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Throughout the year, Underground Books proudly features several local black-owned vendors.
Please stop by the store to show your support of these talented and creative entrepreneurs.
Beads by Kiwi is a unique small business that features Bracelets Waist beads & Anklets.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Introducing, ‘POHOP’ to The Guild Theaters monthly Poetry and Hip Hop Night.
Hosted by J.Nash, ‘POHOP’ sheds its light on the masses.
Head-lined by poet, Two Sense
Featured Poets include:
– Brown Suga
Doors Open at 7:00 PM
Showtime at 8:00 PM
This is a 21 + Event. ( I.D. will be checked at the door)
About this event
Join us at 40 Acres’ Underground Books and Esther’s Park for this fun and free event for kids of all ages!
Saturday, December 10, 2022
11am-1 pm – Pictures with Black Santa and Children’s Activities
11 am – 4 pm – Kids Play Area and Vendors
What started as the small vision of developer Edwin K. Alsip and the Oak Park Association, grew into Sacramento’s first full-fledged suburb.
Beginning in 1887, with an initial division of 56 whole or partial lots, Oak Park gained a reputation as a community build by hard-working citizens.
In the early 1900’s, most residents had blue collar jobs working for the railroads, state fair, canneries and the highway commission. During this time most residents were White, with scattered Blacks and Mexican Americans.
The OPV opened in the morning.
St. HOPE’s largest economic development project opened with Underground Books, Uncle Jed’s Cut Hut, Starbucks and the Guild Theater.
40 Acres is the jewel of the SHDC efforts in the Oak Park community. The building was the historic Woodruff Hotel which was build in 1922 and was renovated by St. HOPE Development company in 2003.
The 23,000 sq. ft. mixed use facility includes:
- Guild Theater
- Underground Books
- Old Soul Coffee House
- Coopers Wine Bar
- Upper Room Apartments
The Inaugural five-day “Oak Park Black Film Festival” kicks off Sept 7 at the Guild Theater.
The first annual Oak Park Black Film Festival is just days away – and it’s a must-see.
In Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood, community members braved the heat to check out the ‘First Friday’ block party
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The first Friday of September ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend was a hot one across Northern California, with temperatures rising above 100 degrees.
In Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood, community members braved the heat to visit the community block party from 32nd and 36th Street along Broadway.
Juneteenth Celebration In Oak Park Promotes Opportunity For Change
(OAK PARK) – On a moment’s notice, Dr. Julius Garvey flew across the country from New York City to attend the inaugural Oak Park Black Film Festival in Sacramento. He’d been invited to sit on the discussion panel for the short film about his father, “Whirlwind: The Marcus Garvey Story,” directed by Shaka Satori.
On a triple-digit heat day in Sacramento, what’s better than an ice cold glass of lemonade?
Answer: supporting Achazia, an 8-year-old entrepreneur.
As the creator of Sippin’ Pretti Lemonade, Achazia has become one of the city’s youngest entrepreneurs. Founded in August 2021, the traveling pop-up business has delighted Sacramentans with homemade lemonade pouches for just $5. There are 25 flavors, including original, black cherry, watermelon, and a mystery flavor that has been guessed by only one customer.
The 1st annual Black Film Festival for Oak Park will debut at the Guild Theater in Sacramento.
Sacramento-area bookstores celebrate their day with tour for bibliophiles (April 30)
The Sacramento Bee
Underground Books manager Georgia West, commonly known as “Mother Rose,” of Oak Park, admires a photo of a child with “Black Santa” during the second annual Christmas in Oak Park event Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at the bookstore and neighboring The Guild Theater. “For kids to see a Santa Claus that looks like them for a change … I mean any Santa is good, but I just think we need some options,” West said. “It’s a diverse community, and so we want diversity, we want everybody to come,” she added, “but I just think, for us, this is a great option and a great event.”
The official grand opening of Guild Record Studios held last month on February 25th brought a large turnout of local creatives and also served as a listening party for Sacramento’s own, TIP Vicious for his upcoming EP “No Sleep”, which was produced and recorded at Guild Studios.
The Guild Record Studio is managed by Guild Theater Director, Dru Burks, and studio Engineer, Bobby “Babagazoo” Reed. The studio offers affordably priced recording sessions and membership packages for vocal recording, music production, podcasting, voice overs, mixing and mastering.
Looking for something to do on the weekend? Come one, come all to the Sunday Movie Matinee at the Guild Theater on the 1st Sunday of each month at 2pm. Bring your family, friends or come by yourself to watch (or rewatch!) some of the most popular feature films on the big screen. St. HOPE is pleased to present these family friendly movies that are FREE for the entire community!
March 6 “Hidden Figures”
April 3 “Black Panther”
May 1 “A Wrinkle in Time”
‘A place where we can show Black excellence’: Inside Sacramento region’s only Black-owned bookstore
KCRA - February 3, 2003
SACRAMENTO, Calif. —
The Sacramento region’s only Black-owned bookstore can be found in the heart of Oak Park.
Underground Books opened its doors in 2003 to fill a need in its community: There are no public libraries in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood.
“If people don’t benefit, if the community doesn’t benefit, then we’re doing something wrong,” Cassandra Jennings told KCRA 3.
Sacramento is home to the best soul food restaurant in the state of California, according to a recent report from LoveFood . The website set out to find the best food every state had to offer.
“Nothing beats the comfort of soul food. Here are the best restaurants celebrating the African-American tradition, where many of the recipes have been passed down through generations,” reads the report. “Expect the likes of collard greens, beans, cornmeal in many forms, along with crispy catfish, pork and tender fried chicken.”
With a new focus on racial injustice, there is a spotlight on the sobering statistics in the reading levels between black and white students. In 2019, The Nation’s Report Card from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) found that just 15% of Black 8th graders were at or above reading “proficiency.” About half didn’t even reach the “basic” reading benchmark.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is “What are you doing for others?” said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In an effort to serve and respond to the needs of our community St. HOPE is teaming up with EventMD to provide a drive-through COVID Testing Site at Sacramento High School starting Saturday, January 15th. Both PCR and Antigen rapid testing will be available weekly on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 9 AM to 2 PM. Please get vaccinated and tested to keep yourself and others safe.
As we reflect and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. let us recommit to continue with courage and conviction to build our own legacy for equity and justice for all.
Still need ideas for gift giving? Ashley Williams is in Sacramento at Underground Books giving you great book gift giving ideas.
Sac High Seniors recently participated in the annual Cash for College workshop to apply for Federal grants and loans to pay for college. During the Cash For College event hosted by Sac High, advisors assisted students with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act (CADAA), unlocking financial resources and making their dreams to attend college become a reality.
We are thrilled to welcome the Colour of Music Festival to Sacramento! Since 2013, the Colour of Music Festival has showcased the talents of black classical musicians and composers and highlighted their impact and historical significance on American and world culture. The Festival began with performances in Charleston, South Carolina and is now bringing some of the top black classical musicians, trained at some of the most prestigious music schools, conservatories and universities in the world, to Sacramento.
It’s easy to get caught up in going to the same restaurants and eating the same kinds of food. But in a great foodie city like Sacramento, you’re probably missing out on some world-class food.
Luckily, Yelp has compiled a list of the highest-rated restaurants in the Sacramento area you can check out.
So which local restaurant is the highest-rated in Sacramento?
According to Yelp, it’s Fixins Soul Kitchen In Oak Park.
‘Getting the recognition it deserves’: Community prepares for Juneteenth celebrations in Sacramento
SACRAMENTO, Calif. —
Juneteenth celebrations in Northern California are scheduled throughout the weekend.
The president and CEO of the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce said not only does it mark a celebration for the emancipation of slaves in 1863, but it’s also a celebration for those who finally learned of their freedom two years later.