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‘To My Unborn Sons and Daughters, I’ll Make You Proud’ by Yakub Bey cover

‘To My Unborn Sons and Daughters, I’ll Make You Proud’ author Yakub Bey talks about writing and life

November 29, 2015

Yakub Bey is a very intelligent young writer from Oakland California. He has already authored one book called “To My Unborn Sons and Daughters, I’ll Make You Proud,” and he has a number of book and movie ideas as well as ways to dispel some of the international stereotypes plaguing the true perception of a lot of young Black people in this country. Check out our brotha in his own words.

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‘Big Ole Pretty Girls’ founder Yolanda Y’Netta speaks

November 26, 2015

Yolanda Y’Netta has been thick all of her life and, in 2012, she took her destiny into her own hands by starting to make clothes she liked that fit her. Women around her were interested in the clothing designs and she later expanded to creating a T-shirt line with positive empowering messages for full figured women. I sat down with Yolanda Y’Netta of “I Love BOPG” to see what makes this entrepreneur tick. Check her out in her own words and check out her line of clothing and T-shirts.

Paradise the Poet, young Tahuti, organizer of the first annual Tahuti’s Ball, is everywhere, just as Baba Tahuti was! – Photo: Malaika H Kambon

The 1st annual Tahuti’s Ball!

November 25, 2015

Punctuated by shouts of “Whose ball is it?” “Tahuti’s Ball!” “Whose ball is it?” “Tahuti’s Ball!” in Afrikan call and response tradition, a spiritual, educational, uplifting and formidable global Afrikan community gave thanks, praises and an outpouring of love in tribute to one of its foremost Afrikan suns, the vibrant and illustrious Baba (Elder) Tahuti. Baba Tahuti made his transition on June 18, 2015.

Byb Chanel Bibene – Photo: Russell Yip

‘There’s no life without dance’: Mbongui Square Festival brings African dancers to San Francisco Dec. 12-13

November 16, 2015

On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13, Mbongui Square Festival will be celebrating art and community through dance with over two dozen dancers and choreographers showing off their moves. We caught up with choreographer Byb Bibene of the Kiandanda Dance Theater Company to fill us in on what will be going on at the Mbongui Square Festival, as well as his history with dance and more.

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Festival Director Chike C. Nwoffiah welcomes guests at the opening ceremony of SVAFF 2015. – Photo: Elley Ho, Elley Photography

The 6th annual successful Silicon Valley African Film Fest does it again

November 15, 2015

The images we see in the Western media of Africa and Africans show an Africa that is always on its knees, begging for aid, where there is nothing but wildlife and poverty. This myopic view needs to be changed so that Africa can take its deserved seat at the global table of economics and politics as equal partners. The Silicon Valley African Film Festival, from film screenings to food, entertainment, African marketplace, dialogue with filmmakers, Innovate Africa Technology forum, etc., is guaranteed is leave audiences with a deeper appreciation of Africa and Africans.

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Stone Ramsey invades the street lit genre

November 12, 2015

Stone Ramsey is one of the businessmen behind the curtain who has aided and assisted everybody from Dru Down and Yukmouth to the Gov and Pac. Now he has transformed his relationship in music with ghetto wordsmiths Keak Da Sneak and Mistah Fab into literature, and Stone Ramsey is writing street lit with these rappers. Check him out, as you think about what you and yours will be reading next year.

Former University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe – Photo: Jeff Roberson, AP

3 lessons from University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe’s resignation

November 11, 2015

Tim Wolfe makes $459,000 a year and the school would have to forfeit $1 million just for missing this weekend’s game against BYU. Black football players in particular have a social power often unseen and not commented upon. It’s there all the same. These athletes are a sleeping giant. At Mizzou, just 7 percent of the students are Black but a whopping 69 percent of the football players are.

The red flowers were given out for the Ritual of Forgiveness. – Photo: TaSin Sabir

Maafa 2015: We remember the ancestors

November 8, 2015

The 20th anniversary of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Maafa Commemoration, Sunday, Oct. 11, was really lovely. The day was slightly overcast, and when I arrived there was a drumming circle, with Afrikans dancing and singing. The lit walkway leading to the Doors of No Return and the shrine before the ocean was inviting, yet no one seemed anxious to make that journey – we knew where that path lay and were not looking forward to the turmoil – so the children of the children of the children of that time long ago stayed on the shores and watched the sea. We are looking for 20th anniversary reflections to publish on

Tosha Stimage’s “Sandra Bland” altar in the Dia de los Muertos exhibition at SOMArts – Photo: J. Astra Brinkmann

Tosha Stimage’s Sandra Bland art piece is at Dia de los Muertos

November 7, 2015

Dia de los Muertos is a cultural celebration that had no significance for me until this year. I don’t knowingly want what I create or do to capitalize on a lost human life. But one thing that struck me was that in the last photo taken of Sandra Bland, she was wearing the color orange. The garment was an orange jumpsuit; her last representation was one of “criminality.”

Bryan Keith Thomas’ new work, “I’ll Fly Away,” honors African ancestors. It’s in the Oakland Museum’s Dia de los Muertos exhibit. – Photo: Wanda Sabir

Wanda’s Picks for November 2015

November 4, 2015

“Twenty Years of Speaking Truth to Power” is the theme for CCWP’s 20th anniversary gala, on Saturday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m., at the Women’s Building 3543 18th St., San Francisco. For information, call 415-255-7036, ext. 4, and if you’d like to volunteer at the event, visit Featured guests include Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter; Jayda Rasberry, organizer with Dignity and Power Now; Thao Nguyen, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down; and the Heiwa Taiko Drummers.

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'First Friday' at New Parkway

The ‘First Friday’ doc premieres this week at the New Parkway

November 4, 2015

Filmmaker N’Jeri Eaton hooked up with film cinematographer Mario Furloni to tell the story of the monthly “First Friday” festival in downtown Oakland in a documentary that includes the Oakland police murder of Alan Blueford on May 6, 2012, weeks before his high school graduation and the “First Friday” shooting in 2013 that claimed the life of victim Kiante Campbell. Check out filmmakers N’Jeri Eaton and Mario Furloni in their own words …

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Idris Elba plays the leader of an African militia that takes in a boy played by Abraham Attah and teaches him to be a soldier in the Netflix film, “Beasts of No Nation.” – Photo: Netflix

‘Beasts of No Nation’

November 3, 2015

“Beasts of No Nation” is a Netflix film that crudely exposes the face of the wars in Africa and the false poverty that has been created by U.S. and other Western imperialist governments spearheading a corporate plan to rob the richest continent on earth of its natural resources. I would not have been thrilled if I’d had to pay to watch the disturbing drama. For free, it’s still disturbing, but well written otherwise and beautifully shot as well.

Al Norman at 2 Jacks – Photo: Rochelle Metcalfe

Third Street Stroll …

November 2, 2015

MY GOODNESS, here we are in November, and WORLD SERIES PLAY! There was a time when the game was played in early October! NY METS vs KANSAS CITY ROYALS – BACK TO BACK FOR THEM! – GIANTS BEAT THEM LAST YEAR! Before one can hardly catch their breath, the WARRIORS have kicked off their 2015-16 season; seems 2017 their NEW home will bring them BACK to the City, Mission Rock, 16th and Third, 40 blocks away from my corner of town!

A prison sentence can sever the bonds between father and son, but with plenty of love and hard work, the bonds can be strengthened. – Art: Roger “Rab” Moore, G-02296, HDSP D3-121, P.O. Box 3030, Susanville CA 96127

A father’s journey

November 1, 2015

Although I have not yet been able to make my way back to my father’s house, I do know that he will welcome me because during my self-destructive ordeals he has been my beacon and never once waivered in being my refuge. To my fellow confined men, I encourage you to think about your fatherly journey if you have children. You must strive to dignify your father by living in the light of his integrity, personified by the things he did to be colored a father.

LeeAhna Smith and LaShonda Taylor eagerly await our departure from SFO.

Mack reports back from their South Africa trip

October 28, 2015

Our community report back will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6:30-9 p.m., at the McClymonds Youth and Family Center (Game Room) located on McClymonds High School’s campus, 2607 Myrtle St., West Oakland. This trip wasn’t just for me or my students; it was for our community. We will show footage of the trip, allow young people to tell their stories, and do a panel so that members of the community can ask questions and learn from our students.

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Reflection on IDEA, our nation’s special education law

October 26, 2015

Have you heard of the IEP? Well, it’s shorthand for special education. It is a program that is eating Black children, boys and girls at an alarming rate. Though it sounds benign and helpful, if too many of the children are Black, then there is a problem. It is a form of tracking; and any program that targets our children, puts them in a classroom where they are stigmatized by the larger student population (when they find out), is wrong.

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Maya Songbird

‘Writing My Life,’ an interview wit’ musician Maya Songbird

October 25, 2015

I have known about the music of Maya Songbird for a number of years, so it is long overdue that I bring this very creative and eccentric Bay Area based artist into the pages of the SF Bay View newspaper. Her debut album, “Writing My Life,” has just been released, and she has a number of gigs locally where people can go check her out for themselves. Check out Maya Songbird in her own words.

The idea that a woman cannot be athletic and beautiful is just preposterous.

An attack on Serena’s physique is one I take personally

October 22, 2015

After reading an article that criticized Serena Williams’ physique, I threw my hands up in disgust and allowed the “angry Black woman” inside me to explode. The New York Times article wasn’t just an attack on Williams, but an attack on all women. It seems women who decide to challenge stereotypical notions of femininity are openly rejected. The idea that a woman cannot be athletic and beautiful is just preposterous.

Healthy Hearts San Francisco is a new initiative bringing hope for a healthier future to the people of Bayview Hunters Point.

Healthy Hearts Campaign takes off in Bayview

October 19, 2015

“Healthy Hearts San Francisco” is a federally funded campaign designed to promote fitness opportunities for low income San Francisco residents in the African American and Latino communities. Health workers at the various city clinics offer physical activity prescriptions to people to take advantage of fitness classes, dieting and lifestyle changes, which help to promote healthier lifestyles.

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Black Panther Charles Bursey serves children their breakfast. The BPP breakfast program is the model for the free breakfast and free lunch programs in schools throughout the nation today.

Stanley Nelson’s ‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’ is the best short introduction to the Party to date

October 16, 2015

Nelson’s film documents what those who lived through it already know – that the Panthers quickly became a mass movement throughout the country. Their message of unqualified resistance to racism, armed self-defense and anti-capitalist revolutionary politics galvanized the creation of chapters of the Party in nearly every city and state of the U.S. Much has been written by and about the Panthers. But Nelson’s film is the best short introduction to the Party to date.

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