From April 2011

Get a CT Scan to Detect Colon Cancer

By Catherine  Jones, M.D.

Once there is a diagnosis of colon cancer, tests are performed to determine if colon cancer is confined to the colon or has spread to other organs of the body.  This process of testing and the results from the testing allow for the cancer to be staged.  The stage of the disease has to be known in order to appropriately treat a person.
In a person with newly found colon cancer a CT scan may be performed.  A CT scan outlines in picture form the details of all internal organs.  The CT scan will show if cancer is limited to the colon only or has spread to other organs in the body. If the cancer has spread to other organs it is called metastatic disease.
If from the CT scan it is determined that the cancer is limited to the colon then the colon involved can be removed surgically.  In addition to removing the colon, surrounding lymph nodes will also need to be removed.  Cancer cells from the colon can spread to other organs of the body and this spread can be through the lymph nodes or blood vessels. Read more

Social Change is Needed to Control AIDS

By Jesse
Brooks

Mrs. Sharon Lettman-Hicks (right), Executive Officer of National Black Justice Coalition is seen here with Berkeley City Councilman Darryl Moore.

Fortunately the national response to the AIDS epidemic over the last two decades is being reflected in declines, or leveling off of, the HIV prevalence, and those with the virus are experiencing longer life spans. But alongside the positive overall figures, there are some worrisome statistical trends, and it is clear that some social changes are needed to control AIDS.
We must fight social and structural inequities so that the medical advances we’ve made in the past 30 years to curb HIV and AIDS, can work with maximum efficacy.  Groups are not born vulnerable, but are made vulnerable by societies that marginalize and exploit them.
The Black community has been hit the hardest by the AIDS epidemic. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Black women are diagnosed with HIV, 19 times more often than White women. Black gay and bisexual men, ages 13-29, represent more than 25 percent of new infections.        Read more

If You’re Sexually Active, Get Tested! April is STD Awareness Month

Did you know that every 97 seconds a California teenager is infected with a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)?  Did you know that one in two sexually active young people will get a STD by the age of 25, and most won’t know it because they have no symptoms?
Because of the serious consequences of STDs, April has been designated as STD Awareness Month.  Getting tested for STDs is imperative for those who are sexually active, as is discussing sexual health with healthcare providers and sex partners.
In Alameda County, STD rates are above the state’s average in some areas of Oakland and in most of East Oakland.  Females of color between the ages of 15 and 24 who live in East Oakland suffer the greatest burden of disease.
Upcoming STD Awareness activities sponsored by Alameda County Public Health for the period April 21 through May 27 includes the Alameda County Public Health Division of Communicable Disease and Youth Radio that will launch a 6-week Get Yourself Tested (for STDs) Social Media Campaign aimed primarily at sexually active East Oakland youth ages 15-24.  Youth who get tested and refer partner(s) receive an iTunes or Amazon Gift card made possible with CA Family Health Council funding.

National Violence Experts Convene in Oakland

Largest meeting of hospital-based anti-violence programs

On April 28th and 29th, Youth ALIVE! an Oakland-based violence prevention nonprofit, will host the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP) annual conference. at Nile Hall, Preservation Park, 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland from 8:30am-5pm.  120 representatives from more than 20 cities will gather to share best practices and develop a national agenda to stop the revolving door of gunshot victims in and out our country’s urban emergency rooms.
Since 2009, NNHVIP has brought together the best and most exciting programs to share knowledge, develop best practices, collaborate on research, affect policy change, and nurture new and emerging programs. NNHVIP believes violence is preventable and that engaging a victim at the hospital bedside is a pivotal opportunity to stop the cycle of violence. Read more

Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Overcoming Holiness Church of God’s 55th Anniversary

Bishop Dr. George W. Ayers, pastor of Faith Tabernacle AOH Church of God, announced that many leading evangelical speakers will address a three-day anniversary celebration of worshipping God event at his church located at 3501 Macdonald Avenue, Richmond.
The celebration which honors the 55th anniversary of the church begins on Friday evening, April 29, at 7:00 p.m., and continues on Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1.
On Saturday, April 30, at 12 noon, there will be a baptism for anyone desiring to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus (Acts 2:38). Baptismal candidates are advised to bring appropriate baptismal attire which includes one’s own personal towel. These preparations will allow those baptized to take their belongings after the service. If you plan to be baptized, you may leave your name and message at (510) 223-4661.
Speakers will be Dr. Overseer Larnie White, Jr., from Los Angeles, on Friday evening; Pastor Rochelle Nooner, of Lancaster, California, on Saturday evening; and Elder Brian Simpson, of Pasadena, California, on Sunday morning. The Pastor and International Presiding Prelate, Bishop Dr. George W. Ayers will speak on Sunday morning.  Elder Overseer Reginald Davis, of Mobile, Alabama, will be the closing speaker on Sunday afternoon, at 4 p.m.

Leontine T. C. Kelly Scholarship Fund

Bright Mutingwende meets Angella Current Felder, Bishop Kelly’s daughter, on the Africa University campus. Photo by Richard Fotsin, Africa University.

As  Zimbabwe was embroiled in hyperinflation that crippled its economy, Africa University student Bright Mutingwende was able to enroll and attend classes through the scholarship support he received from the Bishop Leontine T.C. Kelly Endowed Scholarship Fund for his Accounting degree. He is the third recipient.
At one point during Zimbabwe’s economic crisis, Africa University was the only one of the country’s 13 universities to remain open and holding classes.
The scholarship was established in 2000 at the university in old Mutare, Zimbabwe. Twenty-four African nations are represented in the university’s 1200-member student body.
Bishop Kelly, who turned 91 on March 5, lives in Oakland. Read more

Dr. Trimm’s Kingdom University Courses Available

By David Scott

DR. N Cindy Trimm

Kingdom University Satellite School is coming to the Airport Hilton Hotel, 1 Hegenberger Road, Oakland May 2-7.
Founder and Chancellor Dr.N Cindy Trimm is a best-selling author, revolutionary thinker and former Senator. She has dedicated her life to serving God and humanity through education. Her teachings are backed by her extensive leadership expertise with her depth of spiritual understanding to reveal life-transforming messages that empower and inspire.
Her teaching methods are seasoned with humor, compassion, revelatory insight, and personal candor, Dr.Trimm utilizes biblically-based principles of inner healing and personal development.  Kingdom University’s mission is based upon the biblical directives according to Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15 and 2 Corinthians 5:20. Her curriculum enables her graduating students to become effective leaders in their homes, local churches and communities.
The graduating class will be treated to performances and messages from the Chenaniah Praise Dancers and Bishop Darrell Hines.
Registration is $50.00 and non-refundable. The classes are $149.00 per course. The Kingdom University School of Ministry is a bible-based institute of higher learning. Classes are from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. For more information, call 1-866-444-7258 or e-mail Kingdom U@cindytrimm.com

Neldam’s now ‘A Taste of Denmark’

By Tanya Dennis

From left to right: Gregorio Diaz, a 1% owner, Mark, Davis, Sykhee Yoo and Cathy Caulkett, 40% owners, and Deshon Wysinger, a new employee, look forward to serving you at a Taste of Denmark.

Last July, the Neldam’s Bakery employees were informed that the owners were walking away after eighty-one years.  The employees were given two days notice.  Neldam’s which had been an Oakland institution located at 34th  and Telegraph, was famous for their Chantilly dream cakes,  “home-made” yeast rolls and sugar free cakes, brownies, and muffins.
In August, the owners of the building approached three employees, Mark Davis, Rigo Luna and Cathy Caulkett, who between them had over a hundred years of employment at the bakery and asked them if they would be interested in forming a cooperative.
They agreed and “Taste of Denmark” opened its doors with old favorites and new offerings.  French pastries, Tiramisu squares, Neapolitan Cake with Bavarian whipped cream and strawberries and a Danish Waffle Butter cream with raspberry jam are just a few of the new offerings, and currently the bakery has a wonderful array of Easter Baskets full of wonderful cookies and candies.
Caulkett says “We received a 40% share in the company with eight other employees receiving a 1% share.  We don’t work any harder because we always had a good work ethic; the difference is we feel like a family operated business now.” Read more

Lenten Caravan’s “Lifelines to Healing”

By David Scott

From left to right: Rev. Michael McBride (The Way Christian Center), Rev. Dr. Cummings (Imani Community Church), Rev. Michael Smith. (McGee Avenue Baptist Church), Host Pastor, Rev. Dr. Mark Smith (Brookins AME). Rev. Yaa Aseda Rice-Hogue, M.Div., Rev. Larry Ashley. (Cosmopolitan Baptist Church).

The East Bay Lenten Caravan presents the 3rd Annual Faith in Action Conference “Lifelines to Healing’’ Saturday April 30th, at St. Paul AME Church 2024 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, featuring Dr. Joseph Marshall, radio Icon for “Street Soldiers’’.
The Faith in Action conference emanated from the East Bay Lenten Caravan (EBLC). Its mission is for churches to unite to improve the health of their respective communities.  Rev. Dr. George C.L. Cummings, co-founder of EBL said, “Our vision is to get all pastor’s that are deeply concerned about the health and well being of their communities and neighborhoods to speak up and develop a long term plan of action of economic independence, training programs for our youth on violence prevention, and being the moral voice hope, faith and love.”
Dr. Cummings said, “The EBLC is a growing fellowship of 8 churches coming together during Lenten season to Praise the Lord. It is paramount that we understand the need to be partners in the common struggle to enhance the spiritual, physical, emotional, economic, and political health of our community.” He announced that the conference attendance is free with a lunch provided from 9:00 a.m.-4:00p.m. For information call 510 531-5411.

Budget Cuts, and the Pathway to Homelessness

By Lynda Carson

People are so desperate in these harsh economic times where the rich are not paying their fair share of taxes, during January of 2011, the Oakland Housing Authority opened up its Section 8 waiting list (Housing Choice Voucher Program), and it was expected that around 100,000 needy low-income families would apply for the coveted subsidized Section 8 housing vouchers during the five-day application period. The Section 8 voucher contracts allow the low-income households to pay only 30 to 40 percent of their income towards rent, and the government would subsidize the remainder in monthly rental payments to the landlord.
Despite the need for more Section 8 vouchers for the poor, Oakland Housing Authority executive director Eric Johnson stated in a Chronicle article, “There are currently only 650 vouchers available, and about 50 vouchers get freed up every month.”
Presently there are 13,777 Section 8 vouchers in use in Oakland. Read more

Janet L. Holmgren Leaves Mills Fulfilled

Her two-decade legacy ushered the College into the ranks of America’s most respected

Janet L. Holmgren’s unprecedented 20-year tenure as President of Mills College in Oakland ends June 30. Her legacy is marked by numerous achievements that helped advance Mills College academically. She launched a major fundraising drive that leaves the school fiscally sound in the black.
“During her 20 years as President, Janet Holmgren created a national model for women’s education while simultaneously increasing educational opportunities for a diverse group of talented graduate women and men,” says Kathleen J. Burke, chair of the Mills College Board of Trustees. “Her vision and exemplary guidance have been true assets to our College. Generations of future students will benefit from her thoughtful, strategic, and creative leadership.”
Today, Mills College has a 45 percent enrollment increase since Holmgren took the reins in 1991.
Holmgren’s untiring commitment to diversity has resulted in women of color and first-generation college students now comprising the majority of the Mills College student body. The Mills student body is comprised of 39 percent students of color, and 28 percent faculty of color, compared with 21 percent students of color, and 5 percent faculty of color in 1991. Read more

7th Annual African American Breast Cancer Conference, May 7 “Each One Reach One (EORO): Working Together to Make a Change”

Edna Campbell

The 7th Annual African American Breast Cancer Conference, “Each One Reach One (EORO): Working Together to Make a Change” will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2011, 8:00am – 3:30pm, in the Conference Center at The Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison Street in downtown Oakland, across from Lake Merritt.  The event is designed to help raise awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection in African American communities.   Each year, the conference continues to reach a growing number of people from lower income and underserved communities who typically do not have access to quality breast health/cancer information and resources. The intended audience is cancer patients/survivors, family members, caregivers, friends, community advocates, health care professionals/providers, and the general public. African American women of all ages and health status are encouraged to attend.
Keynote speaker is Breast Cancer Survivor and retired 7-year Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) veteran, Edna Campbell.  Campbell was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, and despite her diagnosis returned to basketball for the Sacramento Monarch’s last game of their 2002 season.  Her public bout with breast cancer was not only courageous, but very inspiring to many who followed her tremendous basketball career. Since then, Campbell has completed her nursing degree and continues to inspire women everywhere with the story of her life during and after breast cancer.  Additional conference highlights include a discussion on breast cancer risk factors, prevention, early detection, nutrition, physical activity, young women and breast cancer (i.e. triple negative, inflammatory, and advanced metastatic breast cancer), treatment options, men and breast cancer, emotional/psychological health, and survivorship. Read more

DMV Re-Opens Its Hayward Office, April 25

Customers Greeted with Updated and Streamlined Facility

After eight months of much needed renovations and pressing staffing issues, the Hayward field office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is back open for business! When the doors at 150 Jackson Street swing open Monday morning, April 25, 2011 customers will walk into a more welcoming and streamlined facility.
“We are excited to offer our customers a pleasant environment in which to conduct business,” said DMV Director George Valverde. “We are also thrilled to have the addition of newly-trained staff to provide continued, quality service to the Greater Hayward and East Bay area.”
The Hayward office was closed August 13, 2010 so necessary repair work could be completed.  It has 30 full-time and 3 part-time employees who handle an average of 197,000 transactions each year.
And to enhance your experience, try the new, time-saving “DMV NOW” smart phone application!  It is the one-stop mobile directory where you can find many of your DMV needs right off your iPhone / iPod Touch or Android device. The application has been developed to meet your needs on the go!
Don’t Stand In Line, Go Online! Doing business with the DMV has never been easier. The DMV offers an array of services to customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through its Website  including online appointments for written and drive tests; vehicle registration and driver license renewals, selection of personalized license plates, changes of address and payment of fees via secure debit transactions.
Customers can also effect transactions by calling DMV customer service at (800) 777-0133. DMV is a department under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

Four-Week Blitz on Potholes

Mayor Jean Quan.

To keep the City of Oakland’s vehicular and pedestrian traffic safe, Oakland Public Works will conduct a four-week Pothole Blitz again this year. The first week-long Pothole Blitz will commence on April 25th in West Oakland, weather permitting. The week of May 2nd will concentrate on Central Oakland, the week of May 9th will be in East Oakland, and during National Public Works Week (May 16th), the focus will be on completing outstanding pothole repair requests in high-traffic areas citywide.
Eight Public Works crews – twice as many crews as are regularly assigned – have the goal of filling more than 2,000 potholes during the Blitz.
“In our Town Hall meetings throughout the City, the number one infrastructure issue is fixing our potholes. With limited resources, it’s always a balancing act as to which streets and how much we can replace. Even so, our residents really look forward to seeing the Public Works pot hole blitz crews every spring,” said Mayor Jean Quan.
Potholes are an ongoing and growing problem for all major cities, especially in the spring when the moisture from rains causes the roadway surface and structure to erode. “Streets generally last about 30 years. We have enough money to pave our streets every 85 years. Until additional resources are provided to repave streets, we’ll continue to patch, patch and patch some more. If you have a favorite pothole, please call us at (510) 615-5566 and we’ll send crews to fix it,” said Public Works Director Vitaly B. Troyan, P.E. Read more

Rev. Henry Washington: “Man of the People”

By Tasion Kwamilele

Pastor Henry Washington. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, BAPAC.

Pastor Henry Washington, a lifelong resident of Richmond, has committed himself to God and helping those in need. For more than thirty years, Pastor Washington has continued to inspire change within the lives of the Richmond community.
“Judge George Carroll served the community in an awesome way so to receive this award in his name is an honor. I am extremely humbled,” said Washington.
Washington’s roots in Richmond run deep. He’s the grandson of Richmond’s first African American police officer and the nephew of former Richmond Mayor, Lonnie Washington Jr., Read more

Value-Centered Solutions, Inc. Brings Value and Solutions

By Tasion Kwamilele

Michael Parker. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, BAPAC.

The value of Valued Centered Solutions (VCS) is that the organization brings value-added upgrades for everyone. He teaches you how to run yourself successfully. He helps you to understand how to run your life
Value-Centered Solutions Incorporation has been servicing the Richmond community for eight years providing personal and professional training to entrepreneurs, business owners, corporations, and individuals motivated to succeed.
Michael Parker is a native of Richmond and founder of VCS, Incorporated. By using his experiences from his childhood, Parker realized that obtaining success began with the right mind frame. He developed life-altering strategies and methodologies that can be applied in your personal life, career and business. Now, Parker operates two successful businesses, Jovance Salon & Barbering and VCS, Inc. Read more

A Day of Activity and Health in Richmond

A Kaiser Permanente staff checks the blood pressure of a Richmond student. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

More than 200 Richmond residents gathered at the Nevin Community Center Saturday, April 16 to kick off a week-long campaign that encourages children and families to do without television, computers or video games to promote physical activity and better health.
The 5th Annual Screen Free Week Community Resource and Family Fun Day is an annual community event sponsored by Kaiser Permanente in collaboration with local community non-profit groups including Brookside Community Clinic, Opportunity West, Contra Costa Health Services and Weigh of Life. The goals of the event are to increase community awareness of the effect of too much screen time on children’s health. Read more

President Obama Visits the Bay Area

By Carla Thomas

The Masonic Auditorium atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill was abuzz with every network’s television truck, dozens of journalists, fans, campaigners, community advocates and on-lookers waiting for their glimpse of the president’s entrance and speech.
Fans, campaigners, politicians and community advocates came out in full force as the excitement mounted hours before the DNC’s re-election kick-off event.  “I’m in!” appeared to be the new supportive slogan.
“I’m just proud to be a part of this time in history while we’re celebrating probably the greatest president we’ve ever had,” said Assemblyman Sandre Swanson accompanied by his district director Carol “CJ” Jones .  “I think he’s putting the people first and not politics and he’s trying to help America fulfill its dream and I think that’s what makes our president special.”
“He’s doing the right thing under all circumstances,” said Lillian Litzsey, President of the BWOPA of Hayward, along with DaBora Lovitt of BWOPA and Jim Copes of Designer Optics Frames to Go.  “You can tell by the decisions he makes that he is doing what is best for the people, not necessarily what is best for him.” Read more

Private Industry Council, PG&E, Liftech Honored By Chinatown Chamber of Commerce

By Conway Jones

Ted Lum (left), President, Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, and Jennie Ong (right), Executive Director, Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, flank the award recipients of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce 26th Anniversary Spring Banquet. The award recipients from left to right were Gay Plair Cobb, President and CEO, Oakland Private Industry Council, Alicia Burt, Government Relations manager/Government Relations, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Arun Bhimani, Structural Engineer and President, Liftech, and Michael Jordan, Structural Engineer and Chief Executive Officer, Liftech. Photograph: Conway Jones

The Oakland Chinatown Chamber hosted its 26th annual Spring Banquet in Chinatown. Over 300 attendees participated in silent and live auctions, the proceeds of which will benefit the Chamber.
This gala event introduced Chamber Board of Directors and officers to its guest.  The banquet showcased the organizations and businesses that contribute exemplary services to Chinatown.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said that she will actively promote Oakland’s Chinatown as a ‘destination’ when she visits China. Mayor Quan said that our community offers equal accessibility to the wine country, Silicon Valley and local airports and offers a much greater value that surrounding cities.
This year’s banquet honored the Oakland Private Industry Council (PIC)  for their dedication in providing high quality training and employment services to local residents, including Oakland Chinatown.
PG&E was recognized for the sustained leadership and dedication efforts of the PG&E East Bay Community Relations Team and their efforts to encourage energy saving programs in Oakland Chinatown which have been replicated state wide. Read more

Private Industry Council, PG&E, Liftech Honored By Chinatown Chamber of Commerce

By Conway Jones

Ted Lum (left), President, Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, and Jennie Ong (right), Executive Director, Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, flank the award recipients of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce 26th Anniversary Spring Banquet. The award recipients from left to right were Gay Plair Cobb, President and CEO, Oakland Private Industry Council, Alicia Burt, Government Relations manager/Government Relations, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Arun Bhimani, Structural Engineer and President, Liftech, and Michael Jordan, Structural Engineer and Chief Executive Officer, Liftech. Photograph: Conway Jones

The Oakland Chinatown Chamber hosted its 26th annual Spring Banquet in Chinatown. Over 300 attendees participated in silent and live auctions, the proceeds of which will benefit the Chamber.
This gala event introduced Chamber Board of Directors and officers to its guest.  The banquet showcased the organizations and businesses that contribute exemplary services to Chinatown.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said that she will actively promote Oakland’s Chinatown as a ‘destination’ when she visits China. Mayor Quan said that our community offers equal accessibility to the wine country, Silicon Valley and local airports and offers a much greater value that surrounding cities.
This year’s banquet honored the Oakland Private Industry Council (PIC)  for their dedication in providing high quality training and employment services to local residents, including Oakland Chinatown.
PG&E was recognized for the sustained leadership and dedication efforts of the PG&E East Bay Community Relations Team and their efforts to encourage energy saving programs in Oakland Chinatown which have been replicated state wide. Read more

San Francisco Crisis Care Helps Victims

By Lee Hubbard

Christoph Sandoval

When a traumatic accident or death happens in the city, San Francisco Crisis Care (SFCC) is ready to react, to make sure families affected can be comforted. The volunteer non-profit, in its first year, works with the police and fire departments and any first responders to a death or an accident in San Francisco.
“Our volunteers respond on the scene and prove basic human to human support,” said David Vincent, the Crisis Care Volunteer recruiter.  “We help the victims understand what is happening now and what to expect in the next few hours or days in the future.”
San Francisco Crisis Care is a non-profit organization that is sponsored by California Pacific Medical Center, Kaiser, All State Insurance and many other businesses.  It is a volunteer group that has branches in other cities, including San Diego, Sacramento and Los Angeles. The office is headed by Christoph Sandoval. Read more

Feds and the States Sanction Banks

By Tanya Dennis

On Wednesday, April 13, the federal government ordered sixteen of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders and servicers reimburse homeowners that were improperly foreclosed upon. The nation’s four largest banks, Bank of America, Citibank, JPMorgan and Chase, were cited. The Feds have directed the banks to hire auditors to determine how many homeowners could have avoided foreclosure in 2009 and 2010. On the state level, Attorney Generals are demanding an end to false affidavits and “robosigning”, and, they want the banks to do more loan modifications and more negotiations with homeowners before foreclosure. Although banks have balked at the idea of principal reduction, the subject was discussed.  Attorney General of Colorado Roy Cooper said he’s heard promises for three years and still sees problems, “That’s why we need an agreement that’s enforceable and that we don’t have just promises.” Read more

Acts Full Gospel’s Resurrection Play “Jesus Reigns Forever”

By Carla
Thomas

Left to right: Toron Herring & Dejoh Davis (Toron -Angel & Child in crowd) (Dejoh-(child in crowd).

Playwright Leticia Pinn completed her 15th annual resurrection play “Jesus Reigns Forever”,   with a cast of 60.   Pinn was assisted by director Alma Fisher and assistant directors Judith Holtey Mendez, Sharisse Holman and production assistants Lisa Watson and Leona Kelly.
“This is not a fairytale, this is a visual of what really happened,” said Evangelist Linda Bogard-Walker.
Joaquin Mendez played the role of Pontius Pilot who executed of every male child under the age of two in Bethlehem and Margaret Carney brought the spirit of comfort to the congregation when she performed “The Lifter.”
When Daniel Battel, acting as the demon possessed man, raced down the aisle onto the stage and was healed by Jesus, played by Associate Pastor Andre Benson.  Horatio Finley then sang “He is a Miracle Worker.” Read more

Rev. Jesse Mason, Comes Over Into Macedonia to Help Us

By Tasion Kwamilele

Rev. Jesse Mason Jr. and First Lady Alexandria Mason. Photos by Levi Hill, BAPAC.

Rev. Jesse Mason Jr. was recently installed as the senior pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Richmond. Excited and on fire for God, Mason is ready to strengthen and unify  the hearts his congregation  so that the church can be a blessing to the Richmond community
“I count it a blessing and a privilege in being called to Pastor an historic church. It has been the landmark in Richmond for nearly 58 years. As Pastor, I want everyone to know how much they matter to the body of Christ and I really focusing on establishing unity because united we stand divided we fall,” said Rev. Mason
Mason, a native of Demopolis, Alabama, relocated to Richmond at the age of five. He became an active member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church and accepted Christ into his life when he was eleven years old. Read more

Rangers soar behind Anderson's struggle on the mound

Oakland, CA – Millions of people experience a bad day at the office but for lefty pitcher Brett Anderson it was day he did not want to remember. Things got off to a rough start rather quickly for the A’s. Elvis Andrus walked and advanced to second base due to a poor decision made by Adam LaRoche.

While many tried to wrapped their brain around why Andrus was not tagged out, the focus returned back to Anderson as he collapsed on the mound. Nothing could save him from the embarrassing performance he displayed as Oakland lost 11-2 to the Rangers. Read more