From June 2011

Green Lantern surges into theaters Father’s Day Weekend

The comic book hero comes to the big screen for the first time in GREEN LANTERN. Costars include Michael Clarke Duncan and Tim Robbins, in theaters June

Michael Clarke Duncan has a penchant for roles that are larger than life. Making an enduring mark
for his Oscar nominated performance in The Green Mile; Duncan again brings the goods as the voice of
Kilowog, a super hero with super powers in GREEN LANTERN.

The classic human conflict, good vs. evil, centers the action sci-fi thriller that stars Ryan Reynolds
(The Proposal, Smokin’ Aces, The Amityville Horror) as the Green Lantern with Blake Lively (Sisterhood of
the Traveling Pants franchise, TV’s Gossip Girl), Angela Bassett (Jumping the Broom, Malcolm X), Peter
Sarsgaard (Jarhead, The Skeleton Key) and Duncan (Daredevil, The Scorpion King). Rated PG-13, GREEN
LANTERN opens Father’s Day weekend from Warner Bros. Pictures.

Hal Jordan (Reynolds), your typical human being –though the cocky test fighter pilot would argue
otherwise– has been chosen to wear the fabled green ring that bestows supernatural powers and by default,
enlists him into a brigade of fellow crusaders. Read more

Oakland Works Best When It Works With Everyone

By Kitty Epstein

From left to right: Brian Beveridge, Margaret Gordon, Alona Clifton, Geoffrey Pete, Nyeisha Dewitt, Saleem Shakir, and

Will Oakland youngsters have jobs in ten years? Policies being decided right now will have an impact on the answer.
While the country debates job development, it’s already happening in Oakland and a new coalition, OaklandWORKS, has been created to make sure Oakland families are able to benefit.
The development of the Oakland Army Base could do some great things for Oakland. With a new warehouse, logistics and research facilities the Port could expand, becoming an even bigger part of world trade.
Army Base development is projected to create 8,000 new jobs, including both construction and permanent employment. Who will hold those jobs? Oakland residents?  African-Americans? If we let the past dictate the future, few African-American will be on those construction jobs.  Latest city figures show that only 5% African-American journeyman hours are on city-funded construction projects, although African-Americans are almost 30% of the Oakland population. A fair process for all Oakland residents means community involvement in policy development, job training, deployment for work, and monitoring.
The OaklandWORKS coalition is concerned with equity and environmental justice throughout the city.  Right now the group is working on Army Base issues.
The founding members of the coalition include the Oakland Black Caucus, Leadership Excellence, Oakland Parents Together, the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, Pueblo, the John George Democratic Club, and Oakland Natives Give Back. Read more

Godfrey gets first win against Giants

Oakland, CA – The last time these two teams met was back in May when the San Francisco Giants sweep the Oakland A’s in a three-game series.  Tonight a different team faced the World Champs, with the addition of a new manager and a few new players the A’s were excited about the rematch.  But what no one expected was the rookie defeating the veteran at the mound.

Graham Godfrey recorded his first win over the Giants and Tim Lincecum 5-2.  Graham was selected from Triple-A Sacramento a week ago today and made his Major League debut that night in Chicago.  In his second appearance he out pitched and outlasted the “Freak” in tonight’s match-up. Read more

Mark Jackson: Warriors New Head Coach

Mark Jackson

The Golden State Warriors have named Mark Jackson, a 17-year NBA veteran as a player and current ABC/ESPN broadcaster as the team’s new head coach.  Jackson becomes the 24th head coach in franchise history and the 19th since the team moved to the West Coast in 1962.
“After an extensive search and a great deal of consideration, we have come to the conclusion that Jackson is the best coach for this team,” said Warriors’ General Manager Larry Riley.  “He will bring a youthful and fresh approach to our team, we were looking for a coach with leadership, ability and a strong personality and believe Mark possesses those qualities.”
Jackson will assume his duties at the conclusion of the NBA Finals and will be introduced to the Bay Area later this week.

Swanson Bill’s Tax Contributions Help Child Victims of Human Trafficking

Thanks to Assmeblymember Sandre Swanson’s legislation(AB 764), taxpayers can support organizations that protect child victims of prostitution and human trafficking.
“Countless organizations throughout the state provide vital support services to child victims of sexual exploitation,” explained Assemblymember Swanson.  “AB 764 facilitates these important treatment services by authorizing individual taxpayers to contribute amounts in excess of their tax liability, through their (PIT) Personal Income Tax forms, to the Child Victims of Human Trafficking Fund for later distribution to community-based organizations that serve minor victims of human trafficking.”
AB 764 now moves to the Senate.

River Rock Casino Features New Gaming Lounges

River Rock Casino recently underwent a $4 million expansion project and now offers guests extensive options for gaming and dining, recently introducing the Rockin’ Pennies Lounge and High Limit Gaming Room to Sonoma County’s 24 hour entertainment destination.
The Rockin’ Pennies Lounge adds over 60 state-of-the-art penny slots to the casino floor. Guests can enjoy an exhilarating casino atmosphere and four flat-screen TVs so players won’t miss a second of the action.
For those looking to raise the stakes, River Rock features a new High Limit Room. The posh lounge offers an exclusive gaming area with over 40 slot machines and a full service bar featuring top shelf liquor and premium wines.
Overlooking the breathtaking views of Alexander Valley, the 62,000-square-foot facility also offers a non-smoking gaming room for guests who prefer a smoke-free environment.
As part of the renovations, River Rock has updated its casino floor with plush carpeting and comfortable chairs. Guests can also enjoy a variety of dining options including the newly renovated Quail Run Buffett. River Rock guests are invited to experience the premier entertainment destination and try their luck at the casino’s table games and more than 1,300 slot machines.
River Rock Casino is located at 3250 Highway 128 East, Geyserville, Calif. 95441. For more information, call (707) 857-2777 or visit

Sugar Ray Leonard and Sapphire Coming for Book Signings at Marcus Books of Oakland

Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard will sign his book, “The Big Fight:My Life In and Out of The Ring” at Marcus Book Store, Oakland on Thursday, June 14th, 6:30-8pm
Outside the ropes, this Olympic hero, multi- championship winner and beloved athlete waged his own personal battle with depression, rage, addiction, and greed.  In this brutally honest and uplifting memoir, Leonard presents a portrait of strength, courage and resilience, both inside and outside the ring.  He will personalize books purchased from Marcus Books in advance or at the event.  Photos of the champ can be taken while he signs your book.  He will autograph memorabilia as long as you purchase a book.
The next event will be Sapphire, author of “Push” on July 21st, at 6:30pm – 8pm.  In “The Kid” bestselling author Sapphire tells the story of Abdul Jones, the son of the novel Push’s unforgettable heroine, Precious.  “The Kid” tells of a twenty-first century young man’s fight to find a way toward the future.
For further information call (510)652-2344 or visit

East Bay AIDS Walk, Promising Fundraiser to Help People Living With AIDS

By Jesse

The East Bay AIDS Walk (EBAW) is shaping up to be a promising fundraiser for organizations that assist people living with AIDS.
The 5th Annual EBAW will begin at 8:30am, Saturday, June 18, at Lake Merritt in Oakland. One hundred percent of donations will be given to the participating organizations.
Bay Area Walgreens officials and local store managers presented Mayor Jean Quan with a check for $30,000. The money was donated by Walgreens’ customers from electronic AIDS Scan-able Ribbons, available to customers in local stores.
The AIDS Health Foundation (AHF) has also pledged to match funds of $2,000 or more, raised by any of the participating teams. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Jean Quan, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover, Assembly member Mary Hayashi, Assemblyman Sandre Swanson and staff and Oakland City Councilmember Nancy Nadel will all participate.
Mayor Quan said she will continue the “Get Screened Oakland” campaign promoted by her predecessor.
Quan talked about her personal connection with AIDS started when her husband, Dr. Floyd Huen, was a physician in The Men’s Clinic, one of the first HIV clinics in SF, thirty years ago when the first AIDS case was reported. Read more

Carolyn Brent – Author of “Why Wait…” – Transforming Families and the Landscape of Elder Caregiving

By Carla Thomas

Carolyn Brent

Imagine caring for your ill parent for over a decade and suddenly having a family member drag you to court, claim power of attorney (POA) and continually undermine you through loopholes in the legal system. Well that is exactly what happened to Carolyn Brent who for 12 years, served as caregiver for her father and in the 12th year, a family member accused her of elder abuse and took her to court in 3 jurisdictions, while falsifying documents and dropping the charges each time. The accusations cost Brent $14,000 in legal fees and have kept her apart from her dad for over 4 years with modified restraining orders. “My dad and I were very close and this has been a nightmare.”
The family conflicts came into play once other siblings thought their father was dying, so in pursuit of the inheritance, a suit was filed against Brent falsely accusing her of abuse. But Brent did not give up, she fought the charges against her and penned her new book due out this fall entitled, “Why Wait? The Baby Boomers Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially and Legally For a Parent’s Death.”
Brent advises family members to meet and establish roles while a parent is healthy. Brent has teamed with Ameenah Fuller, who is running for the California State Senate District 31, to keep these issues at the forefront in an article they co-authored in “Looking In Politics” quarterly magazine on the “Scary Side of POA: Fighting for Senior Rights,” in which they encourage families to educate themselves on Power of Attorney issues.
Brent also feels caregivers should be financially fit and medically examined as protectors of the elder. “Although my father designated me as his medical and fiduciary representative in case of death or illness on the federal level, we had no idea we needed state documentation,” Brent stated. Read more

The 100 Black Men Come to Town

By Lee Hubbard

Al Dotson

San Francisco’s City Hall Rotunda was the location for the beginning event for the National 100 Black Men of America organization’s 25th  national convention., which started Thursday and will conclude Sunday June 12 at the Marriott hotel..
KTVU morning news anchor Dave Clark was the emcee of the event, as an orchestra played performed during the dinner.
Al Dotson, the National Chairman of the 100 Black Men of America,  introduced, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. Lee announced that Wednesday June 8, as “100 Black Men Day” and said, “Over the past 25 years, this organization has mentored and reached over 100,000 youth and I am honored that you are in San Francisco.”
Accompanying Mayor Lee on the podium were San Francisco Supervisors Malia Cohen and Mark Farrell. After Mayor Lee spoke, he introduced former Mayor Willie Brown, saying the sparkling Rotunda was “the house that Willie built.”
‘I am delighted to join Mayor Lee in expanding a welcome to the 100 Black Men,” said Mayor Brown. “But I left office in 2004 and its 2011, so you’re late,” as the room erupted in laughter.
Mayor Brown said that once he found out the Bay Area was going to host the 100 Black Men of America Convention, he wanted to make sure the event was a success. He encouraged the group to visit the various landmarks and tourist attractions in San Francisco, urging them “to open up your wallets, pull out those credit cards, max them out and then get the hell out of or town,” as the crowd continued to laugh. Read more

SF Black Film Festival June 17-19

By Lee Hubbard

Mario Van Peebles

When Ave Montague started the San Francisco Black Film Festival it was an adjunct to the San Francisco Juneteenth festival.
Thirteen years later the festival, which takes place June 17-19, has become a major player in the United States film industry for black filmmakers, screenwriters and actors.
The festival opens with Mario Van Peebles’ film, “Things Fall apart” which stars Curtis “50 Cents” Jackson, Ray Liotta and Lynn Whitfield. The film deals with a football player who gets cancer and the effects on how his sickness impacts his family and community.
“We’re looking forward to having as many of our stars as possible at the San Francisco Black Film Festival walking the Red Carpet,” said Randall Emmett, producer of “Things Fall Apart.”
Kali Ray, co-director of the San Francisco Black Film Festival, took over the reins of the San Francisco Black Film Festival after the unexpected and untimely demise of his mother and festival founder Ave Montague.
Another Mario Van Peebles film. “Black, White and Blues” which stars Michael Clarke Duncan and Melvin Van Peebles, will be shown.
San Francisco’s Kevin Epps will debut his latest documentary “Straight Outta Hunters Point 2,” where he revisits Hunters Point and looks at the state of the community and the social, political and economic issues that plague area.
The “10-10 Gotta Win” film, made by San Francisco native Jacquie Taliaferro, will be shown. He recently returned from premiering his film at the Cannes International Film Festival. Taliaferro’s film takes a look at the San Francisco District 10 race for Supervisor and how it parallels themes of access to power, economic stability, education and gentrification in San Francisco. Read more

Girls Inc. and Richmond Recreation Dept. Treats 60 Youth to Weekend of Camping

From left to right: Shannon Culpepper, Shawn Culpepper, Tiffany Farmer, and Mieasha Harris.

No Blu-ray, Blackberry, cell phone or other electronic devices for two days and two nights could send the average teen into a state of insanity, but for a group of young people camping in the great outdoors, this was a chance to recharge, learn leadership skills and have a lot of fun.
Girls Incorporated of West Contra Costa County in collaboration with the Richmond Recreation Department (RRD) recently took a delegation of kids to one of California’s beautiful State parks, San Luis Reservoir, for a weekend of camping.
During the excursion, that was presented as a leadership training for youth 14 – 17, participants engaged in team building exercises, such as group games, that encouraged the youth to work together.
Sponsored by the Outdoor Youth Connection (OYC), the RRD has been hosting these camping trips since 1999 and has granted this opportunity to about 150 kids thus far. The OYC supplied all materials needed to make this trip happen, including sleeping bags, fishing polls, tents, food, and other supplies.
Tetteh Kisseh, of the RRD and coordinator for the camping trips said that the activity is peaceful, safe and serene. “One interesting thing about camp is to see the youth get out there and mingle with each other, play games, cook, hike, swim, perform activities and initiatives together.” Read more

Alicia Jackson, Outreach Specialist

Dedicated activist Crescent Park Multi-Cultural Resource Center

Alicia Jackson. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, BAPAC.

Alicia Jackson understands her neighborhood and knows how to connect people in need to helpful resources.
Her extensive street knowledge serves the community well because she’s a former gang member and recovered drug addict. She suffered a fall while attending Contra Costa College and was diagnosed with a Fibromyalgia condition while her daughter was being recommended to repeat kindergarten. These two incidents were her wake-up call.
According to Kelly Crowell, Director of Crescent Park Multi-Cultural Family Resource Center (MCFRC), Ms. Jackson is an outstanding “Outreach Specialist”. She is always willing and able to acquire donations and get the word out regarding events. She has helped with many committees including the National Night Out Celebration bringing Richmond’s Police and Fire department representatives to the Center, to informally interact with residents.
Because of her own experiences, she works to include those suffering from violence. She’s known affectionately as “Bonnie” to families who’ve had family members as violence victims.
Alicia was born in Berkeley and raised in Richmond. Her parents Lanceola and Arletha Jackson died when she was 10 years old. She is the youngest of eight children.  Alicia often reflects on her parents sharing their garden produce and fish from Butler’s Bay (now Richmond Marina) with families in community. Her father worked at the Hunters Point Shipyard to support his family. Read more

Richmond Police Department Promotes Sergeant Andre Hill to Lieutenant

Andre Hill has been a Richmond Police officer since 1994.
Through the years he has gained a reputation as a strong advocate for community policing.
He has received praise from many community-based organizations for his fairness.
The Police Department has taken note of his sterling record and is promoting him to the position of Lieutenant.
Hill has also received a commendation from Police Chief Chris Magnus.
“I believe Andre Hill will be an exceptional lieutenant with the Richmond Police Department.  He has more than 15 years of experience in a wide range of assignments that have prepared him well for this management-level promotion.  Lt. Hill will be a strong advocate of community police and effective crime fighting.  He cares deeply about Richmond and will be a significant asset to our management team” said Magnus. Read more

Faith And Nonprofit Organizations Urged to Build Strong Boards of Directors

Dan Boggan

Having a strong, energetic and committed board of directors is critical to the sustainability and survival of most faith and nonprofit organizations. OCCUR, in partnership with The San Francisco Foundation FAITHS program will hold a special presentation/workshop on this subject on Thursday, June 16th from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm at First Unitarian Church at 685 – 14th street, Oakland.
This session, titled  “Building Your Board of Directors to Accomplish Your Mission” will feature presentations by Dan Boggan, VP and Chief Officer of the NCAA and former City Manager of the City of Berkeley, Dr. Robert Wilkins, President and CEO of the YMCA of the East Bay, and Louis Knox, CEO of Knox and associates, a firm that specializes in technically assisting nonprofit organizations.
For more information or to RSVP for this even, please call OCCUR at (510) 839-2440, email or fax your information to (510) 268-9065.

Faith Community Leadership Conference

By David Scott

Allen Temple Baptist Church presents, The First Annual Faith Community Leadership Conference (FCLC), a three- day teaching and dialogical event focusing on the impact of violence and health disparities on men and boys of color June 14-16 2011. This free event raises awareness to issues that are unique to men and boys of color in East Oakland and Richmond. The event is funded by the California Endowment and sponsored by The Leadership Institute at Allen Temple and the Dr. J. Alfred Smith Sr. Institute for Social Justice.
The theme of the Conference is ‘’Building, Serving, and Sustaining Healthy Communities’’,  which  aligns with the California Endowment’s ‘’Building Health Communities’’ initiative. On September 15, 2010 The California Endowment awarded a $430,592 grant to The Leadership Institute to further develop a training and civic engagement program designed to help emerging African-American faith leaders. The FCLC is open to everyone and begins at 7:30 a.m. Keynote speakers for the FCLC will include: Pastor Emeritus, Dr. J Alfred Smith Sr., Dr. James Anthony Noel and Dr. J. Alfred Smith Jr. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Register On-line: or for more information call 510 544-8910.

Charlene E. Barnes Flippin, 86

Charlene E. Barnes, born June 5, 1925, died: June 6, 2011. She was born to Rev.  J.B. Barnes and Mettie Pattern in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her family and friends affectionately call her Choc.
She was baptized at the age of 12. She attended and graduated from public school in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Charlene Moved to California in 1945 where she met and married Robert Flippin. They are the parents of 4 daughters: Charlene, Mittie, Clarice and Clarissa. They have 2 grandchildren: Amyra Hampton, Esq. (Domonic), Patrick Flippin-Weston and 1 great grandson: Domonic Joshua Robert. She joined Morning Star Baptist Church in Oakland on 34th/Adeline. She was an active member in the Church and at the West Oakland Senior Center.
Services are scheduled at 11:00 am at the Morning Star Baptist Church 1136 – 34th Street; Officiating is Moderator Dr. Rev. Ray Williams. Interment: Rolling Hills Memorial Park in Richmond.
Send all cards, letters and flowers to: Dan Scales Mortuary ,107 West 8th Street, Pittsburgh, California 94565.

Michael Leslie McPherson, 62

Michael Leslie McPherson

Oakland Business Leader Michael Leslie McPherson died Tuesday evening, June 7, with his wife Collette by his side.
The Rules and Legislation Committee (Larry Reid, Desley Brooks and Jane Brunner) have scheduled a June 21, City Council Resolution re-naming the Oakland Business Assistance Center as the Michael Leslie McPherson Business Center. McPherson was the Manager.
“Michael will always be remembered for his warmth and willingness to help his colleagues in any way he could. He was loyal, reliable and always maintained a positive perspective.  He was a good man, a very good man.  He was a true professional in every sense of the word,” said Council President Larry Reid.
A memorial service is scheduled for June 18 at Oakland’s Chapel of the Chimes.

Berkeley’s Juneteenth Festival, June 26

The 24th Annual Berkeley Juneteenth Festival (BJF) returns this year Sunday, June 26th offering an impressive and exciting lineup of entertainers and performers scheduled to entertain festival-goers with a vast array of blues, jazz, reggae and new school music. Beginning at 10 am, the largest and longest-running Juneteenth celebration in Northern California will take place along Adeline Street, between Ashby and Alcatraz in South Berkeley.
This year’s festival will be in honor of Lothario Lotho, who is recognized as the ‘voice of the festival’. Lotho, who passed away in April of this year, served as master of ceremonies for the Berkeley Juneteenth Festival for more than 20 years. BJF Publicity Chair, Delores Edwards said that, “The Juneteenth Committee is deeply indebted to Lotto’s contribution and involvement with the festival and his presence will be truly missed.”
The festival will have a recreational area and fun zone for youth and young adults. There will be dozens of booths offering a variety of clothing, jewelry and gifts, special ethnic cuisines, and live entertainment on two stages. The festival will be a big and bold event to commemorate such a rich part of our history.
For more information on the Berkeley Juneteenth Festival, call (510) 655-8008 or visit

Oakland to Cuba Flights Now Possible

Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced that Oakland International Airport (OAK) has received authorization by the United States Customs and Border Protection to begin offering charter passenger flights to Cuba.
President Barack Obama’s designation means OAK will be the only airport in the Bay Area authorized to provide direct, non-stop flights to Cuba for academic, religious, humanitarian and news-gathering purposes.
Congresswoman Lee said, “This new charter is another important step in moving beyond the outdated Cold War era policies of the past and turning to a new, productive page in U.S.-Cuba relations and hopefully will lead to more travel and exchange with Cuba.  I have always believed that people-to-people diplomacy is the one of the most effective ways for strengthening ties between two nations. I am hopeful that today’s announcement will lead to many more Bay Area residents taking advantage of the opportunity to directly engage with the Cuban people.”
Port President James Head said, “We applaud President Barack Obama and our Congressional leadership for loosening restrictions and facilitating U.S. travel between the Bay Area and the beautiful Caribbean island of Cuba. Offering regular air service eliminates borders and enables Cuban-Americans, businesses and organizations with purposeful travel from the Bay Area to fly to Cuba through Oakland International Airport.” Read more

Guilty Verdict for Bailey’s Killers

By Chanelle Bell

Chauncey Bailey

For nearly four years the world has restlessly waited for justice to be served for the killing of Oakland Post Editor Chauncey W. Bailey.
On Thursday June 9, 2011, just 2 months shy of 4 years after Bailey was mercilessly gunned down as he pled for his life  in downtown Oakland August 2, 2007, while walking to work to meet with Publisher Paul Cobb who was also walking to work from the opposite direction to meet with him, the jury released their verdict.
Yusuf Bey IV, the leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery, was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder, Antoine Mackey, a follower and driver of the car used by the shooter, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder with a mistrial on the third murder charge. Devaughndre Broussard, the confessed shooter and follower of Bey IV, will receive two counts of voluntary manslaughter.
Broussard, who said he pulled the trigger to kill Bailey, got a lighter verdict because he cooperated with the District Attorney to incriminate Bey IV and Mackey. For pointing the finger at them, Broussard will only serve 25 years in state prison.
Chauncey Bailey was an accomplished writer, broadcaster and documentary videographer who had achieved acclaim for his in-depth knowledge and coverage of African American, African and Caribbean issues and communities. He had been investigating issues around the police and their connection to persons associated with Your Black Muslim Bakery.
Post Publisher Paul Cobb declined to comment on the verdict and has deferred his response to Post attorney Walter Riley. Read more

Look At Them Now – The Class ACTS Showin’ Off Their Paper

By Carla Thomas

Draped in crimson red gowns nine excited 8th graders marched to the stage beneath a festive arch of red and white balloons. Proud parents, family and friends gathered for Acts Christian Academy’s (ACA) Eighth Grade Commencement Service. Brittney Headd, mother of Keyera Collins said, “I am humbled by my daughter’s excellence.  The school gave her a spiritual and educational foundation”.  Principal Stephanie Davis proudly stated that, “Seven of the ten children, applied to Bishop O’Dowd High School and all seven were accepted”.
President of ACA, Dr. Doris Limbrick, unable to attend, sent her written sentiments, “Hold your head up and face the world with honesty and kindness.  Show the world the ACA way, because you are our leaders.  You will soar like eagles and I love you”. Each graduate had the opportunity to shine prior to receiving their diplomas from welcoming the guests to reminiscing on their journey together. Unfortunately Valedictorian Bryan Cardenas was unable to attend the ceremony having travelled to Mexico because of his grandfather’s death earlier in that day.  But Cardenas was there in spirit as he addressed the audience via a pre-taped video quoting the Bible, Gandhi and Mother Theresa. As the graduation drew to a close the graduates held their heads high, tears shinning in their eyes as the crowd gave them a well deserved roar of applause.

“Souls” Hearty Menu Feeds the Soul

Eulah Watson

By Chanelle Bell

Souls Restaurant, founded by the Acts Full of Gospel Church of God in Christ, has become a favored place to dine. Souls, Located at 6403 Foothill Blvd. in Oakland, Souls is known for its Sunday Breakfast Buffet.  The restaurant’s patrons, especially churchgoers, find the “decadent” buffet treats to be an irresistible “heavenly” delight. Just like their name alludes to, Souls serves up delicious, nutritiously prepared Soul food.  The restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday and offers up daily specials such as beef short ribs, smothered steak, smothered ox tails, and turkey wings with dressing. Eulah Watson, general manager of Souls Restaurant says, “Everybody loves our chicken wings and waffles the best”.
But Souls is much more than a place to unbuckle one’s belt, it is a business built on a foundation of love and faith.  Bishop Bob Jackson pastor and founder of Acts Full of Gospel in Oakland, is the glue that holds this business together. Watson said, “Bishop Bob Jackson is a great visionary”. She said he told his members that, “We are going to build a restaurant so that my people can go and eat good food in a good atmosphere.” “Bishop Jackson asked us to bring in the money that we usually spend on fast food restaurants and invest it in Souls. And, although Bishop Bob Jackson is the CEO, Souls is owned by the members of the church”, Watson stressed.
“The Acts Full of Gospel Church and its restaurant is proof of what you can accomplish when you have God on your side,” she said. Many of Souls’ employees come from Read more

Our Fathers Need to Lead

Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Sr., Pastor Emeritus of Allen Temple Baptist Church. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

“A Christian man should not be so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good,’’ was one of the core warnings that has relevance for Father’s Day, in a message delivered by Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Sr., Pastor Emeritus of Allen Temple Baptist Church.
At his church’s leadership conference he challenged the community to boldly lead by example as mentors and role models. He called upon Christians, when faced with the issues of the disparity of educational and job training opportunities for men and boys of color, to lead youth to the teachings of Christ.
Several ministers and community leaders told the Post that Dr. Smith, Sr., though retired, is still considered the “father figure” and a “role model” for faith-based institutions throughout the bay area. Many said they would use Smith’s themes in their Fathers Day sermons to call upon about fathers to return home to support their children and families. Read more

‘Slave Apology’ Given By County Board Of Supervisors

Berkeley Juneteenth Festival Publicity Chair, Ms. Delores Nochi Cooper Edwards, accepted a ‘Slave Apology’ resolution from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, on behalf of the Berkeley Juneteenth Festival Association.
Having being honored that the Board selected her to accept the resolution; Edwards noted that, “my initial response was a flood of overwhelming emotion.”
“As sincere as the gesture appeared, and as honorable as it was for the Board to have the insight and foresight to extend this olive branch,” said Edwards, my initial thinking was:
“How can we (African Americans) accept this apology; how can this apology undo the atrocities of slavery 148 years after the Emancipation Proclamation; and how can this apology undo the impact slavery have had on the entire fabric of America?”
“After all, the trauma of the slave experience; the Jim Crow legislation; racism and discrimination, have not yet been eradicated from the body politic.”
Edwards added that “this ‘apology’ should serve as a reminder to all of us that:  1) that freedom is a precious gift which should be cherished; 2) that prejudice and discrimination of any kind is inhumane; and that 3) the fight for freedom and equality must be continuous. Read more