by Michael P. Coleman

oI still remember spending summers in Vossburg, Mississippi with my grandparents,  My grandmother would wring the necks of a few chickens every Sunday after church, and fry some of the best yard bird known to humankind.  

Except for the lack of chicken feathers flying around the yard out front, everything else about Water’z Wing/z in Sacramento reminds me of my Grandma’s kitchen.

Let’s start with those glorious chicken wings.  Crispy, hot, perfectly seasoned, and just out of the grease when they’re delivered to your table.  They smelled so scrumptious that I literally burned the roof of my mouth on the first bite because I couldn’t wait for them to cool.  Ditto with the incredible fried catfish.  And the chicken strips.  And the fries.  And the onion rings -- and I typically don't even LIKE onion rings! 

Lest you think everything at Water’z Wing’z is deep fried —and a part of me thinks it SHOULD be —let me say that the macaroni and cheese rivals my mom’s (don’t tell her!), the greens are crazy good, the potato salad was near perfect (and I'm very picky about my potato salad), and the heavenly cake was very aptly named.  And I'm not the only one to think so:  regular customers drive from as far away as Antioch and Stockton for a meal. 

All of this from a restaurant that started almost twenty years ago in a garage. 

Water’z Wing’z owners Yvonne Bryant and Steven Wynne have been at it since 1997, and they just celebrated two years at their current location.  The menu’s expanded quite a bit over the years, and now includes rib tips, red hots, several other varieties of fish, peach cobbler, banana pudding…you name it.  They offer a rotating Weekend Hook Up that often goes FAR beyond their regular menu.  And they have plans to expand even further.

“We’d like to open up the other side of the building as a ‘grown folks club”by this fall,” Bryant told me as I wrapped up a recent lunch.  “You know, a place where people can come and eat and relax.  We want every piece of society to feel comfortable here —that’s what we’re trying to build.” 

I asked her what the most fulfilling part of running the restaurant was.

“The best part of it is seeing the satisfaction on the faces of the customers,”she shared, “and seeing them enjoying their meal.  We want ‘Water’z Wing’z to be an extension of our customer’s homes.” 

Wynne, for whom the restaurant is named (his nickname is “Sweetwater”) shared one of the secrets to the restaurant’s success. 

“I decided to keep the menu simple, and develop foods that had that perfect taste,”he said.  “I want to offer dishes that have that first smack, that first taste that makes you want to come back.”

Water’z Wing’z is at 7121 Governors Circle in Sacramento (right off of I-99 and Florin Road).  They are open Wednesdays-Sundays.  More information is available at


Michael P. Coleman is a Sacramento-based freelance writer who drives directly from Water'z Wingz to Planet Fitness.  You can catch him at, via email at, or on Twitter:  @ColemanMichaelP

by Michael P Coleman

IMG 2778Alice Walker very famously wrote “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” 

I agree with her —and I also think it pisses Him off when you hear internationally-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli’s voice and don’t…pause.

Or cry.

Or faint.

I paused often, teared up a little, and could have fainted several times during Bocelli's standing-room-only performance at Sacramento's Sleep Train Arena Wednesday night.   I am rarely at a loss for words, but I was rendered completely speechless by the sheer majesty of the tenor's voice and presence.

The 7:30pm performance began just before 8pm, as gridlock in the parking lot prevented many —including this writer —from taking their seats on time. Performed by the San Francisco Festival Orchestra and the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera, the show's first half was dedicated to Bocelli's favorite arias, which delighted opera fans but could have turned off those of us who came to his throng by way of his pop hits.  It didn't.  Although I couldn't name a single performed piece, I repeatedly marveled at the legend's instrument -- both its power and his mastery of it -- while waiting to hear some of Bocelli's more accessible selections. 

That first moment came after a twenty minute intermission with the theme to The Godfather, after which Broadway and R & B star Heather Headley delivered a breathtaking version of "Over The Rainbow" that earned the night's first standing ovation.  It wasn't the last.   

IMG 2773We were up on our feet after almost every selection that followed, including "Amapola" and Elvis' "Love Me Tender" and "Can't Help Falling In Love".  At the end of the latter,  Bocelli held the final note for an impossibly long time, to the exasperated delight of duet partner Headley and the audience.  He followed that stunner up with the show's closer, fan favorite "Canto Della Terra" performed with soprano Maria Aleida. 

The first of three encores followed, with Bocelli bringing Headley back on stage for the third time  for the night's highlight, a jaw-dropping version of "The Prayer" that prompted the misty eyes I admitted to earlier.  I had never been more thankful to God for the ability to hear.   If you've not heard their version of this song, correct that.  Now. 

Watch Bocelli & Headley perform "The Prayer."

Bocelli chose just three North American cities for this leg of his tour before he heads to Europe this summer, and I'm thankful he chose Sacramento, where he hadn't performed since 2006.  I hope he comes back soon.  In the meantime, I have his CDs. All of them.

He's that good.  

Michael P Coleman is a Sacramento-based freelance writer.  Connect with him at, via email at, or via Twitter: @ColemanMichaelP 




by Michael P. Coleman

Narada Michael WaldenNarada Michael Walden proved he was a force to be reckoned with when he coached the plaintive, yearning "Let Me Be Your Angel" out of a 13-year-old Stacy Lattisaw in 1979.  From there, he racked up hits with divas including Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Angela Bofill, and Aretha Franklin.  Walden consistently displayed a gift for showcasing what was unique in his musical partners, even as he made a name for himself as an artist in his own right.

Walden, 62, also wrote (with Richard Buskin) the best of the many books that followed Whitney Houston's death,  Whitney Houston:  The Voice, The Music, The Inspiration.  In it, the three time Grammy winner details the stories behind many of Houston's musical masterpieces.

Most recently, Walden is putting the finishing touches on the debut EP from Chayenne Elliott, a promising young singer who's signed to Walden's label and who also happens to be Dionne Warwick's granddaughter and Whitney Houston's cousin.

As Funky Town Grooves releases expanded editions of two of Walden's best productions, the classic Aretha Franklin albums Aretha(featuring the #1 multi-format smash duet with George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting For Me", "Jimmy Lee", and a stunning cover of "Look To The Rainbow") and Through The Storm(including powerful duets with Whitney Houston, James Brown, Elton John, The Four Tops, and Kenny G), I sat down with Walden in his recording studio in San Rafael and chatted with him about his iconic projects with the undisputed Queen of Soul.

Look to newsstands everywhere this weekfor the spring issue of The Hub magazine (featuring Mo'ne Davis on the cover) and our exclusive interview with Narada Michael Walden.  Also, look to later this month for our expanded feature on Walden, including his stories about working with Ross, Houston, Carey, Quincy Jones and other legends- and his story about the diva who turned him down.

Narada Michael Walden's Whitney Houston: The Voice, The Music, The Inspirationis available at iBooks and Amazon.

Aretha and Through The Storm are available a

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Michael P. Coleman is a Sacramento-based freelance writer who is always available.  Connect with him at, via email at, or on Twitter:  @ColemanMichaelP

From HuffPost Living, The Huffington Post Canada

March 6, 2014

The spring 2014 time change may rob you of sleep, but it can also save your life in the long term, says a UBC professor.

"We live in a society that is chronically sleep-deprived, and very bad things happen when chronic sleep deprivation is an issue," Stanley Coren, former director of the school's Human Neuropsychology and Perception Laboratory, said in a Tuesday news release.

Workplace and car accident deaths have been known to increase five to seven per cent in the three days following the start of daylight saving time, he says.

But despite these negative numbers, the spring switch also saves lives in the long term because people are driving home when it's brighter out.

"People die during the period directly following the spring shift, but the data on traffic accidents show that accidents occur much more often during the dark or lower illumination than during daylight hours," he says.

"So although daylight saving time causes an initial hazard, in the end there is a life-saving benefit."

Coren is not alone in pointing out the hazards associated with daylight saving time.

The U.S. economy has been estimated to lose as much as $434 million due to heart attacks, workplace accidents and cyberloafing, as they relate to the spring time change, writes Dan Schecter, creator of

Ultimately, Coren recommends that people go to bed earlier on the day of the change in order to combat potential negative effects. After all, your body is going to wake up earlier anyway.

"It is harder to sleep later because humans tend to awaken fairly automatically," he said. "Our eyelids are not opaque and most people are sensitive to increases in light, so we tend to wake up before our alarms go off because of that."

Here's a look at some of the movies opening today, Friday, August 16.

"Lee Daniels' The Butler"
(From An African-American's eyewitness accounts of notable events of the 20th century during his tenure as a White House butler. Starring Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, Lenny Kravitz, and Oprah Winfrey.
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"Kick Ass 2"
(From The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Jim Carrey.
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The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar, seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. Starring Amber Heard, Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford, and Gary Oldman.
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Sac Cultural Hub is proud to present this year's 2015 Exceptional Women of Color (EWOC) Honorees. From CEOs to retirees, principals to mothers, this year's honorees represent everything a woman is and can be.

All of these women, from across Northern California, have overcome multiple obstacles to becom pillars of our community. Help us celebrate these unsung heroines by attending the 7th Annual Exceptional Women of Color (EWOC) Networking Brunch & Wellness Conference on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 8 am to 2 pm at the Hilton Arden West Sacramento, 2200 Harvard Street, Sacramento CA 95815. Don't miss the presentation of EWOC Excellence Awards to these exceptional women at the EWOC Conference.

Click here to buy tickets online!

EWOC HonoreeWhat is an Exceptional Woman of Color (EWOC) and why THE HUB Celebrates EWOCs every year! An EWOC is unsung heroine who has made significant achievements and accomplishments that go unrecognized by mainstream media. An EWOC is a woman who effortlessly serves as a role model while juggling the multiple tasks of:

  • Being a mother and/or wife
  • Working full-time
  • Volunteering in the community
  • Mastering her career goals
  • Managing her own business
  • Succeeding in her job and receiving prestigious promotions
  • Pushing the limits of her boundaries to achieve excellence

An EWOC does all of these things inspite of the countless obstacles and insurmountable hardships that she is faced with on a daily basis. She continues to be an "overcomer", where her smile, beauty, personality, and confidence exhibits the very essence of true success.



Sindy G. Ausmer
Senior Advocate, Community Engagement
Molina Healthcare of California
Category: Social Welfare & Community Activism


Tina Boatman Patterson
Executive Director
California Housing Finance Agency
Category: Management and the Professions

Holly Brown

Holly Brown
Membership Service Representative
Schools Financial Credit Union
Category: Arts and Culture

Davin Brown
Davin Brown
Director of Student Engagement & Outreach/Adjunct Faculty
Sacramento State University and Drexel University
Category: Education and Research

Addie Ellis
Addie Ellis
Chief Operations Officer
The Koci Group
Category: Entrepreneur/Innovator


Katrina Jackson

Katrina Jackson
Director of Administration and Finance
El Dorado Hills Community Services District
Category: Management and the Professions

Margaret Lee

Margaret Lee
Herkie-13 Cheerleading
Lifestyle Clothing

Lauren Lee

Lauren Lee
Herkie-13 Cheerleading
Lifestyle Clothing
Category: Young Women of Distinction


Rose Lyles
Bay Area Black Expo
Category: Social Welfare & Community Activism

Sandra Poole

Sandra Poole
Deputy Director
California Black Health Network
Category: Politics & Government Relations

Dia Poole

Dia Poole
California State University Alumni Council
Category: Politics & Government Relations

Nailah Pope-Harden

Nailah Pope-Harden
Parent Organizer
California Charter Schools Association
Category: Social Welfare & Community Activism

Madalynn C. RuckerMadalynn C. Rucker
ONTRACK Program Resources
Category: Social Welfare & Community Activism


Marianna SousaMarianna Sousa
Business Owner/Stylist
Nappy Star Exclusive Natual Hair Care
Category: Social Welfare & Community Activism


Michelle SpencerMichele Spencer
Executive Officer-Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Reserve
Category: Politics & Government Relations



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Director of Community Engagement
National Association on _____ ?
Category: Community Action


Gloria Torres
Covered California Coordinator
LaFamilia Counseling Center, Inc.
Category:Social Welfare & Community Activism



Here's a look at some of the movies opening tomorrow, Friday, April 5.

"Evil Dead"
In the much anticipate remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five 20-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival. Starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas and Lou Taylor Pucci.
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"Jurassic Park 3D"
Universal Pictures will release Steven Spielberg's groundbreaking classic "Jurassic Park" in 3D, introducing the three-time Academy Award winning blockbuster to a new generation of moviegoers and allowing longtime fans to experience the world he envisioned in a way that was unimaginable during the film's original release. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson, and Richard Attenborough.
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"Trance" (Limited)
A fine art auctioneer, mixed up with a criminal gang, joins forces with a hynotherapist to recover a lost painting. Starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel, and Danny Sapani.
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"The Company You Keep" (Limited)
(From A thriller centered on a former Weather Underground activist who goes on the run from a journalist who has discovered his identity. Starring Robert Redford, Brit Marling, Stanely Tucci, and Nick Nolte.
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"Free Angela & All Political Prisoners" (Limited)
A feature-length documentary on legendary activist and icon Angela Davis. The high stakes crime, political movement, and trial that catapults the 26-year-old, newly-appointed philosophy professor at the University of California at Los Angeles into a 70s revolutionary political icon. Nearly 40 years later, and for the first time, Angela Davis speaks frankly about the actions that branded her as a terrorist and simultaneously spurred a worldwide political movement for her freedom. Starring Angela Davis and Eisa Davis.
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Here's a look at some of the new albums and DVDs that were released today, Tuesday, April 2.

New Music Releases
  • Tyler, The Creator, "Wolf"
  • The Band Perry, "Pioneer"
  • Charles Bradley, "Victim of Love"
  • Bonobo, "North Borders"
  • New Kids On the Block, "10"
  • DJ Koze, "Amygdala"
  • Killswitch Engine, "Disarm The Descent"
  • Mad Season, "Above"
  • Gin Wigmore, "Gravel & Wine"
  • Hawk Nelson, "Made"
  • Various Artists, "The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver"
New DVD Releases
  • "The Baytown Outlaws"
  • "The Sweeney"
  • "John Dies at the End"
  • "Hitler's Children"
  • "LUV"
  • "Knuckleball"
  • "Meet the Fokkens"