From August 2010

$500,000 For Prison Re-entry Job Help

Gregory Hodge

The Workforce Investment Board of Oakland (WIB) has awarded $500,000 to programs supporting those returning from prison and others with substantial barriers to their successful employment.
WIB President Gregory Hodge announced that the $100,000 grants had been given to five non-profit agencies providing services to these populations.
“I want to commend the Mayor and the Oakland Private Industry Council (PIC) for their collaborative efforts at screening and recommending the non-profit agencies with professionalism and careful deliberation,” said Hodge. Read more

Sharon Leal Returns to TV in HELLCATS

She charmed us in the box office hit, DREAMGIRLS, and the hits didn’t stop there.  Sharon Leal is enjoying an active Hollywood career in both film and television.  Other film roles include: SOUL MEN with Samuel L. Jackson and the late Bernie Mac; THIS CHRISTMAS with Idris Elba, Regina King, Chris Brown and; Tyler Perry’s WHY DID I GET MARRIED (I and II). Read more

Ice Cube talks about his sweet spot New film LOTTERY TICKET in theaters

LOTTERY TICKET in theaters from Warner Bros. Pictures.  Bow Wow and Ice Cube star in this
family comedy about a winning lottery ticket that turns an entire community upside down.

Since the early 1990s, there have been more than 50 films with rapper/actor/producer Ice Cube attached in some capacity –from lead actor to executive producer– and soundtrack credits are too among the list. Dare we forget to mention his television ventures, among them, the new TBS comedy, Are We There Yet?, just signed for another 90 episodes. Read more

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Black Community Thrives in Taiwan

By Daniel D. Zarazua

Although it’s premature to call Taipei the next Black Mecca, there’s no question that the residents of African descent in this Asian economic powerhouse are contributing to a vibrant lifestyle.
Their reasons for living in Taiwan are varied, although economics is a driving force for many. Others cite a sense of adventure or a relationship, while a growing number are coming over on academic scholarship. Most only stay for a predetermined period of time, but others have chosen to create more permanent lives, with most having arrived within the past 15 years. Read more

Waters Opens Door to White Male Dominated Finance World

Target Market News

Tucked into the Wall Street reform measure was a little-noticed provision pushing for more diversity in the disproportionately white and male world of finance, and its potentially far-reaching implications have set off alarm bells among conservatives and some in the financial sector.
The provision pushes all federally regulated financial firms that do business with the government and their subcontractors to hire more women and minorities and also calls upon federal agencies to diversify their own ranks. Read more

Louise James Ashley, 70, Mother of Sun-Reporter Publisher

Sun-Reporter Publishing Company Publisher Amelia Ashley-Ward (left) with her mom, Louise James Ashley,

Louise James Ashley, mother of Sun-Reporter Publishing Company Publisher Amelia Ashley-Ward, died Aug. 13 in South San Francisco after a lengthy illness. She was 70.
A woman of substance, integrity and perseverance, Ashley was born Feb. 25, 1940, in Magnolia, Mississippi, the oldest of three daughters of the late Odie and Lucy James.  She graduated from Pike County High School in Magnolia and later married Amile Ashley and gave birth to three daughters. Read more

If Doctors Won’t Treat Medi-Cal Patients, Then Obama’s Health Care Reform Won’t Work in California

By Willie Pelote

Willie Pelote

No one is competing for low-income patients: that’s the unfortunate truth for those who depend on Medi-Cal for their health insurance.
When national health care reform is fully implemented, one in four Californians will be eligible for Medi-Cal.  In concept, that should mean that more Californians will have improved access to doctors, but that isn’t the reality because most doctors – 70 percent of California’s doctors according to the California Medical Association – won’t accept Medi-Cal patients. Read more

Domestic Violence and the Church: What Are the Answers?

By Dion Evans,
Religion Editor

Did you know domestic violence affects one in four women over the course of a lifetime?  Did you know that children often mimic those same behaviors because they’ve witnessed Domestic Violence in their own homes?
Did you know that some women who leave a violent relationship will soon enter into a new relationship that will have the same outcome?  And did you know that some men who go to jail for domestic violence were first hit by a woman.? Read more

Allen Temple, City of Refuge UCC Honor AIDS Advocate Dr. Scott

By Jesse
Brooks

The late Dr. Robert Scott.

Here’s your chance to have a moving experience and contribute at the same by attending two events all in honor of the late internationally known Dr. Robert Scott and the awesome work he did in the community around HIV/AIDS.
Allen Temple Baptist Church on Friday, Aug. 20, is holding its 4th Annual Gospel Concert, renamaed to honor Dr. Scott, with proceeds to benefit the Allen Temple Ministry, which carries on his vision and dedication here at home and in Africa as well. Read more

Faith-Based, Non-Profits Learn How to Get Money in 500 Words or Less

Expert proposal writer, Glen Price.

Today’s nonprofit and faith-based organizations are being asked to submit proposals and respond to RFPs (Request for Proposals) with new levels of word economy and usually in limited online formats.
Even experienced proposal writers are finding it tricky to adjust to the very brief, laser and extremely concise writing styles that leave no room for rhetorical, expansive or verbose program descriptions with rambling narratives, extensive organization history lessons and/or voluminous research as part of requests for funding. Read more

GRID Alternatives Hosts Solar Block Party Celebration

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and other local companies joined  GRID Alternatives’ annual Solarthon Solar Installation Block Party and Fundraiser on Saturday, July 31, to celebrate the installation of solar electric systems on nine West Oakland homes owned by low-income families.
More than 200 community and corporate volunteers, low-income job trainees and homeowners installed nine solar electric systems in one day, bringing much needed savings and job training to West Oakland, while raising money to bring renewable energy to more communities in need throughout the Bay Area. Read more

Lenny Williams Headlines Art & Soul Festival

By Carla Thomas

It’s so very hard for him to go because he loves you so. Apparently, Oakland based R & B icon Lenny Williams has some “Unfinished Business,” which is the title of his latest CD on LenTom Records.
With a voice that is distinct and addictive, he has established an influence in the world of soul unlike any other artist.  Classic hits “Cause I Love You” and So Very Hard to Go” embody Lenny’s lyrical pain and passion, sharing his heart and soul with his fans with each concert and on countless albums.   Read more

Lenny Williams Headlines Art & Soul Festival

By Carla Thomas

It’s so very hard for him to go because he loves you so. Apparently, Oakland based R & B icon Lenny Williams has some “Unfinished Business,” which is the title of his latest CD on LenTom Records.
With a voice that is distinct and addictive, he has established an influence in the world of soul unlike any other artist.  Classic hits “Cause I Love You” and So Very Hard to Go” embody Lenny’s lyrical pain and passion, sharing his heart and soul with his fans with each concert and on countless albums.   Read more

August Wilson´s Drama, “Gem of the Ocean, ” Shines Brightly in San Francisco

By Jorge Portugal L.

“Gem of the Ocean” is now at The Next Stage theater. Photos and collage by Adam Turner.

“What good is freedom if you can’t do nothing with it?” asks Solly Two Kings, in response to Eli’s philosophical truth, “Freedom is what you make it.”
A few minutes later Caesar Wilks is pontificating to Citizen Barlow, “Get you some shoes. Stay out of saloons.”
This is the fall of 1904, and three black men are arguing in the parlor and kitchen of Aunt Ester’s house at 1839 Wylie Ave. in Pittsburgh, bringing to life different sides of the African-American experience.  A sign on the front door says: “This is a peaceful house and a safe haven for all who visit here.” It had been a station on the Underground Railroad and now the home of Eli, Black Mary and Aunt Ester. Read more

Congresswoman Lee Kicks off Black Business Month at Sheba’s & Rasselas

By Carla
Thomas

Leaders of the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce, NAACP, The African Network, Black Women Organized for Political Action and the African American Democratic Club support Congresswoman Barbara Lee and celebrate National Black Business Month. Photos and graphics by Adam L. Turner.

When Congresswoman Barbara Lee comes to town, people mobilize. And the Bay Area’s Black leadership helped the petite and powerful activist kick off National Black Business Month in style at the sheik Sheba’s Piano Lounge & Rasselas Jazz Club in San Francisco.
During the fundraising event, Lee spoke about the out migration of Black business from San Francisco, the Congressional Black Caucus’ support for Representatives Charles Rangel and Maxine Waters and the importance of supporting Black businesses. Read more

Congresswoman Lee Kicks off Black Business Month at Sheba’s & Rasselas

By Carla
Thomas

Leaders of the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce, NAACP, The African Network, Black Women Organized for Political Action and the African American Democratic Club support Congresswoman Barbara Lee and celebrate National Black Business Month. Photos and graphics by Adam L. Turner.

When Congresswoman Barbara Lee comes to town, people mobilize. And the Bay Area’s Black leadership helped the petite and powerful activist kick off National Black Business Month in style at the sheik Sheba’s Piano Lounge & Rasselas Jazz Club in San Francisco.
During the fundraising event, Lee spoke about the out migration of Black business from San Francisco, the Congressional Black Caucus’ support for Representatives Charles Rangel and Maxine Waters and the importance of supporting Black businesses. Read more

Women’s Day Center Opens in Richmond

By Jesse
Brooks

Edwina Perez-Santiago (right), Presiding Bishop and Founder and Belinda D. Thomas, BSN, M.Div. Vice President and co-founder.

African Americans make up 36 percent of the 99,210 people who live in Richmond, which is the 56th largest city in the state, according to the 2000 Census.
Though Richmond has a reputation for being crime plagued, this problem is centralized in the urban core, and many parts of the city have a low crime rate. Minority women living in poverty are also disproportionately affected by HIV. For these women, the struggle for daily survival may take precedence over concerns about HIV infection, whose impact may not be seen for several years. Read more

Landmark Richmond Plunge Reopens

Hundreds of Richmond residents attended the reopening ceremonies of the Richmond Plunge on Saturday. Pictured at top, from left to right are: Rosemary Corbin, former Mayor, City of Richmond; Bill Lindsay,  City Manager, City of Richmond; Nat Bates, Councilman,  City of Richmond);  Jerold Hatchett,  Manager, Sims Metal; and  bottom right corner: Nancy Skinner, Assembymember, California State Assembly. Photos by Joe Fisher and graphics by Adam Turner.

Rev. Albert Cobbs, Jr., Seals the Deal

By Tasion
Kwamilele

Rev, Albert Cobbs, Jr., of Providence Missionary Baptist Church and wife Carolyn.

Spirituality is one of the most important aspects of African American life. As tragic circumstances continue to hit the Richmond community, Rev. Albert Cobbs, Jr., is going beyond the four walls of his church to remind community members that by holding on to their faith, they can persevere.
Rev. Cobbs of Providence Missionary Baptist Church is a native of Oakland, graduating from Oakland Technical High School in 1984. He was a preacher’s son, raised in a very strict environment. While he wasn’t sheltered from the realities of life, his parents did provide a shield of protection.
“I did things to try and prove that I wasn’t going to be a preacher, and more so, to prove that I wasn’t my father,” he said. Read more

Black Business Month

By Carla
Thomas

When Congresswoman Barbara Lee comes to town, people mobilize. And the Bay Area’s Black leadership helped the petite and powerful activist kick off National Black Business Month in style at the sheik Sheba’s Piano Lounge & Rasselas Jazz Club in San Francisco.
During the fundraising event, Lee talked about the out migration of Black business from San Francisco, the Congressional Black Caucus’ support for Representatives Charles Rangel and Maxine Waters and the importance of supporting Black businesses. Read more

Oakland Public Schools’ Test Scores Continue to Rise

Katherine Carter

This week’s release of the 2010 California Standards Test (CST) results continued the trend that has established the Oakland Unified School District as California’s most improved large, urban school district over the past five years.
The CST is the core exam used to evaluate student achievement in the state of California, and Oakland’s results showed progress across a range of levels and subgroups. Although middle and high school students recorded gains, with high schools showing some of their largest increases in recent years, elementary schools once again made the greatest gains. Read more