From July 2010

Students Get Help With Summer School Credits Online

To meet the need for summertime academic tutoring services for on-the-go Bay Area parents and students, XCEL Educational Services is offering mobile and online access to its academic coaching services for the summer of 2010. Instead of requiring parents to drive students to an XCEL tutoring center, XCEL will make its academic coaching services available on the Internet–accessed from their homes or other locations such as library, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club or school campus. XCEL is also providing direct one on one or small group tutoring services to students at their homes, schools and other agreed upon designated locations.
Chris Norwood, XCEL Educational Services’ CEO who has examined online academic services and programs over the past three years says, “We are seeing social networking applications like SecondLifeTM and FacebookTMtransform education ideas. This summer, we are pleased to add to our portfolio of servicesBYUOnline (Brigham Young University Independent Study) and, which provides online tutoring support.” For some subjects, XCEL will also tutor students via email, whiteboard and online classroom.

Post, Radio Broadcast “Issues After Dark”

Reverend Dion Evans (above), hosts radio program. KGO TV’s Carolyn Tyler (right) interviews Evans, at (left) Post features Editor Carla Thomas stands in front of Espresso Gourmet Cafe that featured Grant “passover” posters. The same business was saved from damage by rioters by Post photographer Gene Hazzard  while Post staff cars were burning in last year’s melee.

Reverend Dion Evans (above), hosts radio program. KGO TV’s Carolyn Tyler (right) interviews Evans, at (left) Post features Editor Carla Thomas stands in front of Espresso Gourmet Cafe that featured Grant “passover” posters. The same business was saved from damage by rioters by Post photographer Gene Hazzard while Post staff cars were burning in last year’s melee.

By Paul Cobb

Dion Evans, CEO of the Religazine Media Group (RMG) and Religion Editor for the Oakland Post, built an outdoor radio studio at 17th and Franklin Street to allow demonstrators an opportunity to react peacefully to the verdict of ex-BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle.  He wanted to broadcast peace messages from “Ground Zero.”
Although mainstream media provided overwhelming coverage of the “rioting” and “looting” – a few covered the collaboration between Religazine Media Group, Western Christian Books and Café, the Post Newspaper and radio stations KDIA (AM1640), KDYA (AM1190) and KFAX (AM1100).  This collaboration became known as the Ground Zero Collaboration for Peace.
Evans received a text message from David Jackson, Business Owner of Western Christian Books and Café (1618 Franklin Street, Oakland) which requested that he build his radio station outside the doors of his business. Jackson, in effort to reduce fear, named his business “Shiloh: A Place of Peace.” Read more

Rajai Rally's the A's Win

Oakland, CA – Missing in the starting lineup since Coco Crisp’s return, Rajai Davis dominated in the third frame. He doubled, stole third base, scored the A’s first run and hit a grand slam all within one inning. Davis rallied Oakland’s win 15-1 over the Los Angeles Angels to even the series.

“My faith through God has kept me focus through my time off,” said Davis. “If I go out and dominate than great, if not it’ll be another day.”

That day came for the outfielder, as he coins the phrase “It’s the Rajai Davis Show, Are you Ready?” Davis had a career-high five RBI’s and matched his career-high with four hits that included two doubles and a home run. He’s the second player in the history of the A’s to have four hits, five RBI’s and a stolen base in one game. Read more

Tough Loss for A's

Oakland, CA – One hit changed the outcome of the game and the hopes of staying in the American League race.  Erick Aybar’s solo home run in the tenth frame sealed the Angles victory over the A’s 6-5.

It was a tough loss for Oakland, they tied the game three times before losing their fourth straight game.  As for Los Angeles they ended their four game losing streak after being swept by the Chicago White Sox. Read more

Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter

Johannes Mehserle gets 5-14 years with no parole.He shot an unarmed Oscar Grant in the back while he was lying helpless and handcuffed on the ground

By Post Staff  and
News Reports

Oscar Grant

The jury in the case of People of the State of California v. Mehserle found the BART policeman guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Thursday afternoon.

Judge Robert j Perry released a statement at 2:00pm that said the jury had reached a verdict and it would be read in open court at 4:00pm. During the 2-hour time frame traffic was delayed as worried workers and shoppers rushed to leave downtown Oakland.
The verdict showed that the jury believed Mehserle’s version of the killing of the unarmed Oscar Grant who was shot in the back while lying helpless and handcuffed on the ground.
Family members and friends of Oscar Grant could be heard on the live feed describing how “extremely upset” they were at the manslaughter verdict. Read more

Martha Brown Celebrates 80th

More than 400 family, friends and members of her Bethel Baptist Church family celebrated the 80th birthday of Martha Brown. The party was held on Juneteenth Day at the Dr. Herbert Guice Christian Academy. On Sunday, June 20th the celebrants, including some from Indiana, treated Martha Brown to a bay cruise. From left to right: First row-Bristy Jenkins, Jo Ann Graves, Kirsten Orrego, Daija Parker, Octavia Brown, Martha Brown, Dai’Shawn Brown, Terrence Mitchell, Harry Howard, and Pat Dumas. Second row- Javari Johnson, Shekena Brown, Rayleisha Parker, Natasha Crosby, Neola Crosby, Carol Brown, LaTisha Brown, Kenneth Crosby, Lisa Bey, and Ebony Robinson. Last row-Eric Orrego, Larryl Herrod, Lois Perry, Duane Perry, Kaylee Brower, Bryant White, Daijah Hurte, Donte Brown,  Seno Brown, Wanda Howard, Parris Brown, Paula Dumas, Lashaun Jackson, and Kathy Thomas.

Poetry Night Brings Out the Crowd

By Lee Hubbard

Erick “Stretch” Wright

When Erick “Stretch” Wright began watching Def Poetry Jam on television he was enthralled with the rhythmic artistry of the featured poets.
But it took a visit to Harlem for Wright to truly conjure up the idea of bringing that same “vibe” in a weekly poetry venue to Oakland.
“The expression of people giving their opinions and thoughts in spoken word, appealed to me,” said Wright.  “Poetry gives a voice to the voiceless and I thought Oakland needed something like that.”
While Oakland has many spoken word venues, Wright added a twist to the bay area poetry scene by naming his the “Sexy Sunday” as a means to attract an older crowd. Every Sunday, from 6 to 10pm, at Kimball’s in Oakland’s Jack London Square, 10pm, poets, singers, and musicians are able to showcase their talent.

“Magic Johnson” HIV/AIDS Tour Ends in Harlem

By Jesse

Azul MaresDel-Grasso and Eric Boyd, HIV testers of Test America.

Since the Center for Disease Control (CDC) began recommending routine HIV testing for all people ages 13-64 in 2006, it still is not been sufficiently implemented nationwide.  According to an HIV/AIDS Policy Fact Sheet, produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation, there are approximately 1.1 million people currently living with HIV/AIDS in the United States . And, more than 468,000 people are living with an AIDS-defining illness. Read more

Joshua Key, Master of the Keys

Youth Use Computer Clubhouse  to Combat Gang Violence

By Conway Jones

13 year-old Joshua Key inputs his piano music composition into the computer at the Eastmont Technology Center (ETC) in East Oakland.

ETC is a program operated by OCCUR that provides free technology-based after-school program for youth ages 10 –18, free computer classes for adults and seniors in English and Spanish, and youth and adult business technology training.
Joshua and his twin sister, Jordan, have been selected to attend the 4-day Intel Computer Clubhouse Network’s 2010 Teen Summit in Boston, Massachusetts starting July 27th. Jordan and Joshua will join 300 Intel Computer Clubhouse youth leaders, ages 13 to 18, from 20 countries from around the world including Russia, Jordan, Israel, South Africa, Palestine, New Zealand, India, Brazil, and the United States.  The theme of the Summit is: Mobilize, Act, Inspire! The youth will share ideas, learn new skills, and work together on projects that address socially conscious challenges such as reducing urban violence and improving the environment. Read more

“Jazz Professor” Bill Bell Rings in 74th

By Lee

Bill Bell

Even though Bill Bell retired in 2001 after 31 years at the College of Alameda — the last 20 as chairman of the music department — lessons he taught there, as well as privately and at UC Berkeley’s Young Musicians Program and Stanford University, continue to inform the world of jazz. Among the nationally prominent jazz players who’ve benefited from the pianist’s deep knowledge of the idiom are trumpeter Jon Faddis and pianists Benny Green and Michael Wolff. Gospel great Daryl Coley also studied with Bell.
Other former students — trumpeter Geechie Taylor, saxophonists Dave Ellis and Anton Schwartz, pianist Glen Pearson and bassist David Daniels — will join Bell as guests when he celebrates his 74th birthday at 8 p.m. on Monday, July 12, at Yoshi’s in Oakland. Bell also will be performing with his Jazz Connections Quintet made up of saxophonist Charles McNeal, guitarist Brad Buethe, bassist Jeff Chambers and drummer Deszon Claiborne.    Read more

Why Do Black Kids Drown More Often Than Whites?

By Kate Turtle

Among parental fears, losing a child to a thoughtless, preventable accident has got to be at the top of the list. Every year, hundreds of children under 14 die of drowning — and several hundred more survive but are left permanently disabled. Although there are always a few cases in which children drown in deep water or treacherous riptides, the majority of these drownings occur in swimming pools.
A new study, reported by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), has exposed some sad connections between race, income and drowning. Black children between the ages of 5 and 14, the study says, drowned at a rate three times that of white children in the years studied. Read more

Marilyn White to Speak at Providence Baptist Church

Marilyn White

Providence Baptist Church will hold its Women’s Annual Day Celebration on Sunday July 18, 2010.  The theme for this year’s celebration is “Christian Women Called into Action” taken from Ephesians 4:1.
The guest speaker for the morning service will be Sister Marilyn White.  Sis White is a member of Victory Church in Santa Ana, California.  She is also the publisher and editor in chief of Precious Times Magazine.  The magazine is positioned as a modern Christian women’s lifestyle publication. The afternoon speaker will be Pastor Charles Hopkins of Grace Baptist Church in Oakland California.
Providence Baptist Church is located at 314 South 12th Street in Richmond.  Rev. A.L. Cobbs Jr. is the Pastor.
Morning service begins at 11:00 a.m. and afternoon service is at 3:00 p.m. For more information please call (510) 234-1172, email or visit our website at

Habitat For Humanity East Bay Needs Volunteers to Help Build Green Homes

Habitat for Humanity East Bay (HEB) invites community members in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties to don a hard hat and swing a hammer to help build homes with Bay Area limited-income families.  Participants have fun and join with hundreds of others who are helping to meet our community’s need for affordable housing in an innovative and personal way.
Volunteers can choose to work for just one day or for many more.  Anyone 16 years of age or older can build and Habitat’s trained crew leaders teach and supervise volunteers on each home to help ensure a safe, enjoyable and rewarding day.  There is no cost to participate, no previous construction experience is required, and all hand tools and needed equipment are provided.
Currently, volunteers are needed for Habitat East Bay’s green developments: the first 14 houses of the 22-home Kinsell Commons development in Oakland, the last eight houses of the 54-home Edes Avenue development in Oakland, and the nine-home El Rincon development in Bay Point.  In Hayward, Antioch, and Bay Point, Habitat is partnering with local government agencies as part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Neighborhood Stabilization Program.  This national effort is designed to address the recent foreclosure crisis and help local communities that have been hardest hit. Habitat East Bay volunteers will help rehabilitate existing, foreclosed homes to prepare them for homeownership for new Habitat families.  By volunteering, individuals can take action to help in the stabilization of local neighborhoods.
Volunteers are needed Tuesdays through Saturdays.  To register or for more information, visit, e-mail or call 510-251-6304 ext. 311.

How Junior College Basketball Star God’s Gift Achiuwa Got His Name

By Jeff Eisenberg

From Providence’s God Shammgod to Seattle’s Austen Powers to Alabama State’s Chief Kickingstallionsims, college basketball has featured dozens of players with memorable names.
By this time next year, we could have another name to add to the list.
Meet God’s Gift Achiuwa, a 6-foot-9 forward at Erie Community College who has already caught the attention of some high-profile Division I programs because of both his stellar play and unusual name. The Nigeria native’s father is a minister, so the first name he chose for his son is a reflection of the family’s devout religious beliefs.
“His name is the first thing that anyone asks about when they meet him,” Erie coach Alex Nwora said by phone. “Everyone thought it was a nickname or something, but that’s his real name. Fortunately, he’s a religious kid, so he likes it.” Read more

Chevron’s Magazine Shows Company Spent $400 Million in the Bay Area

By Tasion Kwamilele


According to Jim Davis, President of Chevron Energy Solutions (CES), the company leads the oil and gas industry with its energy services division.
“Chevron understands that by meeting the demand for efficient energy,” says Davis, it leads to renewable power for education, government, and business. Chevron has released the first edition of its quarterly publication, ‘Chevron Richmond Today’, to show how the company is benefitting Richmond and Contra Costa County.
“Our projects are saving taxpayer dollars and providing budget relief,” said Jim Davis, president of Chevron Energy Solutions.

In 2009, Chevron spent nearly $44 million with Richmond based businesses and $100 million In Contra Costa County and over $400 million in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Chevron is Richmond’s oldest and largest employer, employing more than 2,700 people with full time jobs and over 850 contract workers.  Chevron has also contributed over $3.4 million to non-profit and civic based organizations. Read more

Reynolds Molds Excellence With Teaching Wrapped in Love

By Tasion

Adrienne Reynolds

Even though the often used statement ‘knowledge is power’ seems to fall on deaf ears to our youth, there are people that are still committed to ensuring that the youth in the Bay Area take the meaning of that statement to heart.
Adrienne Reynolds, who comes from a long line of professionals and educators, both her mother and aunt were teachers, seems destined to follow their paths.  For the past 36 years, Reynolds has committed herself to inspiring change in the lives of our youth.
“At the age of 7, I was a tutor helping kids in grades K-1 and it is the one profession that I always love, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I have had some influential teachers that really impacted my life early on,” said Reynolds. Read more

Johnika Carter Kiel, 17,

By Tasion Kwamilele

Johnika Carter Kiel

Johnika Carter Kiel, 17, has dreams of becoming a Lawyer or Veterinarian.  But she may not get to realize her dreams of helping others if she doesn’t get some urgent help herself.
Johnika must find a donor soon. She needs the blessing of donor with a bone marrow match to stem her loss of blood. Normally our bodies replenish blood cells.  Bone marrow produces stem cells and stem cells in the bone marrow produce red blood cells, white cells and platelets. Once the right donor is matched with Johnika’s, their blood cells can be injected to help save her life.
Kiel enjoys feeding the homeless, spending time wither her grandmother, writing music, and has a deep love for animals. From the surface, Kiel is a normal teenager but she is dealing with a crippling and life threatening diseases, Aplastic Anemia and PNH (Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria). Read more

TeachBar Raises the Bar

Algebra served up for dessert as a second language?  Teaching kids how to think outside the bun.

By Tasion

Can learning mathematics be as much fun as enjoying an ice cream and fruit smoothie? Can kids get “juiced” about writing for English class? Algebra served up for dessert as a second language?
“Yes and  it’s happening now,” says Ben Wanzo who serves as the head chef and main teacher at the TeachBar which is teaching kids how to have fun while thinking outside the bun.
Ben Wanzo’s TeachBar has the appearance of a classroom while also functioning as a café that serves quality beverages and snacks. Wanzo’s created a “spoon-fed” environment that makes the learning experience unique and enjoyable.
Wanzo, 33, knows firsthand the power of education.
He has managed to make education fun and exciting by serving up learning choices the same way one selects power juices and snacks. Wanzo’s TeachBar is his innovative way of giving something back to the community by offering up an exciting tastefully designed learning environment. Read more

Nigerian Ambassador Adefuye Visits Oakland

By Carla

From left to right: Nigerian Embassy Minister, Yusuf S. Abdullahi, Dr. Steve Ugba, Ambassador Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye, and Dapo Odunlani. Photos by Carla Thomas.

The Bay Area’s top Nigerian community and business leaders welcomed their new US Ambassador at Oakland ’s hot new Miliki Restaurant in Laurel Heights, Friday, July 2.
Educators, engineers and activists were excited to meet their new ambassador who took office at the US embassy in Washington, DC, just a few months ago.  Along with his Minister of Administration, Head of Chancery, Yusuf S. Abdullahi and Minister of Consular and Immigration Affairs, Babatunde Balogun, His Excellency greeted his US countrymen while enjoying authentic West African cuisine prepared by chef and co-owner Bunmi Aregbe. Read more

Kenneth Harlan Simmons, 77

Kenneth Harlan Simmons, a noted architect, died July 6 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He was 77.
He was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He graduated from Harvard University and was a professor of architecture at UC Berkeley .
He served on the board directors of EBMUD and was a strong advocate for diversity in contracting, hiring and staffing.  He was a businessman and a civil rights activist. Funeral arrangements are pending.
He organized UC Berkeley faculty and ultimately the administration in effort to divest in So. Africa

Yankees Sweep Series

Oakland, CA – The Yankees were no match for the struggling A’s. They won game three 6-2 and swept the series. A.J. Burnett was the winning pitcher and recovered from losing his last five starts in the month of June going 0-5 with a 11.35 ERA.

“Hopefully A.J. will have more confidence tonight than his last start,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Read more

A-Rod Takes Over Game Two of the Series

Oakland, CA – In his first appearance as an All-Star and the only player selected from the Oakland A’s.  Trevor Cahill didn’t have to prove he was worthy of representing the A’s at this years MLB All-Star game.

Facing the Bronx Bombers for the first time in his career, Cahill lost his command in the third frame.  He gave up five runs giving the New York Yankees a 5-1 lead.  The bases were loaded twice with both Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter grounding into a force out advancing them on base.  Granderson scored the first run tying the game 1-1. Read more

Yankees continue their winning ways

Oakland, CA – The Oakland A’s returned home from a six game road trip to face the power hitting New York Yankees.  Winning seven of their last nine games the A’s are two games under .500.  They haven’t been at the .500 mark since June 15 and still hold third place in the American League West.

Oakland held the Yankees to just three runs before losing 3-1 in the first game of the series.  Ben Sheets pitched his best game of the season but the A’s offense couldn’t produce any hits to get him the win.  Sheets went a season-high 7 1/3 innings allowing three runs (all earned), four strike outs, one home run and no walks. Read more

Toyota Named Among Best By Black Enterprise

Toyota was named among the 40 Best Companies for Diversity by Black Enterprise Magazine. The annual list, included in the July 2010 issue of the magazine, recognizes 40 companies that have demonstrated significant representation of African Americans and other ethnic minorities in areas including supplier diversity, senior management, board of directors and total employment. Toyota was recognized for its achievements in the areas of supplier diversity and senior management.
This is the fifth consecutive year that Toyota has been included among the Best Companies for Diversity. The list is compiled based on the results of a comprehensive survey of the top 1,000 publicly traded companies in the United States , as well as global companies with significant U.S. operations. Read more