From August 2011

Mother of Peace Orphanage

 

Mama Jean and Sister Stella were educated and trained as nurses in England. With the help of U.K. charities, the Catholic Church and other philanthropists, Mother of Peace was formally established as a safe refuge for the children of Zimbabwe regardless of religious affiliation.

 

In their early years, considering the lack of proper medical treatment and medication for the children, Mother of Peace was a hospice where Mama Jean and Sister Stella cared for the children while they were dying of AIDS or other fatal diseases. Read more

Gospel Concert With Dr. Robert C. Scott, Service Awards

 By Jesse Brooks

 The Allen Temple Baptist Church AIDS Ministry will host their fifth annual gospel concert on August 26th along with the Dr. Robert C. Scott III Community Service Awards that will be given to four recipients.

 Dr. Robert Scott III, who died in October 2009, set a high standard of care here and in Africa, especially for HIV/AIDS patients. The gospel concert coincides with the awards to those who exemplify his legacy and contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

 Scott treated people with dignity and compassion, healing them physically while Read more

Over 300 Backpacks Given to Students at Beth Eden Baptist Church

 

On Saturday August 13, 2011, Beth Eden Baptist Church Community Outreach Program gave away over 300 Backpacks to students from all cultures and ethnic backgrounds. “It felt good to help the youth in need of school supplies and backpacks,’’ said Danielle DeBose, 12, as she volunteered her time to assist her dad, Deacon Ernest DeBose, Outreach Coordinator. “I want to be a role model for our youth encouraging them to follow their dreams,’’ she said.

 

Each backpack was filled with pencils, markers, and other much needed school supplies. Ernest spoke candidly about Read more

The Men Of Bethel Challenge the Community

 

The Men of Bethel want men to become more active in their communities. Dr. James McCray Jr. and Rev. Mark Smith Sr., will explore a theme that has been a catalyst for the men’s activities throughout the year: “Men Preparing for “Excellence for the Kingdom…In Our Faith, In Our Works and In Our Praise by Being Doers of the Word” (James 1:22), Sunday, August 28th, at the 8am and 11am Worship Services. Read more

8th Annual Angel Awards Benefit an Overwhelming Success!

From left to right: Roslyn Gentry (TWF board member), Nicole Ari Parker (co-host), Lisa Ivancich, Warren Strudwick, M.D. (honoree), Terri, Malinda Williams (co-host), Antoinette Otis (board member), Helen K. Vaughn (board member). Photo by Horace Gipson.

Ever displaying a contagiously effervescent smile, superbly entertaining film and screen actress and native San Franciscan Terri J. Vaughn is founder of Take Wings Foundation, a non-profit organization that addresses social and life skills needs of at-risk teens. On Saturday, August 13, 2011, TAKE WINGS hosted its eighth annual black-tie affair to benefit the Foundation. Actresses Nicole Ari Parker and Malinda Williams were very able and entertaining co-hosts for the highly-attended affair. Grammy award-nominated R&B vocalist Kelly Price performed three scheduled soulful songs. At Parker’s urging, Price also performed an unplanned acappella gospel selection of encouragement to the youth.

 

ANGEL AWARD RECIPIENTS:

 

Take Wings Foundation presented its 2011 Angel Awards to two Bay Area community leaders in recognition Read more

Wooling Specializes in Spiritual and Public Health

 By Aneesah Dryver

 Pastor Howard J. Wooling, who specializes in one’s spiritual health, is also trained to professionally administer to his community’s public health. He blends a rare resume’ combination of preaching ministries of private concerns and public health management administrations of community concerns. He even knows how to teach the blind to walk with canes. And, his members guided by his biblical teachings and insights, gleefully go forth in their neighborhoods to practice what they hear him preach. They try to live out the true meaning of the biblical text “where there is no vision the people perish.” Wooling wants to teach that wisdom of the “Word” to the world. His congregants are not woolgatherers, rather they seek and search for those who need help and support. They search for the lost sheep of their communities. They help youth go to college. They participate in cleanup drives and anti-crime activities. They register people to vote. Wooling’s workers are willing to serve. Read more

Richmond Remains United After Redistricting

“The Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC) heard our collective voices and voted to keep Richmond intact and part of Contra Costa County’s congressional district,” said Lloyd Madden, President of BAPAC. “This is a community victory that we all share in. Richmond will stay united.”

 

On Monday, August 15, the 14 member CRC released the final report on 2011 Redistricting and certified the state’s new legislative and congressional maps. Every 10 years Read more

ACCE Urges AG to Take a Strong Stand

Leonard "LK" Wilson

By Tanya Dennis

Last week the Alliance of California Community Empowerment (ACCE) Home Defenders League visited Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office to urge her to “stand strong and make a clear public commitment to not grant the big banks a broad release of claims.”

 

ACCE is also carrying a personal request for Leonard “LK” Wilson, who was featured in the Post regarding the illegal foreclosure on his home and his Backyard Scholarship Program that Wilson has funded for eighteen years to help send students to college Read more

Wall Street vs. Main Street: What’s Next?

Bank of North Dakota

Banksters

Part 5

By Tanya Dennis

 Since the recession began, 7 million homes have been foreclosed upon. As one in six people live in poverty and one in seven Americans use food stamps, the elite in Washington D.C. frequently spend $600 or more on one dinner tab at exclusive restaurants. J.P. Morgan projected that they would earn 3.9 billion dollars in 4th quarter earnings, but exceeded their own expectations earning 4.8 billion. There is a wide disparity between Wall Street and Main Street and the gap keeps widening as Washington pays itself through backroom deals that prevent any fundamental change for average Americans.

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Testifying for Jobs at Acts Full

Nancy Pelosi (left) hugs Barbara Lee at the Town Hall metting on Tuesday.

By Aneesah Dryver

 Members of Congress came to church in Oakland to hear residents testify about the need for jobs last week in a town hall meeting held at Acts Full Gospel Church. Led by Host Congresswoman Barbara Lee, she was joined by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Representative Mike Honda and U.S. Representative of Arizona, Raul Grijalva.

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Prepare the Future California Motivates Youth

Pastor Chambers (far right) assembled with students and parents at the First Christian Church in Oakland. Photo by Ernie Fields.

By Ashley Chambers

Prepare The Future California (PTFCAL) is motivating students to take action in changing the California public education system. According to the Governor’s Budget for 2011-12, California’s education system has suffered over $18 billion in budget cuts over the past three years. This has been a huge detriment with the loss of teaching jobs, overcrowded class sizes, and a lack of resources for students.

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Harris Sues Lawyers for Mortgage Fraud

 

From left to right: Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, HUD Project Coordinator Ophelia Basgal, and Chief Counsel for the California Department of Real Estate, Wayne Bell announce that mortgage fraud will be investigated from origination to modification. Photo by Adam Turner.

By Tanya Dennis

 Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced Thursday that the California Department of Justice, in conjunction with the State Bar of California, has sued multiple entities accused of fraudulently preying upon desperate homeowners who were lead to believe they would receive relief on their mortgages.

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49ers Win Battle of the Bay

San Francisco, CA – It’s an annual game that has become a Bay Area classic for the fans.  The Battle of the Bay is about bragging rights and tonight the San Francisco 49ers won that title again.

 The Oakland Raiders fell 17-3 to the 49ers in the second week of the preseason.  While both teams are off to a rocky start, the San Francisco’s offense gained more strength in the second half.  A completely different team from last week when they lost 24-3 to the New Orleans Saints. Read more

Rich Harden perfect on the mound

Oakland, CA – It wasn’t the best start but as time went on he made up for it before too much damaged occurred.  In fact, Rich Harden shutout the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 with seven strong innings.  He matched his career-high with eleven strikeouts, his fourth time, the last being on July 31, 2009 at Florida.

 ”My last game, I got off to a start like that and it could have gone the other way,” Harden said.  “That was probably the best feeling I’ve ever had as far as command.  After that first inning, I felt I could pitch the way I wanted to, hit my spots, locate, and throw my off speed.” Read more

America’s Failed Banking System, The Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve is a private corporation, owned and controlled mostly by foreign bankers. The taxes paid by Americans never provide any services to our country, all collected income tax money goes directly to the Federal Reserve Board. All U.S currency is “Federal Reserve Notes” of debt, owed to the Federal Reserve, and is borrowed into existence. How can Americans pay the debt when Americans have to “borrow” the currency to pay the debt from the source we already owe? It is like paying off your VISA card using the same VISA card, the interest just keeps growing, and no principal is ever paid! It is a Ponzi scheme....a scam...and America is the mark!

Part 4: Banksters By Tanya Dennis

 In 1930, during the Great Depression, no war had ravaged the cities or countryside; we had the best communications, farmlands and businesses; and no pestilence had weakened the population. In 1930 America lacked one thing, an adequate supply of money to carry on trade and commerce. Read more

La Pena Showcases Jocelyn Richards’Nappy Headed Love Stories”

Jovelyn Richards

By Jesse Brooks

 Humor and high spirits with an undertow of the most serious things in life is her style. The La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley welcomes back to the stage, writer and solo performer Jovelyn Richards. A true storyteller, Richards presents, Pat’s house, a narrative about the softer and hidden side of a Madame of a Midwestern Depression brothel, who also secretly took care of the community in her own way. Occupied by a small orchestra of blues and jazz, Pat’s House jumps with dance while Richard, weaves through the people who are impacted by Pat’s House, making you laugh and cry. Read more

Celebrating the Life of Rev. Dr. James H. Stewart

Rev. Dr. James H. Stewart

Rev. James Stewart passed away peacefully on Sat. Aug. 6 at Piedmont Gardens Convalescent facility in Oakland.

 Rev. Stewart was in declining health the past two years but remained active in his ministry almost to the end. At the time of his passing he was the assistant pastor of The Church by the Side of the Road. and Pastor Emeritus of the McGee Avenue Baptist Church in Berkeley.

 

Dr. Stewart began his pastoral ministry at the Church of the Good Shepherd, in Oakland. Read more

AileyCamp Celebrates Ten Years of Dance

AileyCamp performers dancing to ballet routine entitled Swan Tech. Photo by Peter DaSilva.

By Aneesah Dryver

 On August 4, 2,000 parents, friends, teachers, and supporters filled the Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley to celebrate the 10th anniversary of AileyCamp, a youth dance and self-development program. Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp is the only west coast location serving youth age 11-14 in a six-week program that teaches them Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, Classical Ballet and West African dance as well as self-esteem and critical thinking skills. McCauley gave a special thank you to Cal Performances who has administered and fully funded AileyCamp throughout their ten years helping the youth.

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Breakout New Movie: "The Help"

Octavia Spencer (left) and Viola Davis.

Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, “The Help” stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk.

 

From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed — even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times. Read more

Breakout New Movie: “The Help”

Octavia Spencer (left) and Viola Davis.

Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, “The Help” stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk.

 

From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed — even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times. Read more

Oakland’s Art & Soul Festival Marks Its Second Decade

On August 20, the City of Oakland’s Art & Soul Festival kicks off its second decade as the Bay Area’s favorite summer gathering by adding a new stage – WomenGig – to its blockbuster musical lineup. A dazzling array of talent, food from all over the globe, more than 150 artisans and the largest Family Fun Zone of any festival in the Bay Area prompted the San Francisco Chronicle to name Art & Soul among the top summer festivals in Northern California.

 

Dedicated to promoting rising female musicians to Bay Area audiences and Read more

Oakland’s Art & Soul Festival Marks Its Second Decade

On August 20, the City of Oakland’s Art & Soul Festival kicks off its second decade as the Bay Area’s favorite summer gathering by adding a new stage – WomenGig – to its blockbuster musical lineup. A dazzling array of talent, food from all over the globe, more than 150 artisans and the largest Family Fun Zone of any festival in the Bay Area prompted the San Francisco Chronicle to name Art & Soul among the top summer festivals in Northern California.

 

Dedicated to promoting rising female musicians to Bay Area audiences and Read more

The New Generation Of Black Teachers

Joel Nickelson-Shanks

By Chanelle Bell

Joel Nickelson-Shanks is a 23-year-old Richmond native who just graduated from Howard University this year. This summer he returned the Bay Area to teach, Joel says, “Here is where I was helped and it was my turn to return the favor.”

 

Joel teaches at 7th grade students that are entering 8th grade this upcoming fall at Mission School in San Francisco through the Aim High program. He teaches a unique class called “Issues and Choices”. “The class is designed around the question “Who am I?” past, present, Read more

Building Homes and Mending Families

Donald Gilmore. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, BAPAC.

By Chanelle Bell

 Donald Gilmore is the Executive Director of the Community Housing Development Corporation (CHDC) in Richmond. CHDC is a housing and community development, “CHDC builds up people and communities”, Gilmore said. The organization creates affordable homes and quality affordable rental opportunities, offers home ownership counseling for first time buyers and post purchase, a financial fitness program called CC-Match Financial Fitness, and they are dedicated to keeping Richmond clean and green. Under the leadership of Gilmore for nearly 20 years CHDC has developed more than 1300 units of Read more

“Electrifying Music Festival on Main Street”

Over 350 community members from all walks of life came downtown to enjoy stellar dance performances on July 27 at the FoodCo lot on 12th and Macdonald. There was an amazing tribute to Luther Vandross by Ray McCoy and an energetic blues performance by Jesse James and his electrifying band featuring Denise “Niecey” Robinson. They also received the goods and services offered by our community partners, entrepreneurs, and organizations. Read more