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Young Professionals of the Greater Sacramento Urban LeagueThe networking mixer that was put on by the Young Professionals (YP) of the Greater Sacramento Urban League (www.joinyp.org) was a classy event that was hosted at the Zocalo’s Restaurant off of Capitol Avenue. An eclectic range of people from many professions attended. The restaurant’s environment was soft and mellow in easing a long day’s work for people to relax and network. People’s energy filled the air above the sea of smiles. The excitement of the raffle prizes had every one crossing their fingers in hope that their number would be called. The prizes were thoughtful quality gifts that were appreciated by the winners. As every one was enjoying themselves, a brief question was asked about California ’s current economic situation.

"What do you think about the state of California offering IOU’s to the people for tax refunds?"

Delilah Clay (Public Policy Analyst California Medical Association): I just want to see legislatures do the right thing in balancing the budget. Many people put their faith into this system and it would be a shame if it let them down.

Kerri Sheppard (3rd year law student): Can I get an IOU for the money I owe them?

Lamark (Sport) Barclay (President of the Young Professionals, Urban League): It’s disappointing…I work hard all year long and pay my taxes and expect my reimbursement at the end of the year. This is an American benefit to give to the state and get back what is due.

Darryl Lucien (Office of Assembly Member Carter): I accept it because of the crisis. A lot of people are going to depend on the refund and it is going to hurt the lower social economic status (people in lower tax brackets).

Jason Arroyo (Assistant Vice President Business Banker at Wells Fargo): The government demands their money and if we do not pay on time, we get penalized for what we owe. This does not seem fair or right.

Brandon Quinn (Business Banker at Wells Fargo): A lot of people get paid well to figure out the budget. Look at how much the pinch to put in their pocket. Their salaries should be reduced.

Jasmine Cardenas (YP Staff): Can I get an IOU for my bills? I’m going to tell SMUD I owe you when I get my bill. When I get my money, you’ll get yours… she says jokingly or is she?

Mia Orr (YP Staff and Legislature): Mmm… Sorry, no comment… conflict of interest.

Neketia Brown (Model/Actress/MC-Host): It’s a catch 22. I see both sides. We are in a crisis right now and the only way to fix this problem is to attack it with money.

Submitted by Sac Hub news reporter Dustin Hunter >>see more photos from the Young Professonals mixer at www.sacculturalhub.com/photo-gallery/category/44

Jennifer HudsonWERE YOU THERE? 40th NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on February 12, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  The hosts were Halle Berry and Tyler Perry.  Performances by Beyonce, Will.i.am and Stevie Wonder.  A-listers who attended included: Will & Jada Smith, Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Hill Harper, Blair Underwood, Wendy Raquel Robinson, LisaRaye, Russell Simmons, Tyler Perry, Beyonce, Taraji P. Henson, Danny Glover and so many more.  See more photos in the Sac Hub Photo Gallery


Motion Picture Categories

Best Picture Nominations
The Secret Life of Bees (Fox Searchlight) - WINNER

Cadillac Records (Sony Music Film/Parkwood Pictures)
Miracle at St. Anna (Touchstone Pictures)
Seven Pounds (Columbia Pictures)
Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Will Smith, Seven Pounds (Columbia Pictures) - WINNER
Derek Luke, Miracle at St. Anna (Touchstone Pictures)
Don Cheadle, Traitor (Overture Films)
Jeffrey Wright, Cadillac Records (Sony Music Film/Parkwood Pictures)
Rob Brown, The Express (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Rosario Dawson, Seven Pounds (Columbia Pictures) - WINNER
Alfre Woodard, Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys (Lionsgate)
Angela Bassett, Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (Lionsgate)
Dakota Fanning, The Secret Life of Bees (Fox Searchlight)
Queen Latifah, The Secret Life of Bees (Fox Searchlight)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Columbus Short, Cadillac Records (Sony Music Film/Parkwood Pictures) - WINNER
Cedric the Entertainer, Cadillac Records (Sony Music Film/Parkwood Pictures)
Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight)
Mos Def, Cadillac Records (Sony Music Film/Parkwood Pictures)
Nate Parker, The Secret Life of Bees (Fox Searchlight)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount) WINNER

Alicia Keys, The Secret Life of Bees (Fox Searchlight)
Beyonce Knowles, Cadillac Records (Sony Music Film/Parkwood Pictures)
Jennifer Hudson, The Secret Life of Bees (Fox Searchlight)
Sophie Okonedo, The Secret Life of Bees (Fox Searchlight)

 

Television Categories

Outstanding Comedy Series
Tyler Perry's House of Payne (TBS) WINNER
30 Rock (NBC)
Everybody Hates Chris (CW)
The Game (CW)
Ugly Betty (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
LaVan Davis], Tyler Perry's House of Payne (TBS) WINNER

Donald Faison, Scrubs (NBC)
Paul James, Greek (ABC Family)
Terry Crews, Everybody Hates Chris (CW)
Tyler James Williams, Everybody Hates Chris (CW)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tracee Ellis Ross, Girlfriends (CW) - WINNER
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty (ABC)
Cassi Davis, Tyler Perry's House of Payne (TBS)
Tia Mowry, The Game (CW)
Tichina Arnold, Everybody Hates Chris (CW)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Lance Gross, Tyler Perry's House of Payne (TBS) WINNER
Blair Underwood, The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)
Dule Hill, Psych (USA)
Larramie 'Doc' Shaw, Tyler Perry's House of Payne (TBS)
Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock (NBC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Keshia Knight Pulliam , Tyler Perry's House of Payne" (TBS) WINNER

Tisha Campbell-Martin, Rita Rocks (Lifetime)
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty (ABC)
Wanda Sykes, The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)
Wendy Raquel Robinson, The Game (CW)

Outstanding Drama Series
Grey's Anatomy(ABC) - WINNER
House (FOX)
Lincoln Heights (ABC Family)
The Unit (CBS)
The Wire (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Hill Harper, CSI: NY]] (CBS) - WINNER
Anthony Anderson, Law & Order (NBC)
Blair Underwood, In Treatment (HBO)
Dennis Haysbert, The Unit (CBS)
Omar Epps, House (FOX)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy (ABC) - WINNER

CCH Pounder, The Shield (FX)
Loretta Devine, Eli Stone (ABC)
Nicki Micheaux, Lincoln Heights (ABC Family)
Wendy Davis, Army Wives (Lifetime)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Taye Diggs, Private Practice (ABC) WINNER
Blair Underwood, Dirty Sexy Money (ABC)
James Pickens Jr., Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Michael Kenneth Williams, The Wire (HBO)
Wendell Pierce, The Wire (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Angela Bassett, ER (NBC) WINNER

Alfre Woodard, My Own Worst Enemy (NBC)
Audra McDonald, Private Practice (ABC)
S. Epatha Merkerson, Law & Order (NBC)
Sonja Sohn, The Wire (HBO)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
A Raisin in The Sun (ABC) WINNER

24: Redemption (FOX)
Accidental Friendship (Hallmark Channel)
House of Saddam (HBO)
Racing For Time (Lifetime)

Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Bryton McClure, The Young and the Restless (CBS) WINNER

Cornelius Smith, Jr., All My Children (ABC)
Dan Martin, The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
Montel Williams, Guiding Light (CBS)
Texas Battle, The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)

Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Debbi Morgan, All My Children (ABC) WINNER

Christel Khalil, The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Eva Marcille, The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Nia Peeples, The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Tonya Lee Williams, The Young and the Restless (CBS)

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)
In Conversation: Michelle Obama Interview (TVOne) WINNER

American Gangster (BET)
Anderson Cooper 360: Race in America(CNN)
An Oprah Winfrey Show Special Event: The Dream Lives - A Martin Luther King Day Special (Syndicated)
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)

Outstanding Talk (Series)
The View (ABC) WINNER
Iconoclasts: Venus Williams & Wyclef Jean (Sundance Channel)
Judge Mathis (Syndicated)
Tavis Smiley (PBS)
The Tyra Banks Show (CW)

Outstanding Reality (Series)
American Idol 7';' (FOX) WINNER

"Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is (BET)
Project Runway (Bravo)
Run's House 5 (MTV)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)
UNCF An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Smokey Robinson (Syndicated) WINNER

American Idol 7: Idol Gives Back (FOX)
BET Awards 2008(BET)
Chris Rock Kill the Messenger (HBO)
Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam (HBO)

Outstanding Children's Program
Dora the Explorer (Nickelodeon) WINNER

Cheetah Girls: One World (Disney Channel)
Cory in the House (Disney Channel)
Go, Diego, Go (Nickelodeon)
"True Jackson, VP" (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program (Series or Special)
Keke Palmer, True Jackson, VP" (Nickelodeon) WINNER
Caitlin Sanchez, Dora the Explorer (Nickelodeon)
Kyle Massey, Cory in the House (Disney Channel)
Lil' JJ, Just Jordan (Nickelodeon)
Selena Gomez, Wizards of Waverly Place" (Disney Channel)
Recording Categories

Outstanding New Artist
Jennifer Hudson (Arista) WINNER

Anthony David (Soulbird/Universal Republic)
Estelle (Atlantic/Homeschool)
Jazmine Sullivan (J Records)
Leona Lewis (J Records/Syco)
 

Outstanding Male Artist
Jamie Foxx (J Records) - WINNER

Chris Brown (Jive/Zomba)
Common (G.o.o.d. Music/Geffen Records)
John Legend (Columbia Records)
Will.i.am (Will.i.am Music Group/Interscope Records)

Outstanding Female Artist
Jennifer Hudson (Arista) - WINNER

Beyonce (MusicWorld/Columbia Records)
Alicia Keys (J Records)
Mariah Carey (Island Def Jam)
Rihanna (Island Def Jam)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia, "I'm His Only Woman" (Arista) - WINNER
Anthony David and India.Arie, "Words" (Soulbird/Universal Republic)
Estelle and Kanye West, "American Boy" (Atlantic/ Homeschool)
Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown, "No Air" (Jive/Zomba)
Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole, "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" (DMI Records)

Outstanding Jazz Artist
Natalie Cole, "Still Unforgettable" (DMI Records) WINNER

Esperanza Spalding, "Esperanza" (Heads Up International)
James Carter, "Present Tense" (Emarcy)
The Roy Hargrove Quintet, "Earfood" (Decca Label Group)
Sonny Rollins, "Road Shows Vol. 1" (Doxy/Emarcy)

Outstanding Gospel Artist (Traditional or Contemporary)
Mary Mary (Columbia Records) WINNER

Hezekiah Walker (Zomba Gospel)
Marvin Sapp (Zomba Gospel)
Regina Belle (Pendulum Records/Walker Davis Entertainment)
Take 6 (Heads Up International)

Outstanding World Music Album
Cheryl Keyes, "Let Me Take You There" (Keycan Records) WINNER

Esperanza Spalding, "Esperanza" (Heads Up International)
Miquel Zenon, "Awake" (Marsalis Music)
Omega Bugembe Okello, "Kiwomera Emmeeme" (Alexom Productions)
Toumani Diabate, "The Mande Variations" (Nonesuch Records)

Outstanding Music Video
"Yes We Can", Will.i.am (Will.i.am Music Group/Interscope) WINNER
"If I Were A Boy", Beyonce (MusicWorld/Columbia Records)
"Single Ladies", Beyonce (MusicWorld/Columbia Records)
"Spotlight", Jennifer Hudson (Arista)
"Superwoman", Alicia Keys (J Records)

Outstanding Song
"Yes We Can", Will.i.am (Will.i.am Music Group/Interscope) WINNER
"Greenlight", John Legend (Columbia Records)
"Single Ladies", Beyonce (MusicWorld/Columbia Records)
"Spotlight", Jennifer Hudson (Arista)
"Superwoman", Alicia Keys (J Records)

Chef Ray Smith and Neketia Brown at Table 260 in Downtown Sacramento"I (Neketia Brown) attended the Inauguration Watch party at Table 260 and my overall experience was delightful!  With Chef Ray featuring his all-you-can eat breakfast buffet, which included grits, bacon, sausage, eggs, biscuits and fruit, it's no wonder that the restaurant was filled to capacity.  And I must say that the grits were perfect, thick, creamy and buttery just how I like them!  The ambiance of Table 260 definitely set the stage for the historical moment.  As Obama gave his speech, all mouths were closed and all eyes were glued to the television as we all watched and listened with admiration.  January 20, 2009, just like for many, will be a day that I will NEVER forget....thanks Table 260!"

Tolifer Denise stated, "Table 260 and their fine Staff provided an environment filled with love, joy and good food - all you can grits, fresh biscuits and a side of meat only added to this historical day.  The restaurant was at full capacity as we all watched with excitement and amazement as the First Black President was sworn in.  There were tears of joy and screams of jubilee as we watched President Obama speak of remaking America."

Submitted by Sac Hub news reporters Neketia Brown and Tolifer Denise. See more photos at www.sacculturalhub.com/photo-gallery/category/47

 

Chef Ray Smith and Neketia Brown at Table 260 in Downtown Sacramento"I (Neketia Brown) attended the Inauguration Watch party at Table 260 and my overall experience was delightful!  With Chef Ray featuring his all-you-can eat breakfast buffet, which included grits, bacon, sausage, eggs, biscuits and fruit, it's no wonder that the restaurant was filled to capacity.  And I must say that the grits were perfect, thick, creamy and buttery just how I like them!  The ambiance of Table 260 definitely set the stage for the historical moment.  As Obama gave his speech, all mouths were closed and all eyes were glued to the television as we all watched and listened with admiration.  January 20, 2009, just like for many, will be a day that I will NEVER forget....thanks Table 260!"

Tolifer Denise stated, "Table 260 and their fine Staff provided an environment filled with love, joy and good food - all you can grits, fresh biscuits and a side of meat only added to this historical day.  The restaurant was at full capacity as we all watched with excitement and amazement as the First Black President was sworn in.  There were tears of joy and screams of jubilee as we watched President Obama speak of remaking America."

Submitted by Sac Hub news reporters Neketia Brown and Tolifer Denise. See more photos at www.sacculturalhub.com/photo-gallery/category/47

 

A Brazilian plastic surgeon has revealed details of the procedure that temporarily left Usher's wife, Tameka Raymond, in a medically-induced coma.

Two months after giving birth to the couple's second son, Raymond, 38, traveled to Brazil to have liposuction on her stomach, says Ellen Dasptry, a rep for Sao Paulo plastic surgeon Dr. Silvio Sterman, who was to have performed the surgery.

"Tameka Raymond came here on Friday to do a liposuction. Shortly after she went under [general] anesthesia, she suffered a cardiac arrest," Dasptry tells PEOPLE.

Induced Coma

Raymond never had the liposuction. According to Dasptry, after her cardiac arrest, Raymond was immediately revived and placed in an induced coma. 

"When an attack like this happens, the doctors put the patient to sleep... and make sure that everything is okay and that there has not been any damage," explains Dasptry. "This is the protocol every time and this is what was done."

New details have emerged about the midnight altercation between Chris Brown and Rihanna that led to Brown being booked on a felony criminal threat charge on Sunday.

"Chris knocked her around," a source close to the couple tells PEOPLE. "Black eye, blood, bruises. She had to be treated by a doctor."

A police source confirms to PEOPLE that the singer suffered a black eye as well as "a swollen split lip and two red and purple contusions on either side of her forehead."

The source, who described police photos of Rihanna, added, "She looked distraught and in a lot of pain. Her eyes were closed because she was looking down."

The Barbados-bred beauty, 20 – who is currently in "a safe place," says a friend – is cooperating with detectives, according to the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton has said he expects the case will be handed over to the district attorney's office on Tuesday or Wednesday. At that time, the prosecutors could charge Brown, 19, with more crimes.

The case could be affected by how much Rihanna is willing to forgive her boyfriend. "Prosecutors back off somewhat when they see a couple trying to work out their own issues," says Steve Sitkoff, an L.A. defense attorney. But, says the friend, "I would be so sad if she went back to him."

In the meantime, both stars have canceled upcoming appearances: The NBA has issued a statement that Brown will no longer participate in their All-Star Game events in Phoenix this weekend, while Rihanna backed out of a Friday night concert in Malaysia.

Friends Call Brown a Good Kid

News of the alleged assault stunned fans and friends alike. Brown, known for his charm and Michael Jackson-style moves, has always been seen as a good kid. "I've never known Chris to be combative," says his high school gym teacher from Tappahannock, Va., Lyn Amos. "He's always low-key, easygoing." Adds Jean Segar, a restaurant owner who has known Brown since he was a child: "He's such a mild-mannered person. It's hard for me to believe [the charge]."

What makes the allegations even more shocking is that Brown has claimed his mother was physically abused by his former stepfather. "He made me terrified all the time," Brown told Giant, adding, "I hate him to this day."

The abuse allegations could have a long-lasting impact on Brown's career. On Monday, Wrigley temporarily suspended his Doublemint commercials, and as an industry source points out, "A lot of his fans are women."

Source: People.com

A Brazilian plastic surgeon has revealed details of the procedure that temporarily left Usher's wife, Tameka Raymond, in a medically-induced coma.

Two months after giving birth to the couple's second son, Raymond, 38, traveled to Brazil to have liposuction on her stomach, says Ellen Dasptry, a rep for Sao Paulo plastic surgeon Dr. Silvio Sterman, who was to have performed the surgery.

"Tameka Raymond came here on Friday to do a liposuction. Shortly after she went under [general] anesthesia, she suffered a cardiac arrest," Dasptry tells PEOPLE.

Induced Coma

Raymond never had the liposuction. According to Dasptry, after her cardiac arrest, Raymond was immediately revived and placed in an induced coma. 

"When an attack like this happens, the doctors put the patient to sleep... and make sure that everything is okay and that there has not been any damage," explains Dasptry. "This is the protocol every time and this is what was done."

New details have emerged about the midnight altercation between Chris Brown and Rihanna that led to Brown being booked on a felony criminal threat charge on Sunday.

"Chris knocked her around," a source close to the couple tells PEOPLE. "Black eye, blood, bruises. She had to be treated by a doctor."

A police source confirms to PEOPLE that the singer suffered a black eye as well as "a swollen split lip and two red and purple contusions on either side of her forehead."

The source, who described police photos of Rihanna, added, "She looked distraught and in a lot of pain. Her eyes were closed because she was looking down."

The Barbados-bred beauty, 20 – who is currently in "a safe place," says a friend – is cooperating with detectives, according to the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton has said he expects the case will be handed over to the district attorney's office on Tuesday or Wednesday. At that time, the prosecutors could charge Brown, 19, with more crimes.

The case could be affected by how much Rihanna is willing to forgive her boyfriend. "Prosecutors back off somewhat when they see a couple trying to work out their own issues," says Steve Sitkoff, an L.A. defense attorney. But, says the friend, "I would be so sad if she went back to him."

In the meantime, both stars have canceled upcoming appearances: The NBA has issued a statement that Brown will no longer participate in their All-Star Game events in Phoenix this weekend, while Rihanna backed out of a Friday night concert in Malaysia.

Friends Call Brown a Good Kid

News of the alleged assault stunned fans and friends alike. Brown, known for his charm and Michael Jackson-style moves, has always been seen as a good kid. "I've never known Chris to be combative," says his high school gym teacher from Tappahannock, Va., Lyn Amos. "He's always low-key, easygoing." Adds Jean Segar, a restaurant owner who has known Brown since he was a child: "He's such a mild-mannered person. It's hard for me to believe [the charge]."

What makes the allegations even more shocking is that Brown has claimed his mother was physically abused by his former stepfather. "He made me terrified all the time," Brown told Giant, adding, "I hate him to this day."

The abuse allegations could have a long-lasting impact on Brown's career. On Monday, Wrigley temporarily suspended his Doublemint commercials, and as an industry source points out, "A lot of his fans are women."

Source: People.com