From August 2008

Poetry Festival To Feature Santa Rosa Lion Dancers

By Natica Angilly
Part 3

liondance.jpgRECA LION DANCERS from Santa Rosa have been invited to perform at the fifteenth annual Dancing Poetry Festival, to be celebrated on September 27 at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. This festival encourages all lovers of poetry, dance and music to attend. The festival will feature Chinese Lion Dances with big drums and poetry to set the stage with good vibrations for the many international dancers and poets chosen to be featured continuously from noon to 4 p.m.
Traditional lion dancing is done at the beginning of many important events. The mythological theory is to chase away evil by the shy yet ferocious lions, then only good remains for the rest of the event. The Redwood Empire Chinese Association Lion Dancers (RECA), will perform their dance accompanied by the poetry of Judy Hardin Cheung, who writes poetry especially for this troupe. The engagement of the cultural lion dancing with spoken words given in poetic rhythm and content helps the audience to share in the wonder of this colorful Chinese tradition. Read more

Faces Around the Bay: Doretha Evans

DoretheaEvans.jpgDoretha Evans lives in El Sobrante; we met her shopping in San Leandro at “Abeba’s Nail Care, Accessories and Apparel.” Abeba’s is one of two shops owned by an African American in Pelton Center.
Evans says, “I shop here because I have a strange passion for unique clothes and I don’t like looking like everyone else.” She pointed to a white dress with a simple silver emblem on the front, and said, “I am a missionary and bought this recently for a ‘women in white’ event Everyone wanted to know where I got it.” Unable to get a word in edgewise I listened, “Clothes define a lot about you. People can see your light in your life.”
Evans, a member of Charity Fellowship in Oakland, is full of her subject, “I hope people will come to Christ. You can’t serve two masters – you must serve God.”
Evan’s Mother is Pastor of Power House Missionary Church of God in Christ.

Photo and text by Barbara Fluhrer.

Jackson Gets Key Backing For College Board Seat

Endorsements From Democratic Party Central Committee, State Senator Leland Yee

By Wade Woods


Chris Jackson a young African American running for the San Francisco Community College Board picked up key endorsements last week. He was selected for the much sought after endorsement of the San Francisco Democratic Party Central Committee.
The Central Committee endorsement should give him support of San Francisco’s progressives. He also received the endorsement of State Senator Leland Yee and State Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, leaders in the City’s Asian Community. Read more

Shorter Reappointed to Commission on Status of Women

By Wade Wood

Shortermug.jpgAndrea shorter who received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Whittier College and attended the University of Copenhagen, Demark last week was reappointment to the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women.
Shorter is presently an Independent Consultant, working primarily on matters of juvenile justice policy and effective alternatives to incarceration program models and evaluation.

Shorter is also currently the Vice President of FPA and Associates, inc., which is an Executive Recruitment firm that specializes in LGBT hiring needs and diversity training.

Shorter’s past professional experiences include Deputy Director, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, Director Director, Names Project Foundation/AIDS Memorial Quilt and Acting Director for the Income Rights Project, Inc. Read more

London Breed To Attend Convention

By Wade Woods

Londonbreedmug.jpgOn April 13, 2008 San Francisco and Western Addition native London Breed was elected to serve as a Barack Obama delegate to the Democratic National Convention to be held next week in Denver, Co.

Ms. Breed is the only African American in the San Francisco delegation which represents the 8th Congressional district, the District is currently represented by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Breed is currently the Director of the African American Art and Cultural Complex (AAACC) having been appointed to the position in 2002 by former Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr.

The AAACC is located in the heart of the Western addition and is recognized as one of the renowned and progressive institutions on African American centered cultural expression in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more

African Americans Leaving SF in Record Numbers

sfaa.jpg Community members listen to testimony at Supervisors hearing on Black out migration trends from left to right, Hunters Point activist Espanola Jackson, BayView Publisher, Willie Radcliff, task force member Barbara Cohen, resident John F. Howell and Redevelopment Executive Director Fred Blackwell.

By Wade Woods

A task force set up by Mayor Gavin Newsom, the African American out–migration task force, issued its draft report before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Rules Committee last week. The report showed that San Francisco is losing African Americans faster than any large urban city in America.
The data in the draft report was gathered and analyzed by the College of Ethnic studies at San Francisco State University, it examined the decline in the African American population in San Francisco, and the possible reason for it.
The draft report addressed three guiding questions: (1) Who is leaving and residing in San Francisco; (2) Where do African Americans who move from San Francisco relocate; and (3) What reasons do African American San Francisco residents give for leaving or staying in the city. Read more

Faces Around the Bay: Shanice Bolling

shanicebolling.jpgShanice Bolling was born in Berkeley and graduated from El Cerrito High.
She lives in Richmond with her two brothers: Shamario and Daveyshawn Bolling.
Bolling recently enrolled at Everest College in San Francisco and is working to be a Medical Assistant, eventually an RN.
“I love children and this field would allow me to make them smile — that would make me happy.”
Bolling attends classes in the morning and is a Manager at Pier I Imports in the evening.

Photo and text by Barbara Fluhrer.

Black Publisher Inspired Jack London

By Mary Rudge

pactimes.jpgWhat newspaper publisher would print Poetry and Adventure Stories as front page news?
John Wilds, founder and editor of the Oakland Sunshine did. He convinced many young people to be brave in all they endeavored, and he used many forms of writing to this purpose. Though Jack London, as a child, seems to have been self-motivated to pursue writing as a vocation, he took courage to stand up for his choice, mightily impressed by John Wilds, friend of his foster parents, Jennie and Alonzo Prentiss.
Jack wanted to write poetry and see it on the front page of a newspaper, too. Read more

Back-to-School Rally to Jumpstart School Year

On Sunday, August 24, the City of Oakland will recognize the start of a new school year and celebrate regular attendance in a prize-filled rally to be held at City Hall’s Frank Ogawa Plaza.   From 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, special  guests will join students, parents and supporters of public education in an afternoon devoted to family-friendly activities such as:

 * Teen summit
*  Children’s activities
* The “Fashion Rocks” youth fashion show
* Voter registration
* Distribution of free backpacks filled with school supplies to the first 600 children to register (Registration held from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM)
Sponsored by the Office of Mayor Ronald V. Dellums , the Oakland Unified School District,  Effective Teachers for Oakland Task Force, Future Foundation, and Usher’s New Look.

Oakland is Wellspring for Obama Water

h2obama.jpgGraphic by Alapi Bhatt.

When many delegates to the Democratic convention, along with members of the media, get to the convention, their souvenir bags will contain one distinct Oakland contribution: bottles of H2Obama Water.

“We hope to whet their appetites for Obama and quench their thirsts”, said Conway Jones the creator of the Obama water marketing plan while at the Oakland Post. Jones first met Senator Barack Obama at his 2005 swearing-in ceremony at the nation’s capitol. He then introduced Obama to Congresswoman Barbara Lee and they posed for a picture while reading the Post.

That photo appeared the following week in the Oakland Post. When Obama later visited the Post staff and granted a 30 minute exclusive interview that covered: Darfur, Black males and criminal justice system and the education systems. Read more

Willa Dellums, 89

Mayor Ron Dellums’ mother, Willa Dellums, passed away Sunday morning at 3am in Oakland. She was 89 years old.
“Naturally, I am very saddened by the passing of my mother who meant so much to me and to my family,” said Mayor Dellums. “She instilled in me the values and integrity that allow me to be the person that I am today. She was an incredible person who only wanted the best for me, as I developed both personally and politically. As I was growing up in Oakland, she prayed that I wouldn’t go down the wrong road and that support allowed me to pursue an education and taught me that listening to others is not only important, but an essential tool in order to make a difference. Even though she did not attend college, she possessed a tremendous thirst for knowledge and a visionary spirit. My mother imparted on my sister and me a strong belief in the value of education and, along with my father, pushed us to achieve at every step. I believe she lived out her dreams of education through her children and I am very proud of that.

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Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones Dies Suddenly


Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones sown here with Senator Hillary Clinton.

Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress, died Wednesday evening at a Cleveland area hospital after suffering an aneurysm.

Tubbs Jones, 58, chaired the House Ethics Committee and was one of Hillary Clinton’s biggest supporters during the Democratic primaries.

In a phone conversation with Post Publisher Paul Cobb, Clinton said that she and Tubbs-Jones were planning to launch a national women’s initiative to support the efforts of women in the political process. She commended Tubbs-Jones for her loyal support.

Tubbs-Jones, first elected in 1998, suffered a brain hemorrhage while driving her car in Cleveland Heights Tuesday night, said Dr. Gus Kious, president of Huron Hospital. He said the “very serious” hemorrhage was caused by an aneurysm that burst in an inaccessible part of her brain.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee said she had shown “remarkable courage and strength after losing her mother, father and husband in the last 5 years.”

She said she and Tubbs-Jones had become close confidantes that “regularly checked up on each other’s whereabouts lat at night to make sure everything was okay.” Lee said she was introduced to Tubbs-Jones 10 years ago by former County supervisor Mary King. Read more

When dying was an art

“This Republic of Suffering” by Drew Gilpin Faust
c.2008, Knopf $27.95 368 pages

Review by Terri Schlichenmeyer

Watch the news, open a newspaper, turn on the radio, visit a newsstand, eavesdrop on conversation at a local restaurant – wherever you go, it’s hard to ignore the fact that American men and women are losing their lives on foreign soil.

If you’ve got a loved one in Iraq, read on – but with caution.

No matter where a soldier dies, he or she leaves someone at home, someone who dreads getting a visit from a uniformed chaplain or grim-faced officer. But almost a hundred fifty years ago, if you lost a loved one to battle, you may’ve never gotten closure on your loss. No body, no personal effects, no confirmation, and no grave to visit. In “This Republic of Suffering” by Drew Gilpin Faust, you’ll read about death on the battlefields of the Civil War.

In early Victorian times, Americans believed in “Good Death”; that is, a death where one gave up the soul “gladlye and wilfully” and resisted worldly attachment. Death was, in today’s context, almost romantic in its sentimentality.

“Dying,” says Faust, “was an art.” Read more

I Love Food Group Committed to business on Chicago's 75th Street

By Ron Carter
South Street Journal Publisher

Chicago-Six years ago, Quentin Love decided it was time to make a change in the inner city way of living. To raise capital for his business, Love sold his 500-disc DVD collection to friends and neighbors.

“My first restaurant was Quench and after having success, I felt the need to expand,” Love says as he addressed the Black Wall Street Economic Summit. “The purpose of the I Love Food Group is to encourage a healthier lifestyle for the people and pave the way for urban communities by creating jobs and ownership.”

Studies show that high blood pressure and cholesterol is very common among the Black community. For this reason, restaurateur, Quentin Love founded the, I Love Food Group (ILFG). Read more

Faces Around the Bay: Kevin Griffin

Kevin.jpgKevin Griffin lives in San Leandro and works in West Oakland at the Black Family Institute, where he teaches HIV/Aids Substance Abuse Prevention Techniques to high school students. He attended Life Academy, then DVC and is preparing to attend Davis this fall.  His major is Psychology and he wants to become a Clinical Psychologist,” hoping to learn more about the population I serve”, says Griffin.
Griffin is hopeful for the future, “you might as well be dead, if you’re not hopeful!”
We stopped him here coming out of the San Leandro Library after paying on a large fine for being two days late with resources he used for a teaching project.  “They took me to collections, and finally agreed to accept payments.  It seemed a little excessive to me.  I guess I’ll  consider it my contribution to the San Leandro Library System.  They’re actually  pretty nice libraries!”
Griffin enjoys reading and says, “I’m a hobbyist.  I collect vivid colored tropical fish.”  However it becomes clear that he has little free time now.  He finds great support and affirmation from the bonds formed at The Black Family Institute, “It helps to sustain and support my hope and faith.”

Photo and text by Barbara Fluhrer.

Bush Signs H.R. 5501

bush.jpgPresident George W. Bush is joined by Barbara Lee (right) and Annette Lantos, right, and invited guests last week in the East Room of the White House, as he signs H.R. 5501, the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008.

White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian.

Faces Around the Bay: Clare Cosby

ClareCosby.jpgClare Cosby left her home in the Oakland hills to buy a new home with her daughter, Anna Cosby, an accountant, in Berkeley.  “Now I can walk every place I need to go, and our home is a duplex, so we continue to live independently. She can get bossy from time to time, and I have to remind her to wait a minute, who’s the mother here.” She has a son who is also an accountant in Phoenix.
Cosby was a Public Health Nurse on West Campus and remembers, “we had 1200 students, and they could be a real pain.”  Cosby recently was relieved to get her driver’s license renewed for 5 years and continues to volunteer as a docent for the Oakland Museum. “I was taking a tap dancing class, but am now taking ceramics and pottery at the South Berkeley Senior Center and love it,” says Cosby.
“I love to garden, and we have a big yard.  I also enjoy music and enjoy Four Season’s Concerts transportation program to their concerts.  I’ve been a member for 30 years — back when they programed at Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco.  I’ve been trying to go to their music festival in Oregon – maybe next year.”

Photo and text by Barbara Fluhrer.

Faces Around the Bay: Paul Hampton

PaulHampton.jpgPaul Hampton has been busy since graduating from Berkeley High and College of Alameda, where he majored in Psychology.  He spent three years in Omaha with First Data Resources, returned and worked 3 years with Chiron in Emeryville, 4 years with PacBell (A.T.&T), then to Los Angeles where he did contract work and now living in Hercules and employed by ETNA, doing claims pre certification.
“I enjoy surfing and chatting on the computer and am a good cook,” reports Hampton. When asked if he were a confirmed bachelor, he smiled and shrugged his shoulders.
One of his real concerns is, “the breakdown in moral values; I believe the responsibility is at home, and the schools too.  Parents need to see that the schools are doing their job.”

Photo and text by Barbara Fluhrer.

Justice is Waiting for Chauncey Bailey

Bailey.jpgStanding on the spot where Chauncey Bailey was killed a year ago, some members of the Oakland Post and friends are shown among the four dozen visitors at the 10:00am morning Buddhist service led by John Le Tung. The staff are shown holding the copies of the plans for a Bailey Memorial in Vietnam. Others have copies of the Reporters Without Borders Petition calling for a federal investigation into the assassination of Bailey. Left to right, Stephen Fitch, advertising, Godfrey Lee, photographer, Paul Cobb, Publisher, Don Davis, developer who traveled to Vietnam with John Le and Bailey, John Le Tung, Jorge Portugal, El Mundo, Gay P. Cobb, Oakland PIC Director, Mitch Hardin, friend of Bailey and James “Jimmy Mack” McClendon, Director of the Original Passions, a group formerly managed by Bailey. During the day, two other observances were conducted.

Photo by Gene Hazzard.

Faces Around the Bay: Keith E. Powell

By Conway Jones

KeithPowell.jpgKeith E. Powell is a picture-perfect example of a corporate Chief Operating Officer.
Why? Because he is the Chief Operating Officer of Kodak Gallery, a division of the Eastman Kodak Company.
Powell joined Kodak in 2000 and was promoted to his current position as COO in May, 2008. In this role, he is responsible for providing direct support for the day-to-day operating activities of the Kodak Gallery. Most recently, he served as Director and Vice-President of Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis at corporate headquarters in Rochester, NY. Mr. Powell also served as Assistant to the Kodak Chairman and CEO.
Powell, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, has an MBA in Finance from Indiana University and BS degrees in Finance and Business Management from Virginia Tech.
The Kodak Gallery is accessible on the Internet at The Gallery allows one to view and edit photographs, share photographs, and upload photographs. Through the Kodak Gallery web site, a user can also create photo books and customize apparel and accessories with their photographs.
Powell says,“The Kodak Gallery gives you, ‘What you need, when you need it.’”

Bailey Remembered One Year Later

baileycollage.jpgPhotos by Gene Hazzard and  Godfrey Lee.  Graphic design by Alapi Bhatt.

Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey was remembered by three separate ceremonies Saturday, August 2, at 14th and Alice Streets where he was gunned down on his way to work. During the first ceremony at 10:00am led by John Le Tung (above in the blue jacket), with a Buddhist prayer, incense with the gathering of Post staff, publishers Paul and Gay Cobb and many of the witnesses. Read more

Dellums and Police Join Night Out Block Parties

dellumsnightout.jpgMayor Ron Dellums and Police Chief Wayne Tucker visited Patty Bowie and Cherilynn Abaye and four neighborhoods last Tuesday as part of Oakland’s participation with the National Night Out Block Parties against crime.
Dellums said   “When neighbors know each other, neighborhoods become safer. I am confident that the National Night Out block parties will again serve as a great motivation for people to get out and get to know their community.”
National Night Out is a nationwide event organized by Town Watch Association. It has been held in Oakland since 2003.  Last year over 20,000 people participated through 317 block parties.  This year more than 380 block parties were held.

Black Leaders Mentored Jack London

By Mary Rudge

MaryRudgemug.jpgInterviewing people and researching books on Oakland’s heritage of people of creative, active minds is one of the happiest interests a person can have.  It has been my pleasure to meet many people who have a passion for some aspect of  history who each feel enriched by what they have discovered. On learning some of Oakland’s history, I have been amazed at  the powerful influences some of these great personalities  have had on each other,  and, in some cases, the world. Read more

Who Killed Bailey?

Opinion by Marvin X Jackmon

I write these words on the anniversary of the murder of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey. I am tired of the sham reporting of the Chauncey Bailey Project, a consortium of journalists and Bay Area newspapers that have made millions infecting the Bay Area and the world with misinformation and most importantly, committing the sin of omission by focusing on one of two reasons my friend and fellow writer was assassinated.
The Bailey incident reminds us of the killing of Malcolm X, a conspiracy between the Nation of Islam and the New York Police. What is even more striking in Bailey’s case is that he was not only doing a story on the Black Muslim Bakery, but was also writing an expose of black police on the OPD, similar to the “Riders” case in which white and Latino police were killing, shaking down and planting false evidence on mostly black victims.
Why has not the Chauncey Bailey Project focused on the second reason Chauncey was killed? No doubt it has been to poison the public against Muslims, as in the Malcolm X case. The media so poisoned the atmosphere that even today black intellectuals are guilty of revisionism when attempting to write Black history, often omitting or down playing the importance of Elijah Muhammad, who was our master psychologist and had a profound influence not only on Malcolm X, but Muhammad Ali, Farrakhan, Warithdin, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, in short, the Black Arts Movement, Black Studies, Black Psychology, theology and most importantly, economics. Read more