Sacramento's 3 Black Chefs Put Their Money Where The People's Mouths Were

The trio donated thousands of free meals at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.

By Michael P Coleman

It’s one thing to put your money where your mouth is. It’s another to put it where someone else’s mouth is.

That was the model for Berry Accius and his business partners Michael Harris and Willis Webster, all of Sacramento, at the dawn of coronavirus shelter-in-place orders, last spring. They decided to offer free pop up dinners on Thursday and Friday nights, to as many people as they could feed. I heard about the trio recently, and had to talk with the guys.

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Michael P Coleman is a freelance writer who, as a kid, talked to strangers and got punished. Today, he talks to strangers and gets published.  Follow his blog, his IG and his Twitter

09.09.2020

RIP Rover Jo

By Michael P Coleman

2020 has certainly been one for the record books, and we’ve got four more months to weather before we roll it over!

I can endure Trump…at least until November 3. I have learned, over the last six months, that I can survive a global, viral pandemic. But something happened a couple of nights ago that brought me to my knees, literally. I was surprised at how hard it hit me.

The best, sweetest dog in the world, Rover Jo, died just before midnight Monday, August 31, in our kitchen, with her head on my lap. After spending 11 of Jo’s 12 years on earth with her, I now understand why someone once called a dog “man’s best friend.”

Read MPC’s full column, and learn more about the dog who left here far too soon for the freelance writer. 

When Harris addresses the nation tonight from her socially-distanced podium, after being endorsed by our nation’s first African American president, she won’t have to portray an outdated stereotype like “Mammy.” Racist folks may want to call her Aunt Jemima, but that is fake news if ever I’ve heard it! Trust and believe that we’re going to see Classic Kamala this evening, with both barrels blazing!

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EXCLUSIVE! Broadway Legend Lillias White’s Upcoming Get Happy Album

By Michael P Coleman

“This new album is a balm. It’s a salve. It’s something that will hopefully get people back on track, to be loving, and to find the sunshine through the rain.”

Read MPC’s EXCLUSIVE feature on the upcoming album, Get Happy.   Lillias White promises that it’ll cure what ails ya! 

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by Michael P Coleman

I believe that business owners have a right to deny service to anyone who would threaten their lives by walking into their shop during a global pandemic — and a period during which California coronavirus cases are on the rise — without their noses and mouths covered. Just yesterday, I was shocked to find unmasked customers in a small Subway restaurant ordering dinner from a woman who was wearing a mask.

A couple of months ago, as the gravity of COVID-19 was becoming clear, California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris provided one of the early voices of reason, with a playbook for managing coronavirus. With the state’s new face covering mandate, it was time for an update.

Read freelance writer MPC’s full feature, and hear what the good doctor has to say about face coverings in public!

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Juneteenth. It’s the Kwanzaa of 2020

by Michael P Coleman

I’m as tired, angry, frustrated, pummeled — you pick the adjective — as the next black man, weathering a global pandemic, open season on black men, and a maniac in the Oval Office.

But Juneteenth? A “holiday” to commemorate a 1865 event? I’ll save you the Google search: a white general rode into a town in Texas to tell the African American enslaved people there that they’d been freed two years before that, with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

I mean, I’ve heard of CP time, but that pony ride was 155 years ago.

Juneteenth, like most historical events in African American history, was not taught in schools that most of us attended. Juneteenth has not been a part of our collective consciousness. And Juneteenth did not hold much relevance for anyone I know…  until a maniac in the Oval Office decided to hold a campaign rally on that day.

There’s a renewed push to make Juneteenth a national holiday. Just what we all need: another Monday furniture sale.

I would only be a strong advocate for making Juneteenth a national holiday if we replaced Independence Day with Juneteenth. I’ve always felt that July 4, 1776 was a tad premature for the celebration of freedom and independence. In 1776, you see, most of my direct ancestors were owned by white people like the folks who wrote the beautiful, legendary line “All men are created equal.”

Seems kinda hypocritical, doesn’t it? I will never forget the day, at Woodson Elementary School in Inkster, Michigan, when this writer pieced that timeline together!

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COVID Convos — Sacramento County Is Relaxing Restrictions, So There’s A Bed and a Ventilator Waiting For You

by Michael P Coleman

Sacramento County has just amended the Public Health Order that is related to coronavirus restrictions, effective at 11:59am Friday, June 12. The amended Health Order supersedes previous orders.

Businesses like bars and wineries, hotels, campgrounds, gyms, pools, family entertainment centers (including zoos, museums, movie theaters, and day camps), and tribal casinos are able to open to the public, provided they have implemented the required health and safety protocols.

Businesses MUST include a policy for face coverings, and provide face coverings to staff when six feet of social distance is not possible.

The relaxing of restrictions means just one thing to me: there’s a bed and a ventilator waiting for me if I wind up in the hospital with COVID-19. I plan to do what I can to avoid that.

Read MPC’s full column, and the county’s amended Health Order.

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George Floyd Was Murdered. And We Looted A Target.

by Michael P Coleman

I’ve been staggered by the video footage of the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.

Yes, I said murder. From what I can see, it shouldn’t be called a “killing,” as it’s being called by national media. I killed a bee that stung me a couple of evenings ago. I routinely kill plants that I forget to water.

Floyd was murdered when a police officer, someone who had been charged with protecting citizens like Floyd, held his knee to Floyd’s neck for several minutes.

The officers involved have been fired, and Minneapolis’ mayor is calling for formal charges to be filed. I’m all for that. I don’t know how many more George Floyds I can take. Or how many more this country, or this world, can take.

But as heinous as Floyd’s murder was, and as pained as I and every other man who looks like Floyd is today, I cannot understand the looting and destroying of a Target and numerous other businesses in Minneapolis — including a public housing community — after peaceful community protests turned into less than peaceful, destructive riots.

This country has a centuries-long history of unlawfully killing black men. My father fled the Jim Crow south under the shadow of black bodies swinging from trees, so I grew up hearing the stories. My dad had a childhood friend who didn’t come home one night. That friend was never seen again. He was lynched in rural Mississippi in the late 1940s.

George Floyd was lynched in Minneapolis in 2020. In broad daylight.

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