Kanye West / Taylor Swift 2020? Crazier Things Have Happened

By Michael P Coleman In the middle of last weekend’s Independence Day revelry, I heard about Kanye West’s plans to run for President of these United States. Some are suggesting that the announcement is just a publicity stunt. But I think the bromance is over. Initially, I thought Kanye’s announcement was either the wine talking […]

Remembering Alex Kintner This 4th Of July Weekend

Everybody’s all up in arms about beaches being closed this Fourth of July weekend due to COVID-19. But a look back reminds us of what can happen if we open beaches up prematurely. I remember the last time they opened up beaches too early on the 4th of July, 45 years ago. I was there. […]

Keeping You Safe This July 4th Weekend

The state has tightened up COVID-19 restrictions, but I’ve got some guidelines for fireworks fans. If you are in Sacramento or one of the other affected counties, learn how you can avoid getting a ticket. And check out my recommendations for must-see July 4th TV broadcasts, featuring stars like Patti LaBelle, Vanessa Williams, and CeCe […]

COVID CONVOS — Sacramento Expands Small Business Recovery Loan Program

Applications for the forgivable loans are being accepted through 5pm Monday, July 13. Funding is expected to be disbursed to selected businesses in mid-August. By Michael P Coleman The City of Sacramento is accepting applications for its Small Business Recovery Program, to assist local businesses and nonprofits that have been affected by COVID-19. The program […]

The Times They Are A’ Changing — And Dad Would Have Dropped Dead

Mississippi is removing the confederate symbol from their state flag, and Rhode Island is removing the word “plantation” from their name! By Michael P Coleman My father was born in rural Mississippi in the late 1930s. He died in the early 2000s in Michigan where he’d relocated right after high school, his life having been […]

COVID CONVOS — As Coronavirus Cases Surge, Sacramento Shuts Things Down For July 4th

Private gatherings with people who don’t live with you are prohibited, and residents are asked to remain in their cars if they attend Independence Day fireworks shows. With coronavirus cases and related hospitalizations surging across the country, and California emerging as a new COVID-19 hotbed, Sacramento County is shutting things back down. Rarely have we […]

EXCLUSIVE! Broadway Legend Lillias White Wants Us To “Get Happy”

“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.” By Michael P Coleman When you think of flat footed soul belters, Tony Award-winner Lillias White may not come immediately to mind. But since the […]

COVID CONVOS — Words Of Wisdom From California’s Surgeon General On Face Coverings

By Michael P Coleman With California’s new mandatory mask edict, discussions about face coverings and coronavirus are at a fever pitch. While some believe that the use of face coverings is a temporary, necessary act that will help us all manage coronavirus and is in the best interest of community public health, others think that […]

EXCLUSIVE! Deborah Joy Winans Discusses Greenleaf’s Final Season

“For so long, it felt like you had to have been a certain kind of good to walk into church or even feel like you could pray. Our show has broken that barrier.“ By Michael P Coleman The wait is almost over! Tonight, OWN’s critically acclaimed drama, Greenleaf, returns with its fifth and final season. […]

This Father’s Day, Take Someone Under Your Wing

Father’s Day is this weekend, so jump onto Amazon and, as Spike Lee once said, do the right thing! Even if the card or present (I’ll save you some time: we prefer the latter) is late, the father or father figure in your life will still love and appreciate that you thought of him. My […]