From June 2011

A's lose a player and the series

Oakland, CA – An emotional day for the A’s as they lost a player that has been a staple to the organization for the past ten years.  Mark Ellis was not only a veteran amongst the team but a friend who will be truly missed, he was traded to the Colorado Rockies.

“It’s not something I expected especially since I’ve never been traded,” Ellis said. “You see it happen to other players but never did I think it would happen to me, maybe just a thought.” Read more

A’s lose a player and the series

Oakland, CA – An emotional day for the A’s as they lost a player that has been a staple to the organization for the past ten years.  Mark Ellis was not only a veteran amongst the team but a friend who will be truly missed, he was traded to the Colorado Rockies.

“It’s not something I expected especially since I’ve never been traded,” Ellis said. “You see it happen to other players but never did I think it would happen to me, maybe just a thought.” Read more

Marlins shutout the A's to even the series

Oakland, CA – The Florida Marlins ended their twenty-four game losing streak.  Their bats came alive behind a pair of home runs and superb pitching from Ricky Nolasco who pitched his second career shutout.  The club knew that things would turn around at some point but not this quickly, at least for the Oakland A’s who lost 3-0 due to their lack of offense.

Marlins interim manager Jack McKeon had a meeting with his ball club this afternoon with just the hitters only.  His focus was to reiterate having fun and letting the game to come them instead of working hard to find the missing offense. Read more

Marlins shutout the A’s to even the series

Oakland, CA – The Florida Marlins ended their twenty-four game losing streak.  Their bats came alive behind a pair of home runs and superb pitching from Ricky Nolasco who pitched his second career shutout.  The club knew that things would turn around at some point but not this quickly, at least for the Oakland A’s who lost 3-0 due to their lack of offense.

Marlins interim manager Jack McKeon had a meeting with his ball club this afternoon with just the hitters only.  His focus was to reiterate having fun and letting the game to come them instead of working hard to find the missing offense. Read more

Gonzalez almost perfect over Marlins

Oakland, CA – Upon returning home the Oakland A’s picked up where they left off.  The seventy-two minute rain delay was no problem for Gio Gonzalez, who in fact probably could have lasted the full game but was taken out after pitching eight scoreless innings.

The A’s backed Gonzalez’s almost perfect night with a 1-0 win over the Florida Marlins.  The lefty is ranked fifth in the American League with an ERA 2.38 and made his first appearance against a team he grew up watching in Hialeah, Florida. Read more

Giants offense comes alive in sixth

San Francisco, CA – One thing that’s been missing for the Giants has been the offense.  If you come out to AT&T ball park early you’ll find the entire team taking batting practice.  There is always room for improvement, so everyday players seek to perfect, increase and find some consistency at the plate.

Tonight that hard work paid off, the defending World Champs rallied back for the 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.  It was a comeback that the fans haven’t seen seen in sometime.  The offense came alive behind Andres Torres who had taken some time off to find some mental clarity. Read more

Students “Choose College for Life”

By Ashley

Aujzhane Buchanan, 15, of Fairfield High School, after winning the Brain Battle 2011.

Knowledge is power and The Choose College Educational Foundation gave students their opportunity to shine at the Super SATurday Fair and College Rally at the Oakland Marriott last month. Hosted by celebrity Sway Calloway with appearances and performances by artists Lil’ B the Based God, Dahrio Wonder, and Deja Bryson, this gave high school scholars the resources to prepare for the SATs and college.
This event was sponsored by R.T. Fisher Educational Enterprises, Way Out Promotions, and College Board with co-sponsors Clear Channel, 106KMEL, Ruhitz Radio, and Hayden Creative. The highlight of the day was the Brain Battle 2011, a SAT rap battle with guest celebrity judges, including Lil B, and a cash prize!
Four high school students became SAT lyricists, using vocabulary from the test in a clean rap as they battled each other. Fifteen-year old Aujzhane Buchanan, a sophomore at Fairfield High School, walked away with the cash prize as she motivated peers to put education first. Read more

Now is the Time For All to be Tested to Halt Spread of HIV/AIDS

By Jesse

A large crowd turned up to walk around Lake Merritt in Oakland during the East Bay AIDS Walk on Saturday. PHOTOS BY GENE HAZZARD

June 27th is “National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), with the theme “Take the Test, Take Control,” is coordinated by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), to encourage people of all ages to take an HIV test.
An early diagnosis can help those infected to receive life-saving treatments. Currently, almost 40 percent of people with HIV are not diagnosed until they already have developed AIDS.
It is estimated that the majority of new infections are transmitted by those who are unaware of their infection. Lorenzo Hinojosa, HIV Program Manager at The Department of Public Health, Alameda County’s Office of AIDS says, “Part of prevention today is testing folks and keeping them in care. We must have durable care in place to help individuals with their maintenance that is required to keep their viral load down, lowering the ability to infect others”.
Studies show that keeping viral load levels as low as possible for as long as possible decreases the disease and prolongs life. Read more

Black Churches Take On AIDS Battle

As infections rise among blacks, compassion replaces condemnatio

By Dahleen Glanton,
Chicago Tribune

Parishioners at a packed New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago pray for those infected with HIV/AIDS disease.

On a recent Sunday morning, the Rev. Stephen Thurston stood on the pulpit before a packed New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago while a health care worker swabbed his upper and lower gums. After his sermon, she announced the results: Thurston had tested negative for HIV.
It was an unusual scene in an African-American church, where for decades many black ministers and parishioners have stood silent as HIV and AIDS festered in the community. Consumed by fear, a lack of information and conflicting messages about religion, sex and homosexuality, some pastors condemned the disease in sermons as HIV/AIDS grew to epidemic proportions just outside their church doors. Read more

By Faith VFO Works for Vallejo

By Paul Cobb

VFO President Rev. Danny Jefferson meets with State Attorney General Kamala Harris to discuss Crime and Safety issues.

“By faith, the City and citizens of Vallejo can move forward by working together to solve its community problems,” says Rev. Danny Jefferson pastor of Rehoboth World Outreach Center, C.O.G.I.C.. He told the Post News Group that four years ago, in July of 2007, he led a group of Vallejo Pastors to meet with a group of Vallejo Marketplace Ministers, led by Michael Brown, to find common ground on how they, moving together, in faith, could make a difference for the City’s children and residents. They merged their resources into the Vallejo Faith Organization (VFO) to make a positive impact in the City of Vallejo.
Now VFO plans to continue to positively transform Vallejo by faithfully adhering to their core values of: quality public education, safety and crime prevention and holding elected officials accountable through their full participation in the electoral process. Read more

Fundraising’s Up at Downs

By Ruth Love

The Downs Community Development Corporation (DCDC) sponsored its second fundraising Auction on this past June 4th at Merritt College. People from all over the Bay Area came out to bid. The signature item was a sculpted bust of Civil Rights Icon, Rosa Parks. Other items included a poster of President Obama, autographed sports memorabilia, and a portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama along with many other items.
As attendees mused around, they enjoyed delicious food and wonderful music. It was a grand occasion for good causes. The funds will be used to support school programs for students at risk of being retained, for food services of low-income men and women and activities for senior citizens.
Board of Directors Chair, Dr. Ruth Love stated, “The evening was very important for DCDC because we need the financial resources to continue to serve the community. Our programs include a summer school for students at risk of being retained in grade level, a feeding program (Fishes & Loaves) and activities for senior citizens.”
Donations may be sent to Downs Community Development Corporation (DCDC) at 1027 60th Street, Oakland 94608. (510) 208-2900. DCDC is a 501c not-for-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.

SF’s Black Film Festival and Juneteenth Celebrate Together Again

By Lee Hubbard

From left to right: SF Juneteenth Festival Vice Chair Kevin Jeeferson, Mistrees of Ceremony-Lateefah Simon, Chairmain-Louis Garrett Sr.

Historically the San Francisco Film Festival the Juneteenth Celebration were joined at the hip and celebrated as one big party.  Ave Montague, the founder of the film festival, incorporated film into the Juneteenth to diversify the events.
Thirteen years ago the Film Festival split from the Juneteenth celebration.  This year the two events were held on the same weekend and in various venues throughout San Francisco.  Blacks flocked to both events with enthusiastic support.
“The San Francisco Black Film Festival was really good, selling out venues and partnering with the Juneteenth in cross marketing and advertising,” said Kevin Jefferson, the vice chairmen of the San Francisco Juneteenth.  “Likewise, the Juneteenth was beautiful.  There were over 10,000 people and 150 booths. People had fun at the event.” Read more

Safeway Hosts World’s Longest Picnic Table in SF

By Barbara Fluhrer

Danielle Wolfeone of the hostess at the Safeway Picnic at Marina Green in San Francisco.

Safeway hosted 400 people for a lavish lunch by local chef Tyler Florence and set a world record, breaking the Guinness World Record.
The 305 feet and 3 inches long table, set for hundreds, by invitation only, at the Marina Green in San Francisco, established the record as the world’s longest picnic table.
Why? Safeway is going green and  is celebrating their Open Nature promise that ingredients should come from nature and food should have as little processing as possible.  Guests were treated to various products by Open Nature. Safeway’s Open Nature provides a range of natural foods across multiple categories – everything from fresh chicken, yogurt and ice cream to salad dressings, peanut butter, dinner sausages, hot dogs and pastas, cereals, granolas and juices.
Keeping with Open Nature’s all-natural ingredients approach, the record-setting table was built with Douglas fir, and for every Forest Stewardship Council tree used, 10 more will be planted.  After the event the table will be broken into parts and donated to parks.  All products used for the picnic were environmentally conscious, including utensils and plates.
Food network chef and restaurateur, Tyler Florence signed his new cook book.  “Food has always been important in my life and I think it is really important that people know where their food comes from”, said Florence.

“Meach” The New Barber in Town”

Demetrius (Meach) Singleton. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, BAPAC.

Demetrius (Meach) Singleton’s is a new barber in town and he’s highly motivated to cut a positive path to business success.
His interest in barbering started at a young age when he wanted to have his hair cut once a week but couldn’t afford it. He said, “I would see athletes with nice haircuts and I had a mini afro that wasn’t trimmed and I just didn’t feel right.”
In 2004 he met Michael (Mike) Caldwell, his barber and future mentor, who he now works with. He said, “After watching Mike cut my hair it convinced me more that barbering is what I wanted to do as a career”.
He told how hew, after getting his hair cut, he would sit in the barber shop for hours and watch Mike cut other customers and he would go to the shop on Saturday’s to get his haircut, and watch how Mike served his customers.
Born July 7, 1985 in Oakland, Meach said he experienced a turbulent childhood. He grew up in a house where his parents were on drugs and were abusive to each other. Living in that environment turned him into a reclusive person he would come home after school and stay in his room all evening so he could avoid witnessing his parents’ behavior.
“My room was my way to escape,” Meach said. His other saving grace was going to school and visiting the home of his relatives every weekend. He also attended church where he was active member of the drama team. Read more

Novelean Harris Celebrates 95th Birthday

Mayor Gayle McLaughlin presenting Novelean Harris with a Proclamation as she celebrated her 95th birthday with Councilmember Nat Bates (right). Photo by Ellen Gailing.

Novelean Harris celebrated her 95th at the Independent Community Church in Richmond.
A glowing tribute was written  by Patricia Bolds and throngs of friends, relatives and public officials saluted the woman, the beautician, who for years had helped to beautify so many women on the outside. But Novlean Harris heard how Richmond appreciated her inner beauty as well.
Many of the speakers referred to Novelean’s novel business practices especially how she faithfully stopped her work activity, at her beauty salon, to hold daily prayers at 12:00 daily.
The first Novelean’s Salon was located on 4th street in Richmond. She and George Harris built a home with a shop attached at her second location.
The Harris’ successfully fought Richmond’s redevelopment agency to get a decent price for their property. They chose not to live in the hills with their settlement, but rather to stay in Richmond’s flatland neighborhoods. Read more

William Jenkins, MD, Early African–American Resident Looks Back

William Jenkins, MD. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, BAPAC.

William Morris Jenkins, Jr., the oldest practicing Black doctor in Richmond, celebrated his 82nd birthday on February 12. He was born in 1929, at the beginning of the great depression, in Greensboro, North Carolina.,
After more than fifty years of continuous medical service, he still practices pediatrics in inner-city Richmond.” Well, let’s see,” Dr. Jenkins says about his schedule, “I practice Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.”
Dr. Jenkins began his career as one of Oakland Children’s Hospital’s first African-American medical residents. He was preceded by at least one other resident, Thomas Browne, from 1952 to 1953. Dr. Jenkins recalls that he was the first African–American resident at Children’s Hospital to complete a three year residency program.
He came to Children’s Hospital in 1960 after two years in an OBGYN program in Kansas City. There were two separate medical programs in Kansas City, one for white residents, and the second for Blacks.
Dr. Jenkins said the program for Blacks “was not up to par academically.” He felt the training he was getting would not leave him “competitive with the best doctors.” Read more

BAPAC to Citizens Redistricting Commission: Richmond’s Boundaries Should Not be diluted and its Share of Federal Dollars Should Not be cut!

By  Paul Cobb

Lloyd Madden, president of BAPAC.

The Black American Political Action Committee (BAP AC) of Contra Costa County wants residents to step forward and give their opinions on how to redraw Richmond ’s state legislative and congressional district boundaries. Public participation in drawing boundaries is critical.
Lloyd Madden, president of BAPAC, said his organization will encourage every Neighborhood Council in the City of Richmond to submit comments to the Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC). “A lot is at stake and some areas could go unrepresented for two years. Fairness and careful consideration must be given to the odd and even numbering of new Senate Districts.
In a letter addressed to Citizens Redistricting Commission, Madden listed BAPAC principles which state that “redrawn boundaries should not negatively impact the distribution of federal resources to Richmond .” BAPAC said boundaries must not dilute, disrupt or split collective voting in the African American community. He said “voting integrity in the African American community must not be compromised. Minorities must have an equal opportunity to elect representatives of their choice.”
“We will work with any person or group that wants to, keep Richmond whole, promote economic empowerment and promote community participation in the local political system,” said Madden. Read more

Post Interns Plan for College

Miracle Chavis (left) and Daryle Allums Jr.

Daryle Allums Jr., and Miracle Chavis are interns at the Post Newspaper.
They also serve as Music Ministers at Tree Of Life Empowerment Ministries.
Daryle’s goal is to attend Stanford while Miracle wants to attend UC Berkeley.
Daryle 15, attends Kipp King Collegiate High School was accepted into SMASH a STEM(Science,Technology,Engineering, and Mathematics) at Stanford. Fortunate honors participants are referred to as SMASH-scholars. His basketball team also won the BACSAC Championship 2010-2011 season.’’ I am excited about SMASH he say’s’’ this gives me an opportunity to prepare for college and also to have access to workshops throughout the year with potential scholarships at my finger tips’’. Miracle 17, entering her senior year at Skyline High  was accepted to UC Berkeley’s Debate Camp. Miracle’s an honor student and a gifted praise dancer of The Faith Empowerment Praise Team also loves to debate.. She often travels all over the state competing with other high school debate teams on tough issues like International Women’s Rights and Racial Justice issues.

Dr. Maudelle Shirek Celebrates 100th Birthday

By Barbara Fluhrer

Dr. Maudelle Shirek

Dr. Maudelle Shirek, who held the distinction as California’s oldest elected official, has reached the century mark.
Shirek is a former Vice Mayor and served 8 terms on the Berkeley City Council. Mayor Tom Bates paid a tribute to  Shirek for “advocating for the disadvantaged and downtrodden while she was a member of the city council”.
Traditionally local governments often honor former elected officials by naming buildings, streets or facilities in their name, after they pass away, but Shirek is still here to see the City Hall be renamed in her honor in 2007.
Born June 18, 1911,  Maudelle Shirek, the granddaughter of slaves, was the oldest of  l0, and grew up on a farm in Arkansas.  As a young person she enjoyed cooking, assisted with the crops and went to school when she could.  She won first place at the county fair for creating 33 separate dishes from tomatoes.  These experiences prepared her for a love of food and led her to a life of concern for healthy eating.  Later she cooked and delivered meals to people in Berkeley. Read more

Warriors Making a Mark

By Paul Cobb

Warriors executive Jerry West and Malaika Bobino.

The Golden State Warriors have made enough changes within the organization to prove they want to win!  The most recent move was severing the relationship with Robert Rowell who spent sixteen years with the Warriors, including the past eight as President.

Rowell’s departure represents a move toward a new brand.  New owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, by their hiring of Mark Jackson, are showing they want to try to get the best available talent as their highest priority.  Jackson was presented to the local and national media at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco. Read more

First Lady Genea S. Brice:

By Paul Cobb

First Lady Genea S. Brice

First Lady Genea S. Brice is three times a lady in a perpetual pursuit of academic excellence.
She says her faith and commitment to her Christian beliefs strengthens her educational pursuits.
She’s at once an unabashed true-believing Christian. She’s twice a scholar. And she’s three times a First Lady. First Lady Brice serves her family, her God and her community, which thanks her for the time that she’s given them.
Brice currently holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies/English Literature from
Oakland’s Patten University and an M.A. in Old Testament Studies from Sacramento Theological Seminary, and is the founder, president and CEO of a multi-ethnic mentorship program for girls called W.I.N.G.S. (Women Inspiring the Next Generation of Sisters).
Not only does she quietly inspire girls and women to achieve, she also actively participates in the Vallejo Faith Organization (see page 2), outreaching and preaching active community service and involvement, because she knows she also has something to say out loud.
A published poet, mentor, Bible teacher, and speaker, First Lady Brice blends what she refers to as an admixture of “scriptural soundness and cultural relevance.” This combination makes her a much sought-after Christian conference and motivational speaker.   Read more

Omega Psi Phi’s Young, Gifted, Black Scholars

Scholarship winners, from left to right: Keir A. Abrams (Humbolt State University), Beulah Agbabiaka (Columbia University), Letetia Bobo (UCLA), Jasmine Curtis (Cornell University), Philip Forestant (Howard University), Natassija Jordan-Oliver (UC Berkeley), Crystal Scherr (UC Santa Cruz), Allen Williams II (UCLA), not pictured—Ashaki Scott (UC Davis) and Daniel Mastin (Morehouse College). Photo by Gene Hazzard.

Ten seniors were given scholarships to top Historical Black Colleges and other leading universities from, the Sigma Iota Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Saturday, June 18, at the Oakland Hilton Airport Hotel.
The winners will receive the scholarships which are awarded to African-American high school seniors who are continuing their education at a four year university or college.  Academic Excellence has been the major theme since the inception of the Omega fraternal organization.
The winning represented an unprecedented display of scholarship—demonstrating high academic performance.  The students were chosen from over 40 high schools in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties based upon their grades, school honors, and their commitment to uplift their communities by giving something back.
Among the winners were class presidents, Black Student Union presidents, sports team captains, speech and debate team winners, California Scholarship Federation members, and many other leadership positions at their respective schools.   Read more

Michelle Promotes Young, Gifted African Leaders

PRETORIA, South Africa — First lady Michelle Obama is beginning a goodwill visit to sub-Saharan Africa and Botswana, accompanied by her two daughters, a niece, a nephew and her mom. Throughout the week, the first lady will promote youth leadership, education and HIV/AIDS prevention programs. She is shown here with participants during breakout sessions at the Young African Youth Leaders Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa,on June 22. Charles Dharapak/AFP.

Obama’s History Meets Mandela’s History

First Lady Michelle Obama, left, met with former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on Tuesday in a private meeting at his home in Houghton, South Africa.  Accompanied by daughters Sasha and Malia, as well as mother Marian Robinson,the first lady met with the iconic South African leader on the second day of a ten-day trip to Africa. The meeting marked the first time that Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, and Mrs. Obama, America’s first black first lady, had met.  Mandela, 92, sitting next to Mrs. Obama on the couch, signing a copy of his latest book for the first lady. (Credit: Nelson Mandela Foundation,AP Photo/ Debbie Yazbek). At center and right: A choir sings before U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks at Regina Mundi Church (see stained glass and crucifix), as she addresses the Young African Women Leaders Forum in Soweto township, Johannesburg, South Africa.  Her visit came during the 150th anniversary of the USA Silver War to free the slaves and during the 20 years since Africans were freed from the slavery of apartheid in the USA. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool.

Bumgarner makes history in first inning

San Francisco, CA – It was shocking to witness!  The twenty-fifth sellout crowd at AT&T Park watched in complete dismay.  According to the history books Madison Bumgarner was the first pitcher in modern day era to give up eight consecutive hits in one inning.  It was truly a nightmare that lasted too long, the first fifteen minutes of the game eight runners scored in what seemed like a little league baseball game.

The Giants could not dig themselves out of a hole that began in the first frame.  Therefore, the Minnesota Twins walked away with the 9-2 win.  The first strike out came with Carl Pavano at the plate and the crowd gave Bumgarner a standing ovation.  But the next hit resulted in a double which gave the Twins two more runs and the lead increased 8-0. Read more