down south got her start at a small market station in local news in Eureka, California, attributes her successful path to working tremendously hard, taking the time to learn the ins and outs of every part of the newsroom, and never letting “free” knowledge from mentors pass her by. The now seasoned reporter stated that it took her two years to break into the business. She had to work hard to perfect her craft and build her skills. Even after she landed her first job it wasn’t easy.
When she was asked; What was the hardest skill to grasp on the field? She stated, “Interviewing was the hardest to grasp, you have to learn how to ask the right questions top get the information you need for your story.”
Throughout Griffin’s time on the stage, she made it pertinent that young people must continue to constantly be aware of the news. She highlighted that just because your off duty doesn’t mean you don’t pay attention to what’s going on in the world. Continue to work hard and continue to stay ahead of the game in a business that is continuously changing.
On January 22nd, people from all over the Sacramento region came together at the State Capitol to stand up for women’s rights. Not only was this in Sacramento but in locations all over the world.
The Sacramento’s Women’s March, which began at Southside Park and ended at the State Capitol, was held on January 22nd. The march started at 10:00 AM, and ended at 3:00 PM. Marchers were told to wear rain gear, however, the skies showed no rain until around 2:00, when there was a light drizzle. There were many speakers at the event, including Tracie Stafford, Shauna Heckert, Kathy Kneer, Jessica Bartholow, Alejandra Valles, Sheryl Evans Davis, Emily Bender, and many more.
“I have never been afraid that we would go backward in women’s rights,” said Stafford, in reference to the Presidential Inauguration days before, “…but this, this scares me.”
An estimated 20,000 people marched to the capitol on Saturday, not just to protest the inauguration of President Trump, but also to show their support for human rights. Protesters wore rainbow flags, Mexican flags, and other flags that were indicative of the human rights protesters were supporting.
“We cannot let our eyes adjust to the darkness,” Davis told the crowd. “The light of truth must stay on.”
“I came because… I don’t want to be silent,” said Joan Bartosik, a protester who traveled to Sacramento from New Cassa. “I don’t want my silence to show support for what’s going on.”
The protests stayed peaceful throughout the event, despite the very controversial topics that were being discussed. There were little tensions between police and protesters, and many of the protesters were friendly. Some handed out bottled waters and cookies to other people attending the event. There were even school buses that had pulled up to the Capitol so that students could see the protests.
“I think the turnout’s great. Very enthusiastic,” Bartosik said about the Women’s March. “There’s been no problems that I see. It feels comfortable. There’s kids, there’s dogs; very peaceful.”
Despite many protesters being geared up for rain, it only sprinkled towards the end of the rally. However, Stafford did have this to say in relation to the weather and inauguration, “I just got news that a storm is coming in, but the storm has already come.”