From March 2010

All Women’s Crew Rehabilitates Contra Costa Home For New Family

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Miriam Padilla and Alex Rubalcabci hang a door.

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The Green-Street

Urban Recycling Solutions, Inc

On March 15 Urban Recycling Solutions, Inc. will unveil Green-Street.
Green Street takes discarded, used materials, often former road concrete, and creates new; curbs, gutters, sidewalks roadways, parking lots, and play grounds from recycled materials.
This concept intercepts glass, plastic bags and building materials from landfills.
A demonstration will be presented to the public in the latest Concrete and Asphalt Reusability for public agencies and private development and construction firms. Green-Street also produces innovations in the area of Disaster & Emergency Preparedness Stock-piling.
Urban Recycling Solutions says their technology will assist local government agencies in meeting and exceeding its stated regulated AB 939 Landfill Diversion Requirement and Zero Waste Policies while maintaining a safe industry for workers.
Oakland Councilmember Larry Reid announced that the meeting and demonstrations are scheduled to be held in front of Oakland City Hall from 10:00am to 2:00pm. A lunch will be served from in Hearing Room one.

Soyinka, Africa’s First Nobel Laureate of Literature, Visits Oakland

Nigeria’s native son, Wole Soyinka, Africa’s first Nobel Laureate of Literature, visited Oakland to celebrate Black History Month and to support the Ake Scholarship Drive. During the Black History Month Celebration sponsored by Education Development Opportunities (EDO), Nigerian officials also visited to explore trade relationships in celebration of the Nigerian/PAN African Summit in the Bay Area.
EDO President and Founder Osagie Enabulele, who also serves as Commissioner on Oakland Parks and Recreation Board, said “It is important to expand the notion of black history to encompass the full spectrum of African Heritage. Soyinka’s visit is a significant gesture towards bridging the cultural chasm between Africans and African Americans.
Enabulele launched EDO’s Ake Scholarship initiative, which was named in honor of Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka’s village, to give kids an opportunity to be mentored and to serve internships in college both in Africa and the United States. Read more

Pay It Forward

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Minority Firms Getting Short End of Stimulus

By Jesse Washington
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Hispanic and black businesses are receiving a disproportionately small number of federal stimulus contracts, creating a rising chorus of demands for the Obama administration to be more inclusive and more closely track who receives government-financed work.
Latinos and blacks have faced obstacles to winning government contracts long before the stimulus. They own 6.8 and 5.2 percent of all businesses, respectively, according to census figures. Yet Latino-owned business have received only 1.7 percent of $46 billion in federal stimulus contracts recorded in U.S. government data, and black-owned businesses have received just 1.1 percent.
That pot of money is just a small fraction of the $862 billion economic stimulus law. Billions more have been given to states, which have used the money to award contracts of their own. Read more

Portland continues their west coast sweep

Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento Kings and Portland Trailblazers both had good wins prior to tonight’s game. However, one team walked away with the win and will continue to look ahead toward the playoffs.

This time Brandon Roy didn’t have to score 38 points in the first three quarters to ensure the fate of his team on his back. Nor did LaMarcus have to take over the fourth. They did something that is requested of them every game, “playing defense”!

“We want to play defense for four quarters, said coach Nate McMillan. “We want to play continuous defense unlike how we played against Golden State the night before.”

McMillan’s wishes were granted, Portland played solid defense all night and forced the Kings to 20 turnovers that led to 21 points. Sacramento never got into a good flow trailing behind the entire game. The second quarter was Sacramento’s biggest push when both Sean May and Francisco Garcia entered the game providing extra energy needed.

“We had no rhythm and our defense was shaky,” said Garcia. “I stayed patient with my shots and tried to not force it.” “I’m getting more comfortable on the court and as a team we are getting better.”

The Kings frustration wasn’t just among the Portland team but the officials as well. Once the refs began blowing their whistles, the Kings lost composure and got preoccupied rather than focusing on their defense to stop Portland in the paint.

“Once the refs started calling bad call, (Donte Greene) got a little frustrated and got a tech,” said Tyreke Evans. “They were pressuring us and we weren’t pressuring them.”

The Trailblazers shot 51.4 percent from the field and gave their star player a night off from carrying the team as he did the night before. Roy got off to a great start finishing with 28 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and 6 rebounds in sealing their victory over the Kings 110-89. Portland now holding the eight spot can only focus on finishing strong and going further in the playoffs.

“I look ahead to teams in front of us to see if they slip and we can take their spot, Roy said. “We had more of a team effort tonight with no pressure of the 9 loses we faced against Golden State.” “Tonight we played our game with no expectations!”

Written by: Malaika Bobino

Roy's 41 ends Portland's losing streak

Oakland, CA – The return of Monta Ellis was spoiled by Brandon Roy’s forty-one points and the Portland Trailblazers defense late in the forth quarter. The streak is over, after losing nine straight games at Oracle Arena the Trailblazers beat the Golden State Warriors 110-105.

“I really wanted to win here and play hard in the paint,” said Roy. “This was a really good win because it’s tough for us to play here!” “Scoring is good but we didn’t need it in the end.”

Portland got their first win since November 3, 2004. Roy led all scores with 38-points in the first three quarters. He was 14-for-22 from the floor, shot 17 free throws, 13 of which he converted. But it was LaMarcus Aldridge who took over late in the forth with his defense before he finished with 14 points and eight rebounds.

“What I liked most is the guys were talking in the forth about not losing this game,” said coach Nate McMillan. “LA started to get us going in the forth and Roy kept us in the game.” “We stayed with are game plan and took advantage of their size.”

The Warriors let a 13 point lead go in the forth and was outscored 27-9. Corey Maggette had a team-high 24 points before he fouled out along with Ellis with 1:39 left in the game. Golden State had control of the game for the first three quarters before getting four of their players into foul trouble.

“We were in control of the game and our foul trouble hurt us down the stretch, said Stephen Curry. “It’s a tough lead to lose, especially this late in the season.” “You definitely want to be on the winning side and to have Monta back was great because he gives us that energy on the floor.”

The Warriors have already been eliminated from playoff contention but want to finish the year strong and on a high note. For the Trailblazers, this was a must win as they remain four games ahead of the Memphis in the race for the final spot playoff spot.

Written by: Malaika Bobino

TV’s Funniest Lady Puts Her Dancing Shoes On!

Niecy Nash

“I’m excited to join Dancing with the Stars!  I’ve been a fan of the show and to now be a cast member on the show is a little surreal.  I’m looking forward to it,” states Nash. The new season begins March 22 on ABC.

The popular host and producer of the Style Network’s home makeover show, Clean House, Nash is a two-time 2009 Daytime Emmy nominee and the new Celebrity Panelist for the entertainment news program The Insider.

She recently won a 2010 Gracie Award for her well-known role as no-nonsense Officer Raineesha Williams on the Comedy Central hit Reno 911! and it’s spin-off film Reno 911: Miami.

In 2008, Nash starred in her own FOX comedy series, Do Not Disturb. She is also well-known for her recurring role on the comedy series The Bernie Mac Show.

An in-demand actor, her most recent film work includes Not Easily Broken and the Walt Disney Pictures’ G-Force. Additionally, Nash is developing various television and film projects through her own production company, Chocolate Chick, Inc.

The proud mother of three adoring children, when asked what her hobbies are, Nash proudly replies, “motherhood,” which she considers her greatest success in life. Read more

Alvin “Al” Attles: The True Golden State Warrior

By Malaika Bobino

Alvin Attles

During Black history month the storied career of Alvin “Al” Attles is remembered and honored by sports fans and students of history.
He is known  as the true Golden State Warrior because he is the only man to coach the team to an NBA championship since the team moved west,
Alvin “Al” Attles was born in Newark, New Jersey and is a graduate of the historic North Carolina AT&T where he studied Education and History. He is the Post’s honoree for black history month.
He played eleven seasons with the Philadelphia and San Francisco Warriors before becoming one of the first black coaches in the NBA along with the legendary Oaklander and friend Bill Russell.  Attles distinguished his play at the point guard position with his outstanding defensive style which earned him the nickname  “Al the destroyer”.  Al remembers getting that nickname in college.  In a small collision during a game against Syracuse, Attles dived for a lose ball and walked away with only a bruised jaw and a new name! Read more

Lee Attends Signing of Executive Order for White House Initiative on HBCUs

Barbara Lee

Last week, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus attended the signing of an Executive Order for the White House Initiative on Historically Black College’s and Universities (HBCU).
The goal of the initiative will be to work with various public and private sector entities to increase the capacity of HBCUs to provide the highest-quality education to a greater number of students. She released this statement:
“The Congressional Black Caucus applauds the Obama Administration for not only continuing this very worthwhile initiative but enhancing it to better serve our Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
“HBCUs are a source of accomplishment and great pride for the African American community and the entire nation – training our young people to serve domestically and internationally in a variety of professions.
“Many of our members are products of and represent HBCUs throughout this country and we appreciate the value of investing resources in these historic institutions.
“This initiative will allow HBCUs to compete effectively for funding, identify and increase their participation in Federal programs and initiatives and encourage greater partnerships between public-sector and private-sector entities as well as increased community involvement.
“We look forward continuing to work with the Administration to strengthen our HBCUs.”

The Pastors Of Oakland Raise $10,000 for Haitian Victims

Reverend Brondon Reems, Host Pastor, Center Of Hope Community Church, Mother Eleanor Workman, Founder Christian Haitian Outreach.

The Pastors Of Oakland sponsored  a praise service to raise money for the victims of the Haitian Earthquake at The Center Of Hope Community Church in East Oakland Sunday, February 28.
The spirit-filled evening featured praise dancing by The Center Of Hope Praise Team and choral presentations from bay area mass choirs. The Shiloh Christian Fellowship Pastor David Kiteley who is also President of the Pastors Of Oakland presented a call for special support.
“I am a living witness that prayer works,” said Bishop E.C.Reems, Founder of Center Of Hope.  “It’s time to step up to the plate as Christians and give what we can to our brothers and sisters in Haiti’’.
Eleanor Workman 90, founder of Christian Haitian Outreach said she started working in Haiti 37 years ago, and since then she has established a orphanage housing 500 youth, a church, and a medical clinic serving the poor. She said,  “I hired local kids to help me get started and the Lord handled the rest.”
For more information visit www.christianhaitianoutreach.org.

Magic Johnson’s AIDS/HIV Testing Tours Nation and Seven ‘Historically Black Colleges’

By Jesse Brooks

AIDS and HIV testing will get exposure at some of the country’s finest Historical Black Colleges when the AIDS Health Foundation’s (AHF) named “Magic Johnson Mobile Testing Unit’s” embarks on its  six-month long, 48-state HIV testing tour.
The new state-of-the-art ‘Testing America’ mobile”, coupled with its partnership with basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr., is part of a collaborative effort to raise local and national awareness about the importance and the ease of  the testing procedures.
Johnson and AHF want to challenge attitudes about moving toward a streamlined model of HIV testing and counseling nationwide.
The tour started in Washington , Oregon, then visited Oakland before continuing across the  U.S. with its final destination of New York City in June, coinciding with National Testing day June 27th. Read more

“We’ve Come This Far for Faith”

Dr. Rice lost her mother to breast cancer and  will share her experiences

Condoleezza Rice

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will join Friends of Faith in the fight against breast cancer on March 29, 6-9 p.m. at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco.
Dr. Rice will discuss her amazing journey with veteran KQED-TV journalist Belva Davis about growing up in segregated Birmingham, Ala., to becoming the first African American female Secretary of State. Dr. Rice, who lost her own mother to breast cancer, will also share her own personal experiences of caring for a loved one battling this deadly disease.

Belva Davis

Friends of Faith, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded by the late television news Personality Faith Fancher of KTVU, whose valiant 7-year battle against breast cancer was an inspiration to countless women battling this deadly disease. The organization has a unique mission: to provide financial support and invaluable resources to underserved, uninsured, and at-risk women with breast cancer who have nowhere else to turn.

Faith Fancher

Since Faith’s death in 2003, her fellow Bay Area media personalities, along with many others in the community who are dedicated to her cause, have joined forces to continue the work that has been a “Godsend for so many breast cancer survivors and their loved ones”.
TICKETS:  $250 VIP (includes reception and Photo Op with Professor Rice);  $100 General Admission; $50 General Admission.
For more on the Friends of Faith — http://faithfancher.org/

Center for Elders’ Independence Offers Free Health Education Classes

By Elinor Davis

For over 17 years, the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) at the Center for Elders’ Independence (CEI) has provided comprehensive health care and social services that enable people over age 55 with multiple medical problems to remain in their own homes rather than enter nursing homes.  Responding to the growing need for and shrinking availability of resources for seniors, CEI will offer free health education classes in Oakland this spring to give older adults the information and tools they need to prevent illness and maintain good health as they age.

For information about CEI’s PACE services and an introduction to the Community Health Education Series, the public is invited to a brief presentation at the Center of Hope Community Church, 8411 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, on Sunday, March 14 at 9:45 a.m.

For more information about CEI or the workshop series dates and times, call (510) 433-1150 or visit www.cei.elders.org.

Alvin Ailey Summer Dance Camp For Teens Deadline is March 30th

Judith Jamison is the Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Photo by Jack Mitchell.

Every year, UC Berkeley hosts an Alvin Ailey Summer Camp for teens.  This year’s camp will be from Monday, June 21th to Friday July 30th .  Students who have conflicting schedules or vacations scheduled during this six week period are encouraged not to apply.
“Students will be immersed in dance and learn to respect this art form as a physical activity that requires athletic ability comparable with any sport.  Campers also increase their self-esteem, learn leadership skills and enjoy a variety of athletic and social activities.  Fifty middle-school students, ages 11-14 are selected.  No prior dance training is required.”
The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, March 31st at 5:00 pm.  Transportation for Oakland students is provided, Richmond and Berkeley students must provide their own transportation.  Scholarships are provided to all students who attend.  This includes field trips, daily breakfasts, lunches, snacks and camp uniforms.  There will be daily classes in ballet, jazz, modern, African dance, creative writing and peer discussion groups for personal development.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, is one of the most popular dance company on the international touring circuit. Founded in 1958 by the choreographer and dancer Alvin Ailey, the troupe is known for its vibrant artistry and repertory as well as for Mr. Ailey’s humanist vision.
Contact   Berkeley/Oakland Ailey Camp at (510) 642-4630 or email:aileycamp@cpsma.berkeley.edu for an application

EOC Seeks Low Income Representatives for Board

Applications close March 8

By Post Staff

The Economic Opportunity Council (EOC) is a private non-profit agency which provides a range of services to low-income San Franciscans.  As the Community Action Agency for the City and County of San Francisco, EOC’s mission is to address the problem of poverty in San Francisco by focusing of resources toward eliminating the causes and conditions and impacts of poverty.
The role of the board members is vital to the success of the agency.  Board members are charged with the responsibility of policy development; oversight of the programs both in the areas of monitoring and evaluation; fund development and board level oversight of the agency’s administration.  Board members do not participate in the day to day operation of the programs. Read more

State of Black San Francisco

By Lee Hubbard

Regina Davis

A report on the “State of Black San Francisco” was presented to more than 300 San Franciscans at last Sunday’s forum held in the Koret Auditorium of the City’s Main Public Library.
The Osiris Coalition hosted the discussion on the condition of African Americans in San Francisco before a broad group of black leaders and activists.
“The purpose of this forum was to entertain, inform and empower the black community,” said Julian Davis, the president of the board of directors for the Booker T. Washington Community Center and co-founder of the Osiris Coalition.
The forum opened with a showing of the film, Medicine for Melancholy, a black love story set in San Francisco, which deals with black male-female relations in a gentrifying city.  After the viewing and introduction to the film director Barry Jenkins, a panel was assembled to talk about key issues blacks face in San Francisco. Read more