Black Talk Sacramento #039: MLK and Cannabis

Black Talk Sacramento #039:

Current Show Date: January 9, 2018 / 5pm-7pm
Every Second Tuesday @ 5pm-7pm

Hosted by:
Marichal J Brown: Barber, Educator and Publisher
Gerry Gos Simpson: Artist, Curator, Fashion Designer
Tony Harvey: Reporter, Author (
NSAA: Poet

We would like to welcome Black Talk Sacramento podcast, held at
Underground Books
2814 35th Street, Sacramento, CA
(916) 737-3333
Every Second Tuesday

Underground Books Events

Saturday, January 13 from 2 – 3:30 pm
Kimberly Biddle
“LaDonna Plays Hoops”

Saturday, January 13 from 4- 5:30 pm
Ameshia Gabriel Arthur
“Brown Boy Brown Boy What Can You Be?”

Saturday, January 27 from 2 – 4 pm
Kanika Marshall
“The Ancestors are Smiling”

Saturday, February 3 from 2 – 4 pm
Eddie Hart

underground books Book Club

“The Origins of Others”
by Toni Morrison
Saturday February 3 at 12 noon!
All are Welcome !!!!!

Children’s Story Time with Charlene Carter (Just Me!)

January 27
12-1 pm
Ages 3 – 10
We have a large selection of Children’s books available at underground books!
The Brickhouse

Observer News: Tony Harvey

MLK Events

MLK March (Jan 15)
Stage 1 – Oak Park Community Center | The Extra Mile
3425 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Check-in: 8:00 a.m.
Departure: 8:30 a.m.
Stage 3 – The reviewing stand: Sacramento Convention Center
Stage 4 – The Diversity Expo

19th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Event

Sat, January 27, 2018 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST

Sacramento State University
6000 J Street, University Student Union
Sacramento, CA 95819-602

9th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service by Black United Fund

Join the Black United Fund of Sacramento Valley (BUFSV) and
the Sacramento Area Black Caucus (SABC) for the 9th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service On Sunday, January 21, 2018, from 1 pm–3 pm at the Office of The Black United Fund, 4104 44th Street, Sacramento CA. 95820

We are collecting unworn winter clothing including items such as: hats, gloves, scarves, sweat shirts, and socks. Please bring your donation and join us on Sunday, January 21 at 1:00pm, when we will assemble packages of new, unworn winter clothing for children and adults. These packages will be distributed to local homeless shelters. Also, this year, we will be collecting warm blankets to distribute along with the clothing.

Please RSVP by January 18 or for more info please contact:
916 484-3750 /

Other News

Nooses and the N-word. Student at suburban high school says racism is rampant

Pleasant Grove High School senior Rachael Francois said she felt no shock hearing her classmate making hate-filled remarks about black people in a video that went viral in December.

Instead, she said, she felt vindicated.

“When I saw it, there was a little part of me that was disappointed but another part of me that was relieved because all this stuff I’ve been saying is finally coming to light. The stuff keeps happening and the school keeps pushing it under the rug like our school is pitch perfect, peachy keen, but it’s not and people need to realize how Pleasant Grove really is.”
The first time she encountered it was in early September as she walked home alone from school. She said a truck filled with white classmates, mostly boys, drove by.

“I was just minding my business and then a car with a group of white kids sticks out their heads and calls me the N-word with a hard ‘r,’ zooms away, and I’m just there like, ‘Well what do I do?’ ” she said.

Acclaimed book The New Jim Crow banned in some New Jersey prisons

[Michelle] Alexander said in an email the ban was in keeping with a widespread denial of civil and human rights to inmates in American prisons.

“Those who run our prisons and jails seem determined to keep those who are locked up and locked out as ignorant as possible about the racial, social, and political forces that have turned this country into the most punitive nation on earth,” she said.

“There’s no reasonable explanation for this save one: prison officials must fear what would happen if people fully understood how biased and corrupt our so-called justice system actually is.”
It was not clear from the records why Alexander’s book had been judged unsuitable. Also banned were magazines covering hip-hop and black culture such as The Source and XXL.

The Caucasity of Outrage Because Erica Garner’s Family Won’t Talk to White Journalists

Erica Garner – Died: December 31, 2017 (heart attack and brain damage)

After the death of Erica Garner, the 27-year-old daughter of police-brutality victim Eric Garner, many people who were aware of her activism were left with a sense of loss. Others, including some of the writers at The Root who knew and respected Erica, were stunned at the sudden death of someone so young and so vigilant in her crusade against police brutality.
And then there were the white tears.

These white tears were different. They had nothing to do with Erica Garner, her activism or even her death. Caucasian tear ducts don’t even open for black bodies. They only respond to the perceived oppression of white people. The salty faces were because Erica Garner’s family announced that they would give interviews and comments only to black journalists.

What to know about 2018’s new marijuana laws in California

    Adults 21 and older can use, carry, purchase, and grow cannabis. That includes up to one ounce (28.5 grams) of cannabis and up to 8 grams of concentrated cannabis.
  • You can only buy cannabis at retail outlets licensed by the California Bureau of Cannabis Control.
  • Although you can legally possess cannabis, it is illegal for you to sell it without a license.


  • You can plant, cultivate, harvest, dry, and process up to six cannabis plants in your private residence or on the grounds of your residence.
  • Plants must be in a locked space that is not visible to the public.
  • Cities and counties may prohibit the outdoor cultivation of cannabis.
  • Property owners and landlords may ban the use, growth, and possession of cannabis on their properties.


  • You cannot use cannabis within 1,000 feet of a school, day care center, or youth center while children are present.
  • Even though it is legal under California law, employers have the right to prohibit the use of cannabis by their employees.
  • Cannabis can be consumed on private property but not in public places.


  • If you are under the influence of cannabis while operating a car, boat, or other vehicle, a law enforcement officer can pull you over and conduct a sobriety test. Violators are subject to DUI laws.
  • Having an open container of cannabis in a vehicle while driving or riding in the passenger seat is against the law.
  • If you have cannabis in a vehicle, it must be in an approved sealed package or container. Otherwise, it must be kept in the trunk.

Founder of SheaMoisture, Richelieu Dennis, Acquires Essence From Time Inc.

Essence Communications Inc., the 48-year-old mutliplatform brand that owns Essence magazine and the annual Essence Festival, has gone back to black (ownership), having been acquired by Essence Ventures LLC, an independent African-American-owned company, Essence Ventures announced in a press release.

As reported earlier by Journal-isms for The Root, the Essence brand was not part of the historic, nearly $3 billion sale of Time Inc. to the Meredith Corp. in November 2017.
The brand was looking for another buyer and has apparently found one with Essence Ventures, which was founded and is chaired by Liberian-American Richelieu Dennis, who also is founder of SheaMoisture (in November, Unilever acquired the parent company for SheaMoisture, Sundial Brands).

Tech News

Why SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Is Such a Big Deal

The new monster spacecraft will be able to lift into orbit over 54 metric tons (119,000 lbs), which is a “mass equivalent to a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel” to continue the airplane comparisons. This capacity is the largest since the Saturn V rocket of the Apollo lunar program, which could carry 310,000 pounds to low-Earth orbit.

What will be the payload on the rocket’s maiden journey? As Musk announced cheekily in a December 2017 Instagram post, the rocket will carry none other than the original Tesla Roadster on its test flight. And it will be “playing Space Oddity, on a billion year elliptic Mars orbit,” he added.

Armed Ground Robots to Fight in the Ukrainian Conflict, Ushering in a New Age of Warfare

It may be time to face the reality that some of our favorite dystopian tropes are becoming reality. Skynet has not yet taken over, but automatic war machines are here and about to get busy fighting. Ukrainian officials indicate they are planning to use armed ground robots in their conflict against Russian-backed forces next year.

On October 9th, Ukrainian military and defense leaders demonstrated the robot that could see action first, the experimental Phantom, at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. It can have treads like a tank or six wheels and be armed with anti-tank weapons, grenade launchers or machine guns, reports Patrick Tucker for Defense One.

While armed unmanned aerial vehicles, drones, have been used for some time, fighting with armed ground robots has not been a common feature of warfare.

The Phantom, developed by the Ukrainian defense contractor Ukroboronprom, can hit speeds of up to 37 mph and can go 81 miles on one engine charge. It even has a backup microwave-communication link which will work even if connection with its operator is hacked or jammed – a problem Ukrainian troops already encountered in their fight against Russian-backed troops.

The Phantom can also be useful in evacuating wounded soldiers from the field.

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