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FOUNDER’S ROOM | LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

TRAVEL.TRAVEL. TRAVEL. BUT STAY HEALTHY!

rom Spring to Summer I’ve been receiving so many notifications and invites for in-person business meetings, mixers, concerts, birthday parties, and short-stay vacays that include rounds of cocktails and lots of gourmet appetizers, zesty brunches, and rich dinners. And, YES I am well aware that COVID-19 is still in the air and NEVER going away so I do tread in safety mode fully vaccinated. Summer time however is my favorite time of year as I love the hot weather here in Sacramento as long as I have my air conditioning functioning at full blast at the office, in my car, and at home I’m cool (lol).

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Please remember that you must develop an exercise program and follow a nutritional eating plan that best fits within your limitations and lifestyle. You may need to consult with a personal trainer, talk with your doctor and/or see a nutritionist. My mom and I have committed to doing warm-up exercises with 100 squats on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings with broadcasting Facebook live to motivate and inspire our family members and those in our network to start exercising and continue with a routine that best fits their schedule. We like to call ourselves #ExerciseInfuencers. Staying healthy requires commitment and the biggest cost you will pay is YOUR TIME! But it will be well worth it! Our time is valuable and your body deserves the best that you can give towards the nutrients you take in and the consistent movements you do in repetition to get that heart pumping and blood circulating and your breathing is everything. Maintaining your weight and weight loss are undoubtedly great benefits of exercising and having healthy eating habits but by far I love the benefits of the natural glow, inches you lose, and how you feel and look in your clothes that come with it. | 4 | T H E HU B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 2

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DO: Hydrate! Go for drinking at least 64 oz. of water each day DO: Load up on healthy sources of protein, fiber, and veggies throughout the week DO: Practice fasting (e.g. - 1 salad meal with light dressing or vinegar a day at noon and water throughout the day or a 3-day juice cleanse) DO: Stay active! Exercise (especially when it involves both cardio and strength training) will help you tone your muscles, lose excess body fat, and improve your mood and sleep. Be sure to schedule time for either indoor exercise in the gym, at home or outdoor exercise with walking or jogging in your neighborhood. DO: Get your rest - a good night sleep (at least 6-8 hours); your body needs to recover and refresh for the next day DON’T: Indulge in pastries/candy, processed and packaged foods, dairy, pasta/rice/bread, fast foods DON’T: Overwork during your workouts; start with 2-3 times a week - low impact 15-30 minute sessions on either the treadmill, elliptical, bike to burn calories. Take baby steps with adding strength training with light weights to your routine to boost your metabolism. DON’T: Put off healthy living until the last minute. DON’T: Smoke cigarettes; you are slowly killing your body

Here lately I have been blessed to travel with my mom, family/ friends and now in my business with covering some upcoming national conferences. I AM SO READY FOR IT while at the same time STAYING HEALTHY as I encourage you to do the same. By the way, I will be gearing up for a 10-day juice cleanse in July prior to our girls trip to Jamaica - so follow me on my Facebook story and also on my Instagram story (#pleefitandfab). We are bringing you another fulfilling special edition issue of compelling feature stories that include Black Men In Leadership and 2nd Generation Black Real Estate Professionals. Happy Father’s Day to all who are making it happen for your families and may you all have a wonderful summer!

True Blessings!

Pleshette Robertson CEO and Founder Sac Cultural Hub Media Company and Foundation facebook.com/pleshettemarie Source: https://amandanighbert.com/2022/06/14/the-dos-and-donts-to-stay-healthy-duringvacation/

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| THE CLASSIEST COMIC IN AMERICA: CHRIS ROCK

11 | BLACK MEN IN LEADERSHIP 2022

Charles Amey | Alfred Brown | Kenneth Duncan Leon Guidry | Harry Henry | Justin J. Holmes Sean Stewart | Duane Webb | Derrick Winrow, Sr.

30 | 2ND GENERATION OF BLACK REAL ESTATE AGENTS Erica Boughton | Darius Graham | Tiana Lewis Cheyenne Lowden | Joe Mixon | Chanel Stafford Ryan Willhite

42 | BLACK BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Joseph Elloie | Darian Cooper

46 | BLACK MUSIC MONTH SPOTLIGHT: JOE LEAVY 48 | COMIC ARTIST BRENT SANDS ISSUU. C OM/ T HE H U B MA G

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WERE YOU THERE? IGHLIGHTS OF THE 12TH ANNUAL VIRTUAL BLACK 50 | HPHYSICIANS FORUM OF THE CREATIVE EXCHANGE: 52 | HIGHLIGHTS SACRAMENTO MUSIC SUMMIT 2022

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SURVIVING COVID-19 RESOURCE DIRECTORY

59 | Navigating Black California

IN EVERY ISSUE 4 Founder’s Room 63 Things To Do, Places To Go 63

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hat would you do if you were speaking onstage and someone got up from their chair in the front row, walked up to you at the podium, and slapped your face in front of the live audience and tens of millions more watching worldwide on TVs, tablets, and telephones? That scenario is more than a hypothetical one for comedian Chris Rock. You’ve seen the video if you didn’t catch it all live: Rock was presenting earlier this year at the Oscars when he was assaulted, and he miraculously and thankfully reacted very differently than you or I may have. Immediately following “the slap,” abuser and Academy Award-winning actor Will Smith, who, believe it or not, graced the cover of “Men In Leadership” issue of this magazine in 2016, sauntered back to his chair, smirking. Meanwhile, Rock remained composed, even managing to crack a joke or two. As the old show business axiom goes, the show went on, with Rock presenting an Oscar to someone that, today, few people remember and no one’s talking about. In my opinion, Rock deserves an Emmy Award for that performance. Let me be clear: if I’d been slapped, every “angry black man” | 8 | T H E HU B MA G A Z I N E

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trope would have played out during that television broadcast. While a variety of Smith’s Hollywood projects are being cancelled or put “on hold,” Rock is on the road in Europe, performing and cutting up during his “Ego Death” tour. “I’m OK, if anybody was wondering,” Rock recently joked from the stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London. “I got most of my hearing back.” According to the New York Times, Rock had said he wasn’t going to talk about “the slap heard around the world” during his tour. Clearly, he’s had a change of heart. “People expect me to talk about the b———,” Rock continued from the stage in London. “I’m not going to talk about it right now. I’ll get to it eventually…on Netflix.” Get your coin, Chris! If Rock isn’t a Man In Leadership, and worthy of this cover story, I don’t know who is! While leadership isn’t necessarily tied to bank balances, Rock’s net worth is a cool $60 million.


CENTERSTAGE While his bank account reportedly took a significant hit just after his contentious 2016 divorce (he’s been open about having cheated on his ex-wife), Rock has clearly rebounded. With tickets to his current show selling at extremely high rates (his upcoming shows in Oakland are sold out, and the few tickets available for his San Francisco show are going for upwards of $700 each), Rock looks to significantly add to his coffers before his tour winds down later this year.

And when you’re a real man, a Man In Leadership, and you get hit in the face, do you know what you do? I believe that the men and women of the cloth will agree with me on this: you turn the other cheek.

The London performance wasn’t the first time Rock has addressed the Oscars assault. During a recent show with comedian Dave Chapelle at the Hollywood Bowl, after Chapelle was tackled by someone who rushed him from the audience, Rock came onstage, borrowed the mic from Chapelle, and hilariously bellowed “Was that Will Smith?”

Technically, it was Rock’s left cheek that took the brunt of wanna-be-Muhammad Ali’s blow, but I’d be splitting hairs to mention that. “Turn the other cheek.” If Jesus said it, that settles it, right? It’s all right there in The Good Book!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rock joined Chapelle later that week on stage at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. There, he said “I got smacked by the softest n———- that ever rapped.” I’m not a proponent of the use of “the N word,” under any circumstances… but preach, Chris. I felt like doing the Carlton dance after I read that.

“If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.” -Matthew 5:38-40

Speaking of books, Rock has written one of his own, creatively entitled “Rock This!” But don’t get too excited…yet. Although Rock ought “TURN THE OTHER to be working on a new book, to CHEEK.” IF JESUS SAID IT, capitalize on all of the hubbub, his THAT SETTLES IT, RIGHT? hilarious, New York Times bestIT’S ALL RIGHT THERE IN selling memoir was published THE GOOD BOOK! back in 1997, a full quarter century before “the slap” (and before some who are reading this were born).

The 57-year-old comedian and father of two daughters was born in Andrews, South Carolina, on the same day (albeit about 30 years later) as my father, who was known (among other things) for his sharp temper. Clearly, astrology isn’t a factor with anger management, as my Dad, a volatile Aquarius, would have slapped the Fresh Prince of Bel Air back to Philly. Hat’s off to Rock for holding it together. I know we’re celebrating Father’s Day, and as the father of two girls of my own, I have a vested interest in staying on script with that. But I’ve got to share that it was Rock’s mother who called a spade a spade with regard to “the slap.” During a recent interview with WIS-TV, Rosalie “Rose” Rock said she was hurt that Smith didn’t personally apologize to her son. I’m with Mrs. Rock on that, because that’s what you do when you hit someone, or do anything that you know you shouldn’t have done: you grow a pair, and you apologize. ISSUU. C OM/ T HE H U B MA G

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As such, there are few allusions to what was to come in the comedian’s life and career. When you’re in your early 30s, you’re just starting to live your life, so a book might come across as kinda hollow. Rock’s first literary effort, overall, is. However, the cover of the paperback version of “Rock This” features a notable endorsement: Back then, Time Magazine proclaimed Rock “The best comic in America.” Today, while I don’t know about that, he’s a contender for the title, for sure. But Rock is absolutely the classiest comic in America. I can’t wait for the Netflix special, and for “Rock This, Vol. 2.” Knowing Rock as we all do, he’ll undoubtedly have a lot to say! n Michael P Coleman is a freelance writer, audio / video producer, and host. Connect with him at michaelpcoleman.com, follow his blog at michaelpcoleman.Wordpress.com, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @ColemanMichaelP

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE EXPOSED TO DANGEROUS SECONDHAND SMOKE 1 Visit TobaccoFreeCA.com to learn about California smokefree laws.

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3 Contact your local health department to report being exposed or to get assistance on an issue you’re experiencing.

CIGARETTES, HOOKAHS, MARIJUANA, VAPES, CIGARILLOS More ways to smoke = more smoke

Secondhand smoke is more common than you might think. In 2017 only 10% of Californians smoked cigarettes, but over half were exposed to the secondhand harm. And cigarette smoke is just the beginning. Californians face increasing levels of secondhand smoke from vape and marijuana. None of it is harmless.

ALL SECONDHAND SMOKE IS HARMFUL Just because it doesn’t smell like a cigarette doesn’t mean it’s not a health risk. There’s no such thing as safe secondhand smoke. Here are dangers specific to various smoking products. Vape

Cigarettes

Cigarillos

At least 10 chemicals identified in vape aerosol are on California’s Proposition 65 list of cancer-causing and reproductive toxic chemicals.

Secondhand cigarette smoke Secondhand smoke from cigarillos causes approximately 7,330 deaths contain the same toxic chemicals from lung cancer and 33,950 as cigarette smoke. deaths from heart disease each year in the US.

Hookah Secondhand hookah smoke contains carbon monoxide and other toxic chemicals which can cause lung, bladder, and oral cancer.

PROTECTING YOUR LOVED ONES IN PLACES & SPACES

Know Your Rights & How to Stand Up

Secondhand smoke exposure is rapidly increasing, and it’s up to you to educate yourself on the policies in your community that protect your family. Cities, counties, and tribes enact their own smokefree policies. Local policies can build on statewide smokefree laws, and expand to more places and spaces to protect you and your family.

Marijuana Secondhand marijuana smoke contains many of the same cancer-causing substances and toxic chemicals as secondhand tobacco smoke. In one study, 3 out of 4 kids whose parents smoked marijuana in the house had tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in their bloodstream.

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Children, Elderly People, and Pets

Secondhand smoke endangers the health of everyone in its reach, especially kids and pets who lack the ability to change their environments.

Kids face greater risk of: Middle ear infections Respiratory infections Asthma

CA clean indoor air laws prohibit indoor smoking of:

You can be exposed to secondhand smoke:

Vape Marijuana Cigarillos Cigars Hookah Cigarettes

Indoors - your home, apartment, condo or some workplaces. Outdoors - sidewalks, entryways, parks, trails, restaurant dining patios, festivals, concerts, or other organized events and outdoor worksites.

When you know what policies are in place, you can stand up and protect yourself and your loved ones.

Babies exposed to secondhand smoke have a higher rate of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

Elderly people (as well as all adults) are at risk of: Chronic respiratory symptoms Asthma Heart attacks Weakened health

following ways: Dogs show more instances of lung and nasal cancer. Cats living in homes with smokers have about 3x the risk of developing lymphoma, a cancer with a poor prognosis for survival.

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BLACK MEN IN LEADERSHIP 2022 Leadership is a quality sought by most, and only a few possess, and the displayed Leadership quality of these men on our list shows the power of our community and what it means to be a beacon of change. THE HUB Magazine is proud to present our 2022 Black Men In Leadership list; the men honored on this list were handpicked by you and THE HUB Magazine for displaying the full circle definition of what Black Men In Leadership represents. While every candidate submission is a leader in their own right, these chosen few displayed the heart of the Sacramento community and the know-how of their industries that made them a stead-fast force of leadership.

KENNETH DUNCAN

CHARLES AMEY

ALFRED BROWN

DERRICK WINROW, SR.

DUANE WEBB

SEAN STEWART

JUSTIN J. HOLMES

LEON GUIDRY

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CHARLES AMEY

PRINCIPAL OF EDWARD HARRIS, JR. MIDDLE SCHOOL Mr. Charles Amey is a native of Union City, California, where he attended James Logan High School. While in high school, he excelled at football and track and field, twice qualifying for the CIF State Meet in the 110 high hurdles and 4x100 meter relay. His abilities earned him scholarships in both track and football to California State Sacramento. At CSUS, Mr. Amey majored in Interpersonal/ Small Group Communications and minored in Sociology. After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications in 2003, Mr. Amey began his teaching career. He served as a long-term substitute at Jonas Salk Middle School and Sylvan Middle School in the SJUSD. In 2006, Mr. Amey pursued his teaching credential from San Francisco State University through the Teacher Education Institute (TEI) of Elk Grove Unified School District. He landed a teaching position at Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School. From 2006 to 2011, Mr. Amey taught English and Public Speaking. He also served as the head men’s track & field coach at Monterey Trail High School from 2005 to 2013 and the head track & field coach at Harris from 2008 to 2010. During his tenure at EHMS, Mr. Amey earned his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. His Master’s project, which centered on the effect of mentoring in secondary education, birthed the AIM mentor program.

In addition to being a principal, Mr. Amey is a joyously married father of three, an ordained Pastor at Spirit & Truth Church, and an assistant coach for all of his children’s sports teams. Two of his brothers, Vince (1998) and Otis (2005), played in the NFL for the Raiders and 49ers, respectively. Mr. Amey believes that all students can learn when a loving environment, coupled with high expectations and rigor, is provided. He encourages all students to be lifelong learners and seek the highest level of knowledge possible, as education is the key to advancement. He also enables his staff to provide all students with the best educational experience possible.

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Book: The Bible Cologne: Old Spice Trademark: Loving spirit and joyful, humorous personality and smile. OUR CONVERSATION:

Pros & cons of what you do: The pros are being able to provide vision, leadership, and mentorship for an entire learning community. At times I feel like the mayor of a small town. When students return from their ventures in college armed with various degrees, it gives me a great sense of pride and accomplishment. Someone paid it forward SLOGAN YOU for me, and now I get to do the same. On LIVE BY: the other hand, pleasing everyone can “IF YOU STAY READY, be difficult when leading such a large YOU DON’T HAVE TO group of people. I’ve learned to center GET READY.” my decisions on what is best for students, which has done wonders for me.

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Mr. Amey was promoted to Vice-Principal after four years, and Mr. Amey returned home to Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School, intending to take the school to new heights.

Best workday strategy: Getting to work before everyone else. It gives me a time of productive peace that allows me to get a head start on the day. That feeling is priceless to me.

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A black woman you admire, and why: My mother; is strong and persevering through the most adverse circumstances. She is a woman of faith who raised four successful sons. Who cooks the best: My wife cooks the best lasagna! Greatest achievement: Being a full-time husband, father, pastor & principal. Share with us how a mentor or someone in your life helped shape your values? My 6th-grade teacher, Peter Brown, was the first African-American teacher I ever had. He showed an interest in getting to know me and didn’t put up with my class clown behavior. Instead, he made me a leader and poured confidence into me. What’s your definition of a Black Man in Leadership? A man who knows who he is and who he serves is a man who is not afraid to do the job of the least, nor afraid to do what’s unpopular for the greater good. I am committed: To improve the people’s lives in my community through service because it is the only way our society can move forward progressively.

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How are you continuing to deal with the impact of COVID-19? I stay focused on serving others. Focusing on those who need aid doesn’t give you time to wallow in self-pity. Black men tend to suffer from various illnesses and diseases in terms of health. Do you see the doctor for annual exams? Yes, my employer gives us incentives to do so, which helps. Do you see the need for exercise? If so, what does your exercise program include? Definitely. With high blood pressure and diabetes running rampant in our people, it is imperative to stay fit. I exercise 5 times a week, mixing running, basketball, and spin cycling. Share with us how nutrition has helped you maintain or improve your overall health: I have instituted intermittent fasting into my diet over the past four years. I eat from 10 am – 6 pm on the weekdays and cheat now and then on the weekends. After a certain age, exercise isn’t enough. Best advice for young black men: Put your trust in God, simple. All your plans will succeed if you commit to the Lord (Proverbs 16:3). What do you like about THE HUB Magazine? It provides the community with critical cultural trends to keep African American people informed, plugged in, and on the path to greatness. n

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ALFRED R. BROWN JR.

ASSISTANT STORE DIRECTOR OF WHOLE FOODS Serving the community within the grocery industry for over thirty-eight years, Alfred R. Brown Jr. is a pinnacle to his community as a father and an Assistant Store Director. Though Alfred R. Brown understands the system of having your freedoms taken away and a broken home, he didn’t let that stop him from attending Foothill Jr. College as a Business Administration major graduate.

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Learning from the guidance of his grandmother, Alfred R. Brown Jr. has gone to accomplish many things throughout his career and in his personal life. Whether it’s spending time with his kids or delivering the best customer service at his job, Alfred R. Brown Jr. is a black leader in his own right.

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Book: “The Spirit of a Man” by Iyanna Vanzandt Cologne: Aqua Gio, Light Blue Trademark: Being a man of my word. Being someone that can be counted on. A man who speaks his mind.

Pros & cons of what you do: I have been in retail/ groceries since 1984, 38 years. The thing I like about my job is, helping customers. I tell my team, “we don’t sell groceries; we sell customer service.” The only downside is the high demand for sales on weekends, making being with family a little complicated.

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CENTERSTAGE | BLACK MEN IN LEADERSHIP Best workday strategy: I am a numbers guy. I review sales reports daily, and my goal is always to do better than the previous sales year. I educate my team and give them a picture of what the business is doing. This ensures that my team will be providing the best customer service while pushing for sales.

Do you see the need for exercise? If so, what does your exercise program include? I punch my bag five days a week using a 3-minute timer per round. This is better than any other cardio I have ever done. Share with us how nutrition has helped you maintain or improve your overall health: I don’t eat pork and keep red meat to a minimum. I am a big man, not genuinely interested in a diet; eat healthily. I have improved my blood pressure, cholesterol, and overall health by eating properly.

A black woman you admire, and why: Michelle Obama. She was not just the First Lady; she was a mother and a wife. I always felt that her love for her man was the main reason she supported his presidency; however, she always gave off the SLOGAN YOU vibe that she’d be ok with just being at home LIVE BY: with her family. That has always meant a lot “IF YOU CAN LOOK UP, to me. I came from a broken home, with no YOU CAN GET UP. NO dad and a mom who was in and out. Having EXCUSES, JUST DO gone through all of that and being raised BETTER” by my grandmother, I longed for family and valued it. I believe this is what fuels me to work and be the best father and grandfather I can be.

Best advice for young black men: Identify what’s important to you and allow nothing to get in the way of it. What do you like about THE HUB Magazine? The owner. She’s my sisterin-law. n

What is SEXY about a woman and what is NOT: Beauty is the physical, but I think a woman with confidence, who can walk into a room full of strangers with her shoulders back and chin up, is very sexy. What is NOT sexy is a loud, ignorant woman who craves attention. Who cooks the best: I can cook the best Shrimp Etoufee. Greatest achievement: Being a father/grandfather. Share with us how a mentor or someone in your life helped shape your values: My grandmother was my mentor. She always believed in me, even when I did not believe in myself. She taught me always to be the best version of myself, be myself and never be a follower. She’d say, “momma, get tired sometimes...” I did not truly understand that statement until I was about 30 years old. What it means is always to be able to take care of yourself and not expect handouts; hence, “mommas get tired too.” What’s your definition of a Black Man in Leadership? A Black Man in leadership knows and respects how he got there and always pays it forward to young brothers by teaching, leading, and giving them tools to be better. I am committed: To my children because no one ever committed to me. How are you continuing to deal with the impact of COVID-19? Adhering to best sanitation practices and enforcing this at work and with my kids/grand kids. Black men tend to suffer from various illnesses and diseases in terms of health. Do you see the doctor for annual exams? Yes.

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KENNETH DUNCAN, JR.

CEO, BALL OUT ACADEMY & MENTOR, ADVOCATE Kenneth Duncan Jr. comes from a strong line of leaders. Two of which being his grandfathers, one who was a Professional Boxer out of San Francisco and the other being a General in the United States Army. Kenneth had plenty of excellent examples to emulate, whether it was valued, such as dedication, discipline, sacrifice, civil responsibility, or service to others. Kenneth eventually landed at historical Merritt College in Oakland and College of Alameda, an athlete from a very young age. He earned his AA degree and played on the Basketball team. During his time at the College of Alameda, Kenneth earned an athletic scholarship to attend Wilberforce University in Ohio, the first private black-owned institution. There he received his bachelor’s in Psychology. Kenneth is HBCU proud! Professionally Kenneth has worked in the nonprofit world for over ten years. Right out of college, he began his career with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento. Kenneth served New Helvetia and Seavey Circle public housing in Sacramento, now known as Marina Vista/Alder Grove. There he was able to mentor hundreds of youth and build relationships in the community, where now he is a trusted leader and advocate. Part of his journey in Sacramento has also included community organizing in Oak Park and Del Paso Heights through the Black Child Legacy Campaign. Kenneth has worked for several nonprofits such as the Greater Sacramento Urban League, Roberts Family Development Center, and Anti-Recidivism Coalition. In addition to serving the community through long-standing organizations in Sacramento, Kenneth has founded his nonprofit organization called Ball Out Academy, where he provides mentorship, leadership development, workshops, and training through the lens of athletic development programs. Ball Out is providing safe spaces for young women and men of color by engaging them as powerful, potential-filled individuals who have an interest in sports but are more than just athletes. Ball Out provides spaces for sports development and personal development for youth and provides facilitating, training, workshops, and curricula for other community agencies.

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Kenneth plans to continue his service to the community as he expands the reach and impact of Ball Out Academy. It’s only a matter of time until Ball Out Academy expands statewide and nationwide.

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Trademark: Dedication, discipline, sacrifice, civil responsibility, and service to others. OUR CONVERSATION:

Pros & cons of what you do: I love what I do because I am helping improve our communities of color. I also love mentoring youth and helping others, so I love what I do A believer and champion of young people. IS S UU.C O M/ THEHUBMAG


CENTERSTAGE | BLACK MEN IN LEADERSHIP I am committed: To my children to be the best father I can be and continue to be the first male my children will ever love. I will continue to be a good son to my mother A black woman you admire, and why? I admire a and father and a great-grandson to my grandparents. black woman who is confident and affectionate I will continue to be a strong community leader, to the community and children. I love a black lead by example, and help youth become their woman who lifts herself and looks for the best versions. I will continue to strive for good in black men! SLOGAN YOU greatness to make the world a better place LIVE BY: for our youth and our future. What is sexy in a woman and what “I’M A BELIEVER AND is not? Confidence is sexy, and so is Best advice for young black men: Is to CHAMPION OF YOUNG independence. What is not sexy is when a not give up on yourself and give yourself PEOPLE.” woman acts like they don’t want a man or a chance. Life will sometimes get the best is closed off to good men. of you, but if you stay focused and stay the course, God has a plan for you; all you have to Who cooks the best: I love my mother’s do is take steps in that direction and not give up. It Gumbo, and I love to BBQ. will all work out in the end; you trust the process. n Best workday strategy: Get up, move your body, move people!

What’s your definition of a Black Man in Leadership? Someone who can lead but also has an ear for the people. You can’t lead if you have never been able to follow. I have been mentored and groomed by the best leaders in the area, they have handed the torch to me, so I am ready to lead because I have followed and been an ear for people to call on for so long. I have had some great mentors and some not so great, and I have learned from them all.

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LEON GUIDRY

RADIO HOST/BROADCASTER & K.D.E.E. COMMUNITY RELATIONS DIRECTOR AT CALIFORNIA BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOUNDATION Veteran radio broadcaster, Leon Guidry, brings over 33 years of experience to his position as Director of Community Relations and Show Host at Sacramento’s K.D.E.E. / 97.5, a community radio station owned by the California Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Leon’s on-air radio broadcast career includes working with KERS, K.E.W.T., K.P.O.P., K.R.A.K., and K.N.C.I., which provides for 16-years as a Country Music show host K.R.A.K. and K.N.C.I. along with being the C.B.S., Sacramento Internet Service Director. Leon is also a media consultant and mentor to countless individuals entering the broadcasting industry. His participation as a panelist at the Sacramento Music Summit, explaining “Best Practices” for artist managers and musicians on how to market the product to radio, was just one of the ways he gives back to the community. | 1 8 | T H E HU B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 2

Leon Guidry attended West Los Angeles Junior College, Los Angeles City College, California State University, Sacramento, and is the proud recipient of a Mental Health First Aid Certificate from Mental Health California. Mr. Guidry has interviewed hundreds of public personalities for his various past and current radio shows. His most recent memorable on-air conversations were with the Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California Surgeon General, Dr. Janine Bera, Internal Medicine Specialist MD, Betty Williams, President of the Sacramento N.A.A.C.P., Althea Rene, Soul-Jazz flutist, Lin Rountree, Soul-Trumpeter, and Kem, singer-songwriter, three-time GRAMMY nominee. Mr. Guidry considers himself a life-long learner and student of life who intentionally pursues knowledge to enhance and enrich his personal and professional perspectives. IS S UU.C O M/ THEHUBMAG


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FAVORITES:

Book: My Big T.O.E. by Thomas Campbell; Race Matters (1993) / Race Matters, 25th Anniversary (2017) by Cornel West; Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement by Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, Neil Gotanda, Gary Peller, Kendall Thomas; Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky; The Singularity Is Nearer by Ray Kurzweil

out approach to life and business relationships. Principled-centered administration opens my mind to a practical approach to life and business. Exposing me to proven concepts, like how SLOGAN YOU my private victories will precede my public LIVE BY: accomplishments because making and keeping “HEALTH IS A NEW promises to myself precedes making and WEALTH.” keeping promises to others.

Cologne: I seldom wear cologne because I have a smell disorder called Anosmia [ah-NOSE-mee-ah] - it’s a partial loss of smell. Trademark: I am a generous listener, humble, honest, trustworthy, and have a great voice for radio. OUR CONVERSATION:

Pros & cons of what you do? My broadcast career spans 34-years, and my accumulative skills allow me to navigate administrative responsibilities; host a radio program; produce commercial / underwriting for advertising purposes along represent K.D.E.E./97.5 in public settings. As a jazz show host, I have the opportunity to affect the mental mood of our listeners positively with uplifting music and optimistic messaging; As K.D.E.E.’s Community Relations Director, I am positioned to connect and assist our listeners - small business owners to resources that help them achieve their goals. The profession demands a lot of time and attention to detail. Best workday strategy: Start each day with gratitude. A black woman you admire, and why? My mother and three sisters. My sisters have the impeccable attributes of my Mother, who was love personified. What is SEXY about a woman and what is NOT: Health and wellness coupled with style and grace are SEXY. A loud, obnoxious woman who seeks attention is NOT SEXY.

What’s your definition of a Black Man in Leadership? A principled-centered person who exercises ethical and moral concepts that intentionally respects others and create an environment that promotes mutual trust. I am committed: To share knowledge, training, guiding, and teaching the next generation because it takes a village. I am committed to enjoying life because it’s almost over. How are you continuing to deal with the impact of COVID-19? I continue to stay informed; eat healthier, and exercise. Black men tend to suffer from various illnesses and diseases in terms of health. Do you see the doctor for annual exams? No, not as often as I should. Do you see the need for exercise? If so, what does your exercise program include? Yes! Walking and bicycling. Share with us how nutrition has helped you maintain or improve your overall health: My new lifestyle plan includes less meat, fried foods, and junk food. I am eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking more water, and disciplining myself to not eat everything on the plate just because it is there. Best advice for young black men: Find out what a mentor is, and always have one or a few. What do you like about THE HUB Magazine? It’s Blackowned and just celebrated its 20th anniversary - It’s relevant, informative, and educational. n

Who cooks the best: My mom cooks the best Err-thang! My wife cooks the best Gumbo, I can cook the best breakfast, and my daughter cooks the best cakes. Greatest achievement: Making my parents proud. Share with us how a mentor or someone in your life helped shape your values: LeGrand Rogers, the Operations Director of radio station K.E.W.T. in Sacramento, introduced me to principle-centered leadership and helped me understand the insideISSUU. C OM/ T HE H U B MA G

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HENRY HARRY

OWNER OF GLOBAL VOICE PRODUCTIONS Henry Harry has lived in and around Sacramento for nearly 30 years. His career in law enforcement started with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, and he recently retired from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. He prides himself on being a good neighbor, community member, and a good citizen. He is currently single. Working for two different sheriff departments has been comical, scary, thrilling, rewarding, heartbreaking, and eye-opening, sometimes all in one shift. Henry returned to service as a Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy (part-time) to help an understaffed agency continue to serve the public. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Union Institute and University. Having grown up in Mississippi, community service is a strong southern value that Henry has tried to live up to by: •

Prior service as vice president of the Oak Park Foundation, a nonprofit

SLOGAN YOU LIVE BY: “BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SAID, ‘AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE.’”

Initial service as vice president of the Krazy Sac Ladz, a nonprofit

Coaching a year of youth football

Mentoring kids in the community and previously at Gerber Jr./Senior high school

Participating in numerous community panels and discussions

Helping to form the Vintage Park neighborhood anticrime committee

Being an anti-drug advocate

We are making numerous interactive presentations at local schools regarding police contacts, interactions, and the use of force.

Under his creative hats and side-hustles, Henry is a skilled photographer and video producer. In addition to writing several articles about crime, Henry is close to publishing his memoir on his life in public service as a law enforcement officer. His book is titled The Challenge.

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Book: J Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets, by Curt Gentry Cologne: Cuba: Prestige Black Trademark: Dedication, discipline, sacrifice, civil responsibility, and service to others. OUR CONVERSATION:

Pros & cons of what you do: In my upcoming book, “The Challenge,” I tell our profession was too slow to stomp-out bigotry, and we held on to the “bad apples” far too long. We used the “containment” approach and abandoned neighborhoods to crime, but the problems only worsened. This is a very challenging time to be a cop. I don’t know any officers who are okay with seeing George Floyd murdered. The ground and the rules are shifting under our feet each day, and we are disliked more than ever. Still, serving my community through law enforcement is a great honor. I love it. I wish more blacks were joining our ranks to contribute their intellect, experiences, and incredible talent to our professional pool of thought. The pros of the job are many. It’s incredible when your job is to help people in their worst moments or when you run criminals out of a park and return them to their families and kids. But there are just as many cons. It’s stressful. The job is slow to change, and the thousands of interactions with other humans often come with blurred lines where emotions, duty, and rules overlap. I like the job’s aspect of being part of a team. I hate that lazy cops are too often rewarded. Best workday strategy: Work as a team and then push each other towards excellence. A black woman you admire, and why: I admire Harriet Tubman and Shirley Chisholm, but currently, I am super impressed with Val Demings from Florida. Here’s an amazing black woman who is tough as nails. She worked her way up through the ranks of the Orlando Police Department to become the agency’s chief. Under her leadership, the department brought crime down. She’s currently in her seventh year in the U.S. House of Representatives, and she’s now running for a U.S. Senate seat in Florida. What is SEXY about a woman and what is NOT: For me, it’s a combination of smarts, strength, confidence, and courage. A lack of decorum is very unsexy. Who cooks the best: I can cook the best steaks. Greatest achievement: Next, to make sure I took care of my kids, it has to be honorably made through a law enforcement career, given its challenges and institutional landmines. Share with us how a mentor or someone in your life helped shape your values? My father invested about ISSUU. C OM/ T HE H U B MA G

a nickel’s worth of time into my life. So, I was largely raised by my grandfather. Like many southern men, he had to be a jack-of-all-trades – building their own homes, plowing the fields, repairing the cars, and raising pigs and chickens. From an early age, my grandfather taught me these skills and instilled a great sense of pride in work and duty to family and neighbors. When my grandfather paid me for work, he would make me give half the money to my mother, saying it was my responsibility to help the family. My grandfather’s lessons have lasted a lifetime and shaped my character. What’s your definition of a Black Man in Leadership? I think it is someone who recognizes they are playing a leadership role. It could be within an informal group, a church, or a high position in an organization. An excellent black leader is always mindful of the sacrifices of those who came before, has a vision, and is committed to helping others advance. I am committed: To help my community where I can. I feel like so many opportunities have been given to me, and I have a great life. I want to protect and provide those same educational opportunities, homeownership, and success to the young people who follow. Second, and I know it may sound selfish. Like many workaholics, I was so focused on the job that I put off vacations and took time off. I have committed to making myself enjoy life and catching up on those missed vacations. Best advice for young black men: Those facing drug and alcohol use or addiction know that you are not the only one who has stumbled. Don’t be ashamed to talk to someone you trust. People want to help you without judgment. If you’re struggling with mental health, it’s okay to ask for help. For those facing peer pressure to join a gang, steal, or commit petty crimes, stop and ask yourself, is this me - is this really who I am? If you have a moment of hesitation, just hit the pause button, pause, and think. If people don’t respect your need to pause and think about your actions, they are not your friends. Here’s something I tell students about how easy it is to get caught up. If you get caught stealing a soda from a store and give up, you’ll probably get a ticket and be released to your parents. If you are caught stealing that same soda, and then you yell or threaten the store clerk, causing fear, or you fight/push the clerk to get away with the soda, you have just committed the severe crime of robbery. The helicopter and the dogs are used to look for you, and when you are caught, you have to go to jail. Lastly, please don’t buy any drugs online because you don’t know what is in it, and don’t meet up with strangers on social media chats because it’s most likely a trap. 2020 FBI numbers show that there were 365,348 missing children across the country. Be careful and think about your actions. n

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JUSTIN J. HOLMES

SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, AD SALES FOR VEVO Justin J. Holmes is a Californian by way of Brooklyn, New York, now residing in Southern California. His mother, Shari, and father, Ricky, relocated the family to Sacramento. His sister Damara lives in Sacramento with his niece Rori and nephew Xavier. Justin graduated from Natomas High School in Sacramento and attended Brooklyn College in New York, majoring in Communications and Journalism. After college, he stayed in New York City and started his career in digital advertising. Mr. Holmes has worked for Spotify and Amazon Studios, to name a few companies.

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Book: Borrowed Time by Donna Michele Ramos Cologne: Y by YSL Trademark: My unique perspective. It encompasses my interests in music, culture, history, and technology. OUR CONVERSATION:

Pros & cons of what you do: I began at Media Edge Conglomerate (MEC) on the buying side as a digital media planner. At OMD Company and One Identity Agency, I was a junior planner, digital planner, and supervisor. Later, I moved to the sellers’ side. Working at Spotify and Amazon Studios, my goals were to reach the changing scale of responsibility. The markets I was working in started at $1.6 million and with an increased commitment to $80 million per year. It is an exciting ride as a Black man in corporate America; only a few of us and moving into a niche market; even fewer are there. It is very lucrative and beneficial for us. Many of us don’t know about it. In college, I didn’t think I wished I had known sooner. People go to college but don’t have insight into niche marketing. We need to be here. It would help if you talked to us, to sell to us. Everyone is leveraging hip hop and our culture. We need to be the ones creating the plans to reach us. Advertising is a fun job, connected to revenue points. Board rooms come up with ads that are tone-death. We need to be part of the decision-making process. Best workday strategy: Wake up from 6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. and run, read emails, make a to-do list and execute.

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A black woman you admire, and why: Black women who have been able to rise above challenges to create something unique for those around her and do things for others that stand the test of time. What is SEXY about a woman and what is NOT? Confidence; a woman willing to learn and explore new things. Not sexy is someone wrong and strong. They don’t know how to adopt or a know it all. Greatest achievement? I am proud of all projects that become successful. Especially projects that are not turnkey but challenges had to be conquered—my YRB Magazine article with Serena Williams. No one knew who to have on the cover. They wanted to do another basketball player. I suggested Serena and argued that she was a 9-time grand slam champion. I got the interview; she became the cover. The bonus was I got to ice skate with her and Common. It was fitting since he was the previous magazine cover. Share with us how a mentor or someone in your life helped shape your values: My friends said work in media, that’s how you make decent money. Black Hip Hop is not just about streets but business too. I wanted to be an entertainment journalist and worked at the Apollo while in school and after. I got my first gig at an ad agency. Then while at Media Edge Conglomerate (MEC) as a junior digital media planner, the Macys account was IS S UU.C O M/ THEHUBMAG


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assigned to me. From 2008 – to 2009, I wrote Black men tend to suffer from various illnesses for magazines Source and Vibe, and YRB and diseases in terms of health. Do you the most. It was cool after print magazines see the doctor for annual exams? Yes, it’s went down and digital.com was started. I important to be health-conscious. Eating and SLOGAN YOU was super sad when it folded but happy living your life are critical because all inputs LIVE BY: when digital became the new media have an output. “PROPER PREPARATION outlet. I started my blog, “Welcome to PREVENTS POOR Do you see the need for exercise? If so, the Next Level.” PERFORMANCE.” what does your exercise program include? I am a huge pop culture fan. Of course, I run 4 miles 3 times a week and go to the gym I enjoyed it. I like to tell stories and create to do weights, etc., three times a week. culture. I created with people who told their Share with us how nutrition has helped you stories and had a significant impact through their maintain or improve your overall health? I have been a art. I interviewed athletes, actors, and singers. Celebrities pescatarian for five years, so there is no need to change like Serena Williams, Melanie Fiona, Katy Perry, Electric my diet plan. Red, Jermaine Dupri, Russell Simmons, Kristin Kreuk (Smallville), and Svetlana Kuznetsova (tennis). Best advice for young black men: The most remarkable thing to be when you get older is successful. Being the What’s your definition of a Black man in Leadership? intelligent kid involved in all facets of education pays Leaders aren’t a specific race or gender. What’s off. Having money and traveling is the actual cool thing. important for Black men to be leaders in our community Being stable in your career, having money, and traveling is is to understand all the experiences that make up our excellent when you are an adult. n community and appreciate our history and where we are now. Lead in a way that helps the community as a whole to advance in the future. I am committed: To achieving my goals because they positively impact all of my loved ones. How are you continuing to deal with the impact of COVID-19? I am much more conscientious of how I contact people in general and more focused on cleanliness.

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SEAN STEWART OWNER OF ART IS LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY

Sean Stewart is a freelance photographer based in Sacramento, CA., and a father of 3 children. His artistry comes from many family members in many forms, with painting and music on both sides. At three years old, Mr. Stewart’s artistic gift was recognized when he drew a very detailed picture of the living room while sitting on the sofa. Sean attended Valley High School, where he cultivated his skills in cartooning, 3D animation, Autocad classes, and a summer internship in Fashion Design at Academy Art University in San Francisco. As a teen, Sean designed original art on clothing and storefront windows. In adulthood, Sean continued his artistry through music and graphic design, naturally progressing to photography, where his creative talent, unlimited vision, and passion are evident. FAVORITES:

Book: VIBE, Complex, Goosebumps Books Trademark: Artist (art, music, photography)

OUR CONVERSATION:

Pros & cons of what you do: I love what I do. Photography gives me the freedom to be artistic and use my gift and skills to manifest the concepts I envision. Clients trust me to capture their memories in a nontraditional way. Best workday strategy: By any means necessary.

Who cooks the best: My Grandma makes the best Rum Cake, but I can cook the best Tri-tip.

SLOGAN YOU LIVE BY:

Black men tend to suffer from various illnesses and diseases. Do you see the “IF YOU CHANGE THE WAY doctor for annual exams? Currently, yes.

YOU LOOK AT THINGS, THE THINGS YOU LOOK AT WILL CHANGE.”

Greatest achievement: Overcoming addiction and my three children. Share with us how a mentor or someone in your life helped shape your values: Some of my values were shaped by people who did not display values. I found within myself that the doors will open for you by doing things with good intentions and a pure heart. | 2 4 | T H E HU B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 2

I am committed: To teach my kids about photography, show them what I do, and allow them to learn its skills and business side. How are you continuing to deal with the impact of COVID-19? Practicing safety and cleanliness at home, in working space.

A black woman you admire, and why: My mother. She gave me the tools to believe in myself. What is SEXY about a woman and what is NOT: Sexy is different for every woman. What is NOT sexy is lacking a sense of humor and self-worth.

What’s your definition of a Black Man in Leadership? Taking care of his family. Being a catalyst for positive change and leaving a positive example in family and community.

Best advice for young black men: Set one attainable goal per day, and achieve it by any means necessary.

What do you like about THE HUB Magazine? I like THE HUB Magazine because it gives voice to a solid black and minority community by providing valuable information and resources. Pleshette, your passion, presence, humility, commitment, and consistency with a smile attract readers and fans. n

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You can’t see the scars of my soul, but my pain runs deep and it’s real. StopStigmaSacramento.org

Be seen. Be Heard. Ask for Help. For local mental health counseling and support, call 2-1-1. This program is funded by the Division of Behavioral Health Services through the voter approved Proposition 63, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).

Sacramento County Project Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary Promoting Mental Health and Wellness It has been 10 years since the launch of the Sacramento County Department of Health Services/ Division of Behavioral Health Services “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” project. In that time, the project has worked to reduce stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health conditions, promote mental health and wellness and inspire hope for people and families living with mental health conditions. In Sacramento County, it’s estimated that over 300,000 residents are living with a mental health condition – and about 30,000 of those individuals are from the African American/Black community. Nationally, approximately one in five adults will experience a diagnosable mental health condition during their lifetime. While education, support and treatment are available, stigma prevents many within the African American/Black community from seeking treatment or support for mental health concerns. Research shows that African Americans are more likely to experience mental health issues due to cultural and historical ISSUU. C OM/ T HE H U B MA G

trauma, systemic racism and economic circumstances. At the same time, many believe mild depression or anxiety would be considered “crazy” in their social circles and that discussions about mental illness would not be acceptable, even among family. “A lot of individuals in our community are hesitant to ask questions about their mental health – how do I share this with my friend, will they think I’m ‘crazy’ – but this is exactly the type of stigma that prevents many from seeking support when they have a mental health condition,” said La Viola Ward, a member of the Stop Stigma Sacramento Speakers Bureau who lives with depression. “Sharing fears can sometimes be our greatest strength.” It is just as important as ever to support mental health and well-being by reaching out and maintaining connection with those who may be struggling – not only to support them, but also for your own mental health. Connecting with family and friends even through a phone call, text or online could make all the difference. Most important, don’t isolate. Here are some ways to support mental health for yourself, family, friends and the community: •

Visit StopStigmaSacramento.org to view a compiled a list of resources, help lines, online communities and tips to help us get through this together.

Start meaningful conversations with family, friends or neighbors about how they’re feeling and remind them they’re not alone using the conversation starters available on StopStigmaSacramento.org.

Join the Speaker’s Bureau or request a Speaker’s Bureau member for a virtual speaking event! Our Speaker’s Bureau is holding virtual events for Sacramento County organizations, businesses, churches and schools. If you’re interested, please complete a speaker request form.

For more information on Sacramento County’s “Mental Illness: it’s not always what you think” project or mental health resources, such as conversation starters, help lines, online communities and tips to help support mental health and build understanding, please visit StopStigmaSacramento.org or search “Stop Stigma Sacramento” on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The “Mental Illness: it’s not always what you think” project is funded by the Sacramento County, Division of Behavioral Health Services, through the voter approved Proposition 63, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).

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DUANE WEBB

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT STRATEGIC MARKETS SALES DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, CITIBANK WEST REGION (NAHREP). Duane currently volunteers on the Project Roundtable for Economic Access and Change (Project REACH), a group convened by the Office of Comptroller to identify and work to reduce barriers to access that exist at the national or local levels to promote financial inclusion through greater access to credit and capital. Duane volunteered as a member of NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center Sacramento Region’s Board of Directors and as a Housing Counselor/Trainer for Sacramento Home Loan Counseling Center to provide first-time homebuyer education and technical assistance on accessing credit and pre-and post-purchase process for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. Duane holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Finance. He has received numerous awards from realtor groups, nonprofit organizations, and the banking community. Duane currently resides in Northern California, where he enjoys spending time with friends and family and traveling.

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As the Senior Vice President and Strategic Markets Sales Development Manager for the West Region at Citibank, Duane Webb is responsible for the development of internal relationships with the Divisional Retail Sales and the Centralized Sales Divisions. He manages a team of five Vice Presidents/Business Development Officers to help increase mortgage loan production and penetration in California, Chicago, Nevada, and Texas, focusing on lowand moderate-income communities of color. He cultivates and manages stakeholder relationships with nonprofit organizations, multicultural Realtor associations, local and state housing authorities, housing finance agencies, and affordable housing developers of condos and single-family homes.

Book: The Measure of Man

Duane has over 25 years of professional experience in mortgage banking, community lending, direct sales management, and business development. Throughout his career in management, Duane has worked with various significant financial institutions and credit unions in Northern and Southern California.

Share with us how a mentor or someone in your life helped shape your values: I received my strong morals from my father (William Webb) and brother (Stephen Webb).

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Cologne: Mont Blanc Trademark: My mortgage and banking background. OUR CONVERSATION:

Best workday strategy: Tackle the most arduous task first. A black woman you admire, and why: My mother Bernice Jackson. She raised my brother and me to be respectful and proud men. Greatest achievement? My son Brandon Webb.

What’s your definition of a Black Man in Leadership? To be an effective leader who possesses the following characteristics: Display confidence, strong communication, and management skills, face failure, and be open to change in your personal and professional life. To be able to navigate through the many layers of corporate management. “ Stay three steps ahead of the IS S UU.C O M/ THEHUBMAG


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stop!!! Find a mentor, a dad, a business person, a pastor, or someone you respect and admire, and ask them how I am committed: To educate people (especially people of they dealt with the trials and tribulations of this world. color) on why they should own a home property instead of The role of a Black man is to give his commitment and renting. Build wealth and leave a legacy of real estate time to help young black men to find their passion property to our children. and dream that helps guide them in the right direction. We can’t just talk to them. We How are you continuing to deal with have to speak with them and listen to SLOGAN YOU the impact of COVID-19? I follow CDC what they say and see how they feel. LIVE BY: guidelines. I still wear a mask when it is College is a great experience, but it is “THE BEST WAY TO CHEER needed. not always for everyone. Let’s expose YOURSELF IS TO CHEER them to all opportunities and encourage SOMEONE ELSE UP. BECAUSE Black men tend to suffer from various them to pursue their goal. PEOPLE WILL PUT YOU DOWN. illnesses and diseases in terms of HOWEVER, DO NOT LET THEM health. Do you see the doctor for What do you like about THE HUB STAND IN THE WAY OF annual exams? Yes, I do. Magazine? The news coverage of what is YOUR GREATNESS” going on in Sacramento and abroad. Do you see the need for exercise? If so, THE HUB Magazine always delivers high what does your exercise program include? quality and great content. n Walking and riding my bike. Best advice for young black men: We live in callous times, and a young black can easily be misjudged in this society. Young black men are mistreated, and that has to

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CENTERSTAGE | BLACK MEN IN LEADERSHIP

DERRICK WINROW SR.

CO-OWNER OF THE FRAMILY, LL AND SPORT CLIPS FRANCHISE Derrick Winrow has spent the last 28 years in the Information Technology field. He’s held many technical, supervisory, and managerial positions and is currently a Workplace Application & Integration Services Manager for Vision Service Plan (VSP). VSP is an employer committed to community outreach, which aligns with his passion for serving. Despite a busy work schedule, Derrick dedicates a lot of time to community service. Derrick made this pledge to serve in the public interest back in 1988 when he joined Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Derrick is the President of the local Sacramento Alumni chapter and has the fortunate opportunity to mentor young men in their Guide Right, Kappa League program. This program is designed to help young men grow, receive, and develop their leadership talents in every phase of human endeavor. Under Derrick’s leadership, the chapter has received multiple awards for its Kappa League program. Derrick has been fortunate enough to be awarded several individual awards for his service to the community. Derrick and his team of brothers are continually fundraising to provide service to their community. These fundraising efforts offer muchneeded scholarships for graduating seniors in the greater Sacramento area. The Sacramento Alumni chapter is also heavily involved with like-minded community organizations that work to uplift underserved communities. They assist the Sunshine Preschool Academy with an annual Thanksgiving Food Giveaway each year in Del Paso Heights and partner with the Rose Family Creative Empowerment Center to aid with the multitude of community-based services they provide to the South Sacramento area. Derrick has been instrumental in forming partnerships with these organizations, and the team of brothers works tirelessly to support the group’s endeavors. As a UC Davis alumnus, Derrick is honored to hold a board position with the African & African American Alumni Association, 5A. The Board works to enhance the educational, personal, and cultural development of African and African American students’ experiences and work to engage alumni. They perform charitable activities, social events, and mentoring to help foster connections with the students and alumni. | 2 8 | T H E HU B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 2

Derrick is a former Board member of Carrie’s TOUCH, an outstanding organization that works to humanize black women and their experience with breast cancer (pre-, active, and post-care). Derrick’s beautiful wife, Lillian, is a 13-year breast cancer survivor, and they work with Carrie’s TOUCH to support the cause with fundraising and volunteerism. In 2019 Derrick and Lillian embarked on an entrepreneurial endeavor with two business partners to become co-owners of a Sport Clips Franchise. The pandemic has been highly challenging, but the franchise has continued to thrive through collaborative efforts with its business partners. Derrick is a Sacramento native, by way of Oklahoma, and proud to be a Luther Burbank Titan. His achievement serves as an example that anyone can do great things, no matter where they started.

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Cologne: Anything my wife purchases for me. Trademark: Willing to help whenever needed.

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CENTERSTAGE | BLACK MEN IN LEADERSHIP OUR CONVERSATION:

Pros & cons of what you do: I manage a staff of software engineers, and each day brings new challenges as this is a unique space for me from a management and support standpoint. I inherited an excellent and supportive staff that counteracts the uncertainties of the role. Best workday strategy: Stay positive. A black woman you admire, and why: My mom for her strength and endurance in life and so many other beautiful women who have been in my life (mother-in-law, wife, daughter, aunts, sisters, nieces, etc.) All for their respective love and support for me. What is SEXY about a woman and what is NOT: I love a witty, intelligent, and confident woman… Too much vulgar language can be un-sexy. Who cooks the best: My wife cooks the best everything, but I love when she makes me tacos, but I can cook the best lasagna (at least I think it’s pretty good).

Share with us how nutrition has helped you maintain or improve your overall health? About four years ago, I stopped eating red meat and pork to support my wife, moving to a plant-based diet for health reasons. I feel healthier, and I’ve stuck to this regimen without issue. I guess time will tell in the long run, God willing. Best advice for young black men: Be comfortable with doing the right thing. It’s a lonely place many times, but the reward is endless. AND choose your friends wisely. If they aren’t concerned with your well-being and willing to tell you the truth, you need better friends.

What do you like about THE HUB Magazine? I was amazed at the dedication SLOGAN YOU and commitment to showcasing black LIVE BY: excellence and sharing of information— “BE A MAN OF MY WORD… over 20 years of great work. n MY WORD IS ALL I TRULY HAVE.”

Greatest achievement: Becoming a father!!! Share with us how a mentor or someone in your life helped shape your values? As a young boy, I was always intrigued with older guys who were comfortable and carried quiet but firm confidence. Those guys looked to do what was right and stood up for me several times. They always wanted better for others and were openly unselfish. What’s your definition of a Black Man in Leadership? A man that isn’t afraid to lead and take on responsibility but is comfortable with following others and willing to listen. It’s the team that makes things successful. I am committed: To my immediate family, which is my wife and two kids. They know they are always first and foremost in my life. When I take care of the home, they allow me to be out in the community working to give back while never feeling like they’re missing something. How are you continuing to deal with the impact of COVID-19? My wife and I are staying vaccinated and doing our best to support the cause while staying safe. We’re dealing with family members afflicted with COVID19 and praying every day to stay healthy. I work to help disseminate information on COVID-19 education. Do you see the need for exercise? If so, what does your exercise program include? Exercise is so important. I work to stay busy, and I typically can get in 2-3 days of formal activity per week. When I get in a good groove, I’m up to 4-5 times a week of some exercise. ISSUU. C OM/ T HE H U B MA G

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We are proud to recognize several 2nd Generation of Black Real Estate Professionals also known as Realtists located in the Greater Sacramento Valley Region. These Realtists are all influential in their own right and setting the bar on the dos and don’t’s in real estate.

TI’ANA LEWIS

ERICA BOUGHTON

CHEYENNE LOWDEN

DARIUS GRAHAM JOE MIXON

CHANEL STAFFORD

RYAN WILLHITE

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Erica BOUGHTON Traditional, Determined, Versatile My name is Erica Boughton, 42 years old from Sacramento. Real Estate Agent representing eXp Realty, I was first interested in real estate at the age of 21, watching my father start his real estate career. He motiated me by watching him master the art of negotiations, securing “win-win” results, and simply thinking of his clients like family, which allows me to think and feel the same way. It also allows me to put 100% of my efforts into my client’s real estate transactions and focus on my goal of remaining in people’s minds when they think “real estate.”

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Trademark: Very helpful, caring, and a great problem solver. Best workday strategy: Split my days into 90-minute windows and assign a task to each window. After 90 minutes, I take a 20-minute break and repeat the cycle. What are your short-term goals for the next year? Sell 5-7 homes within that year. What most significant challenge do you see in today’s real estate market? Affordability of housing for the average working person/people. Economics tends to fluctuate, but I don’t believe we (speaking from my generation and younger generations) have experienced the affordability of housing to be this bad. ISSUU. C OM/ T HE H U B MA G

“It’s not the money that motivates me; rather, the smile on the face of my clients at the end of the transaction,” stated Erica Boughton. How would your clients describe you? The first thing people notice about me would be my eyes or dimples. After they get to know me personally, they see how tenacious I am because I hardly ever give up or stop trying when having goals that I have set for myself. What types of technology do you use to improve your selling and showing process? Primarily social media (even though I don’t consider myself very social via the internet), create flyers and business cards. I would love the opportunity to start networking as well. What is your favorite part of working in real estate? The feeling you get when you know you have helped someone or helped a family with one of the most significant decisions and investments in life! Finding the perfect home for them or selling a home as well. Do you have a mentor? I have three very influential people who have motivated me on my path to be successful in life and real estate. One is my dad Robert Boughton. My dad has been in real estate for over 20 yrs. And his actions, movements, and the way he converses with people have always been very influential to me in life and real estate. If WALK IT LIKE I TALK IT (a song by rap artist Migos) was a person, it would be my mom who was a very influential person in my life as well - she Influenced me to go for my dreams and goals and to work hard for them, and she showed me through her actions. Also, Ron Benning, my actual mentor and has been in real estate for over 30 years. He is a great coach for me, giving me the best advice and guiding me to become a successful Realtor. Where do you see yourself in five to ten years? I see myself married and being a business owner (not sure about what type of business yet). What do you like about THE HUB Magazine? I love the thought of having and seeing excellent, like-minded professionals come together through networking, offering community resources, and entertainment. I find that a great way to connect, inspire and grow in yourself and Black Excellence. n www.ericaboughton.exprealty.com T H E H UB M AGAZINE S U M M E R 2 0 2 2 | 3 1 |


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Darius GRAHAM

“As a person, I pride myself on helping my fellow peers be the best version of themselves. I always keep my eye on the bigger picture. I maintain honesty and integrity in my words and back them up with hard work and results. I value keeping the best interest of anyone I come across at heart at all times. I have been around real estate for most of my life so I have grown up knowing and believing that generational wealth can be started and built through owning property. My mother Darlene Graham, a successful realtor at Goree & Thompson Real Estate Inc., instilled this understanding in me through her example of professionalism and continued mentorship. Being around Goree & Thompson Real Estate Inc. since a child and witnessing client’s journey towards homeownership, there was no other place I wanted to be when I decided to start my realtor career.

What are your short term goals for the next year? To continue to move in the trajectory of becoming a “Masters Club” member for the second time in a row. My goal also is to provide enough information to my community about the value of owning property that a person that in the beginning of the year that may not have thought that homeownership was attainable is able to start their homeownership journey by the end of the year. What most significant challenge do you see in today’s real estate market? In my opinion, I think the biggest challenge has been the fight to get my clients into homes in such a competitive market. My solution has been to do the upfront work of informing my clients about the market, continuing to create relationships with agents in the area, and when we do find a desirable property, do my homework so that I can give my client an educated advice on where they should offer at for their best chance to get the property.

Before becoming a realtor, I was a student-athlete at How would your clients “Darius Graham is a true leader and a credit to UC describe you? As the University of California, at Davis, where I received Davis. I am proud of all he accomplished here, and I informative, available, selfless. As a former my Bachelor of Arts degree look forward to watching his successful real estate Division 1 basketball point (B.A.) in Sociology while guard and 2 year captain, career progress,” stated Gary S. May, Chancellor, starting at the position my role on most teams I of point guard for the University of California at Davis played with was to set up men’s basketball team. the team, be a leader, and Some accomplishments do whatever needs to be I am proud of include, being a finalist for the national done for the betterment of the team. Because of the way I Senior CLASS award (notable achievements in the approached those responsibilities in college, we were able community, classroom, character, and competition), the to make NIT (National Invitational Tournament) and NCAA tournament runs for the first time in school history, and I Allstate Good Works Team selection (exemplary level of hold the school record for career assists. As I pivoted to charitable involvement), and holding the school record real estate, I very much go into every interaction with a for most assists by a Division 1 player in UC Davis men’s client in a similar way. And that is being the point guard basketball history. I plan on continuing adding to my of this real estate process by finding the right team that record by assisting people in obtaining homeownership best fits the client, always keeping the main thing the and in their journey of life to build generational wealth.” main things, which is the clients wants and needs in the forefront, and the results that align with those needs. I always tell clients “at the end of the day, I am not the one OUR CONVERSATION: living in the home, you are. So you want to make sure that Trademark: “Let Our Family Show Your Family the Way you know everything that you need to know about the Home!” property, and feel as comfortable as possible purchasing your home.” Your best workday strategy? I think the best workday strategy is to always do your research first thing in the What types of technology do you use to improve your morning. Whether that is looking at new properties, talking selling and showing process? In today’s era of social to agents to get more info on their listings, interviewing media, I very much am active on those platforms in letting lenders for the most up to date rates and homeownership others know when I have new listings coming up. As programs, working on social media presence. I believe often as I can, I like to use virtual tours so that it can give that the real estate market is forever changing and the buyers an idea of what they would be walking into even best agent is an informed agent. before they physically see the property.

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What is your favorite part of working in real estate? My favorite part is sparking the idea into people that homeownership is not this astronomical thing, that it is attainable with information and discipline. Growing up around real estate because of my parent, I was exposed at a very young age of how real estate can work for people. It was not until later in life that I realized the privilege I had to be exposed to certain things and have that real estate knowledge in comparison to my peers. I felt that it was my responsibility to pass that information and plant those seeds to people in my community. The reward was seeing people take those nuggets, apply them, call me and become homeowners. I have been able to help high school and college classmates with their homeownership journey with the spread of knowledge that has been able to help change the trajectory of their families which is the most rewarding. I have also enjoyed the networking opportunities that I have had while being a member of the Sacramento Realtist Association. It has been a way that I could connect with other African Americans in the same field as myself both locally in Sacramento, but also nationwide as Ms. Z (Zoritha Thompson) has done an excellent job bringing other minds in the meetings to provide exposure to other areas. That as well as the community based charity work I have been able to participate in has been the very warming to me. Do you have a mentor? If so, how has the mentor helped you in your career? I have been blessed to be mentored by my mother, Darlene Johnson-Graham, who has offered leadership and exposure in the field even before I thought about being a realtor. In her 20+ years of being in the business, she has not had to sell a home in the last 12 years or so to live the lifestyle she was comfortable with. I say that to say if there is one main thing of the many things that she has taught me over the years, it is that good, consistent business comes from a genuine commitment to go to bat for a client as if they were your own family. Whether that be buying a home with a client or listing a home for a client, go above and beyond even when it isn’t necessary, not for the reward but because it is the right thing to do. Where do you see yourself in five to ten years? In five years I see myself being an established investor in the greater Sacramento area, with one of those investments being a basketball gym. Building a solid foundation for not only myself, but an example to follow for my current family and future family. Also, increase black ownership to anyone who desires. In 10 years, I see myself being able to invest statewide/ nationwide, specifically with affordable housing for underprivileged communities. I would like to, at that point, have created and built established companies in predominantly African-American communities that fill that gap of African education, knowledge of self, financial literacy, therapy, exposure in entrepreneurship and ownership, and community. The goal is to have all of these and established and running so well that I can gain ISSUU. C OM/ T HE H U B MA G

Consistent, Reliable, Giving what I value the most back; and that is my time to pour into my future family and be as present as possible in my future kids lives. What do you like about THE HUB Magazine? What I love about this platform that we have with THE HUB magazine is that it is specific to the community that I love very dearly. When we talk about moving the culture forward and creating substantial changes in our community, I believe it starts with 1) creating and owning our own intellectual property, companies, resources, etc. and 2) supporting those who do create and own those things. Both situations are in attempts to keep the black dollar in our communities longer so that we can support ourselves on our own. I believe that respect we continue to demand comes in the leverage a community shows when we move our money with intent. I think that this platform plays as the liaison to such things. n www.Dariusgrahamrealtor.com T H E H UB M AGAZINE S U M M E R 2 0 2 2 | 3 3 |


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Ti’Ana LEWIS

Ti’Ana Lewis was born in Sacramento, California, in August 2000. Ti’Ana Lewis attended Leonard Da Vinci school from Kindergarten to 8th grade, which taught her to appreciate art and creativity to the fullest. Ti’Ana Lewis graduated from C.K. McClatchy High School in 2018, was placed in the National Society of High School Scholars, and received an Excellence in Fine Arts award and an award for Art of Kindness. Shortly after that, Ti’Ana Lewis enrolled at Consumnes River College. While attending Consumnes River College, Ti’Ana Lewis officially joined Goree and Thompson Real Estate, Inc. as an Administrative Assistant. Ti’Ana Lewis is pursuing her career with Goree and Thompson Real Estate, Inc, and has completed the classes necessary to take the real estate exam soon. In 2021, Ti’Ana Lewis attended and completed the Peers helping Peers program, which dealt with helping others with mental health. This program helped place her in an internship with Impound Comics, a local comic book shop based in downtown Sacramento, with a hero from Sacramento. Ti’Ana Lewis has recently opened her own company, Light Arts, LLC.

“My business is the sale of art, and I am working to help other youths enjoy art and their creativity. I love the flexibility that real estate affords me, so I can also pursue my love of art,” stated Ti’Ana Lewis. OUR CONVERSATION:

Creative, Kind and Helpful

worked at Goree and Thompson Real Estate, Inc for over 25 years and my aunt, Zoritha Thompson who has been in real estate for over 32 years! I basically grew up at Goree and Thompson Real Estate, Inc., they had a crib and a swing in the back of the office since I was born! They even had an all-day baby shower in the office! LOL, I am so familiar with real estate terminology and various real estate processes and scenarios! Where do you see yourself in five to ten years? In 5 years, I see myself furthering my career in real estate working with my mother, Juanita Lewis and my aunt, Zoritha Thompson in continuing the legacy of our family business, Goree and Thompson Real Estate, Inc,. I want to continue to create and develop my own art business, Light Art LLC into a larger company. I want to help develop young artist to be free do their art and express their creativity. What do you like about THE HUB Magazine? It is so informative and keeps you abreast of the current topics within the Black Community. n goreeandthompson.com

Trademark: Well rounded nice person. Your best workday strategy? Make a list of the things I need to get done everyday What are your short-term goals for the next year? I’ve already completed the real estate classes and will be taking the state exam soon. How would your clients describe you? Everyone I work with while as an administrative assistant seems to like me, I am very personable and helpful. What is your favorite part of working in real estate? I meet a lot of agents, vendors and affiliates. I also work the booths at real estate meetings/events. I love interacting with people! Do you have a mentor? YES, my mother, who has | 3 4 | T H E HU B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 2

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Cheyenne LOWDEN Resilient, Honest, Dedicated Serving others is one of Cheyenne Lowden’s tenets in life. So are education and leadership, as she knows she can’t perform effectively without sustainable knowledge and trustworthy guidance. Cheyenne is incredibly motivated to introduce first-time buyers and low-income residents to the opportunity she believes everyone deserves: achieving generational wealth. Originally from Sacramento, Cheyenne moved to Southern California in 2016 and has grown fond of its wonderful mix of people, neighborhoods, and homes. She has bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and communications, both majors emphasizing what she’s known for service, social skills, and client precedence. Cheyenne worked in real estate as an assistant for three years before obtaining her agent’s license, and she’s working toward her broker’s license. Cheyenne’s service depth includes volunteerism; she’s donated a lot of time traveling the world, visiting countries such as Israel and Ghana on behalf of various nonprofit organizations.

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Your best workday strategy? To follow the four D’s. Do, Differ, Delegate, Divide What are your short-term goals for the next year? To start my first Airbnb rental(s) in Los Angeles and Chicago. How would your clients describe you? My clients would describe me as reliable and personable, and any of my peers would describe me as upbeat, responsible, and passionate. What is your favorite part of working in real estate? My favorite part of property management/real estate would be personalizing experiences based on new customers’ wants and needs. Outside of finding someone their perfect home, it is always a priority to provide them with a fantastic experience. Do you have a mentor? If so, how has the mentor helped you in your career? My mother has been my biggest mentor. I’ve been learning and watching her in the business since I was a little girl. The drive, commitment, passion, and motivation have been very inspiring. Also, the Sacramento Realtist Association has been very inspiring for me, especially their motto, Democracy in Housing. Where do you see yourself in five to ten years? I see myself as a homeowner and successful business owner in five years. In 10 years, I imagine myself with a family, having traveled the world and made a global empire dedicated to serving others. What do you like about THE HUB Magazine? The Sac Cultural Hub is owned by a black woman who cares about African American culture and people. If it weren’t for the Sacculturalhub.com and THE HUB magazine, I wouldn’t know much about what’s going on in the community presented by African-American people. n www.allcityhomes.com/members/cheyenne-lowden

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John MIXON, JR. Selfless, Tenacious, Versatile

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Trademark: Be personable, precise, and phenomenal. Your best workday strategy? To set, keep, and stick to a schedule. What are your short-term goals for the next year? To sell 20 houses. What most significant challenge do you see in today’s real estate market? Lack of inventory, lack of information and people’s misconception of the economy. How would your clients describe you? A guy who will put in the work to get the job done the right way, someone who has contagious energy and a positive attitude. What is your favorite part of working in real estate? Constant communication to keep in contact with my clients and sphere of influence along with serving the wants and needs of families. Do you have a mentor? If so, how has the mentor helped you in your career? Yes, Zoritha Thompson is my new mentor!

John Mixon Jr. is a San Francisco “I want to set the tone native, grew up in Contra Costa County, and a solid foundation Graduated from for my children,” stated Antioch High school, John Mixon, Jr. and attended Los Medanos and Diablo Valley Colleges. John has eight beautiful children who inspire him daily. Other inspirations include his father, John Mixon, who is also a real estate broker, and his brother, Joe Mixon, who plays for the Cincinnati Bengals and played in the Superbowl. John Mixon, Jr. became a real estate agent in late 2020 with hopes and dreams of setting a foundation and leaving a legacy of generational wealth for his family and pioneering his vision of bridging the gap in minority families, beginning with his own.

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Where do you see yourself in five to ten years? I love working with the Youth, they are the future! I see myself pioneering youth and community developmental gap bridging opportunities and life changing experiences, adding in financial literacy. I want to set the tone and a solid foundation for my children. In ten years I see myself creating a solid path and blueprint of generational wealth for my family, my children and creating a blueprint to share with others. What do you like about THE HUB Magazine? I love the fact that it is a conduit to the Black community and showcases Black business! n

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5 TIPS FOR LENGTH RETENTION TO GROW LONG, HEALTHY HAIR. Scientifically, your hair is constantly growing, however, your length stays the “same.” You don’t see any difference. Why is that? There are several reasons why you’re not seeing a difference in your length. These five tips will help you cultivate length retention to keep your strands strong and healthy from root to end. Moisturize and Seal Your Ends If your ends are feeling dry, brittle, or tattered, it may be time to consider a moisturizing treatment. Additionally, if you’re trying to grow out your hair, you’ll want to seal your ends with a heat-protecting product to prevent breakage. Using a leave-in conditioner like RE-VITALIZE Leave-In Hair Mist and a heat protectant like HAIR-SMOOTHIE (to protect your strands if you use heat AND from the sun) can help prevent breakage at your ends which in turn will help you retain your hair length. Choose Low-Maintenance Hairstyles If you want to get the most out of your hair, it’s important to choose styles that don’t overtax it. If you have longer hair, it’s also essential to choose a style that isn’t too complicated. You may want to steer clear of tight updos if you have fine hair since they put a lot of tension on the roots, which can cause breakage and thinning. Regardless of your hair’s texture, you’ll want to avoid tight, complicated styles and opt for styles that are easy on your strands. Protect Your Hair While You Sleep Experts recommend sleeping with a silk pillowcase to prevent breakage caused by tugging and friction against synthetic materials. You may also consider wearing a silk sleep cap to protect your hair while you slumber. If you’re experiencing extreme hair breakage, you may want to ask your doctor if medication could be a contributing factor as well. ISSUU. C OM/ T HE H U B MA G

Be Gentle With Your Ends and Detangle With Care If your ends feel brittle or break when you brush or comb them, it could be a sign that they’re overstressed. If your ends are feeling dry, it may be time to use a moisturizing conditioner. You can also try applying a leave-in conditioner like REVITALIZE to your ends before brushing or combing them. Say Bye-Bye to Split Ends If you’re experiencing a lot of breakage at your ends, it might be because of split ends. While trimming is usually recommended, you can keep split ends to a minimum before your regular trims. Mist RE-VITALIZE from midshaft to ends after shampooing and conditioning your hair to maintain a healthy moisture/protein balance in your hair and reduce split ends from forming. Conclusion Retaining your length is not as difficult as it might seem. Your hair is always growing. Moisturize your hair, opt for lower maintenance hairstyles, protect your hair while you sleep, detangle carefully and keep split ends to a minimum. Bonus: Be sure to eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water along with our five tips, and you’ll be on your way to longer, and healthier hair in no time! Tracy Brown Professional Hair Stylist and Co-Owner of Another Look Hair Salon 7826 Alta Valley Dr Sacramento, CA 95823 (916) 688-7704

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Chanel STAFFORD

Chanel is a Sacramento native who is proud of her hometown with its unmatched weather, diversity, and contemporary culture. After graduating from Christian Brothers High School, Chanel attended Howard University, where she completed a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance. With over a decade of working as a pharmaceutical sales representative, Chanel’s experience allowed her to seamlessly transition to the real estate industry. Her previous career allowed her to fully develop excellent communication and negotiation skills while maintaining a high level of integrity. She approaches each client’s real estate needs with the same commitment and tenacity as she did with her medical providers. Before pursuing real estate, Chanel mastered providing exceptional customer service and focusing on client satisfaction, which has proven to be the foundation of her success. This has effortlessly transferred her enthusiasm when connecting with buyers and sellers and exceeding their expectations from start to closing. She actively listens, honestly engages, and handles every detail to ensure her clients have peace of mind throughout the entire process. She has represented sellers and buyers and has been successful on each side of the transaction. As a long-standing investor in real estate, Chanel has experience protecting her interests and now brings that same knowledge and advocacy to all of her clients.

“We are knowledgeable about the industry and possess the necessary skills to assist our clients through the real estate process successful. We’ll always do what’s in our clients best interest,” stated Chanel Stafford. When she is not assisting her real estate clients, she volunteers as a Children’s Ministry Group Leader at Bayside Midtown Church. As a California Family Fitness Ambassador, she has a passion for fitness and healthy living. She once competed in a National Physique Competition. Chanel lives in Sacramento, CA, with her husband Brian, daughter Alana, bonus daughter Sydney and Maltipoo Onyx. | 3 8 | T H E HU B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 2

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Premier Diamond Realty uses a flawless approach to satisfy our clients’ real estate needs while exuding high competence, character, confidence, and charisma. Our 4Cs work in unison to deliver an exceptional, personalized client experience that is unmatched in this industry.

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Trademark: Excellence is the standard. Your best workday strategy? Starting my day on the right foot with prayer, daily devotional, a fresh cup of coffee, and taking the time to create a list so I can prioritize my “must-dos” and attack the day accordingly. What are your short-term goals for the next year? To qualify for the Master’s Club. What most significant challenge do you see in today’s real estate market? In today’s real estate market, an inventory shortage significantly impacts current property values. With high buyer demand and low supply, intense competition between buyers is common, frequently leading to bidding wars. This, in turn, drives up the sale price and gives the seller more negotiating power. Buyers are being asked to submit their ‘highest and best offer,’ remove all contingencies, cover the appraisal gap, and IS S UU.C O M/ THEHUBMAG


CENTERSTAGE | 2ND GENERATION BLACK REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS provide free rent backs to be in the conversation and consider their offer. As a result, some buyers are being priced out of the market. It can be challenging for buyers to navigate this volatile seller’s market. This is why patience and persistence are essential, along with having an experienced agent devise a strategic plan to WIN in this competitive real estate climate. How would your clients describe you? My clients would describe me as having a natural propensity to visualize their needs perfectly and going above and beyond to get them into the house of their dreams. Not to toot my own horn, but I believe that they would also add that I’m professional, knowledgeable, responsive, enthusiastic, patient, and fun to work with! What types of technology do you use to improve your selling and showing process? Homebot is very useful in helping me empower clients with personalized home finance insights that facilitate engagement that can help them manage their assets. To enhance my selling and showing process, I use the MLS system to research available listings (set up client portals, review tax records, run a comparative market analysis, etc.). I also utilize CRM (Customer Relationship Management) to stay connected with and efficiently manage my real estate business while improving the personalization of my communications and streamlining processes. What is your favorite part of working in real estate? Is knowing I played a significant role in a dream realized. From a buyer’s perspective, I love to see the wave of emotions they experience when I place the keys in their

hand and witness them unlock the door to creating generational wealth. From a seller’s perspective, I love when they call with excitement in their voice after their check has been deposited. Do you have a mentor? As a Black female Broker/ Realtor in the greater Sacramento area, I wanted a mentor who looked like me, whom I could draw inspiration and guidance from, and who has achieved a level of success in this industry that I desire. That individual for me is Keisha Matthews (Agent Kee). Agent Kee not only has shared a wealth of information to equip me with the right tools to be successful, but she has challenged me to elevate my mind and business to a standard of excellence that this industry deserves. She is one of my biggest cheerleaders and genuinely wants to see me excel as a real estate professional. I know she is always a phone call away! Where do you see yourself in five to ten years? In 5 years, I see myself continuing to expand into different areas of real estate, including helping buyers and sellers, flipping houses, commercial real estate, and purchasing rental properties in California and Delaware (my husband’s hometown). In 10 years, I see myself financially free and educating others on how to do the same and traveling the world. What do you like about THE HUB Magazine? The celebration of African Americans’ achievements. n www.pdiamondrealty.com

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Motivated, Teamplayer, and Entrepreneur

Ryan WILLHITE Ryan Willhite, Broker Associate at PWA Real Estate Team, Inc., based in Sacramento, California, has practiced real estate for fourteen years. She facilitates all real estate transactions with the utmost care. She has arranged various real estate transactions, including first-time home-buyers, sellers, investors, bankowned properties, and HUD transactions. She finds value in building relationships with her clients in person and on social media. Her knack for utilizing social media to advertise and develop a rapport with her clients has allowed her to assist her clients in today’s most common form of communication. She expanded her career to Los Angeles with twin sister Randi Willhite where she served as the Second Vice President of the Consolidated Board of Realtist. She also belongs to the National, State, and local chapters of the National Association of Realtors. Ryan became a prelicensing instructor in 2016, assisting students who wish to pursue a career in real estate. Education and mentoring

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are what Ryan holds in high regard as she enjoys being knowledgeable, educating, and being of assistance. OUR CONVERSATION:

Trademark: A mentor and educator. I am a lifelong student who loves to continue to learn and evolve as an agent. Your best workday strategy? Having a morning routine that sets you up for success. My morning, which I call MYndful morning, involves meditation and prayer with coffee, a little movement, and some “me time,” whether that’s reading a book or sometimes for self without hitting snooze and rushing out the door. What are your short-term goals for the next year? Next year, I will continue expanding my business in Los Angeles and Sacramento, growing a solid referral base in both areas. What most significant challenge do you see in today’s real estate market? In today’s market, the biggest challenge is thinking outside of the box when writing offers in such a competitive market. There are some aspects of the offer that we as agents would advise against at one time, yet we know it will help win the bid. Contingencies are enormous in a contract, and by waiving them to win the bid, there’s risk involved.

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“My favorite part of working in real estate is that you can learn so much that you can benefit not only you but every generation after you,” stated Ryan Willhite.

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How would your clients describe you? Old school. I am the typical old-school agent who takes first-time clients out for coffee and has that face-to-face contact. Moreover, this enables me to truly connect with my clients and find out precisely what they are looking for and differentiate myself from other agents who may receive a lead, speak on the phone, and start sending multiple emails.

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What types of technology do you use to improve your selling and showing process? Apps such as Canva have been great resources for creating appealing content to market yourself for free. You can sell listings, market yourself, or generate teaching points for those who may be interested in real estate and real estate agents themselves.

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.

What is your favorite part of working in real estate? My favorite part of working in real estate is that you can learn so much that can benefit you and every generation after you. Working in the industry gives you information that grants direct access to the American dream of homeownership. Do you have a mentor? If so, how has the mentor helped you in your career? My mentor is my mother, and she is why I am in the business today. She told me as a young girl, “I do not care if you do hair, nails, makeup, or real estate; always have a trade. If your job fired you tomorrow, what would you do?” These are the words that I live by. Where do you see yourself in five to ten years? In 5 years, I see myself running my mother’s office in Sacramento and heading a Los Angeles office for Paula Willhite & Associates RE Team, Inc. In 10 years, I will be running a pre-licensing school for students with mentorship opportunities. I will also continue the other entrepreneurial ventures that I am currently working on, and I plan to pursue more real estate investments. What do you like about THE HUB Magazine? It provides information of interest to Black people and other people of color. It creates resources for entrepreneurs and professionals and networking opportunities to ensure we work to support each other. I have volunteered and attended the events put on by Sac Cultural Hub; I have admired its information. n

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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. www.facebook.com/GSFLG18 www.gsflg.org

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CENTERSTAGE | BLACK BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

MULTIFACETED LUXURY:

JOSEPH ELLOIE BRINGS 30 YEARS OF JEWELRY MAKING TO SACRAMENTO HOW JOSEPH ELLOIE OF ELLOIE CUSTOM DESIGNED JEWELRY & REPAIR DELIVERS A HIGH-QUALITY BUSINESS TO SOUTH SACRAMENTO ONE PIECE AT A TIME. By Contributing Writer, Kelby McIntosh

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hile the artistry of jewelry crafting is a pivotal statement of historical luxury on the heads, hands, and necks of many Kings and Queens throughout history yet, to Joseph Elloie, black people have always been at the forefront of dealing in unique gemstones, fine diamonds, and precious metals. Moreover, our longstanding history as jewelers is why Joseph Elloie makes delivering high-quality jewelry work his main priority when serving the Sacramento community for all their jewelry needs. Owner and operator of Elloie Custom Designed Jewelry & Repair, located in suite 147 of The Florin Square Market Center in South Sacramento, the tenured 30-year-plus jeweler has been delivering a full-service experience to the South Sacramento community. “I’m an older man, and I could be fishing or whatever, but that’s not my passion. I’m not just focused on one area,” as he showed the different jewelry-making areas within his establishment. I understand that jewelry making requires many steps that evolve from ideas and drawings to a fine physical piece of jewelry. Getting a chance to sit with Joseph to know how he withstood an industry not so welcoming to people of color was a story that piqued my interest. | 4 2 | T H E HU B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 2

With black business Elloie Custom “It’s only limited by Design Jewelry represents what you want to something different from his contemporaries within the jewelry do or don’t want to business - he empowers his clients do.” - Joseph Elloie by keeping them informed with the knowledge they need for their jewelry needs. While some significant jewelry businesses might boil customer interactions down to a very simplified vague process, Joseph Elloie understands the hurdles he faces as a black man within the jewelry business and takes pride in every customer that walks into his business. Moreover, Joseph found a way to widen the net of his jewelry business by establishing himself as a multifaceted jewelry maker that understands the full scope of jewelry creation and repair. His passion for the craft alone is enough to get him over any hurdle; his high-quality craftsmanship has yielded an immense word-of-mouth fanbase that afforded the opportunities to evolve from working in the back of a beauty salon to his storefront in Sacramento. THE HUB: What got you started in the jewelry? ELLOIE: I worked in the department of corrections. I had the opportunity to observe a group of college students who came to the institution to introduce jewelry making to inmates. I happened to be in the area and was asked if I wanted to make a ring because I was captivated by the fact that you can take a flat piece of wax and turn it into a ring. So they walk me through the whole process of making a ring from starting as a drawing, doing wax, investing, and casting. So after experiencing that, I got the bug, and I’ve been at it ever since. I originally was located in Stockton, California had a small store across the street from the courthouse. IS S UU.C O M/ THEHUBMAG


CENTERSTAGE | BLACK BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT I continued to keep my hands busy doing the work. Still, my family needed more income - I transferred to the Sacramento area, and I’ve maintained my equipment and passion for designing jewelry. I cast gold and silver; I set diamonds and repair anything in that line. I’ve been at this location for two years taking advantage of this opportunity. THE HUB: How has support from Sacramento been, and who have been some of your major supporters?

ELLOIE: The most significant part was disseminating information. Part of it is just where you are, and the other is having to figure it out yourself. Do you want to continue to move in that area OR move into a place where you’re in more control of what you’re trying to create instead of relying on someone else to help you out? Another struggle is that people try to come and test you. They think that maybe they can get it wherever. “I’m going to go over here because his ice is colder.” Over the last few years, on my behalf, it wasn’t a hundred percent effort because I didn’t so much rely on it now, but in my senior years, this is all I do - so come on in, get your work done.

ELLOIE: I have to thank Felicia Beck for the opportunity of starting up in Sacramento. Before my current location, I was inside her hair and nail salon. The clientele from the salon was made aware that I was in the back doing work which gave me more exposure and a storefront as a standalone business to do jewelry repair and create custom-designed jewelry for the Sacramento community. “I just have a lot of heart and a lot Also, word of mouth has been my biggest asset so far - quite of desire to want to be a part of this a few client pieces of jewelry business because black people have have been custom made, and people to tell other people never been included in this jewelry about it. When I do something business.” - Joseph Elloie. for people, I always ask them, “well, how did you hear about me?” and they’ll say, “oh, well, a friend (or relative) of satisfied with mine sent me here.” that it is. THE HUB: When it comes to business growth, what has been your main focus and priorities for developing your business? ELLOIE: Focusing on the quality of work I provide for my customers that come in, that way the word spreads. I want them to know there is a person of color doing good quality work that other people in the area are doing - that’s my emphasis when it comes to what I do. I have a lot of heart and a lot of desire to want to be a part of this business because black people have never been included in this jewelry business, and there has been a lot of struggle in getting helpful information. Yet, I got my foot in the door, and I’m not going to take it out. I need my people in the area to know that I’m here; come and get your work down here. You have a resource in the jewelry business, which is Elloie Custom Design Jewelry. THE HUB: You mentioned that many black people don’t hold the jewelry space. What have been some hurdles you’ve seen over your time within the jewelry industry? ISSUU. C OM/ T HE H U B MA G

THE HUB: For other black-owned businesses that operate within the jewelry industry or those up and coming - is there advice you can impart on them that could help them? ELLOIE: It’s only limited by what you want to do or don’t want to do. I went to The Geological Institute of America in Santa Monica, and there are so many new things coming along. There are so many areas of interest for jewelry that they can get into - I wanted to do everything. Moreover, I say each one teaches one. You tell somebody else, then they tell somebody else to tell somebody else. Back in our home country, our people dealt in the jewelry business, and I think there are many people here that I could be very successful and they can be the work that they’re receiving and know

THE HUB: I’ve enjoyed this conversation, but I have to know - what keeps you motivated? ELLOIE: The unknown. I don’t know what a day will entail, and it’s so exciting. It keeps me motivated because somebody could walk through the door and change my whole month with just one engagement at any given point in time. I’m motivated by the interaction and the challenge to repair whatever a person brought in or whatever item they might need. I do waxes, casting, repairs, and a little retail, which keeps me coming here regularly. Some people talk about where the rubber meets the road. Some days, people come, and nobody comes - I’m here for your quality jewelry needs. That payoff is people living here with a smile on their faces and saying, “oh, I love this, man. Thank you.” You know, that kind of wraps me up and says, “okay, all right, you did a good, so what’s coming in next.” n Elloie Custom Designed Jewelry & Repair is at 2251 Florin road, suite 147. Days of operations are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM by appointment. T H E H UB M AGAZINE S U M M E R 2 0 2 2 | 4 3 |


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THE ELEGANT MIND OF DARIAN COOPER A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK INTO THE LUXURY BRAND LAVOR COLE, IT’S DIFFRENT APPROACH TO FASHION, AND THE OWNER OF THE BRAND. By Contributor Writer, Kelby McIntosh

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hen you think of luxury clothing brands, what comes to mind? While it is easy to think of some major fashion houses - Darian C. Cooper aims to bring a bigger vision to people with his Sacramento-based luxury clothing brand Lavor Cole. Since 2013, Darian has been sketching out his brainchild, which would now be Lavor Cole. Pulling inspiration from his family travels and his love of hip-hop fashion, Darian cited admiration for hip-hop icon Nas for his fashion sense. “I really admire the style of Nas; whether it is a black-tie or a relaxed lounge event, his outfit is coordinated well and never feels overdressed.” Paying homage to his parents with the name Lavor Cole, Lavor Cole is a brand for everyone and the home for the luxurious. Designed for luxury and comfort, we Darian ensures their members with great designs and quality. “We want our Lavor Cole family to always feel luxurious and exclusive,” Said Darian. For Darian and the Lavor Cole Family, it is about taking unique fashion works and tailoring them for any occasion - nothing is screen printed on, and every embroidered Lavor Cole logo is taken through a rigorous quality check.

“Reception for Lavor Cole has been nothing but love. People’s response has been appreciated for the quality of work put into the brand.” - Darian Cooper Lavor Cole bolsters a wide variety of pieces for both men and women. Ranging from Hats to cropped hoodies, when asked about new works, Darian mentioned, “Currently in production, we have biker shorts for women, and we’re introducing an alternate logo design.” Though Darian and the Lavor Cole team are introducing new women’s clothing designs, Darian has more concepts for menfocused “statement” accessories like hats, watches, scarves, etc. “When I first started, I noticed there were not | 4 4 | T H E HU B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 2

enough accessories for men, so with Lavor Cole, my focus was - statement pieces,” stated Darian. Darian preceded to say, “Lavor Cole is a luxury brand for

“Take your time; it is not a race. Don’t worry about what you see others doing; just focus on your craft and keep moving forward.” - Darian Cooper people, and many of our design choices were based on social media polls and interactions with our community. Our community has a lot of input, which you don’t see in major fashion houses.” It’s because of this unique approach to his brand, to Darian’s words, “reception for Lavor Cole has been nothing but love. People’s response has been appreciated for the quality of work put into the brand.” When asked if he had any words for other up-and-coming fashion designers, he had this to say, “Read. Read. Read. Read. Study the industry and don’t shy away from constructive criticism. Study the people before you, and don’t be afraid to outsource - I outsource things I need to get done. Also, don’t be afraid to wear multiple hats; I do my own photography and photoshoots for my brand. The most important thing is to take your time; it is not a race. Don’t worry about what you see others doing; just focus on your craft and keep moving forward.” n www.lavorcole.com IS S UU.C O M/ THEHUBMAG


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JOE LEAVY

AN AROUND-THE-WORLD REVELATION IN LIFE AND MUSIC By Contributing Writer, Donna Michele Ramos

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r. Joe Leavy is a singer, songwriter and producer. His CD project is “A Guy Named Joe Leavy.” This romantic has combined his huge passion for music and high regard for love for his listeners. His musical influences are Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn and Donny Hathaway. Stevie Wonder and Marvin are his favorite songwriters. THE HUB: Were you interested in music in school? LEAVY: I grew up in a musical family. My uncle was a musician and my mom was a dancer with The Whispers. My dad loved to sing. I love to write the most but I also like singing. THE HUB: What is the first concert you attended? LEAVY: Earth, Wind and Fire on September 18, 1979. | 4 6 | T H E HU B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 2

THE HUB: Who would be your dream collaboration? LEAVY: Jay King is a mentor and superhero to me. I would have Nat King Cole sing with me and be produced by Quincy Jones and Derek Allen. THE HUB: What did you enjoy about performing overseas for 10 years? What was the downside? LEAVY: I moved from Santa Rosa to Japan. I was escaping a situation and the grace of God intervened. My trip to Japan was the beginning to my new testament to my life. It was my greatest fight and I came out on top only by the grace of God. I was there with my cousin and got a job as a musician. I met my ex-wife and we got married. I got custody of my daughter but I had to come back to America to get her. The court would not let me bring her to Japan. I packed up my new family and moved to my home in Las Vegas. Being a musician took me away from my family too much so I sold my house and we IS S UU.C O M/ THEHUBMAG


moved to California. I worked with my dad for two months then I started my drywall company. I met Jay King on the internet and we became friends. The friends I made I still have to this day. The love I put out is still coming back to me. Some of the friends are on this project with me. The downside was I needed to pay more attention to my babies. I made lots of money but I worked 7 days a week; went to all kids events but was not present. As a young father I should have spent more quality time with my kids. THE HUB: How did you like living in Japan? LEAVY: It was freeing. I lived in Japan for 10 years. It was absolutely mind-blowing; phenomenal. I learned what living in another country not as a Black person was like. I was called gaijin which means foreigner. If you are not Japanese, no matter what color you are you’re gaijin. My ex-wife and I were married for 23 years. I have two daughters AJ and Shalyce, a son Mantano and one grandson Jayden. THE HUB: What do you see for your future in music? LEAVY: I intend to continue building and having this party. Since the fans love it and come, I’m going to continue to do it. I enjoy this. When I retire it will be doing this and when I go, they’ll say Mr. Leavy fell off the stage in Sweden. My “Love, Faith and Family Tour” is what I live and thrive on. My shows are based on those 3 principles; you can bring your kids too. It is not profane; I don’t believe in that. We need leadership in our community, our kids are destroying themselves. We need to love each other. My music is about life. My tour is a ministry. “Soul on Fire” is a gospel song though I’m a jazz artist. “Love Me to My Soul” is about friendship not skinship. My second album, “Inside You” was #1 in the United Kingdom for 7 weeks. “Love Me to My Soul” is #1 in the United Kingdom now. THE HUB: Anything we haven’t covered that you’d like to add? LEAVY: My favorite saying is, “Grievous words stir up anger, kind words turn away wrath. Always be kind.” n

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COMICS SANDS

BRENT TRAYCE SANDS AND HIS BLACK SUPERHERO IMPOUND By Contributing Writer, Donna Michele Ramos

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rent Trayce Sands is a Sacramento native who attended Natomas High School and graduated from Sacramento State University in 2010. He has two brothers and two sisters; his parents are Evette and Rondo Sands. Brent Sands has created a Black superhero. He spent a long time putting notes together. For the character Impound, Brent pieced together stuff he thought was interesting and different. Impound is who is an MMA fighter and single Sacramento dad who is struggling financially. His superpower and super skills are his strength and laser vision. The first comic books came out in November 2020. Brent’s brainchild Impound Comics has been in DOCO Plaza since August 6, 2021. His store sells comic books, figurines, T-shirts, and other memorabilia. DOCO Plaza reached out to Brent Sands because they liked the whole narrative of Sacramento’s first superhero. | 4 8 | T H E HU B M A G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 2

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CENTERSTAGE THE HUB: How did all of this start? How did Black Panther inspire you? How long have you been writing? SANDS: I wrote my first book when I was 18 years old. When I finished it, the superhero “Fallen Angel” was a combination heaven and hell hero. I had no intentions of writing. In college I majored in film and wrote a ton of movie scripts but could not figure out how to put them on film. After seeing Black Panther, it made me want to do comic books. I am a fan of comic books but I am not an avid reader of books. I do read novels like Harry Potter. Knowing that “Black Panther” was a comic before it was a movie, I figured I’d try that. What inspired me more than the character was Ryan Cooglers’ elevation in making the movie. He was a senior when I was at Sac State. We were in the same department. My senior year his movie “Fruitvale Station” came out. THE HUB: Tell me about your dream. Is it to make a movie? SANDS: I am hoping the film is one of many not the endgame but the beginning. I want to be like DC and Marvel comics. I always wanted to do a story that takes place here. Impoundland and Impound Tower is in Sacramento.

THE HUB: Are you working on an animated series too? SANDS: Yes, I want all Sacramento artists working on it. This is the next big thing, 30 – 40-minute episodes. A mini-cartoon animated movie is already in production. We are finishing the coloring, next is the voice actors and sound effects. It will be on our Impound Comics YouTube channel. THE HUB: How is your Kickstarter campaign going? SANDS: Our Kickstarter is fully funded, we asked for $25,000 and got $26,000. THE HUB: That is wonderful, surpassing your goal like that. What made you make merchandise? SANDS: It is part of the business to grow, I was already doing shirts for the first book. The next logical step was additional merchandise. n Check out this Black superhero from Sacramento. Visit Impound Comics at: 500 J Street, Suite 155, Sacramento, CA 95814 www.youtube.com/c/Impoundcomics

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WERE YOU THERE? HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 12TH ANNUAL VIRTUAL BLACK PHYSICIANS FORUM

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 12TH ANNUAL VIRTUAL BLACK PHYSICIANS FORUM By Contributing Writer, Kelby McIntosh

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ince 2020 the concerns about public health have been at an all-time high. While the pandemic has been the main topic for most of the world - the crisis has shined a light on a fragmented health industry that doesn’t favor people of color. The 2022 BPF brought attention to how people within urban communities can better equip themselves in understanding healthy aging and long-term health care. Presented in partnership by the Sac Cultural Hub Media Foundation and UC Davis Health Office of Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, the 12th annual virtual Black Physicians Forum (BPF) held on June 6th via Facebook live featured a variety of speakers touching on race, aging adult vulnerabilities, and long-term care. Here are quotes from the speakers: The opening welcome from co-presenter Ceasor Dennis, The Senior Director of Office of Health Equity and Inclusion at UC Davis Health, touched on “how racism is oppressing public health issues.” Mr. Dennis stated, “UC Davis Health supports health equity through education, diverse family caregivers, and examines caregiver stress experienced by black families.” “The Black Physicians Forum and Sac Cultural Hub have been pushing the mission of healthcare access and | 5 0 | T H E HU B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 2

affordability, and fostering peer-topeer discussion so the community could hear from professionals,” stated Moderator - Dr. Thomas Hopkins, Internal Medicine Physician and former Chief Medical Correspondent for KCRA-3. Keynote speaker Dr. Jean Accius, Senior Vice President of Global Thought Leadership at AARP, stated, “We must not allow ourselves to be governed by fear - what we do affects each other. We must move from independence to an interdependent society to understand the long-term healthcare solutions that help us as a whole.” Guest speaker Kimberly Bankston Lee (Aging Adult Caregiver, Senior Director at The SOL Project and Realtor) - “I wish we would have asked for help from the beginning. And I like what Dr. Accius said about employers asking employees if they are caretakers. Most people never knew we were caretakers for those 20 years until recently,” stated Kimberly BankstonLee.

Dr. Thomas Hopkins

Dr. Jean Accius

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One of the viewers (Teresa Aldredge) during the Facebook live discussion stated: “This Black Physicians Forum was live today. A topic that touches all of us (if you live long enough you will need care). Real talk!” “This was an AMAZING discussion. Dr. Accius presented a perspective

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WERE YOU THERE? HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 12TH ANNUAL VIRTUAL BLACK PHYSICIANS FORUM that is very thought-provoking: ‘Interdependence matters and is VIP for creating solutions in long term care’, stated Chief Editor, Pleshette Robertson. Dr. Accius also provided a valuable resource - Home Alone Alliance - available online at: https://www.aarp.org/ppi/initiatives/homealone-alliance/.”

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Twila Laster, Strategic Marketing Director at Sac Cultural Hub Media Foundation, stated, “When Sac Cultural Hub first started this Forum, it was before Obama Care was in place - it was at a time when black people were struggling to find affordable healthcare. We’ve been at the forefront of providing information specific to the needs of our people.” Watch the video recording of the virtual 2022 BPF to learn about the discussion. Go to: www.blackphysiciansforum.com n

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CREATIVE EXCHANGE: SACRAMENTO MUSIC SUMMIT 2022

By Chief Editor, Pleshette Robertson

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ndividuals and families came together for The Creative Exchange: Sacramento Music Summit on Saturday, June 4th with an Education Forum at McGeorge Law School and activities at McClatchy Park from 8:30 am to 6 pm. The purpose of the event was to place a spotlight on artists, entertainers, singers, dancers, and athletes surviving the pandemic. The Education Forum at McGeorge School of Law included welcome and opening remarks by Jay King, CEO/President of the California Black Chamber of Commerce with a keynote address by Author & KBLA Talk Radio’s Tavis Smiley who spoke on COVID-19 and its effects in marginalized communities. Several panel sessions with guest speakers discussed and presented on a variety of topics that included: •

Why is it important to be vaccinated?

Surviving as an Artist during COVID-19

Experiencing Pluses & Minuses of New Entertainment Business during COVID-19

Importance of Team Building amidst a Pandemic

How to Turn Songwriting into a Business during a pandemic

So you want to make a film, huh, during a pandemic

How to effectively use Social Media/Website during a pandemic

Cryptocurrency, is it too late to get in during the pandemic?

Social Media Influencers and the Effects of COVID-19

Investing in Stocks, why it’s important to start especially during a pandemic

Music Showcase – Before, During & After the Pandemic

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Presentations on stage at McClatchy Park included speakers and performers with entertainment that included: MC/Host – KariJay, You Got Served dance routine by Kast Academy of Arts and speakers: Kevin Bracy (Author, Motivational Entertainer, Executive Producer & Speaking Coach), Fred Stevenson (Clinical Trials and EMR Recruitment Program Manager at UC Davis Health), and Aron King with the Capitol City Black Nurses Society. The Battle of the Barbershop Hoop Tournament included DeeJay Rip1 providing music with special announcements and teams who played represented these barbershops: World Class Faders in Sacramento; Spotlight Hair Studio in Sacramento; Barberz Dreme in Elk Grove; The Rich Barber Hair Studio in Sacramento. Children and teens participated in the Kids Zone hosted by Sojourner Truth Multicultural Heritage Museum led by Shonna McDaniels where kids had their face painted, made key chains, and was a part of sewing activities. The music showcase at McGeorge Law School included a host of individuals who displayed their original work (of songs written and recorded by themselves) in front of producers in the music industry that included: Jay King, Dwayne Simmons, Derek Allen, Reggie Calloway, Brian Morgan, and William Lee. Critiques from producers informed individuals how important it is to come up with material (beats, lyrics, etc.) that is truly original and different from what has already been done. UC Davis Health was onsite administering testing and COVID-19 Vaccines and boosters for individuals ages 5 and up (COVID-19 vaccine Pfizer 5-11 and Pfizer 12+). n This was a special event presented in partnership by UC Davis Health Move It Up Coalition, Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the Sacramento Black Media Coalition. Visit www.creativeexchange.me and www.vaxblacksac.com. IS S UU.C O M/ THEHUBMAG


Musicians, Dancers, Poets, Singers, Athletes surviving the Pandemic

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children to somehow now understand how to parent. This toxic stress becomes chronic and sustained by daily immersion. The impact is mental and physical health disparities of extreme anxiety, depression, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Chronic toxic stress also manifests as low academic engagement and performance, high truancy, violence, suspensions, and incarceration. The patterns of disparities are perpetuated

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Surviving COVID-19 RESOURCE DIRECTORY

CREATIVE EXCHANGE FOSTERS ARTISTS, COVID CONVERSATIONS By Casey Murray | The Sacramento Observer, Report for America

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he Creative Exchange, an event designed to help Black artists with their professional development, returned after being put on hold due to the pandemic. Hosted by California Black Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jay King, the event featured sessions on film and music, vendors and dance performances in nearby and a keynote speech from KBLA Talk Aron King, left, and Dr. Michael Lucien, right, discuss how important it is for Blacks to get vaccinated. Radio’s Tavis Smiley. However, the conference was about more than just art this year. As COVID-19 case numbers slowly tick up in Sacramento, the event also hoped to address persistently low rates of vaccination among the Black community. The COVID-19 vaccine has been a successful tool nationwide for decreasing cases of the virus as well as deaths. Of people who have died from the virus since March 1, 2021, 88% were not fully vaccinated, according to county data. That’s important because only about 54% of Black people in Sacramento have even been partially vaccinated.

Journalist and commentator Tavis Smiley addresses guests at the Creative Exchange held in Oak Park. Smiley urged Blacks to get vaccinated and to take care of their health.

King and several doctors and nurses who spoke at the event pointed to warranted mistrust in medical institutions as one reason for the trend.

“You really have to start by acknowledging the generational distrust and trauma that has been on the Black community,” said Aron King, a nurse who has served as assistant nurse manager at the University of California, Davis. “For the longest time, no one really cared about the community and the failure of the health systems to these areas.” Multiple people brought up times in which medical institutions abused people of color – from the Tuskegee syphilis experiment to Henrietta Lacks. Black people in Sacramento have the county’s second ISSUU. C OM/ T HE H U B MA G

California Black Chamber of Commerce CEO Jay King welcomes attendees to the Creative Exchange.

highest COVID death rate, with native Hawaiians or other Pacific islanders dying at the highest rate. The rate at which Black people are dying from the virus in the county is about 11% higher than that of White people. “My hope is that, as the day goes and people come, that you all have conversations and not just with the people you know, but with new people. Ask questions,” he said. Tira Scott, who has not been vaccinated, did just that. She went to Creative Exchange to learn more about earning money as a songwriter, but also ended up learning more about the vaccine. “I didn’t really know that they were going to be talking about COVID-19, but it was a good thing that I went because I was able to get some answers to some questions that I had regarding the virus, and what steps we should take to ensure our health and safety of everyone,” Scott said.

While Scott still feels hesitant about getting vaccinated, she felt she benefited from being able to ask qualified health care workers about some of her fears. She mentioned that there is so much misconstrued information online, it’s difficult to tell what’s real. “One takeaway that I have with the event is to get involved,” Scott said. “We should continue to have these types of platforms.” She appreciated Jay King sharing his story. He said he was wary of the vaccine at first, but ultimately got it because of his family. He urged others to do the same. “This isn’t another government plot. This is not the Tuskegee syphilis experiment,” Jay said. “Those are things that were exclusive to the Black community. This affects the world.” n Article courtesy of The Sacramento Observer Photo credits: Russell Stiger Jr. T H E H UB M AGAZINE S U M M E R 2 0 2 2 | 5 7 |


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REGIONAL—ACROSS CALIFORNIA Visit MyTurn.ca.gov - California COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Free, confidential COVID-19 testing is available to everyone that needs it. The vaccine is free to everyone ages 5 and up. Safe, free, effective COVID-19 vaccines are available to you regardless of immigration or insurance status. Stay healthy, protect others and help us end the pandemic. Find a walk-in clinic or make an appointment today. covid19.ca.gov The State of California’s comprehensive, consumer-friendly website and public service announcements to boost COVID-19 awareness. Sign up for FREE empowerment and how-to webinars for entrepreneurs and business owners being conducted by the following organizations:

Mental Health Services in Sacramento County 24/7 for Mental Health Crisis Calls (916) 875-1055 or toll free (888) 881-4881 dhs.saccounty.net/BHS/Pages/Mental-Health-Services.aspx

The Sacramento County COVID-19 Collaborative supports community members and business owners with up-to-date information, guidelines and resources to stay informed and to stay healthy. www.saccovid19collab.org

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Free COVID-19 Testing Available In partnership with the City of Los Angeles and LA County, free testing is now available to ANY LA County resident with COVID-19 symptoms. To learn more about eligibility see the flyers below or to set up an appointment visit: covid19.lacounty.gov/testing

California Black Chamber of Commerce: calbcc.org

Emergency Renters Assistance

California Capital: cacapital.org

Small Business Majority: smallbusinessmajority.com

Get info on Emergency Renter’s Assistance, Renter Protection, and Community Resources at Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD) housing.lacity.org

SACRAMENTO REGION VaxBlackSac.com provides health and well-being resources from culturally appropriate organizations and publications for the African ancestry community. Individuals and families can find locations near them for COVID-19 vaccine in the Sacramento community. The City of Sacramento 311 Customer Service Help Center website and mobile app make asking questions and getting service simple. Making government more accessible and life a little easier for our residents, businesses and visitors. www.cityofsacramento.org/ InformationTechnology/311 Sacramento Emergency Rental Assistance (SERA2) Program In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA), in partnership with the City and the County of Sacramento, through federal and state funding, is offering emergency rent and utilities assistance for renters living anywhere in Sacramento County who have experienced a reduction in household income or other financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. www.shra.org/sera

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Get Vaccinated, SAVE LIVES Visit www.vaxblacksac.com for Vaccination Sites, Resources, & Events UC Davis Health will administer the COVID-19 vaccines and boosters for community members age 5 and up (COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer 5-11 and Pfizer 12+). If you are hesitant about the vaccine, come to this clinic to ask us questions. Walk-ins are welcome or by appointment. Appointments can be scheduled via the MyTurn website at myturn.ca.gov. Search on the desired clinic zip code for best results. Presented by the MOVE IT UP coalition:

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SURVIVING COVID-19 RESOURCE GUIDE

NAVIGATING BLACK CALIFORNIA Directory of Black MEDIA News Groups in California Bay Area Registry www.bayarearegistry.com BlackNLA www.blacknla.com Black Cultural Events www.blackculturalevents.com Black Voice News blackvoicenews.com California Black Media cablackmedia.org The Gospel Vine www.thegospelvine.com Inland Valley News inlandvalleynews.com LA Focus ourweekly.com West Side Story Newspaper westsidestorynewspaper.com Bakersfield News Group facebook.com/bakersfieldnewsobserver Inglewood News Today inglewoodtoday.com L.A. Sentinel lasentinel.net

L.A. Watts Times lawattstimes.com

Precinct Reporter precinctreporter.com

The Oakland Post oaklandpostonline.com Compton Herald comptonherald.org

Sacramento Observer sacobserver.com

OnMe News onmenews.com Pace Newspaper pacenewsonline.com Pasadena Journal pasadenajournal.com

BLACK RADIO STATIONS • • • •

Los Angeles - KJLH 102.3 FM kjlhradio.com Bay Area - KBLX 102.9 FM kblx.com Sacramento - KDEE 97.5 FM kdeefm.org Central Valley - 1001.FM Mega 100 mega100fm.iheart.com

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San Bernardino American sbamerican.com San Francisco Bay View sfbayview.com Sun Reporter sunreporter.com Tri County Sentry tricountysentry.com

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

Essence.com TheGrio.com BlackDoctor.org HelloBeautiful.com

Huffpost.com/Voices/Black-Voices

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NAVIGATING BLACK CALIFORNIA Directory of BLACK ASSOCIATION GROUPS in the Greater Sacramento Valley Region and Beyond 100 Black Men of Sacramento 100bmsac.org African-Americans for Balanced Health aabh.net Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. norcal-alphas1906.com Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) bapacsd.org

National Council of Negro Women, Sacramento Chapter svsncnw.org Neighborhood Innovation https://www.neighborhoodinnovation.com Roberts Family Development Center robertsfdc.org Sac Black Biz www.sacblackbiz.biz

Black Sistahs Making Friends facebook.com/groups/1091392134541999

Sacramento ACT sacact.org

Black Small Business Association of California facebook.com/BSBACA

Sacramento Area Black Caucus facebook.com/sacramentoarea.blackcaucus

Black Women for Wellness bwwla.org

Sacramento Area Black Golf Club sabgc.org

Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) bwopatileleads.org

Sacramento Area Black Caucus facebook.com/sacramentoarea.blackcaucus

California Black Chamber of Commerce calbcc.org California Legisative Black Caucus blackcaucus.legislature.ca.gov Centers for Fathers & Families cffsacramento.org Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Sacramento Alumnae Chapter sacramentoalumnaedst.org Elk Grove Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. dstegac.org Eta Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Sacramento Chapter etagammaomega.org Greater Sacramento Urban League gsul.org National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Sacramento Chapter sacramentoncbw.org | 6 0 | T H E HU B MA G A Z I N E S U M M E R 2 0 2 2

Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce sacblackchamber.org Sacramento Chapter of The Links sacramentolinksinc.org Sacramento Chapter of the NAACP facebook.com/SacNAACP Sacramento Kappa Psi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta sacramentozetas.org Sacramento Realtist Association sacramentorealtist.com Sacramento Sister Circle facebook.com/groups/TheSisterCircle Sojourner Truth African American Heritage Museum sojoartsmuseum.org Voices of Youth voiceoftheyouth.com

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SPONSORED ADVERTISING SECTION

Just a reminder from THE HUB to support our local soul food restaurants in an around the Sacramento Region. Dine in and/or order for delivery and pick up.

Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant (916) 481-1580 Candies Kitchen 916.439.9922 Cora Lorraines (Colos) 916-692-8948 D’s Smoking Pit 916-993-9428 Daddyo’s Smokehouse 916-821-9020 Dubplate Kitchen & Jamaican Cuisine 916-339-6978 Ermajeans Southern Cuisine Restaurant & Catering 530-749-9651 Family Pizza Take n Bake 916-333-3397

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

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

Louisiana Heaven 916-689-4800

Muhammads Meats Vegetables and Desserts (415) 862-8997

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

Play Makers Toucha Class Restaurant 916.451.1786

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

Q1227 Restaurant 916.899.5146 Queen Sheba 916-446-1223

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

South Restaurant 916-382-9722

Mommas Market 916-524-2782

Stage Coach 916-422-9296

MoMo’s Meat Market 916-452-0202

Toris Place Soul Food 916-646-6038

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BLACK HAIR SALON & BARBERSHOP DIRECTORY IN AND AROUND SACRAMENTO E-mail contact@sacculturalhub.com with any additions or corrections to the list of Black-owned salons and barbershops (composed by BSBA-Black Small Business Association of California - bsba-ca.org/)

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

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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 www.hairecosalon.com

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

Kingofcurls

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 margaretshairsalon.com

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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