From March 2011

Giants sweep, get ready for opener

San Francisco, CA – The Bay Area Bridge series ended in a sweep as the San Francisco Giants showed no mercy to the Oakland A’s in the final exhibition game for both teams.  The Giants scored twice in the ninth inning leaving little hope for the A’s. But what can one expect from the World Series Champions who are ready to defend their title this season.

Before San Francisco sealed their 2-1 win, they were down to their last out in the ninth frame.  Mike Fontenot singled and stole second followed by a throwing error at first base.  Eli Whiteside, who was next up at bat hit an RBI single and made it to second on the throw.  The game was now tied 1-1.  But it was pinch hitter Chris Stewart who hit a single RBI for the game winner. Read more

Chauncey Bailey Murder Trial Begins

The Chauncey Bailey murder trial finally began more than three years after he was gunned down in downtown Oakland, August 2, 2007, while walking to work to meet with Post publisher Paul Cobb.
With the permission of Oakland Tribune Editor, Martin Reynolds, The Post News Group will present weekly summaries and excerpts from the daily trial reports of the Chauncey Bailey Project and the Oakland Tribune.
Errol Zachery, a courtroom artist, and former co-worker with Chauncey Bailey at the Tribune, is offering his drawings of the court proceedings with the Post, Tribune and KTVU Channel 2 and other media outlets. He lives in Oakland, sells subscriptions for the Tribune and worked with Reynolds, Bailey and Cobb at the Tribune. He also started  working with the Oakland Post  in the 70’s. He , Cobb and Bailey lived downtown near the Tribune and the Post and often walked to work and around the Lake Merritt area.
“I had to do this out of respect for my friend Chauncey, he always promoted and respected me. I was planning to illustrate his children’s book project.”
Zachery has sketched the accused killers, jurors, judge, attorneys  and trial proceedings.
Zachery, also drew sketches during the high-profile, would-be President Ford assassin Lynette Alice “Squeaky” Fromme.
The Trial Begins
The jurors heard how confessed shooter, Devaughndre Broussard,  carried a short-barreled pistol grip shotgun, a 12-gauge Mossberg. Broussard told the grand jury that he fired a shot into Bailey’s right shoulder and another into his lower abdomen. He said he ran, but returned, remembering his orders to make sure Bailey was dead.
Broussard now claims Yusuf Bey IV, ordered him to kill Bailey.
Beys IV, along with the driver Antoine Mackey, are on trial for murder.
Bey IV, the former leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery, and Mackey, both 25, have pleaded not guilty to the charges and face life sentences without parole if convicted.
Broussard, now 24, is expected to testify in the case as part of a plea deal. Broussard has pleaded guilty to two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the case and will receive a 25-year sentence in exchange for his testimony. Read more

College Bound Girls – The Next Level

Top, from left to right: Skylar Hudson, Shannon Culpepper, Shawn Culpepper, Asia Christian, Kamera M. Simms, Tiffany Farmer; Second row: Karen Dade, Mieasha Harris (Executive Director), Rachel Oller (w/ hat on), Karen Dade (white jacket), Olivia Vernetti (smiling); Third row: Vanessa Winegan, 2nd Vice President Board (red sweater) Patricia Van Hook (grey suit, black sweater) Melanie Spears (Board President); Bottom row: Chandler Morales, and Rachel Oller. Photos and collage by Adam L. Turner.

Adults know that once an infant learns to take one step and then another, life as that child knew it from the crawling position,  has now been ‘elevated’ to experience new adventures. On Saturday, February 26, sixteen high school girls, took their first steps toward pursuing higher education by registering with Girls Incorporated of West Contra Costa County’s  (Girls Inc. WCCC) College Bound Girls (CBG).
These driven young ladies, were surrounded by parents, Girls Inc. staff, Board members, friends and community supporters who were in attendance to witness them initiating those uncertain but determined steps.
Girls Inc. WCCC has planned programs to enhance their knowledge, assist in preparing them for applying to college, advocate the importance of community involvement and will introduce tours of campuses.
“We want as many girls as possible to have this type of opportunity to be a part of a group that will support them in their future endeavors and inspire them to be strong, smart and bold,” said Executive Director Mieasha Harris. The statistics are there that show the decline of students entering, let alone, pursuing higher education. Any young lady participating in our CBG program can be sure to not only receive guidance, but resources, tools and mentoring needed to project them to the next level.
At our first meeting, the girls were introduced to evaluating self, understanding the value of education, informed of upcoming college activities for high schoolers, and were given the task of creating a vision board that will reflect their dreams, goals and personality.
Girls Inc. WCCC is playing a role in assisting these future doctors, forensics criminologist, veterinarians, hair stylist, teachers, as some girls have shared of their career ambitions, to achieve their dreams.
The next gathering is Saturday, March 26th. If interested in joining the CBG, offering mentoring or volunteering, please contact Mieasha Harris at 510-232-5440 or mh_girlsincwcc@yahoo.com.



Torrey Pines Bank Reneges on Pledge to Work with Church

By Tanya
Dennis

Eighteen months ago Arnold Grishom, CEO and Founder of Alta Alliance Bank,  that recently merged with Torrey Pines Bank, requested that Pastor Sidney Keys of Bibleway Apostolic Church  work with him  after looking at the church loan paperwork and stating that “This is a federal offense, somebody is going to go to jail for this.”
Pastor Keys, who received a foreclosure notice on his church submitted documents to the bank that had been mailed to him by an employee fired from Alta Alliance.
“I wouldn’t have know this fraud had occurred against us if it hadn’t been for this man, who I am eternally grateful to and have to protect, so I won’t mention his name.”  States Pastor Keys
The paperwork revealed the Pastor’s and Mrs. Keys forged signature on numerous documents, false logos representing their church, fees tacked on for people that did absolutely nothing to garner the loan other than be the best friend of the CEO and an inflated appraisal of Bibleway Apostolic Church which resides in the heart of the Iron Triangle in Richmond California.  Bibleway’s comparables were done with churches in Emeryville, the Oakland Hills and El Cerrito.  “There are hundreds of churches in Richmond that they could have compared our Church to, why did they go to communities where the property values are so much higher?  Pastor Keys asks.
Those questions have been posed by ACCE, Denise Thomas, of Operation Reach Incorporated  of San Ramon, and Congressman George Miller, who has worked on behalf of other churches and constituents in similar foreclosure situations to  Torrey Pines Bank President Gary Katy, who stated that “He is not going to change his mind” after being presented with the evidence of the fraudulent activity regarding Pastor Keys loan.  Operation Reach submitted an “Impact Statement” to President Katy, requesting two weeks to study  the churches financials and come up with a solution.  This letter was endorsed by Richmond’s Chief of Police Chris Magnus,  City Attorney Gail McLaughlin, and City Attorney William Lindsey, yet  President Katy refused to call off the eviction and reportedly has left the country and is not available.
Patrice Keys, the pastor’s wife stated that they received a writ of possession notice on their door last Wednesday ordering them to vacate the premises by Wednesday March 16th.  That was the first inkling they had that the bank had proceeded with their foreclosure action despite CEO Grishom’s promise that “they could work something out,” and numerous meetings with other bank officials.
“I waited two months for the bank to call me and when I called them I was informed that Mr. Grishom had resigned.  Sedrick Tydus, who has taken Grishom’s place refused to consider a modification despite being on the call when Grishom had realized that a crime had been committed.
Federal Regulators, the Contra Costa District Attorney  have received the churches information and there is a pending investigation.
The fraudulent and predatory practices of the Banks has widely affected homeowners – but in this case it is affecting a community by foreclosing on a church that has opened a center to care for teen moms and their children, as well as other vital community services. Their efforts have been repeatedly acknowledged by the City of Richmond, and they received the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership and Community Service award in January this year.
The Post and ACCE is requesting that you call President Katy at 858-523-4600 and voice your concern.  Please call 858-523-4600.  If not now, when?  If not you, who?

Amanda Elliott’s the Main Reason for Main Street’s Success

Amanda Elliott

By Tasion Kwamilele

Amanda Elliott is one of the main reasons why Richmond’s downtown main streets will remain on “front street” in the minds of everyone who travels this city. Richmond’s downtown is  something to sing about.
Under  Elliott’s leadership, her organization, the Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI), has helped improve the image of downtown by providing exciting activities and events that celebrate the rich history and diversity of the city.
She completed the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program in 2008 and the Chevron Management Institute Program in 2009 where she gained valuable information on Richmond’s history, organizational leadership, community collaboration and professional development.
(RMSI). Richmond Main Street is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing historic downtown Richmond, as a vibrant, culturally diverse, pedestrian-friendly urban village offering products, services, arts and entertainment. Read more

Foreclosure: Bibleway Pastor, First Lady and Mother Arrested

By Tanya Dennis

The Contra Costa  County Sheriffs evicted and arrested the Pastor of Richmond’s Bibleway Apostolic Church, Sidney Keys, his wife Patrice Keys and the Pastor’s eighty-four year old mother Mary Keys last Thursday after Torrey Pines Bank foreclosed upon the church despite assurances they would work out a solution.
Pastor Keys and his wife were assured by then CEO Arnold Grisham that “we can fix this” when the Pastor brought to Grisham’s attention the fraudulent paperwork that had been submitted by Jet Stream Mortgage to Alta Alliance who was recently acquired by Torrey Pines Bank.
Congressman George Miller held a press conference last Tuesday in front of the now shuttered church. Councilman  Corky Booze,  expressed his outrage regarding what he termed Torrey Pines wrong behavior  “This is the only facility that young women can come to drop off their infants when they go to work, this is the only place men coming out of prison  can come and have a place to sleep and eat.” Read more

Fannie Mae Study: Blacks the Most Optimistic Group on Home Ownership

The Federal National Mortgage Association’s ( Fannie Mae) latest national housing survey results released February 2011,finds that Americans are more confident about the stability of home prices than they were at the beginning of 2010, even though they lack confidence in the strength of the economy.
Despite the increased confidence, almost two-thirds still believe the economy is on the wrong track.
African-Americans, Hispanics and younger Americans are generally more positive about owning a home than the general population.  More than one-third of African Americans (35%) and Hispanics (34%) say they will buy a home in the next three years, compared to only one in four (23%) of all other Americans.
Fifty-nine percent of Generation Y (ages 18-34) believes buying a home has a lot of potential as an investment, even though this age group suffered the steepest decline in homeownership during the housing crisis — from nearly forty-four percent when home prices peaked to fewer than forty percent in 2009.
The percentage of Americans who believe that buying a home is a safe investment declined to 64 percent over the course of the year, from 70 percent in January 2010.  This is down sharply from a similar survey conducted in December 2003, when 83 percent of the general population thought buying a home was a safe investment.

Blacks Differ on “Bomber” Obama

Qaddafi and Obama confer at a recent meeting.

In a recent national NewsOne/Black Planet poll,  African Americans  split on their thoughts on President Obama bombing Libya and President Qaddafi and  other issues.
Close to 35 percent of African Americans believe Obama is doing so because of Qaddafi’s treatment of Libyans. Twenty-one percent believe that Qaddafi and his army are a serious threat to the nation.
On the flip side, many think this is just political posturing by Obama because 15 percent of Blacks believe he’s to make peace with Republicans. Twenty-three percent believe this is all about oil. Seven percent believe it about support for America’s ally Israel.


Hispanic Group’s Video Attacks Black Activist

Ted Hayes

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, said that it has obtained a shocking video produced by a radical Mexican separatist group attacking a civil rights activist with racist smears and death threats.
The video was posted to the Internet on YouTube after Mr. Ted Hayes testified, by invitation of Maryland Delegate Pat McDonough, on March 15 before the Judiciary Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates against providing taxpayer dollars for in-state tuition benefits for illegal aliens.
The video begins with the message “[expletive] you ‘Mayate,’” which is reportedly a racist and derogatory term used to smear African Americans and “dark skinned” people.
The video then streams a series of racist images including:  the silhouette of a man hanging from a noose, photos of Mr. Hayes adjacent to photos of monkeys and bananas and doctored photos of Mr. Hayes pictured with a gun next to his head with the message “Your (sic) FREE Now Mayate go back to Africa,” to view video, visit: www.judicialwatch.org.

Detecting Breast Cancer

Dr. catherine Jones

By Catherine Jones, M.D.

Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the breast.  The tissue within the breast is made up of ducts and lobes. Each breast has around 20 lobes.  These lobes are made of smaller sections called lobules. Lobules end in bulbs that produce milk. The lobes, lobules, and bulbs are linked by tubes called ducts.
Each breast also has both lymph and blood vessels.  Lymph, a colorless fluid, is carried through the lymph vessels.  Lymph vessels go to lymph nodes.  Lymph nodes are small oval shaped structures that are located throughout the body.  The lymph nodes filter the lymph fluid and help fight infection and disease. These lymph nodes are found under the arm (axilla), above the collarbone, and in the chest. Read more

Liberian Church Leader Miraculously Escapes The Japan Earthquake

By global news network(gnn)

Safe -- Mrs. Miatta R. Sirleaf from Liberia.

Nasushiobara, Japan — A Liberian church leader has miraculously escaped the devastating 9.00 earthquake followed by the Tsunami just days after it hit the country.
According to the Reverend Kortu K. Brown, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Concerned Christian Community (CCC), a premier Liberian Christian NGO, Mrs. Miatta R. Sirleaf, Director of Church Aid Incorporated (CAI) and also Church Administrator of New Water in the Desert Assembly in Brewerville, Liberia, had arrived in northeast Japan on March 4, 2011, for a one-year work-study at the Asian Rural Institute (ARI) in Nasushiobara.
“Eight days later, the deadly earthquake occurred and we understand that she and her colleagues were in a staff meeting when the earthquake struck at about 2:46 PM forcing them to flee through the window.”
Gnn has since learned that all the staff at ARI, along with Mrs. Sirleaf, are safe.
The Rev. Brown went on to say, “Thanks for standing with Miatta and others in prayers. She’s such dedicated church worker who has been associated with our relief and development since April 1992. Twelve years ago, she spent a year in Japan and The Philippines in training as a Community Development Technician.”


Port of Oakland Wins Energy Efficiency

James Head

The Port of Oakland has earned the Energy Star label from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Department of Energy for the fifth consecutive year.
The Energy Star label is awarded based on a comparison of a facility’s energy performance (electricity and gas usage) to that of similar facilities around the US.  The label shows a particular facility’s energy performance on a scale of 1 to 100.  The Port of Oakland headquarters scored 84, which means that it ranked in the top 16% of EPA benchmarked facilities nationwide.
Energy Star is commonly recognized from products such as computers, refrigerators and other electrical equipment; however, buildings can earn this distinction as well. To achieve an Energy Star award, a facility must rank among the top 25% most energy-efficient buildings in the market.
“The Port of Oakland strives to continually exceed former goals for energy efficiency,” said President of the Board of Port Commissioners James Head. ”In March of 2010, the Port of Oakland adopted new energy efficiency savings and demand reduction goals for 2011 – 2020.”
“The Energy Star award for the fifth year in a row is a testament to our determination to reduce the Port’s carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the amount of electricity that we use daily,” said Port of Oakland Executive Director Omar Benjamin.  “Environmental stewardship is a lens for all of our Port activities and efforts to conserve energy and utilize resources more efficiently.” Read more

Kidd Appointed to Review Board to Oversee BART Police Department

Sharon Anne Kidd

The BART board of directors recently approved the Citizen Review Board, an 11- member citizens’ panel named to oversee the BART police department.  The group was selected from a pool of 40 candidates.  After receiving training, the review board members will listen to BART riders and provide input to BART officials about the agency’s police officers.  The panel will report directly to the BART board and their duties will include reviewing and monitoring changes to the system’s police practices, reviewing citizen complaints about police misconduct, advising the agency’s general manager and police chief and meeting periodically with BART police association members.
Sharon Anne Kidd of Berkeley, (District 7) stated, “Being on the BART Citizens Review Board will allow me to be more aware of issues that arise regarding problems, questions or comments from our riders.  Also, my actions will be unbiased because I am also a commuter.  I can go into the communities and let our citizens know that we are working for them to make things better.  They can come forward with their concerns, questions and comments, and perhaps help us to come up with solutions to help correct some of these problems.” Read more

Girls Kick Butt in “Sucker Punch”

Morgan Freeman narrates new documentary

Close your eyes. Open your mind. You will be unprepared.

“Sucker Punch” is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary.

Led by Babydoll, the girls engage in fantastical warfare against everything from samurais to serpents, with a virtual arsenal at their disposal. Together, they must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to stay alive. But with the help of a Wise Man (Scott Glenn), their unbelievable journey—if they succeed—will set them free.

“Sucker Punch” has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language. Read more

Ayodele Nzinga, Renaissance Woman

Ayodele Nzinga

By Jasmin Conner

The Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th Street, Oakland, will host a reading by the Journal of Pan African Studies women poets on Saturday, March 19, 3-6pm. Academy of da Corner Reader’s Theatre will read with authors Jerri Lange, Aries Jordan, Tureada Mikell, Jasmin Conner and Phavia Kujichagulia. Singer Mechelle LaChaux will also perform.
Ayodele Nzinga, poet, playwright, actress, producer and director of West Oakland’s Lower Bottom Playaz is the featured presenter. In her own words she says she is, “a renaissance woman with something to say in every medium she can.” She uses poetry, drama, directing and producing. In spite of raising seven children as a single mother, she acquired a Masters of Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts and is currently a PhD candidate.  She will be performing Opal Palmer Adisa’s play Bathroom Graffiti Queen which she has adapted into a one woman show.
The play is about women’s exploration of sexuality and femininity. Ayodele describes her character, Queen, as “Complex, wounded and perhaps broken. Yet she has a driving force to fix the world, and finds a way to go on. She has a purpose in life. She’s following her own cause.”
This speaks to every woman. We are taught from infancy that we have the responsibility to uphold and keep everyone around us on course. We are expected to disregard our personal struggles and issues in favor of the greater need, as if our personal needs are without merit. We are expected to take care of our families and community, and once that job is done, we can then take care of self. And that job is never done.
Bathroom Graffiti Queen is thus a womanhood rite of passage.
As a womanhood rite of passage, Ayodele expressed great enthusiasm for Opal Palmer Adisa’s play, “Society becomes unraveled because of the treatment of women. We reach a level of tolerance. We get used to the statistics that every six minutes a woman is beaten. Entertainment offers a disguise. People come to a play to be entertained but the audience will be different when they leave the theatre. The play directs attention to the condition of women globally, but in particular to my sistahs here in North America.”



AT&T Donates $225,000 to History Makers


Loretta Walker (right), AT&T Bay Area Vice-President Of External Affairs presents a $225,000 check to Julieanna Richardson, Executive Director of History Makers.

Cookie Johnson spoke to an audience of over 200 well wishers at the Malonga Cultural Center during AT&T’s 28 days History Makers.  Mrs. Johnson talked about her recent business venture that includes her “jean” line and provided encouragement and motivation for new entreprenuers.
The 28 days History Makers is a national program sponsored by AT&T during Black History Month providing various African American motivational speakers to give presentations to primarily African American audiences.


AT&T Donates $225,000 to History Makers


Loretta Walker (right), AT&T Bay Area Vice-President Of External Affairs presents a $225,000 check to Julieanna Richardson, Executive Director of History Makers.

Cookie Johnson spoke to an audience of over 200 well wishers at the Malonga Cultural Center during AT&T’s 28 days History Makers.  Mrs. Johnson talked about her recent business venture that includes her “jean” line and provided encouragement and motivation for new entreprenuers.
The 28 days History Makers is a national program sponsored by AT&T during Black History Month providing various African American motivational speakers to give presentations to primarily African American audiences.


“I Got Bank” Teaches Youth Financial Literacy

By Teri Williams

OneUnited Bank President and Chief Operating Officer Teri Williams has written a children’s book entitled I Got Bank!   The book is the centerpiece of OneUnited Bank’s new initiative to promote financial literacy to urban youth. The book tells the story of an African-American boy, Jazz Ellington, whose grandfather set up a savings account for him and taught him the importance of savings. OneUnited is offering the book for free to any public library or middle school upon request.
In conjunction with the launch of the book, OneUnited Bank is sponsoring an I Got Bank! Essay Contest. To enter, children are asked to write a 500-word essay about what the book meant to them. They can also write about any other book on financial literacy if they wish. The bank will be awarding three winners a $1,000 saving account in August 2011.
I Got Bank! teaches financial literacy in a way that is relevant to urban youth (targeting 8-12 year olds); it also gives parents a great way to start a family discussion about the importance of saving.  After Jazz has saved more than $2000, his mother, older brother and sister attempt to spend his money. He experiences a number of adventures in connection with his newfound focus on savings. Kids will enjoy reading how Jazz stays true to his grandfather’s lessons as he finds creative ways to help his family.
“This book should be required curriculum in all urban schools,” said Dr. Holly M. Carter, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Chairperson, Department of Education, College of Professional Studies, Northeastern University, Boston. “There’s a lot for everyone to learn from the story – no matter what the age.”
The story covers important topics such as bank accounts, credit scores, and interest rates. Ms. Williams plans a series of speaking engagements and readings to promote the book and foster financial literacy.
“I wrote the book because helping young people acquire financial literacy skills is a personal passion and mission both for me and for OneUnited Bank,” said Williams. “I could not find a similar book about money from the perspective of an urban youth. Yet, when children learn the lessons of financial literacy at a young age, they form strong habits that can be life-changing.”
I Got Bank! is published by The Beckham Publications Group, Inc. (www.beckhamhouse.com). More information on the free book for libraries (supplies are limited) or the essay contest is available at www.oneunited.com/book.

Women and Partners Should Test and Share Results Before Marrying

Shelley L. Stinson’s single-minded dedication to HIV prevention, education, and helping others find the help they need while living with HIV. “It’s not just a job, it’s a calling that extends to every aspect of her life,” she said.

By Jesse Brooks

Like so many social problems, the AIDS epidemic is most destructive to those members of society, who are most vulnerable because of its pattern of poverty and social neglect. Initially, in 1981, the media portrayed AIDS as a white gay disease. In 1993, the U.S. CDC expanded its case definition of AIDS to reflect fuller spectrum of the disease, including adding a condition specific to women and those more prevalent among injection drug users. The same year the U.S. FDA approved female condom for sale in U.S.
Women of color, particularly Black women, have been especially hard hit and represent the majority of the new HIV infections and AIDS cases among women. Stopping the epidemic will increasingly depend on how and what extent its affect on women and girls are addressed.
Perceptions of “I’m not at risk” continue to fuel the transmissions. Shelley L. Stinson who has been an HIV Prevention coordinator with Alameda County Office of AIDS Administration, for over 10 years, remembers as a young African American woman in college in 1993,  having no clue as to the extent of her risk. Stinson an Oakland native attended Stillman College located in West Tuscaloosa Alabama. She says on campus, she had a circle of friends that included a majority of gay men and some started getting sick and some died.
After graduating with a degree in Business Administration she returned to home and in 1995 began working in HIV. Her first position was at The African American Advocacy, Support-Services & Survival Institute (AMASSI), a organization that was the first to recognize that African Americans needed cultural emphasis on their messages and education.
In those days Stinson saw no women at all as clients. She remembers from appearance, it was still a gay men’s disease, but now include large numbers of Black gay men that attended the center for services. She reflects on those days, saying, “The majority of the clients that came in were scared and dying and it seemed they were just living for the day. There were a lot of substance abuse issues after they receiving a positive diagnosis”. She remembers that although their budget was small, the center offered weekly Narcotics Anonymous meetings and support groups, such as Black Men Xchange (BMX) that was well attended. Read more

Reverend Hardeman, 99, Retiring

Bay Area’s Oldest Pastor Passes Pulpit to Grandson

On Monday, March 28, Rev. Will Hardeman will become 99. He will celebrate his birthday and retirement on Saturday, March 26 at 2:00pm at Evergreen Baptist Church, 408 W. MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. Rev. Frank Pinkard will preside over the celebration.
Rev. Hardeman, who organized the Greater New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in 1960, has pastored the church continuously for 50 years.
In 1950, he joined the Evergreen Baptist Church, under the leadership of the Late Pastor J. L. Richard where he met and married Bessie Marshall. They had two daughters, Brenda and Melody, and he adopted her sons Cleveland, Otis and Curtis (deceased ‘96’).
When he was 21, he married Erma Dean Dickerson, his first wife, which ended in divorce. Odessa, their daughter, died in 1997.
He was born in 1912 in Bismarck, Oklahoma. Then Will Hardeman and Mattie Page-Hardeman, his parents, moved their family to Redwater, Texas in 1915.  In August of 1925 he fondly recalls how he “walked one mile to the baptizing pool” to unite with the Friendship Baptist Church at Nettles Creek by Rev. C.C.Wilson.

Ephesian Baptist Church Honors Pastor John Henry

John W. Henry was born in Scott, Arkansas October 7, 1928.  After spending his childhood and adolescent years in Arkansas and Louisiana  he migrated to California in 1947.  It was there  in 1950 that he met and married his wife Ella Marie Henry.  Only a few months after their wedding John Henry was drafted into the army to serve in the Korean War from 1950 through 1952.
John Henry served as a deacon at the Williams Chapel Missionary Baptist Church of Oakland as well as the Greater Faith Baptist Church for many years before accepting his call into the Gospel Ministry.  In July 1968, Reverend Henry organized the Ephesian Baptist Church and served as Pastor for 38 years.  He’s still active in the church, as Pastor Emeritus, preparing for the 43rd year church anniversary celebration.
On September 30, 2010, Pastor Emeritus and Mrs. John W. Henry celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.  To this union was born 7 children, 15 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.
Pastor Emeritus Henry is a man with unwavering faith in God and has spent his life being an example of godly living.  During his pastorate, he served different capacities within the local Baptist Minister’s Union as well as the National Baptist Convention.
Pastor Emeritus Henry has been a mentor in the lives of young ministers throughout the community by often allowing them opportunities to exercise their God given gifts of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He was also instrumental in the selection of the current pastor of Ephesian Baptist Church, Reverend Dr. Michael Pasley, who has carried the torch of genuine love for God and his people.

Section 8 Tenants Can Remain When Owners Opt Out of Program

Park Village Apartments in Oakland

By Lynda Carson

In a Feb. 25, 2011 ruling, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Section 8 project-based tenants are allowed to remain in their rental units at the Park Village Apartments in Oakland at 3761 Park Blvd. Way, as long as they keep paying their current share of rent.
The building owner, Mortimer R. Howard, decided to opt out of the subsidized housing program, and wanted to charge market rate rents in the building after he declined to renew the Section 8 subsidized project-based contract with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in 2005. Park Village Apartments has been a Section 8 project-based building since it opened in 1978.
In October of 2006, 72 seniors and low-income renters were threatened with eviction at the Park Village Apartments when Howard sent a letter demanding illegal rent increases from the tenants, demanding that the low-income tenants must pay $1,192 a month for rent, or move out.
Tenants in the Section 8 program are charged as much as 30 to 40 percent of their income for rent, and the government pays the rest to the landlord. The subsidized seniors and low-income tenants on average were paying less than $300 per month for rent, before Howard declined to renew the Section 8 project-based contract for the building.
In an effort to save low-income housing at that location, the residents of the Park Village Apartments fought back against Howard in the courts with the assistance of Bay Area Legal Aid, and the National Housing Law Project. Last Friday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said that the renters have the right to stay in their housing under a 2000 federal law.
Additionally, the Feb. 25 court of appeals ruling said that the current 15 seniors and low-income Section 8 tenants still remaining in the building have a right to remain in their previously subsidized Section 8 rental units in the absence of just cause for eviction, and that tenants with enhanced vouchers cannot be required to pay more than their portion of rent as defined by the Section 8 statute and applicable regulations.
However the ruling further stated that building owners who refuse to accept federal rent subsidies from the government do not have to sign contracts with local housing authorities, such as the Oakland Housing Authority.
Lynda Carson may be reached at tenantsrule@yahoo.com


Evangelist Charlene Jackson, First Lady of Acts Full Gospel, First in Our Hearts

Thousands of family members, church members, civic and political leaders paid their last respects to Evangelist Charlene Jackson, First Lady of Acts Full Gospel Church of God In Christ, during her homegoing celebration February 5, 2011 Photos by Gene Hazzard and collage by Adam L. Turner.

By Carla Thomas

Evangelist Charlene Jackson, a shining star in Oakland, has moved on to re-position herself in the heavens.  As the First Lady of Acts Full Gospel Church of God in Christ, she was a woman on fire for Christ, who illuminated the Bay Area and beyond, beside her husband of 28 years, Bishop Bob Jackson.
A musical celebration of her life featured the church’s choirs, praise dancers and gospel artist Laurence Mathews.  “People like Evangelist Jackson never die, they leave a legacy,” said Oakland Mayor Jean Quan.  “We will miss her but we know she’s with the Lord,” said sister-in-law Senior Associate Pastor, Dr. Doris Limbrick.
During the funeral services thousands packed the church to honor her life of 64 years.  She was adorned in a royal purple suit and hat in a black glazed casket as the audience was granted a parting view.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee spoke of Acts Full Gospel Church’s contributions to the community and honored Evangelist Jackson with a congressional resolution.
“In the midst of the darkness look at a great woman shining,” said Bishop J.W. Macklin of Glad Tidings COGIC, as he compared the brilliance of her life to the luster of a fine diamond.
Bishop Ernestine Reems of Center of Hope Community Church, said, “She leaves a wonderful legacy for all women in every walk of life.”
“I wore this white because she’s in heaven in white,” said Jackson’s sister Alicia Jackson of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.  Evangelist Jackson’s sister-in-law Frances Jackson sang “Precious Lord.”
One of the most special moments in Jackson’s life was recorded at a Sunday service last December.  On this day, Jackson not only sang “Jesus Is the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me,” but demonstrated it.  She shared how the power of prayer gave her the ability to walk again after being in and out of a wheelchair at times, throughout her private battle with cancer.  In the video, she radiated strength as she joined her husband in the pulpit, energetically professed her faith in Christ and urged others to believe and trust God.
A perfect powdery blue sky on an unusually warm February day framed the final ceremonies and resting place of a great woman placed back into the earth amongst the “Peace” section atop a grassy green knoll at Rolling Hills Cemetery in Richmond.
Carla Thomas, Post contributing features writer, is also a member of Acts Full Gospel.

Black Women in History Hatshepsut, Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt

Queen Hatshepsut

By Danielle Savage

“I have done this from a loving heart for my Father Amun;
I have entered into his scheme for this first jubilee;
I was wise by his excellent Spirit, and I forgot nothing of that which he exacted.
My Majesty knoweth that he is Divine.”
-Maatkare Hatshepsut. http://www.maatkare.com/

Queen Hatshepsut was a pharaoh during Eighteenth Egyptian Dynasty, an all-Black dynasty. Some historians believe she was the Pharaoh’s daughter who drew [baby] Moses out of the Nile.
Hatshepsut was married to her half-brother Thutmose II, who died quickly after he took the royal throne. She then led as co-ruler with Thutmose III, her nine-year-old nephew/stepson.  Once her nephew grew older, becoming a threat to her dominion, she locked him in the palace.
She then crowned herself king and pharaoh over Upper and Lower Egypt and built a tomb for herself in the Valley of the Kings, according to encyclopedia.com.
Instead of focusing on conquering new lands, Hatshepsut’s central focus was to open up Egypt’s trade routes She sent countless ships on voyages to trade and barter, expanding the country’s trade. She was the first pharaoh to appoint Asians to powerful positions.
A very religious leader, Hatshepsut pushed to counteract the idolization of Set, identified as the god Ba’al, the primary pagan idol of the Old Testament…
The cause of the Queen’s death is unknown. Some historians estimate that Thutmose III was about 30-years-old when she died. He was extremely angry at her, so angry that he destroyed her images and erased her name from the record of her many accomplishments.
But Hatshepsut name is still remembered and honored as “one of the most powerful women in history” (whenweruled.com).
For more information go to www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Hatshepsut.aspx or www.whenweruled.com/articles.php?lng=en&pg=16



Haqq Shabazz – Bay Area Based Media Mogul Empowers the Independent Music Movement

From left to right: Mind Seed Engineer Edwin Hackett, Artist Ernesto “E-Shame” Reyes, Village Life Entertainment 5 Founder - CEO, Haqq Shabazz pose outside of Mind Seed Studios in Oakland. Photo by Carla Thomas.

By Carla Thomas
With a passion for the music industry and a drive to unify independent artists, Amir Abuhaqq Shabazz, founder and owner of Village Life Entertainment 5 LLC is taking his vision to the next level, after working with industry giants like the late Tupac Shakur and East Oakland’s Too Short.
Currently managing four main artists and signing more, as an affiliate of Mind Seed Records, “Haqq” Shabazz is turning his 20 plus years of experience into a viable platform by acquiring the state of the art Mind Seed Records studio.   With his current roster of artists Jazz JLP, Rap J-Loc and R&B Dancer-daughter, Brea Nicole Shabazz, his ability to empower new artists is already set in motion.
“I want to give back to the community and give young artists a road map to success,” he said.
While laying tracks in the studio, Shabazz is currently the executive producer of the cd “Shameless” for 28 year old family friend Ernest Reyes.  “His stage name is “E-Shame” and he’s the great nephew of the chief of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation that owns and operates Cache Creek Casino of Brooks, California,” he said proudly.
At Inner Scope Records, Shabazz worked with Tupac in the early 90’s and started his own label Ham-A-Lot Records and later Lock Records which produced compilations generating sales across the nation.
The graduate of Oakland Tech attended San Francisco State University and plans to offer top of the line multi-media, video and audio recording.  The nationally renowned owners of Mind Seed Records, Edwin and Joann Anderson, have graciously offered to support his efforts to propel the independent artist community with their company as a central factor.
“I want to show how hard work along with structure and resources can make the difference,” he added. Read more