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California Black Media Launches New Website Before Annual Summit
The Black Voice Foundation for Media, History, & the Arts realizes the
ever-changing face of online news and trends in newspaper publishing
requires a strong response, particularly for ethnic media given the size
of distribution and circulation territories. On May 14, the foundation
launched California Black Media Online (CBM), a news portal on the web
that displays several of the top news articles from all Black-owned
newspapers throughout the state. The current CBM web site, sponsored by
Southern California Edison, is in its first phase and will continue to

CBM has more newspaper publications and radio stations combined than any
other state, which underscores the significance of this endeavor. CBM
Online is just the first phase of a larger “new media” initiative for
California’s Black Media outlets.

Next week, the organization will host its annual spring Summit and
Newsmaker Reception on Thursday, May 21, 2009 in Sacramento. For the first
time, CBM will host a forum in conjunction with the Research & Policy
Institute of California focusing on the "Green Economy and the African
American Community."

The forum will be moderated by RPIC Chairman Tommy Ross with special guest
panelists Leonard E. Robinson, Federal Liaison of the California
Environmental Protection Agency, V. John White, Executive Director of the
Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Technologies, Barry Sedlik, Chair
of the California Green Jobs Council, and Craig Keys, Executive Director
of the Green Valley Initiative. Special recognition will be given to Karen
Bass, Speaker of the Assembly.

CBM’s 2009 Newsmakers Reception will honor a number of key "newsmakers"
including Barbara Lee, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Sandre
Swanson, Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus, Mayor Kevin
Johnson, City of Sacramento, Dr. William "Bill" Lee, Publisher of the
Sacramento Observer, and Virniecia Davis, President of the California
Black School Board Members Association.

For more information about California Black Media please visit us on the

For additional information, contact:

BPC MediaWorks, LLC
Paulette Brown-Hinds, PhD
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Corey Washington
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CBM Summit 09 Venue Changed
Due to an overwhelming response, the CMB forum has been moved to the Citizen Hotel (Metropolitan Terrace banquet room) located 926 J Street, Sacramento.
RPIC Announces Sponsorship by Southern California Edison
RPIC Announces Sponsorship by Southern California Edison
Sacramento, CA - March 31, 2009 -
It is with great pleasure that the Research and Policy Institute announces Southern California's continued sponsorship of $25,000 for the African American Youth Leadership Program (AAYLP).  In its sixth year, AAYLP continues to assist students from all over the state in nurishing their leadership potential through interactive workshops, seminars and networking.  Southern California Edison's sponsorship will help RPIC in continuing to provide AAYLP at no cost to the participating students or their families.  The sponsorship also includes $5,000 for scholarships for participating students that exhibit exceptional leadership skills during the summer conference.

"In today's economic climate, it is refreshing to know that there are still corporations such as Southern California Edison that are committed to supporting the development of tomorrow's leaders," remarks RPIC's  executive director, Casanya Ursery.  "We truly appreciate our growing relationship with Southern California Edison.  Such relationships continue to help us help so many young leaders."
About The Research & Policy Institute of California:
Research and Policy Institute of California (RPIC) is a non-profit organization that provides leadership training, public policies, and community awareness to the African American communities, through a variety of sponsored programs.

RPIC's goal is to bridge the gap between the African American community and access to resources which are essential to their economic, social and educational well being. We will build this bridge by providing opportunities and training for our leaders of tomorrow while serving as a research and analysis clearinghouse for today's public policy makers.

The African American Youth Leadership Program (AAYLP) is a division of RPIC with the goal of providing the leaders of tomorrow with the necessary tools to be prepared for today's corporate world.  We believe that this goal can be achieved in providing students with academic guidelines, interactive training and exchanges with business leaders and policy makers.  AAYLP participants are prepared with the practical training to be effective leaders in their communities.
About Southern California Edison:
Southern California Edison (SCE) is the largest electric utility in California, serving more than 13 million people in a 50,000 square-mile area of central, coastal and Southern California, excluding the City of Los Angeles and certain other cities. Based in Rosemead, California, the utility has been providing electric service in the region for more than 120 years. SCE's service territory includes more than 180 cities. As of September 2008, SCE had consolidated assets of approximately $29.8 billion. As of December 2008, SCE had approximately 17,000 employees.
RPIC is now on Facebook

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Susie Gaines-Mitchell African American Scholarship
African American Caucus
County of Sacramento    

The Sacramento County Departments of Human Assistance and Health and Human Services African American Caucus invites you to apply for their Susie Gaines-Mitchell African American Scholarship.

Susie Gaines –Mitchell’s career with the Sacramento County spanned over 3 decades.  Her accomplishments included:  First Affirmative Action Officer for Sacramento County welfare department, Member of the Black social Workers Organization, Board of Directors of Travels Aid and Sacramento Black Alcohol center, just to name a few.

Susie Gaines-Mitchell died of cancer January 18, 1995.  Our scholarship was started in 1997 in her honor.

This year we will be awarding several $500 Scholarships on May 15, 2009 at the Board of Supervisors Chambers.  Scholarship recipients will be notified by May 1, 2009.

Eligible applicants must be:
1.    A Sacramento County Resident 
2.    A graduating 2009  High School Senior
3.    Entering a two or four year accredited college/university/technical/ or trade school
4.    Must have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 

All documentation must be included at the time the application is received.  Please follow the check list attached.  Please note that our awards are not based on any income qualifications but are intended to be given to students who desire to advance through higher learning.

For more information, write to:
P.O. Box 161023
Sacramento, CA 95816

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