From February 2008

Derwin Blows It?

broussard.jpgDid Oakland Police deliberately blow the case in Chauncey Bailey Killing to allow suspects to walk free?

According to the February 27th issue of the Eastbay Express, Devaughndre Broussard, suspect in the assassination of Chauncey Bailey, told 60 Minutes, from his jailhouse cell, that Oakland Homicide Detective Derwin Longmire encouraged him to take the fall and not let Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV go down. The paper raises the question that if Broussard’s claims are true, “the police have likely blown the entire case.”

For more information see this week’s express.

What do you think? Is this the end of the case?

Celebrity Profiles: Fools Gold

fools-gold.jpgFOOL’s GOLD in Theaters on Feb. 8th

Sandra Varner’s Celebrity Profiles

Kate Hudson (Skeleton Key, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) and Matthew McConaughey (Amistad, A Time to Kill, We Are Marshall) re-team in the romantic comedy, FOOL’S GOLD, opening in theaters on Feb. 8th.

In this film, the two (Hudson as “Tess” Finnegan,” McConaughey as Ben “Finn” Finnegan) are a divorcing couple whose egos clash albeit they make a concerted effort to dig up buried treasure on the ocean’s floor.

Filmed in Australia, the story centers on the legendary 18th century Queen’s Dowry, chests packed with exotic treasure that was lost at sea in 1715. The wildly hunt sends the squabbling couple –along with several bumbling cohorts– on a water-adventure fiasco, finally getting the gold. Read more

Reporters Without Borders

cobbatpodium.jpgPost publisher Paul Cobb addresses international media assembled by Reporters Without Borders as part of a global call of awareness and tribute to 87 journalists killed in the line duty during 2007. Post Editor Chauncey Bailey was gunned down in downtown Oakland, August 2, 2007. Below: left to right, He Qinglian (China)and Interpreter, Milkias Mihreteab (Eritrea), Ayub Nuri (Iraq) and Khalid Hasan (Pakistan). Photos courtesy of Lucie Morillon. (

Reporters Without Borders (RWB) launched its annual report at a press conference in Washington, D.C. The conference highlighted the situation of press freedom in China, Pakistan, Eritrea, Iraq, and the U.S.
RWB’s annual report on press freedom highlighted that 87 journalists were killed in 2007, the highest number since 1994. Read more

Memorial Service Scheduled For Lucy Ellis Johnson

lucyjohnsonmug.jpgA memorial service for Lucy Johnson will be held at the African American Art & Culture Complex located at 762 Fulton Street (between Webster and Buchanan) in San Francisco on February 23, 2008 at 3:00 P.M.
Lucy Ellis Johnson passed away on February 1, 2008. Lucy was born to James and Lottie Ellis in England, Arkansas on October 20, 1926. Johnson worked for the Bell Systems/AT&T as a telephone operator and staff clerk for almost 30 years. One of the first African American telephone operators in San Francisco, she loved traveling, and her trips abroad to Jordan, Israel, Europe and South Africa. Read more

Velma’s Jazz Club Hosts Benefit for KPOO

Bay Area Bands volunteer time to raise funds for African American Radio Station

KPOO.jpgBy Wade Woods

Over 30 years ago a group of young African Americans with no experience in Radio took over a small station located in a garage in an alley off Sixth Street. They originally went to meet the owner to ask for a couple of hours of air time in order to air programs that would be of interest to the African American Community, after two hours of discussions the owner told the group that what they wanted to do would take a hold station and asked them to have their lawyer draw up papers and he would transfer the station to them. They enlisted the help of a friend just out of law school and soon found themselves in possession of KPOO radio station. Read more

African American Honor Roll Celebration

Students honored for Academic Excellence

Honorroll.jpgBy Wade Woods

Last week at Third Baptist Church over 500 students who achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or better were honored by the San Francisco Alliance of Black Educators. These students came from elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, charter schools and special schools from all parts of the city.
This is an annual affair that the Alliance puts on every year. The San Francisco Alliance of Black Educators is an alliance of educators from diverse fields and affiliated with the National Alliance of Black School educators. Read more

University High Raises $6,000 for Jena 6

UniversityHigh.jpgRev. Edward Chipps Taylor III of the Louisana NAACP presents Jena 6 t-shirts to student leaders Natalia Pasmanick (center) and Haley Baron at a student assembly at San Francisco University High School.

JaronEpstienthumb.jpgBy Jaron Epstein

Students at a prominent private high school in San Francisco have raised nearly $6,000 to support African American high school students known as the Jena 6, who have become a national symbol of the inequalities that exist within the criminal justice system.
At an assembly of the entire student body at San Francisco University High School, held Thursday, Feb. 14, student leaders presented the check to Rev. Edward Chipps Taylor III, executive director of the NAACP Louisiana State Conference Gulf Coast Advocacy Center, which was active both in relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the defense of the Jena 6. Read more

Rev. James Orange, 65 Dies

Civil Rights Activist ignited the Selma to Montgomery March

RevOrange.jpgThe Rev. James Orange, right, prays at the tombs of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King in 2007.

The Rev. James Orange, a civil rights activist whose 1965 jailing sparked a fatal protest that ultimately led to the famed Selma-to-Montgomery march and the Voting Rights Act, died Saturday at Atlanta’s Crawford Long Hospital, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference said in a statement. He was 65.
Orange was a native of Birmingham, Alabama, “who resided in southwest Atlanta for four decades while fighting the good fight for equality and social justice for all mankind,” said the SCLC, a civil rights organization.
Orange was arrested and jailed in Perry County, Alabama, in 1965 on charges of disorderly conduct and contributing to the delinquency of minors for enlisting students to aid in voting rights drives. Read more

50 Years of Proud Black History

50years.jpgThe Williams renewed their wedding vows and walked down the aisle, for the first time, at Humanity Baptist Church, last week, as they celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Pastor George L. Anderson presided over the ceremony which was followed by a reception. The Williams were first married at City Hall in a Civil Ceremony in San Francisco in 1958. The Williams have seven children, 16 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. Read more

Dellums’ Economic Outlook Plan Calls For 803 Police by End of ‘08

Dellumsoutlookmug.jpgOn Tuesday morning, Mayor Dellums delivered his economic outlook address to members of the city-wide Chambers of Commerce at the Oakland Marriott City Center. The remarks served as an opportunity to reaffirm the mayor’s commitment to working in collaboration to see Oakland prosper and to encourage business leaders to assume greater leadership roles promoting education, workforce development, and green business and technology in Oakland. Among the key areas covered during the speech were: public safety; his recently submitted affordable housing plan; the importance of city-wide zoning and smart development; and his comprehensive police recruitment proposal that will go before the City Council Tuesday evening. Read more

Return of the Original Roller Derby

derbymug.jpgBy LuTillian Hudson

Bay Bombers vs. Cincinnati Cats, Saturday, February 23, 2008 at Alameda High School Gym, 2201 Encinal Ave., Alameda, CA. Doors open 7:00 pm., Derby time 8:00pm.
Roller Derby has been around since 1935. Since its conception Roller Derby fascinated and intrigued audiences both young and old around the world.
In the history of roller derby the Bay Bombers has been the champions for over 30 years. Such skaters have paved the way for the roller derby such as Charlie O’Connell, Joan Weston, Ann Calvello, and Cliff Butler. To our current skaters Robert “Icebox” Smith, Lali O, and the legendary Little Richard Brown who has been skating since 1963. Read more

Reverend Herbert Guice, 94, Gets his Heavenly Crown

Guisemug.jpgReverend Herbert Guice D.D., pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, departed this life, February 13, at the age of 94.
Herbert Guice was born on August 7, 1913, in Rentisville, Oklahoma, the elder son of Eulee Guice. Herbert Guice was the grandson of a shaver cropper. In 1942, Herbert Guice came to Oakland. He lived on Union Street in West Oakland until his death.
In 1957 he established the home for Bethel Missionary Baptist Church at 6901 Rudsdale Street. In 1961, he established a scholarship fund for the youth of Bethel. More than $2 million has been given to over 2500 students.
His commitment to education will be continued through the Herbert Guice Christian Academy which is located in front of the church on the property of a former supermarket owned by the Bethel. Read more

Bailey Honored with Polk Award

ChaunceyMugbottom.jpgBy Josh Richman
Oakland Tribune
Staff Writer

Chauncey Bailey, the Oakland Post editor gunned down in Oakland last year while probing Your Black Muslim Bakery’s activities and finances, posthumously has received one of journalism’s most prestigious awards.
Long Island University has announced that Bailey, who was 57 when he died, is this year’s recipient of the George Polk Award for Local Reporting.
“Bailey was gunned down on Aug. 2, 2007, while in the midst of investigating a local business, Your Black Muslim Bakery, which has been linked to kidnapping, rape, torture and several killings, now including Bailey’s,” the university’s news release said. “According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, the slaying was the first alleged targeted killing of a journalist in the United States since 1993. Read more

Slave Archy Lee Rebuffed By State Court in 1857

California Colored convention members block Stovall’s slave ship, free Lee with federal support, celebrate at Mary Pleasant’s home

Slavelee.jpgBy Elaine Elinson

In 1857, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the infamous Dred Scott decision that slaves or descendants of slaves could not be U.S. citizens and that, blacks “had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.”
That same year, an 18-year-old black man named Archy Lee made a very different kind of history in California. Lee had traveled overland from a Mississippi plantation with a man who claimed to own him, Charles Stovall. The trip was arduous and when they arrived, Stovall, low on funds and in frail health, hired Lee out for wages; Stovall opened a private school, and tried to attract pupils with an ad in the local paper. Read more

Cervical Cancer and HPV

medical_symbol_md.jpgBy Larry Lucas

Now is a time when many people resolve to do better for themselves in the year ahead – we promise things such as losing weight, being more patient and volunteering. And that lasts until about the time Valentine’s Day chocolates arrive. Coincidence? Probably not. This year, make a resolution that you can keep: encourage the women in your life to take steps that will prevent the development of cervical cancer

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), cervical cancer is the third most common type of cancer in women worldwide. While this disease is less common in the United States than in other countries, it is still hitting our community particularly hard. According to the American Cancer Society, African-American women develop this cancer about 50 percent more often than white women.

The easiest way to prevent cervical cancer is to have a yearly pap smear, a microscopic examination of cells found on a woman’s cervix, preformed through a quick and relatively painless pelvic examination. Pap smears have been credited with helping jumpstart a 70 percent drop in the national cervical cancer death rates over the past six decades. Read more

Stanley Martin, 66

StanMartin.jpgMemorial Services for Stanley Martin have been announced for Monday, February 25, 2008, 11A.M. at First AME Church, 530 37th Street in Oakland. Born in Waco, Texas Dec. 28, 1941, he departed this life on February 9,2008 in San Francisco, California.
Stanley Martin was loved by many: his family, close friends and KGO radio listeners. He was an astute bible scholar, philosopher and a great debater.
A City and County of San Francisco employee for over 26 years, Stan retired in 1990. After retirement he provided transportation services for Four Seasons Concerts and audited classes at Pacifiic School of Religion. Read more

1,000 Guns Turned Over to Churches


David-Scott.gifBy David Scott

More than a thousand guns were turned in at 3 churches last Saturday when the City of Oakland and Senator Don Perata sponsored the “One Less Gun Program”.
Some gun owners waited for hours, in long lines, to turn in their unloaded firearms for $250 without being required to answer any questions.
Never have so many weapons been seen at houses of worship in the city’s history. Allen Temple Baptist Church, Christian Cathedral Church, and True Vine Ministries were the sites designated by Senator Perata. Read more

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Inter City Service, Inc.
3269 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703
Phone: (510) 655-3552

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Company Inter City Service, Inc.
Contact Id-Deen, Mansour
Address 3269 Adeline Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
Phone (510) 655-3552
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Stop Lennar Action Movement Turns in 11,800 Signatures

Christopher-Muhammad,.jpgMinister Christopher Muhammad, spokesman for SLAM talks to the press on the steps of city hall as SLAM volunteers turn in over 11,000 signatures to place measure on ballot.

By Wade Woods

Last Monday the Stop Lennar Action Movement (SLAM) turned in over 11,000 signatures to the department of elections to place an initiative on the June Ballot that would require that 50% of all new housing units slated to be built at Candlestick Point be affordable to San Francisco residents at 30% , 60% and 80% of Average Median Income and would require that Alice Griffith Public Housing development be rebuilt with no displacement of current residents.
This initiative is counter to an initiative sponsored by the Lennar Development Corporation which turned in 18,000 signatures on February 1st to place a measure on the same June ballot that would allow it to build up to 10,000 new homes and a site for a new 49er stadium with 25% of the homes selling at below market rate. Read more

Faces Around the Bay: Ellis Clay

Ellis-Clay.jpgPhoto and text by Barbara Fluhrer.

ELLIS CLAY and his wife Julie live not far from “the Haight” where he works as Director of Bar Room Debates at Hobson’s Choice, the Victorian Punch House. Remembering the Haight-Ashbury District from the 60s one is amazed at the changes: more commercial, many boutiques, and where are the hippies? Clay says, “There are no real hippies now; it’s a mixed bag, lots of tourists and transient traffic. While it still has the Haight street flavor, the dope is more underground, and the ticket for marijuana is less than you pay for a parking ticket. There are random acts of breaking into cars and occasional altercations on the streets, but crime is down.”
Clay has lived in S.F. for 12 years, studied history at S.F. State and hopes to teach high school eventually. “I enjoy meeting new people, and here I have a brief moment to show tourists and other visitors a good time.” A customer nearby praised Ellis for the respect he shows his customers, “He’s always treated me well and the conversation is rich”.
About the presidential candidates Clay said, “There is a part of Obama that touches your sensibilities.”

Faces Around the Bay: Ken Demetrius Jones

KenJones.gifPhoto and text by Barbara Fluhrer.

KEN DEMETRIUS JONES resides in Berkeley and works for Chevron as a mechanic. Born and raised in Richmond, he attended Richmond schools through J.F.Kennedy High School, then attended Contra Costa College and Chabot J.C.. He plays football and did one year of track and field at Contra Costa College. Jones has two brothers and three sisters.
He has worked “more jobs than you have room for”, he says, including work as a body guard for the vice president of Flip Records (Jonathan Julian) for two years. “I’m interested in Real Estate. I will probably enjoy other jobs; I believe you never stop learning in this life and I don’t know what I may do, ultimately.”
“I believe anyone who achieves goals in life must have a deep rooted spiritual background. One’s family may be the introduction so spirituality, but being spiritual is about a willingness to help others and the realization that there is a higher power.”

Fighting for Peace

Fightingpeace.gifOn Tuesday protesters from anti-military groups including World Can’t Wait, Code Pink and Women for Peace clashed with military supporters from Move America Forward outside the Berkeley’s City Council. The Council was set to consider rescinding an earlier vote declaring that a U.S. Marine Recruiting Station was “not welcome in the city” and if that the recruiters chose to stay they would do so as “’uninvited and unwelcome intruders.

Mary Ann Shadd: First Black Woman Lawyer, Publisher and Voter


In October 1823, Mary Ann Shadd was born, the first of 13 children of free Negro, to Harriet and Abraham Shadd, prominent freeborn abolitionists in Wilmington, Delaware. At the age of ten, the Shadd’s moved to West Chester, Pennsylvania where Mary attended a Quaker School for the next six years. She opened a school in West Chester for Black children in 1840.
She was educated by Quakers and taught Black children across the northeastern United States (New York; Morristown, N.J.) before crossing the border into Canada in 1851 as part of the growing Black emigrationist movement. She set up a school for the children of fugitive slaves. She founded a racially integrated school. With the support of the American Missionary Association. While fighting anti-slavery agents, she simultaneously criticized Black Southern ministers and other Blacks who did not teach intellectual growth and self reliance to other Blacks. In 1852 she wrote “Notes on Canada West” which persuaded American Blacks to come to Canada. She wrote a pamphlet Notes on Canada West (1852). In March 1853 she began publishing the Provincial Freeman, which became the main voice for Canada’s Black communities and a forum for debate over abolitionist strategies. Read more

Barbara Lee Highlights Progressive Vision During State of the District Address

BLeeCrowd.gifChildren from Martin Luther King Freedom Center. Photo by Dorice McFadden

Appearing before hundreds of her constituents from the 9th Congressional District, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) delivered her Fourth Annual State of the District Address on Monday, reminding members of the audience that a new day is dawning and that the close of the Bush Administration and its counterproductive policies is fast approaching.
“As I stand here tonight, I can’t help but be excited that there are only 300 days left before President Bush finally leaves the White House,” Lee said to a rousing round of applause. “With the end of these dark and dangerous days in sight, hope abounds for a new future.”
During the 25-minute speech, Lee – who is poised to celebrate 10 years in office – spoke of the sweeping and aggressive agenda for members of the Progressive Caucus, which she co-chairs, and outlined her priorities for residents of the 9th Congressional District. Read more