From May 2008

Too $hort’s Up All Nite Long

Too $hort with Oakland Post Events Manager Loius King and D’Wayne Wiggins.  Photo by Gene Hazzard  

Rapper comes up big on giving back to youth

By Paul Cobb
     Too Short, Oakland’s legendary indigenous rapper knows that the music and entertainment industry is not just about the money one can make. He now knows it’s what one knows, and when they know it, that counts the most.

     In short, Too Short’s now long on experience.

As a student who’s graduated from the University of the Streets, where he started his career at 14, he’s now teaching youth that they should stay in school and graduate and make a plan for a university education too.

     He’s had to learn the entertainment business the hard way by taking his knocks on the road to some of his successes. He’s stayed up all night long, many a night, composing his songs. Sometimes he came up on the short side of sales but many more times he came up with some long coin to show for his sweat and ingenuity. Too Short, born Todd Anthony Shaw, April 28, 1966 now has a lot to show.

     Too Short has just opened a recording studio aptly named “Up All Night” on the uptown side of downtown Oakland at 1924 Franklin Street.
     Remembering the days when it was in vogue for some young rapper’s to shun school to chase the big bucks, by even selling homemade CD’s out of the trunks of cars, Too Short wants Oakland’s youth to have opportunity to “make some quality songs. And to show our youth how to get involved with records and the entertainment industry the right way,” he said. He wants them to understand that the real “street credibility” comes from the ability to think and act properly, not from reacting to some of the opinions of one’s peer group.

     D’Wayne Wiggins of Tone, Tony, Toni fame, visited Too Short’s new digs last week with the Post and echoed the rapper’s new soulful message of “giving something back to the community”. Too Short will be joining Wiggins’ upcoming MUSIQ 4 HUNGER concert and he has pledged to work with Wiggins and the Post to encourage 100% school attendance.
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Faces Around the Bay: Barbara Brown

BarbaraBrown.jpgBarbara Brown is retired from her job as Administrator at Lawton Alternative School in San Francisco.  She’s enjoying retirement, and loves to travel, having visited South Africa most recently.  Brown is a member of Temple United Methodist Church.
Reflecting on the current problems in the schools, Brown is glad to be retired. She smiles and says,  “I’d probably be going out of my mind today.”

Photo and text by Barbara Fluhrer.

Belva Davis Inducted in Journalist Hall of Fame

Honored for her pioneering work locally and nationally

By Wade Woods

Belvadavis.jpgThe National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) will induct four pioneers in journalism and civil rights into its Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be held Thursday, July 24, at the 2008 UNITY: Journalists of Color Convention in Chicago.
“Black journalist owe so much to these trailblazers who made it possible for journalists of color to have a voice in today’s newsrooms,” said NABJ president Barbara Ciara, “We are grateful for their tremendous impact on journalism and service to the black community. Their induction into the NABJ hall of Fame is our homage to their legendary contribution,” added Ciara,
Belva Davis began her career as a freelance writer for JET magazine and a reporter for the Sun Reporter and later became the first African American woman news reporter/broadcaster on the West Coast at KPIX-TV in 1966.  While there, she created and hosted “All Together Now,” one of the country’s first primetime public affairs TV programs.  In 1977, she joined PBS affiliate KQED-TV Channel 9 in San Francisco where she anchored and produced news programs. From 1981 until 1999, she worked for KRON-TV as a special projects reporter.  She currently hosts This Week in Northern California on KQED. Read more

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Leads Panel Discussion on HIV/AIDS

Barbara-Lee.jpgCongresswoman Barbara Lee (D-9) on Friday, May 9 hosted a panel discussion – titled “From Prevention to Policy: Responses to HIV/AIDS in the African-American Community” – at the West Oakland Senior Center to assess the expanding the reach of HIV prevention services and programs, increasing opportunities for HIV diagnosis and treatment, developing new and effective interventions and mobilizing the community to combat this epidemic in the 9th Congressional District and the Bay Area.

Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), served as the guest speaker, discussing ongoing efforts by the CDC to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 9th Congressional District. Dr. Gerberding is a physician and an expert in infectious diseases. For over 60 years, the Atlanta-based CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury and disability. Read more

Stress is Killing People in BayView/Hunter’s Point

New Program to work on reducing stress and increasing physical activity

By Carol McGruder

Carolmcgruder.jpgEnough with stressed out people, poor health indicators, and the ever-widening canyon of health disparities!  It is time for residents of the Southeast Sector of San Francisco (Bayview, Hunters Point, Hunters View, Sunnydale, Potrero Hill, Visitation Valley, Double Rock/Alice Griffith) to take matters into their own hands, get off their butts and shake it like a salt shaker (ask the kids what that means)!  From two to ninety-two it is time for us a community to get up and “move it move it, before we lose it lose it.”
Folks, we are dying at faster rates and in greater numbers than any other section of the city.  From obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and strokes we’ve got it bad and that isn’t good.  How we arrived at this point in time is complex.  But one thing is clear; if we want to live we must change!  I once heard motivational speaker Les Brown say that people change when the pain of not changing becomes greater than the pain of remaining the same.  Read more

Michael Chukes Exhibit Opens

Chukes1.jpgMichael Chukes, center, with wife, (r) and admirer, (l), at opening reception.

Sculpture and Wood Carver shows off  lifetime of work

By Wade Woods

Last week, the Sargent Johnson Gallery hosted a reception to kick-off the exhibition of the work of Bay Area Artist Michael Chukes.  The exhibit entitled My, Legacy: A Survey of Chukes’ Work will run from until  July 27, 2008.  This exhibition is the first comprehensive exhibition of Bay area native Michael Chukes’ sculptures and wood carvings. Producing art for over twenty-five years,  the exhibition features pieces that Chukes’  created when he was just five years old to more current sculptures.
Born in Vallejo and raised in San Jose Chukes began creating artworks at a very young age.  Although he attended California College for the Arts and Claremont Graduate University, he considers himself to be a self taught artist.
Chukes works with a number of mediums including clay, bronze, wood and other materials to create exaggerated expressions of the human form.  “I concentrate on capturing emotional sensations of the body rather than its physical presence.  Females play a strong role in m creation. I believe there is a magnificent sensitivity in women unlike anything I know and capturing this sensation give my work meaning.” Read more

Tucker Seeks Cobb’s School Board Seat

Conchitatucker.jpgConchita Tucker is running for a seat on the Alameda Board of Education Trustee representing Area 2. The Alameda Board of Education along with the Alameda County Office of Education oversees the local school districts, the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center Schools, and the Alameda County Community schools.
Conchita is an Oakland native and resident. She is a graduate of St. John’s University with a degree in Business. For the past 5 years she has been employed as the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of a multi-million-dollar Oakland based company with over 200 employees. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.; and serves as the local chapter’s Financial Secretary.
Conchita’s campaign has been endorsed by the incumbent, Gay Plair Cobb; Alameda County Supervisors Keith Carson and Nate Miley; Oakland City Council Members Desley Brooks and Larry Reid; the Alameda County Democratic Party; the East Bay Small Business Alliance PAC; the John George Democratic Club; and a host of residents in the District. Read more

Tucker Seeks Cobb’s School Board Seat

Candidate seeks greater public access and fiscal transparency

Conchitatucker.jpgConchita Tucker is running for a seat on the Alameda Board of Education Trustee representing Area 2.  The Alameda Board of Education along with the Alameda County Office of Education oversees the local school districts, the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center Schools, and the Alameda County Community schools.
Conchita is an Oakland native and resident.  She is a graduate of St. John’s University with a degree in Business.  For the past 5 years she has been employed as the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of a multi-million-dollar Oakland based company with over 200 employees.  She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.; and serves as the local chapter’s Financial Secretary.
Conchita’s campaign has been endorsed by the incumbent, Gay Plair Cobb; Alameda County Supervisors Keith Carson and Nate Miley; Oakland City Council Members Desley Brooks and Larry Reid; the Alameda County Democratic Party; the East Bay Small Business Alliance PAC; the John George Democratic Club; and a host of residents in the District. Read more

Blacks Must Get Colon Cancer Test

Watson.jpgBy Geoffrey Watson
American Cancer Society (ACS) has launched an aggressive, multi-pronged statewide initiative to heighten awareness about the importance of early cancer testing with a focus on colon cancer.
The ACS says approximately 16,400 African American Californians will be diagnosed with colon cancer in 2008, and nearly half this number will die from the disease. African Americans have the highest death rate from colon cancer of any racial or ethnic group in the country. Therefore, American Cancer Society guidelines recommend that both men and women who are at average risk be screened beginning at age 50. Read more

Brutal Texas Hate Crime Remembered

James Byrd, Jr. chained to truck and dragged 3 miles

Jamesbyrd.jpgThe family of James Byrd, Jr., who was chained to a pick up truck and dragged three miles to his death by three white supremacists, will travel from Texas to San Francisco for a Tribute to James Byrd., on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of his death.
The San Francisco-based James Byrd Jr. Racism Oral History Project announces that tickets are available for the 10th Year Anniversary Tribute to James Byrd, Jr., of Jasper, Texas, Working Together to Reduce Racism, which will take place on Sunday June 22nd at 2:00 p.m. at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.
Tickets are $10, $20, & $35 and can be ordered at City Box Office (415) 392-4400 or www.cityboxoffice.com
According to the Project’s Director, Lani Silver, the tribute will acknowledge “how far we have come and how far we have to go in race relations in this country.”
The oral history project is a project of the Houston-based Byrd Foundation for Racial Healing. Over a dozen well known Bay Area authors, politicians, and civic leaders, including Tribune Editor Martin Reynolds, will lead the audience in a discussion about how racism has impacted every individual in society. Read more

$15 Million for School Health Clinics

By Jaron Kelly Epstein

A $15 million grant was announced this week to create school-based health clinics to provide students with medical, dental, counseling, after-school and summer-time programs.
The partnership that won the grant, from among 35 contenders nationwide, included the Oakland Unified School District, the City of Oakland, Safe Passages and Youth Ventures JPA. The grant is expected to leverage another $25.7 million in local funds for direct services. Read more

Unity Rally, Oakland City Hall Plaza

Unityrally.jpgLeft to right:  Sharon Cornu,  Secretary/Treasurer, Alameda County Labor Council, Saundra Andrews, Congresswoman Barbra Lee’s office,  Dwight McElroy, cice President, SEIU Oakland Chapter,  T.C. Wilson,  ALC,  and Brad Walters, President of SEIU Oakland Chapter. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

Members of public and private sector unions being the 2008 contract campaign with a Unity Rally at Frank Ogawa Plaza. Firefighters, Service Employees, and Professional and Technical Employees will join the Labor Council and Justice for Janitors in demanding healthcare, secure retirement, and liveable wages.

Reentry Jobs Discussed at Economic Summit

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John Bowe (right), President, American President Lines listens to Omar Benjamin, Executive Director, Port of Oakland discuss investment in Oakland at Dellums’ 2nd Annual Economic Summit. Photo by Gene Hazzard. 

By Post Staff

Creating decent jobs for Oakland residents will improve public safety as well as the economy, according to leaders who spoke at the Second Annual Economic Summit, which brought together over 500 representatives from the City’s large and small businesses, government, non-profit and community organizations.
“A safe community is not a community with a zillion police officers but a community where people have hope and opportunity,” said Mayor Ron Dellums.
Addressing the connection between jobs and public safety, panelist Gay Plair Cobb called for called for efforts to enhance opportunities for people leaving state prison. “Folks that are coming out of prison directly impact our City,” said Cobb, who is Chief Executive Officer of the Oakland Private Industry Council, pointing out that 50 to 75 people come from state prisons to Oakland each month. Read more

Will Oaklanders Be Given Equal Access To Liveable Wage Jobs?

City Council to hear community vision to implement Dellums’ 10,000 Jobs Plan

The Oakland NetWork for Responsible Development (ONWRD) says more than 2 in 5 Oakland residents live in conditions of economic hardship (defined as 200% of the Federal poverty level or below) and are struggling to find livable wage jobs during this present economic downturn.
ONWRD, a coalition of community-based groups and labor will present their vision for an economic development strategy to lift families out of poverty on May 13 to the Oakland City Council’s Community Economic Development Committee.
ONWRD’s recommendations are based on the coalition’s 2007 report Putting Oakland to Work: a Comprehensive Strategy to Create Real Jobs as well as their 400-person grassroots summit, Building Oakland for Everyone (www.workingeastbay.org/sop).
ONWRD says its effort complements Mayor Dellums’ call for 10,000 jobs.   Read more

Chauncey Bailey Honored at Harvard

Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey was honored posthumously by the Nieman Fellows in Journalism at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., last week for his fearless pursuit of the truth and his work as a vocal advocate for the black community.
Bailey, who was slain in August while investigating stories about allegations of police corruption and an impending bankruptcy at Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland, was recognized with the Lyons Award for conscience and integrity.

Andrew-Meldrum.jpg Last Month Bailey received the George Polk award from the Long Island University in New York for his courageous contributions to investigative journalism.He was chosen by the Nieman class for these two traits, said Bob Giles, curator for the Nieman Foundation.“In the end, after looking at the other nominees, the fellows chose to honor Bailey for his leadership with the Oakland Post and the investigative work he was pursuing,” he said.In his journalism career, Bailey worked for the Oakland Tribune, the Detroit News and the Hartford Courant. Giles called him a courageous editor, whose passion for watchdog journalism in the interest of serving his community is a powerful model for local newspapers. Read more

Volunteers Needed for African Diaspora Cultural Day

The organizers of the 1st Annual African Diaspora Arts and Cultural Day have announced a call for volunteers to assist with all aspects of the all day event, which takes place July 19th in downtown Oakland on Alice St. in front of the Malonga Arts/Dance Center.
Volunteers are needed in areas including Event Production, Children’s Activities, Security, Promotions and Community liaisons.
The only officially recognized day of its kind in the United States, African Diaspora Arts and Culture Day was officially recognized by Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums on July 17, 2007.
The event will feature food, vendors and children’s activities as well as a large performance stage
featuring artists from throughout the African diaspora and from as far away as Venezuela. Read more

McClymonds Basketball Team Honored by State Assembly

mackrings.jpgSacramento – The California State Assembly will honor the McClymond’s High School boy’s basketball team on their state championship and perfect 32-0 season on Monday, May 12th at 9:30am.”This was an outstanding accomplishment for this team. The boys worked incredibly hard throughout the season, and their victory is an historic point of pride for the school and the community,” Assemblymember Sandré R. Swanson (D-Oakland) stated.

In addition, Assemblymember Swanson will present a resolution to commemorate this outstanding accomplishment to the team at the beginning of session. Coach Dwight Nathaniel, who lead the team to victory, will also receive special recognition on his retirement after 13 years of service. Read more

Morehouse College Glee Club performs May 13

“Powerful”, “Awesome”, “Life Altering” are some of the adjectives used by previous audiences to describe the Morehouse Glee Club. The beauty and strength of the male voice is fully realized as the all male ensemble sings music from every genre. If you’ve never heard them before this is your opportunity to do it for FREE.This is an event you won’t want to miss!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Free
12 Noon – 1 pm
OAKLAND CITY HALL PLAZA
(Frank H. Ogawa Plaza)
For More Information call: (510) 652-8493

Jay Z sets up trust fund for Sean Bell's Kids

Live Nation’s $150 Million Deal Closes

Allhiphop.com is reporting that Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter is in the process of setting up an educational trust for the children of Sean Bell, the unarmed African American man who was shot and killed by police hours before his wedding.

The Web site says sources have confirmed that the mogul is working with Nicole Paultre Bell, Sean Bell’s widow, to establish stock-based trust funds for both of their children.

Nicole Bell was featured in an ad for Jay-Z’s Rocawear “I Will Not Lose” advertising campaign.

Meanwhile, Billboard Biz is reporting that Jay-Z’s $150 million deal with Live Nation closed.

The company filed a Form-8K with the SEC which states that the artist is getting 775,434 Live Nation shares, plus an option on an additional 500,000 with the exercise price of $13.73. The shares go to Marcy Media, the company affiliated with Jay-Z in connection with the formation of Roc Nation LLC, a joint entertainment venture between Live Nation and Jay-Z. Read more