From the darkness, help and new beginnings

“At the root of this dilemma is the way we view mental health in this country. Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it’s still an illness, and here should be no distinction.” –Michelle Obama No one told me I needed help. I think I figured it out in college when […]

Kids learn joy of great food. Even eggplant

Do you remember running home from your first-grade class and asking your mom for a persimmon? How about dreaming of eggplant? I grew up in Meadowview. Went to John Sloat for elementary school and John Still for junior high. And I can honestly say on the walk home, I never dreamt of eating persimmons or […]

Clothes celebrate city’s style

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All the talk about the glitz and glam of New York’s Fashion week is fine, but Sacramento had its own Fashion Week as February came to a close. To be honest, I had no idea Sacramento had a Fashion Week. The closest I’ve come to a fashion show in Sacramento was through shows like America’s […]

Fresh food to Oak Park, with love

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“The groundwork of happiness is health.” – Leigh Hunt, Essayist, Poet and Critic (1784-1859) The concept emerged as early as 1980. Skeptics and outside forces who believed Oak Park residents did not like fruits and vegetables hindered, but could not smother, what is now enjoyed by Oak Park residents and people from across Sacramento. It’s […]

To protect, destroy and teach

In the hands of some people, guns forced a pathway to develop the Declaration of Independence and create this country I call home. In the hands of others, a gun took the life of a childhood friend. Guns can protect. Guns can destroy. But how can they do that, when they have no intellect, emotion, […]

Journalism meets community activism

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“You can give a community everything they need. But if they are not valued, they gain nothing.” These words reflect the core and impetus of Nailah Pope-Harden, alum of Sacramento Voices, which she describes as the first taste of what real journalism could be, the journalism she’d like to write. At the youthful age of […]

Paying forward for young women in need

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“Put your money where your mouth is,” the saying goes. On a Friday night in early October, Kaila D., Zyah Belle and many other local female artists, art enthusiasts and activists gathered at SOL Collective in Midtown Sacramento to do just that. They organized a benefit concert where the proceeds were donated to the vision […]

South Sac Health: A bipolar slice of life

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My neighborhood is bipolar. It swings between Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and Gotham City. I live on 24th Street between Fruitridge Road and 47th Avenue. It’s a coin with two distinct sides. On one side of the street, you’ll find well-manicured houses and an elementary school. On the other side, you’ll find a run-down gas station, […]

Grace, humility and a beautiful prophet

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“Who are you? Who is that comin’ in my house?” Every Sunday afternoon, Alice Anderson greeted almost all five of her children and 16 grandchildren with this hearty welcome as we shuffled in for Sunday dinner after church. It was a challenge of sorts, wrapped in the biggest and warmest smile imaginable. It was if […]

Journalists must open minds, including own

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Knowing the history of a community is the gateway to its guarded terrain. At least this is what Steve O’Donoghue, Director of the California Scholastic Journalism Initiative and one of the nation’s most respected journalism instructors, advised as an essential interview tool to budding journalists at Sacramento Voices. But this guidance was met with unexpected […]