From February 2010

Nuggets too much for Warriors

Oakland, CA – George Karl need not worry about his team while undergoing treatment to combat neck and throat cancer.  Top assistant coach Adrian Dantley and the Denver Nuggets were successful in getting a win over the Golden State Warriors 127-112.  The Nuggets kept pace and controlled the game entirely.  They currently maintain the second seed in the west standings and not concerned with Dallas and Utah closing in on them.

“It’s big for us to finish strong during the second half of the season,” said Carmelo Anthony.  “We control our own destiny and we’ll do just fine in maintaining our position.”  “We have the team to go all the way this year, last year we were just one step away.”

Denver dominated in the paint and took advantage of the Warriors eight available players.  Or rather it was Chauncey Billups dropping 3′s that made it impossible for Golden State to stop!  The “big” shot was in a zone and finished with 37 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds. Read more

Warriors rally in the 4th for the win

Oakland, CA – What a come back by the Golden State Warriors!  Down by as much as eighteen points in the third quarter.  The Warriors rallied early in the fourth to beat the Atlanta Hawks 108-104.  Limited to only eight players coach Don Nelson shuffled his line up and shocked the Hawks who dominated in the third quarter.

“We made changes in the fourth by resting Monta Ellis to spread the floor and added two centers to the line up to get more rebounds,” said Nelson.  “Chris Hunter played his best game, he was huge for us.”

For three quarters the Warriors looked none to spectacular than when they lost Friday night by 30 to the Utah Jazz.  They played a close game during the first half being down by 1 before heading into halftime. The third quarter belonged solely to the Hawks who out played, out rebound and out scored Golden State while advancing their lead to almost 20 points. Read more

Monica Calhoun Stars in Award-Winning Soap Opera on

Diary of a Single Mom is a web based original series that chronicles the lives and challenges of three single mothers and their families trying to get ahead despite obstacles that all single mothers face: childcare, health, education and finances. The series is produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Robert Townsend, renowned for such films as Hollywood Shuffle, Meteor Man and Holiday Heart. It is written by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Cheryl L. West.

Diary stars Monica Calhoun (The Best Man) as Ocean Jackson, a single mother of two striving to keep her family afloat while working to fulfill her own ambitions of finishing her GED, going to college and opening her own business.

Along her journey, she befriends and joins forces with two other single moms, Lupe (Valery Ortiz – The N’s “South of Nowhere”), a mother juggling different fathers for each of her two children while facing health concerns and Peggy (Janice Lynde – “Letters to Dad”), a once wealthy matriarch who suddenly finds herself widowed, broke and guardian to her only grandchild. Together, the three women search for support and faith as they strive to triumph over the challenges of everyday life. Read more

Morgan Says Blacks Should Lighten Up

Tracy Morgan (NBC’s 30 Rock) and Bruce Willis (Die Hard franchise) star in the upcoming buddy film, “Cop Out” from Warner Bros. Pictures, in theaters February 26.  Morgan spent a recent afternoon fielding questions from reporters (including this one) about the film and his career.

He seemed willing to answer all questions though we were asked not to probe into his personal affairs.  As if there aren’t plenty of sources already in place to divulge each aspect of his life, Morgan brought the goods. Read more

Free “Soul Yoga Saturdays”

By Jesse Brooks

Nikki Thomas

As African Americans continue to lead our nation in disproportionate rates of health disparities, it is time we look at our health in different ways and start to incorporate practices in our community, to promote better outcomes. Yoga means different things to different people. To some, it’s just an exercise to trim off a few pounds, to others it is a way of life and never ending happiness into an enlightened state. Whatever your motivation, it is definitely a health benefit, and worth a try. So if you love yoga or never tried yoga, come and experience “Soul Yoga Saturdays”. It’s part of an all new Fitness series at the Malonga Casquelourd Center in Oakland, and get this it’s free for the month of February! Make getting in shape your resolution for 2010. Their theme is, “fitness for the mind, body and soul”. So we’ve already missed two classes but still have a chance to catch the last two, February 20th, Tai Chi Chaun, led by instructor Terry Leo, and on the February 27th, the instructor will be Nikki Thomas, renown disc jockey of KBLX, 1029.9 morning’s radio show. Nikki will be leading a class in soul yoga. Nikki incorporates the sounds of neo-soul, jazz and R & B while taking the class through yoga positions that act upon various joints of the body, including those joints that are never really on the radar screen, let alone exercised. Read more

“Mother of Civil Rights” – Mary Ellen Pleasant Celebrated Again

Bibbs Film On Pleasant Wins Hawaiian Festival Honors

Susheel Bibbs

Touring artist and filmmaker, Susheel Bibbs has won yet another festival award for her PBS film MEET MARY PLEASANT (Mother of Civil Rights), a documentary that chronicles the life and legacy of Mary Ellen Pleasant, the San Francisco activist-entrepreneur now called the Mother of Civil Rights in California.  Just announced was the Gold Kahuna Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the 2010 Honolulu International Film Festival.
The Festival will take place April 24th and 25th, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa, and the award will be given  at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony to be held April 25th. In the announcement, the festival informed wrote,
“Our judges felt that your film demonstrated superior and standout filmmaking and is deserving of our most esteemed award.  Your film was among the very best of the several hundreds of films submitted from over 30 countries around the world.  Only a select group of projects in each competitive category are selected to be honored with this prestigious award.”

Read the Bible in One Year – Take the 2010 Challenge!

By Angelina
Overall Archie

Psalm 18:2 says “The Lord is my rock and fortress and my deliverer;  My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.”  Pray that God would give you the desire to grow in your relationship with Him as you daily read His Word, the Bible.
Read the Post newspaper.  The list of scriptures will be printed so you can read  the Bible in one year.  If you fall behind in your reading, just start with the current date.  Do not give up.  Here are the readings for February 1 – March 7, 2010:
Feb. 1 -  Leviticus 1-4,  Feb. 2 -  Leviticus 5-7,  Feb. 3 -  Leviticus 8-10, Feb.4 -  Leviticus 11-13, Feb. 5 -  Leviticus 14-15, Feb. 6 – Leviticus 16-18,  Feb. 7 -    Leviticus 19-21, Feb. 8 – Leviticus 22-23,  Feb 9  -  Leviticus 24-25, Feb. 10 -  Leviticus 26-27, Feb. 11 -  Numbers 1-2,  Feb. 12 -  Numbers 3-4, Feb . 13 -  Numbers 5-6, Feb. 14 -  Numbers 7, Feb. 15 -  Numbers 8-10, Feb. 16 -  Numbers 11-13, Feb. 17 -  Numbers 14-15, Feb.18 -  Numbers 16-17, Feb. 19 – Numbers 18-19, Feb. 20 – Numbers 20-21, Feb. 21 – Numbers 22-23, Feb. 22 – Numbers 24-25, Feb. 23 – Numbers 26-27, Feb. 24 – Numbers 28-29, Feb.25 -  Numbers 30-31,  Feb. 26 -  Numbers 32, Feb. 27 -  Numbers 33-34, Feb, 28 -  Numbers 35,  Mar. 1 -  Numbers 36, Mar.  2 -  Deuteronomy 1-2, Mar.  3 – Deuteronomy 3-4, Mar.  4 – Deuteronomy 5-8, .Mar. 5 – Deuteronomy 9-11, Mar. 6 -  Deuteronomy 12-14,  March 7  -  Deuteronomy 15-18.

Peralta and Lincoln Elementary Win Academic Awards

Peralta Principal Rosette Costello.

Peralta Elementary and Lincoln Elementary captured California’s coveted Title I Academic Achievement award. The two schools led a list of six Oakland Public School honorees that includes American Indian Public Charter, Berkeley Maynard Academy, Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy, and Oakland Charter Academy.
The schools were recognized schools for producing sterling academic results while serving a socio-economically disadvantaged population. Title I schools educate high concentrations of students from low-income families and often have large English Language Learner (ELL) populations. California is home to more than 6,000 Title I schools and just 238 of them, or roughly three percent, received this week’s Title I Award.
Lincoln has won every year since 2004.
Peralta Principal Rosette Costello’s leadership, along with active and engaged parents, helped turn Peralta into one of the most sought after schools. Peralta’s API score of 892 (API is California’s primary metric for measuring student achievement), is one of just 57 schools in California where the average API score for African-Americans tops 800. Grass Valley Elementary also joins Peralta on this list.
All of the winning schools have student bodies where at least 40 percent of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch, yet, in every case, they more than doubled the State’s academic growth targets. Lincoln Elementary, where nearly 80 percent of the children qualify for free or reduced lunch and many students speak languages other than English at home, proves that socioeconomic or linguistic challenges need not stand in the way of excellence.
Lincoln’s Principal John Melvin reported that the school’s API score now stands at 933. This year, Lincoln is one of just 35 in the state of California, to be nominated for a National Blue Ribbon School Award.

Tammy Hall Steps to the Forefront

By Lee Hildebrand

Tammy Hall. Photo by Len Keller.

Ask just about any jazz singer in the Bay Area who their favorite piano accompanist is and they’ll tell you, “Tammy Hall.” The San Francisco-based musician has played with some of the best over the past two decades. The list includes Rhonda Benin, Brenda Boykin, Darlene Coleman, Debbie DeCoudreaux, Frankye Kelly, Lady Mem’fis, Kim Nalley, Denise Perrier, Pamela Rose and Linda Tillery. She’s also backed such out-of-town vocalists as the legendary Jimmy Scott, the late Etta Jones and former Supreme Mary Wilson. Read more

Authentic Diversity

By Tanya

Dancers from all ethnic groups, all ages and gender are led by Zakariya and Naomi Diouf (right). Photos by Gene Hazzard.

America is a country that is defined by its diversity.  However, most people wonder what real diversity looks like. We usually define it as a culture that embraces all races and genders.  Saturday this reporter saw authentic diversity at the Malonga Casquelourd Center in Zakariya & Naomi Diouf’s West African Dance class.
Zakariya, who is from the Congo, and his wife, Naomi, who hails from Liberia, have dominated the African Dance scene in the Bay Area for over forty years.  Zakariya teaches three classes at Laney College and Naomi is a dance teacher at Berkeley High School.
However, it is in their dance classes, open to the public, that you see the true fabric of America: little children go across the floor first with their designated teacher Antoinette Holland, then comes the master teacher, Ibrahima Diouf who is Naomi’s son, leading America personified; Male and female, young and old, French, Chinese, Filipinos, Latinos, African-Americans, Anglos and Africans, plus-sized women and the athletic follow him in rhythm with the drum, united.
Plus-sized women have mastered the art of West African dance in a culture where they are often marginalized as symbols of beauty.  Here, they shine above the other dancers as their graceful bodies seem to embrace the movement more soulfully and deeper than the rest.  They are magnificent to watch! Read more

Residents Speak Out on Church Shooting

By Lee Hubbard

Rev. George Brown

Two brothers who were shot in a Richmond church this past Sunday, are now assisting Richmond police officers in the case.
The church shooting, which has sparked national media interest, took place after three young black men in hooded black sweatshirts began shooting two young church patrons at the New Gethsemane Church of God in Christ at 2100 Roosevelt Street in Central Richmond.
The hooded young men, walked in the church and up and down an aisle during the church service.  They then left the church, with one of the young men returning back into the church, shooting a gun, which hit two teenagers sitting in the back pews.  As the shots rang out,  the congregants sought refuge behind the pews. The shooters rapidly fled the scene.
The injured  teenagers were rushed to the hospital with non-lethal injuries. One was shot in the arm , the other in the shoulder.
“This could have been a lot worse,” said Sgt. Bisa French. He reported that Richmond police now have leads on two of the suspects who are believed to be in their late teens or early 20s.
Churches, which have historically been considered “holy ground” or places that are off-limits during street mayhem., now have been rudely violated.  Houses of worship and their leaders have been traditionally accorded the covering graces of the biblical phrase “touch not thine annointed and do thy prophet (nor his sanctuary) no harm..”But with this latest shooting, many Richmond activists are questioning if this stands true today, as they questioned the callousness of the crime. One minister said this “shooting reminds us of the church mafia-like killings of the Godfather movie. My God who would have thought that Gethsemane would be the scene of a horror movie.”
“Being a minister, we have to remember what type of battle we are involved in,” said George Brown, a preacher and community activist with Totally Lead Ministries, a non-profit that does street ministering in Richmond. “The devil found someone who was on his team and they did his work, so the location really didn’t matter.”

Rev. Andre Shumake Sr.

Brown lost his son to a street shooting in Richmond July 6 of last year, so news of the church shooting touched him.  He said the black community has to go back to the basics.
“We as ministers and pastors, have to step up and be involved with the community,” continued Brown.  “We have to show young men more love.”
The Reverend Wynford Williams of the All Nations Church of God in Christ in North Richmond agreed with Brown that churches need to do more outreach to black youth on the streets. He added that the shooting also points to a generational problem within the black community.
“Nowadays we are dealing with youth who were latch-key kids, as parents have to work more and more to keep a roof over there heads,” said Williams.  “We are also dealing with kids who were born as drug babies.  While the church needs to do more, things can’t be fixed by the church by itself.  It takes parents, community people and city involvement.”
While the police look for the suspects, there has been talk of retaliation on the shooters.  But Richmond pastors are trying to prevent this violent response to the church shootings.
“These young people are so angry,” said the Reverend Andre Shumake Sr., president of the Richmond Improvement Association, a coalition of 80 church congregations, helping to plan an anti-violence rally on March 6.  “We’re trying to say, no – that’s not the correct way to respond.”

Marcus Books A Child Shall Read Them

Saidah Kinerman and daughter, Marcilee Kinerman purchase books to support Marcus Book Stores
Kinerman, teacher in Fitness Boot Camps at Live Oaks Park in Berkeley and the Lake Merritt Sail Boat House in Oakland, says, “I have been a customer of Marcus for 6 years and now I can bring my daughter with me. Her daughter Marcilee is three years old and attends preschool.  Marcilee eagerly clasps her just purchased book and says , “I like books.  They’re my favorite things!”  Her book selection: “Girls Hold Up This World”. Photo by Barbara Fluhrer.

Afro-German’s Obama-Like Story

anzanian Father Abandoned Him as a Child

Robin Szolkowy and Aliona Savchenko, are Olympic bronze medalists.
Szolkowy was born in  East Germany. His mother, a nurse, met his father, a Tanzanian medical doctor, when he was a student. Although Robin had seen photos of his father, the two did not meet until March 2008, in Vienna, Austria. Szolkowy began skating when he was 4 years old. Originally a singles skater, he switched to pairs when he was 16.

Morris Legrande Jazzes Up DMC

By Dion Evans

Religion Editor

Luajuana (left) and Morris LeGrande shared a special Valentine’s Kiss during the LOVE and BASKETBALL CONCERT sponsored by Tinka of KMEL’s World Hit Gospel Show and Floyd Entertainment. .

Tinka, celebrity and modest radio show host of KMEL’s Sunday morning “World Hit Gospel Show” held an event on Valentine’s Day – LOVE AND BASKETBALL.  Tinka, a huge basketball fan, created the perfect event for people who both like sports and cherish Valentine’s Day festivities.  The event featured the comedy of Dennis Gaxiola and the Smooth Jazz of Morris LeGrande, a native of Oakland.
LeGrande shared during the concert how he fell in love with his wife and what his first kiss was like when he knew he was falling in love with her.  “It was electric!  We admitted to one another that we were beginning to fall in love with one another.”  LeGrande gave out complimentary CDs of his latest musical project to those couples who had been successfully married for at least 30 years.  As many as seven couples acknowledged they had been.  One couple, known to Morris LeGrande, acknowledged they’d been married for over 50 years.  The audience cheered and praised God for such an awesome example of commitment.
As the Smooth Jazz filled the air, Morris LeGrande and his band held an entertaining competition  with the audience using the childhood toy – kazoo.  While many did not know how to operate the toy instrument–LeGrande highlighted the abilities of those willing to showcase their skills.
Following the entertaining display, LeGrande stated, “Its time for me to get a little serious for a moment.”  He began to share his undeniable testimony of Jesus Christ.  He stated, “I am not ashamed to say the name Jesus Christ.  Without Jesus Christ I would not be here today.”  Some attendees returning to their seats seemed caught off guard by the testimony.  They‘d departed listening to the sounds of smooth jazz and returned to a period of praise and worship.  LeGrande subsequently sang, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus – there’s just something about that name.”
Sharing the stage for the LOVE AND BASKETBALL party was J-Redd local Bay Area comedian and BET’s Comic View comedian– Dennis Gaxiola; born in Berkeley , CA and also featured in Paul Rodriguez’s LATIN ALL-STARS OF COMEDY.  Gaxiola had the audience laughing in their seats as he told comedic stories about his father; a former boxer turned preacher.  He shared, “If my father was preaching too long, we would ring a bell and he would go sit down in the corner.”  Gaxiola, also an unashamed Christian, shared how he once needed tequila while performing on the stage but, “now I just have a little of water.”
Following the Comedy and Concert – a large screen was lowered for attendees to watch the remainder of the NBA All-Star Game.  Tinka announced, “This is the beginning of a new entertaining company I am launching – FLOYD ENTERTAINMENT.”  Tinka will be unveiling more entertainment events in the future.  Stay tuned.

Diane Watson Retires

Rep. Diane Watson, at podium, laughs after announcing Wednesday that she will not seek re-election to the congressional seat she has held since 2001. Watson said she is retiring to help care for her 100-year-old mother.
From left, LA  Police Commission President John Mack, Celes King, Jr., Rep. Watson, and NAACP National Board of Directors member Willis Edwards. (D. Dovarganes/AP)

Port Receives Marine Highway Funds

Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee on Wednesday applauded the announcement by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood that the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding a total of $1.5 billion to states, tribal governments, cities, counties and transit agencies across the country to fund 51 innovative transportation projects.
As part of this funding, the Port of Oakland, the Port of West Sacramento and the Port of Stockton will receive a combined $30 million to support the further development of an alternative marine highway system – or the Green Trade Corridor – to move cargo more efficiently through Northern and Central California.
“The Port of Oakland is working closely with the ports in Stockton and West Sacramento to develop more efficient and environmentally-friendly approaches in moving cargo throughout the region,” Congresswoman Lee said. “As a result of this funding, the ports will have the financial resources to move forward in this crucial endeavor.”
The funding for the projects is being made available through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant Program. The program was included in the Recovery Act to spur a national competition for innovative, multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional transportation projects that will result in significant economic and environmental benefits to an entire metropolitan area, a region or the nation.
The announced funding comes as the nation commemorates the one-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009.
After one year, it is clear that this historic legislation is working to stem the greatest economic crisis since Great Depression and lay a new foundation for national economic growth.
Nationwide, the Recovery Act is responsible for creating or sustaining an estimated 2.4 million jobs; it has also funded over 55,000 projects that are not only creating jobs upfront, but laying a long-term foundation for economic growth.
Locally, Congresswoman Lee has worked to direct an estimated $1.9 billion in ARRA funding for communities, agencies and institutions throughout the Ninth Congressional. District, funding that has been credited with creating or preserving an estimated 1,400 jobs.

Blacks Leaders Snowjobbed at White House

President Obama Resists Calls for Special Programs for Black Jobless

Jobs Are Coming Back—But Are They Black?

By  Dayo Olopade

From left, NACCP chief executive Benjamin Todd Jealous, Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network and National Urban League president Marc Morial, speak to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House following their meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais).

The employment statistics for January are out—and the jobless rate for America now sits at 9.7 percent. While the country lost 20,000 jobs last month, this figure is a slight improvement over December’s rate of 10 percent, and a five month low. The United States gross domestic product grew by a healthy 5.7 percent in the last quarter of 2009, and in some sectors—manufacturing, part-time health work, and the automobile industry, for example—there are signs that recovery is happening. In addition, the number of involuntary part-time workers (who had been working fewer hours because of job scarcity) dropped by roughly 850,000, suggesting that employers are converting part-time employees back to full-time jobs.
The unemployment rate is still differentiated by gender and race: Joblessness among women decreased to 8.4 percent, while for men it dropped by a smaller amount, to 10.8 percent.
But the news for black America is not so encouraging: While the overall rate of unemployment dropped slightly, the unemployment rate for African-Americans rose to 16.5 percent, and for black men rose a full percentage point to 17.6 percent—a high for the ongoing recession.
Christina Romer, chair of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, doesn’t have a clear reason for why this is happening to black America. “In terms of what in particular is driving that, we don’t yet have the answers on that,” she said, while briefing reporters on the new numbers. “There is of course…what economists would call ‘noise,’” she continued, suggesting that month-to-month movement in the jobless rate does not yet constitute a pattern.

Michelle: Stop Obesity Now Barack: “It’s done, honey.”

President Barack Obama signs a memorandum on childhood obesity in the Oval Office. From left are, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and First Lady Michelle Obama. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

“It’s done, honey,” President Obama said to The First Lady as he signed a Presidential Memorandum establishing a task force on childhood obesity to address the growing health epidemic. “Now we work,” she responded.
The new task force is charged with developing an interagency action plan in 90 days to solve the problem of obesity among our Nation’s children as part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move campaign. The campaign will take a comprehensive approach to engage both public and private sectors to help children become more active and eat healthier within a generation, so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight.
President Obama said, “The plan of action will involve the private sector as well as government agencies to help parents make good decisions about allowing their children to be active and eating healthier.
Members of the task force include: the Secretary of the Interior; the Secretary of Agriculture; Secretary of Health and Human Services; Secretary of Education; Director of the Office of Management and Budget; Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady; Assistant to the President for Economic Policy; and heads of other executive departments, agencies, or offices as the Chair may designate.
The First Lady explained what motivated her to take this on: “These words – ‘overweight’ and ‘obese’ – they don’t tell the full story.  This isn’t just about inches and pounds or how our kids look.  It’s about how our kids feel, and how they feel about themselves.  It’s about the impact we’re seeing on every aspect of their lives.”

Year of the Tiger?

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods  will end nearly three months of silence Friday when he speaks publicly for the first time since his middle-of-the-night car accident sparked stunning revelations of infidelity.
Woods is to speak at 11 a.m. ET Friday from the clubhouse at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., home of the PGA Tour.

Black History Month on Temple Hill

From left to right: Airman Burl Smith, Jay Richardson, member of the S.F. Bay Area Tuskegeee Airmen, Inc. chapter (not an Airman); Airman Les Williams with wife Elsie in the wheel chair, and Airman Clyde Grimes.

David Cunningham, President of the Bay Area Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. and son of Don Cunningham one of the original airmen, spoke last week at  the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Temple Hill in Oakland.
He drew gasps of admiration from the audience as he described the Black pilots’ courageous escort flights for America’s World War II effort in Europe, Italy and Africa.
Three original Airmen were in attendance and after the audience showed its appreciation of their service with a thundering standing ovation.
Airman Clyde Grimes told of the racism and Jim Crow conflicts they felt when they returned home from active duty in Europe.  He recounted one incident where Airmen were almost embroiled in a brawl with military police when they were forced to leave a movie theater on their military base when they protested having to sit in the balcony of the theater while Italian and German prisoners of war were permitted to sit wherever they wished.
He recounted that the incident was defused when the Airmen agreed among themselves that they could accomplish more to end the military’s racist Jim Crow practices by returning their quarters as they had been ordered to do and continuing to serve the nation honorably without sullying their record by confronting the military police and enduring the court-martial and discipline that was likely to follow.
Post Features Editor, Conway Jones’ father was affiliated with the Tuskegee Airman. He said “the airmen should be regarded as true American heroes as much for their conduct and example in battle as well in civilian endeavors. They paved the way for the civil rights movement.”
The Evergreen Baptist Church performed several gospel hymns. The East Bay Rhythm Youth Dance Troupe rounded out the program.
On Saturday, February 20, at 5:00 PM in the church’s auditorium, former NBA star Thurl Bailey, will perform for free. Along with singing, he will speak on “What Matters Most”. After the program, he greet visitors..
On Saturday, February 27, at 6 PM, in the Church’s Visitors’ Center, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Youth Chorus will present a free performance.

Movement Music In the House

By Daily Mail

Top, center: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a White House commemoration of Black History Month with a star-studded event last week. Pictured clockwise are: Robert DeNiro, Natalie Cole, Morgan freeman, Seal, Joan Baez, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Howard University Choir, Yolanda Adams, Bob Dylan, John Legend, Smokey Robinson and Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon.

President Barack Obama hosted an all-star lineup of performers at the White House to celebrate the music that fueled the civil rights movement.
The nation’s first black president transformed the grand ballroom into a concert hall packed with members of his Cabinet, Congress, civil rights leaders and students for a program that  aired on public television for Black History Month.
Actor Morgan Freeman, who read excerpts from historical works throughout the night, hearkened back to the song lyrics Mr Obama invoked during his election-night victory speech in Chicago’s Grant Park.
‘A long time coming,’ Freeman said. He later deadpanned: ‘I wish I could sing.’
‘The civil rights movement was a movement sustained by music,’ Mr Obama said as he welcomed his audience.
He said activists from coast to coast were inspired by spirituals, felt their will sharpened by protest songs and base broadened by artists of hope.
He said their work created a more just America that allowed him to make history in 2008 with his election.
‘Tonight, we celebrate the music of the movement,’ Mr Obama said.
The Howard University Choir and The Freedom Singers performed at a mansion that in its history was maintained by slaves.
Mr Obama said the music helped the movement’s faith as their leaders were jailed and their churches bombed.
‘It’s hard to sing when times are rough,’ Mr Obama said. ‘The hymns helped … advance the cause of the nation.’
During that week Black leaders met with President Obama to remind him of the nation’s need for jobs.

Souls on Ice – First Black Olympic Figure Skating Pair

By Jeffrey Jones

Vanessa James and Yannick Bonheur of France on Monday became the first black couple to compete in Olympic pairs skating, electrifying the crowd at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada with an acrobatic free skate program.

Vancouver (Reuters) – Vanessa James and Yannick Bonheur of France on Monday became the first black couple to compete in Olympic pairs skating, electrifying the crowd at the Pacific Coliseum with an acrobatic free skate program.
James and Bonheur, who met on an Internet site for competitive pairs skaters seeking partners, finished 14th on the evening. But with a series of high-flying jumps and high-risk lifts and throws, they were an audience favorite.
Bonheur, 27, took the moment in his stride, saying he did not set out to find a black partner.
“We hope that in the future we can win many medals and have a black coach and officials in pairs skating,” Bonheur told reporters after the performance.
“I didn’t search for a black girl in the first place, just a girl who wanted to try and work for it.”
James, 22, has skated with Bonheur for three years. Born in Canada, she had competed for Britain as a single. She was granted French citizenship last year.
She said their performance at the Winter Games showed the door had finally been opened for black pairs skaters.
They were not the first black skaters in the Olympics, however — Debi Thomas, for example, won a bronze medal at the Calgary games in 1988. Surya Bonaly of France competed in three Olympics in the 1990s.

Watson sparks win for Warriors

Oakland, CA – Not a bad start for the Golden State Warriors after a tough loss to the Lakers without All-Star Kobe Bryant.  The Warriors and C.J. Watson demolished the Sacramento Kings 130-98.  Without Monta Ellis in the line up, Watson took over scoring a career high 40 points.

“I wanted to play aggressive,” said Watson.  “I knew Monta was out so, I wanted to take on the scoring load.”  “I knew middle of the first half that I had a good flow on the court.”

Flow was an understatement!  C.J. scored 14 points in the first quarter while the rest of the Warriors were almost perfect with their outside shooting.  This may have been the only time the Kings were visibly in the game.  Sacramento came back being down by five points then tied the game.  But Watson and Anthony Morrow both hit back-to-back shots that pulled the Warriors ahead by one to end the first quarter.

Kings former star Kevin Martin sat out the entire second half in anticipation that he made be traded sooner than later.  Eluding trade talks Martin did not want to address rumors before the game.  However, he did speak about the progress in this year’s team and rookie Stephen Curry.

“We definitely have a better team this year than last year,” said Martin.  “We have a better coaching staff and we have a good group of guys who want to learn.”  “Our chances of being better this second half has definitely increased.”  “I like Curry’s game, especially since he comes from a southern conference.”  “He plays smart and continues to get better everyday!”

There is no doubt that Curry continues to get better daily, had a career high 15 assists and finished with 24 points.  The rookie guard had no problem controlling the point while Ellis (sprained left knee) is out.  The chemistry was clicking on both ends of the court for Golden State.  With three guards on the floor, the offense dominated totaling 30 assists and stayed close on the boards (50-48) as six players had at least five rebounds.

Golden State finished the first half with a 27 point lead and the Kings never got back into the game after that.  A total of 17 turnovers was a huge part of their loss as well as having one of their best shooters on the bench during the second half.  The life-less Kings could only watch as the “HOT” shooting Warriors came from ever angle on the court.

“During the second quarter is when we lost our way,” said Francisco Garcia.  “They jumped ahead and pretty much never looked back.”  Their shooting was on point and they got the win.”

Watson and Morrow combined took 43 shots and as the team scored a season high 46 points on fast-break points.  Morrow finished with 25 points and Devean George finished with 16 points who knocked down the Warriors’ 12 3-pointers coming off the bench.

“I had a lot of uncontested shots,” said George.  “I was able to jump into the flow of the game easily and contribute along with my teammates.

Written by: Malaika Bobino

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Sports editor Malaika Bobino addressed NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell during his press conference.  She inquired about the return of the Pro Bowl to the States after reaching success in Miami, FL.

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Wade's last minute heroics gives East the win

Arlington, TX -  The 2010 NBA All-Star game held at Dallas Stadium was the biggest crowd to view an NBA All-Star game with a capacity crowd of 108,713.  The Lone Star state known for football broke a world record by hosting the event at the newly built Cowboy stadium.  A humongous jumbo-tron sits in the center of the stadium for upper tier seating and suits while the lower seating and floor seats enjoyed a raised court equivalent to viewing a boxing match.

The loudest cheers of the night came when Dallas Mavericks and Cowboys owners Mark Cuban and Jerry Jones came on the court to announce the attendance record, which was also the largest in the 1.2 billion buildings history.  Many wonder if that number can be topped when the 2011 Super Bowl comes to Dallas next year?

“To be in front of 108,000 plus fans, that was actually what it was, that was a not a false number,” said LeBron James.  “You could look up into the stands, and there was not a seat open.”  “To be apart of history is something that you always wish and dream of.”

The crowd enjoyed a game with the East barely beating the West 141-139.  Dwayne Wade walked away with this year’s MVP with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.  An injured Kobe Bryant sat court side watching as his West teammates struggled most of the game.  Disappointed that he missed his first All-Star game in 12 years Bryant was surely missed in match ups and flare as his presence would’ve made a huge difference in the outcome of the game.

The first quarter was a battle of the big men, Dwight Howard and Amare Stoudemire.  Howard who would normally have three fouls by now, had none with his 11 points to end the quarter.  Stoudemire got the west underway by finishing with 11 points.  The East eventually jumped ahead and maintained the lead with as much as 5 points by halftime.

The third quarter is when the real dunk contest began,  Howard’s dunk got the crowd roaring early in the quarter.  This is what makes the All-Star fun to watch as James and Wade joined in the fun of creative, high flying dunks.  By the end of the third quarter the East jumped ahead by 11.  With 2 minutes and 24 secs left, the West rallied back to make it an exciting game with Kevin Durant hitting hitting a jumper to end the quarter 118-106.

The west surge came in the final minutes of regulation, Chauncey Billups hit a jumper to tie the game at 1:05 to play.  No team scored until Wade forced a turnover and was fouled with 12.7 seconds left.  Being booed loudly he made both free throws before Carmelo Anthony made a final attempt by throwing up an air ball that sealed the East victory.

Wade, the MVP of the night remembered his victory over the Dallas Mavericks in 2006 NBA championship.  Winning his first and only title back in Dallas, the MVP took a walk down memory lane.  The fans at Cowboy stadium also remembered that year as they booed him while he was at the line before making both free throws before time expired.

“I had a little luck in Dallas and of course 2006 is a very, very memorable year,” said Wade.  “I dreamed of doing that for a long time, winning the NBA championship and I was lucky enough and blessed enough to win the MVP there.  “To come and do it again is special!”

This years All-Star game may have been the most injuries that brought in nine first timers to participate in the game.  Yet one player enjoyed who was a last minute replacement and veteran to the league was Dallas Mavericks star Jason Kidd.  Off playing golf, Kidd got the call to come back to Dallas to play in his 10th All-Star.

“My seat was great!” said Kidd.  “It was amazing to see so many people come out and support this year’s All-Star, we couldn’t have asked for a better place to do it and a game down to the last shot.”  “I wanted my minutes light as possible…I got my chips and gatorade and enjoyed the second half on the sideline.”

Written by: Malaika Bobino