From November 2012

West Side Missionary Baptist Church’s Christmas Program

Pastor Ken Chambers, Sr.

West Side Missionary Baptist Church, led by Pastor Ken Chambers, Sr., invites the public to attend a Christmas program 11 a.m., Sunday, Dec 23.
The program will be led by the Youth Department and include Christmas carols, recitals and presentations. West Side Church is located at 732 Willow St. in West Oakland.
For information call (510) 417-6071.

Jim Hines Inducted Into Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame

Jim Hines

Olympic Gold medalist Jim Hines will be inducted into the Black Sports Hall of Fame in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 30.
Hines became the first person to break the 10-second barrier in 1968 at the Olympic games in Mexico City. He will be honored along with Tommie Smith and John Carlos, figures who made history with their Black Power salute in the 1968 Summer Olympics and were Hines’ teammates.
The event is one of the biggest Black events in the U.S. honoring African American former NFL players and several other Black inductees from the state of Texas.
“I feel honored and privileged to be inducted into the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame,” said Hines, who attended Texas Southern University. “I was involved in 19 world records, sprinting and relays combined in my career. All that’s attributed to me being in Texas Southern University. It’s a great and special honor.”

Still Sounding the Alarm on African American AIDS State of Emergency

The Bay Area Regional African American State of Emergency Coalition (BARAASEC), talked to Board of Supervisors. From left to right: Camryn Crump, Pamela Casey-Aziz, Loren Jones; Supervisor Wilma Chan; Gigi Crowder; Gloria Crowell-Cox, Dr. Neena Murgai (Alameda County Office of AIDS Surveillance), Supervisor Kieth Carson, Dr. Muntu Davis (Alameda county’s Health officer), Georgia Schreiber (Alameda County Office of AIDS linkage to care coordinator), Omar Bagani, Charlie Wilson, Jesse Brooks (BARAASEC’s Co-chair).

Camryn Crump

By Camryn Crump

The Bay Area Regional African American State of Emergency Coalition, BARAASEC, along with Dr. Muntu Davis of Oakland, are sounding the alarm concerning disproportionate HIV transmissions in Alameda County.
On Nov. 19, BARAASEC approached the Alameda Board of Supervisors, providing an update on how the coalition is fulfilling its mission to stop the spread of HIV and increase the care for African Americans living with HIV in this county.
BARAASEC is working to improve performance measures in Alameda to see a change in statistics among the African American community concerning health and HIV. The group is determined to change the dynamics of how services are delivered, beginning with the areas of HIV education, testing and linkage to care.
“For me it is all about action and not about talking,” says Jesse Brooks as he stood before the supervisors, explaining the steps BARAASEC has taken in 2012 and its plan for the coming year.
Brooks talked about why HIV/AIDS is substantially higher in African-American communities than white and Hispanic communities and the factors related to how HIV is really affecting the African American community.
Bringing together community groups, residents, and the county together will help improve all HIV/AIDS programs and help a policy platform that will promote change needed to impact the epidemic.  Engaging all parts of the community, such as the church, educational system and department of social services, also will help create a plan to impact the targeted population
The Board of Supervisors continues to support the push to create awareness and draw resources in relation to the state of emergency of African Americans in Alameda County.

Commemorate World AIDS Day

By Jesse

Observed worldwide on the first of December since 1998, World AIDS Day is a time when millions of people come together to commemorate people who have lost their lives to HIV and look for ways to make progress in responding to the epidemic and recommit to ending the scourge.
The impact of AIDS among African-Americans in some parts of the United States is as severe as in parts of Africa. AIDS remains the leading cause of death among Black women between ages 25 and 34 in the U.S., and it is second-leading cause of death for Black men 35-44.
The theme for 2012 is “Getting to Zero – Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation.”
Here are some things individuals can do to commemorate World AIDS Day:
Get educated. Do you know the difference between HIV and AIDS? How does one get AIDS? What can you do to prevent AIDS? In the age of the Internet, there’s no excuse not to arm yourself with accurate facts.
Get tested. Know your own risk of exposure to HIV. Many people do not know their status and unknowingly pass on the virus to sexual partners through unprotected sex.
Take part in fundraisers – all year round. Start preparing now to participate in one or both huge AIDS Walks that occur in the Bay Area – the East Bay AIDS Walk or San Francisco AIDS Walk.
Oppose the stigma of HIV discrimination by being an understanding family member, friend, colleague or stranger and encouraging others to do so.
Sign up to volunteer. There are nonprofit organizations that are looking for people who are willing to contribute time, skills and expertise.
Make a donation. With budget cuts crippling agencies, money is always welcome.
Wear a red ribbon. Tell people what it stands for or even add one to your Facebook page, or Tweet about World AIDS Day.
A free documentary and panel discussion, “Many Women, One Voice” Black Women and HIV/AIDS, will be held on Dec. 1 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Alumni House at the UC Berkeley campus. For information contact
Also, a grand opening of the AIDS Health Foundation’s Men’s Wellness Center will be held Dec. 1 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 238 E. 18th St. (near Lake Merritt) in Oakland.
For more information contact or (510) 575-8245.

Carolyn’s Creole Kitchen Holds Garlic Crab Dinner

Left to right: Brandy Sams (daughter), Carolyn Silas-Sams, Owner/Chef.

By David Scott

Anyone who has not tried southern Creole cuisine at Carolyn’s Creole Kitchen is in for a treat.
For over 20 years, Carolyn Silas-Sams has served hot garlic crab cooked creole style, chicken and sausage jambalaya, homemade Cajun gumbo and more.
Silas-Sams and her husband Sennix recently won the award for making the best gumbo at this year’s Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton.
Inspired by her mother’s cooking, she made a special holiday dinner for actor and good friend Danny Glover.
Experience a down-home four-course garlic crab dinner and Andre Thierry performing with Zydeco Magic Saturday, Dec. 8 from 6 p.m-11 p.m. at the West Oakland Senior Center, 1724 Adeline St. in Oakland.
For information, call (510) 464-2928, or (510) 725-2070,

Dr. Natasha Crosby Accepts Morehouse Position

Dr. Natasha M. Crosby

Dr. Natasha M. Crosby will be headed to Atlanta, Georgia to work at Morehouse College after accepting a position as academic advisor for the science and math department.
A native of Oakland, Dr. Crosby graduated from Berkeley High School with honors and continued her education at Hampton University in Virginia where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, graduating cum laude.
She earned her Ph.D. in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where she conducted research on diabetes, an area of interest chosen to impact the African-American community.
She also studied at the University of Helsinki in Helsinki, Finland where she worked with scientists from around the world on a research project on the glutamate receptor and its role in memory loss.
Back in Oakland, she conducted research at Children’s Hospital Research Institute on the use of nanodisks as drug delivery vehicles in treating cancer.
During summers, Dr. Crosby has also worked with the Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH), teaching biology to high school freshman and sophomores.
She is the daughter of Kenneth and Neola Crosby and granddaughter of Martha J. Brown.
Dr. Crosby has always been fascinated by how the body works, and she enjoys helping people and epecially encouraging students to pursue a career in science.

Chanté Moore Sings for Pink Access Foundation

Chanté Moore

R&B vocalist Chanté Moore will sing Monday, Dec. 3 at Pink Access Foundation’s “Pink Access and Lavender Live Too Winter Wonderland and Survivors Celebration” in the Meritage at the Claremont Hotel.
Moore will be the featured musical guest at the fourth annual event, which is a fundraiser for organizations such as Carrie’s Touch that helps cancer survivors in disadvantaged communities.
Another highlight of the gala will be the sneak peak of Pink Access Foundation’s documentary “Our Journey”, which chronicles Team Pink Access’ participation in this year’s Oakland-based Women Cancer Resource Center Swim-A-Mile for Cancer.
“I’m really looking forward to returning to the Bay Area to perform especially for such a wonderful cause,” said Moore.
Born in San Francisco, Moore grew up singing in the church before being discovered and launching her career as an R&B singer. Her hit songs include s “Love’s Taken Over,” “It’s Alright,” and “Contagious,” featuring Ronald Isley.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Claremont Hotel, 41 Tunnel Rd. in Berkeley. For more information on the Pink Access Foundation, go to and on Face Book @pinkaccesslavendertoolive

Barack Obama Depicted As Jesus in Painting

A painting featuring President Barack Obama in a Christ-like pose is getting poor reviews from some religious authorities, Fox News Radio reports.
The painting by New York-based artist by Michael D’Antuono is titled “The Truth” and features Obama with a crown of thorns on his head, in a position that is reminiscent of the crucifixion.
Currently on display at Boston’s Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery as part of D’Antuono’s politically charged “Artists on the Stump – the Road to the White House 2012” collection, the piece was actually supposed to debut several years ago at New York City’s Union Square.

J. Douglas Allen-Taylor’s Novel: “Sugaree Rising”

J. Douglas Allen-Taylor

“Sugaree Rising” Book Cover

By Post Staff

The many followers of the writings of local writer J. Douglas Allen-Taylor may be surprised by the subject of the Oakland journalist’s first novel, “Sugaree Rising,” but it’s going to be a good surprise.
Instead of the up-to-date Bay Area political breakdown we’re so used to hearing from Allen-Taylor, he has chosen something farther away in time and distance: the government-planned flooding out of a largely-African-American community in rural South Carolina during the Depression years.
Loosely based upon actual historical events, “Sugaree Rising” shows how Black resistance operated in the time long before the civil rights period, in an era when lynchings were common and the Klan was in power, and Black People in the Deep South risked their lives when speaking out against whites.
But “Sugaree Rising” is much, much more than a protest novel.
In the isolated fictional community of Yelesaw Neck, where the novel’s story takes place, Allen-Taylor has created a remarkable landscape in which colorful characters flourish, ghosts and haunts and spirits wander the swamps and woods, back-porch stories are common, and people still practice the old religions they brought with them from Africa.
One of the most interesting and memorable of Sugaree’s characters is Budi Manigault, grandfather to 15 year old heroine Yally Kinlaw, who we meet out on the porch one hot summer night in a scene that reminds you of the best writing of Zorah Neale Hurston or Toni Morrison:
“He suddenly stiffened on the swing, bracing his feet against the porchboards, and turning to look out into the dark towards the side yard, he put his hand up to shush her. She turned to the direction he was looking at but could see nothing in the wide expanse of the pitch-black of the yard beyond the little circle of the porch lamp.
“What wrong, Grandpa?” she asked him.
“That som’bitch been sneaking around here, of a night,” Papa’Budi said. “I’m’a catch him, though.”
“He got himself up to his feet and walked across the porch and into the house. He was back out again almost immediately with his shotgun cradled in the crook of his arm. He sat back down on the swing-still careful not to make it sing out-and set the gun on his lap. Then, without any warning whatsoever, with no attempt at a sighting or an aiming but only a slight adjustment of the direction of the barrel, he squeezed off the shot. There was a bright spurt of flame from the shotgun barrel and a sharp, explosive crack. The girl jumped and, much too late to have any effect, cupped her hands over her ears.
“You ain’t got for fret no more about him,” he said. “I done gotted him good, this time. I done shotted that yellow bastard.”
J. Douglas Allen-Taylor’s “Sugaree Rising” is an instant classic, a timeless novel of insight and important human themes that highlights the author’s considerable writing and storytelling talents. It belongs on the shelf alongside those of the best of our writers.
“Sugaree Rising,” Freedom Voices Publishers of San Francisco, 400 pages, $24.95. Available Dec. 1 at local bookstores and online from and Barnes & Noble. A book release party for “Sugaree Rising” will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6, 6 p.m., at the Joyce Gordon Gallery at 406 14th St. in downtown Oakland.

Laundromats Come to Taiwan

Laundromats have finally come to Taiwan.

Clothes hanging on balconies in china.

By Gregory

Laundromats have finally come to Taiwan, and with them the ability to dry clothes in a matter of minutes instead of waiting for the wind and sun to do the job.
This is a triumph of convenience and comfort, considering that most residents have been hanging their wet clothing on balconies or in sun drenched windows for decades.
One finds the quality of drying in a humid environment ranging from almost dry but not quite –with mold and mildew possibilities – to rigor mortis dry. Space in a densely populated area is a premium and extended clotheslines, with the exception of a communal drying green, are not feasible.
As America grew and prospered (post WWII), housing developers raced to keep pace with burgeoning families. A new demand for more efficient modes of transportation brought about the automobile in every garage, user-friendly lawn grooming introduced the power mower, a streamlined irrigation system established the in-ground sprinkler, and as a means to dry one’s clothing within 30 minutes of being washed, the home dryer.
However, even today mostly in rural areas, where distance and poverty preclude the use of a public laundromat, one must string rope/cable through a pulley tethered to another structure like a barn or garage.
One can still find hill hoists, clotheshorses, and drying racks of different variations in urban and suburban America.
2012 finds Asia and most of the developing world still relying heavily on Mother Nature to dry clothing. Relatively small housing space prevents the widespread installation of in-home dryer hookups.
So, personal dryers are still sometime off for the foreseeable future even though many in both China and Taiwan have in-home washers.
Since this writer has been visiting China and Taiwan (1997), I have often wondered why no one has opened up a public laundromat. Surely, they are aware of this advancement in other parts of the world?
And the money to be made only would have the sky as the limit. So this year when I came back to Taiwan, I was pleasantly surprised that some business person(s) had decided to invest in and build a series of laundromats.

SF Foundation’s Koshland Program Celebrates 30 Years

Pictured, from left to right: San Pablo Councilman Paul Morris; Michelle Myles Chambers of The San Francisco Foundation; Rev. Kelvin Sauls, Daniel E. Koshland Committee; and Evelia Pérez, Koshland Program Coordinator. Photos by Drew Altizer Photography.

Phyllis Friedman, Koshland Committee Emeritus, and Retha Robinson, Koshland Program Director.

By Ashley

The San Francisco Foundation celebrated the 30th anniversary of the organization’s Koshland Program on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the City Club of San Francisco.
The Daniel E. Koshland Civic Unity Awards were established in 1982 by the foundation, memorializing one of its founders and benefactors, Daniel E. Koshland, a philanthropist who was committed to making the Bay Area a better place.
Over the past 30 years, the Koshland Program has invested in 24 neighborhoods throughout five Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo.
“As we look to the future, the Koshland Program will continue to honor and celebrate the many factors that build a strong community: involved residents, strong families, interracial understanding, and a collective appreciation of multicultural diversity,” said Retha Robinson, Koshland Program Director.
The celebration included a presentation on Koshland’s legacy by San Francisco Foundation CEO Sandra Hernández and performances by the Richmond Jazz Collective of the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts.

Obama Voters Want Jobs, Better Cities

By Jesse

Elections have consequences. President Barack Obama’s stunning re-election victory came dramatically from the same emerging majority coalition — a rainbow coalition — that brought him to the presidency in 2008.
At its heart are minorities, young people, single women and union households.
What do they want? These voters reflect America’s diversity. But they share one thing in common: They were the hardest hit by the recession and have had the hardest time recovering from it.
The president’s vote directly tracked income levels. He won a large majority of those making less than $50,000 a year and lost a majority of those making more. Romney was clearly the candidate of the 1 percent. Obama was the candidate of middle-, working-class and poor Americans; those in the middle class and those aspiring to get there.
They want action on jobs. They want action on wages, with overwhelming support for raising the minimum wage. They want investment in education and opportunity, so their children can get a good public education and afford to go to college. They want high-speed rail public transportation — which was rejected by the governors in New Jersey, Florida and Wisconsin — put back on the table. We can connect the jobs to where people live. We can make the steel, make the rail, lay the rail. The cost of energy-efficient transportation will reap rewards. We’ll all benefit and be more secure.
These are the most vulnerable of Americans, so when Washington talks about a deficit agreement, these Americans will have clear priorities. Like the vast majority of Americans, they want Social Security and Medicare protected, not cut. An election night poll by Campaign for America’s Future and Democracy Corps found that 62 percent of voters would find cuts in Social Security benefits unacceptable as part of a deficit agreement, and 79 percent would oppose cuts in Medicare benefits.
They support increasing taxes on the rich, as do a majority of voters. They join the stunning 72 percent of voters who would find unacceptable cuts in domestic discretionary spending such as “education, child nutrition, and worker training and disease control.” They stand with the 75 percent who would find unacceptable deep across-the-board cuts that don’t protect programs for “infants, poor children, schools and college aid.”
Obama’s majority came significantly from our cities. What do urban residents need? They need a plan to rebuild America’s cities. They suffer from a decrepit and outmoded infrastructure — aging sewers, inadequate and costly mass transit, vulnerable electric grids, underfunded schools and inadequate public parks and programs. They need affordable housing that is energy-efficient. They need jobs desperately.
The president’s real mandate — and his real opportunity — is to lay out a plan for revitalizing our cities. This will help get the economy going and put people to work. It will decrease poverty, despair and the hopelessness that feeds drugs and depression. And as people go to work, they start paying taxes and stop collecting unemployment insurance — and that helps bring deficits down.
Clearly, the big issues of poverty, racial disparity, gender inequality and violence will not go away on their own. We must drive them away with opportunities of hope as the live alternatives to hurt, hatred and despair. The president’s voters want jobs, not cuts in vital programs. They want a plan to rebuild our cities — not a plan to cut vital security programs and continue to starve vital investments in our cities.
These voters have stood up for the president, now the president has a clear mandate to stand up for them.

Supreme Court Upholds Recording of Police in Public

The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to hear an appeal in support of a controversial Illinois law prohibiting people from recording police officers on the job.
By refusing to hear the issue, the justices left in place a federal appeals court ruling that found that the state’s anti-eavesdropping law violates free-speech rights when used against people who audiotape police officers.

World AIDS Day Service at Easter Hill United Methodist

A World AIDS Day service will be held 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at Easter Hill United Methodist Church, 3911 Cutting Blvd. in Richmond.
The Theme of the service, presented by Minister Robert Newells of Imani Community Church of Oakland, will be “Getting to Zero,” Zero new HIV Infections, Zero HIV/AIDS discrimination and Zero AIDS-related deaths.
The community is invited.  Refreshments served following service.  For information call (510) 235-4226.

GRIP Advocates for Homeless Persons Living with HIV/AIDS

By Kia Croom

The Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) is a local agency that is active in the fight to against HIV/AIDS.
In 2012, GRIP was the newest agency to join the Contra Costa County HIV/AIDS Consortium as a recipient of funding from Housing Opportunities for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS.
The agency uses the  funds to provide Housing Advocacy Services to 60 homeless or at risk West County residents living with HIV/AIDS, currently employing two housing advocates who are committed to helping clients find safe and quality rental housing.
“Homelessness in and of itself is devastating. For a person with a chronic health condition, such as HIV/AIDS, it is a nightmare,” said said Lynna Magnuson-Parrish, Resource Center Program Manager.
“HOPWA funding helps us better serve a growing subpopulation of ours—that is homeless persons living with HIV/AIDS. Our housing advocates help HOPWA clients find housing and qualify for emergency financial assistance,” she said.
GRIP serves clients in the West County cities of Richmond, San Pablo, Pinole, Rodeo, El Cerrito, Crockett and Hercules. A recent epidemiology report issued by the Costa Health Services indicates that Richmond has a higher concentration of residents with HIV/AIDS than any other city in the county, with 369 residents. Concord follows with 271 residents.
“Our suspicion is there are more cases in Richmond that are unreported. We want West County community members who are positive or suspect they are positive to know we are here to help. We will orient them to the county AIDS system of care. Having a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS is no longer the death sentence it was once believed to be,” Magnuson-Parrish said.
Community members interested in learning more about GRIP’s HIV/AIDS services can call (510) 233-2141 or stop by the GRIP Program office at 165 22nd St. in Richmond.

Richmond Union High’s Black Student Union Holds 50th Year Class Reunion

First row : Joe Lee Fisher, Jean Thomas Keeton, Gerry Webster, Brenda Thomas Thomas, Barbara Williams Johnson, Harry Spencer, Clariza Timmons, Lee Timmons; Second row: Ethel Scott Melchor, Doris Singleton, Johnnie Foster Murray, Beverly Yates Harris, Sharon Thomas Floyd, Dorothy Lawson, Alice Bostic Spicer, Betty Aercrombia Wadley, August McCoy, Linda Abercrombia, Malik McDaniels; Third row: Hurey Clark, Eva Young, Shirley Webster Randle, Norma Washington,Eugenia Miller Emerson,Jo Ann Fisher Coleman,Thresser Pennington, Norma Mason, Shirley Ogletree. Fourth row: James Washington, Louis Webster, Louis Spicer,Jesse Thomas, Ralph Emerson,Curtis Evans, Ray Botth.

By Kia Croom

Richmond Union High School’s Class of 1961 celebrated its 50th year Class reunion in Las Vegas, the event organized by the class’s newly appointed Black Student Union committee.
The Oct. 5 celebration makes history as the first-ever Richmond Union High African-American reunion and drew 50 graduates and guests.  Joe Fisher, treasurer of the Black American Political Action Committee (BAPAC), served as master of ceremonies of the weekend events.
“We had a wonderful time socializing, breaking bread, and site seeing.   The committee thanks all classmates and their guests who made our reunion a success, and we are thinking of planning a reunion or small gathering every year, if participation allows,” said Thresser Pennington, committee member.
The three-day celebration included a reception for both alumni and their guests on Friday —a short program chronicling the group’s formative years at Richmond Union High.
Alumni shared class pictures and other commemorative items including a souvenir booklet, and the night ended with dinner and dancing.
Rev. Ralph Emerson, a classmate and pastor of Rising Star Church in Fort Worth, Texas, led the group in a worship ceremony and communion, followed by a brunch.
Kia Croom is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.

Smart Ladies Inc. Teaches Girls to Pursue their Dreams

From left to right, seated: Nicola Nicholas, Unique Henderson, Rhiana Holt; Back row: Saneyha Tillman, Andrea Foster, Makayla Anthony, Emme Bradford, Brea Knowles, Milea West, Monique West.Photo by Joe L. Fisher, Black American Political Action Committee (BAPAC).

By Kia

Smart Ladies Inc. is a non-profit agency committed to teaching girls between the ages of 11-18 to dream big and pursue their personal goals.
The agency provides a wide gamut of services to girls including life skills training, and job readiness.
“We have held two workshops so far on topics including self-love, real estate, resume writing and interviewing. We want the best for the up-and-coming generation and hope to reach young ladies all over the world,” said Faye Foster, founder of the organization.
Foster encourages young women through a variety of activities, including pamper-me activities such as facials and by culturally enriching the students with Black history.
Smart Ladies Inc. was founded in October 2012 by Faye Foster, a Bay Area native. She says she always wanted to find a way to empower the youth and teach them things that they do not learn in school.
She credits her husband Felix and her two daughters with helping bring her vision into fruition.
Kia Croom is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.

Johnny D. Salem, 94

Johnny D. Salem

Johnny “Nappy” Salem, who worked at Kaiser Permanente as a surgery technician for many years, died Nov. 3 in Walnut Creek. He was 94.
Born Oct. 21, 1918, he was educated in Brooks County, Quitman, Georgia and in 1938 entered Georgia State A&I, then known as a Colored College.  The college later changed its name to Savannah State University.
He moved to California in 1942 where he worked on submarines at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo.
At the end of the war he began a career in the health industry starting at French Hospital as an orderly and eventually retired as a surgery tech from Kaiser Permanente after 25 years of service.
His later years were devoted to writing, gardening and doting on his 13 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He was known as a classical music lover and a gracious host with a ready cup of tea and a plate of cookies for all visitors. He was also a sports fan and loved watching his sons compete.
At his request,Salem was cremated in a private family service. His ashes will be returned to his much-loved hometown, Quitman, Georgia.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Eunice Waites. From that marriage sons Michael and Howard Salem were born. Johnny is also preceded in death by his second wife of 48 years, Dorothy Quillings Copes, who brought two children to their union, Tanya and James Copes.
Elizabeth and Margo Salem were the last two born. All the children currently reside in Oakland.
Salem also leaves nieces and nephews especially Yearby Webb and Daphne Scott, extended family and a host of friends.
A celebration of his life will be held at noon on Saturday Dec. 1 at Saints’ Rest Missionary Baptist Church at 1401 57th Ave. in Oakland, James Anderson, Pastor.

Skyline High’s Tammy Brawner Joins Harlem Globetrotters

When Tammy Brawner graduated from Dominican University of California with her MBA last year, she had a dream of traveling the world and someday working for Google. She never dreamed of playing for the Harlem Globetrotters.
“It’s almost like a fairy tale,” said Brawner, who graduated in 2004 from Oakland’s Skyline High.
Though she averaged 8.5 points in 43 career games for Dominican’s women’s basketball team as a Global Management graduate student, Brawner exhibited a passion and flair for the game that her coach at Dominican, Brianna Chambers, believed could serve her well in professional basketball.
“That’s why I liked her,” Chambers says. “I like a little flash from my point guards.”
The Cinderella-like story of how Brawner became a Globetrotter started when she became a Lady Penguin at Dominican.
Chambers was searching for a point guard during the summer of 2009 and talked to Skyline High School girls coach Shawn Hipol.
Brawner has a degree from Cal State Northridge in criminal justice and also has earned her master’s degree in Global Management.
Chambers strongly encouraged Brawner to continue playing basketball after graduating from Dominican. The Penguin’s head coach inspired Brawner to keep her hoop dreams alive.
While Brawner was contemplating choosing between a career in basketball as a collegiate coach and a career in business as a manager, she coached her younger sister, Tiffany Rivers, at Skyline High.
Rivers was named Most Valuable Player in the Oakland Athletic League last season, but her big sister trumped her this summer. Brawner’s agent at XTreme Heat Sports Management, based in Houston, was shopping her highlight video around to women’s professional basketball teams overseas. A tape also was sent to the Globetrotters.
They invited Brawner to a two-hour tryout/scrimmage in New Jersey and were so impressed that they signed her to a contract.
Brawner becomes the 10th female in the 87-year history of the famous traveling troupe to play for the Harlem Globetrotters, only the third female in the past 20 years.
She hopes to meet Globetrotters’ legend and dribbling whiz Curly Neal and travel to China – one of her goals as a MBA grad at Dominican — but the moment she most anticipates is the day she officially begins playing every day with the Globetrotters.
She left the day after Thanksgiving to travel overseas with the team to entertain military troops before the Globetrotters begin their North American Tour on Dec. 26. On Jan. 19, she and the Globetrotters will come home to Oakland and play in the Oakland Arena where Brawner first saw the Globetrotters play when she was nine years old.
“I just remember thinking I had never seen anything like it in my life. I remember the players doing things with a basketball I never imagined were possible,” Brawner says. “But never in a million years did I ever think that one day I would be playing with them.”

Civil Rights Leader Lawrence Guyot, 73

In this June 14, 1963 file photo, a 23-year-old Lawrence Guyot showed reporters bruises that he said were caused by police officers in Greenwood, Mississippi. (AP Photo/Jim Bourdier, File).

Lawrence Guyot

By The Associated Press

Lawrence Guyot, a civil rights leader who survived jailhouse beatings in the Deep South in the 1960s and went on to encourage generations to get involved, has died. He was 73.
Guyot had a history of heart problems and suffered from diabetes, and died at home in Mount Rainier, Md..
A Mississippi native, Guyot (pronounced GHEE-ott) worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and served as director of the 1964 Freedom Summer Project, which brought thousands of young people to the state to register blacks to vote despite a history of violence and intimidation by authorities.
He also chaired the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which sought to have blacks included among the state’s delegates to the 1964 Democratic National Convention. The bid was rejected, but another civil rights activist, Fannie Lou Hamer, addressed the convention during a nationally televised appearance.
Guyot was severely beaten several times, including at the notorious Mississippi State Penitentiary known as Parchman Farm. He continued to speak on voting rights until his death, including encouraging people to cast ballots for President Barack Obama.

Clinton: Obama’s Plan for an AIDS-Free Generation

Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday announced the Obama administration’s “Blueprint for an AIDS-Free Generation.”
“HIV may well be with us into the future,” she said, but “The disease that it causes need not be.”
“We can reach a point where virtually no children are born with the virus, and as these children become teenagers and adults, they are at a far lower risk of becoming infected than they are today,” Clinton said. “And if they do acquire HIV, they have access to treatment that helps prevent them not only from developing AIDS, but from passing the virus on to others.”
Clinton announced the plan, officially titled the “President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation,” at the State Department, two days ahead of World AIDS Day.

Supreme Court Upholds Recording of Police in Public

The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to hear an appeal in support of a controversial Illinois law prohibiting people from recording police officers on the job.
By refusing to hear the issue, the justices left in place a federal appeals court ruling that found that the state’s anti-eavesdropping law violates free-speech rights when used against people who audiotape police officers.

Court to Rule on Police Challenge to Oscar Grant Lawsuit

John Burris

Dan Siegel

Walter Riley

By Post Staff

Oakland attorneys John Burris and Dan Siegel will be arguing the Oscar Grant civil rights case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3.
The police offices who were sued for civil rights violations have appealed federal Judge Marilyn Patel’s ruling that the officer are not immune from liability.
After this appeal is decided the case will be scheduled for trial next year, according to Siegel.
Patel ruled in May 20111 that BART cannot be held legally responsible for the 2009 shooting death of Oscar Grant III at Oakland’s Fruitvale Station.
But she ruled that most of the issues in a $50 million federal lawsuit on behalf of Grant’s family against current and former BART police officers should be decided at a jury trial.
The lawsuit names former BART officer Johannes Mehserle, fellow officer  Tony Pirone, as well as former BART Police Chief Gary Gee and officers Marysol Domenici, Jon Woffinden and Emery Knudtso. “The police officers are trying to exempt themselves from responsibility for their conduct,” said Oakland civil rights Attorney Walter Riley.  “They are asking to be above the law.”

Ordinance Protects Neighborhoods From Real Estate Speculators

Shirley Burnell

By Post Staff

Oakland has passed an ordinance designed to provide communities with some measure of protection from a large increase in number of absentee property owners, who are accused of scooping up properties at bargain prices but failing to maintain or renovate them.
The Oakland City Council voted Nov. 13 to pass the local ordinance requiring the purchasers of non-owner occupied properties to register with the city of Oakland.
The ordinance, championed by Councilmember Desley Brooks and supported by grassroots community organizations like Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) and Urban Strategies Council, came in response to an unprecedented number of previously foreclosed homes being purchased by outside speculators and private investment companies.
“In addition to creating transparency and accountability for these speculators and private investors, we also believe that this will be yet another step toward improving the health and habitability of Oakland’s long-ailing housing stock,” said ACCE member Shirley Burnell.
One company purchased over 170 properties in West Oakland alone, marking a shift that has transferred whole neighborhoods from the hands of working families and long-term residents into the hands of a relatively small number of private investors.
Brooks responded to the trend by introducing the legislation last summer.  “Speculators are not buying homes, they are buying neighborhoods,” she said.
The impact of the ordinance was weakened by an exemption introduced by Councilmember At-Large Rebecca Kaplan excluding all properties purchased through non-foreclosure short sales.

Wells Fargo Offers Down Payment Assistance

From left to right: Michele Byrd, Director of Housing & Community Development, City of Oakland; Mayor Michael Sweeney, City of Hayward; David Fraser, Chief of Staff for Supervisor Federal Glover of Contra Costa County; Sheri Powers, Director of The Homeownership Center, the Unity Council; Gilda Gonzales, CEO, The Unity Council; Jim Foley, President of Wells Fargo’s Greater Bay Area Region; Mayor Pro Tem Wade Harper, City of Antioch; and Pastor Gerald Agee, Friendship Christian Center. Photo by Justin Halgren.

By Ashley Chambers

Wells Fargo, the nation’s largest home mortgage lender, announced this week it is launching CityLIFT, which will offer down payment assistance to potential homebuyers.
“Today, despite low home prices and historically low interest rates, many families are still unable to purchase a home because they struggle with making the down payment,” said Jim Foley, Wells Fargo’s regional president for the Greater Bay Area.
In collaboration with nine cities in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, NeighborWorks America, and NeighborWorks affiliate the Unity Council, CityLIFT will help eligible first-time and re-entering homebuyers, providing down payment assistance of $20,000 per homebuyer.
The program will assist those interested in purchasing and living in a home in the cities of Antioch, Bay Point, Brentwood, Concord, Fremont, Hayward, Oakland, Pittsburg and Richmond.
“The CityLIFT program will help address this issue for homebuyers by providing down payment assistance and help revitalize some of our communities in Alameda and Contra Costa counties most deeply affected by the housing crisis,” said Foley.
To qualify for down payment assistance, applicants must meet certain criteria including annual income not exceeding 120 percent of the median income for the area, which is about $112,200 for a family of four.
Applicants must also agree to an eight-hour homebuyer education session with a HUD-approved counselor such as the Unity Council; commit to stay in the home for five years; and qualify for a first mortgage on the property.
“We teach people how to buy homes the right way,” Sherri Powers, Director of the Homeownership Center at the Unity Council, said at a press conference Tuesday.
“Well-prepared homeowners make successful homeowners; successful homeowners make great neighborhoods and revitalize communities, ” she said.
Funding for East Bay CityLIFT includes  $5 million for down payment assistance grants. Fee homebuyer workshops will be held on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8.
In addition, prospective homebuyers may stop by the Wells Fargo Affordable Home Tour viewing center to preview featured homes available for sale in local neighborhoods.
Register at by Wednesday, Dec. 5. Pre-registration is encouraged, although walk-ins are welcome.
Information is available on East Bay CityLIFT at 1-866-802-0456.