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ur lives have been forever disrupted by the Coronavirus. I ABSOLUTELY HATE COVID-19 for all the cancelled events, shut down businesses, closed restaurants, the many social gatherings that have ended, and most of all how the virus has caused grave sickness and death for many gone too soon. No matter for those of us who may think the Coronavirus is fake or real, it is very apparent that over 100,000 thousand people have died in the U.S. and individuals are still contracting COVID-19. However, it is important to note that over 900,000 have recovered in the U.S. So how do you keep yourself and your family happy and healthy during this difficult time? I searched the Internet for the best Dos and Don’ts as we continue to coast the waves of COVID-19.

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Wash your hands frequently for 20+ seconds with soap and water. Routinely clean frequently touched spaces in your home.

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Avoid discretionary travel—don’t travel unless you have to. Avoid social gatherings over 10 people, and avoid close contact with others. COVID-19 is primarily spread through person-to-person contact either by respiratory droplets in the air from coughing or sneezing, or through physical contact. Greet people with waves or nods rather than hugs, handshakes, or kisses. Seek medical help if you’re suffering from a fever, cough or difficulty breathing. Limit contact with pets and animals. Do stay in touch with friends and family. Talk to each other on the phone, try out a messaging application, or video chat. Reach out to people who may be feeling isolated, especially older friends and relatives who don’t use texting and social media. Keep necessary medications in the amount your doctor recommends.

Eat healthy foods. You don’t have to rely on unhealthy frozen meals, fast food, and carry-out. Working from home and fewer social obligations in the evenings means you have more time to cook a healthy, nutritious meal.



stories, go for a walk in your neighborhood, exercise, have a dance party in the living room, or watch movies together.

Avoid mingling with others, touching your face often and leaving your home, especially if you’re showing any cold/flu/ COVID-19 symptoms. Do not visit nursing homes, retirement communities, or hospitals, unless you are providing critical assistance. Do not assume that having no symptoms means that you are healthy. You can be actively infected and transmit the coronavirus even if you are asymptomatic. Do not OVER DO IT on stockpiling. Keep necessary health items—such as soap, tissues, and alcohol-based sanitizer— on hand, but do not accumulate more than you need. Acquiring more than you need means that other people in need of those items may go without. As facts and information about the coronavirus pandemic are constantly changing, get news from reliable sources. Visit the CDC site ( for the most up-to-date information during the COVID-19 outbreak.

We hope you enjoy this Summer 2020 special edition issue of THE HUB Magazine as it is fully loaded with our 13th annual spotlight on Black Men In Leadership (pgs 11-25) and updated information in our Surviving COVID-19 Resource Guide section (pgs 54-59).

Stay encouraged while being safe and healthy. Peace & Blessings!

Take steps to promote good mental, physical, and emotional health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep a routine. Giving your day structure can help provide a sense of normalcy and make the uncertainties more manageable. Stay active. Physical activity and exercise are important every single day, even during a pandemic. Take a break from news and social media. It’s good to stay informed, but constant news about the pandemic can be overwhelming, stressful, and upsetting. Find time to relax and spend time with your family doing the things that you enjoy. Read books, play board games, tell

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IN EVERY ISSUE 4 Founder’s Room 33 Michael’s Mind’s Eye: EXCLUSIVE! Remembering Diana Ross and The Supremes’ Return To Love Tour, 20 Years Later

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RELAX, BREATHE DEEP AND IMPROVE YOUR TEETH An increasing number of people are turning to yoga to help manage the stress and anxiety of everyday life. But did you know that yoga can also benefit your oral health? REDUCES STRESS Stress can contribute to poor oral health. It can lead to teeth grinding (bruxism), canker sores and gum disease. Those who are stressed will sometimes grab unhealthy foods, neglect their teeth and gums, put off dental visits, smoke or drink excessively. Yoga can help your mind and body better cope with stress and anxiety, and improve your overall well-being. Lowering your stress levels can also reduce inflammation, which, in turn, may reduce your risk of gum disease. IMPROVES POSTURE Slouching can take a surprising toll on your oral health. It pushes your lower jaw forward, which can cause you to develop a misaligned bite and jaw pain. Poor posture can also place strain and tension on your teeth, leading to possible tooth damage. Yoga can help get your body back into alignment. It can reduce the strain and tension on your teeth, as well as jaw pain, by promoting better posture. STIMULATES SALIVA Practicing yoga helps with the production of saliva — which plays a key role in good oral health. Saliva shields against gum disease and tooth decay by washing away leftover food particles that feed bacteria. When eating something acidic damages your enamel, saliva repairs that enamel with calcium, phosphorus, fluoride and other minerals. Saliva also helps kill germs and prevent bad breath. PROVIDES RELIEF Some cancer patients say yoga has provided relief to their bodies and improved their quality of life. While not a medical substitute, yoga is considered a “complementary therapy” because it helps reduce anxiety, fatigue and depression. Give yoga a try. Beyond helping your overall well-being, you may notice some great improvements to your oral health.

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HAKEEM S. JEFFRIES A By Contributing Writer, Michael P Coleman

s this issue of THE HUB magazine prepared to go to press, this writer believed that COVID-19 and the reopening of the economy would be our number one priority going into the summer. Just as we finalized this issue, George Lloyd was lynched in broad daylight by four police officers in Minneapolis, resulting in days of protests in the Twin Cities and municipalities across the nation, including Sacramento. If nothing else, Lloyd’s brutal murder, and President Trump’s resulting tweets (“When the looting starts, the shooting starts!”) reminded us that we can’t allow coronavirus to coax us into taking our eyes off of the prize: the November presidential election, and voting Donald J. Trump out of office!

forget this. This spring, Rep. Jeffries took on Florida’s governor, as he was trying to unfairly blame New York residents for the rapid spread of the coronavirus in Florida. “Instead of trying to scapegoat New Yorkers, here’s a thought,” Jeffries said via Twitter. “Look in the mirror. This is the same guy who allowed thousands of spring breakers to wildly party on Florida beaches for days. Shameless.”


Representing New York’s eighth Congressional district, the 49 year old Jeffries is serving his fourth Congressional term and has been a partner to his state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, in battling the coronavirus as well as any state in the nation, including California.

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It’s the kind of candor we could use in the White House.

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CENTERSTAGE Rep. Jeffries is Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, having been elected to that position by his colleagues in November 2018. In that capacity, he is the fifth highestranking Democrat in the House of Representatives. He is also the former Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus and previously co-chaired the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, where he helped develop the For The People agenda. In Congress, Rep. Jeffries has emerged as a tireless advocate for social and economic justice. He has diligently worked to help residents impacted by the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, reform our criminal justice system, improve the economy for everyday Americans, and protect our health care from right-wing attacks.

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In THE HUB’S opinion, Representative Jeffries is a leader who would be welcomed on the national stage. His work has been a steady reminder of the need to remain vigilant, engaged, and focused on social justice and community reform during the upcoming elections — not just the presidential one in November, but elections at ALL levels. n


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With assistance of our readers and users online along with our Board of Directors, THE HUB is proud to present its 13th annual special edition issue of highlighting the careers and accomplishments of Black Men in Leadership in our schools, communities, at work in their professions, and as husbands and fathers in our families! Every year after posting our online nominations form, it never ceases to amaze me with the great submissions we receive.




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DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS | CALIFORNIA POLICY SOLUTIONS Mel Assagai is the founder and Director of Government Affairs of California Policy Solutions and was co-founder of his previous firm Strategic Counsel. Prior to forming California Policy Solutions this year, he led Strategic Counsel’s Government Affairs and Communications practice for 13 years, representing clients seeking political advice and assistance in accomplishing their objectives in the governmental arena. A graduate of California Coast University, Mel effectively creates and manages strategies to address the dynamics of public policy and opinion on behalf of his clients in business, industry, and government. His work encompasses strategic legislative planning, bill tracking, legislative research, public relations, coalition building and Political Action Committee (PAC) management. His profession involves engaging the Governor’s Office, State Senate, State Assembly, Superintendent of Instruction, corporations and others who influence public policies that impact lives. In his role, he has the opportunity to work on public policies that reform the way peace officers handle encounters with unarmed suspects, and how the state handles juvenile justice issues, expands housing for the homeless and, perhaps most importantly, provides productive educational opportunities and greatly diminished suspensions and expulsions for African American children. In addition, Mr. Assagai served as Chief Lobbyist and Senior Executive for Governmental Affairs for the State Bar of California, the nation’s largest state professional association. He also spent 12 years in the California State Legislature as Chief of Staff and Press Secretary to long-time Senate President pro Tempore David Roberti. Mr. Assagai also worked as a journalist and editor at The Sacramento Bee, where he covered politics, the courts, government, and education issues for 10 years. His excellence in reporting earned him the “John Swett Education Writer’s Award” in 1976. He was previously an Editor and Senior Writer at The Sacramento Observer, where he learned his craft under the tutelage of late Publisher Dr. William Lee. Mr. Assagai has taught courses at local colleges and universities, including “Minorities in the Mass Media” at California State University at Sacramento and “African American Leadership: Preparing for the 21st Century” at the University of California at Davis.

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His volunteer and civic activities include board positions with the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce, the HAWK Institute and the Greater Sacramento Urban League, the Institute of Governmental Advocates and the Sacramento School Board’s African American Achievement Task Force Transition Committee. His professional and civic involvement has earned him numerous awards, including selection by Sacramento Magazine as one of its “Best and Brightest,” the Community Service Award from the National Urban League; the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; the Commission on the Status of the African American Male award; Small Business of the Year Award from the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce; Certificate of Appreciation from the California Legislative Black Caucus; Contributor Award from the Pan African Global Trade and Investment Conference; Volunteer of the Year Award from the HAWK Institute; and Commendatory Resolutions from the State Senate and State Assembly.

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CENTERSTAGE | BLACK MEN IN LEADERSHIP FAVORITES: Book: World’s Great Men of Color (Books I and II) by J.A. Rogers; The African Origin of Civilization, by Cheikh Anta Diop; Little Yellow Dog, A Red Death, and Devil In A Blue Dress, all by Walter Mosley. And, The 48 Laws of POWER, by Robert Greene. OUR CONVERSATION: Trademark: I love people, their lives, their accomplishments and their potential. My impression virtually every time I meet somebody is that I am likely to like that person – an optimistic orientation. I believe in everyone’s value and, especially among those whose lives are changed by their circumstances or the world around; I believe in the ability of people to change. Black woman you admire: Dr. Shirley N. Weber, Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus; Senator Holly Mitchell, Chair of the State Senate Budget Committee; U.S. Representative Maxine Waters – all because they fight everyday to protect and enhance the lives of African Americans everywhere. First Lady Michelle Obama, because she was and is everything anyone could want in a First Lady! She sets the tone for the way highly intelligent, sophisticated and compassionate African American women live their lives and she exemplifies how every father of a daughter would want her to turn out. What is sexy about a woman and what is not: Sexy - the combination of an attractive appearance, intelligence, compassion and a sense of humor. Not sexy - the lack of the qualities referenced above.

instantly achieved the greatest thing I could have in life! I am grateful every day to have been blessed with them and to see them fulfill every dream I have had for them. Everything else pales by comparison. Who has helped to shape your values? First, my father, Candis Wallace Whitaker, Sr. demanded and instilled in me (and my brothers) an intense pride in being an African American. He insisted that I look, listen and then research how much both Ancient Africans, Africans in the then-emerging nations of Africa, and his contemporaries had accomplished in the face of blatant terror and murder despite their good deeds. He was also not at all accepting of the use of any of those terrible realities as a reason not to achieve. In fact, he laughed at the notion that I “couldn’t do” something. Then the late, Dr. Howard L. Harris, was my ultimate mentor. In his own quiet but firm way, he insisted that any challenge I had was easily surmountable with the right strategy. And, he could sit down calmly and describe that strategy in steps A-B-C. And if I said “I am not sure I can do that;” he’d smile and say “do we need to go over the steps again?”

And, finally, Sacramento Observer Publisher, Dr. William H. Lee, gave me an at-first part-time, then full time) job when I was just 19 and later promoted me to chief writer without ever expressing or accepting that I couldn’t do the very best job possible. And he always was proud of SLOGAN YOU what “we’d” done.


Defining a Black man in leadership: One who believes in himself, sets very high goals for himself and those around him and who leads by example. Given all the social science, psychological analysis and demonstrated racial bias in government and social institutions; I think my assessment is enough. An African American man thriving in America has already overcome enough to be counted as a Black Man in Leadership. If I had to point to some examples, I would point to Dr. Eric Gravenberg, President and CEO of the HAWK Institute; J. Luke Wood,PH.D, author of The Capitol of Suspensions, and every African American elected official in the country.


Best work day strategy: Choosing from among your overall strategic goals and tasks; and mapping out how to accomplish the parts you can achieve in a single day. Then attack those goals with purpose and enthusiasm. I can cook the best: Barbecued ribs, potato salad and mustard (not collard) greens.

Greatest accomplishment: My two sons, Tarik and Caliph Assagai. While I have led very significant activist organizations, been Chief of Staff to one of the most powerful people in California and succeeded in other ways, when God (or Allah) twice answered my prayers for a wonderful young man as my son, I had

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Staying healthy: I stretch, workout and ride a bike a moderate distance every morning! I take all the heath advice to eat moderately and not smoke (cigarettes) very seriously. Challenges you forsee in the 2020 Presidential Election: The real challenge in the 2020 Presidential Election is for everyone who is either mildly annoyed, angered or frightened by the current President is to understand what’s needed to defeat him. The common answer is to “vote” and that’s partly correct. But, beyond one’s own voting, millennials, Gen X must recognize that they have to do much more. All of those opposed to the current President’s reelection have to ask themselves “What can I do to help? And where is my contribution needed?” Perhaps a week spent in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Texas or Georgia would be nice and necessary. Rolling up a one million vote defeat of Trump in California will not mean anything – less than nothing – if Vice President Biden doesn’t win in the aforementioned battleground states. So for people who say “I cannot stand Trump!” or, “I hope he gets crushed in November!” None of that emotion will mean anything to your family, community and your country’s future if YOU don’t do more than vote. If you don’t do more; and you have to stand in shock watching him get reelected in November, remember YOU could have done more! There is no “magic” to this, nor can you morally point to others as being responsible. COVID-19 impact: I have lost friends and extended family to COVID-19. Success strategies for young black men trying to find their way? Look at your life as the greatest opportunity you will ever have to thrive. Learn how others have achieved at what you are trying to accomplish and respectfully connect with mentors who can help you reach your goal. Then, be committed to working really hard to get there. And you will! What do you like about Sacculturalhub. com & THE HUB Magazine? It’s colorful eye-catching covers, the solid feel of the paper on which it is printed and the vivid, lively way it presents the lives of those it features (myself excluded). It is one of very, very few wonderful rational magazines still printed and mailed to its readers. It’s a real treasure! n

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Larry Craig-Arriba was born and raised in Sacramento by his single mom, Flossie Craig. Like a lot of young black men his biological father was not present until his late teen years. Larry and Fred Arriba developed a great relationship until his passing in 2019. Even though Larry did not have a “father” in the home he had strong mentors. Larry attended elementary, junior, and senior high school in the Del Paso Heights area of Sacramento. After graduating from high school, he attended American River College for 2 years, he then transferred to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. After two years of study at Cal Poly, he transferred to Sacramento State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a minor in Sociology. While attending Cal Poly he became a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and remains an active member to this day. Upon graduating from college Larry joined the Peace Corps and served in “The Gambia”, West Africa for three years. Serving in “The Gambia” was life-changing experience, one he will never forget. While in “The Gambia” he travelled throughout West Africa. Larry also worked as a field representative/community liaison for Isadore Hall for 3 years for the communities of Watts, Compton, South Central and Dominquez in Los Angeles. Due to Larry not having a father growing up he understands the complexities of growing up without a father which prompted him to start a non-profit called Rebranding You, Inc. Re-branding You was incorporated in 2013 with the assistance of his fraternity brother Brennan Car then. Together they have mentored hundreds of troubled youth. RE-branding You has invested in young men re-brand their lives. RE-Branding You also provided finances, assisted with food, clothing, and other essential needs. In 2016 Larry co-founded another group called Brother–to–Brother in the north Sacramento area. Larry’s work with Brother–to–Brother consist of mentoring young men. Brother–to–Brother provides intensive counseling services to youth who are exhibiting severe behavior or emotional problems. They provide counseling and direction to youth, showing them a “better” way of living. Helping them choose life outside of gangs and drugs. Their goal is to recruit, train and manage a team of adults in the community to become engaged as mentors to troubled youth. His quest is to save the lives of his young and older brothers. It is challenging to see his young brothers killing each other on a daily basis and being killed by law enforcement. Because Larry had strong mentors in his life he has chosen to “give back”. He understands the impact of having a strong mentor. Some of his mentors include, Pastor Phillip Goudeaux (an older cousin), who provided strong leadership, discipline, and Christian mentorship. Obra Barrow, (RIP) his Godfather was an excellent example of what a father should be. Finally, Mel Assagai who was an example of a professional black man in the political arena. Larry stated he is forever grateful to these men for their unselfish love, time, and guidance. | 1 4 | T H E   HU B MA G A Z I N E

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FAVORITES: Book: The Bible Cologne: Mr. Burberry OUR CONVERSATION: Trademark: Someone who serves and cares for others. What is sexy about a woman and what is not: Sexy - her intelligence and character and not sexy - is a woman who is loud and obnoxious. Best workday strategy: Get up early, pray and plan my day. Who cooks the best? My mom cooks the best German chocolate cake and I can cook the best pineapple coconut cake. Greatest achievement: Serving in the Peace Corps for 3 years in the Gambia, West Africa. Graduating from college. Defining a Black Man in Leadership: Transparency, honesty, integrity. Someone who is not afraid to confront social injustices that face African American men in general. A black man of leadership should be a man of faith with godly principles. Staying healthy: I do see the doctor for annual exams and I workout at 24-hour fitness. I also incorporate less sugar and carbs more protein in my diet. My diet is an ongoing challenge.

CENTERSTAGE | BLACK MEN IN LEADERSHIP Challenges you foresee in the 2020 Presidential Election? People understanding the importance of voting and having the means to vote – e.g. transportation to voting polls


COVID-19 impact: It has limited my ability to serve on the level I am accustomed to. Sheltering in has set us back in our attempt to change lives and prevent deaths. Success strategies for young Black men trying to find their way? Find a mentor, or someone you can look up to who has a selfless, positive lifestyle. I am COMMITTED to: Serving my community because I care about what is happening in our community. What do you like about & THE HUB Magazine? It is a publication geared towards helping and informing the African American community on social events and issues plaguing the black community. It is a resource underutilized by our community. n

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Award winning Songwriter / Producer Mickel has been writing lyrics for more than four decades and has mastered the art of taking profound lyrics and putting them into a simplistic “I get it” form. His songs touch the hearts and lives of music lovers of all ages and backgrounds. Considered one of the best at writing lyrics, Mickel understands the power of words and the impact that words can have on a person. He has made a personal commitment to write positive, uplifting, inspiring and empowering songs that help heal and mend hearts and people. In 2005 Mickel teamed with Juan Blair, one of the industry’s most versatile music producers and began a song writing journey that would lead them to Taiwan. In 2006 their song Daddy’s Suffering was performed by American Idol finalist LaToya London In the musical, The Life and Times on Old Navy Road starring LaToya London and Mickel London. In 2007 their song Because of You, by Zorina London, was nominated for Taiwan’s Prestigious Music Awards THE GOLDEN MELODY AWARDS for Best Song. Mickel was born in a little town called Many in the beautiful state of Louisiana. His family moved to the Bayview area in San Francisco when he was five years old. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School and San Francisco City College. He started writing songs over 40 years ago and formed Mickel London Presents in 2010. Mickel cofounded INTHESPOTLYTE in 2010, a local show that that featured and promoted local artists with original music. He has worked for Costco for 33 years, and has been blessed to meet many people and business owners throughout the communities in the Greater Bay Area. Costco has also allowed him to combine his love of music and passion to help kids. In 2010 he created the Music Medicine Benefit Concert as a fundraiser for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, an annual event that has raised thousands of dollars over the past 10 years. Notable achievements: •

His song Faith In Love (performed by LaToya London) won Best R&B single and Song of The Year at the first Atlas Elite Music Awards 2018.

At the 2018 Black Music Awards (BMA) his song Broken Pieces won best original song recording.

In 2017 Mickel was the recipient of 2 BMA awards, the AIM Award (achievements in music) and the Image Award for his community work and Annual Music Medicine Benefit Concert for Children’s Hospital

In 2014 Mickel and Juan Blair released their debut Album London and Blair unsung that featured 12 original songs written and produced by the duo and 10 Bay Area Artists.

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OUR CONVERSATION: Greatest achievement: Raising a beautiful, loving amazing daughter that is making her own mark in this world. Who helped to shape your values: My oldest brother Wayne London and my sister Sharon Pittman were my greatest mentors. Wayne taught me and showed me the value and importance of a big brother. He was my role model. Sharon instilled in me the importance of a man being a gentleman. To always respect a woman and to treat her like a lady always. Defining a Black man in leadership: A God fearing man. A man of integrity. A man that understands where he comes from and not ashamed of his history. A man that leads by example. A man that understands that courage is not just willing to fight with his hands but to be disciplined enough to take the battle to a forum where he can make a real difference in community and society. A man that is knowledgeable in life and that will share his knowledge to help better the lives of others. Staying healthy: I believe in keeping healthy so I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle by working out on a regular bases, eating healthy and visiting my doctor. Challenges you foresee as we approach the 2020 Presidential Election: To be honest as a Democrat I am not at all comfortable with the front runner of the Democratic party. I pray that Mr. Biden is strong enough to defeat #45 and I will certainly cast my vote to help him defeat #45. I am committed: To my family, to those that I care about and to my beliefs. Being a positive role model for my family is very important to me. I want to be an example for the younger

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CENTERSTAGE | BLACK MEN IN LEADERSHIP men in my family to follow and I want the women to see and know what a good example of a black man looks like. Success strategies for young Black men trying to find their way? Not to listen to the negative things that are being said about them throughout society. Not to discount the advice of a father, uncle, or a concerned adult. To believe in themselves even if no one else around them did. To be brave enough to make and follow their own path. My motto: A man without a vision is a man without direction, a man without direction is a man that’s lost. Create your vision, choose your direction and go find your destiny. If you dare to dream dare to believe, dreams are reality waiting to be. n

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DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS, EQUITY & DIVERSITY HIGHLANDS COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL Kevin Taylor has spent his entire career committed to serving; 8 years as a classroom teacher, 6 years as a middle and high school principal, and 10 years and counting in educational executive leadership positions. In addition, over the past 5 years, Kevin has utilized his skills and expertise formed through professional and life experiences leading schools and districts to support and consult in the areas of cultural proficiency, equity, responsiveness and leadership. In his profession, Kevin has the opportunity to impact and change perspectives that people hold towards other people, groups, sexual orientations, etc., through facilitating and leading experiential activities and conversations that begin by first delving into reflective practices about yourself. The challenges are that as a community we consistently need to be reminded or awakened to the fact that everyone has biases, and that by recognizing them and addressing them, it helps you become a better version of yourself. Kevin was born and raised in Oakland. He graduated from Cal State Northridge with a B.S. in Sociology and received his masters in Educational Administration from San Jose State University. Kevin has received numerous accolades recognizing his work in education including the Community Hero Award from the 100 Black Men of America, the Future History Maker Award from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, and the Bay Area Educational Leadership Award to list a few. He remains committed to improving the educational outcomes for all students and spends his free time with his wife Michelle and their daughters Desiree, 18, and Sophia, 3.

Berkeley and Oakland, and played a major role in the raising of four grandsons who all attained at least a master’s degree. Last, but not least, I admire my mother who has never allowed any hurdle to stand in her way that I can recall in my lifetime. Having my older brother very young, discrimination, the loss of her parents, multiple sclerosis, nothing stops here, I admire her fight and perseverance.

FAVORITES: Favorite book: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

What is sexy about a woman and what is not? Sexy – her intelligence and self confidence and not sexy – unintelligent.

Favorite cologne: Soap (Aesop) OUR CONVERSATION: Trademark: K.T. the extremely passionate go-to guy for cultural proficiency and equity, that makes us think and laugh. Black woman you admire: My wife, my grandmother, and my mom. My wife grew up in an extremely segregated part of the country, literally on an island, but was so respected and regarded that she became her high school student body president and committed herself to becoming an entrepreneur (a successful one) after scaling the cooperate ladder several times and finally deciding that wasn’t the path for her. My maternal grandmother was the first black woman to graduate from Fresno State University, receiving a Teaching Degree (what would now be a teaching credential), but due to her race and “official limits” on the number of black teachers public school districts were allowed to hire at the time she was never allowed to have the opportunity to teach in a traditional setting. Instead she used her vast skills to teach at community centers and churches throughout | 1 8 | T H E   HU B MA G A Z I N E

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Best work day strategy: Have a routine and stick to it. Before the sun comes up, start with prayer/meditation, work out, read (something that will improve you), be thankful for something, then start your family routine and work schedule. No matter what give yourself that time, no matter how early you have to get up in order to complete it. Who cooks the best? • • • • •

My mom cooks the best pie My wife cooks the best ...Pho’ (soup) I can cook the best ...anything with chicken…period! My daughter cooks the best...Pasta (Desiree) My dad makes the best BBQ

Greatest achievement: Personal - my family and professional - my time as principal at McClymonds High School in Oakland.

CENTERSTAGE | BLACK MEN IN LEADERSHIP Who has helped to shape your values? do a minimum 200 pushups, and 3-5 My father taught me from a very young sets of bicep curls. I only eat chicken or age that “hard work” is a pre-requisite, fish, baked, BBQ’d, or pan seared and not something to be celebrated or something/anything green. Breakfast is rewarded. Hard work is a typically a bowl of oatmeal unless I am minimum expectation, to intermittently fasting. This diet do or be something keeps me energetic and gives extraordinary you must me the ability to get through work hard, but unless my daily routine and you are going to get whatever else life throws SLOGAN YOU LIVE BY: beyond working hard at me. THE COMFORT FARM IS you really haven’t COVID-19 impact: It has A BEAUTIFUL PLACE, BUT done and never will affected every aspect NOTHING CAN GROW accomplish anything of my life. What it has THERE. special or long lasting. confirmed for me more Defining a Black man in leadership: Dr. Dennis Byas, a mentor and friend, that also happens to have previously been recognized as superintendent of the year for the state of California and numerous other accolades, was and always is these three things professionally and personally: truthful, transparent, and unapologetically black. Staying healthy: I do see the doctor for annual exams. I work out at least five days a week, During this pandemic, since I cannot get the gym, I changed my routine and I jog four to six miles,

than ever is that it is better to over-communicate than to assume and that scheduling in advance is more important than ever. Success strategies for young Black men trying to find their way? If it were easy everyone would do it. I believe from the time I was born until I left for college I heard my father say this line to me at least five times per week, “Is it tough, yes. Will other things seem like more fun, yes. Is all of it overwhelming, yes. But, quitting is never an option, therefore we persevere, there are no other options.”

I am committed to: God, my marriage, my children, my family, and my community. I believe each of these build off of one another. In my belief, God created all of this and as such it both starts and ends with Him. Secondly, my marriage is the centerpiece that my children, my family and my community are all built upon. My father’s side of the family has been in construction for generations and I came to learn long ago that any brick structure has what is known as a “tiger stone”, if that stone is damaged or displaced all of the other stones are directly impacted and the structure will fail. The black family is the “tiger stone” of my community and must remain intact, if not every other family and community member will also be impacted. What do you like about Sacculturalhub. com & THE HUB Magazine? I am always impressed by THE HUB’s ability to simultaneously entertain, inform, educate, and motivate. As a leader, I know just how hard it is to do these things in their individual lanes, and THE HUB excels at all of them (and has since 2002). It is my “go to” magazine when it comes to African American and Urban communities. n


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AKA, MR. V, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL EARTH /LIFE SCIENCE TEACHER James Van Buren came to California in the early 80s while pursuing a music career. He collaborated with the members of the group O’Bryan, recorded a couple of 45s, then moved to London on a recording deal with former Rolling Stones manager Sam Cutler. After touring London for a year, James moved back to the United States, got married, and decided to stop performing and settle down. After obtaining a B.A. from CSU Cal Poly, James decided to become a Teacher. In 1999, he moved to Sacramento and entered the teaching program at CSU Sacramento, first earning a multiple subject credential and then a Special Education Credential. In 2007, James began teaching at Grant Union High school, and in 2009 was asked to start a Drum Line. Grant Drum Line was founded in 2009 as an extracurricular program to give students the opportunity to tap into their musical nature while simultaneously avoiding getting into trouble. Since then the Grant Drum Line has received a magnitude of exposure. The Grant Drum Line has music that can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. The Drum Line has performed for Hillary Clinton, Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel, honored by ABC Good Morning America Host Robin Roberts, and have opened up for Shelia E, Yolanda Adams, and Johnny Gill (lead singer of New Edition). Notable performances: •

2015: National Independence Day Parade in Washington DC as the official representative of the state of California.


2016: 35th Sister City Anniversary of Sacramento and in Matsuyama Japan at the request of the mayor of Matsuyama.

2019: Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria South Africa as part of the American Celebration of Music 2019.

2020: The Grant Drum Line released its CD and video Run Me My Book. The music can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.

Currently, James is preparing to take the Grant Drum Line on a 14-city tour of the United States as soon as cites open up and venues start back booking entertainment.

James is married with five adult children. The youngest graduated from San Jose State University and she is an orthopedic RN. The next in line is a daughter that is a chef, and a son who is pediatrician at UC Davis. The oldest son is a musician/restaurateur, and the oldest daughter is a teacher in Alaska.

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FAVORITES: Book: Preparing for the 21st Century written Paul Kennedy. If you look at what is occurring today it is perfect. Cologne: I have a number of different fragrances and oils but currently I wear Cool Water. OUR CONVERSATION: What I love about my job: Teaching is a wonderful profession. It affords me the opportunity to build relationships that have a direct impact on the students and community that I teach in. I love the fact that I am able to mold students and influence their way of thinking by the way I act and interact with them. It is the one profession where you can be you and gain rock star status with students. Best workday strategy: Strategies are like plans, and according to Robert Burns “the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” No matter how carefully a project is planned, something may still go wrong. With that said my strategy is stay on your grind 24/7/365. What is sexy about a woman and what is not? An unwavering commitment to your man is sexy. Being sleazy is not. I think Spike Lee said it best in his movie Nola Darling. “Every man likes a sleaze ball they just don’t want her for a wife!”

CENTERSTAGE | BLACK MEN IN LEADERSHIP On who cooks the best: • • • • •

My mom cooks the best Peach Cobbler My wife cooks the best ribs. I cook the best catfish. My oldest sons and youngest daughter are still in training. My daughter that is a chef can cook the telephone book and it will taste good. She was trained at Cordon Bleu school and worked for television food channel host Bobby Flay. She is no joke!

Greatest achievement: Taking kids to perform around the world. I have taken kids to play in Washington D.C. for president Obama. I’ve taken kids to Asia to perform in Hiroshima, Matsuyama Miyajima, and Gogo-shima Japan. More recently just got back from South Africa after performing in Cape Town and Johannesburg South Africa. watch?v=C3GASRH74eg&t=128s Who has helped to shape your values? I like to say that I got my work ethics from the women in my life, but what shaped my vision on how I viewed a job versus a career was while I worked at the California State University Chancellor’s office. While working there I had the opportunity to literally have personal one on one conversations with individuals that had PhDs in their specific field. We would talk nightly about what ever was on my mind for how ever long I wanted. I also had a staff of 14 attorneys that assisted me in getting through my constitutional law classes at the university. Those nightly conversations had an astronomical impact on how I viewed the world, myself, and my approach towards life. Defining a Black man in leadership: It needs to be understood I am 65 years old. I can remember when there were black and white sections. I can remember when you could not try on the suit or shoes you were going to buy. I can remember rioting at my junior high school the day MLK was assassinated. Everything I do is with that mindset. I am black leadership. Black leadership starts with a black conscience. Staying healthy: Knowing that some of the leading causes of death among African-American men are heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, prostate cancer, unintentional injuries, kidney diseases, chronic lower respiratory disease, and

even homicide I routinely have annual exams, exercise a minimum of 5 days a week (cardio and weights), and I limit my intake of fried food, sweets, and bread. Before I turned 50 I could eat anything and not gain weight, but after I hit the big 50 I started gaining weight and I found that it had an impact on how I felt daily. When I cut out the sugar, bread and limited that amount of fried foods I consumed I started feeling better and my attitude about life and things in general changed in a positive way. Challenges that you foresee as we approach the 2020 Presidential Election: Voting in the year of 2020 will have a significant impact on the country and more importantly on people of color and individuals that live in disadvantaged economically challenged areas. I believe

it is extremely important that we open our eyes and understand all people have challenges based on their individual needs. People that don’t look like us, yet live in our neighborhood, suffer just like we do. Then there are people that look like us but could care less about us because they don’t live in our neighborhood and can’t relate. In the voting year of 2020 we need to stay laser focused, form coalitions and remove all individuals that will do us harm regardless of color. This is not the time, nor the year to be a one issue person. COVID-19 impact: It has been said numerous times by people in the press, leaders around the world, and people in the community that we are living in an unprecedented time. The statement is true. Never in the history of the people that we are currently living has there been a pandemic that has literally shut down all aspects of living. S UM M ER 2 0 2 0

On a personal level, COVID-19 has been challenging to disastrous. I live to serve. That means at home, work, and the community. COVID-19 and the mandated quarantine that followed changed all that on different levels. As a teacher, I have been compelled to toss the traditional way of teaching and adapt to distance learning. Due to the fact that I teach students with special needs it has been tragic on all levels. The most devastating aspect of COVID19 is the impact that it has had on The Grant Drum Line. The Grant Drum Line lost $10,000 in performances, had all gigs cancelled, and had to postpone its 14-city tour. Drummers that will be graduating missed out on their graduation ceremony and will not get to travel and perform in cities like New York, Washington D.C. Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Atlanta. The toll has been catastrophic on drummers who desire to participate and stay engaged. Success strategies for young Black men trying to find their way? As a teacher and mentor I treat my students as if they were my kids. As I mentioned earlier in this interview all of my kids are successful in their own right, and each of them have successful careers. I’ve always told them; be you, have faith in yourself and stay focused. The adage “hard work pays off” is not just an adage, it’s the truth. No one can do you, better than you, so work hard at being you and it will pay off. I am committed: To my morals and values because in the long run my commitment will serve my wife, children, work, and community I work so hard to serve. What do you like about Sacculturalhub. com & THE HUB Magazine? Its unique way of presenting the African-American Urban lifestyle regarding theater, movies, concerts, people that make it happen, and breaking news that impact AfricanAmericans not only in Sacramento but in the nation and around the world. Thank you HUB Magazine for giving me the opportunity to express and give my opinion on a number of different topics. n

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SINGER/MUSICIAN/SONGWRITER Clif Payne is an American singer, musician, and educator whose vocal style has generally been classified in the jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rock, folk and pop genres. His duet, No Payne, No Gain, recorded with Freda Payne, charted at #1 on Great Britain’s Soul/ R&B charts in 2016. He has performed with such artists as Evelyn “Champagne” King, Norman Connors, Bobby McFerrin, Ellis Hall, Sheena Easton, and former Chicago vocalist Bill Champlin among others. Payne was born in Sugar Hill, Manhattan. His father was a jazz musician and his mother was a singer. Both of his parents were involved in the Harlem Sugar Hill jazz music scene, and lived in the same building as Duke Ellington as well as other established jazz musicians. In addition to singing, Payne learned to play the guitar in 1962 at age 8 and the violin at age 10. In high school he performed in musicals on vocals, guitar, violin, and violin and was also in the school orchestra and choir. He graduated from North High School in 1972 and attended Indiana University in Bloomington to study music and journalism. While in college, Payne sang in the show choir The Singing Hoosiers. He went on to study jazz with David Baker and classical composition with John Eaton. In 2016, Payne released his debut album, Welcome To My World which features the Clif Payne/Freda Payne duet, No Payne, No Gain. A dance mix of “No Payne, No Gain” produced by the UK’s Nigel Lowis was on the 2016 Grammy ballot for nomination for Best R&B Vocal. “No Payne, No Gain,” spent two weeks at the top of the Soul/R&B charts in Great Britain, receiving the title of UK’s Soul Song of the Year. In August 2016, Clif and Freda performed their duet live in Los Angeles at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill & Jazz club. Payne is an annual performer and contributor at the Annual Musical Tribute Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Oakland, California, which develops and oversees music education and performance programs for children. Payne is a vocal instructor who has taught at the California Jazz Conservatory as well as privately. He attended Indiana University at Bloomington, and will finish his degree at the Berkeley Conservatory of Music in Berkeley. He is divorced and I has 2 grown children ages 25 and 30.

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FAVORITES: Book: The Bible OUR CONVERSATION: Best work day strategy: Work hard, focus, take breaks, take a power nap if possible. Black woman you admire: Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris, Rosa Parks, Aretha Franklin, Maya Angelou. What is sexy about a woman and what is not? Sexy her physical beauty and warm voice. Not sexy - swearing, not taking care of herself. Your significant other cooks the best: Kale and spinach casserole. Greatest achievement: My 2 children. Who has helped to shape your values? After my parents died, my mentor was worship pastor David Bassard. He taught me how to be a true Christian, and how to be the best leader I was capable of being. Teaching me about serving others, he said to always remember that it’s not about me--it’s always about them as I teach them. Defining a Black man in leadership: Strong, sensitive, focused, even-tempered, creative, sympathetic, empathetic, a positive example to all. He is also an encourager, one who inspires others to do good. Staying healthy: I do see a doctor for annual exams while at the same time watching what I eat. My exercise program includes going for long walks, going to the gym and riding my bicycle. I do need to lose weight--probably 10-15 pounds. I’ll do this following the book Empty Eating by Chef Bill Collins. The book highlights the value of eating non-processed foods.


Challenges that you foresee as we approach the 2020 Presidential Election: The main challenge is getting people out to vote Trump out of office. He must be defeated if African American males are to thrive forward in this SLOGAN YOU nation. LIVE BY: COVID-19 impact: It’s made me more aware of who my real friends are, and more aware of my health. It’s also affected my music and career. Although my gigs have been cancelled or postponed, I continue to sing and write.


Cucumber Tomato Salad with Zucchini and Black Olives in Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette By DAN ZAHRA This is a deliciously light and fresh-tasting twist on cucumber tomato salad. It takes me to the water’s edge, and begs to be served with fresh seafood. Substitute Greek kalamata olives for black olives if desired. PREP: 30 MINS | TOTAL: 30 MINS | SERVINGS: 6

Success strategies for young Black men trying to find their way? Be goaloriented, focused and have a life plan for success. Realize that a life plan is worked out and created in phases based on your continued learning experiences. Where do you want to be in 5 years, 10 years, 25 years and so on. Each of those segments should have smaller, but still significant goals toward your ultimate goal. Establish solid family values within your solid family. Be a loyal, loving husband. Our people suffer from the lack of strong families. It causes kids to be substance abusers, alcoholics, criminals and society suffers because of that. What do you like about & THE HUB Magazine? It’s just a great magazine for our people especially-but also for all people to learn about our culture. n

INGREDIENTS • 2 large cucumbers, diced • 1 zucchini, diced • ½ red onion, thinly sliced • 3 large tomatoes, diced • 1 cup chopped black olives • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon zest • ½ lemon, juiced • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt, or to taste • ½ teaspoon white sugar • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil DIRECTIONS

In a large salad bowl, mix together the cucumbers, zucchini, red onion, tomatoes, black olives, basil, and thyme. In a separate bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, kosher salt, sugar, and white pepper until thoroughly combined. Pour the olive oil slowly into the dressing mixture, whisking to combine. Pour the dressing over the salad, and serve. NUTRITION FACTS PER SERVING: 241.6 calories; 2.2 g protein; 12.2 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 617.7 mg sodium.

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JAMES SWEENEY POSTHUMOUS TRIBUTE by Contributing Writer, Cheryl Howard

On March 12, 2020, the life of Sacramento’s own, James W. Sweeney, was celebrated and laid to rest before a host of family, friends, and supporters. The city of Sacramento and countless others across this nation mourn the loss of Mr. Sweeney. With a career of more than forty years, James was a successful attorney, politician, and businessman. His heralded fame followed him from the steps of California’s Capitol to the Congressional steps of Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. James began his prolific career when he graduated with Juris Doctorates and honors from UC Davis, UC Riverside and Humphrey’s School of Law in Stockton, California. He later added a bachelor’s degree in three majors (Political Science, Sociology, and Black Studies). He founded James W. Sweeney & Associates, an advocacy and small business consulting firm. Over the years, his company processed business transactions that exceeded 3.5 billion dollars. James shared his office space with friend and colleague of 20 years, V. John White. “We have lost this shining light in our lives, and yet somehow, we know his infectious smile and generous heart will be with us all, as long as we live,” said White. James was also a founding stockholder of Revere Bank, which has more that quintupled its assets to over 1 billion dollars since the onset of this conglomerate. James had exceptional talents that earned him great respect amongst his peers. The list of honors and accomplishments he received over the years is no less than astounding. He made business and political career choices that earned him a near matchless reputation. In brief, he served under four Governors: Brown, Davis, Schwarznegger, and Newsom as the State Council on Mentally ill Offenders (C.O.M.I.O). He proudly labored as Chief Lobbyist for the California N.A.A.C.P (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). James served as Regional Vice-President and Director of Legislation with BAPAC (Black American Political Association of California). “Sweeney was one of the great “keys” to BAPAC Sacramento success. We jointly created “The Gathering,” bringing all Black leadership and Black advocates together to unify our resources, experiences, | 2 4 | T H E   HU B MA G A Z I N E

and knowledge to improve our communities, strengthen our families, create economic opportunities, and finally close the “achievement gap” for our black students. He made our Black family whole. In his spirit, we will continue to “fight” for our liberty, our faith, and the democratic process to represent US!” exclaimed Rory Kaufman, BAPAC President. Kaufman read only a portion of the multiple resolutions dedicated to James, one of which came from Assemblywoman Shirley Weber PhD., Chair for the 79th district (D-San Diego) California Legislative Black Caucus. One of the highest honors James could have received came from within the House of Representatives; Proceedings and Debates of the 116th Congress, First Session, a Congressional Record. Madam Speaker of the House, the honorable Barbara Lee sponsored this resolution. “My Dad set the standard high and I plan to jump over,” said Brett Sweeney, James’ youngest son, as he spoke eloquently at the memorial service. It was apparent to all that he mirrored his father’s intelligence, passion and ambition. James took great pride in investing time with his children. He was driven to serve all people, yet he had a strong affinity for black youth. He would impart

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profound wisdom to them. Being at the top of his field, in humility he would state, “The only job that starts at the top, is digging a hole.” Those who intimately knew him for his avuncular persona, enjoyed this quirky dry humor. When he was pleased with anything, his favorite tagline would be, “Well pass the biscuits!” He was known for his incandescent smile, it could “wash away a thousand doubts.” (Belinda Jeffrey). Author, Ayanna Favio, paid homage to James by featuring a recognizable illustration (rear view) of him walking down Del Paso Blvd. in Sacramento, in her book “Paint a Rock Day!” The image was immediately recognized by all his grandchildren. Comically, one of them flipped the page in hopes to see the front view of papa. James drew such honors because of his tremendous influence and rapport in the community. James was an unsung master poet, and fine art collector. He served on the board of several Sacramento agencies, S.A.A.A.C (Sacramento African American Art Collective), Center for Contemporary Art, and Evolve, the Gallery. James was highly sought after for his quick wit. His wit made him a very entertaining emcee, an expert lecturer, and writer. As high reaching as his stature, he walked in humility and grace. On another spectrum he possessed so much political savvy, it made his name synonymous among political greats today. James was a jack of all trades; he wore many hats successfully. The world will miss this gentle giant. n


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Sacramento County Project Promotes

Mental Health and Wellness in Midst of COVID-19 Pandemic

Sacramento County, like many others, has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of Minority Mental Health Month this July, the “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” project is helping to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and inspire hope and positivity for our community, particularly for individuals and families living with mental illness. In Sacramento County, it’s estimated that over 300,000 residents are living with mental illness. During these times of uncertainty, many may be experiencing increased levels of stress, anxiety, worry and heightened symptoms, and for others, this may be the first time they have struggled with their mental health. While education, support and treatment are available, stigma prevents many within the African American community from seeking treatment or support for mental health concerns. Research shows that African Americans believe mild depression or anxiety would be considered “crazy” in their social circles, and many believe that discussions about mental illness would not be acceptable even among family.

For more information on the “Mental Illness: it’s not always what you think” project or mental health resources, such as conversation starters, please visit or search “Stop Stigma Sacramento” on Facebook and Twitter. This program is funded by the Sacramento County, Division of Behavioral Health Services, through the voter approved Proposition 63, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).

“A lot of individuals in our community are hesitant to ask questions about their mental health – how do I share this with my friend, will they think I’m ‘crazy’ – but this is exactly the type of stigma that prevents many from seeking support when they have a mental health condition ,” said La Viola Ward, a member of the Stop Stigma Sacramento Speakers Bureau who lives with depression. “Sharing fears can sometimes be our greatest strength.” It is just as important as ever to support mental health and well-being by reaching out and maintaining connection with those who may be struggling – not only to support them, but also for your own mental health. Sending a thoughtful text, making a phone call, or setting up a video chat could make all the difference. “If you think someone you know is struggling, reach out to let them know they are not alone, and you are there for them,” Ward said. “Mental health is achievable and reaching out can help continue the legacy of resilience within our community.” S UM M ER 2 0 2 0

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WEAVE’s mission is to promote safe and healthy relationships and support survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and sex trafficking.

Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act. Sex trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Sex traffickers frequently groom victims and then use violence, threats, lies, false promises, debt bondage, or other forms of control and manipulation to prevent victims from leaving. Victims of sex trafficking can be anywhere and can operate under the guise of massage parlors, modeling agencies, strip clubs, etc. WEAVE is proud to partner with Dignity Health’s Human Trafficking Medical Safe Haven Clinic which provides a safe primary care medical environment for victims and survivors of human trafficking led by understanding physicians and medical staff extensively trained in victimcentered, trauma-informed care. WEAVE’s embedded Advocate assists clients with navigating the health system, keeping their appointments, providing emotional support, and follow-up with survivors after their appointments.

If you would like to learn more about what you can do or to request training, go to

Medical professionals have a unique opportunity to recognize the signs of sex trafficking, respond in a victim-centered way and refer to services.

WEAVE is committed to breaking the cycle of violence by educating the community to better understand the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking. WEAVE serves all genders and all ages of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking. Services include individual and group therapeutic counseling, advocacy, crisis response, accompaniment to sexual assault forensic exams and law enforcement interviews, legal services, and emergency shelter.

All of WEAVE’s services are accessed by calling WEAVE’s 24/7 Support and Information Line

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EAVE is Sacramento County’s primary provider of domestic violence and sex trafficking services and its sole rape crisis center. WEAVE has a 42-year history providing DV services and has strong partnerships with survivors, their children, and community-based service providers throughout Sacramento County. WEAVE provides a 24/7 support line, case management, emergency and transitional shelter, therapeutic individual and group counseling, and prevention education for the community. WEAVE has an established history of operating 24/7 services delivered by trained advocates and counselors who provide comprehensive trauma-informed, survivor-centered, and culturally responsive services.

voices. We spent the first few months of the collaborative building relationships and trust with each other and coming to agreement on the vision for the initiative. Through this work, we have been able to partner on other projects related to reducing domestic violence and offering services in the community. We are so grateful our partners embraced us and this work. It is a testament to the process we went through, earning the faith of community, and showing the community that we are here and are not disappearing. THE HUB: How did the Community Listening Sessions go? What did you learn?

WEAVE: We learned that domestic violence isn’t talked about in the community and a lot of people are living with fear or pain but may feel shame or unsafe to talk about what they In 2019, with funding from Blue Shield of California Foundation, are experiencing. Through this collaborative we are trying to WEAVE developed a collaborative to reduce domestic and raise awareness about domestic violence – in all its forms, sexual violence against Black residents in South Sacramento. and normalize talking about it and seeking help. We have The collaborative, now named South Sac Healthy Black Families incorporated a focus on children so they know it is OK to talk Collaborative, includes core partners: Sacramento Children’s about it and ask for help to disrupt intergenerational cycle of Home Valley Hi and Meadowview FRCs and its Village violence, build resilience, and stay safe. During the listening Program, South Sacramento Christian Center, Rose Family session, we asked attendees how they felt about having the Creative Empowerment Center and Kaiser South Sacramento. session and overwhelmingly, they told us they felt their voice The Collaborative is partnering with the community to create was heard and they wanted to see action come from the more community-focused and culturally-responsive supports sessions. and services for Black residents facing domestic and sexual A lot of the strategies implemented came from the listening violence in the Meadowview and Valley High communities of sessions and we have applied for additional grants to do more South Sacramento. The collaborative partners have hosted in the community. With new funding, WEAVE will have an listening sessions to learn more from the community about the Advocate co-located within South Sac so residents do not have prevalence and impact of domestic and sexual violence in the to go to midtown to seek support. We are also working with community, as well as begin to explore strategies to prevent one of the partners on prevention education to get information it. From the listening sessions, WEAVE and its partners have to kids in school, so they learn about healthy relationships, identified and started implementing strategies such as peer support groups throughout South Sacramento so residents can consent, boundaries, and ways to stay safe. This is just the start support each other in spaces where they feel most comfortable, to changes being made based on what we learned from the community. It’s important we continue to expand and partner youth led awareness initiatives, and community training. with the community. THE HUB talked about this important program with WEAVE’s Leadership, Beth Hassett (CEO), Gina Roberson (Chief Program THE HUB: South Sacramento Healthy Black Families Officer), and Timiza Wash (Program Manager) to learn more. Collaborative – how has the collaborative worked together? What strategies around domestic violence are being THE HUB: Describe your partnership with other agencies. How implemented? has that been? WEAVE: We have been doing a lot of listening and thinking WEAVE: The partnership with these trusted organizations about possible solutions. It’s exciting because we did not has been very successful. Through the partnerships, we expect to be implementing anything yet. But the community have been able to hear from the community about issues is so hungry to get started, they have already started doing related to domestic violence in the community and hear their continued...

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things. It became clear that we needed someone to be the liaison with the community to help get clients into services so we assigned a staff member to be the point of contact for our community partners. We brought other partners into the collaborative for engaging youth, men, and the faith community. Each of the partners are being trained in domestic violence and offering peer support groups in the community with Community Ambassadors who have lived experience. THE HUB: What is the role of the Community Ambassador? WEAVE: WEAVE and our partners have engaged Community Ambassadors, people in the community with lived experience, who can contribute to creating change in their community. We want to make sure those who have lived experience have a voice in creating change and developing solutions. Ambassadors are paid for their time and provided training on domestic violence and how to respond to someone experiencing domestic violence, as well as the available resources. Ambassadors help lead the peer support groups in the community as well as connect people to services and supports.

WEAVE’s commitment to the community SOUTH SACRAMENTO CHRISTIAN CENTER Interview with Katrina Simmons

The South Sacramento Christian Center is a participant in the Black Child Legacy Campaign. It is the community-driven movement which is working to reduce deaths of African American children by 10% to 20% by 2020 in Sacramento County. In Sacramento County, African American children die at twice the rate of any other ethnicity. The four leading causes of death are perinatal conditions, infant sleeprelated deaths, child abuse and neglect and third-party homicides. The partnership with WEAVE has been a necessary component to deal with issues | 3 0 | T H E   HU B MA G A Z I N E

mentioned was the stigma about African American speaking about mental health. There are few African American providers, and it is important to have culturally competent providers to work with the women who are victims of DV. Kaiser - Trauma Injury Prevention Program Ana Van Engelen, Trauma Outreach Coordinator care-near-you/northern-california/ southsacramento/departments/traumaservices/trauma-injury-prevention-andoutreach/

our community faces. With this partnership we can actually walk our clients through THE ROSE FAMILY CREATIVE the process. EMPOWERMENT The South Sacramento Healthy Black interview with Jackie Rose and Yolanda Families Collaborative is focused Stevenson on helping Black families in South The Rose Family Sacramento. When someone comes Creative Empowerment through the door of my agency, I like Center combats social that we can send them to the WEAVE Community Liaison for help and me or my and cultural poverty through arts and staff, who they trust, can follow through with them. Having that relationship is key. education programs that help equip and Another thing we learned was how hushempower our children hush domestic violence is in the Black and families to succeed community. People wanted to be trained and thrive. on how to help women. There also aren’t For many years many resources out there for men. we have struggled South Sacramento Christian Center to find a strategic Katrina Simmons, Program Director partnership that uses Nanette West, Resource Coordinator effective and culturally responsive strategies black-child-legacy-campaign/ for engaging African Americans of South Sacramento to address KAISER - TRAUMA INJURY PREVENTION domestic violence PROGRAM and sexual violence. Interview with Ana Van Engelen The partnership with WEAVE has been WEAVE is a wonderful collaborative absolutely fantastic. It has been refreshing of people and organizations with a to work collaboratively with other like-minded goal of helping the black community-based organizations working community in South Sacramento affected on this issue and the need to address by domestic violence. Each partner brings African-American domestic violence their experience and expertise to share through the lens of African-Americans. different ways of working together to The South Sac Healthy Black Families help combat domestic violence from all Collaborative identified intentions include: directions. With women as the focus, we consistent communication; collaboration to are also addressing the impact on children/ identify community driven solutions to end 2nd generational approach and men or domestic violence; utilize our experiences young men who can learn of another way. for purpose and healing; leverage My role as a representative of Kaiser strengths. trauma department in South Sacramento Rose Center Creative Empowerment Center is to bring perspective from the hospital Jackie Rose, Executive Director and Founder setting (trauma department) to the Yolanda Stevens, Program Director collaborative. In addition, I bring the goals and messages that are community concerns back to Kaiser. One concern S UM M ER 2 0 2 0


With eight programs across six locations, the Sacramento Children’s Home makes a difference in the lives of approximately 6,200 children and 4,600 families per year. The Sacramento Children’s Home has had a strong relationship with WEAVE over the past several years. We subcontract domestic violence counseling and education referral for clients. As a collaborative there’s recognition; lots of African Americans have not been open to domestic violence help from WEAVE. A mistake providers can make is blaming the family. We need to foster a culture where a family will trust us and come to us. Another message I hear is you have to have a diverse staff to connect with who you are trying to serve. Sacramento Children’s Home Village Project Chris McCarty, Director, Community Programs Kashani Daniels, Program Manager family-resource-centers/

ESCAPE VELOCITY FOUNDATION Interview with Dana Maeshia, Executive Director and Founder, Escape Velocity Foundation Inc.

Escape Velocity Foundation provides a place of refuge and a launching pad for youth who want to soar and reach their Escape Velocity. They furnish the runway for those who are ready to change their conditions and social standing. The foundation believes that what you nurture or cultivate has power over natural habitats and current societal standing. Escape Velocity also supplies the resources that serve as the bridge to get any willing individual to their birthright which is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In the South Sacramento Healthy Black Families Collaborative I partnered with She Could Be My Daughter and hosted a listening session with parents. I went through my literacy program and one with men to extract valuable data. We got the parents buy-in, which we need every

step of the way. Sometimes parents feel conflicted. The co-dependent relationship between Black men and Black women is complex. Not only do we stay with them, who wants to be the one to call the police? What we have to do is unlearn and undo generations of a paradigm. Our goal is to do a paradigm shift. My target demographic is kids 7-13 years old, getting them at a young age to explain what abuse looks like at their level. A lot of our children have seen worse, they hear and see what we see. Our collective goal is to disrupt the cycle. It is going to take all hands-on deck because it is generational. Society is misogynistic, chauvinistic, etc. Are men trained on how to be a man? You have to be a provider and protector. Escape Velocity Foundation Dana Maeshia, Executive Director and Founder

VOICE OF THE YOUTH Interview with Deana Omijie

Voice of the Youth (VOY) provides training, mentorship and motivation while fostering an atmosphere of growth, where youth can advance to greatness. To also empower and serve, help their clients gain insight and selfawareness through interactive group discussion and ageappropriate activities. VOY emphasizes patience, passion and consistency. One of VOY’s programs includes She Could Be My Daughter, with a mission to bring awareness to their community about domestic violence, sex trafficking and the sexual abuse of African American women and girls. The goal of the South Sacramento Healthy Black Families Collaborative is to reduce domestic violence and sex trafficking by bringing awareness with other programs to work with different demographics in the She Could Be My Daughter program. We are working with youth on strategies and initiatives dealing with abuse. The community ambassador helps to bring awareness to the community about abuse. The youth are smart and innovative and have a voice. They experience abuse at the same rate as adults. We are here to listen, get them help and implement things.

a woman who experienced a loss, and WEAVE provided us with someone from services who was culturally specific. It wasn’t always a concern to provide culturally specific services to the African American community. Nobody talks about youth sexual abuse. Working with youth you would never know because they are so nice and bubbly and they open up and you never know what kids are dealing with; especially at schools, girls are recruiting girls for their pimps and family members too. Voice of the Youth - She Could Be My Daughter Deanna Omijie, Program Coordinator

ALWAYS KNOCKING PROGRAM Interview with Greg King

The Always Knocking Program is an innovative social rehabilitation program serving at-risk and incarcerated youth in the Sacramento area. They focus on multi-level relationship building, community interaction, and life planning. This approach helps redirect misguided youth by providing them positive social, emotional, and educational opportunities. Our mission at Always Knocking is to motivate, enhance and empower youth and adults. WEAVE has been a good partnership for us. My strategy is to be available 24 hours, 7 days a week to know what services are out there for clients and provide community outreach to clients. All Always Knocking services are free because of the grants we receive. I always give my number so people never get an answering machine; they get a person. WEAVE is a partner because of the services they provide. They have so many services that deal with domestic violence for young and old people. ‘WEAVE has safe houses for victims of domestic and sexual violence. By forming a collaborative; there is somewhere to go in our community because of our community partners. Always Knocking Greg King, Executive Director Keonna King, Youth Coordinator

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There is no doubt that the summer months are intended for fun, yet with some personal care salons closed and others just reopening due to the Coronavirus pandemic, you may be trying to maintain your hair at home. How do we ensure to maintain healthy hair through the challenges of summer heat and COVID-19? When it comes to hair, I really can’t emphasis the importance of moisturizing enough. Your moisturizing routine or lack thereof can literally make or break your hair. Your hair needs moisture!!! Here are 5 hair maintenance tips for anyone ready to rip their hair out in frustration. 1- GET A TRIM. As we enter the summer months, it’s a good idea to freshen up your locks by going in for a trim. It doesn’t have to be anything drastic, just a refresher to get rid of any split or dry ends. Curly coarse hair. If you have curly hair then you probably already know that your cut is everything. A bad cut and you’ll have an out of control mess on your head. Since your hair tends to be on the dry side, look for natural shampoos that are free of sulfates and try using a lightweight leave-in conditioner. Try TRU-Balance Milkshake. The key to great curls is to keep them hydrated. 2- USE UV PROTECTION. Since it’s natural to want to spend more time outdoors in the summer, make sure | 3 2 | T H E   HU B MA G A Z I N E

that you are protecting your hair from water molecules due to their polar sun damage (think faded colour) by using structure. products that contain UV protection like 4- CONDITION, CONDITION, CONDITION TRU-Balance Hair Care Hair Smoothie Remember that conditioner is always your (with Sunscreen). friend, year-round. 3-USE A LEAVE IN MOISTURIZING SPRAY This is a crazy easy hair care tip that Moisturize you hair DAILY and prevent so many people neglect, but I can’t breakage. Using a moisturizing Leave-In stress it enough. Especially when talking that consists of water, Aloe Vera Juice, about hair care for summer, never skip and Chamomile, and Vitamin B will conditioner! Use TRU-Balance Haircare hydrate the driest of hair. Tropical Delight Conditioner. But moisture can easily escape if not 5- MINIMIZE HEAT DAMAGE sealed in with a natural sealant (try Bloom Give your hair a break; it’s already taking Healthy Hair Growth Oil). a beating from the natural elements. For Extremely Dry Hair: Let it air-dry and cut back on the hot Apply any of the three oils that penetrate tools. hair (coconut, olive, or avocado) or try all three in the shower after shampooing your hair and scalp. Tracy Brown Make sure to ring out excess Professional Hair Stylist water and apply oil from ends to and Co-Owner of roots. Another Look Hair Salon 7826 Alta Valley Dr Then condition hair as normal. It’s Sacramento, CA 95823 guaranteed to leave your hair soft (916) 688-7704 and moisturize but not greasy. Penetrating oils aid the hair by increasing its ability to absorb and retain water molecules. Oils such as coconut, olive, and avocado Book your appointment now 916-688-7704 oils enter the hair and bind to S UM M ER 2 0 2 0



It has been 20 years since the incomparable Diana Ross announced her Return To Love tour with the equally incredible Scherrie Payne and Lynda Lawrence, two of the members of The Supremes who had joined the group after Ross launched her solo career in 1970. The trio promised to revisit all of the phenomenal music of the most successful girl group of all time, during a tour that was to have included all of the women who had been members of the iconic trio. Founding member Mary Wilson opted out of the tour, as did Cindy Birdsong, who had replaced founder Florence Ballard in 1967. But in typical Ross fashion, there was absolutely no mountain high enough to keep the music from Motown fans, so Lawrence, Payne, and Ross hit the road.

Predictably, the Return To Love tour was a showcase for Ross, but it was also a chance to see Payne and Lawrence shine. During one segment of their Detroit stop, this writer worried that Ross would be upstaged by her sterling Supremes! Ross didn’t return calls for comment for this feature, but as any Supreme would have Ross’ back, Lawrence and Payne did! They were as warm and giving by phone as they have always been on stage, and they graciously agreed to give us a glimpse behind the curtain of one of the century’s greatest, albeit shortest, tours. n Go to to read MPC’s full feature, and hear directly from Supremes members Lynda Lawrence and Scherrie Payne about what it was like to work with The Boss herself, Diana Ross. Also learn how, in their eyes, The Supremes’ Mary Wilson “missed the boat,” the real reason the tour was abruptly cancelled, and what Payne carried in his purse that cracked Ross up.

The Return To Love tour opened in Philadelphia on June 14, 2000 and was scheduled to play in 30 cities before wrapping up in Las Vegas, but it wasn’t to be. The tour was cancelled by mid-summer, leaving Ross & The Supremes bruised. Many faithful fans, stateside and across the globe, lost an opportunity to see a phenomenal, nostalgic show. S UM M ER 2 0 2 0

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by Contributing Writer, Michael P Coleman


ver the course of this writer’s life and career, the term “The Day The Music Stopped” has been bantered about a few times.

Prior to this year, for me, it was probably April 1, 1984, the day soul legend Marvin Gaye was murdered by his own father. Coming from Detroit, that was a rough one to shake. I can see the dorm room I was in when I heard the news as clearly as if it were yesterday. I was equally shaken with legends like Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Aaliyah, and Prince met untimely ends, leaving fans reeling. The term originated, actually, before I was born, with rock fans in 1959, when Buddy Holly died in a plane crash in Minnesota. And then there was the time when a Detroit public radio station changed its format, and aging fans of “hand crafted music variety” lost their minds for a second or two. But during my lifetime, nothing rivals the spring of 2020, when the novel coronavirus pummeled us and, in an effort to stop, or at least slow, the spread of the virus, performance venues around the world cancelled shows and closed their doors. At press time, live music performances in our region aren’t expected to resume until at least late summer.

at least we had a funnel cake. This year, the entire Fair’s been cancelled. Another highlight of summer is the Broadway at Music Circus series. Not this year. Soul music concerts at venues like Thunder Valley Casino, the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, the Blue Note in Napa, and Yoshi’s in Oakland are all on hold, as we gently dip our collective toe into a newly-started local economy and our new normal. And even after we get things reopened, it’s unclear about whether and how live music performances will resume — or can resume, without significant renovations to existing venues. I don’t know whether you’ve been to Soaring Eagle Casino for a concert, but if you have, you know that you typically sit far closer than six feet to the person sitting next to you. Thanks to steaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, music hasn’t stopped altogether, but the threat of COVID-19 contraction has certainly ground live music performance to a halt. But I’ve no doubt that, as soon as things are up and running again, we’ll soon be partying like it’s 1999. What’d I tell you? I STILL haven’t gotten over losing Prince! n

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DEREK “DOA” ALLEN MUSICIAN, SONGWRITER, PRODUCER By Contributing Writer, Donna Michele Ramos


erek “DOA” Allen is an award winning, musician, songwriter and producer. Raised in Sacramento, California, at the age of five Derek discovered his love for playing the bass guitar. At the age of 8 he toured the world with local gospel quartet groups. Derek played bass guitar in his high school jazz band from 1983 until graduation in 1984. In 1985, Derek relocated to Los Angeles, California in pursuit of a professional career in music. He got his big break in 1987 when he was asked to play bass on the T.V. series Sidekicks behind El DeBarge. Derek toured as the bassist with some of the biggest artist in the music industry. The Calloway Brothers, Karyn White, TLC, New Edition, Bobby Brown and The Time, to name a few. From 1989 to 1990, Derek played bass for Janet Jackson on her Rhythm Nation Tour. Which was the largest debut tour for a first-time female artist. After touring with Lionel Richie for 8 years in the early to mid 2000’s, Derek decided to retire from touring and commit 100% of his time to writing and producing music. As a songwriter and producer, Derek was influenced/inspired by great producers including Rick Ruben, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and Quincy Jones. With deep admiration for their diversity and wide range, Derek considers that to be musical genius. As a songwriter and producer Derek’s catalogue exemplifies a huge, diverse body of work. He has gone on to win numerous awards for his music. Derek has become one of the premier producers in the industry today. He is dedicated to his craft and takes time to mentor young hopefuls trying to make it in the music business. His career has spanned over 30 years and he is still going strong.

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CENTERSTAGE | BLACK MUSIC MONTH THE HUB: So tell us about your background and how you came to create award-winning soundtracks. ALLEN: I was into Gospel music as a kid. I grew up playing quartet music and in the third grade I was playing bass in the Pearly Gates of Sacramento band. I loved music and played until high school. Then I played in a high school jazz band. I graduated in 1984. In 1985 me and my best friend Flip Kirby went to L.A. to pursue a professional music career. We struggled and sacrificed chasing our dreams. We lived in our car and were hungry. In 1987, things took a turn and things happened with bigger breaks. Flip went to play with Stephanie Mills, he was sent to her by Robert Brookins. After that I never went hungry, Flip sent money weekly. Six months after that things got better for me. El DeBarge asked me to play for him. A year later Shalimar called, that led to a bunch of gigs from Karyn White to touring with Janet Jackson 1989-1990 Rhythm Nation Tour. I became known as the bassist in the business. I was a touring musician for 25 years straight. I started writing songs, my first job was with Bobby Brown, and I started writing for him. He brought in a young lady he was dating named Whitney Houston. That spring boarded into producing a song for Bobby Brown that led me to a publishing deal with ATV. That led me to Michael Jackson who signed me to my first publishing deal, which morphed into a bunch of other writing opportunities and production. I produced Lately for Tyrese. Right now I am producing KEM’s single Lie to Me. It is the biggest record out of the box for him, ranking number four the first week of release. I am producing his entire album for Motown. I worked with Joe who redid Hello by Adele and Joe’s latest song So I can Get You Back. One of my biggest accomplishments is working with Smokie Norful on his song, I Need You Now. It is one of the top 100 gospel records in the world. THE HUB: What does Black Music Month mean to you? ALLEN: It is very special. I wish we would honor it bigger than it is. It means a lot to me. I wish Black people owned their music. We deserve so much more. I get tired of blue eyes soul taking over. Because the state of music is in it is a different state from when we came up - buying CD’s, etc. This is our chance to celebrate our culture and what it is. THE HUB: What challenges do you see ahead in the music industry because of the stop placed on live performances in small and large concert/festival gatherings across the world due to COVID-19? ALLEN: I see it being very challenging. Music is a universal language to connect with the artist. It is a

deep spiritual connection now streaming. We all have a challenge feeling real true soul. There’s energy in making a true connection. I played for eight years with Lionel Richie. You make good money but nothing belongs to you. I had to take a step back and reinvent myself; filling an arena, how do you recreate that? THE HUB: How has COVID-19 affected you personally? ALLEN: It has not affected me financially because my life is no longer a side man depending on a star for a check. The problem is, if the star is not working, you don’t work either. Nobody in my family is sick. I buy online if I need something. Lots of guys in Babyface’s band are driving trucks now to take care of their families. The music industry is a young business. For guys with experience it’s hard to maintain decent jobs because the industry will hire kids just out of high school for only $800 - $1,000. One of the things I tell people constantly is you have to have something for yourself. n Connect with Derek DOA Allen at:

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THE HUB:Tell us about your background and how you chose to get in the music industry as a Hip-Hop artist. What are some of the music projects you have done? KALLOWAY: I started as an R&B singer. I moved to L.A. for school, Santa Monica Community College. I tried to get into music industry and tried to write for other artists. I did background acting jobs for Lil Wayne, and Eminem on Drop the World. The producers asked me to be an intern. They hired me to be a P.A. for Kelly Rowland’s “Commander” video. I was brought in as an intern by Compound Entertainment, Ne-yo’s management company. My Young, Wild and High project will be released next year. I went to Brooklyn for a film job and met Kayo Genesis. I cut 5 records in a week and shot the music video. One became the single Honestly. It is doing well with almost one million streams. It’s also on the editorial playlist on Spotify. THE HUB: What does Black Music Month mean to you? KALLOWAY: A celebration of the prominent culture in music, it’s where the roots of music are. New York is my second home. I go back and forth to Harlem to work with Joey Harris, the president of Janet Jackson’s company. THE HUB: What challenges do you see ahead in the music industry because of the stop of live performances across the world, due to COVID-19? KALLOWAY: It is a big challenge not to perform but you can stream and distribute your music for free. There are new platforms because of Tik Tok. Everybody has a shot now; but you have to be more creative. THE HUB: You’re doing live sessions on Facebook, how has that been going for you?


KALLOWAY: Great. The first was with 107.9, the largest hip hop station in Atlanta. Talking to big publications with a bigger following than mine is helpful. I am working on a song with G Eazy, a well-known white rapper from Oakland and also doing a tribute to the Bay Area’s Mac Dre.


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amryn Howard aka Kam Kalloway is a Sacramento native. His mother Sheila Howard is a well-known gospel singer in Sacramento. She is a praise team leader and had 2 albums. Kalloway left Sacramento to pursue his dream while attending school. Kalloway is an actor as well as a rapper.

KALLOWAY: At the beginning we think I had it. My dad is 69 so we had to be careful. My dad is fine, but he got really sick at the beginning of the year. My symptoms weren’t coughing and stuff. I was very sick with migraines, diarrhea, sweating and chills. I went to the emergency room they said we think you have it but we cannot test you. They told me that could stay there overnight or selfquarantine for one week. I came home and the first few days were bad. In the beginning they didn’t have much available to help people. n Connect with Kam Kalloway @

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What we are doing to keep Got Muscle Health Club members safe, WHEN WE REOPEN!

What we are doing to keep Got Muscle Health Club members safe: 1. Anyone with a fever or cold and flu-like symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, runny nose, or body aches will be required to stay at home.

2. At the point of entry, all members and Got Muscle Team will be required to wash their hands. If wearing gloves, you will be asked to remove the old gloves, wash your hands with soap and water and put new clean gloves on. 3. All members will be required to wear a mask, bring their own towel, bottled water, mat, and workout gloves. • If personal training, you will be required to wash your hands first with soap and water. • Get spray mist of alcohol by spotter • Wear a mask • Wear workout gloves 4. No more than 6 people per personal training group. (please contact Coach Carl for personal training info) 5. Common areas, such as restrooms, seating, cardio, and weight training areas will be regularly disinfected. Each machine will have a spray bottle of disinfectant and paper towels for cleaning after each use. • Our restrooms/showers will have limits of 1-person capacity and will be sprayed with disinfectant before and after use daily. 6. There will be sanitizer stations in the common areas (e.g. front reception counter, seating, cardio/weight training area). 7. Social distancing reminders, including the use of distancing markers, using every other machine, and extra spaces between machines will be posted throughout the health club as a reminder. 8. Signage reminding gym members and the Got Muscle Team of safety precautions recommended by the CDC will be posted throughout the club. Our Got Muscle Members will be advised to follow these guidelines daily. Continue to stay safe and healthy everyone. Thank You, Coach Carl Fears Got Muscle Health Club

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Do you need more info on preworkout nutrition - what to eat before and after a workout? Good nutrition can help your body perform better and recover faster after each workout. Knowing what to eat is important. Contact Carl Fears, Owner and Certified Personal Trainer at Got Muscle Health Club at (916) 381-1221 or visit

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Stronger Now By Contributing Writer, Donna Michele Ramos

Terry Moore is a well known spoken word artist who has opened for The Temptations, Maya Angelou, Kirk Franklin, Floetry, Mary Mary, Rashaan Patterson, Dr. Cornel West, Freddie Jackson, CeCe Winans, Lalah Hathaway, Zapp, WAR, Marvin Sapp, Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind and Fire), Bilal, Howard Hewitt, Gerald Albright, Raphael Saadiq, Raheem DeVaughn, Iyanla Vanzant, Norman Brown, Lenny Williams, Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Pieces of a Dream and many more! He has won several awards, including Best Spoken Word Poet awards, Best Live Performer award, BMA Image award, Legendary Poet Award, appeared on the world-famous Showtime at the Apollo and BET, won multiple competitions, hosted numerous events, and appeared in movies. THE HUB: How did you get started in spoken word performances? MOORE: I used to sell poems in Florin Mall at Culture Collection in South Sacramento. I was harassed by Torledo Wall in Florin Mall. He was trying to force me to perform. I didn’t want to perform, I was a writer. He had a very attractive sister and I could not say no to performing for her. I had a very bad performance. My next performance was opening for Iyanla Vanzant in front of 997 people. I was very nervous. The second one led to me opening for Maya Angelou in front of 4000 people. THE HUB: Was performing spoken word a natural segway into writing poetry books? MOORE: I didn’t want to be an author either. I wrote the poem in the middle of an argument with a girlfriend. I wanted to go play basketball, so I gave the poem to her. When I got back from playing basketball she had read the poem to her girlfriends. They wanted it. I gave away 15 copies of the poem, they loved it. That’s how it got out. Somehow it got into the hands of someone who took it to Culture Collection. May 1996 it got in there and sold | 4 0 | T H E   HU B MA G A Z I N E

out by Mother’s Day. I started making money, then a man asked for all of my poems. I gave him the worst ones because I didn’t know him. He came back a few days later and gave me 50 books. I was mad because these were not my best poems. If I knew he was going to print books up, I would have given him my best poems. He took the books to Tower Books, they called and said they sold out. That’s when I decided to be an author. People from all over the U.S. liked the book. THE HUB: What do you hope people take away from both artistic forms? MOORE: I wrote over 300 poems and sold them all over the U.S. Writing changed and saved my life and gave me a business since May 1996. It showed me my purpose on earth. God wanted me to be a vessel. I finally embraced it. To provide a message that changes the course of their life or enhances the journey they’re on for people who can’t hear God’s voice themselves, they can hear it through poetry. THE HUB: Your newest book is your 18th poetry book, the inspiration was your father. Is the book something you promised him you would do or is it a tribute to him? MOORE: A tribute to him. He loved and supported my books so much. He would sell my books to friends, family and anyone else he knew. I wasn’t going to write anymore but he was so proud. It took 3 years to get the book out. I released it on his birthday. My book has spiritual, romantic, social, and familyoriented themes in it. He would have loved it. There’s nothing more I could have done than that to make him happy and say thank you to him for all his amazing support. n Terry Moore’s books are available on or by emailing him at for more information.

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Newest Novel from Essence and Best Selling Author Donna Michele Ramos

Donna Ramos is a New York native currently living in California. She holds an A.A. in Social Science and a B.A. in Government. She writes several (contemporary and historical) multicultural, romance novels simultaneously. Her journalism career as a Senior Staff Writer/ Reporter for THE HUB Magazine has yielded interviews with Maxwell, Venus and Serena Williams and HRH Sarah Ferguson Duchess of York, to name a few. As a self-published author, Ramos received acclaim from Essence Magazine and by being on their best seller lists for her contemporary romance debut book High Rise.

Her latest book, Chocolate In The City was released September 2019. Her first Tweener book, Dear Diary…Not Quite was released, December 2019.

AMAZON REVIEWS: ««««« 5 STARS | Best book of the winter It’s a great book. I got it today. I’m on chapter nine and I can’t put it down. A great read. Can’t wait to read more. Tonya Rogers ««««« 5 STARS | Loved it!! A great read about good friends! If I had the time I could have this book in one day nonstop because it was so good! I’m looking forward to the next book from his author who I have had the pleasure of meeting and is such a kind person. Latoya Carr

women can be - Lashell (Lashes) Johnson, Zarilyn (Zari) Hudson And Bebe Lopez. But they complement each other so well. Whatever a man’s taste in women, one of them is sure to catch his eye; each one so attractive, in their own respective way. When it comes to dating, they love them and leave them. All in their mid-30’s, the pride of Brooklyn; they rule every hot spot in town and are known everywhere. They’ve turned Brooklyn into the new Manhattan. Every promoter who is anybody, knows and courts these ladies because they know, them in the house equals a crowd following them and all it takes is an Instagram post from Lashes. Occasionally, they grace Manhattan with their presence. But they rule Brooklyn, always VIP; never waiting in line. If people know they’re going to be at a club, the club is guaranteed to be packed to capacity, club owners and managers love them. Of course they do, business booms in their wake. Brooklyn in the house!

Ramos is author of 10 books and is currently writing M&M: Madness And Mayhem, the final book in her High Rise CHOCOLATE IN THE CITY 2 Trilogy. Chocolate In The City, Part 2 will be Release Date June 30, 2020 released June 2020. Donna partnered with «««« We conquered the City, now what? another author, Brooklen Borne to write 4.5 STARS | Captivating! Very intriguing. Lashell Johnson tentatively starts a a 4-book sci-fi thriller series, Absorption. Classic but still current with lots of timeless relationship with Robert Waverly. But nuances. Alkyda Last year she was named Author of the will she change her mind before they Year by Write-On! Awards for Literary can really give it a try? Usually her Excellence. Her next project is to relationships only have a 3 - 4 months shelf life. “continue honing her screenwriting skills to turn my novels into screenplays and submit them to studios searching for fresh new Zarilyn Hudson is still recovering from a disastrous break-up. script concepts for TV and movie projects.” Now that she knows what her triggers were that made her overeat, will she be able to take control of them? Will she be open to love CHOCOLATE IN THE CITY again? BeBe Lopez breaks up with Thad Gardner for no reason or A contemporary, multi-cultural romance. What happens when was there one? Is there any hope for them that their second try will Girls Trip and Sex and the City have a baby? “How do 3 Chocolate work? Available on and Kindle Women, turn the borough of Brooklyn upside down?” In high Connect with Donna @ school, they started calling themselves, “Chocolate Girls.” Now these three single, “Chocolate Women” are blazing a path through their beloved, native Brooklyn. Three women, as opposite as three S UM M ER 2 0 2 0

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THE HUB: In regard to these families that are in need of safe shelters, how long has this been an issue?

aShawnda Barker holds the position as a Board Member at North Sacramento HART ( north-sacramento). Barker made this statement on Facebook (April 4) that prompted THE HUB to reach out for additional information: My last few weeks at work have been rough. If you know me I am passionate about housing and homelessness. Last year data confirmed the Sacramento average homeless family was a single black woman with 2 children. Please pray for our leadership, that they not get tired and they use Godly wisdom. Pray most for the spirit of compassion. My heart has been heavy for those women and their children. Their voice is overlooked, misjudged and disregarded. The people in power make day–to–day decisions that affect the health and safety of black women –mothers and children – our futures. Please help make our communities of homeless women and children a priority. I post this in light of COVID 19 These families are still in need of safe shelters. Make sure the Mayor and the County Board of Supervisors know with the stay–at–home order that safe shelter is important for our women with children. THE HUB commends Barker and those on the frontlines who are relentless in this work to seek and provide shelter and affordable housing for our homeless population. THE HUB: What is your mission in the community? BARKER: I’m passionate about equity of fairness for all people to have a safe place to call home; for Black women with children and single elderly women. I am passionate about housing and homelessness, but women’s voices are overlooked and misjudged and disregarded. I experienced homelessness as a child and young adult. Both of my parents had challenges when I was growing up. My mother was addicted to crack in the 1980’s and my dad was a schizophrenic. We really didn’t understand it, but he was always in my life. My grandmother would say keep praying God will bring him home over time. He got hit by a car and we were able to get help and medication for him. He is doing well now. My mother just retired after working 22 years for Mercy San Juan Hospital. I grew up in Oakland in the 1970’s and 1980’s. We had sports, parks and recreation and grandma down the block. It was tough but people looked out for each other. I had Black teachers in elementary and high school. I want to help strengthen the sense of community here.

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BARKER: I have worked for Sacramento County since 1997. I worked in probation and CPS. I went into homeless services in 2006. That’s when it blew up. It was happening but people hid it because they were scared their kids would be taken from them. Once a year we do a Point in Time count. In the middle of the night from 12 a.m. – 4 a.m. law enforcement and county workers are sent out to count the number of homeless people. It’s how we get data to solicit money from the federal government. But the Feds shifted focus onto shelters not transitional housing. Since 2019 we have data now; the average homeless family is a Black woman with two children. Why isn’t there a strategic process and focus for this? Trauma looks different for single mom with kids. Her stress looks different as she’s trying to get housing and food for her kids. THE HUB: Going forward, what do you see happening for women and children in need of safe housing? BARKER: We need to have safe parking, for example one mom sleeping in the car with her child had all her windows busted out. She made alliance with another mom and they parked together to keep each other safe. There needs to be somewhere they can go for help. The powers that be may not be as aware but it’s the squeaky wheel that gets the attention. Jackie Rose (Founder of Rose Family Creative Empowerment Center) and Dr. Gina Warren (Founder of Neighborhood Wellness Foundation) are very effective in working with them and others, we need to create an agenda with a combined voice at the county level when the governor is making decisions. It reminds me of my favorite Langston Hughes poem: “I Too Sing America: I’ll be at the table When company comes. I, too, sing America. Nobody’ll dare I am the darker brother. Say to me, They send me to eat in the “Eat in the kitchen,” kitchen Then. When company comes, Besides, But I laugh, They’ll see how beautiful I am And eat well, And be ashamed-And grow strong. Tomorrow, I, too, am America. “I’d like to add, I don’t sit at the table but I can sit at the door. I can also make a difference.” n

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ADVOCATING FOR BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES by Contributing Writer, Donna Michele Ramos

THE HUB: What is your vision for the future? LOGSDON: The way the stimulus bills were written, I spoke to state legislators and Congress pleading with them to fix the language of the stimulus bills because they are written in a way to leave out Black businesses. To change the fact that small businesses do not get and bigger businesses get a 1-week head start to get the money. Change the fact that different banks have different loan criteria; first come first serve. We spent the last 2 weeks calling banks, some banks waited a week before they let people apply, some banks only served their own customers. Some banks you had to have a credit line with them, even though the Federal government is providing the funding.


here are a total of 2,584,403 Black-owned businesses in the United States. 35% of employer firms are owned by women. 55% of employer firms are owned by men; 60% of non employer firms are owned by women and 39% of non employer firms are owned by men. In view of the strain on small businesses during this coronavirus outbreak, Black businesses are suffering more than other businesses. We spoke to Chris Lodgson back in April, advocate and activist for small Black businesses and the head of Black Small Business Association (BSBA) of California about it’s mission and upcoming activities. THE HUB: What is the mission of BSBA? How did this organization come about?

THE HUB: Does BSBA have any organizations that support it? LOGSDON: Yes there are a couple of nonprofits that partner with us (BSBA). The California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO) is one partner. They do capacity building statewide for micro businesses with less than 5 employees. They gave us free membership and resources and helped connect us to funding. The second nonprofit Maximum Research for Economic Equity started in 2019. BSBA is now part of their program offering; provides essential support services on the marketing side. THE HUB: Are there any events offered?

LOGSDON: This mission started for me in early 2016. I am originally from New York and I felt probably like some others, thinking Black people are going in a bad direction in terms of poverty and ownership. Unemployment is at 20% and the poverty rate is 30%. I was alarmed by that and wanted to see if there was anything I could do to make it better. I have skills in social media and nonprofit social services. I created a free marketing program for Black business to help bring those rates down. THE HUB: What is your impression of the stimulus package? Will it help Black businesses?

LOGSDON: Yes, since we cannot meet in person, we have online/virtual events. We do meet on Wednesdays for our Sacramento Black Biz COVID-19 Weekly Roundtable (Apr 29-June 24) discussions. Get the latest updates at: Facebook. com/sacblackbiz. BSBA also presents online webinars and discussions forums involving community leaders, political analysts, and small business owners. n BSBA-CA provides advocacy and resources to Black small businesses, and seeks to address the disproportionate negative impacts of policies on Black wealth. Learn more about BSBA and become a member today by going online to:

LOGSDON: The stimulus package through the CARES Act: PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) is supposed to provide business loans to small businesses. The first round was very poorly executed and given to businesses that clearly did not need the money. I spent the last 6 weeks meeting with Black businesses in Sacramento, hearing one horror story after another; it’s nothing but a nightmare. Last week the government came back with more money but the CARES Act is still written in a way that does not help us. I am very, very worried; that is why I fight to make sure we are prioritized with stimulus relief with all levels of government. S UM M ER 2 0 2 0

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C A P S I T Y O A K PA R K by Contributing Writer, Donna Michele Ramos

After operating out of a couple locations in the Downtown area starting in 2008, Capsity Coworking settled into its current location in 2012 at 2572 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95818. The Chief Executive Officer, Dmitri Godamunne shared with us more about Capsity’s location as well as how AHI, Adams Home Improvement (Construction Incorporated) has been instrumental in working towards the completion of Capsity Oak Park. Owner Mark Adams of AHI specializes in commercial renovations, tenant improvements and construction management (operating for 17 years). Currently he is working on the second location of Capsity Coworking, located in Oak Park, at 3810 Broadway, right on the corner of Broadway and Martin Luther King Blvd. THE HUB: As the construction manager of this project, when do you expect the project completion date will be? ADAMS: I took over from the previous construction manager. My role is getting the project to completion. We’re looking at a mid-July opening. We have inspections to pass to obtain our Certificate of Occupancy.


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THE HUB: What are some of the highlights of the new location? How big is it? ADAMS: It is a two-story building. The upstairs will be built out later in phase two. The building is made out of storage containers. The area has been dug down to make two levels. The uniqueness of the project is the storage containers that are made into 20 private offices. I like the concept as each unit has its own air conditioning system and soundproof glass. There is a built-out kitchen with moveable cabinets. There are also three meeting rooms; two are independent and the large room can be a training facility or conference room.

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to multiple meeting spaces for several people. There are seven or eight types of experiences that one can have all within the same building. Accessibility for all starts at a $48 student rate, and private offices starting at $550. The building also has two parking lots and we cannot wait for the days when we can throw events on our patio! THE HUB: Will you offer event planning? Are there plans for the future to expand more?

THE HUB: How busy has the last 6 months been for you during this construction? ADAMS: I’m relatively busy in general. A lot of clients wanted work completed while businesses are closed. THE HUB: What made you decide to branch out and open another location? GODAMUNNE: First and foremost, we saw an opportunity to grow our coworking company’s mission and provide low barrier access to space and business services in the region. We have long felt that Oak Park in in the midst of a resurgence and our location, right on the corner of Broadway and MLK, seemed to be a perfect opportunity. Second to this, this project represented our first true opportunity wearing the developer hat and we are so happy to be close to the finish line. THE HUB: What are the highlights of your second location? What are the amenities? GODAMUNNE: From a design perspective, it’s literally a first of its kind for the City of Sacramento and one we are quite proud of, which utilizes stacked shipping containers inside of the building to create 20 private offices. We incorporated many lessons learned from twelve years of operating a coworking space and programmed these lessons into a design which allows for multiple experiences. We will have designated areas, from quiet and grind it out to private offices, and then

GODAMUNNE: Events are temporarily put on hold due to Corona times, but members in the Capsity community have access to meeting spaces and a wonderful outside patio area. Phase 2 will be towards the end of the year. The second floor of the building, the entire upstairs will be pushed out to provide larger private office experiences. Our Capsity community can use the meeting spaces. If a person is not in the Capsity community, the meeting spaces are available on a per hour or per event basis. The building can hold up to 200 people and the enclosed spaces hold up to 50 people comfortably. THE HUB: Will there be any additional locations in the future? GODAMUNNE: Yes, we are certainly evaluating additional locations, but we will be focusing on this site for at least another year. We see another development opportunity with one of our parking lots – a future, mixed-use, affordable housing project may be something we explore. THE HUB: When do you anticipate opening this second building, corona virus permitting? GODAMUNNE: Occupancy should be approved in July. Coronavirus permitting, we plan a grand opening on Capsity’s 12th Anniversary, August 8, 2020. n

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Aerial photo of “Black Lives Matter” etched into the California State Capitol mall in Sacramento. It was taken by photographer Robert Maryland at a rally June 6, 2020 held to protest the brutal murder of George Floyd and other unarmed African Americans police officers across the United States have killed.



ver 50,000 people turned out for the George Floyd Peaceful March starting from Golden 1 Center to Caesar Chavez Park in Sacramento, California on Saturday, June 6, 2020 with individuals gathering as early as 8 am and starting the March at 10 am. Deon Taylor (Director & Filmmaker) - Climb Organization, spearheaded the Peaceful March in partnership with SacNAACP, BAPAC-Black American Political Association of California, and Be.Woke Vote. As noted from my personal Facebook page on June 6th: “This was a monumental movement where hundreds of thousands across the world MARCHED against the INJUSTICES of BLACK PEOPLE and REMEMBERING GEORGE FLOYD. I absolutely LOVED the ENERGY, LOVE, SUPPORT that was shared in the streets of Sacramento as we marched from Golden 1 Center to Caesar Chavez Park....I was running with the crowd until I got to the front of the march to get live footage and it was just beautiful to see my folks and all nationalities of all ages in harmony for a very peaceful march.” Guest speakers included: Jay King, President of the California Black Chamber of Commerce; Pastor Tecoy Porter of Genesis Baptist Church in South Sacramento; Stevante Clark (the older brother of Stephon Clark, who was killed by two Sacramento police officers in March 2018); Betty Williams, President of Sacramento NAACP, Rory Kaufmann, President of BAPAC, and Sacramento Mayor Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. n photo credits: Khiry Malik, 916.730.5405

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HIGHLIGHTS OF 10TH ANNUAL BLACK PHYSICIANS FORUM Friday, June 12, 2020 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm PST Broadcasted via Zoom/Facebook Live by Contributing Writer, Valarie Scruggs


he picture of pregnant women preparing to become mothers and delivering healthy babies is something most people expect is a natural and joyous experience. However, public health professionals have documented that there is a maternal mortality crisis happening among black women. The problem is a layered one that will require changes in our health care systems that counter systemic racism, implicit bias, poor data on conditions impacting black women, and power imbalances in doctor-patient interactions. These issues framed as “The Impact of Racial Disparities in Maternal Childhood Health for African Americans were discussed at the 2020 Northern California Black Physicians Forum, presented by the Sac Cultural Hub Media Foundation in partnership with UC Davis Health of Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

FORUM 2020 simply being a black woman places you at a disadvantage in systems that undervalue your experiences. Higher education and income are not protective factors that reduce the likelihood of poor birth outcomes for black women. Actually, data shows disparities widen when you look at education and profession. The support of policy makers and employers in ensuring that policies are in place that protect women’s jobs, provide health care, paid medical leave, and maternal health services are critically important. Black women who want to become mothers need better education on health conditions that may threaten their lives during pregnancy, delivery and post-partum. Conditions such as preeclampsia, eclampsia, and embolism, placental abruptions, postpartum hemorrhage, gestational cancer, preterm birth and infant mortality.

Dr. Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH – Chief Health Equity Officer and Vice President, American Medical Association and Dr. Olivia Kasirye, Sacramento County Public Health Officer and Public Health Officer of City of Elk Grove pointed to long-standing effects of racism that create barriers to accessing medical care, disparities in medical treatment, and gaps in data measuring birth challenges for black women as contributing factors to the ongoing crisis. Physicians were encouraged to advocate for equity at their institutions, raise awareness on maternal mortality among black women, mentor health professionals, and get involved in community.

Many of the health disorders that black women are facing are preventable. Positive health outcomes are attainable with increased understanding by black women of their risk for poor birth outcomes, recognition of the symptoms of these conditions, and empowerment to advocate for themselves when faced with medical experts that may not recognize their concerns.

Conversations with Allyson Felix, Olympic Gold MedalistAmerican track and field sprinter and Shonda Moore, Marketing Director at Fortune Schools shared their experiences. These successful women having gained celebrity, education, and possessing strong desire to become mothers ran into unexpected challenges that they had to navigate while experiencing pain and trauma. They gave a clear message that

Thank you to our 2020 Corporate Sponsors and Community Partners that included: One Community Health, Black Child Legacy Campaign, The Center at Sierra Health Foundation, Coleman Communications, Fortune School, Leatherwood Marketing, The Gospel Vine, Saving Our Legacy for African Americans For Smoke Free Safe Places – The SOL Project, Twlia Makes It Happen!, VisionStep, and Weave. n

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Aletha Maybank Chief Health Equity Officer and Vice President American Medical Association

Shonda Moore, Marketing Director at Fortune Schools

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull – Vice Chancellor for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UC Davis

Dr. Olivia Kasiyre, Sacramento County Public Health Officer and Public Health Officer of City of Elk Grove

Allyson Felix, Olympic Gold Medalist-American track and field sprinter

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As California is working around the clock to respond to COVID-19, THE HUB is doing its due diligence in keeping African Americans and communities of color informed and connected to the latest updates of resources available in your city and neighborhood. • Have you taken the COVID-19 test? • Are you still wearing your mask? • Are you practicing social distancing? Unfortunately, COVID-19 positive cases have increased. So Governor Newsom has recently announced in June that the return of some stay-at-home restrictions may occur. THE HUB is continuing to provide a list of some of the resources available throughout California to ensure Black communities are aware and have access to the care and necessities they need. So many essential organizations and association groups currently exist who have been and continue to be critical in providing info/resources to help assist families and businesses stay afloat. Be sure to go online to check out these resource links listed in detail at:

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by Chief Editor, Pleshette Robertson


COVID-19: Coping as a community webinar series


any people have questions about ways to cope with stress experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to this, the UC Davis Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the UC Davis Health LatinX Staff and Faculty Association in partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion organized a weekly webinar series with Dr. Hendry Ton, M.D., M.S.

understand how to stay safe and up-to-date on the recent news. The CDC has excellent information to stay up to date as well. Too much news can be overstimulating! Spend 10-15 minutes twice a day – 30 minutes is all you need to stay informed and feel certain about important details, without overstimulating yourself. What are your suggestions for those who have not made the adjustment or are having a hard time meeting virtually? We call what we are doing “social distancing; I prefer to refer to it as “physical distancing.” We are staying six feet away from each other physically, but social connection is still really important, and we can’t take that for granted. It helps with our physical and mental health. While the pandemic has made it hard to communicate in many ways, it has made it easier to communicate in other ways. There’s even more time to connect with community, as many of us have more downtime right now.

How do we reduce the added stress, especially that of Dr. Hendry Ton parents at home with their children? It is important to set a routine. Don’t forget to build in breaks in the day. For young children, set up virtual babysitters and playdates – aunts, uncles, and grandparents can FaceTime, video chat, etc. to help out. This is an opportunity for those people to connect, to feel useful and needed. Arrange virtual playdates with friends to connect virtually. Pick activities Pleshette Robertson, Founder of & Chief that don’t need supervision – activity books, apps, computer Editor of THE HUB Magazine held a virtual Q&A session with programs. Documentaries on TV are excellent resources for Dr. Ton in April to learn about the new COVID 19: Coping As A curious children. If you are working, be upfront with your Community Webinar Series. coworkers and supervisors. We are all in this situation together. Why is COVID-19 different from pneumonia or the flu? Tips on taking breaks COVID-19 is in the same family as the common cold. Many If you are on a Zoom meeting, and if you don’t need to be in people do not have symptoms; others may have minor symptoms. The big difference is that COVID-19 tends to be more front of the computer, take a walk during your meeting. If you are a supervisor, make that ok for your employees. Maybe suggest contagious. Every person that gets it generally infects 2 people. everyone walk during the meeting. It is an excellent stress The flu tends to be a 1:1 ratio. So, COVID-19 spreads more reliever. quickly. Another difference is that COVID-19 can be more lethal for people who are vulnerable. Fortunately, there are treatments we are developing. How do you see the series addressing personal health issues? Mediation is something we can all do quickly. It is catching on as a wellness practice. Mediation helps remind us to take care of ourselves, so that we can take care of other things. In our series, each video starts with meditation, then we talk about a particular topic that is important to people of the community. We as a community tend to overact and exaggerate. What are your thoughts on the media and the government keeping us informed with accurate information? It is normal to overreact and exaggerate. When something does not make sense or is uncertain, our anxiety increases. It is important to get information that is reliable and accurate. Ask healthcare professionals in your community: your doctor, pediatrician, nurse practitioner. It is part of their job to know accurate information. For those without access to a healthcare professional, you can go through your local health care system or public health department. UC Davis Health has a number of websites that are geared towards helping the community

How has COVID-19 affected you personally? I have relatives who have been in the ICU from what appears to be Coronavirus, who have now recovered. My wife and I are both healthcare providers, so we are more tired than normal, but glad to be able to help. You are helping people by sheltering in place. You may not know who, but you are saving a life. We all are in this together How do we build our immune system? 1. Get exercise. Consider taking an online exercise class. Exercising with others helps keep us committed to it. 2. Good sleep. 3. Good nutrition. Fresh vegetables and fruits. Consider taking a multivitamin. 4. Emotional wellness. 5. Social Wellness – don’t isolate. Connect to a community. Where do you think we stand one year from today? COVID-19 is a society changing experience. We will come back more resilient. Physical limitations will not limit how we help one another. We need to support our local businesses and grassroots organizations. We are going to get past this. n

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Update on Grants & Loans

FREE COVID-19 Testing Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm (by appointment only) for Oak Park Neighborhoods at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 3996 14th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95810. To request an appointment, call (916) 628-7676 between 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., MondayFriday. The new City of Sacramento 311 Customer Service Help Center website and mobile app make asking questions and getting service simple. Making government more accessible and life a little easier for our residents, businesses and visitors. Information-Technology/311 Are you a City of Sacramento resident unable to make your rent because of #COVID19? You must notify your landlord BEOFRE the 1st to be protected from evictions. Download the template delay notice here: SacRentDelayForm. More info at SacEvictFAQ and The Sacramento Labor Council has useful links with information on resources for those who have lost jobs, potential benefits and other services available due to the impacts of COVID-19. Access the information at: https:// Mental Health Services in Sacramento County 24/7 for Mental Health Crisis Calls (916) 875-1055 or toll free (888) 881-4881 Rapid Response Business Triage HOTLINE: 1-833-391-1919 Sacramento Asian Chamber and Sacramento Metro Chamber Launched the Rapid Response Business Triage Hotline for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 The hotline provides free resources and counseling in multiple languages for the Sacramento small businesses struggling to operate in the current economic climate. | 5 6 | T H E   HU B MA G A Z I N E

CREATIVE ECONOMY RECOVERY GRANT. On Tuesday, June 30, Sacramento City Council approved the framework for the $7.5 million Creative Economy Recovery program allocated to arts, creative economy and tourism. It includes six specific grant opportunities so that monies can be dispersed to businesses, institutions, individual artists, education opportunities and organizations representing culturally diverse communities and neighborhoods. Apply between July 8 – July 22. CITY OF SACRAMENTO UPDATE ON THE FORGIVABLE LOANS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES & NONPROFITS. Sacramento City Council approved on Tuesday June 30 an additional $5 million in CARES funding for the forgivable loan program bringing the total to $15 million. The application period closes July 13th at 5 p.m. APPLY NOW at: CONGRESS EXTENDS PPP TO AUGUST 8. Congress voted to extend the program to August 8. While this is good news for small business owners, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to make PPP more accessible to small businesses. FACEBOOK COMMITMENT IN BLACK AND DIVERSE COMMUNITIES. Facebook is committing $100 million to Black-owned small businesses, Black creators, and nonprofits that serve the Black community in the US. YOU CAN STILL APPLY FOR PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE. Are you a selfemployed worker in California? Have you suffered loss of income due to the COVID-19 crisis? You may be eligible for government help through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. Contact the PUA Legal Clinic: Call (415) 484-8372 or visit

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BAY AREA offers an excellent online resource for African American arts, culture and lifestyle with information about financial assistance for your business, guide to soul food cuisines, job announcements, and links to county, national, regional and global resources. county, national, regional and global resources.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Free COVID-19 Testing Available In partnership with the City of Los Angeles and LA County, free testing is now available to ANY LA County resident with COVID-19 symptoms. To learn more about eligibility see the flyers below or to set up an appointment visit: Coronavirus. Protections for Renters Against Evictions COVID-19 eviction protections are in place for all Angelenos. Below is valuable information with answers to many of your questions. HCID LA also developed a template letter that tenants can use to communicate their inability to pay rent to their landlords.

REGIONAL—ACROSS CALIFORNIA The State of California’s comprehensive, consumer-friendly website and public service announcements to boost COVID-19 awareness.

The California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC) has an incredible list of resource links, including: •

Racial Equity Tools: Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources

Advocacy: Contact Congress to Ask for Additional Federal Funds to Support Afterschool

Webinar: Continuity Planning During Moments of Crisis

“Shelter in Place” Resources for Educators

Emergency Grants: No Kid Hungry

Free Zoom Professional Development Webinar Series

Covered California

Due to COVID-19, you can still enroll in 2020 health coverage. Are you or someone you know without health coverage and concerned about the coronavirus? You can enroll in a health plan through Covered California NOW due the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis and may be eligible to receive financial help to help you pay your monthly premium.

Sign up for FREE empowerment and howto webinars for entrepreneurs and business owners being conducted by the following organizations: •

California Black Chamber of Commerce:

California Capital:

Small Business Majority:

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NAVIGATING BLACK CALIFORNIA Directory of Black MEDIA News Groups in California Black Voice News California Black Media The Gospel Vine Inland Valley News LA Focus West Side Story Newspaper

Compton Herald

Sacramento Observer

OnMe News

San Bernardino American

Inglewood News Today

Pace Newspaper

San Francisco Bay View

L.A. Sentinel

Pasadena Journal

Sun Reporter

L.A. Watts Times

Precinct Reporter

Tri County Sentry

Bakersfield News Group

The Oakland Post

BLACK RADIO STATIONS • Los Angeles - KJLH 102.3 FM • Bay Area - KBLX 102.9 FM • Sacramento - KDEE 97.5 FM • Central Valley - 1001.FM Mega 100

THE HUB’s Favorite Nationwide Black News Groups • • • •

• • Sisters from AARP - • The African History Network

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NAVIGATING BLACK CALIFORNIA Directory of BLACK ASSOCIATION GROUPS in the Greater Sacramento Valley Region and Beyond 100 Black Men of Sacramento

National Council of Negro Women, Sacramento Chapter

African-Americans for Balanced Health

Neighborhood Innovation

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC)

Roberts Family Development Center Sacramento ACT

Black Sistahs Making Friends

Sacramento Area Black Caucus

Black Small Business Association of California

Sacramento Area Black Golf Club

Black Women for Wellness

Sacramento Area Black Caucus

Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA)

Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce Sacramento Chapter of The Links

California Black Chamber of Commerce

Sacramento Chapter of the NAACP

California Legisative Black Caucus

Sacramento Kappa Psi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta

Centers for Fathers & Families Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Sacramento Alumnae Chapter

Sacramento Realtist Association

Elk Grove Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Eta Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Sacramento Chapter Greater Sacramento Urban League

Sacramento Sister Circle Sojourner Truth African American Heritage Museum Voices of Youth

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Just a reminder from THE HUB to support our local soul food restaurants in an around the Sacramento Region. Place your orders for delivery or curbside pick up. Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant (916) 481-1580

Family Pizza Take n Bake 916-333-3397

Mo’Betta Finger Foods On Wheels 916-307-9511

Queen Sheba 916-446-1223

Candies Kitchen 916.439.9922

Fixins Soul Kitchen 916-999-7685

Mommas Market 916-524-2782

Shakey Js | Peach Oliver 916-661-6750

Cora Lorraines (Colos) 916-692-8948

Flower’s Fish Market 916-456-0719

MoMo’s Meat Market 916-452-0202

South Restaurant 916-382-9722

D’s Smoking Pit 916-993-9428

House of Chicken and Ribs (916) 332-7041

Ms. Robin’s House of Que (916) 389-0707

Stage Coach 916-422-9296

Daddyo’s Smokehouse 916-821-9020

Louisiana Heaven 916-689-4800

Muhammads Meats Vegetables and Desserts (415) 862-8997

Toris Place Soul Food 916-646-6038

Dubplate Kitchen & Jamaican Cuisine 916-339-6978

Macque’s Barbeque (South Sac Location) 916-381-4119

Ermajeans Southern Cuisine Restaurant & Catering 530-749-9651

Macque’s Barbeque (Elk Grove Location) 916-714-2910

Play Makers Toucha Class Restaurant 916.451.1786 Q1227 Restaurant 916.899.5146

A R E YO U R E GI S T E R E D T O VOT E ? For more info on voting in California, go to: DID YOU KNOW? ACA 5 has passed the California State Senate – the Bill giving voters the opportunity to repeal Prop. 209 (reinstating affirmative action) will be on the statewide ballot November 2020.

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5031 Stockton Blvd Sacramento, CA 95820 (916) 579-6284

Another Look Hair Salon and Barber Shop

6666 Valley Hi Dr Sacramento, CA 95823 (916) 688-7505

Ashley Jayes Beauty Bar 5211 Elkhorn Blvd Sacramento, CA (916) 420-8208

Axis Barber Shop

2850 Northgate Blvd Sacramento, CA 95833 (916) 800-3233

Bohemian Aesthetic Atelier 106 L St # 1 Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 822-2646

Charmed Lashes & Beauty Bar

621 L St Capitol Mall Alley Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 936-2015

Crystal’s Hair Salon 9117 E. Stockton Blvd Suite 100 (916) 549-8972

Darryl’s Hair Studio & Spa 6801 Fair Oaks Blvd (916) 600 3736

Design R Touch Hair Salon 1510 16th St #106 (916) 968-8935

Diva Glam Spa Parties 2425 20th St (916) 272-5609

Double Take Hair Gallery

1007 12th Street Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 451-4600

Dominick’s Family of Industries Salon and Barber 3400 Bradshaw Rd A3 Sacramento, CA 95827 (916) 346-4616

Dream Girls Fine Hair Imports Salon 9090 Elk Grove Blvd Elk Grove, CA 95624 (916) 686-5030

Dutch’d Couture Extension Studio

621 Capitol Mall (Inside Sola Salons) (916) 821-4747

E Z Style & Supply Barbershop

3731 Stockton Blvd Sacramento, CA 95820 (916) 822-5081

Exclusive Hair Design

930 Alhambra Blvd #150 Sacramento, CA 95816 (916) 498-8374

Express Weave Bar

3526 Stockton Blvd Sacramento, CA 95820 (916) 823-5770

Exquisite U Beauty Boutique

Kajmir Hair Studio/I Twist Sacramento

Fadem Up Barbershop

Keela Hair Studio & Extension Boutique

2550 Valley Rd. #9 Sacramento, CA 95821 (916) 338-1137 3824 Stockton Blvd Sacramento, CA 95820 (916) 544-4062

Fadez on 20th

2423 20th St Sacramento, CA 95818 (916) 457-7913

Hasheem The Barber

Naturalistic Salon Spa 2031 Yale St Sacramento, CA 95818 (916) 594-7274

1910 16th St Sacramento, CA 95811 (916) 444-9370

Posh Extension Bar

1115 21st St Sacramento, CA 95811 (916) 539-8762

2527 J St Sacramento, CA 95816 (916) 376-7906

Rockin kidz kutz


9010 Fairway Dr Suite 113 Roseville, CA 95678 (916) 633-9392

4751 Freeport Blvd, ste B Sacramento, CA 95822 (916) 736-0808

1510 16th Street Ste 124 Inside Phenix Salon Studios Sacramento, CA 95814 (703) 200-2780

Kings Joint

Immaculate Cuts Barbershop

Margarets Hair Gallery

U.S. Bank Tower, Suite #2 (Inside Sola Salons) 621 Capitol Mall Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 271-3639

J Style in Co. Wellness & Beauty 6720 Fair Oaks Blvd Suite 103 (916) 346-7203

J. Rosé Hair Salon

6720 Madison Ave Ste 6 Fair Oaks, CA 95628 (916) 967-7673

J’s Remixed Hair Design

2740 Arden Way Ste 224 Sacramento, CA 95825 (916) 822-2825 S UM M ER 2 0 2 0

Royal Cuts Barbershop

1900 Terracina Dr Ste 120 Sacramento, CA 95834 (916) 571-5711 1610 Fulton Ave Sacramento, CA 95825

Marichal Salon, Barber Shop & Suites 2648 Del Paso Blvd Sacramento, CA 95815 (916) 226-7099

Mo Better Hair Salon & Barber 10401 Folsom Blvd Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (916) 364-3400

My Beauty Bar & Spa 9108 Laguna Main St Elk Grove, CA 95758 (916) 684-8111

4400 47th Ave #102 Sacramento, CA 95824 (916) 424-2887

The Next Episode Hair Salon 2201 Northgate Blvd Sacramento, CA 95833 (916) 519-9045

Tisha’s Braids

8245 Florin Rd, Ste A2 Sacramento, CA 95828 (916) 381-8894

Urban Beauty Salon & Spa

4444 Manzanita Ave #2 Carmichael, CA 95608 (916) 891-5984 E-mail contact@ with any additions or corrections to the list of Black-owned salons and barbershops (composed by BSBA-Black Small Business Association of California

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