Jadianna Larsen: The Mysterious Death of a Sacramento Child

By Chris Rivera

jadianna larsenYoung Jadianna Larsen was a 6 year old girl who loved to ride her bike and draw. She was well loved by those that knew her, and affected the lives of many. One man who knew her very well was Anthony Garcia, who lived in building that she lived in. He said “She affected my life by making me happy, she’d always recognize me and say hi Anthony, every day she saw me.”

David Clark, Jadianna’s grandfather, is still having trouble believing this horrible story is true, and said that Jadianna was his princess and his “little best friend.”

The Principal, Sue Gibson, of Bowling Green Elementary also mentioned that Jadianna, “was a bright, happy child – learning came easily to her. She saw the best in everything, was always glad to be around other kids and was easy to get along with.”

Unfortunately, Jadianna’s life was cut short. Her body was found in a suitcase placed in a burning field, in Glenn County, 60 miles away from her Sacramento home.

Her caretaker, who was her mother’s boyfriend, Juan Rivera and his mother, Lisa Burton, have been arrested with the murder of Jadianna Larsen. Juan Rivera told the officers that he suffers from epilepsy and blacked out for more than nine hours, and was waken up, from a seizure, by his mother who came over to check on him. He called the cops at 8:30pm, on Thursday, May 28th, when he realized that Jadianna was not in the apartment, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Complex, which was the home of Tanecia Clark, Jadianna’s mother. He also mentioned that he had last seen Jadianna since around 11 am.

Juan Rivera was arrested on Saturday for the murder of Jadianna Larsen, and was arraigned on Tuesday in Sacramento Superior Court. Juan Rivera’s mother, Lisa Burton, was also named as a defendant, and charged as an accessory. Prosecutors also said she assisted in the cover up of the murder.

Tanecia Clark was never a suspect in her daughter’s murder, Sgt. Lisa Bowman said, “the mother had a legitimate reason for not being around.” Family members of Tanecia Clark said that she checked herself into a medical facility for psychological problems about a week ago and left her daughter with her boyfriend Juan Rivera.

053015_jadianna_BN0018There were some people who knew both Juan Rivera and Tanecia Clark, and were surprised to find out that Juan Rivera was a suspect. Neighbor, Clarice Williams, mentioned how Jadianna, “was like a daughter to him. He took her everywhere he went. I don’t honestly believe he would do that. In my heart I know he wouldn’t do that.”

Cheetah Casborn, who was another friend of Tanecia Clark, and could not understand why Juan Rivera would kill Jadianna. “He loved the little girl,” Casborn said. “She was calling him daddy.”

The family wasn’t as optimistic for the man they hardly knew. Jadianna’s Uncle, Paris Stokes, said that, “The boyfriend of our sister is the only relation to this crime.” He also went on to say, “She trusted him with her baby and whatever happened is his fault, period.”


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Rhythm of The Streets: Open Mic Poetry at The Brickhouse Art Gallery

Reporting  By Founder Janae Marie

Video Produced By Nick Hunte

Young Urban Voices Magazine had the pleasure of interviewing these talented poets Anna Marie, Ronald Brady (Captain Gippy) and world renown musician and professional beat boxer Maximillian.


Also here is a sample of the lovely art work displayed at The Brickhouse Art Gallery

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The Struggle for Education in the Victorian Era

By Joshua Elkridge

victorian schoolAfter 4 years of staggering through the cold desert we call high school, my mother incessantly urged me to enroll for my first semester at Consumes River College. Coming from a family that stresses the importance of education and me being indecisive about the idea, my mother took me by the hand and enrolled me herself. To insure my success, she signed me up for DIOP, a program/club within the school that catered to Black-American subjects. I attended this classes for barely a month before dropping out to pursue a job. If I could go back and tell myself to stay in college and finish the program, I would.

Being a person of color these days has its ups and downs, but that struggle had a lot more push to it back when America was blanketed with the curtain of suffrage and slavery. Although blacks struggled more in the south during the Victorian-era, suffrage was practiced all over the United States and it hit closer to home than one would think. In the year 1850, the first census of California counted 962 Black-Americans in the state with 240 of them residing in the young and developing city of Sacramento. The Black-American population stayed low during the mid-1800’s due in part to the fact that California Homestead laws were in place to dissuade blacks from moving there. Despite the anti-Black-American legislation that sat over Sacramento, the black community in Sacramento were determined to provide education not just for them but for future generations.

During the 1850’s, most Black-Americans in Sacramento lived between 3rd &6th, I &J streets. Black Americans were only granted citizenship so that they could pay taxes. Despite paying taxes, the Black American community in Sacramento didn’t see a single cent from the tax fund as the money was used solely for the purpose to benefit all-white schools. The Black community methodically petitioned the all-white Sacramento City council to build a school for the colored to no avail. It wasn’t until 1854 when Elizabeth Thorne Scott, considered by some as the pioneer in education for colored children in California and educator Rev. J.B. Sanderson established a private school in Ms. Thorne’s home dubbed, “The School for children of African descent‘. They were the only two teachers at the school despite Ms. Thorne’s inability to receive certification due to her being a black woman. Sanderson, a black man, received certification later on. Their salaries were paid by an improvised Black-American Sacramento community. The community also funded school materials.

Late into the year of 1854, after many conventions and petitioning, a driven group of Black-American women obtained a deed for an empty lot that was sold to them by a white man named John Prentice. Their plan was to build an official school house for the Black community of Sacramento. They passed the deed on to a board of black trustees and the black community, led by the church leaders and clergy men, held fund raisers and successfully obtained the money to build a school house on the empty lot. The community was beginning to overcome, however, support from the all-white Sacramento council was needed for the school to continue functioning. It wasn’t until 1856 when the school finally received the funds from the Sacramento Council that it desperately needed to continue operating. With 25 dollars a month, most of the money went to the salary of the teachers. The sum was meager, even for the time, but it was a step forward in the right direction.

By the 1870’s, after many years of racial tension and prejudice, California passed laws ending Anti Black-American legislation. Black men were able to vote and the schools in Sacramento became desegregated. For the first time, Black students were able to obtain the same benefits in education as white ones had. The biggest accomplishment for Black Sacramentans, came in 1894 when Black-American educator, Sarah Mildred Jones, became the first black woman in Sacramento to become principal of fully integrated Freemont Primary School, located today at 24th and N Street. The school, mostly white with an all-white staff was under fire by white parents for the move and 36 of them petioned to reverse the decision to the Sacramento school board. In turn, ninety-eight petitioned to support Sarah Jones. Speaking for herself in front of parents, staff, and the school board, Ms. Jones calmly stated her credentials and asked to be judged not by her skin, but by her abilities and accomplishments. That day in East Sacramento, the board upheld their decision to give Ms. Jones the job as a trial, based on her qualifications and success. A huge positive note for the City of Sacramento.

When I think back about deciding to drop out of school, I think about this information. We need to take advantage of the education provided to us that is scarce in some places of the world today. The Black- American community in Sacramento during the Victorian-era, went through great lengths, hardship, and sacrifice just so future generations wouldn’t have to. The ability to successfully receive your education, whether you’re White, Black, or Asian, would give them the justice they so well deserve.


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Mayor Talks Jobs, Downtown Kings Arena at Sac State


On Monday, September 29, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson held a city town hall meeting on the campus of Sacramento State University courtesy of their social sciences department. He spoke about issues concerning citizens the most. Johnson started off by recalling times growing up in his hometown and neighborhood of Oak Park and receiving high grades but not being well-prepared for college. He joked about not being able to spell the word, “euphemism,” at the time when he was a student. Johnson also talked of how Sacramento High School which is now ran as a Charter school has a 93% acceptance rate of its student being accepted to four year colleges. Between Johnson and wife, Michelle Rhee, they plan to make Sacramento a strong educational system for all kids.

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Johnson also spoke about the Downtown arena for the Sacramento Kings that will have a major impact on the city. It will not only house the city’s basketball team but soon a soccer team, and several other entertainment venues as well as creating several thousand jobs.

“You’re going to have eleven hundred construction jobs. A number of permanent jobs around the arena. Our restaurants, retail and our entertainment is going to grow and develop jobs. This is really good for Sacramento,” Mayor Johnson said.

The meeting ended on a more pressing matter, Johnson talked often about creating a ‘Strong Mayor,’ for the city with hopes of not running Sacramento like a governance city anymore. He says he just doesn’t agree with not being held accountable for electing a Chief of Police. Johnson wants the voters to feel like their opinions matter and believes that this can’t be done if someone who is not on a ballot gets to make all of the decisions for the city.


“The person you vote for you want them to have a full democracy to carry-out what he or she says. The city manager is not elected. But that’s not who people vote for. People vote for the Mayor of Sacramento. I want them to understand a full democracy and accountability.”

He feels that by implenting Measure L is a way to give mayors a boost of authority in the mayoral chair in City Hall. If this bill passes, Johnson plans on making Sacramento 3.0 which will run this city like the major cities in California; Oakland, Fresno and Los Angeles bringing vitality to the city, making it more enjoyable for the citizens to live.

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“We picked a new Chief of Police a little over a year ago, that person was selected by the city manager. They didn’t ask me what my opinion was, I didn’t get to interview the candidate. That doesn’t make sense to me. I’m the mayor, everybody thinks I’m the one doing this like I don’t have anything to say.”

“You want to get a mayor to carry out their vision. That’s just one example of where I have no say so what so ever. I think Sacramento should be ran better than that.”

Slain Sacramento Woman Was Youtube Fashionista

Meesha Ridge, designer, photo courtesy of her YouTube Channel
Meesha Ridge, designer, photo courtesy of her YouTube Channel

This past Wednesday, Thirty-one year old, mother of three, Tamisha Evette Glashen, who also went by the name of Meesha Ridge was fatally shot to death in her own home by her ex-boyfriend, Dameshlo Green, 34. Green, who turned himself in for a parole violation, was later arrested by officers and taken down to Sacramento County Jail for Homicide.

Ridge was a charismatic young lady with a bright future. She showed the world how to create, and design fabrics on a budget. Also, she had an online fabric store by the name of Sweet Baby where people could purchase clothes from her. Being an online hit, Ridge had over 140,000 subscribers to her Youtube channel.

A fellow fashion designer from Mississippi Lauren Taylor was also one of Ridge’s followers and remember that she had such a wonderful, positive and upbeat personality.

Her Youtube follwers have taken to social media to express their sympathy with the hastag, #MeeshaTaughtMe
Which has been trending on Facebook and Twitter.

According to ABC News 10, Homicide investigators say Green snuck into her bedroom and opened fire. Several relatives and Ridge’s three children were inside of the home at the time.

It is very sad that this young lady with such a bright future who was at the brink of her Fashion Career life was cut short to such foolishness. I pray the families are coping well during this time.