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Brandon Reeves Turns Tragedy into Triumph

By Tasion
Kwamilele

Twenty-three-year-old Brandon Reeves is a go-getter, an achiever, and an all around good guy. He graduated from Berkeley High in 2008, and although he was a member of the Varsity Cross Country, Track and Field, and Basketball teams, he was offered a full academic scholarship to Santa Clara University.
While at Santa Clara, he excelled and completed his studies in 2012, unknowingly about to take on a fight for his life.
Brandon fell from the roof of a house in February causing severe swelling to his brain. He was on a breathing machine, fed intravenously and in a coma.
In critical condition, doctors weren’t sure that Brandon would survive the fall.
He was rushed to Highland Hospital where he immediately underwent emergency brain surgery to observe the swelling on the brain.  Under close monitoring, doctors realized the swelling wasn’t going down so he underwent another brain surgery to remove a portion of his skull to give room to his traumatized brain.
The portion of Brandon’s skull removed was placed in his stomach, a process allowing it to be nurtured for up to nine months, if needed, while his brain healed.
But nine months wasn’t needed.  Just four months since the fall, Brandon reflects on the incident. He says he always had faith that he was going to be all right.
“My brain was working, I knew I was in a coma…I just couldn’t wake up,” Brandon said. While he couldn’t respond, he remembers being in the comatose state.
So when he finally woke up, he was determined to turn the tragedy of his fall into triumph. Doctors told Brandon of the paralysis on his right side, something they believed was going to be permanent. Brandon refused to accept it.
“I’d sit in the bed and use my left side to exercise my right side,” said Brandon. “After my hand came, then it was my right ankle, and I would just move my foot up and down…I never felt it was going to be permanent.”
After one month, he was released from Highland and admitted to Oakland’s Kaiser Hospital for rehabilitation. He had to relearn his alphabet, how to brush his teeth and other basic communication skills. He worked his body physically and mentally to continue his rapid improvement.
Brandon’s father, Gary Reeves, describes Brandon’s condition as “being a man working with an infant mentality.” However, he says he made sure the energy around Brandon was always positive, never willing to accept that his son would not pull through, let alone walk again.
Gary Reeves says, “The first month the doctors had a hard time balancing his blood pressure and breathing,” and he had to regulate visitation because the impact visitors would have on Brandon’s emotion.  Today, he credits God, the doctors, therapists, nurses, and the love from family and friends as the motivation that contributed to his quick recovery.
“You’re only stuck if you allow your mind to become stuck,” Gary Reeves said.
Brandon regained his speaking and walking ability, and though still needing to complete the rehabilitation program, he was able to go home.
Today, he says he is about 90 percent back to his original self.  While he still works on strengthening his cognitive and speech skills, he has regained all physical movement.
Currently, he is a mentor at Berkeley Youth Authority, helping teach young kids about government funding for medical costs.
He also works with Community Partners for Bright Futures International, a charity that supports underprivileged children around the world by providing programs that help them achieve academic and professional success, and “B.U.” academy, which is sponsored by Blair Underwood.
He has volunteered teaching English as a second language to Spanish speaking mothers in San Jose at Sacred Heart Community Center and has even taught a beginning youth ski board class for the Bay Area’s Black Avalanche Ski Club.
But now Brandon’s life is the lesson. Three brain surgeries later, and overcoming every obstacle most would have counted him out on, he knows his life has purpose and new meaning.
“You do what you have to do to get better,” Brandon said. “Don’t just become a victim of your circumstances.

Agyeman’s Sankofa Experience

Allows buyers to “Go back  and fetch what you forgot.”

By Tasion Kwamilele

Ellen Ama Agyeman

In Ghana, West Africa, the Ghanaian people are taught to never forget their history and to always pay tribute to their African roots.  Now a U.S. resident, Ellen Ama Agyeman is holding steadfast to those lessons and her downtown store SANKOFA is a testament of that truth.
Sankofa means “go back and fetch what you forgot”
“It is said that during the Atlantic Slave Trade, the birds would follow the slave ships but after a certain point they wouldn’t fly. Instead, the birds would fly back to Africa. That is where the Sankofa bird and ideology comes from and that is what my store is all about,” said Agyeman.
Agyeman’s family already owns a business in Ghana, so when she moved to the United States in the earlier 90’s, she felt the need to keep the family tradition alive.   In 1996, she began selling her items at the Ashby flea market and soon moved to a store in Albany on Solano Avenue. As her business continued to flourish, she moved to 9th and Washington before finally settling at her current location in downtown Oakland, 120 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. Read more

“Richmond Main Street” Puts Minority Entreprenuers on Front Street

By Tasion
Kwamilele

Richmond Main Street members, from left to right: Arnie Kasendorf, Cindy Haden, Jamila Rideau, Adminstrative Coordinator, Richmond Main Street; Agnes BrionesUbalde, Vice President and Senior Community Development Officer, Wells Fargo Bank; Amada Elliott, Executive Director, Richmond Main Street, and Janet Johnson, Richmond Main Street Board Member.

Richmond Main Street, is a community-based nonprofit corporation dedicated to revitalizing historic downtown Richmond into an area that reflects the community’s rich and diverse heritage. Recently, the corporation hosted their annual Holiday Bazaar.
Each year, the Holiday Bazaar brings together local entrepreneurs and merchants to offer Richmond residents an opportunity to support small local businesses. Local businesses included Joanne’s Boutique, Mary’s Little Lamb, Habibatique Ethnic Collections, Gwendolyn’s Floral and Gift Baskets, Moore Enterprise, Communities United Restoring Mother Earth (CURME), Boutique Alicia Marie, and Redtrigress Designs.
Patrons were able to purchase jewelry, accessories, baked goods, clothing, cosmetics, ornaments and other specialty gifts. Many shoppers found “one of a kind” gifts for their loved ones and each business conducted raffles to give out special prizes to lucky shoppers.  Merchants and vendors even exchanged information and discussed ways to further support each other throughout the year. Read more

Lee Supports New Nutrition

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Kwamilele

On Wednesday, December 1 Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, released a statement regarding CBC’s support of  The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
‘The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids’ Act was introduced earlier this year by Arkansas Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln in hopes of expanding program access to reduce childhood hunger and to improve nutritional quality to promote health and address childhood obesity.  Since being passed, the bipartisan, fiscally responsible bill has become the largest investment in federal child nutrition programs to date. It will provide nearly $4.5 Billion in new children nutrition program funding over the next ten years “With poverty and childhood obesity on the rise, this legislation achieves the twin goals of expanding the pool of needy children who are eligible for school nutrition programs while establishing healthier meal guidelines for American schools,” said Congresswoman Lee. Read more

Ministry Seeks ‘Education Direction’ for Youth

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Pastors Donnell & Christine Jones of New Direction Ministries.

Some ministers in Richmond say “ a minority teenage youth, especially a boy, is as susceptible to becoming involved in, or becoming a victim of, a violent crime as they are likely to attend college.”
The City of Richmond ranks sixth in the nation for its violent crimes and Pastors Donnell and Christine Jones of the New Direction Ministries want to change those statistics.
They have launched ‘Moving Ministry into Academia’ (M.M.I.A.), a hands-on ministry that focuses on transitioning young men and women from the streets of Richmond into Historical Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU). “We want our youth to choose education as their direction to the future,”says Pastor Christine Jones.
“I got involved in a life of drug use and partying that hindered my education. But, after I began to feel a calling into the ministry, I knew I needed to prepare myself academically to preach and teach the word of God,” said Pastor Donnell Jones.
After going away to college and having a successful pastoral career in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Alabama, Jones said he knew it was time for him “to return to Richmond and be a blessing to his hometown. “ Read more

Richmond Tales Causes Outbreak of “Reading Fever”

Verde Elementary students track Maisha and Mario’s time travels

By Tasion Kwamilele

What makes a great book?  Some would say it’s the plot. Others would argue it’s the affect it has on its readers. From the captivating art work to the well crafted story line, Summer Brenner’s Richmond Tales: Lost Secrets of the Iron Triangle, has sparked and outbreak of “reading-fever” in the Richmond community because the storyline gives readers a ticket to ride backward and forward in time.
Richmond Tales portrays two Richmond youth, Maisha and Mario, who journey back into a simpler place in time, into the Richmond of 1914 and in 1942 when the city experienced its phenomenal growth during World War II. The book allows the readers to “trip forward” too, with the two youth, to the year 2050, to uncover the futuristic digital world.
Lanre Ajayi, who served as principal for the summer school at Verde Elementary School, incorporated the book into the curriculum.   Ajayi says the students and parents both were excited about the book and its companion workbook. Read more

Rev. Henry Washington: “Unite the Moral Voice of Richmond”

By Tasion Kwamilele

Picture at left, from top to bottom: Otheree Christian, Eleanor Thompson, Rev. George Brown; Therence James and Elder Thomas Harris; Charlene Harris and Rochell Monk; Rev. James Harris and Linsy Mayo; Elder James Jones, Elder & Mrs. Larry Lowe and Elder Anthony Jones; Center row, top to bottom: Rev. Henry C. Washington, Excutive Director OR; Belinda Lewis Blevins and Tamika Key; Joe Fisher and Lloyd Madden; At right, top to bottom: Jackie Thompson; Bishop Andre Jackson and Sabrina Saunders; Sister Jones and Regina Wakefield.

Longtime Richmond residents can attest to the downward spiral their city has undergone in last 20 years. Earlier this year on Valentine’s Day, three young men stormed into the New Gethsemane Church and began shooting, wounding two teenagers.

It is clear that Richmond needs to undergo a serious change.

Rev. Henry Washington, who has lived in Richmond his entire life, has always been an advocate for positive change in the community. Now, as newly appointed director of Operation Richmond, he plans to see that power is brought back to the people as they work together to “unite the moral voice of Richmond.”

Operation Richmond is based on the idea that by establishing working capital, city government, the police department and other community-based organizations will make Richmond residents more self-sufficient.

“The main goal is to drop the homicide rate down to zero,” said Rev. Washington.

“I know people will say that is unrealistic, but since last year that has been a 60 percent drop in Richmond’s homicide rate,” he said.  “We – the community, the leaders, the officials – have been reactionary. We need to “pro-act,” so that we can really wrap our arms around the young men who are doing most of the violence.” Read more

Cuttin’ Up Hair Salon Serves Meals on Thanksgiving

By Tasion

Kwamilele

For the past four years Cuttin’ Up Hair Salon, at 2540 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond, has provided warm smiles and hot meals on Thanksgiving to those who are less fortunate.

With holiday spirit and cheer, the salon’s staff and clients will once again provide free meals this year.

Owner of Cuttin’ Up Hair Salon Curley Wikkeling-Miller began the tradition in 2006 as a way to show appreciation to the community for supporting her business for the past 19 years.

Last year, the staff was able to serve over 200 meals.

Wikkeling-Miller can attest to needs of the community and has witnessed the growing numbers of needy each year.  Though she knows the problem is far greater than what they can handle, she and her staff do all that they can to show care and concern to the residents during the holiday season.

For more on Cuttin’ Up Hair Salon’s Thanksgiving Day feeding or to support the cause, call (510) 236-0126.


Community Joins Bishop Jackson to “Sweep the City”

By Tasion
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Bishop Andrew Jackson of Carriage Hills Community Church

Bishop Andrew Jackson of Carriage Hills Community Church and director of Healthy Richmond is committed to seeing improvement for Richmond residents beyond the four walls of the church.
On Saturday, Nov. 20, Bishop Jackson will host Sweeping the City, a program that brings together community members, business owners, and city officials who will take it upon themselves to sweep the streets of Richmond.
“Cleaning up is one thing, but the main goal is for the community, business owners and city officials to unify so a true difference can be made,” said Bishop Jackson. Change starts with community members coming together to make their presence known, he said.
Bishop Jackson’s previous sweeping event in September involved more than 400 people who cleaned MacDonald Avenue between San Pablo Avenue and the Richmond Parkway.
This time, volunteers will clean Cutting Blvd from 9 a.m. to noon between San Pablo Avenue and the Richmond Plunge. Read more

Eight Local Youth Receive Coronado Scholarships

By Tasion 

Kwamilele 

Front, from left to right: Magida Algazali, Shanika Walker, Christopher Whitmore, Tamika, Maxine Fisher. Back Row: Joe Fisher, Gustavo Ibarra, Asia Spragan, Christopher Xie. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

 

The annual Coronado Neighborhood Scholarship banquet dinner recently awarded scholarships to eight students to help in their pursuits of higher education. 

The Coronado Neighborhood Council’s Scholarship fund was established in 1975 to encourage Coronado youth and adults to pursue education on a college level. In 2002, the fund was extended to include all of Richmond.  Qualifications for receiving a scholarship are based on future plans, personality, leadership and contributions to the community and church.  This year’s dinner was held Oct. 22.

“The dinner was a success.  Our guest honorees, Naomi Williams and Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsey and our master of ceremonies Jeff Wright, made the night that much more amazing,” said Joe Fisher, President of the Coronado Neighborhood Council.

Christopher Whitmore received the Lillie Mae Jones scholarship for $1,000. He plans to become a great politician and later Mayor of Richmond. Demarion Keyes received the $1,000 Richmond Food Center Scholarship. He is a sociology major and has a 4.0 grade-point-average. Read more

Captain Jerry Varnado Wants to Give Back to His Community

By Tasion
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Captain Jerry Varnado

For young African American men, incarceration or death is statistically a more probable outcome than a college education.  Only 8 percent graduate from college while they are 40 percent of the prison population.
Born in San Francisco but raised in Oakland his entire life, Captain Jerry Varnado knew the obstacles he was up against when he made a commitment to himself that he would not become another statistic.
Graduating from Skyline High School in 2003 he believed he was going on to attend a regular college or university. He never had interest in the military. While at a college fair, however, he learned about the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and decided this was where he could develop his leadership potential.
Ultimately, Varnado was accepted at West Point, becoming was the first African American in over 25 years to be accepted in the academy from the Oakland Unified School District.
“I could not understand why I got so much praise when I was accepted, but after taking a look around, I realized it was because every other day a young male, ages 18-25, was being shot and killed in Oakland,” said Varnado. “People expect this from us, and when we live up to those expectations it sets us back.” Read more

Interfaith Project Serves Homeless

By Tasion
Kwamilele

Hundreds of Richmond residents turn up for the 24th Annual Harmony Walk To End Hunger, presented by Chevron.

The Greater Richmond Interfaith Project (GRIP) is a non-profit multiracial organization in Richmond dedicated to providing services to the homeless and to raising community awareness about the needs of Richmond residents who are living on the streets.
Established in 1960, GRIP continues to effectively provide necessary resources to impoverished residents of Richmond. The organization’s Soup Kitchen serves lunch 365 days a year, and its housing program provides 75 beds year round to families needing emergency shelter. GRIP is committed to giving people in need the help and the services they deserve.
Recently GRIP hosted its signature fundraiser, the 24th Annual Harmony Walk To End Hunger, presented by Chevron.  This year’s theme, “Roll, Walk, Run,” encouraged community residents off all backgrounds, ages and abilities to come out and support the cause. Each year, the 3.5-mile walk raises funds to support more than 15,000 homeless individuals and families. Read more

Coronado Neighborhood Council Honors Students and Community Leaders

By Tasion Kwamilele

Naomi Williams

The Coronado Neighborhood Council will host its Annual Scholarship Banquet and Roasting ceremony on Oct. 22, honoring promising college students and distinguished community leaders.
Last year, the neighborhood council awarded $11,000 in scholarships to students who displayed academic excellence and a commitment to purse higher education. The top student received $3,000.  Joe Fisher, president of the neighborhood council, is hoping they will be able to award at least the same amount in scholarships this year.
“We enjoy supporting our youth. This year, we received 16 applications. Three of those students are directly from the Coronado neighborhood, and the rest are from surrounding Richmond communities,” said Fisher.
The theme of this year’s event, “Honoring, Roasting, and Toasting,” is meant to make the festivities more enjoyable. The council selected Pullman Neighborhood President Naomi Williams and Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsay selected to be the community leaders who are honored. Read more

Commission on Aging Serves Richmond Seniors

By Tasion Kwamilele

Commission on Aging members meet to discuss Health and Wellness Concerns of Richmond senior citizens.ond City Clerk’s Office. For information call Eli Williams at (510) 232-4690.

The Commission on Aging is a non-profit, community-based organization that  advocates for the senior citizens in Richmond.  Members of the commission, which has existed for 20 years,  are chosen by the mayor and approved by the City Council.
“Our main goal is to be the voice for the seniors of our city. We work diligently to support and inform our seniors with necessary information,” said Eli Williams, the commission’s chairman.
To serve the community, the organization hosts  workshops on topics and issues  of vital interest to senior citizens, such as how to prevent falls, nutrition, emergency preparedness, housing, crime prevention, elder abuse, fraud, power of attorney, wills and availability of para-transit services. Read more

Gayle McLaughlin Wants to Prepare Richmond to Compete in 21st Century

By Tasion
Kwamilele

Mayor Gayle McLaughlin believes that she has made a difference in Richmond, serving the city’s residents in hard economic times.
Unlike many other cities, Richmond even was able to balance its budget without cutting services or laying off workers. The city is stabilizing economically, and the homicide rate down by 60 percent.
“I am just happy about the positive steps with Richmond. We are changing our city into what the residents of Richmond deserve,” she said.
After much debate, Mayor McLaughlin was able to make sure that Chevron settled the city’s demands, paying $114 million in taxes over the next 15 years. Read more

Rhonda Harris Combines Business and Community Leadership Experience

By Tasion Kwamilele

Rhonda Harris

As a candidate for city council, Rhonda Harris focuses her attention on improving the lives of Richmond’s residents. She says Richmond’s top concerns are unemployment, community safety, and support for local business and homeowners to help develop the city economically.
“I am not running for Richmond City Council to move Richmond to the left, the right or to add another vote to those who are already divided by political ideologies, labels or colors.  I am running to move Richmond forward,” she said.
A resident of Richmond for 35 years, Harris attended San Francisco City College and Contra Costa College, studying liberal arts and teaching. She currently is a member of the Community Development Commission and belongs to the Richmond Rotary Club, the Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council and is vice president of the Santa Fe Neighborhood Council. Read more

Mayor Hopeful Ziesenhenne Focuses on Jobs and Economic Growth

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John Ziesenhenne

John Ziesenhenne a former City Council Member who served the city for 12 years, says that success starts with instilling hope in the lives of the residents so that they and officials can work together to make Richmond a “City of Pride and Purpose.”
“We need a mayor who will work with all parties and factions to bring together the best ideas for a respected Richmond,” he said. “City government must become accountable ”
A lifelong resident of Richmond, Ziesenhenne attended Harry Ells High School and Contra Costa College before graduating from UC Berkeley in 1980.
He believes that Richmond does not at present have the necessary leadership and that the current mayor does not understand the finances of the city.   Read more

West County School Board Incumbents Seek Re-Election

By Tasion
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Charles Ramsey

Three of the five members of the West Contra Costa County Board of Education, Madeline Kronenberg, Charles Ramsey and Aubrey Miles, are running for re-election.
Challenging the incumbents are Jason Freeman, Charles Cowens, and Elaine Merriweather.
“All four out of five of my children attended West Contra County Schools – the youngest graduated from high school in 2007.
“So I have faith in the education West Contra Costa County schools provide. I have been committed to education,” said Kronenberg, citing her 30 years of service within the education realm. It is this commitment that earned her the position as president of the school board.
“Over the last four years, the school district lost 28 percent of its budget, but we have been able to balance the budget and preserve our small class sizes,” she said.  “It is also very rewarding to say that the school district is the leader in offering career academy programs.” Read more

Nat Bates Wants to Serve As Richmond’s Mayor Again

He considers experience and leadership in supporting jobs a winning combination

By Tasion
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Nat Bates

Nat Bates, who has served as the city’s mayor twice before, is now looking for a third re-election to help Richmond return to its former greatness.
Being mayor of a city requires a high level of commitment and assertiveness to get the job done. With high homicide and growing unemployment rates, the city of Richmond is well aware that its next mayor must be a person of high caliber who knows how to get the job done.
Bates is running against incumbent Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and John W. Zieshenne, insurance broker and former Richmond City Council member.
Bates remembers relocating to Richmond in the 1940s when people were coming to California to obtain jobs in the shipyards. He attended local schools and Contra Costa College and earned a degree in psychology at San Francisco State University. He later earned teaching credentials from what is now named Cal State University East Bay. Read more

Doctors Medical Center Makes Strides

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Doctor’s Medical Center Emergency Department Physicians and Physician Assistants, from left to right: Back row - Alice Hunter, MD, Silas Patlove, PA, Richard Turner, MD Connie Melcher, PA, Jude Moore, MD, Antonio Muto-Isolani, MD, Ray Dawkins, MD, Desmond Carson, MD, Front row - Laurel Hodgson, MD, Christine Ko, MD, Lysa Samuel, MD, Megan Lueng, MD.

Doctors Medical Center (DMC) of San Pablo, formerly known as Brookside Hospital, has continued to raise its standards to effectively help the community it serves.
Governed by the largest democratic emergency physician provider in America, CEP America, the medical center has an emergency team that has become one of the best in the nation.
The hospital credits its success to the board-certified physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners involved in the operations of the hospital as well as the community.
“We look like the patients we serve – we are very diverse and we pride ourselves in that,” said Dr. Desmond Carson, who has served as the hospital’s Medical Director of Emergency services for the past three years. Read more

FAME: Rebuilding the Walls

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Rev.Dr.Harold R. Mayberry & Lady Mary Mayo Mayberry

Pastor Harold R. Mayberry and the First African Methodist Episcopal (FAME) Church will host the 5th Episcopal District of the AME Church’s 146th annual conference, “A Prescription to Rebuild the Walls,” Sept. 13 -19, at the Hilton Oakland Airport, One Hegenberger Rd. in Oakland.
“We look forward with eager expectation to the kind of mountain-top celebrations through worship, outstanding pastoral and literary reports and fellowship opportunities that have historically been associated with our gathering together,” said Rev. Mayberry. Read more

Kelly Crowell Has a Passion for Education

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Kelly Crowell

From the rough west side streets of Chicago, Kelly Crowell learned at an early age that education was the basis for true success.
From his mother’s wisdom to the influence of his elementary teachers, Crowell soon knew that his purpose in life was to motivate young people to feel that same love for education.
“My mother started as a freshman in college at 17 years old and wanted to pursue a teaching career,” he said, “But she met my father, and things changed. We talked about education and teaching and helping to develop others’ minds. Read more

Dreamgirls ‘The Musical’ Hits the Bay Area

By Tasion Kwamilele

“Dreamgirls” stars Chester Gregory and Moya Angela in William Ivey Long’s costumes. Photo by Thomas Iannaccone.

The national tour of Dreamgirls began its run in the Bay Area Aug. 25 at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre.  Based on successful R&B acts, such as the Supremes, Shirelles, Jackie Wilson, and James Brown, Dreamgirls brings to life the tragedy and triumphs of a 1960s girl group as it breaks into the entertainment business.
With an all-star cast of recording artist and actors, the show will deliver an amazing experience each and every night. Award-winning singer, actor and songwriter Chester Gregory is one of the many acclaimed cast members. Read more

Rev. Stewart: From Death Row to Pulpit

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Kwamilele

“Preach the Word” - II Timothy 4: 1-4 “God has placed me in a position of uncharted territory. He has also revealed his abiding presence, his unfailing power and his unsearchable wisdom to accomplish the work that he has ordained’ said Rev. Charles J. Stewart, who was recently installed as pastor of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church by Rev. John H. Green. Photos by Joe Fisher and graphic by Adam L. Turner.

Many adults would say that one of the biggest obstacles in bringing about change is connecting to today’s generation.  Rev. Charles Stewart, newly installed pastor of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, believes he is able to overcome the hurdle.
After serving as a Navy officer for six years and more than 20 years as a correctional officer, he says he knows the system and how to truly touch the lives of ordinary people.
A native of Albany, Georgia, Rev. Stewart lost his father at a very young age. His great-grandmother helped to fill that void as she instilled knowledge and wisdom that has stuck with him for his entire life. Read more

Rev. Albert Cobbs, Jr., Seals the Deal

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Rev, Albert Cobbs, Jr., of Providence Missionary Baptist Church and wife Carolyn.

Spirituality is one of the most important aspects of African American life. As tragic circumstances continue to hit the Richmond community, Rev. Albert Cobbs, Jr., is going beyond the four walls of his church to remind community members that by holding on to their faith, they can persevere.
Rev. Cobbs of Providence Missionary Baptist Church is a native of Oakland, graduating from Oakland Technical High School in 1984. He was a preacher’s son, raised in a very strict environment. While he wasn’t sheltered from the realities of life, his parents did provide a shield of protection.
“I did things to try and prove that I wasn’t going to be a preacher, and more so, to prove that I wasn’t my father,” he said. Read more