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alifornia Governor Gavin Newsom has announced action to lift pandemic executive orders and reopen the state. This announcement included news terminating the Stayat-Home Order that was implemented early in the pandemic to protect Californians and retiring the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy. In addition, restrictions such as physical distancing, capacity limits, and the county tier system will end as of June 15. I must admit I CAN NOT WAIT!! I have felt so restricted, and I am SO ready to enjoy life again without a mask or other precautions. At the same time, I have several reservations about everything being wide open again without restrictions that have kept us safer than most want to believe. We are aware that COVID cases are dropping, more vaccinations are being distributed, and most are still wearing masks and social distancing. Yet, I feel it is too soon to go about our dayto-day lives as if the pandemic is over. We must proceed with common sense and caution. It’s become incredibly clear that thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, this summer is going to be different. Even though people are getting out more, public health officials still recommend that you get vaccinated, limit your contact with others, keep at least six feet away from people outside your household, wash your hands regularly, and wear a mask when you’re in public. But while you’re probably well aware of the general recommendations, there are plenty of situations you might find yourself in this summer where you’re unsure of what, exactly, you need to do to keep yourself and your family safe, especially with conflicting reports from the CDC and decision-makers in other states. As we know, going outside and interacting with other people comes with some level of risk of contracting coronavirus. But given that you probably want to live your life with some degree of normalcy, it’s up to you to decide how comfortable you feel in certain situations where there may be other people. Here is a list of recommendations reprinted from a few sources to guide you into enjoying the summer safely: Going to the beach Many beaches have recommendations about wearing masks and staying six feet apart, but it’s often up to individuals. Limit how many people go with or visit with your household only. If you decide to attend with others, keep at least six feet from others and remind the kids to do the same. Hiking on a trail If you hike solo, you’re in great company. If you have company, it’s important to try to keep your distance from others. If the area is crowded, you may want to try to hike at another time. Or, if you still want to hike, you can try parking further away from the trail where this is more room to space out. Playing golf or other outdoor sports Person-to-person contact is dangerous. Teetimes can be | 4 | T H E  HU B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 1

scheduled with those who have been vaccinated and limit their contact with others. You can also continue to apply safe best practices in your daily routine, such as bumping elbows vs. shaking hands, washing your hands frequently, and wearing a mask. Visiting a public pool Pools are slowly opening again with restrictions such as attendance limits to make social distancing easier. Consider staying away from clearly high-touch areas like handrails and water fountains as much as possible and using hand sanitizer after you touch common areas. Remember, the risk of transmission on surfaces is lower, but it’s not zero. Visiting a local park The rules are the same here as they are for using a local trail, avoid crowded areas and keep your distance from others. Attending in-person concerts and mixers All of the same rules apply. Try to attend events that advertise social distancing opportunities, good sanitation practices, minimal high touchpoints, and vaccination regulations, to name a few. Bottom line is to use common sense and be safe in all that you plan to do and places you plan to visit. Even if you don’t plan to leave the state, California has so many wonderful places to visit, so be sure to get out and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. As we collectively reflect on the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, Sac Cultural Hub staff invites you to celebrate Black Men In Leadership we have placed on centerstage in this special edition issue. We wish all men who lovingly serve in a parental role as mentor, big brother, uncle, stepfather, grandfather, or Daddy, a joyous and Happy Father’s Day. We love you, and you are appreciated. True Blessings!

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t’s ironic that one of the most powerful men in show business, and THE HUB’s Men In Leadership 2021 cover star, is, perhaps, best known for dressing up like a woman. Tyler Perry’s name is becoming more and more prominent every day. Earlier this year, he made Forbes’ world billionaires ranking, which also includes celebrities like Jay-Z and Oprah Winfrey. That’s right: Perry’s net worth exceeds a cool $1 billion! The 51-year-old media mogul got his start in theater, writing and producing I Know I’ve Been Changed, about survivors of child abuse and the first of a string of successful stage productions. Perry eventually earned over $100 million in total ticket sales, and millions more via videos and merchandising, according to Forbes. Although Perry had conquered the African American theatre circuit, Hollywood dismissed him and his creative ideas. So he did what any strong black man would do: he set out to bring his ideas into reality by himself. Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne eventually found a distribution home on the foundling CW network. Perry’s first feature film, Tyler Perry’s Diary Of a Mad Black Woman, was released in 2005. Lucrative production deals with Black Entertainment Television and the Oprah Winfrey Network followed.

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CENTERSTAGE In his spare time, Perry produced films like the critically acclaimed Precious, and acted in movies including Vice and Alex Cross. He also founded Tyler Perry Studios, located on a 330-acre former Confederate Army base in Atlanta, Georgia.

“I’ll be 50 this year,” Perry said at the time, “and I’m just at a place in my life where this next 50 I want to do things differently. This character has been amazing. So many people have loved her. It’s been a great franchise.”

I’m sure that several good ol’ Southern boys were Although Perry insists that he’s donned the wig and rolling in their graves while Perry cut deals to film cheap housedress for the last time, he left the door features including Black Panther, Coming 2 open for more. America, and Bad Boys III on a lot that “You can’t kill [Madea],” Perry told CNN. had been home to Confederate Army “I mean, that’s like killing Rocky! I left WHILE DISNEY soldiers, as they were fighting to the door open because I don’t want STARTED WITH A continue enslaving our ancestors. people to have a finality that she’s MOUSE, AND THE JIM Some of the descendants of gone. That final thing, she’s dead HENSON JUGGERNAUT those enslaved Americans just and gone…I don’t want that.” STARTED WITH A FROG, graduated from Tyler Perry TYLER PERRY’S MEDIA Perry got more than the inspiration Studios’ coding academy, EMPIRE BEGAN WITH HIS for Madea from his mother. She launched to teach primarily black DRAG PERSONA taught him several guiding principals and brown elementary school that he carries with him, even today. students the fundamentals of coding. Largely due to a savvy decision to retain sole ownership of his content, the formerly homeless Perry netted most of the $200 million that TBS paid for House Of Payne. Today, the mogul’s content library alone is worth $320 million. He also owns his studio outright — and it’s worth another $280 million. Perry’s 19 feature films have grossed over $864 at the North American box office alone. “I own the lights. I own the sets,” Perry told Forbes. “So that’s where the difference is. Because I own everything, my returns are higher.” While Disney started with a mouse, and the Jim Henson juggernaut started with a frog, Tyler Perry’s media empire began with his drag persona, Madea, who was inspired by Perry’s late mother, Maxine. Madea was “born” in 1999 in a play called “I Can Do Bad All By Myself.” I’ll confess to having never seen a Madea film, but I’m in the minority. The matriarch is beloved the world over. Perry has said that his mother was “the wisdom of Madea.” “[My mother] loved Madea,” Perry said. “.Even though [my mother and I] look alike, she was a much more beautiful version of the character, for sure! [My mother] told me whatever you do, don’t stop playing this character.” A few years after Maxine’s death, in 2019, Perry defied his mother and retired Madea. ISSUU. C OM/ T HE H U B MA G

“My mother taught me to refuse hate,” Perry said during his Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award acceptance speech at this year’s Academy Awards. “She taught me to refuse blanket judgement. And in this time, and with all of the internet and social media and algorithms and everything that wants us to think a certain way, the 24-hour news cycle, it is my hope that all of us will teach our kids…just refuse hate. Don’t hate anybody.” “I refuse to hate someone because they are Mexican or because they are Black or white or LGBTQ. I refuse to hate someone because they are a police officer. I refuse to hate someone because they are Asian. I would hope that we would refuse hate.” “And I want to dedicate [this award] to anyone who wants to stand in the middle, no matter what’s around the walls. Stand in the middle, because that’s where healing happens. That’s where conversation happens. That’s where change happens. It happens in the middle.” “So anyone who wants to meet me in the middle, to refuse hate, to refuse blanket judgement, and to help lift someone’s feet off the ground, this one is for you, too.” n Michael P Coleman is a Sacramento-based freelance writer and multimedia content creator. Connect with him at, or follow him on Twitter or IG: @ColemanMIchaelP

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he California Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans hosted its first public meeting June 1.

The virtual gathering marked the official launch of the first-in-the-nation initiative organized to investigate how a state engaged in and benefitted from slavery, and how it practiced or condoned racial discrimination, excluding African Americans from economic and other opportunities. During the meeting that lasted over four hours, the 9-member task force elected Kamilah V. Moore, a Los Angeles-based activist and attorney, as its chair. The group also elected Dr. Amos Brown, pastor of Third Baptist Church in San Francisco and president of the San Francisco NAACP branch, as vice chair. The newly elected leaders represent an inter-generational team, bridging the millennial and baby boomer generations, which are known for their often-conflicting worldviews. Moore, who passed the California bar examination in January, intends to use her studies in domestic and international human rights to provide perspective on, “how the recommendations comport with international standards of remedy for wrongful injuries caused by the state, that includes all reparations and special members measures as understood by various international protocols laws and findings,” she said. In her term as chairperson, Moore says she will provide expertise on, “how the state of California will offer a formal apology on behalf of the people of California for the perpetuation of gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity against Black Americans who descend from chattel slavery in the United States.” A history buff and student of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights veteran Brown has dedicated more than six decades of his life to fighting for racial justice and equality. “I’m concerned about our people and making sure that we stay on point in terms of delivering the sons and daughters of Africa what belongs to them,” said Brown. The task force will be collaborating with the California Department of Justice to conduct research and provide recommendations for compensation based on the requirements of Assembly Bill 3121, the legislation that paved the way to set up the task force. | 1 0 | T H E  H U B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 1

The reparations task force will work with renowned researchers and scholars to both quantify and qualify the damage slavery had on African Americans in California. The collaborators will conduct extensive research to examine the economic, educational, and social injustices suffered by descendants of enslaved Black people in the United States. Coauthors of the book, ‘From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the 21st Century,’ Kirsten Mullen and William A. Darity, Jr., will provide general guidance for ways the state needs to implement reparations. History professor Stacy Smith will offer expertise on the impact of slavery specific to California and how racial injustices affected the descendants of enslaved Africans. African Studies professor Marne Campbell will lead a research team that includes students at Loyola Marymount University to compile a report on various federal and state laws, regulations, policies, and practices that discriminate against African Americans. “We must be aggressive in our efforts, be honest and direct, and figure out what we need to do in California, and be an example to the rest of the nation,” said California Secretary of State Shirley Weber, who authored the bill when she was an Assemblymember representing the 79th District in the San Diego area. Weber said that the inaugural meeting is a historic moment that is 400 years overdue for African Americans. “It’s time for folks to acknowledge the harm that’s been done, the harm that continues to be done,” said Weber. IS S UU.C O M/ THEHUBMAG

“We are here today because the racism of slavery birthed an unjust system and a legacy of racial harm and inequality that continues today in every aspect of our lives,” she said. “We are here today not just to seek an answer to say, ‘Was there harm?’ But your task is to determine the depth of the harm, and the ways in which we are to repair that harm,” Weber said to the task force. Besides Brown and Moore, other task force members are state Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena); Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Gardena); Cheryl Grills, a clinical psychologist; Lisa Holder, a racial and social justice attorney; Jovan Lewis, a social scientist who focuses on racial and economic disparities; Monica Montgomery Steppe, a San Diego city councilmember; and Donald Tamaki, an attorney who worked on the landmark case that won reparations for Japanese internment camp victims. The task force is scheduled to host a follow-up public meeting in July to finalize the scope of their study -and how they will move the reparations conversation forward in California. n


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CITY OF SACRAMENTO NAVIGATING THROUGH COVID-19 by Donna Michele Ramos, Contributing Writer


ichael Jasso, Assistant City Manager, maintains direct oversight of the Office of Innovation and Economic Development and the Community Development Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Princeton University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Bureau of Economic Development, Chief Development Officer for the Chicago Housing Authority, helping to manage the third-largest public housing authority in the nation, and leading the Tax Increment Finance Program on behalf of the Mayor for the District of Columbia Government.

Michael comes to Sacramento from Chicago, where he served as Chief for the Bureau of Economic Development of Cook County, IL (Cook County is the second-most populous county in the United States). There, he oversaw three County departments along with a cross-cutting economic development office. Among other successes, he led the creation and implementation of Cook County’s strategic economic development plan.

THE HUB: As one of four Assistant City Managers for the City of Sacramento, can you explain your role in helping to run the city and in supporting the City Manager?

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JASSO: My job is to assist departments by working with department heads and supporting them. I used my economic background to help craft the director of economic development position, which I also hold. Economic Development includes the convention center and cultural services.


CENTERSTAGE THE HUB: The City has faced many challenges this past year in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. What letter grade would you give the City of Sacramento as opposed to the rest of California in surviving the crisis?

THE HUB: Homelessness everywhere has skyrocketed in Sacramento County and has been devastating; how is the City of Sacramento confronting and managing this issue?

JASSO: I don’t directly oversee this, but JASSO: It’s hard to grade the rest I am supportive of establishing help SINCE THE BEGINNING of California; we’re all adjusting to for homeless working to support OF THE PANDEMIC, THE unprecedented circumstances. homeless. The Department of CITY USED THE $89.6 MILLION I give CA as a whole an A+ for Community Response, headed by IT RECEIVED FROM THE FEDERAL effort and intent. Everyone jumped Bridgette Bean, is a new department CARES ACT TO LAUNCH AND into action to support businesses working with County and Social EXPAND 70 PROGRAMS TO HELP and residents. Businesses and Services to give some relief to the RESIDENTS IN NEED LIKE SMALL residents adjusted, too. We’ve all homeless situation. BUSINESSES, NONPROFITS, learned. No one got an A+, but if CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS, I were to grade our city’s actions, AND TO PROVIDE RENTAL THE HUB: As racial tensions are and I’d say a conservative B+. It got ASSISTANCE. have been extremely high over the past better over time, as we learned more. year with police shootings of Black men Sacramento’s original loan program was and women followed up by protests, what $1 million to address business we knew has the City of Sacramento been doing to address would be the hardest hit: restaurants. Our goal this issue? was to get the money out the door ASAP. The loans were distributed on an eligibility basis, first come, first served. JASSO: This is a pressing matter that demands all cities But behind the recipents were another 1,000 businesses to rethink their strategies and actions. Asst. City Manager that also needed it. In our haste, we failed to ensure these Chris Conlin has oversight of Public Safety, Police, and loans reached businesses owned by people of color. We Fire Departments. He will continue working with groups got the word out the second time with federal money by and communities and training officers on implicit bias and hosting more community meetings. The Asian Pacific adjusting their policing. Islander community got 30% of the loans because we did webinars in multiple languages. There were 1,500 forgivable loans. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the THE HUB: What do you see as the most significant opportunities in the City of Sacramento as we look to the City used the $89.6 million it received from the Federal future? CARES Act to launch and expand 70 programs to help residents in need like small businesses, nonprofits, cultural JASSO: Sacramento as a city is the right size to meet organizations, and to provide rental assistance. growth. California is a major economic driver across the THE HUB: Small business owners have faced some huge challenges with staying open and surviving COVID-19 (amid some permanent storefront closures). However, Sac Cultural Hub was one of many small businesses to receive a forgivable loan of $5k from the City of Sacramento last summer. Has the City of Sacramento considered offering this program once again this year? JASSO: Fortunately, the Federal American Recovery Program provided direct resources for restaurants and closed venues. We want to see what worked. Within tech services, what really made a difference for small businesses was a series of online community forums and working groups. We completed one yesterday that will be part of a report for the Council. We’re pivoting a little because now it’s about recovery. We are now looking for ways to support those businesses that can’t come back by connecting them with different opportunities. It won’t look like last time when we were primarily focused on relief.

world and will continue to be one. Here in Sacramento, this is particularly evident in areas like agricultural manufacturing innovation. California is a mobility center. We are seeing major innovations in clean technology. Recently, the City Council adopted an ordinance for reconstruction. Growth equals challenges of equity and inclusion. We must try to ensure benefits from growth are reaped by everyone, especially those not usually included. The City is looking at equity data, looking at clusters like life and business science to achieve this goal. We have to foster industries that define the industry of world jobs. THE HUB: What do you enjoy most about serving as Assistant City Manager? JASSO: The opportunity to meet and work with members of the community, as well as residents and businesses where the public sector meets the private sector. I also enjoy working with great people in the city in general, working with a dedicated, committed staff on things that really matter. n Visit


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eflecting on the murder of George Floyd a year later requires that we as Black Americans, Americans as a nation, honestly look at all the meaning that this tragedy embodies. The symbolism is palpable. For life has been, and continues to be, snuffed out of Black Americans in many ways, on many fronts. Many people across the nation and around the world watched in horror the film footage of veteran police officer Derek Chauvin pressing the life out of George Floyd with that defiant, inhumane stare as he pushed his knee against Floyd’s neck with utter disregard for what—we learned during the trial a year later—lasted nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds, long after life had left George Floyd’s body. Chauvin was so enraged he kept killing Floyd long after he was already dead. He showed no concern about the potential consequences of his action as alarmed and pleading citizens stood by, eyewitnesses, watching helplessly. Today, some may have found a bit of justice with the recent murder conviction of Derek Chauvin. But what does that really mean? What does it mean when it comes to achieving real justice for the known and unknown number of wrongful deaths of Black men and women by the hands of policemen and other law enforcement officers? The real question, and more importantly, what will be done to bring about systemic changes to stop this age-old, generation-old practice of snuffing out the life, literally and figuratively, of Black men, and Black people in many aspects of American life? Blacks in America have had knees on their necks in all strands of the American experience, not just in terms of police brutality. American history is replete with evidence of oppression and inequality when it comes to how Blacks are regarded and treated. For decades and across generations, first it was slavery, then Jim Crow, and now the seemingly endless fight for civil rights and voting rights. In addition to police brutality today, too many states have introduced laws to restrict voting, with the state of Georgia leading the way. Many, not just rogue policemen, are about the business of snuffing out the will and denying those privileges and opportunities to Blacks that are afforded to other Americans. These egregious practices can be seen in education, employment, and business—whether it is business in

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a large corporate environment or in the small business sector that is the bedrock of America. Despite their value, their quality, their contribution, Black employees and Black businesses are all too often under-valued, under-supported, and lack adequate investment capital. If they barely can survive today, how can they expect to participate in the technological advances and become sustainable in the future? As we look at all the facets of what happened to George Floyd and so many others, and what their lives and deaths truly represent, caring Americans must focus on the mistreatment of Blacks, the ravages and denial of Black progress historically and now, across all areas of American society that breed a disproportionate level of poverty, crime, injustice, and unequal opportunity. America must acknowledge and value what Blacks bring to the table. For those of us Blacks who have first-hand experience with rogue policemen, an unequal educational system, a discriminating employer who persists in treating you unfairly no matter how excellent your work history has been, or as a small business owner that struggles to survive year after year, there is more to be done and more to endure. This is a call to action to our communities, our state, and our nation to realize that the death of George Flood and others is only symptomatic of larger systemic problems that need to be fixed. America will never be all it can be until it does. n


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hief Daniel Hahn of the Sacramento Police Department was born and raised here in Sacramento. He was adopted at three months old by Mary Hahn, a very well-known and respected woman who lived in Oak Park. When he announced to her that he was appointed Chief of Police for Sacramento, she paused, then told him, “I’m proud of you.” Chief Hahn was filled with emotion; he held back the tears and said that when she said that four years ago, he in turn said, “Ain’t nothing anybody can do to me, nothing; bring it because I’m going to do what I believe is right, and there is nothing you can do about it,” he exclaimed. His mother is no longer with him, but he believes she watches over him, and he still believes she is his guide. Growing up, he lived in one of the busiest strolls for crime in the district of Oak Park. Drug dealers and prostitutes flooded the area. He witnessed a murder right in front of his home at the age of 9. He was arrested at the age of 16 for assault on a police officer. The Chief joined the police department in the ’90s. In 1992, his younger brother was involved in drugs and was murdered. The Chief was on duty and was called to the scene and had to identify his brother. He previously served as a police officer for 34 years and has now served as Police Chief for 10 years. The events of his life have well-qualified him to be on the inside looking out, yet the powers that be—the same people (in elected offices) who proclaim that equity is important—still treat him as a lower-class citizen. Simultaneously, white protestors have said directly to him that he does not understand what it is like to be a Black man in his city largely because he is of mixed race. For the same reason, Chief Hahn has faced animosity from his own community of Black people. He said that there have been countless times where he has been called “Uncle Tom,” a “Coon,” or a “Sell-out.” “That hurts. From day one, I have always been a part of the Black community and always taken great pride in it, not for the many things I take pride in more than the color of my skin,” he said with conviction. In the last year, there have been eruptive protests in our cities and all over the nation. Chief Hahn reflected on the city of Sacramento’s climate and stated that all that has been going on is nothing new under the sun. Yet, he can’t remember a time in his career that our city has seen protests that have led to the burning of buildings and | 1 6 | T H E  H U B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 1

gross destruction of property that occurred after the death of George Floyd in 2020. There has been unrest in the African American community all over the country. The pain is deep. Black people have suffered immeasurable atrocities. George Floyd’s death just reopened a wound that this nation has poorly attempted to put a band-aid on. Chief Hahn was not remiss in calling it like it is. “It is the United States of America’s dirty little secret that we don’t want to ever actually have to look in the mirror and face our crimes. So, therefore we continue to have these protests, we continue to leave segments of our community behind, and we continue to tell ourselves lies,” Chief Hahn said. The lies that have been told are that people in poor communities such as Oak Park, Del Paso Heights, and Meadowview are poor because the people there are lazy, and if they would just get a job, they would be fine. IS S UU.C O M/ THEHUBMAG

CENTERSTAGE Chief Hahn teaches 10 hours of city history classes to the Sacramento Academy police graduates. There is also a specialized class every Friday for Academy officers in Del Paso Heights. It is to teach them how to build relationships in a community that many of them are not from. “Relationships are able to change preconceived notions that were wrong. That is just as much a part of our training as is how to shoot a gun or what is the law,” Chief Hahn said. Chief Hahn theorizes that the bottom line is economic development. The economic development driven by every office of city government in this country is creating the imbalance of economic wealth and hardship across the racial divide. “If you look at the economic development that is driven by city government, economic development in our impoverished areas looks much different than in our middle class and upper-class areas,” said Chief Hahn. Finally, I wanted to know why the Sacramento community should trust the Sacramento Police Department to serve the community fairly and justly? The Chief said if he were honest with himself, the Sac Police department is strong and is trying, but it is not perfect. “The proof is in the pudding; we are doing things that other departments are not doing. Look at who we allow into the department to study us voluntarily like I asked them to,” he said. So, why trust them? “They should trust us because we are trying,” said Chief Daniel Hahn. n Connect with Chief Hahn at: /




reater Sacramento Financial Literacy Group (GSFLG) was created to educate, support and empower each other for the economic wealth and growth of our community and to help shape the future generation of wealth. Financial literacy is the possession of the set of skills and knowledge that lets a person make informed and efficient choices with their financial resources. All people touch money and the manner in which an individual uses it is up to him or her but not being properly informed on how to make, save and invest can spell disaster. For the Black community, it is necessary to change the habits of being consumers to becoming investors and entrepreneurs. Learning financial skills such as investing, stock trading, saving and what it takes to start a business, you are better preparing for the future and securing a financial legacy for your family. Learn more about virtual meetings held via Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.


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With assistance of our readers and users online along with our Board of Directors, THE HUB is proud to once again present its 14th 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 nominations are reviewed, it never ceases to amaze me with the great submissions we receive.














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OWNER, GENERAL PARTNER @ STEP/ONE REAL ESTATE | REAL ESTATE BROKER by Pleshette Robertson, Chief Editor Thaxter V. Arterberry is a nationally recognized wealth management empowerment speaker, radio talk show host, book author, entrepreneur, restaurateur and California real estate broker with over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry. Mr. Arterberry is Founder and President of Operations for Arterberry Real Estate and Step One Development headquartered in Northern California. As President of Operations, he is responsible for agent relations, real estate acquisition, property management, investor relations as well as creating sustainable small business opportunities for his clients. As a seasoned entrepreneur with 30+ years of experience, Mr. Arterberry is what you would call a serial-entrepreneur. Owning and operating businesses that include: Pacific Check Cashing, Natomas Money Exchange, Thaxters Southern Caféé. Just to name a few throughout his many years as an entrepreneur. Mr. Arterberry has won numerous awards related to business and entrepreneurship. He is the author and publisher of Thinking Like a Millionaire, for Homegrown Americans. He also hosts three weekly radio shows: Money Talks Radio Show and Podcast (Tuesdays 1:00pm and Wednesdays 7:00pm), and Jump Start Mondays with world renowned radio personality Lee Perkins from | 2 0 | T H E  H U B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 1

7:00am till 11:00am on radio KDEE 97.5FM Sacramento. The focus of the show is financial literacy as it relates to better understanding the processes associated with owning or investing in the following: real estate, small business opportunities, and the stock market. Mr. Arterberry is a native of San Francisco and attended the University of Nevada-Reno and United International University on a Division One Basketball Scholarship majoring in Business. He is now residing in Rancho Murieta, a suburb of Sacramento. He is a dynamic personality and highly-sought-after resource in his professional circle. When it comes to business, and making things happen, they call Thaxter who is the father of two college graduates Julius and Sterling Arterberry and survives his wife of 27 years Catherine Dawn Arterberry who passed July 23, 2014 after a lengthy courageous battle with cancer.



Book: The Bible Cologne: Gucci OUR CONVERSATION:


Black woman I admire: My now deceased wife, who helped me better understand the true essence of love, life and happiness. On who cooks the best: • • •

My mom cooks the best: Gingerbread My wife cooked the best: Enchiladas I can cook the best: Soul Food (period)

Greatest achievement: 27 years of successful marriage, two son’s and now grandchildren. Who in your life helped to shape your values? My high school basketball coach Ernie McNealy who shared a personal thought prior to my selecting which college I was going to attend “sometimes to be a star you have to leave some of the people you love behind.” Defining a Black man in leadership: When the leader looks behind himself and see’s the people attached are progressing continually, as is he… Leader, the word itself, exemplifies truth — leaders lead, sometimes positive other times negatively. In other words, “the blind can lead the blind right into a hole.” IS S UU.C O M/ THEHUBMAG

CENTERSTAGE | BLACK MEN IN LEADERSHIP I am committed to: Helping change the narrative as it relates to “how we think about money and the importance of financial literacy.” By the year 2053 surveys suggest Black wealth will be at zero. This must change. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not about the paper-chase. Nor is it all about money. It’s about capitalism and how-to best progress capitalistically being descendants of former slaves. It’s not an easy conversation, nor is it welcomed in the Black community. Rightly so, especially when the Bible scripture most misinterpreted relates to money: “The love of money is the root to all kinds of evil.” Most misinterpret the scripture saying “money is the root to all kinds of evil.” Money isn’t evil, neither is man. Man can only convince himself “to be evil.” Usually out of financial ignorance. Money is currency, the root of the word being current. Money is supposed to flow through the system (capitalism). Not just be spent on consumer products. Without financial literacy being taught in a language understandable to Blacks we’ll continue too financially be at the bottom of the financial totem-pole as it relates to wealth accumulation. How Blacks think about money and capital must change, this is what I’m committed to help changing. The financial direction of sustainable financial wealth directed by me, Thaxter Arterberry. COVID-19 impact: Personally, no impact. It’s been good recalibrating, praying, reading and getting reacquainted with myself. My family, no real noticeable change. My work, how real estate is transacted changed mostly electronically and face to face meetings. My community— I think the biggest impact to the community besides the obvious financial decline, has to be, treatment. The should I, should I not take the vaccination is a struggle for many. Not knowing if the world is being told the truth has had a major impact of the community as it relates to COVID.

What do you like about HUB Magazine? It’s progressive and continues to adapt to changing times. Its platform is needed. It’s a business owned and operated by a female with a heart for the community. Sac Hub has become a tool many in the community have become accustomed to reading, advertising and supporting. n

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Best advice for young black men: In the words of my son Sterling as he wrote in his college exit document: “Don’t live your life to post on social media.” Humans are creatures of habit, we tend to repeat what we see others do. Many today are gathering habits based around the false narratives depicted on the many media streams available today. I would also say this: Don’t sleep on the potential negative impact of over indulgence in anything to include cannabis. Although legal, like alcohol, there is a potential negative impact with over indulgence. Black men can’t afford to not be on their A game in 2021 forward… like it or not, we (Black men) can’t afford to be high!!! Especially when conducting business. When it’s time to handle business, it’s not time to get HIGH. This is my historical perspective growing up in the inner city and watching many Black males fall victim to drugs.


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PRESIDENT | BROTHER 2 BROTHER by Pleshette Robertson, Chief Editor Aaron Cardoza, better known by his entertainment name “The Forgotton One”, is one of the most prolific and impactful poets, youth gang mentor, and community leaders in the Sacramento Region. As Mr. Cardoza is the President of Brother to Brother his life’s passion is to be a positive impact to everyone that he meets and to improve the lives of others through poetic art, entertainment, and community outreach. He teaches kids how to take their pain and turn it into poetry. Aaron was raised in a foster home in Del Paso Heights (DPH) of Sacramento during the 80’s and 90’s. He attended North Avenue Elementary, Rio Tierra Junior High, and Grant Union High School. Aaron got involved in gangs as a youth, was severely injured from gun violence, and spent a large part of his youth in prison. Once Aaron got out of prison he returned to his same neighborhood and found out that much had not changed. In fact, things were worse than before he left the community. Fortunately, Aaron started noticing that some of his old friends were just as tired as he was of the dismal trajectory of his community and wanted to change the narrative into a more positive outcome for our youth. Subsequently, he joined a newly developed group of DPH G’s, Old G’s, including law enforcement Old G’s from the community affectionately named “Brother to Brother” to change the narrative of life in DPH. Most importantly, Aaron discovered that God had a purpose for his life and all that he had been through. Mr. Cardoza has a teenage son and is currently engaged.

because I want to make my neighborhood a safer place where kids can play and go to school. COVID-19 impact: Slowed down the work that we all have to do. Best advice for young Black men: Be yourself. Don’t worry about what others think about you. Be the best you can be. Slogan I live by: Change comes when you’re ready. What do you like about HUB Magazine: They feature African American culture. n


Cologne: Versace Flame OUR CONVERSATION:

Black woman you admire: My mother because she is a strong black woman. Trademark: Making contact and staying consistent with everyone I mentor. On who cooks the best: My wife cooks the best breakfast. Greatest achievement: Getting out of the system/parole. Defining a Black man in leadership: A black man who’s trying to save lives. I’m committed to: Making a change in my neighborhood

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As the Senior Director of Institutional Culture, Climate & Community Engagement, Mr. Dennis is responsible for leading the efforts that will continue to transition UC Davis Health in becoming a fully inclusive, anti-racist, and multicultural organization that values and actualizes health equity, diversity and inclusion, and integrates the Principles of Community across our tri-part mission. Mr. Dennis works directly with leadership in the UC Davis Office of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, School of Medicine (SOM), Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing (BIMSON), Physicians Practice Management Group (PPMG), and UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC), Human Resources, and across educational and training programs to address our campus culture/climate, professional leadership and development, as well as community and stakeholder engagement needs. Mr. Dennis is a graduate of UC Irvine, born in Sacramento and grew up between Oak Park, South Sacramento and West Sacramento. FAVORITES:

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striving towards and achieving her goals continues to inspire me. And she pushed my siblings and I to not be afraid to go after our dreams and continues to support us through our successes and failures.

Book: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Best work day strategy: Wake up early and take care of the hardest tasks first.


On who cooks the best: My mom cooks the best palm butter soup and rice.

Worklife: I love what I do. To have the opportunity to collaborate with our community partners to improve the health outcomes and overall quality of life of the communities we serve - it means everything to me. I’m also excited to work with the many diversity champions within UC Davis Health to continue transitioning the organization into a fully inclusive, anti-racist, and multicultural organization that values and actualizes health equity, diversity and inclusion, and integrates the principles of community across our tri-part mission. Trademark: All things are possible through collaboration and communication. Black woman you admire: My mother, Margaret Dennis! Her ability to not let others limiting beliefs stop her from | 2 4 | T H E  H U B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 1

Who was your mentor and helped to shape your values? Susan Senior, a Regional Director for the Department of Rehabilitation, really showed me that you can still be authentically yourself, a black person in a management/leadership role, and achieve in the workplace. She played a big part in building up my leadership skills and helping me to find and grow my authentic voice in the workplace. Defining a Black man in leadership: Find your authentic voice and be yourself. I am committed to: Growing as a person because it enables me to be an engaged husband, father, son, brother, friend and colleague. IS S UU.C O M/ THEHUBMAG


COVID-19 impact: It’s been very personal. I contracted COVID-19 in late December 2020 and had to stay in the hospital for a few days to get treated. I was also a contact tracing supervisor shortly after I was discharged from the hospital and seeing the impact that COVID-19 has had on marginalized communities has highlighted how the social determinants of health in these communities amplified COVID-19’s negative impact on families. Best advice for young Black men: Be gentle with yourself, be curious and commit to doing the work when things get hard. When you fall short or fail, it’s ok. Acknowledge your mistake, make peace with anyone you may have hurt and do better next time. Slogan you live by: It is, what it is. What do you like about & THE HUB Magazine? The commitment to advancing the black community in the region. n

Building a strong community of leaders by EDUCATING, PROMOTING, and INSPIRING individuals to pursue their personal, academic, and business goals.

THANK YOU to all those individuals who supported Sac Cultural Hub Media Foundation with donations for 2021 Big Day of Giving (BDOG)! We are so grateful and appreciate all of the BDOG donors. Not only did you raise money for your favorite nonprofit organization, but you were part of the community-wide movement that generated a RECORD-BREAKING $13.3. MILLION DOLLARS IN 24 HOURS (5/6/21) for 688 local nonprofits across the capital area.


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FORMER ASSEMBLY CONSULTANT (RETIRED) | CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY by Pleshette Robertson, Chief Editor Rory Kaufman is the Principal Executive of the Corporate & Democracy Foundation. In this role, he provides consultation to organizations and groups in areas of education, leadership, political events and programs, addressing community issues and promoting special events/forums. Rory collaborates and works with other groups and organizations to enhance their products and brands to MY SLOGANS: the community and to offer a measuring instrument for success. “OUR QUALITY OF


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Rory was born and raised in in South Central Los Angeles, and graduated from Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio, the oldest historical Black University HBCU in America. He is married to Mrs. Letha Ann Wright.


Publication: Sac Observer; THE HUB Magazine, Time Magazine, NAACP Crisis Magazine. Cologne: Yves Saint Laurent OUR CONVERSATION:

Black women I admire: My favorites are: Congresswoman Barbara Jordan; Merlie Evers; Congresswoman Maxine Waters; U.S. Ambassador Diane Watson; Dr. Shirley N. Weber-Secretary of State, Ms. Betty Williams-President of Sac NAACP, and Ms. Edna Aliwine (Watts Christmas Parade) and Honorable Alice Huffman. These women are smart, brave, courageous, compassionate and fearless with their voices and hearts. They LOVE and RESPECT OUR CULTURE AND OUR PEOPLE.

Mr. Willie L. Pelote. They all have given inspiration, vision, courage, belief in me, belief in our black youth, strength, faith in our cultural, and respect for our women! In my humble opinion, these black men infuse the characters of integrity, strength, nobility, courage, compassion, and love for our people. I truly appreciate and I am blessed to have known these great people.

What is sexy about a woman and what is not? Her smile, eyes, and her walk-smooth like the Pacific ocean are sexy. Screaming at people in public is not sexy!

COVID-19 impact: Has affected me in my employment having to work at home and limited travel to and from to do anything with family and friends. It was a true challenge to survive this crisis and life changing decisions and thoughts. I sincerely pray and hope we ALL survive and move on with our lives - rebuild with a purpose to succeed!

Best workday strategy: Be as calm as possible, be prepared, know your strengths and weaknesses, have your conversation fluid, be respectful. Greatest achievement: Passing legislation/AB 392 My mentors: General Celes King & Son; Superintendent Jim Taylor; My stepfather; Lonnie Wilson, Bill Elkins, Dr. George King, Mr. James W. Sweeney, Dr. William Lee and | 2 6 | T H E  H U B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 1

I am committed to: Myself and the goals I still wish to attain in my lifetime to benefit my family, my wife, my community, and my fellow brothers and sisters.

Best advice for Black men: I hope some of your “READERS” will not be upset or offended with my answer, but life is life. I do believe if it wasn’t for the way I grew IS S UU.C O M/ THEHUBMAG

up in some ways and the experiences I had, I would not be the black man I am today. Some of the very influences I have experienced which has made more thoughtful, respectful, appreciative, prayerful, and above all: listen and then respond. To any young brother or black man, realize who you are, understand and deal with your reality, do the best you can to stand up and make the best decisions for you, and be sure to be conscience and aware of who has your best interest at heart. I believe that all the “mentors” I have mentioned in my personal and professional life gave me the choices and opportunities to grow, fight, and succeed. It won’t be easy today, and it won’t be easy tomorrow-but you must survive and succeed against all odds that face Black men and Black women. What do you like about HUB Magazine? Ms. Pleshette Robertson, I am extremely honored and humbled by your company/magazine and you to select me for this year’s special edition of THE HUB Magazine’s “Black Men in Leadership” presented by Sac Cultural Hub Media Company. Pleshette, the wonder work you have done as a publisher of a premier publication the leading magazine of information, knowledge, business, politics, social justice, climate, and all that impacts and affects our culture on a local, regional and national level. You have highlighted and praised some of our great “personalities and leaders” and gave them a place and “voice” to express who they are and what they are doing to improve our quality of life as a people. You honor me in such a way that I can tell my story and share my thoughts of my journey to your loyal and fantastic reading audience. Congratulations on your success and accomplishments as a “media giant” in America’s publishing world. The United States Constitution/ Bill of Rights states “We the People” Pleshette, you have successfully kept that in your mind, the commitment and determination for you to create “A PUBLISHERS MASTER PIECE” – Sac Cultural Hub/THE HUB Magazine by Ms. Pleshette Robertson. n


From the desk of BAPAC-Black American Political Association of California Hello Everyone! I am excited and proud to announce that “ACA 3” (ACA 3: The California Abolition Act to Abolish Involuntary Servitude) authored by Senator Kamalarger Dove and the Lead Coordinator Ms. Jamilia Land accomplished a tremendous feat on Wednesday, June 15, 2021. The Assembly Public Safety Committee PASSED out of committee ACA 3 - NO OPPOSITION! Learn more about this successful initiative at: For me and many others, this was an historical moment for our people and for the California Legislature. In addition, I will be celebrating the announcement of our federal government acknowledging Juneteenth as a NATIONAL HOLIDAY. The Red, Black, and Green lives on in America. Black Lives Matter. For those of You who might remember, when Dr. Shirley N. Weber was Chair of the CLBC, the Caucus was able to request from the The Speaker’s office the approval to light up the Capitol Dome in Red, Black and Green first time in our State’s history. We have come a long way - we still have a long way to go for our respect, dignity, and Freedom. Congratulations to the California Coalition to Abolish Slavery in California and in our Constitution, and thank you Ms. Jamilia Land and family for your courage and leadership! Respectfully, Rory J. Kaufman, Coalition Member BAPAC Sacramento Chapter

On 6/15/2021 NBC News reported: Senate unanimously passes bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday Juneteenth, which takes place annually on June 19, marks the true end of slavery in the United States. congress/senate-unanimouslypasses-bill-make-juneteenth-federalholiday-n1270967

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minor in finance.

Mr. Kinsey was born and raised in Sacramento. He is a product of Del Paso Heights and has contributed to the community since his youth. He was raised by his grandmother, who preached hard work and dedication. Mr. Kinsey attended Castori Elementary, Smythe Junior High, and Grant High School. At Grant, he was a part of many activities including student government, Health Sports Academy, AVID, and Black Student Union. He is the former “Voice of the Pacers”, announcing all sporting events that occurred at Grant from 2013-2019. He also worked as Assistant Coordinator Pacers Moving Forward College Prep Initiative at Grant and was Co-Coordinator of the Night Life Turned Right summer events series.

Mr. Kinsey’s dream has always been to be the next great Mayor of Sacramento. He continues to work and serve Sacramento as he has been an intern for County Supervisor Phil Serna, an intern for Councilmember Allen Warren, and was formally appointed by Mayor Darrell Steinberg to the Sacramento Police Commission.

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He currently is the outreach coordinator for the California Black Chamber of Commerce were he interacts with statewide and local small businesses. Through all his hard work Mr. Kinsey has developed a passion for financial literacy. His grandfather and owner of 3B’s Barbershop Samuel Kinsey Sr. taught financial literacy which is the key to opening opportunities. Samuel has taken that heart as he has created the Kinsey Wealth Frontier and the Kinsey Business Academy. Both help individuals and small businesses understand the importance of financial literacy and give education on wealth and entrepreneurship. IS S UU.C O M/ THEHUBMAG

CENTERSTAGE | BLACK MEN IN LEADERSHIP Defining a Black man in leadership: The example of making decisions under pressure. Black men have more pressure to make decisions because of who we are. But if a Black man in leadership can make a decision under pressure then he is a leader.


Book: Never Die Easy: The Autobiography of Walter Payton by Don Yaeger and Walter Payton OUR CONVERSATION:

Trademark: Financial literacy mentor (on Instagram) Black women I admire: My grandmother used to say Black women are God’s greatest creation. I see why because of the strength and will to be the best. Condoleezza Rice I admire because of the ability to be versatile in the political world.

I am committed to: Being whole, meaning I am committed to developing myself into an individual that is well rounded. COVID-19 impact: COVID has made me realize you can’t rely on one ability - you have to have several.

What is sexy about a woman? When she can be versatile. She has the ability to not only learn and lead but also understands how to be a great mother.

Best advice for young black men: Take your time, but find what you LOVE to do and pursue it. Don’t let anyone take what you LOVE to do away from you. Dedicate yourself on working on your craft and your abilities.

Best work day strategy: Planning ahead.

Slogan you live by: Preparation meets opportunity.

Greatest achievement: Making it to Arizona State University. Four years of hard work paid off.

What do you like about & THE HUB Magazine? SAC HUB does the best job in making sure our community is heard day in and day out. n

A mentor who helped shape your values: Meeting Jay King, as I learned the value of character and financial literacy. I also learned about letting your work speak for you.



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FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF UNITED AND GUIDED by Pleshette Robertson, Chief Editor Raised in Queens, New York, Imani initially arrived in California when he joined the U.S. Navy in 1992 at 19 years old. He served 2 years active duty before discharging from active duty to pursue higher education. With the help of the Montgomery GI Bill and several work-study jobs, Imani put himself through San Diego Mesa College, and eventually earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999. In 2000, Imani enrolled in the Peace Corps Master’s International Program. He studied Organizational Management at the School For International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. After nine months of coursework, Imani accepted a professional practicum as Agricultural Marketing specialist for Peace Corps in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, where he lived for 27 months in a town called San Pedro Carcha. Imani’s Capstone Paper entitled, Some obstacles to the implementation of effective curriculum for the instruction and practice of commercialization for the Mayan Kekchi´ of rural Alta Verapaz, Guatemala was approved in 2003. Imani returned from Guatemala in 2004 and lived in Delaware for 5 years. He took on a career as a licensed financial advisor, working for Morgan Stanley investment firm. Imani also worked for PNC Financial Group and Metlife before moving to Sacramento in 2009. Imani shifted back into community work in Sacramento, working for Roberts Family Development Center as a Program Director, overseeing the Middle School AfterSchool Programs at Martin Luther King Jr. Technology Academy and Foothill Ranch. We worked with, and built relationships with over 400 families between 2010-2015. Imani was recommended by his own employer to apply for a Violence Prevention Program Director position at the Health Education Council. Between 2015-2020 Imani co-founded, led, and helped develop the Sacramento Youth Violence Prevention Collective--a multi-sector group of partners from the education, health care, law enforcement, and the community met monthly to organize strategy around reducing violence in the City of Sacramento. Imani officially started a full-time career with the organization he co-founded, United And Guided providing mental health peer support, restorative justice conferencing, conflict mediation, community outreach, | 3 0 | T H E  H U B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 1

and community coalition-building services in the Greater Sacramento area. Imani is a proud father of son Mark (16) and daughter Sanaa (12).


Book: The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand Cologne: Cool Water OUR CONVERSATION:

Trademark: I think I’m known for being a good facilitator. Black woman you admire: Grace Jones--because for her to be one of the only women in the 80s to conduct herself so fearlessly and with so much confidence about her dark skin and strange haircuts was just amazing to me knowing what I know now. Let me remind us all that Grace Jones was rocking a flat top fade before any of your favorite hiphop artists from the 80s or 90s. What is sexy about a woman and what is not: Sexy: confidence, pretty smile, intelligent conversation, passionate about something. Not sexy: being pushy, being dishonest with herself, too much make-up. IS S UU.C O M/ THEHUBMAG

CENTERSTAGE | BLACK MEN IN LEADERSHIP Best work day strategy: 1hr – reading; 1hr – exercise; 6hrs – sleep; 4hrs – meetings; 2hrs – correspondence, 2hrs – marketing, 4hr - focus on significant relationships; 4hr - self care On who cooks the best: • • • • •

My mom cooks the best ...Pineapple birthday cake My significant other cooks the best...Mashed potatoes I can cook the best ...Tuna salad My daughter cooks the best...Chicken cutlets My son cooks the best...Ravioli

COVID-19 impact: I feel for the hundreds of thousands of people who passed away due to COVID-19. I am happy that my family continues to be safe. However, the time at home allowed for me to pay more attention to my own mental health and that of those around me. It pushes us to focus on the things in life that are personally important. Best advice for young black men: Find your passion and master it. Find ways to get paid for practicing that passion. Try to learn something new every day. Your emotional health is challenged daily--be mindful of your relationships with people. When you’re doing what you love and making an income from it, you’ll never have to “go to work” again. Passive income = FREEDOM!

Greatest achievement: Aside from the birth of my children, I would say my greatest achievement was learning Spanish. I lived in Northern Guatemala for over Slogan you live by: “Success With Substance”2 years and had the opportunity to work directly -quotes from my friends and co-founders, with the indigenous population as well as Richard Johnson and Joseph Thomas. professionals in the country. Knowing It means that success means nothing SLOGAN I LIVE BY: Spanish has broadened my network, without healthy significant relationships and has been a consistent tool I used “SUCCESS WITH and a network of support. to build trusting relationships in the SUBSTANCE”--QUOTES Latino community. I think people like What do you like about FROM MY FRIENDS AND COFOUNDERS, RICHARD JOHNSON it because I speak a combination of & THE HUB AND JOSEPH THOMAS. IT MEANS “book Spanish” mixed with slang Magazine? I love that Sacramento THAT SUCCESS MEANS NOTHING Spanish. I usually make people laugh has its own legendary publication for WITHOUT HEALTHY SIGNIFICANT or look at me funny. and by Black people. I am proud and RELATIONSHIPS AND A honored to be featured. n Who in your life helped to shape NETWORK OF SUPPORT.

your values? My father taught theater to young people for the Boys and Girls Club of Glen Cove, NY. Playwriting and acting were the passions of my father. He had to take on additional work to pay his bills, but teaching at the Boys Club meant something serious for him. It taught me how important it is to be passionate about everything I do that’s worth doing. Defining a Black Man in Leadership: • •

Creates and embraces a culture that puts others first. Stands with those who choose to live a lifestyle that includes spirituality, integrity, trustworthiness and reliability. Exercises patience, effective listening, and courageous conversations with others in order to build a sharing environment that is non-judgmental, openminded, and promotes self-worth. Is fearless, compassionate and a loyal advocate for children and children from families surviving the struggle in order to cultivate resilience, happiness and better health in our communities.

I am committed to: The caring men and women of United And Guided who have graciously volunteered their time and energy toward our common cause of providing community-based mental health peer support, which includes: conflict mediation; restorative justice; financial literacy; community coalition-building; and community outreach. ISSUU. C OM/ T HE H U B MA G

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SEMI-RETIRED CIVIL ENGINEER | PASTOR OF CITY CHURCH OF SACRAMENTO by Pleshette Robertson, Chief Editor Born in Bakersfield, Mark has lived mostly in the Sacramento area. That’s where he met and married the love of his life, Gail Rogers, a Sacramento native. They are the proud parents of four children and eight grandchildren. After over four decades of teaching, discipling, and ministering, including to the hospitalized and imprisoned, Mark answered God’s call to pastoral ministry. After hosting a series of Bible studies, City Church of Sacramento held its first Sunday service on February 5, 2012 in their Elk Grove garage. Within a few months, City Church moved to a high school gymnasium in the Seavey Circle community. After 5 years of loving God and loving others, City Church became the grateful steward of the former home to the First English Lutheran Church, located in North Oak Park. A semi-retired civil engineer, Mark has over 30 years of professional experience, primarily with the State of California, Department of Water Resources and Kaiser Permanente, Facilities Design & Construction. He has been privileged to lead diverse teams in planning, designing and building a myriad of water, hospital and high-rise projects. In addition to an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from CSU, Sacramento and Masters in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco, Mark received his Masters in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.


Book: The Bible Cologne: Hugo Boss OUR CONVERSATION:

Black woman I admire: My wife, my mother and our daughters for their incredible strength. Best work day strategy: Organize and prioritize. On who cooks the best: My wife cooks the best: Peach cobbler (hands down!) Greatest achievement: Marrying Gail Rogers. Who helped to shape your values? The late Rev. William Rhodes was an incredible role model and mentor and the reason I entered into civil engineering. Defining a Black man in leadership: Integrity. I am committed to: Being the best follower of Jesus Christ I can be…because He’s done so much for me! COVID-19 impact: It’s been a game-changer in terms of priorities and in our worship experience. Best advice for young black men: Find and stick close to a mentor. Slogan you live by: Study hard, remember it’s you! n

As pastor of City Church of Sacramento, Mark shepherds a socially, culturally, racially and economically diverse community of faith in Sacramento’s North Oak Park area. With the straightforward mission of loving God and loving others, City Church is focused on helping meet a diversity of spiritual, physical and societal needs. In addition to pastoring, Mark is the founder and current Chief Executive Officer of the Community Wellness Forum. The mission of this non-religious, non-profit 501(c)(3) is to promote a shared understanding of community and to support activities that foster wellness. Mark has been married to Gail for 22 years and has 4 children and 8 grandchildren.

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TIMOTHY POOLE FOUNDER OF HOOKED ON FISHING NOT ON VIOLENCE | PROGRAM MANAGER @ ROSE FAMILY CREATIVE EMPOWERMENT CENTER by Pleshette Robertson, Chief Editor Born and raised in Sacramento, Timothy Poole is the founder of Hooked on Fishing Not on Violence ((HOFNOV). His role in the community has been to inspire the youth and challenge leaders to personally initiate independent judgment and planning to embrace new ideas, commit to social justice and cultural diversity with enthusiasm for bold social change. Timothy’s nonprofit organization gives inner-city at-risk children and teens a chance to receive mentorship through the art of fishing. This organization has embraced over 1,000 children with the opportunity to participate in seasonal fishing derbies with the Sacramento Police Athletic League, teaching the community to generate a sense of belonging and personal growth accomplishments. Timothy works with the youth in the community, and believes God placed him in the right position to be a sound help. He was born in Sacramento and grew up between California and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Timothy attended Southern University and during summer break his grandfather passed. He came to California for the funeral and never returned to college. He believes this was his downfall, and that’s why he strongly encourages the youth on the importance of education.

talk again so I could speak his word, walk again to do his will and after getting shot in the back I promised I would never turn my back on him.

He has been married for two and a half years and share his wife’s three children ages 32, 21, and 12.

Defining a black man in leadership: Being a servant.


On who can cook the best: I can cook the best Spaghetti and my wife makes the best macaroni and cheese and cabbage.

Best advice for young black men: Talk to someone you trust to share what you are going through so that they can help you understand your situation. You want to allow a safe space for them to admit their fears, to feel confident enough to stand up to their fears and for what’s right and not be subjected emotionally to peer pressure in all facets.

My greatest accomplishment: Creating my Foundation -- Hooked on Fishing Not on Violence.

Slogan you live by: Meet people where they are. n

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Best workday strategy: To complete one task at a time.

I am committed to: My family because they motivate me to keep striving to be the best me, I can be.

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PASTOR KENNETH R. REECE SENIOR PASTOR - ST. PAUL BAPTIST CHURCH by Pleshette Robertson, Chief Editor Kenneth Ray Reece was born in Phoenix, Arizona on September 28, 1965. He attended Phoenix schools until he moved with his family to Sacramento, CA. He attended Cabrillo Elementary School, Sam Brannan Junior High School, and John F. Kennedy Senior High School. Kenneth’s first love was basketball. He played all the way through junior college at American River College, and later at Jarvis Christian College. He is also a die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan (not to mention a Dallas Cowboys football fan). But at the age of 18, his first love was replaced with a love for Jesus Christ. He accepted Christ at the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in April 1984. His life in Christ took flight from that moment forward. In May 1987, he accepted his call into the ministry under the pastorate of the late Dr. Timothy J. Winters of the Bayview Baptist Church, San Diego, CA. In 1991, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy from Jarvis Christian College, Hawkins, Texas and Master of Divinity degree in 2001 from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mills Valley, California. In 1992, Kenneth’s work in ministry officially began. He served as Staff Minister at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, from 1992 until 1996. In December 1996, Pastor Reece was commissioned by God to pastor the Rose Olivet Baptist Church of San Francisco. Through the Lord’s direction, he led the Rose Olivet Church family into a merger with the Concord Missionary Baptist Church also of San Francisco, CA. The merger was celebrated in June 2000 changing the name to Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church, which he affectionately called “The Stone.” Pastor Reece served as Senior Pastor for 23 years. Pastor Reece returned to St. Paul Baptist Church in October 2019 as Assistant Pastor, with the objective of taking on the Senior Pastor role following the retirement of Pastor Ephraim Williams. The baton of Senior Pastor was officially passed in August 2020. Pastor Reece is truly a family man. He is married to the former Lisa Nichelle Coleman, wife of 26 years blessed with three children, Landon Nathaniel, Langston Nehemiah and Kennedy Rayne.

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Trademark: Proud young black man from Freeport Manor committed to working hard and making a better life for himself and family. Black women you admire: My mother and wife. My mother demonstrated what it meant to work hard and overcome obstacles. She helped me to develop a strong work ethic. My wife, Lisa Nichelle, showed me what a good Christian woman looks and acts like. She is highly skilled, smart, and sharp. Her giftedness and beauty are matchless! Best work day strategy: Get a good night’s sleep! On who cooks the best: • My mom cooks the best ...fried chicken • My mom-in-love cooks the best… everything! • My wife cooks the best…lasagna • I can cook the best ... tacos and chitterlings! Chitterlings must be cleaned thoroughly and seasoned “right”. Greatest achievement: The merger of two churches in San Francisco: Rose Olivet Baptist Church and Concord Missionary Baptist Church in 2000. After the merger of the two churches, it was renamed Cornerstone Baptist Church, affectionately called the “Stone.” Who in your life helped to shape your values? Dr. Ephraim Williams (Pastor Emeritus, St. Paul Baptist Church) taught me how to be a visionary and trust God in all things. Dr. Timothy J. Winters (Bayview Baptist Church, San Diego, CA) taught me how to love God’s word and doctrine Defining of a Black man in leadership? A black man in leadership is not so much about head knowledge as it is heart knowledge. A black man must keep abreast of the signs of the times. Stay relevant. I am committed to: God, my family, and to leading the people of God to impact the community. I am further committed to learning and growing as a person. COVID-19 impact: The pandemic has been challenging and a blessing in a unique way. The challenges and sadness arise from burying church members that IS S UU.C O M/ THEHUBMAG

CENTERSTAGE | BLACK MEN IN LEADERSHIP HUB Magazine? THE HUB Magazine is committed to be succumbed to the virus and those with lingering health issues. Moreover, leading the people of God virtually is an a positive voice in the community. The stories are current and relevant for the times we live in. I appreciate the arduous undertaking. Yet, we are surviving. It is difficult celebration of people (men and women) that are making a to love and encourage people you cannot see face to difference in the African American community. n face. Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and other digital platforms have filled a gap, but they can never replace the human touch. Leading during the pandemic is not for the faint BIBLICAL MANTRA: TRUST of heart. I have learned to lean and IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOU trust in God more. HEART, AND DO NOT LEAN ON

The underlying blessing in the YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING. IN ALL pandemic is that kingdom workers YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, AND have been forced to be more HE WILL MAKE STRAIGHT YOUR PATHS. creative and innovative while staying PROVERBS 3:5,6 “present” in the lives of Christians PERSONAL MANTRA: MAMBA: and to give hope to those searching COMMITTED TO BEING MY for answers. We must all learn to live BEST SELF! with the “new normal.” We must never forget we serve a sovereign God that never forsakes his children. Best advice for young black men: Position your mind to hear from God. Establish a plan for your life: write it down and pursue it. Connect with someone of wisdom as a mentor/coach. What do you like about & THE

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PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER THE CALIFORNIA ENDOWMENT Americans, Co-Chair, Diversity in Philanthropy Coalition, and has served as a member of the California Health Benefit Exchange Board, the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Board, National Vaccine Advisory Committee, and on the boards of Grantmakers in Health, the National Marrow Donor Program, San Diego United Way and Jackie Robinson YMCA. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pediatrics, served on the President’s Summit for America’s Future and as chairman of the national Boost for Kids Initiative, and was honored by the Council on Foundations as the Distinguished Grantmaker of the Year for 2008. Dr. Ross received his undergraduate, masters in Public Administration and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The California Endowment makes grants to organizations and institutions that directly benefit the health and wellbeing of the people of California. For more information, visit our Web site

by Donna Michele Ramos, Contributing Writer Robert K. Ross, M.D., is president and chief executive officer for The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. Prior to his appointment in July 2000, Dr. Ross served as director of the Health and Human Services Agency for the County of San Diego from 1993 to 2000. Dr. Ross has an extensive background in health philanthropy, as a public health administrator, and as a clinician. His service includes: Commissioner, Philadelphia Department of Public Health; medical director for LINK School-Based Clinic Program, Camden, New Jersey; instructor of clinical medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and faculty member at San Diego State University’s School of Public Health. Dr. Ross has been actively involved in community and professional activities at both the local and national level. He is a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African | 3 6 | T H E  H U B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 1


Book: The Samurai’s Garden. I also like reading biographies of leaders. Great leaders are put on stamps but they had hard lives. For example, lawyer Bryan Stevenson who defended wrongly accused Walter McMillan, who the movie “Just Mercy” was about. OUR CONVERSATION:

THE HUB: What does leadership look like to you being the leader of the largest endowment in the state? Dr. Ross: Leadership is passion. Do you care enough about people to give all you’ve got? Leadership is grounded in humility. Leadership is grounded in ancestry. None of us get to these positions by ourselves. Be humble and listen. Hope in action – anybody can be a leader; anybody can instill hope. THE HUB: How do you cope with America’s racial reckoning in our community and providing what the community needs in meeting their desired needs? Dr. Ross: Our foundation has $4 billion in assets. We have stewardship of the assets and must make sure they IS S UU.C O M/ THEHUBMAG

CENTERSTAGE | BLACK MEN IN LEADERSHIP get to community leaders and organizations that try to better their community. Leadership lenses – moral, spiritual, strategic (impact it has). When we approve a grant to organizations fighting for justice, I look for moral, spiritual and strategic benefits. Is it enhancing sense of inclusion, belonging and wellness through leadership? G E T I N V O LV E D I N T H E

THE HUB: How has COVID-19 affected you in your personal life, family, at your workplace or in the community? Dr. Ross: This had definitely been a tough year. On the personal front I lost my wife to breast cancer. I learned a lot about my own sense of community in my own time of challenge. COVID-19 unmasked structural racism. Breonna Taylor and George Floyd challenged our nation and I felt challenged. It was a big wake up call. We are seeing more movement about racism in the last year than in the last 50 years. It was a real awakening for me, our organization and hopefully our nation. In the last few years, we never saw justice reform as part of health issues. So much is heaped on the Black and Brown communities. Some of $4 billion is going to fund organizations to combat structural racism. Some of these organizations are trying to shut down youth prisons and funnel the money for these into organizations that help youth constructively. THE HUB: Your best work day strategy? Dr. Ross: I am blessed because I enjoy my work, it’s my passion. The first thing in the morning is spiritual. I read a bible verse on the app on my phone. I enjoy meeting with health care workers and working on wellness in schools

SACRAMENTO REDISTRICTING PROCESS The Sacramento Independent Redistricting Commission, a group of people just like you, has been created to re-establish the boundaries for City Council districts. Now, they need your help! All of Sacramento’s residents have an opportunity to submit their own City of Sacramento district lines or make recommendations.

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THE HUB: Slogan you live by? Dr. Ross: A Chinese proverb says: the person who says it cannot be done should not stop the person doing it. Another one is I must lose myself in action lest I wither in despair. THE HUB: What do you like about & THE HUB Magazine? Dr. Ross: THE HUB Magazine is an important reminder of our battle for social justice. The battle for social justice requires a new narrative. When I think of THE HUB Magazine I think of boldness, the cutting and leading edge of justice. We worship at the altar of Martin Luther King, Jr. THE HUB represents younger, boldness in leadership, the new narrative in social justice. That’s why I was flattered to be contacted. n ISSUU. C OM/ T HE H U B MA G

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COMMUNITY CHAMPION, PREACHER EXTRAORDINAIRE, AND OVERCOMER him. Pastor Scarbrough is highly sought after for his incomparable style of preaching. He is invited to speak all over the U.S. He has been invited and has preached in Sweden and South Africa. He left everything behind to become the Senior Pastor for Bayside, more affectionately known as BOSS church. Four years ago he was accompanied by his new bride, Shanicka who is, by the way, a medical doctor. When he was finally selected, he was not aware of the enormous shoes he had to fill. Nonetheless, in the near 4 years that he has been with BOSS, he has already established his own legend. He leads the church in community outreaches. The doors of the church are open.

By Cheryl D Howard, Contributing Writer In 2013, the Bayside of South Sacramento church congregation suffered the sudden death and departure of Bishop Sherwood Carthen. This left the people of God in a state of shock. Bishop Carthen was a tremendous man of faith. He was larger than life and he was truly loved by a mass of people throughout the city of Sacramento. It took the church close to four years to find someone who could continue to extend the ministry outside the walls of the church. The arm of the church reached out to Chicago, Illinois and found this anointed powerhouse in the person of Darryl Scarbrough. He was formerly the teaching Pastor and Director of Discipleship for the Salem Baptist Church of Chicago. Pastor Scarbrough answered the call to Shepherd the bewildered sheep at Bayside church, and then the healing began. Through the anointing of God he has the gift to transform lives. His reputation preceded | 3 8 | T H E  H U B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 1

In just a few short years he has orchestrated the purchase of a new building. Construction had just begun when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and everything halted. However, in the midst of it all, without the normal tithes and offerings to help fund the church, construction continued. There was somewhat of a burden to deal with the contractors, yet Pastor Scarbrough kept a smile on his face as he stood on the promises of God. Here now, a year later, the building is near completion. Despite COVID-19, the building or the church did not go under. “That was the Lord, it was the Lord,” said Pastor Scarbrough. BOSS ministry has launched a YouTube Channel, “BOSS TV”. It will feature several specialized programming. Pastor Scarbrough said with humility, the channel isn’t different from what other churches are doing today, but after seeing the previews of the programs, I believe they will offer life changing uplifting messages. Pastor Darryl Scarbrough is with BOSS for the long haul. I asked him where he sees the church in 5 to 10 years. “Doing larger outreaches, on a larger scale to impact a greater portion of the population,” he said with confidence. He also seeks to have more stability and greater consistency in the things they are able to do. Obtaining more property is definitely a possibility.



Trademark: I’ve always fashioned myself to simply follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance. I do whatever God tells me. Black woman you admire: My mother. She was the first woman I fell in love with. She’s very special to me. What is sexy about a woman and what is not? For me, a woman’s confidence is sexy, insecurity is not sexy. It takes so much from who she really is meant to be. Best workday strategy: I deal with stuff as they come, focusing on one thing at a time works best for me. I can cook the best: Unfortunately, I’m not a cook, (LOL) I’m a grab something out kind of guy. Greatest accomplishment: Preaching the gospel, I’m so grateful for this gift. Who has helped shape your values? My parents, my pastors, my family, and my friends. God has really placed some amazing people in my life to help guide and walk with me through this faith.

drink plenty of water. Do you foresee any challenges in 2021? 2020 was just a year but I believe we are in a season, so I see the same challenges we had in 2020. Just because the year has changed does not mean the season is up. The world hasn’t changed much since 2020. COVID-19 impact: Fortunately, I haven’t had any personal impacts by COVID. I know many have suffered and this time has actually been a blessing for some. I hurt for my loved ones that have gone through and I rejoice with those that have triumph. Success strategies for young black men trying to find their way: To the best of their ability be honest to themselves and others. Be comfortable in your uniqueness and weaknesses. And since God redeems people through people, find someone to mentor you. We’re stronger together. n

Staying healthy: I eat as best I can, get enough sleep and


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JOURNALIST | MCCLATCHY SACRAMENTO BEE by Pleshette Robertson, Chief Editor Marcus D. Smith, 26, was born and raised in Sacramento. He is an alumnus of Texas Southern University in Houston, and is excited to be back home in California, following his passion in journalism. Marcus covers Black communities for the Sacramento Bee. Journalism is a passion for Marcus, and he was initially drawn to cover sports. However, he took the position to cover Black communities in Sacramento because he believes there is a deeper meaning behind each story published.


Book: I don’t necessarily have a favorite book, however Black Privilege by Charlamagne tha God and The Autobiography of Malcolm X stand out to me when that question is raised.

say that my role models and mentors have played a vital part in my values: work ethic, self-determination, family, and love. Defining a Black man in leadership: A man that leads by example. He is a man that continues to learn and become wiser. He understands when he is wrong and makes steps to be better. He is motivational, inspirational. He has morals and respect. He respects others, most importantly, he respects his Black queen. He is an honorable man. He is a man of faith. The same I would expect from any man in leadership, I would expect from a Black man. I am committed to: My goals in becoming the best version of myself because I believe I can help change lives once I reach my full potential.” COVID-19 impact: I’ve lost family members to COVID-19, I’ve become distant from family members due to COVID19. I no longer socialize the way I used to, and COVID-19 made transitioning to a new job difficult.


Best advice for young black men: Stay focused on school. Find your passions and skills and work towards those. Spread peace and love amongst your brothers and sisters and become a community. Those suffering from substance abuse or suicide/depression, talk to those who love you. Ask for help. We want you here on this earth to flourish.

Black woman I admire: Outside of my mother and the black women in my life, I admire Michelle Obama, Angela Davis, and Oprah Winfrey to name a few.

Slogan you live by: “Where am I at, where did I come from, where am I going?” Also, a slogan by my younger brother, “Do better, be better, live better.”

What is sexy about a woman: I love a woman with vision, passion, and desire. She’s motivated and smart. She understands the importance of self-care.

What do you like about & THE HUB Magazine? Outside of how it’s authentically and unapologetically Black, I like how it unconditionally supports the Black community in Sacramento and throughout California. Also, how the publication keeps Black Sacramento informed. n

Cologne: I like what smells good. I have Calvin Klein, Armani, Polo, Tommy Hilfiger but I would really like to use Black-owned fragrances.

Best work day strategy: Get it done at all costs. On who cooks the best: My mom cooks the best food, period. Greatest achievement: I’m happy with where I am and the things I’ve accomplished in my life. I cherish every step in the road that has led me to the person I am today. My greatest achievement is continuing to learn as I grow throughout life and also in being better everyday and remaining dedicated to being a leader. Mentors in your life helping you to shape your values: I’ve been fortunate to have people want to see me succeed. I can’t narrow it down to one mentor, but I will | 4 0 | T H E  H U B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 1


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PRESIDENT OF RICK WARREN PRESENTS | “YOUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST” by Pleshette Robertson, Chief Editor Mr. Rick Warren, president of Rick Warren Presents, has spent the last 30 years working in the communities of California on the behalf of African Americans, Latinos and other undeserved ethnic groups to assure they have an equitable opportunity towards success. Rick is the Founder and President of the Sacramento Capital City Black Expo (1989-present) held as a celebration of Black History Month each February. This is the largest African American focused annual event in Sacrament history, and has influenced increases in home ownership, creation of new businesses, jobs, banking, consumerism and community outreach among African Americans. He is also the founder and driving force behind other large events like The Stockton Big Valley Black Expo, the City of Las Vegas Diversity Expo, and the California Black Expo in San Diego. All these events have significant impact in developing relationships between African Americans as consumers and business owners and corporations. Additionally, he launched the Minorities In Real Estate Expo. Rick produces this annual event to enhance the opportunities for ethnic groups to learn how to become homeowners. Over 15,000 transactions have been completed as a result of this leadership. The California Black Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1987 by Rick to provide education about African American “true heroes.” Each annual induction ceremonies have been held in Stockton, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Oakland/San Francisco. Rick also established the The Black Music Association & Academy in 2000 to recognize and to preserve the gifts of Black Music. These Grammy Awards-style events are held annually in chapter cities of: Hollywood; Detroit; Sacramento; Las Vegas; Oakland/San Francisco; Phoenix; Washington, D.C.; and New York City. Other programs include the Black Music Hall Of Fame and Museum; the Sounds Of Soul Youth Mentoring Program; The Financial Literacy-Preparation Academy; and the Los Angeles Soul Walk Of Fame.

program honors and recognizes African American writers, authors and publishers in a grand ceremony, complimented by a book tour festival in Hollywood each year. Other programs and activities of Rick Warren include: The Oak Park Street Fest; The Sacramento Small Business Owners Summit; The Welfare To Work -”Willing 2 Work” Career Faire; The Las Vegas West Fest; The West Las Vegas Games; California Clean And Green Expo; The International Black Business Expo Online and The Los Angeles Women In Technology Faire (WIT).

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Book: The Bible Cologne: Brut OUR CONVERSATION:

Trademark: A person working to create opportunities for Black excellence in America. Always dressed sharp. Cool. Handsome. Black woman you admire: Girtha Mack …great teacher and leader. What is SEXY about a woman and what is not? Everything about a woman is sexy. Best work day strategy: Get up and get out. On who cooks the best: • •

My mom cooks the best overall I can cook the best ...rice

Greatest achievement: Waking up each day. Who in your life helped to shape your values? My brothers Billy, Larry, and Donald. How not to get caught up the streets and how to avoid the pitfalls and attractions of devious women. Defining Black Man in leadership: Making sure the next person in your sphere of influence is more successful than you. I am COMMITTED to: God. He is the way. COVID-19 impact: Scared the shit out me! Slogan you live by: “I’m just happy to be anywhere.” Best advice for young black men: Avoid fools and teenage pregnancy. What do you like about & THE HUB Magazine? They ask a lot of questions. n

It’s Official:

2021 California gubernatorial recall election DID YOU KNOW that it has been confirmed there will be a California Governor Recall? Here is what you should know: Passed June 23 when the Secretary of State said just 43 Californians who signed the recall petition opted to withdraw their names. State law allows a period for anyone who signed a recall petition to remove their name, but despite efforts from a small group of Democrats, not enough voters took their names to stave off the recall. California Public Radio provided a great summary about the following: • What is a recall and how does it work? • Why is Newsom being recalled? • Who’s supporting the recall and who’s against it? As far as who is running that includes: former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman Jon Cox (who lost the governorship to Newsom in 2018), former Rep. Doug Ose and gold medal Olympian and transgender rights advocate Caitlyn Jenner — all Republicans. The 2021 California gubernatorial recall election is an upcoming special election on whether to recall Governor Gavin Newsom expected to be held in November 2021, though it may occur as early as August 2021. Source:


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WHAT ARE YOU DOING to begin and/or continue your routine exercise program? by Pleshette Robertson For those who follow my story on Facebook know that I continue to be a huge advocate for developing a routine exercise program and following a good nutritional diet to either maintain or reduce your weight (getting the proper intake of fruits and vegetables and drinking lots of water daily). However, I highly encourage individuals to consult with their doctor or family physician when it comes to their personal health issues as it relates to specific exercises one can do due to their limitations. I am compelled to pose the following questions to our Black Men in Leadership to hear what they are doing when it comes to exercise and nutrition: In terms of health, as Black men tend to suffer from hypertension, stroke, heart attack, diabetes, and prostate cancer: 1. Do you see the doctor for annual exams? 2. Do you see the need for exercise at least 3

days week, and if so what does your exercise program include? 3. Do you see the need to change your diet plan and if so share with how this has helped you with maintaining and/or improving your overall health? THAXTER ARTERBERRY YES, I see the doctor annually. Exercising daily is important. It needs to be routine not scheduled. The routine changes as one ages to accommodate longevity, but it is daily. My daily routine is using different weighted rubber-bands attached to three different levels of my wall. Each hits a different muscle in the body. The bands provide a great stretch too, helping to elongate the muscles. | 4 4 | T H E  H U B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 1

In terms of changing my diet, what I have done is changed the way I think about my intake of food as it relates to proper nutrients. Vitamin D deficiency is a major problem, especially for African Americans. Vitamin D supports various brain functions and also protects against neurodegeneration. There is also a link between depression and low levels of vitamin D. Highly melanated people need more D than other population groups. And, vitamin D is the only nutrient that touches every hormone in the body. Nutrient rich foods that are high in D are the main supplement to my daily consumption along with plenty water. I have no hypertension, diabetes or any other negative health issues associated with Black men historically. AARON CARDOZA • Yes, I see the doctor annually. • Yes, I do see the need for exercise at least 3 days a week and for me that includes: running, jumping rope, and push ups. CAESOR DENNIS • Yes, I see the doctor annually. • Yes, I do see the need for exercise at least 3 days a week as I try to do some type of focused physical activity every day. I’ll usually go to the gym for strength training or use kettle bells at home. I try to walk at least 2 miles each day. I walk with my family and it’s a great way for us all to wind down from our day and catch up with each other. • Yes, I do need to see the need to change my diet plan but this one is a bit harder. I love dessert, so I eat more sugar than I’m supposed to. I like to keep it simple. A small portion of protein, two handfuls of vegetables, a handful of nuts 5 times a day and drinking a gallon of water a day. When I stick to this way of eating, I generally feel great – able to sleep through the night and maintain a good level of energy throughout the day. IS S UU.C O M/ THEHUBMAG

CENTERSTAGE | BLACK MEN IN LEADERSHIP RORY KAUFMANN On sharing my healthcare truth … just like many other Black men, does NOT see his “doctor” if he is lucky to have one on an annual basis. I will support the 3 days a week exercise regimen/program to keep our Black men healthy. I do not have an exercise program, but I’m active in other ways. I have changed some of my eating habits partially because of my current health condition; eating less of this item and more of that one, less consumption of all kinds of liquids, and trying to maintain a balance of eating better and enjoying some foods I love! I believe my health is stable so far. SAM KINSEY In terms of a health regimen working out two times a day and staying on a Keto diet has helped. IMANI LUCAS • Yes, I see the doctor for annual exams as I get to use the Veterans Administration (VA) hospital personnel. • Yes, I see the need for exercise at least 3 days week as I have been trying to be more consistent with my walking. I usually walk for about an hour at a time trying to get up to 5 times a week from 3. • I do see the need to change my diet eventually, but I am still quite fond of oxtails, cornbread and cheese grits. PASTOR MARK MEEKS • Yes, I see the doctor for annual exams. • I do exercise but not consistently. • I do believe we should eat less meat and move more! TIMOTHY POOLE I see my doctor for annual visits and checkups to maintain the medical conditions we suffer from such as hypertension, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and prostate cancer. I encourage routine exercise at least three days a week. I am a continually active person so must admit I personally don’t have a set exercise regimen, but I am faithful in taking my daily vitamins, and only take one medication to maintain my prostate health. I also try not to eat heavy after 6 pm. I developed what they call “Happy Weight” or Covid 15, in my case Covid 30!


PASTOR KENNETH REECE • Yes, I see the doctor for annual exams. • Yes, I see the need for exercise at least 3 days week as my exercise regimen includes cardio and plenty of basketball. • It is paramount African Americans become more mindful of what we eat and how much we eat. I am committed to making better food choices. ROBERT ROSS • Yes I do see the doctor for annual exams as I am under healthcare maintenance now that I have a prostate issue I have to stay on top of, and managed hypertension. I want the same quality and access to healthcare I have for everyone. • I exercise 6 days a week, I walk and hike 3-5 miles. I do a one-hour meditation walk including a 20-minute meditation stop. I have 3 spots here in Los Angeles Griffith Park, Canyons in Altadena, and the Rose Bowl. • When it comes to making changes to my diet plan it’s hard with COVID, there’s lots of sitting on ZOOM. I am not on any crazy diet but I eat lots of fish and chicken. I drink 64 ounces of water and walk 8,000 steps daily. I also use the Noom app. MARCUS D. SMITH When it comes to exercise, I’m a workout enthusiast. I work out just about every day. I like to lift and run on evenings during the week. On the weekends I like to play basketball and other recreational sports. My goal is to eat healthy and exercise to keep my body in top shape and continue to age gracefully. I want to set a standard for myself and be an example for others around me. RICK WARREN • Yes, I see the doctor for annual exams. • I believe in a vigorous workout as I’m a pro athlete • Do you see the need to change your diet plan and if so share with how this has helped you with maintaining and/or improving your overall health? No I don’t see the need to change my diet plan. I eat healthy. (do chitlins count?).

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Cheryl D Howard, Contributing Writer Since the introduction of COVID-19 vaccines to the world as “the cure” or “protection,” many Americans have shown hesitancy in getting them for various reasons. Some of those reasons are from a rational place, while others are based on unfounded claims. There is no group more disenfranchised than the African American community. Historically, people of color have suffered gross mistreatment at the hands of our nation’s health care systems. Our people have experienced repeated disparities in health care that should have equity for all. For this reason, many people of color are especially hesitant to get the vaccine.

borrowed some ideas and thoughts from Camara Jones, PhD in epidemiology. In her work, Dr. Jones addresses the impacts of racism within health care systems. She describes how inequities across racial and ethnic groups exist at three levels: 1) Because of differential access to care; 2) because of the quality of care received; and 3) because of unequal and unjust access to life opportunities. If we BECAUSE OF can overcome each level, we just may THE EXTREME RACIAL DISPARITIES WITHIN AN overcome them all.

Seeking to sort out fact from fiction, the Sac Cultural Hub Media Foundation presented in partnership with the UNFAIR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, IT UC Davis Health Office for Health Following the death of Dr. Pernell’s IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO IGNORE Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion the father and two other members of her WHAT HAPPENED IN 1932 WITH THE 11th Annual Virtual Black Physicians family due to COVID, she enrolled TUSKEGEE EXPERIMENTS AND ALL Forum (BPF) on May 20th. Flojaune THAT HAS TRANSPIRED FOR DECADES in the Moderna clinical trials for the Cofer, PhD, MPH, Women’s Health now widely distributed COVID-19 SINCE. HOWEVER, DR. PERNELL Epidemiologist & Senior Director of vaccine. Dr. Pernell wanted to IMPLORES PEOPLE OF COLOR TO TRUST THE SCIENCE AND Policy at Public Health Advocates, prove that the trials were ethical and GET VACCINATED. served as the moderator with keynote that there were no shortcuts in their speaker Dr. Chris Pernell, Public development. The science of the vaccine Health Physicians and American College had been worked on for over a decade. The of Preventive Medicine Fellow, and special initial vaccine advances were made to address guest Kimberly Warmsley, Councilwoman in the City of the SARS pandemic in 2003 and MERS outbreak in 2015, Stockton District 6, for a discussion titled, “Trust After both of which are severe upper respiratory diseases. The Tuskegee: Black Health Provider’s Perspective on the federal government fast-tracked funding towards the COVID–19 Vaccine.” immediate advancement and release of the vaccine we have today because our world was dying! All races and all Dr. Pernell is a brilliant speaker and champion for health people, with no respect of person or race. care systems equity. She currently runs a public health practice in Newark, NJ. Her concentrations are on health justice, community-based advocacy, population-wide health promotion, and disease prevention. Dr. Pernell fully understands that the African American community has many hills to climb to find equity. She entreats that before we can address issues of trust, we need to understand how racism undermines trustworthiness. Dr. Pernell stated, “If we are going to solve for equity, we first have to understand what a racial and health justice framework is.” | 4 8 | T H E  H U B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 1

Because of the extreme racial disparities within an unfair healthcare system, it is almost impossible to ignore what happened in 1932 with the Tuskegee experiments and all that has transpired for decades since. However, Dr. Pernell implores people of color to trust the science and get vaccinated. When the COVID-19 was approved and released, the CDC assigned the eligibility criteria for who would first receive the vaccination. Dr. Pernell was appalled. “The Black, Brown, and indigenous communities have IS S UU.C O M/ THEHUBMAG

Surviving COVID-19 RESOURCE DIRECTORY WERE YOU THERE? | BPF 2021 been disproportionately decimated,” she said. “Race and ethnicity should have been an eligibility criterion because Blacks and Browns are dying at a disproportionate rate!” she exclaimed. Councilwoman Warmsley, also a Licensed Clinical Therapist, noted her district is located in the heart of South Stockton, an area where people are hurting and have been left behind in the pandemic. She has also been on the frontlines fighting for equity and justice for underrepresented communities.

Dr. Cofer gave kudos to both of the women for sharing their testimonies in how they have been impacted by COVID-19, for rolling up their sleeves, and for punching back, just as Black women do. n The video of the entire 11th Annual Virtual Black Physicians Forum is available online. Visit the Facebook fan page for Sac Cultural Hub to watch the entire discussion: https://www.

Councilwoman Warmsley began by stating that she has a score to settle with COVID-19. In March of 2020, already an asthmatic, she was diagnosed with the coronavirus. The diagnosis came in the middle of her running for office. She personally experienced the mistrust and distrust in how women’s pains are often minimized. Due to COVID, she lost her job and her vehicle. She is a single mother, and the system failed her. Councilwoman Warmsley is determined to make changes to the policies that subtly hide behind systemic racism. She sent a message to others in active offices. “As elected officials, it is our absolute responsibility to respond to this pandemic in a way that’s trustworthy and equitable, and that means championing equitable policies,” said Councilwoman Warmsley. As she spoke, tears welled up in her eyes. The compassion was felt in every word. She said that so many others with the same title do not even want to have a conversation about COVID-19 and how to fight for equity. “Things changed on January 1st when I stepped through City Hall’s front door. I made sure that I was in the conversation and totally engaged to tell our stories. To tell our stories about how South Stockton lacks trusted partners. How our community-based organizations and churches, who are at the forefront of this pandemic, weren’t even eligible to receive funding to continue to operate, and they are our trusted messengers!” she exclaimed. Systemic racism has reared its ugly head within our health systems. We need to reframe the conversation around trust, which has been lost. We must look to our trusted messengers in our communities, our Black physicians, our pastors, and credible Black news media outlets. It is especially important to understand what our reasons are for why we are or are not getting the vaccine.

Getting vaccinated is

the safest ch ice you can make. Millions of Californians across different age groups, races and ethnicities have now been vaccinated — helping many people safely return to work, reunite with friends and family, and travel with confidence. Your decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine can help keep you and your loved ones safe, and help stop the spread in your community.

Learn more at, or call (833) 422-4255 to schedule your appointment.

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OUR AMERICAN CULTURE I by Contributing Writer, Dr. Monica Crooks

may have touched on this subject before, but it is sufficiently important to bear repeating. We are a population subject and victim to massive amounts of propaganda. Unfortunately, the masses succumb. America claims to be united—“a melting pot,” but we are far from it. Melting Pot and unity are mantras—flagwaving, anthem-singing, hand-over-heart rituals, not unlike genuflecting, signing the cross then promptly reporting to the confessional. They represent ideals rather than reality. In truth, we are bombarded constantly with the minutia of contrived differences, constant divisions, sub-classifications, box-checking identifications based on flimsy subjective perceptions.

Our working population pays the bulk of taxes, and I, for one, would not mind paying taxes if my hard-earned contributions were spent on the betterment of my fellow Americans’ and my country’s state of being in general: infrastructure, technology, healthcare, social services that make the quality of life enhanced, safe, and happy for all. But that is not what I have seen happening historically with the public trust. I see the hard-working middle class bearing the brunt of tax burdens without our common contributions benefiting the class that pays most into it. Finland, the “Happiest Country in the World” for years running, pays a higher percentage in tax than Americans do. However, their taxes pay for healthcare, family maternity leave Race is a man-made construct for both mom and dad, and even a RACE IS A MAN-MADE CONSTRUCT intended to divide human beings and month of paid annual vacation for originally to justify the subjugation INTENDED TO DIVIDE HUMAN BEINGS every citizen. That is a tax plan I am of one human group by another. We AND ORIGINALLY TO JUSTIFY THE willing to get behind! Our culture are scientifically one race: Human. sees government as “them” vs. “us” SUBJUGATION OF ONE HUMAN GROUP For those born to this continent, we are all one nationality: American. BY ANOTHER. WE ARE SCIENTIFICALLY in spite of our claim that we have a “government for the people and We commonly forget that. The ONE RACE: HUMAN. by the people.” We have a culture number of folks who do not know that does not see cheating the the differences between the terms government as cheating our own selves. We don’t see ethnicity, nationality, culture, and race, boggles the the government as working for our common good. mind. We enjoy much more in common than we differ: The desire for happiness, health, justice, love, shelter, sustenance, and success. Americans often fail to realize that we have our own distinctive and unique culture. Splintered sub-cultures are not real. We have one common conglomerate culture that is the sum of all its varied and wonderfully colorful parts. An element of that culture is the degree of individualism and competition that often results in a detriment of the whole. In spite of the heavy focus on churchgoing that the US is notable for, we are generally a self-centric and rather arrogant culture as opposed to a humble, care-for-thy-neighbor-as-thyself, and selfeffacing culture. We don’t see ourselves as “ONE.” We tend not to want “others” to have any perceived advantage over us. And herein lies the infection of our discontent. We do not work together for the good of the whole. We don’t embrace the concept of “The Whole.” There is an air of disrespect for elders evident in our movies, where children are glorified for their lack of discipline and disrespectful attitudes. Gone are the programs that modeled decent behavior like Andy Griffith of Mayberry.

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Call it “socialism” if you like. I have no aversion to the word if socialism creates a comfortable, secure society that is happy and relatively safe. Sign me up! But such a goal begins with everyone desiring the “common good.” We all give a little to gain much overall. Unfortunately, our American culture has a long way to go, and lots to learn to gain such humility of purpose. Progress is not achievable until we recognize and own our limitations and challenges. Finally, the USA has never been universally “great.” Some sub-set or another has always been struggling to realize the elusive American Dream. What is admirable about the USA is our continual pursuit of improvement. For that, I am proud to be an American. There is no other time in history I would prefer to exist in. We can all thank God for the progress we have made in some aspects of society. May we continue to strive to live up to the bold claims of greatness we espouse. n Dr. Monica Crooks, DDS 916) 922-2027


Strawberry Chicken Salad With Mint & Goat Cheese From #MAKEITGAP Recipes Global Animal Partnership Recipe adapted from

INGREDIENTS 1 lb. chicken cutlets 6 Tbsp. olive oil, divided 3/4 tsp. salt, divided 1/2 tsp. ground pepper, divided 3 Tbsp. white-wine vinegar 1 Tbsp. minced shallot 1 1/2 tsp. fresh mint leaves, divided, plus more for garnish

10 cups mixed salad greens (about 8 oz.) 2 1/2 cups strawberries, sliced 4 oz. sugar snap peas, trimmed and thinly sliced 2 oz. goat cheese, crumbled (1/2 cup) 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

PREPARATION 1. Preheat grill to medium-high. Brush chicken with 1 Tbsp. oil and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper. Grill, turning once, until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. When cool enough to handle, slice the chicken. 2. Meanwhile, whisk vinegar, shallot, honey, and the remaining 5 Tbsp. oil, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a large bowl. Finely chop 1/4 cup mint; add to the dressing in the bowl, whisking to combine. Reserve 2 Tbsp. of the dressing. 3. Tear or coarsely chop the remaining 3/4 cup mint leaves; add to the bowl along with mixed greens. Toss gently to combine. Divide the salad among 4 dinner bowls. Combine the chicken and the reserved 2 Tbsp. dressing in the large bowl; stir to coat. Divide the chicken, strawberries, snap peas, goat cheese, and almonds among the 4 dinner bowls. Garnish with more mint, if desired. SOURCE:


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Summer is in full speed! Vacations are lined up, and it is so important to keep your hair hydrated through the hot summer months, to prevent dry hair, brittle hair, dull and frizzy hair!

Make a daily habit of applying a hair care product that contains sunscreen for your hair (These products protect your hair from sun damage and also help keep your hair color from fading.

If you’re spending lots of time outdoors, make a daily habit to apply a hair care product that contains sunscreen for your hair.

Since dry hair acts like a sponge, saturate strands before swimming If your hair is drenched with leave-in conditioner, (HAIR-Smoothie) it won’t absorb as much saltwater or pool chemicals, It’s also a good idea to to rinse/shampoo your hair after a swim.

These products protect your hair from sun damage, help keep your hair color from fading. Summer heat can damage our locks, give us very oily scalps, and even turn our hair green when in contact with chlorine (yes, this can actually happen). •

If you are going to spend a long day in the sun, applying a leave in conditioner containing SPF protection, or covering your scalp with a hat to protect your scalp and hair from the dangers of the sun. Another way of protecting your hair is to avoid heat styling as much as possible during the hot summer months, Skip the hot tools. give your hair a break from blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons. We know this can be challenging, but your hair will love you.

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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 Candies Kitchen 916.439.9922

Fixins Soul Kitchen 916-999-7685 Flower’s Fish Market 916-456-0719

Cora Lorraines (Colos) 916-692-8948

House of Chicken and Ribs (916) 332-7041

D’s Smoking Pit 916-993-9428

Louisiana Heaven 916-689-4800

Daddyo’s Smokehouse 916-821-9020

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

Dubplate Kitchen & Jamaican Cuisine 916-339-6978 Ermajeans Southern Cuisine Restaurant & Catering 530-749-9651 Family Pizza Take n Bake 916-333-3397

Macque’s Barbeque (Elk Grove Location) 916-714-2910 Mo’Betta Finger Foods On Wheels 916-307-9511 Mommas Market 916-524-2782

Ms. Robin’s House of Que (916) 389-0707 Muhammads Meats Vegetables and Desserts (415) 862-8997 Play Makers Toucha Class Restaurant 916.451.1786 Q1227 Restaurant 916.899.5146 Queen Sheba 916-446-1223 South Restaurant 916-382-9722 Stage Coach 916-422-9296 Toris Place Soul Food 916-646-6038

MoMo’s Meat Market 916-452-0202


Salons and Barbershops are now BACK IN BUSINESS! • • • •

Call to book your appointments Wear your mask upon entering Practice Social/Physical Distancing Be SAFE Everyone!

24K Salon & Spa

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 ISSUU. C OM/ T HE H U B MA G

E-mail with any additions or corrections to the list of Black-owned salons and barbershops (composed by BSBA-Black Small Business Association of California

Exquisite U Beauty Boutique

J’s Remixed Hair Design

Fadem Up Barbershop

Kajmir Hair Studio/I Twist Sacramento

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

Hair Eco Salon

6845 Five Star Blvd Ste E Rocklin, CA, 95677 (916) 242-9939

Hasheem The Barber

2740 Arden Way Ste 224 Sacramento, CA 95825 (916) 822-2825

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

Keela Hair Studio & Extension Boutique

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


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

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

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

Posh Extension Bar

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

Rockin kidz kutz

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

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

Kings Joint

Royal Cuts Barbershop

Immaculate Cuts Barbershop

Margarets Hair Gallery

The Next Episode Hair Salon

Marichal Salon, Barber Shop & Suites

Tisha’s Braids

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

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

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

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

2201 Northgate Blvd Sacramento, CA 95833 (916) 519-9045 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

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Friday, July 2nd 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm @ SEASONS 52

Seasons 52 at Arden Fair Mall | 1689 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95815 WHAT TO EXPECT! • Live Jazz Band • Speed Networking • Business Announcements • Raffle Prizes • Appetizers • No Host Bar • Face Mask Required


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Limited Table Reservation of 2 or 4: $50-$100 Individual admission in advance: $10/person At the door: $15/person

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