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S.F. Holds Conference on Renewable Energy in Africa and Americas

By Hattie Carwell

Hattie Carwell (left), Co-founder and Director, Museum of African-American Technology, and Diana Jensen, Senior Manager,  Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development Finance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, chat about investment opportunities in the emerging markets of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean at the Renewable Energy in Emerging Markets (REEM 09) conference.  Photo by Conway Jones

Hattie Carwell (left), Co-founder and Director, Museum of African-American Technology, and Diana Jensen, Senior Manager, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development Finance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, chat about investment opportunities in the emerging markets of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean at the Renewable Energy in Emerging Markets (REEM 09) conference. Photo by Conway Jones

A conference on the implementation of renewable energy in emerging markets in Africa Latin America and the Caribbean was hosted last week by the City of San Francisco and the Center for International Trade Development.
Panelists included California leaders and international political figures, who discussed renewable energy technologies. The forum provided networking opportunities between the U.S. and these representatives of these overseas markets.
“Our country can no longer afford to wait to combat the climate crisis and our dependence on foreign oil,” said Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.
Participants from Brazil, Mexico, the Republic of Chile, Togo, Nigeria, and Mozambique highlighted the successes, challenges, and solutions for implementing and sustaining renewable energy in their counties.
Representatives from public and private sector financial institutions stressed the importance of public/private sector partnerships. Agencies such as U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and The World Bank Climate Investment explained that funding is available to support viable projects despite the worldwide financial depression.
Focusing on the importance of growing green technologies, a number of American energy companies also participated in the conference, including Recurrent Energy, SunPower, PG&E, SunEdison and Sirona Fuels, Inc.

Over 30,000 Attended Richmond’s Cinco de Mayo Festival

<p>This year’s Cinco de Mayo Festival in Richmond, hosted by the 23rd Street Merchants Association, was a huge success, according to organizers. Despite the damp weather, over 30,000 people from around the Bay Area attended the event, which featured three music stages, a dancing horse show, team members of the San Jose Earthquakes signing autographs and over 60 vendors. The festival highlighted the 23rd Street shopping district as more people are coming to become aware of this hidden gem that exists in the East Bay, said the organizers, who thanked the City of Richmond, police and fire departments, Chevron, Mechanics Bank and Sims Metal for their support and cooperation. Photos by Gene Hazzard and graphics by Alapi Bhatt.</p>

This year’s Cinco de Mayo Festival in Richmond, hosted by the 23rd Street Merchants Association, was a huge success, according to organizers. Despite the damp weather, over 30,000 people from around the Bay Area attended the event, which featured three music

stages, a dancing horse show, team members of the San Jose Earthquakes signing autographs and over 60 vendors.
The festival highlighted the 23rd Street shopping district as more people are coming to become aware of this hidden gem that exists in the East Bay, said the organizers, who

thanked the City of Richmond, police and fire departments, Chevron, Mechanics Bank and Sims Metal for their support and cooperation. Photos by Gene Hazzard and graphics by Alapi Bhatt.

This year’s Cinco de Mayo Festival in Richmond, hosted by the 23rd Street Merchants Association, was a huge success, according to organizers. Despite the damp weather, over 30,000 people from around the Bay Area attended the event, which featured three music stages, a dancing horse show, team members of the San Jose Earthquakes signing autographs and over 60 vendors. The festival highlighted the 23rd Street shopping district as more people are coming to become aware of this hidden gem that exists in the East Bay, said the organizers, who thanked the City of Richmond, police and fire departments, Chevron, Mechanics Bank and Sims Metal for their support and cooperation. Photos by Gene Hazzard and graphics by Alapi Bhatt.

Grand Avenue Merchants Host Block Party To Thank Shoppers

The Grand Avenue Business Association (GABA) is sponsoring the Third Annual Grand Avenue Block Party, on National Night Out, Tuesday, August 5, 2008 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  Merchants plan to thank residents with such offers as free YouTube videotaping, free dance lessons and free food.  Live music will be performed on the Avenue, and GABA will be grilling hot dogs and corn — all at no charge during the Block Party.
For more information call Nicholas Eveleigh GABA President at 510-421-1020 or Stu Sweetow Secretary at 510-839-2020.

McClure and Brooks Perform at Berkeley Library

MichaelMcClure.jpgIn  collaboration with the 2nd Annual Bay Area Jazz Poetry Festival, the Berkeley Public Library is proud to present the kick off event “Light, life and grahhrr…Poetry and Jazz” with legendary poet Michael McClure and saxophonist George Brooks.  Join us at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge Street in the Art & Music Department on the 5th floor from 2-4PM on Sunday, April 13th to celebrate Jazz and Poetry appreciation month. Read more

"The Movement Spring Showcase" at Julia Morgan Theater

Two nights of lively moves from hip-hop to swing to jazz from U.C. Berkeley’s student dance group, The Movement. For more info, visit www.juliamorgan.org.
UC Berkeley’s The Movement Spring Showcase
Julia Morgan Center for the Arts
2640 College Avenue, Berkeley
Friday, April 18 at 8:00pm and Saturday, April 19 at 7:00PM
$9 available at the door

Preparing Children For Success in School

Dr. Pam Simms-Mackey, Chair of Alameda First 5 Commission and Associate Director of Medical Education at Children’s Hospital will speak to parents about how to prepare one’s child for school Saturday, April 5, 9:30 – 10:00 at the World Conquerors Church, 4500 Redwood Rd., Oakland, and (Bayview Fellowship Church).
Registration & Continental Breakfast  10:00 – 12:00; Seminar, Q&A, Parent Kit Overview & for an important seminar on what parents can do to ensure their child enters school ready to learn and succeed.
Pastor Daren L. Barron, Sr. said Rona Renner, RN, “Nurse Rona”, Host of Childhood Matters on 98.1 KISS FM will join Dr. Simms-Mackey. RSVP by contacting Michelle Wilson at (510) 757-5998 or mlmcmillan@aol.com

Minority Owned Business Opportunities with BART

BART wants to determine if Minority-owned businesses are receiving their fair share of businesses and contracts. The agency is conducting an Availability and Utilization Study  (Study)  to determine whether minority and woman-owned firms have had equal access to BART contracts.
Mason Tillman Associates, Ltd. And BART, along with several local chambers of commerce and trade associations, will host a meeting April 2, 6:00 PM at the   Joseph P. Bort Metro Center, Lawrence D. Dahms Auditorium, 101-8th Street, Oakland to discuss the Study.

40 Years Grieving; Now Live the Dream

A public reading of Dr, Martin Luther King’s prophetic speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” will be held  on the 40th anniversary of his assassination, Friday, April 4: 12 noon – 2 pm at the Oakland Federal Building, 1301 Clay St. in downtown Oakland. Ms. George Friday, Director, Independent Progressive Politics Network and past National Co-Chair, United for Peace and Justice will be the special invited quest.
The First Congregational Church offers an informal breakfast, music and a participatory reading of Dr. MLKing’s speech followed by a discussion facilitated by George Friday. The Breakfast begins Saturday, April 5: 10 am – 12:30 pm at the First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison at 27th Street.
Donation requested to cover food and expenses: $5 – $15 sliding scale; no one turned away. RSVP to Phyllis Olin at olins@pacbell.net

Provost Calls for “Conversations” On The Status of Women

Lorraine K. Provost, Exec. Director of the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women announced that her organization will hold a “Community Conversation” to identify the needs of girls and women.
The “Conversations”, which are co-sponsored by the Alameda County Leadership Circle, are designed to help support the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The meeting will be held during Women’s History Month in District 5, Tuesday, March 25, from 6pm to 8pm, at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley. Although signed by Pres. Carter in 1980, and signed by 189 countries, CEDAW is still awaiting full ratification in the U.S. by a two-thirds Senate majority.
Provost said local organizations, advocates, and community leaders are being invited to participate in the forum to assist in the design of an action plan to increase the status of women and girls. She says the Commission wants to establish a virtual resource center and clearinghouse through the use of the Internet and networks to link groups and individuals.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Alameda COSW Executive Director, Lorraine K. Provost at (510) 259-3871.

Lizz Wright at Yoshi's

Vocal phenomenon Lizz Wright, a Georgia native and minister’s daughter, grew up steeped in gospel music and choral singing. With her rich brew of gospel, jazz, and R&B, Wright made a vivid first impression on her 2003 recording Salt, which became a Billboard jazz chart staple (as did its follow-up, Dreaming Wide Awake, which reached Number One). Wright has also recorded with Joe Sample, Toots Thielemans, Danilo Perez, and David Sanborn. She’s a songwriter of conviction and skill, and has unerring taste in selecting material by writers from Patsy Cline to Fats Waller and the Beatles. Of an appearance with the Count Basie Orchestra, All About Jazz wrote: “Wright held the audience’s rapt attention with her strong contralto voice [and] her depth of expression with fine articulation and spiritual conviction.” Lizz Wright returns to Yoshi’s to celebrate her new CD The Orchard.

Lizz Wright
Mar 6-8
Thursday both shows $20 Friday $24, Saturday both shows $24
Yoshi’s Jazz Club
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 238-9200
www.yoshis.com

Blues and Black History

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By Ronnie Stewart

The “Blues in the Schools” Program which uses local blues musicians to provide instruction on the playing of musical instruments as well to teach the history of the Blues and to students will receive much-needed financial support from The West Coast Blues Hall of Fame and Awards Show held 7:00PM, Saturday, March 29, at the Oakland City Center Marriott Hotel, 1001 Broadway.
The City of Oakland and the West Coast Blues Society will honor blues, jazz and gospel artists for their contributions to the art form called Blues and to celebrate Black History Month. This year’s inductees will cover a very broad array of greats who helped to keep blues alive. Eighteen artists will be inducted into the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame and the Bob Geddins Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to the artist who has most influenced a generation of musicians.
This year’s show will induct Pinetop Perkins, Ray Taliaferro, Fillmore Slim; Lady Bianca; Lil Frances; Joel Dorham, Coke Escovedo, Adolph Jacobs, Freddie Hughes, Ferdinand “Fats” Washington; The Continental Club; The Passions; The Hawkins Family (Edwin, Tramaine, Walter); Nat Dove; Nick Harper; Lee Ashford; Connie Bailey; and Joe Simon. The Bob Geddins Lifetime Achievement Awards presented to Lady Esther of Esther’s Orbit Room and Frosene Phillips.
TICKETS: $30 in advance; $35 at the door – After Party included. highsierratickets.com or tickets.com

African American Historical & Cultural Society Kicks off Black History Month

CulturalComplex.jpgPhoto and text by Wade Woods.

Last Friday an over flow crowd of African American community residents and Leaders jammed into San Francisco City Hall to commensurate the beginning of Black History Month. The crowd included dignities including Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, Mayor Gavin Newsom, NAACP President Amos Brown, Rev. Arelious Walker, and others. The event was presided over by San Francisco Historical Society President Al Williams.

History and Harmony at Allen Temple

By Post Staff

Once again Allen Temple Baptist Church will present four Friday evening concerts February 8, 15, 22, and 29, as part of the church’s mission to culturally as well as spiritually enrich the community it serves. The Annual Black History Memorial Concert Series acknowledges and celebrates the colorful varieties of African American music history and cultural contributions.
East Oakland is not the typical site of concerts and culture, but for years Minister of Music Betty Gadling has made sure that the church and surrounding community has every advantage she can offer musically, culturally and spiritually.
“This year’s slate of performers promises to be one of the best years of African American cultural and performing arts Black History Month Series,” Sister Betty says. “Families will be able to share memorable evenings of entertainment during the whole month. Audiences will be able to walk down memory lanes of the past and share experiences with children,…even the smallest and youngest will have fun learning about the past and have pride in the contributions of their elders, while reliving the present and looking forward to the challenges they may face in the future.” Read more

Angela Davis Keynotes Taylor Memorial King Program

Service features Swisher, Clottey, Fox, Choirs, Rappers, Drummers, Awards, Free MealAuthor/international lecturer, social activist and Professor Dr Angela Y. Davis will keynote the “Make the Dream Real”
Program that Celebrates the Holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., January 21, at 10am. This free celebration is hosted by Reverend Ron Swisher, pastor of Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, Dr. Matthew Fox, founder of Friends of Creation Spirituality and Kokomon Clottey of the Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc. A community meal will be served after the program.
Clottey said the focus of the program is “to remind everyone to make the King Holiday a day of service, and not just a day off from work or school. This year, we continue to advocate for peace in our communities by encouraging all to help stop the violence.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Awards will be given to activists leaders: Rev. Thomas C. Wilson Jr. of True Vine Baptist Church, Ellen W. Parkinson, a business owner and community volunteer in the Oak Center neighborhood and Korey Gibson an 11th grade student, educator, leader and Youth Operations Director of Love Life Foundation.
The multicultural performance will include Rev. Michael Yoshii, Sweet Medicine, a Native American drummer, rapper Virtuous (V), story teller Africa Williams, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Youth Choir, Ishmael Combs & the Unity Choir, singers Dezorah Smith and 10-year-old Destiney Knuckles.
The Attitudinal Healing Connection Inc. (AHC), which was founded in Oakland, in 1989, works to eliminate violence by supporting creative and educational programs – for adults and youth – that transform the spirit in order to build peaceful and loving communities for all humanity. Visit www.ahc-oakland.org for more information.

Embracing the Dream

Embracing The Dream Organization is sponsoring a two day event located at Love Center Ministries 10400 International Blvd. Oakland Ca. Beginning Saturday January 19, 2008 a free Community Health Fair along with June R. Wallace California Transplant Donor Network from 12 noon- 5pm. Musical guest include Helen Stephens and The Lighthouse Choir of Marin/ Nor. Cal Chapter Choir of GMWA@ 1pm.
On Sunday January 20, 2008 @ 7:30 pm a benefit concert for the Bay Areas own Grammy nominated Rev Daryl Coley who is a minister, musician and songwriter. Over the years Daryl has experienced considerable success. ‘Just Daryl’ debuting on Light Records in1990 was nominated for a Grammy. His record ‘He’s Right On Time’ made it to number three on the Gospel charts, while his 1992′s ‘ When The Music Stops’ made it to number one. Also, the1997′s Live In Oakland’ duet with Vanessa Bell Armstrong on‘ Don’t Give Up Jesus’ was another major gospel hit.
Currently Rev. Daryl Coley is battling diabetes and has been for the past 17 years. Consequently, the disease worsened and has caused traumatic and extreme damage to his eye site and kidneys. He is in immediate need of a kidney transplant in order to preserve his health. This benefit concert will offer an opportunity to support his surgery. Musical guest include Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Richard Smallwood, Ranetha Macklin, Pastor Jerome Bell and others. For more info call 510- 593-0805