LEGACY IN THE AMERICAN WEST
JUNE 10OCTOBER 1, 2023
Exploring the path of Black history in the West with a timeline of original pictorial quilts, from 1528 through the Civil Rights Movement. 1020 O STREET SACRAMENTO, CACarolyn Crump, The Truth Hurts: Riches, Resentment, Revenge, RIOTS, 2021, ©Carolyn Crump. Connie Horne, Black Miners, 2021, ©Connie Horne.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
Imust admit that WE/I am very BIG on celebrating Mother’s Day! In fact I went as far as to posting on social media about it being a Happy WORSHIP Mother’s Day weekend as me and my mom celebrated with our family in Los Angeles this year.
We/I must now SHOUT OUT TO THE WORLD - Happy Fathers Day! There would be no me if it wasn’t for my mother and father. For all those standing in the gap of someone’s father/ dad, may the Lord bless you in abundance for fulfilling the role of supporting and loving your family.
This special edition of THE HUB also recognizes Black Men in Leadership who are leading by example in the community. We are so proud and excited to share how these men are serving as mentors, business owners, and fathers.
Enjoy your summer and please be safe in your travels if and when you go on vacation.
True Blessings,Pleshette Robertson CEO and Founder Sac Cultural Hub Media Company and Foundation facebook.com/pleshettemarie
8 | MEET COMEDIAN & SYNDICATED RADIO HOST RICKEY SMILEY
11 | BLACK MEN IN LEADERSHIP 2023
Colby Bell | Ardell La’mond Harrison
Johnathan King | Willard Mcclure Jr.
20 | BLACK BOOK AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Meet William Jahmal Miller, health equity expert and author of engrossing new memoir
DID YOU KNOW?
22 | NSFW! RICKEY SMILEY TALKS ABOUT PERPETUATORS OF HATE CRIMES, AND TRUE TO FORM, HE DOESN’T MINCE WORDS!
WERE YOU THERE?
24 | THE “KING” OF CLUB NOUVEAU: CATCHING UP WITH JAY KING
30 | Navigating Black California
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MEET COMEDIAN & SYNDICATED RADIO HOST
SMILEYBy Michael P Coleman, Freelance Writer
Millions of radio listeners start their day with The Rickey Smiley Morning Show. Those listeners know that Smiley is one of the funniest people on the planet.
Those same fans might be surprised to learn that the gregarious Smiley is a self-described introvert.
“I used to be an extrovert,” Smiley, 54, EXCLUSIVELY told THE HUB, “but as I’ve gotten older, I became an introvert. When you’re dealing with people all of the time, and you’ve hugged so many people and shook so many hands, you get worn a little bit. I kinda stay at home to give my brain and body an opportunity to rest, so when I do go out, I can be what I need to be for the fans.”
After just a few minutes into a conversation with Smiley, his love and devotion to those fans is palpable. He connects with them as effortlessly over the air as he did with me over the phone, but insists that there’s nothing like being with them in person. Even with his tremendous success in radio, Smiley maintains a rigorous schedule of in-person events, like his upcoming Birthday Beach Blowout, and stand-up gigs all over the country.
“Comedy allows you to keep your independence,” the Birmingham, Alabama native shared. “If somebody in radio decides that they don’t like you anymore, you can still make a living. There’s nothing — not even radio — like being on that stage. You can’t do certain things on radio, like talk about certain things or be physical, like you can on stage. So it’s totally different, and it’s so much fun. I love it.”
Fans of Smiley’s know that, whether on the air or on stage, he’s 100% transparent, often sharing his unique, often hysterical take on pop cultural topics of the day. He also routinely shares personal, intimate details of his life. “I’m always on social media, I have a big following, and I am really, really close to some of my followers,” Smiley said. “I try to keep people’s spirits lifted, and try to teach things that have been passed down to me.”
That said, even the transparent, vulnerable Smiley shocked the world earlier this year when he laid bare his heart after his eldest son, Brandon, died. Smiley has said that he suspects his son’s death was due to a drug overdose, although at press time, an official determination from a toxicology report has not been released.
In a world where black men aren’t often encouraged to be vulnerable, Smiley’s video from the morning of his son’s funeral moved this writer to tears. I lost two grandchildren
soon after their birth a few years ago, and I can’t imagine sharing that grief with millions of people just a few days after having lost them.
“My son was a standup comedian, and he was a part of a reality show, so I couldn’t completely shut people out,” Smiley recalled. “A lot of people out there have also lost kids, and could identify with my pain. I wanted to let people know where I was at, what I was going through, and get the prayers going up, because without prayers you don’t have anything. The prayers were needed, because something like [losing your child] will make you lose your mind if you don’t have God or know God, or get people praying for you.”
“When I heard my mother on the phone crying, after I had to tell her about my son, that’s when reality set in,” Smiley continued. “That was the first time that I actually broke down and cried, because I had to figure out how to protect the rest of my kids and protect my mother and my sister. It was devastating to us. I could deal with my stuff later, but I had to make sure that they were straight.”
To my mind, that’s one of the hallmarks of leadership: putting others ahead of yourself.
“I also had to pay respect to my son’s mother,” Smiley said, as I recalled his on-camera plea, hours before his son’s funeral, for prayers for her. “I know my name’s in lights, but she laid down and gave birth to our son, and I wanted to pay respects to her.”
“There are two things that I can’t get out of my head: hearing his mother’s blood-curdling scream, and hearing my mother crying on the phone,” Smiley added. “Those sounds will be in my brain for the rest of my life.”
I asked Smiley where he found the strength to think of others, even in the midst of his own grief. He pointed me toward his grandfather, whom Smiley called “a leader” in his community and an indomitable influence on Smiley’s life from the time he was a child and lost his own father.
“My granddad was a man of all men,” Smiley told me. “He was everything. I remember the day my father died, April 11, 1974, like it was yesterday. I could tell you where everybody was sitting at that funeral, and what they had on. That’s how clearly I remember my dad’s funeral. I wasn’t even concerned with what was in that casket. I watched my granddad take that shit like a G. He took that punch in the chest like a man. He sat there and comforted my grandmother.” continued
A LEADER IS SOMEBODY WHO KNOWS HOW TO PUT EVERYTHING IN PERSPECTIVE AND CAN BE CALM IN A TIME OF CHAOS.
“The definition of a leader is somebody who knows how to put everything in perspective and can be calm in a time of chaos, and my granddad was a leader,” Smiley continued. “When I became an adult, my granddaddy walked me through that situation. Like you’re interviewing me right now, I was asking him a lot of questions, I asked him how he got through losing a son. He told me that he was standing right there in the morgue when my dad’s body got there.”
“I’ve never shared this with anyone, but where do you think I was when my son’s body arrived at the funeral home,” Smiley asked. “I was standing right there like a soldier, just like my granddad. I’ll never be able to unsee what I saw, but I did it, because I had to do it. My youngest son and I got to the funeral home early, and we went in the back and got my son, and we were the ones who rolled him out into the chapel. We did it ourselves. That gave us closure. That was the last thing that we were ever going to be able to do for him.”
“I was trying to walk in my granddad’s footsteps,” Smiley added. “If I can be half of who and what he was, I’ll be ok.”
There is absolutely no doubt in this writer’s mind that Smiley’s granddad would have been very proud of him.
With Smiley’s life having been so touched by pain, I had to ask whether he and his remaining family were seeking the mental health care that they undoubtedly would have needed during such a trying time. Just as Smiley’s expressions of vulnerability defy conventional notions of what it is to be a black man, so, too, do his thoughts about mental health care. The stigma that still accompanies it has no home with Smiley, “Man, I’ve been going to therapy my whole life,” Smiley casually shared, without an iota of shame or doubt about
whether it was the proper path to take. “My mom used to have me in counseling, dealing with my stuff. My job is to break the generational curse, and promote therapy. We need to check on our brain like we do our ankle. If your ankle hurts, and you can’t walk, you go to the doctor. Same thing with your brain. If you’re not feeling right or thinking all kinds of thoughts or what have you, go and get the help that you need.”
“Sometimes, we talk about praying [mental health] problems away, but God created therapists,” Smiley added. “We don’t have to sit and suffer in silence. Go and express your feelings and get the help that you need. We can break the generational curse and not pass being unhealthy, not talking about stuff, sweeping the stuff under the carpet, and not healing to the next generation. We have to talk about stuff.”
It’s good to hear that a man who’s made his living “talking about stuff” is committed to it in her personal life, as well.
As we got ready to close, I asked Smiley for a parting message for the men reading this issue, or for friends and family members who are caring for the boys and men in their lives.
True to form, Smiley left this man with words that I’ll carry with me for quite a while.
“I want the men to continue to lead and to stand firm and stand on their principles, and don’t change for anyone,” Smiley said. “We have to continue to make things better. We have to lead. That’s why God decided to let me see what I saw in my granddad. God knows what’s coming, so He prepares you for it. I give God all of the glory.” n
BLACK MEN IN LEADERSHIP 2023
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 2023 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.
I AM COMMITTED TO GROWING A FAMILY BANKING SYSTEM CONCEPT WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY.
COLBY BELL INSURANCE AGENT – THE INSURANCE BROTHA BROKERAGE, LLC
Mr. Colby Bell is a dedicated husband, and father of three, and an accomplished insurance professional. He is a true Sacramento native but has also lived in Chicago and Richmond in the past. He currently works as a broker with The Insurance Brotha Brokerage, LLC.
With nearly two decades of experience serving clients, Mr. Bell has established himself as a trusted insurance agent. He has successfully served clients from various industries, providing tailored insurance solutions to protect their assets and mitigate risks. His expertise lies in developing comprehensive insurance strategies for individuals, families, small businesses, and large businesses.
Throughout his career, Mr. Bell has consistently exceeded sales targets and received recognition for his outstanding performance. He has earned the trust and respect of his clients for his professionalism and dedication to their needs.
Mr. Bell is currently on the board of the Sacramento Realtist Association, the local chapter of Nareb. He is a past member of the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce. He has spent numerous hours assisting nonprofit organizations and doing what is needed to better our Sacramento community. He holds multiple insurance licenses and has completed specialized training in the insurance industry.
Outside of work, Colby enjoys spending quality time with his family. He cherishes moments of joy watching his three children grow, and actively engaging in their education and extracurricular activities. Colby is a firm believer in giving back to the community and doing everything in his power to leave a positive impact on the next generation of young brothers and sisters.
FAVORITES:Book: Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter
Trademark: The Insurance Brotha who will make sure you’re covered like no otha!
What is SEXY about a woman and what is NOT: My wife is the only SEXY woman, period. There is nothing not sexy about her. Except when she doesn’t laugh at my jokes. That’s not sexy at all!
On who cooks the best: My daughter cooks the best garlic grilled cheese sandwiches.
Greatest achievement: Being a father that’s always there for my children and God-children, seeing them grow into successful young men and women is the only achievement that matters outside of being a great husband to my wife.
Do you have a mentor and who helped shaped your values in life? Sheila Moody, the Real Estate Guru and one of 2022 Sac Hub EWOC-Exceptional Women of Color Honorees. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be where I’m at without her and the opportunity she blessed me with almost 6 years ago. I approached her at the time looking to establish a business relationship where we could help educate each other’s clients. The blessing I didn’t expect was her recommending I join the Sacramento Realtist Association. I’m glad she presented that opportunity to me, being a vital member of the group alongside some other awesome individuals has been one my true joys, and it feels so good fighting for democracy in housing for my people. Thanks again for all you do Sheila. If you know anyone looking for guidance on how to purchase or refinance a home make sure to look up my girl Sheila Moody.
Defining a Black man in Leadership: Someone who takes the time to master his craft, once he’s reached the level of mastery takes the time to help the next in line master their craft. Remember iron sharpens iron!
I am COMMITTED to: Growing a family banking system concept within our community..... and why ... because not only do we need generational wealth, but we also need generational education and financial road maps to leave behind to the next generations of our family. So that every generation is in a better position than the prior and we don’t lose our financial positioning and knowledge within a few generations.
On GOOD HEALTH MATTERS:
Do you see the doctor for annual exams? Yes
Do you see the need for exercise at least 3 days week? Yes, I hit the gym consistently. Weights, Cardio, and Rehabbing these Mid-30 knee aches… lol
Do you see the need to change your diet plan and if so share with how this has helped you with maintaining and/or improving your overall health? My diet is pretty good I do Intermittent fasting and try only to eat natural foods. I do have times where I slip and eat a few oreos. Watching my diet has been critical, you have to be healthy to keep up with 3 children.
Best advice for young black men trying to find their way to succeed in school, pursue a career, avoid gang/gun violence, overcome substance abuse or suicide/depression: Find good role models and people to look up to. I know finding role models/mentors at times can be a struggle. I dealt with this struggle personally. I don’t want them to have to go through that struggle, so feel free to give me a call (916) 476-0792. I’ll do all I can to help be a guide and also get them in touch with some other black men who are willing to help out as well.
What do you like about Sacculturalhub.com & THE HUB Magazine? THE HUB is always keeping the people informed on everything and everybody to look out for in the community and that information is invaluable. Thanks for all you do! n
ARDELL LA’MOND HARRISON
REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER - OUT REACH CONSTRUCTION
Ardell L. Harrison, a resident of Sacramento since 1980, has been a pillar of his community for decades, leveraging his diverse professional background to make a significant impact on the lives of many. His journey began with a solid educational foundation, earning both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Behavior Science from National University, along with a Teaching Credential in Construction Technology from Sacramento State University.
Harrison’s passion for community service is evident in his work with New Dimensions Learning Academy (N.D.L.A.) and New Dimensions Group Homes (N.D.G.H.). As the Director and Owner of N.D.L.A., he developed a statefunded private high school for severely emotionally disturbed at-risk teens, employing a team of teachers, psychologists, and administrative support to help these students reach their full potential. His efforts were recognized in the Sacramento Observer for outstanding contributions to the enhancement of “at-risk” youth and community support.
Prior to N.D.L.A., Harrison founded N.D.G.H., a 20-bed residential care and treatment facility for severely emotionally disturbed teenagers and their infants. The
facility helped over 50 children enhance their emotional wellbeing and gain independent living skills, a testament to Harrison’s commitment to supporting the most vulnerable in his community.
In addition to his work in education and mental health, Harrison has a long-standing career in construction and real estate. As a licensed General Contractor and Real Estate Broker, he has managed and completed the construction of over 50 homes in Northern California and supervised real estate agents in the sale of commercial and residential properties. His construction projects include significant contributions to the Sacramento Housing & Redevelopment Agency Façade Grant and the construction of UC Davis Primate Center, Days Inn, and Pittsburgh Des Moines Steel building.
When he’s not working, Harrison cherishes spending time with his family. His son Joshua, a successful software engineer, and his daughter Jessica, an entrepreneur following in her father’s footsteps, are sources of immense pride for him. He also enjoys the companionship of his loving partner, Maggie, who shares his commitment to community service.
Harrison’s diverse professional experience, from education and mental health to construction and real estate, has uniquely positioned him to understand and address the multifaceted needs of his community. His commitment to service, and the NAACP where he is presently the first vice president coupled with his expertise and leadership, continues to make a significant impact on the lives of many in Sacramento. His personal life, filled with love and support from his family, fuels his passion for making a difference in his community.
Book or Magazine: New Homes
Trademark: Out Reach Construction
Black woman you admire: Oprah - strong , determined and rich.
What is SEXY about a woman and what is NOT: Sexy: Dress, hair, legs, and personality; Not: phony, unapproachable.
Your best work day strategy: Rise 5:30 am and workout, meditate, and make my list of things to do.
Greatest achievement: The jury is still out, but I really like helping people.
Did you have a mentor and how did they help shape your values in life? Cleave Howard and John Gordon. Both taught me to be strong in my faith and have good work ethics.
Defining a Black man in leadership? NAACP - a man ready to take on a fight and help the less fortune.
I am COMMITTED to: The NAACP - the reasons are self evident. There is constant need to help the community in these trying times.
Slogan you live by: Let’s get into some good trouble.
Best advice for young black men trying to find their way to succeed in school, pursue a career, avoid gang/gun violence, overcome substance abuse or suicide/depression: Stay true to your path. Get a good
mentor, and stay around people who are doing better than you, also you can grow with, STAY AWAY FROM DREAM KILLERS AND NEGATIVE PEOPLE.
What do you like about Sacculturalhub.com & THE HUB Magazine? Because you keep it real. n
On GOOD HEALTH MATTERS:
Do you see the doctor for annual exams? Yes
Do you see the need for exercise at least 3 days week and if so what does your exercise program include? Yes - 3 miles a day for one hour
Do you see the need to change your diet plan and if so share with how this has helped you with maintaining and/or improving your overall health? Diet is very important. Constant updating, less greasy food, more salads and balanced meals.
OWNER & GENERAL CONTRACTOR - EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT & CONSTRUCTION, INC.
Mr. Johnathan King is a general contractor and owner of Executive Development & Construction, Inc. He was raised in Sacramento, and is married with four children. As a contractor and business owner, Mr. King enjoys working with the general public, and the flexibilty that owning a company allows. Follow his company on Instagram @executivedevelopmentinc
Book: The Bible
Cologne: Jean Paul Gaultier
Trademark: My last name … King! It is what I see myself as and a title I strive to always represent. I would say I’m seen as being a family man first and foremost (at least that’s the first thing people always ask me about). Secondly, a man about his business and being consistently me through it all. Live life to the fullest but also treat your days as if you know the expiration date. Hopefully that answers your question.
Black woman you admire: Michelle Obama … she always carried herself with class and dignity no matter what was said about her while she was First Lady. Viola Davis … exceptional actress and always comes off very genuine. Issa Rae - phenomenal writer and actress. Always thinks about us as a people and our culture.
What is SEXY about a woman? Confidence is sexy and the way she carries herself. Also a great smile and good hygiene.
Best work day strategy: Wake up and pray first, get a quick workout in. Drink my coffee and water and write down my goals for the day. Make my necessary calls and then get out the door!
On who cooks the best:
• My wife cooks the best oxtails dinner and the best brussel sprouts.
• I can cook the best gumbo
• My daughter cooks the best lasagna
Greatest achievement: Becoming a husband and father!
Share with us your story about how someone in your life helped to shape your values: Oh wow. Well it would have to be my late great father. The attributes and characteristics he instilled in me from a young age have been invaluable. My father not only taught me but also exemplified what it meant to be a man. To carry yourself with dignity and to always be there for your family. My father would always say “it’s in me, not on me” meaning everything I need to be the best person God has called me to be is inside me. I can’t thank him enough.
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: BECOMING A HUSBAND AND FATHER!
On GOOD HEALTH MATTERS:
Do you see the doctor for annual exams? Yes I go to the doctor regularly and I have my blood work done every year.
Do you see the need for exercise at least 3 days? Of course exercise is very important. If you want to keep a sharp mind you have to move and keep your blood flowing well. I run with my kids, I walk/run my dog. My wife and I do circuit workouts using weights. I also ride my Peloton bike.
Do you see the need to change your diet plan and if so share with how this has helped you with maintaining and/or improving your overall health? I believe you can always improve your diet. But I would say my diet overall isn’t terrible and I try to drink as much water as possible daily and I eat a lot of vegetables and nuts and fruits.
Defining a Black Man in Leadership? That’s a layered question but to keep it short- I would say a man of high integrity and understands the value in team and also is committed to the goals regardless who gets the credit. I also think you have to have great communication skills.
I am COMMITTED to: My family, my marriage, my church, my goals and my community. The answer is simple, in my opinion we are put on this earth to spread God’s love to the people around us. I live to inspire and help this be a better place for generations to come.
Slogan you live by: “Stay two steps ahead of your peers.”
Best advice for young black men trying to find their way to succeed in school, pursue a career, avoid gang/gun violence, overcome substance abuse or suicide/depression? I would say to make sure you’re spiritually grounded. And to know it’s ok to start over.
What do you like about Sacculturalhub.com & THE HUB Magazine? I like that it’s a magazine for our culture and it’s all about uplifting and informing our people. n
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WILLARD MCCLURE JR.
DIRECTOR OF SMALL BUSINESS AT THE CALIFORNIA BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Mr. Willard McClure Jr. was born on Jan 20, 1961 in Detroit, Michigan, the day President Kennedy was Inaugurated. His Grandma declared that being born on Inauguration Day was proof that he was put here to do great things. He graduated Cum Laude from Touro University International, with a BSBA and MBA.
Mr. McClure is a retired US Army First Sergeant. He served in the US Army for 22 years, as a Radio Teletype Operator, Air Defense Intelligence Specialist, and Patriot Missile Crewmember. After he retired from the Army, he has served as a Federal Investigator at the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), Office of Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity in San Francisco, and as Civil Rights Program Manager at the US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, CA Division Office. Currently he is the Director of Small Business at the California Black Chamber of Commerce. In his role at the Chamber, he assists small and microbusinesses with understanding local, State and Federal procurement requirements, registration and certification requirements, and how to identify opportunities, bid, win and successfully complete projects. After serving in the Army and Federal government, working at the Chamber gives him the opportunity to contribute to not just the business community, but to the community as a whole, with the added bonus of assisting the Black community.
Mr. McClure has been married for 32 years to La Von, who is also a soldier and retired Federal employee. They have an English Bulldog named Lizzie
Trademark: Funny, the Army teaches us that we are three people, who we are, who we think we are, and who others think we are. I’m typically viewed as the person with the correct answer, that’s always willing to help!
Black woman you admire: My wife La Von, my Grandma, Oprah & Michelle Obama - Resilient, Accomplished, Supportive, Real!
What is SEXY about a woman and what is NOT: I think sexy equals being as pretty on the inside, as you are on the outside! By contrast, negativity, not being goal oriented, and being angry at the world are totally unsexy traits!
Best work day strategy: The day isn’t over until I’m ready for the next work or duty day! Refusing to lower the standard, even if I’m tired! When things are going wrong, find someone doing something right!
Book: Black Fortunes by Shomari Wills, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, The Forty Million Dollar Slaves by William C. Rhoden, and The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois to name a few favorites. I’m an avid reader.
Cologne: None! If you wear cologne in the field, the bugs will have you for breakfast, lunch & dinner!
On who cooks the best: My wife cooks the best EVERYTHING! She’s the Black Martha Stewart!
Greatest achievement: Being inducted to the Sergeant Morales Club in Europe - an exclusive group of the top 1% of Army Noncommissioned Officers. Winning the Ranger Challenge Competition at Cal Poly after BYU had won the title for 15 consecutive years! The Cal Poly Mustangs halted that winning streak!
WHAT YOU SEE, WHEN YOUR EYES ARE OFF YOUR GOAL!
Did you have a mentor and who helped shape your values in life? My Grandma and Uncle Andrew taught me to be honest, courageous, and candid! To always remember that I’m the Captain of my destiny!
Defining a Black man in leadership: I think leadership is leadership! I’m an Army First Sergeant, leadership is the ability to influence others to accomplish the mission by providing purpose, direction and motivation while accomplishing the mission, and maintaining the dignity of the soldiers! I have been led, and led people from all races and walks of life. When people are trying to kill you, no one cares what color you are!
I am COMMITTED to: Bettering our communities, businesses! Mediocrity cannot be the standard!
Slogan you live by: “Obstacles are what you see, when your eyes are off your goal!
Best advice for young black men trying to find their way to succeed in school, pursue a career, avoid gang/gun violence, overcome substance abuse or suicide/depression: Draft a plan, post it, do it, celebrate the small victories, move to the next step in the plan! Repeat and never relax!
What do you like about Sacculturalhub.com & THE HUB Magazine? The owner, content and THE HUB’s total commitment to Black people and people in general! Pleshette is among the most amazing, supportive people I’ve met since coming to Sacramento! n
On GOOD HEALTH MATTERS:
Do you see the doctor for annual exams? Yes, as much as I don’t like going, my wife ensures that I comply.
Do you exercise at least 3 days a week? I think you should move your body daily! Yes, 3 days a week is better than zero, but the key to being fit is the FITT principle; Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type of activity! If you’re running or walking and talking to your friends as you exercise, you’re not training, you’re talking! In the Army we use the “Talk Test!” If the soldiers are talking it means we’re not running fast enough! We have a gym in our house. I have a five day program that includes 30-45 minute tread climber walks and strength training sessions. I supplement them by washing the cars, and doing the lawn myself.
Do you see the need to change your diet plan and if so share with how this has helped you with maintaining and/or improving your overall health? I’m a pretty disciplined eater. At Army Master Fitness School we learned to eat like a King for breakfast, a Prince for lunch, and a Pauper for dinner! And not to eat within 4 hours of going to bed. I maintain those principles today. I can still fit my Army Dress Blues!HAIR BY MS. CHERRY PROFESSIONAL HAIRSTYLIST MS. CHERRY DOUGLAS
MEET WM. JAHMAL MILLER, HEALTH EQUITY EXPERT AND AUTHOR OF ENGROSSING NEW MEMOIRBy Michael P Coleman
If you don’t yet know first-time author Wm. Jahmal Miller, check out his new memoir, Equity, Equality, & Justice For All.
“Whether you are an academic, a high school student, graduate student, civil rights leader, health care executive, policy maker, or concerned community member, this book will resonate deeply with you,” Miller promised, via a prepared statement.
Having read that, this writer (and self-described “concerned community member”) had to call Williams to learn more. As it turns out, he didn’t just sit down, willy nilly, and write a book because he wanted to see his name in print.
“I never had aspirations of writing books,” Miller EXCLUSIVELY shared. “Now that it’s done, I aspire to incite people towards sustainable and transformative actions that move from a conversation about equity to realizing it in the lives of millions.”
He aspires to “incite” people. Spoken like a true community leader, wouldn’t you say?
Miller is uniquely qualified to address the topic of which he passionately writes. He is the Chief Administrative Officer of Mercy Medical Group, a service of Dignity Health Medical Foundation. Prior to taking on that role, he served as System Vice President with CommonSpirit Heath, where he had responsibility for national health equity and inclusion initiatives. Before publishing the new book, Miller had also served as Governor Jerry Brown’s Deputy Director of the California Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity.
As Miller struck me as a go-getter who wasn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and get the work done, I wondered
about his biggest challenges while working within an often staid state government bureaucracy.
“The greatest challenge was navigating the many institutional barriers inherent in government that make doing the right and most equitable things very difficult,” Miller said. “Having to move at a slower pace and be patient, particularly with other executive leaders and department heads who didn’t share my office’s passion, urgency, and commitment to cultural competency was challenging.”
It was during Miller’s tenure in Governor Brown’s administration that he conceived of Equity, Equality, & Justice For All.
“I started writing the book in the summer of 2017,” Miller remembered. “I’d sit in the bleachers at my daughters’ youth track meets and start writing about the various experiences I was having. [A few years later], at the height of Covid and the social unrest, I finalized the initial manuscript. It took a few years, but the timing of this book release is right.”
“Health inequity continues to be one of the leading public health and socioeconomic issues of our time,” Miller continued. “As a healthcare leader and health equity expert, I believe the book is a broad reaching tool that allows me to amplify the importance of achieving health equity for all, especially for those most marginalized.”
Health equity has been at the forefront of conversations on social ills for decades, as we’ve learned that an individual’s optimal health isn’t solely determined by who their doctor is or where they receive health care. Instead, it is also heavily predicated by where a person lives, learns, works, plays, and worships.
Miller speaks of those social determinants with the fervor of a preacher in the pulpit.
“The ecosystem within which we all live is either curated to support our optimal health, mental health, and wellbeing or not,” Miller said. “The extent to which some are unfairly advantaged and favored in a society is where inequity starts to rear its ugly head.”
“As for people of color, we are most disproportionately and adversely burdened by what’s unfair, unjust and unequal in society, and of the many ways we bear the consequences, [with] deterioration of our physical and mental health [being] the most obvious evidence,” Miller continued. “Therefore, we and our allies must band together to advocate and activate for radical change at all levels in private and public sectors.”
I was curious about Miller’s current role with Mercy Medical Group, and how it might inform him as an emerging author on health equity.
“I’m responsible for leading nonclinical areas of our medical group of over 500 physicians and advanced practice providers,” Miller said. “I focus on areas of business, finance, analytics, community relations, provider compensation, communications, contract management, philanthropy, governance support as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion.”
Miller has said that his role on Governor Brown’s team was a “tipping point” in his life, a time when he was “afforded a platform to affect change at the highest levels on state government.”
One may wonder what Miller’s life and career were like prior to having been given that platform.
“My career was progressing well, but my purpose and passion that fueled my interest in leading socially impactful, mission-oriented work in healthcare remained unfulfilled,” Miller confided. “However, by the time I was appointed [by Governor Brown], all of the skill sets and experiences I had garnered uniquely prepared me for that moment.”
“Moreover, God was up to something in my life,” Miller continued, “so it has very much so been a providential journey.”
Didn’t I tell you that Miller sounded like a preacher?
Pull up a pew and take in some of Miller’s wisdom by reading his new book. His stories of personal and career successes highlight his impressive background and career to-date, and promise an engrossing read. n
Equity, Equality, & Justice For All is available wherever you purchase books.
Michael P Coleman is a Sacramentobased freelance writer, audio / visual host and producer, marketing professional, and live event host. Connect with him at MichaelPColeman.com
I ASPIRE TO INCITE PEOPLE TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE AND TRANSFORMATIVE ACTIONS THAT MOVE FROM A CONVERSATION ABOUT EQUITY TO REALIZING IT IN THE LIVES OF MILLIONS.
NSFW! RICKEY SMILEY TALKS ABOUT PERPETUATORS OF HATE CRIMES, AND TRUE TO FORM, HE DOESN’T MINCE WORDS!By Michael P Coleman
The Sac Cultural Hub has been a proud community partner in California’s “Stop The Hate” campaign, designed to raise awareness of hate crimes throughout the state.
Over the last year, we’ve taken every opportunity to ask a variety of community members, as well as people in the public eye, about their thoughts on crimes committed against individuals based solely on who and what they are.
While you may know syndicated radio host Rickey Smiley as one of the most jovial people on the planet, he wasn’t joking when he shared his thoughts on how we can all protect ourselves against those who strike out in hate against others.
No amount of preparation would have positioned this writer to be ready for what Smiley had to say on the subject!
“There are a lot of racist people out here,” Smiley EXCLUSIVELY told THE HUB. “Right when we thought America was getting better, Trump came along and took the cover off of how [a lot of] people really feel. He has emboldened racists, and they’re nasty and they’re dangerous!”
Smiley’s comments reminded me of an interview I conducted with a prominent artist a couple of years ago. They had similarly damning things to say about Trump… until they saw their comments in print and asked me to redact them from the article. I did…but I wound up losing a little respect for that artist.
Unlike that artist, Smiley doesn’t have cold feet. He told
me that THE HUB could print everything that he said.
“I hate racists,” Smiley continued. “Black folks built this country! And for someone to feel like we’re not supposed to be here, or we’re not good enough to be here…”
Smiley’s voice trailed off, as he gathered his thoughts before continuing with a few choice words that the FCC wouldn’t allow on his radio program. But here at THE HUB, we allow everyone to keep it real. Hell, we encourage it!
If you’re reading this aloud to one of the kids, or if you’re offended by “colorful language,” stop reading now. Don’t say you haven’t been warned!
“I don’t care how this sounds, and I mean this from the bottom of my ball sack,” Smiley said. “Everyone needs to take a situational training class, and a tactical training class, become a legal gun owner, and protect yourself. I wish one of them would try me.”
“I’d rather be judged by 12 than carried by six,” Smiley said. “If one of those mutherfuckers ever tried me, I promise Imma take him to the funeral home myself and put him in the drop box like a Blockbuster video!”
“I don’t play with racists, and I don’t play with thugs, either,” Smiley continued. “And I don’t care what race or color you are. If you threaten me, I am going to protect myself by any means necessary!”
Smiley added that his commitment to end hate-based crimes didn’t end with people of color, but rather proudly extends to members of the LGBTQ+ community.
“It’s wrong,” Smiley said of homophobia. “Everybody has a right to be who they are! I am a heterosexual male who loves tall, beautiful, black women, and other people don’t bother me because I am secure. It’s the insecure people who can’t stand it, because they don’t know who they are.”
“On top of that,” Smiley said, “gay people are out here adopting some of our [black] at-risk kids who can’t get adopted by anybody else, and they’re doing the best they can and serving our community!”
“LGBT people have also produced some of the best movies and the best entertainment in music, and everything else that we get to enjoy,” Smiley continued. “One of my all-time favorite artists is Elton John. If you mess with Elton, and I can’t hear my ‘Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road,’ my ‘Bennie & The Jets,’ or my ‘Funeral For A Friend,” you’re gonna have to deal with me! I promise you: somebody’s gonna have to get me outta jail!”
“I stand strong with the LGBT community,” Smiley concluded, “and I believe in loving everybody. The Bible says ‘Judge ye not.’ Nobody down here has a heaven or a hell to put anyone in, and we’re not in a position to judge anybody, so these racists and homophobes need to stop!”
Stop The Hate, Indeed!
Thank you, Rickey! I was a fan before we talked, but I’m a Super Fan now! n
Greater Sacramento Financial Literacy Group (GSFLG) was created to educate, support and empower each other for the economic wealth and growth of our community and to help shape the future generation of wealth.
Financial literacy is the possession of the set of skills and knowledge that lets a person make informed and efficient choices with their financial resources. All people touch money and the manner in which an individual uses it is up to him or her but not being properly informed on how to make, save and invest can spell disaster.
Catch up on all things related to Rickey Smiley, including his upcoming tour dates, his radio show, and his upcoming August 11-13 Birthday Beach Blowout, at rickeysmiley.com.
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.
THE “KING” OF CLUB NOUVEAU
CATCHING UP WITH JAY KINGBy Contributing Writer, Donna Michele Ramos
THE HUB is doing a follow-up interview with the infamous Jay King of Club Nouveau who is a BUSY man. Aside from making music and touring, Mr. King is a talk show host, manager/booking agent, and president of the California Black Chamber of Commerce.
THE HUB: You and Club Nouveau have been going strong since 1986. You’ve welcomed new members Tirza Hubbard and J Ali. Looking at all of your hits, between “Why You Treat Me So Bad?” “Rumors,” “Jealousy,” and “Situation Number 9,” which song is your favorite to perform?
MR. KING: It’s hard to say. The audience response has a lot to do with it. “Situation Number 9” is a cool song because of the audience response. So is “I’ve Got Five On It.” We close out the show with “Lean On Me.”
THE HUB: March and April of this year you performed in New Mexico and Detroit. In July you’ll be performing in Georgia. Will you be touring in California anytime soon?
MR. KING: Yes, we’ll be in Sacramento June 17 during the Juneteenth celebration. We will be performing outside of the Guild Theater. We were in Folsom May 13, Las Vegas May 26 and Tulsa May 27.
THE HUB: You won a grammy for “Lean on Me.” Where do you keep it?
MR. KING: I don’t know where anything is. I wasn’t into it like that. I am more into making music than accolades. Our awards are in storage. I do have a “Lean On Me” gold record in my office.
THE HUB: You released Consciousness in 2015. Are there any new projects you can tell us about?
MR. KING: I worked on solo stuff. The new Club
Nouveau song is called “It’s Alright” and it will be released in June or July.
THE HUB: What was the defining moment for you that made you think, I did it! I definitely have a future in this business.
MR. KING: When people start buying your records and come to see you in concert. You thank God you got the opportunity. There are lots of people way more talented that don’t get to do what I do. Our first album was released by Warner Brothers and it went gold.
THE HUB: Is there anything you haven’t done yet musically that you would like to explore?
MR. KING: I’d like to do a project with all the groups in Sacramento. To get together and create a unity song like, “We Are the World.” Put money into a fund to help young people who want to do music or need scholarships. There are lots of great musicians in Sacramento. I want to create a whole organization around it. First, I’d like to do another big 50 to 60 city tour before retiring; that would probably last 4 to 5 months. Now we’re just doing singles, I want to make one last Club Nouveau album.
After the album we’d go back to making singles. Next, I would love to tour with Charlie Wilson and Anderson Paak. Being a special guest to a big-name artist would be cool. We can travel light because we’re under nine people. I want people to hear new music; they’ll be surprised and like what we’re doing.
CLUB NOUVEAU is an American R&B group formed by record producer/ performer Jay King in 1986 in Sacramento, California, following the breakup of the Timex Social Club. The group’s name (French for “Club New”) was changed from its original incarnation, “Jet Set”, to capitalize on the breakup. The group was signed by Warner Bros. Records, on which Club Nouveau released its first three albums. Club Nouveau’s go-go version of Bill Withers’s song “Lean on Me” won a Grammy award for Best R&B Song in 1987. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Club_Nouveau.
As a veteran mogul JAY KING brings as much humility to the field as he does what has been called his genius. With three decades of continuous achievements in music, management, film/TV/radio, consulting and publishing; King has made an indelible impression. He claims Northern California in general (Sacramento, Vallejo, San Francisco, Oroville) as his hometown due to a nomadic youth spent between many of the Bay Area’s cities; as well as Alaska for birthing his career.
As his music and connections continued to develop, he found himself writing songs for Con Funk Shun whose members, Michael Cooper and Felton Pilate, encouraged King against the detractors who at the time didn’t like his sound. In 1986, King starting the independent record label JAY Records to release the Timex Social Club hit ‘Rumors’ and ushered in the biggest selling single of 1986 (3.5 million copies) and becoming the #1 R&B single on the Billboard Charts. With a Top 10 single on the Billboard Pop charts for over 56 weeks, King watched his life change as his music became an unprecedented hit.
Because of its position as an indie manufacturer with no association to a major label. Such moves from a 24 year old entrepreneur made the year 1986 even more memorable, as he quickly followed up with a label/production deal with Warner Brother Records and his King Jay Records label, subsequently releasing the first Club Nouveau single ‘Jealousy’ and the album, ‘Life, Love & Pain’. After ‘Jealousy’ went to #8 on the Billboard
R&B charts in September of 1986, followed by ‘Situation #9’ (#4 Billboard R&B charts), 1987 came in with an even bigger bang when ‘Lean On Me’ was released in February and became #1 Billboard Pop/#2 Billboard R&B platinum single, winning a Grammy for R&B Song of The Year.
Jay King continues to do his morning radio talk show “Kings In The Morning” (11years running) Monday thru Friday from 8 to 10 am PST at www. thejaykingnetwork.com, he’s also an on air radio personality doing a drive time radio show playing classic R&B music at 97.5fm a terrestrial radio station in Sacramento Tuesday thru Thursday 3-7 pm PST it can also be heard at www. kdeefm.org .
The founder of the CALBCC Aubrey Stone passed away last November after a battle with cancer, Jay King took the reins on June 24, 2019. Mr. King was voted in as CEO by the board of directors and has taken the post in a permanent capacity. He hopes to expand on Stone’s vision and strengthen the organization’s connections with the chambers of commerce for other ethnic groups.
Jay King acts as Manager/Booking Agent for Cameo, Club Nouveau and Larry Dunn. For more information contact: 818-518-8062 n
Check out Club Nouveau: Saturday, June 17, 2023, in front of The Guild Theater, 2828 5th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95817 at the Juneteenth Block Party.
The Jay King Show, www.thejaykingnetwork.com or listen by phone 515-605-9376.
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH: OVERCOMING
MENTAL HEALTH BARRIERS IN OUR COMMUNITY
The month of May offers a moment to reflect and celebrate the strength, hope and resilience that is alive and well in our Sacramento community. Whether you are undergoing major changes in your personal life or experiencing the lasting impact of mass tragedies in our world, we are all constantly facing different stressors on our mental wellbeing. It’s critical that we continue to prioritize mental and physical wellbeing for ourselves, as well as our families, friends and neighbors, not just in May but all year long.
In Sacramento County, it’s estimated that over 300,000 residents are living with mental illness. Nationally, approximately one in five adults will experience a diagnosable mental illness during their lifetime. While education, support and treatment are available, stigma prevents many within the Black and African American community from seeking treatment or support for mental health concerns. Moreover, a lack of adequate healthcare and healthcare costs can further deter people from addressing their mental health.
Research shows that members of the Black and African American community are more likely to experience mental health issues due to cultural, racial and historical trauma. 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.”
Mental Health Awareness Month reminds us to reach out to loved ones and provide support to colleagues,
friends and family who may be struggling in silence – but it’s also a reminder to care for ourselves. By simply starting a conversation and providing words of encouragement, kindness and help, you can make a difference for someone at work, home or in your community – or even for yourself. 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 support mental health and build understanding.
• 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 Stop Stigma Sacramento 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. n
For more information on Sacramento County’s “Mental Illness: it’s not always what you think” project or mental health resources. visit StopStigmaSacramento.org or search “Stop Stigma Sacramento” on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
To find other ways to improve mental health and increase resiliency, check out online resources from Take Action for Mental Health, National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America.
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).
DID YOU KNOW?
NAVIGATING BLACK CALIFORNIA
Directory of Black MEDIA News Groups in California
Bay Area Registry
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
The Oakland Post oaklandpostonline.com Compton Herald comptonherald.org
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
Precinct Reporter precinctreporter.com
Sacramento Observer sacobserver.com
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
• Sisters from AARP - sistersletter.com
• The African History Network facebook.com/TheAfricanHistoryNetworkFanpage
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
Black Sistahs Making Friends facebook.com/groups/1091392134541999
Black Small Business Association of California facebook.com/BSBACA
Black Women for Wellness bwwla.org
Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) bwopatileleads.org
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
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
Sacramento ACT sacact.org
Sacramento Area Black Caucus facebook.com/sacramentoarea.blackcaucus
Sacramento Area Black Golf Club sabgc.org
Sacramento Area Black Caucus facebook.com/sacramentoarea.blackcaucus
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
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
Louisiana Heaven 916-689-4800
Macque’s Barbeque (South Sac Location) 916-381-4119
Macque’s Barbeque (Elk Grove Location) 916-714-2910
Mo’Betta Finger Foods On Wheels 916-307-9511
Mommas Market 916-524-2782
MoMo’s Meat Market 916-452-0202
Ms. Robin’s House of Que (916) 389-0707
Muhammads Meats Vegetables and Desserts (415) 862-8997
Play Makers Toucha Class Restaurant 916.451.1786
Q1227 Restaurant 916.899.5146
Queen Sheba 916-446-1223
South Restaurant 916-382-9722
Stage Coach 916-422-9296
Toris Place Soul Food 916-646-6038
BLACK HAIR SALON & BARBERSHOP DIRECTORY IN AND AROUND SACRAMENTO
24K Salon & Spa
5031 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95820
Another Look Hair Salon and Barber Shop
6666 Valley Hi Dr
Sacramento, CA 95823
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
Charmed Lashes & Beauty Bar
621 L St Capitol Mall Alley
Sacramento, CA 95814
Crystal’s Hair Salon
9117 E. Stockton Blvd Suite 100
Darryl’s Hair Studio & Spa
6801 Fair Oaks Blvd
(916) 600 3736
Design R Touch Hair Salon
1510 16th St #106
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
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
Express Weave Bar
3526 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95820
Exquisite U Beauty Boutique
2550 Valley Rd. #9
Sacramento, CA 95821 (916) 338-1137
Fadem Up Barbershop
3824 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95820
Fadez on 20th
2423 20th St
Sacramento, CA 95818
Hair Eco Salon
6845 Five Star Blvd Ste E Rocklin, CA, 95677 (916) 242-9939
Hasheem The Barber
1510 16th Street Ste 124
Inside Phenix Salon Studios
Sacramento, CA 95814
Immaculate Cuts Barbershop
U.S. Bank Tower, Suite#2 (Inside Sola Salons) 621 Capitol Mall Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 271-3639
J Style in Co. Wellness & Beauty
6720 Fair Oaks Blvd Suite 103 (916) 346-7203
J. Rosé Hair Salon
6720 Madison Ave Ste 6 Fair Oaks, CA 95628 (916) 967-7673
J’s Remixed Hair Design
2740 Arden Way Ste 224
Sacramento, CA 95825 (916) 822-2825
Kajmir Hair Studio/I Twist Sacramento 1910 16th St Sacramento, CA 95811 (916) 444-9370
Keela Hair Studio & Extension Boutique 2527 J St Sacramento, CA 95816 (916) 376-7906
4751 Freeport Blvd, ste B Sacramento, CA 95822 (916) 736-0808
Kings Joint 1900 Terracina Dr Ste 120 Sacramento, CA 95834 (916) 571-5711
Margarets Hair Gallery 1610 Fulton Ave Sacramento, CA 95825 margaretshairsalon.com
Marichal Salon, Barber Shop & Suites 2648 Del Paso Blvd Sacramento, CA 95815 (916) 226-7099
Mo Better Hair Salon & Barber 10401 Folsom Blvd Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (916) 364-3400
My Beauty Bar & Spa 9108 Laguna Main St Elk Grove, CA 95758 (916) 684-8111
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
Royal Cuts Barbershop 4400 47th Ave #102 Sacramento, CA 95824 (916) 424-2887
The Next Episode Hair Salon 2201 Northgate Blvd Sacramento, CA 95833 (916) 519-9045
Tisha’s Braids 8245 Florin Rd, Ste A2 Sacramento, CA 95828 (916) 381-8894
Urban Beauty Salon & Spa 4444 Manzanita Ave #2 Carmichael, CA 95608 (916) 891-5984
10 TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR KINKY HAIR HEALTHY AND GORGEOUS ALL SUMMER LONG.
Navigating the world of hair care can be overwhelming, given the abundance of information, tutorials, and new products flooding the online space. To help simplify things, we have put together a straightforward guide outlining essential steps for a healthy hair care routine.
1. Moisturize regularly: Use a water-based moisturizer or leave-in conditioner to keep your hair moisturized and prevent dryness.
2. Protect from the sun: Protect your kinky hair by wearing a hat or scarf when you’re out in the sun for extended periods. You can also use products with UV protection to shield your hair from harmful UV rays.
3. Avoid excessive heat styling: During the summer, it’s best to limit the use of heat styling tools like flat irons and curling wands. Embrace your natural texture and opt for protective styles that require minimal heat.
4. Deep condition regularly: Deep conditioning treatments are essential for nourishing and restoring moisture to your kinky hair. Incorporate deep conditioning into your hair care routine at least once a week to keep your hair healthy and hydrated.
5. Use a wide-toothed comb or fingers for detangling: When detangling your kinky hair, use a wide-toothed comb or your fingers instead of a brush. This helps minimize breakage and damage to your delicate strands.
6. Protect your hair at night: Invest in a satin or silk bonnet, scarf, or pillowcase to protect your hair while you sleep. These materials help retain moisture and reduce friction, preventing frizz and breakage.
7. Cleanse your scalp regularly: A clean and healthy scalp is the foundation for healthy hair growth. Make sure to cleanse your scalp regularly to remove product buildup, sweat, and excess oil. Use a gentle shampoo or co-wash specifically formulated for kinky hair.
8. Seal in moisture with oils: After moisturizing your hair, seal in the moisture with a natural oil like jojoba, coconut, or argan oil. This helps to lock in moisture and keep your hair hydrated for longer periods.
9. Limit manipulation: Excessive manipulation can lead to breakage and damage. Minimize combing, brushing, and styling to reduce the stress on your hair. Opt for protective styles like braids, twists, or updos that require less manipulation.
10. Stay hydrated and maintain a healthy diet: Drinking plenty of water and maintaining a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals is important for overall hair health. Foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats contribute to strong and vibrant hair.
Remember, each person’s hair is unique, so it’s important to experiment and find what works best for you.
EnjoyTracy Brown Professional Hair Stylist and Co-Owner of Another Look Hair Salon
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