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Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz: Aug. 13, 1926 – Nov. 25, 2016

Wanda’s Picks for December 2016

December 1, 2016

Death came to the old revolutionary – put out what was left of his cigar – leaving him his military cap – so they would not place laurels – that would bother him. It is no little thing to confront the empire – & survive its rage of a mad dog – from which a bone is taken. Oh Cuba of the bitter history, – of palms, dances, songs, – of the drums of Alegba and Yamayá, – of the cane made sweet by blood and sweat – mourn and remember, sing, dance, work – for justice and never return to slavery. © Rafael Jesús González 2016

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Guests dine while discussing racial inequality. – Photo: Meaghan M. Mitchell, Hoodline

Embracing discomfort, Bayview’s ‘Blackness in America’ dinner series forges dialogue

November 30, 2016

In the wake of racial tension the United States is currently facing, renowned chef and author Tunde Wey has been making his way around the nation hosting a dinner series titled Blackness in America. On Tuesday night, he teamed up with Caleb Zigas of La Cocina, Fernay McPherson of Minnie Bell’s Soul Movement, Reem Assil of Reem’s California and Birite Market to host a conversation about racial and social inequalities that African Americans residents face daily in their communities over dinner in the Bayview’s Southeast Community Center.

Richard Washington proudly invites everyone who appreciates luxury to his new Luxurious Nail Boutique and Spa, 4138 Third St., San Francisco. Call 415-285-2842 for an appointment.

Richard Washington brings luxury to Bayview

November 30, 2016

Along with the many changes and new development that has come to Bayview Hunters Point, one in particular is extremely motivating. Bayview native Richard Washington, 44, is an inspiring entrepreneur who has set out to bring a little elegance and class back to the community. Once involved in a life of crime, he has decided to come back into his community and devote himself toward constructing a luxurious nail care salon for both the women and men of Bayview.

The African American Breast Cancer Conference not only fosters cancer prevention and healing but also strengthens community bonds. Dr. Betty McGee and Marsha Bishop were childhood friends in Bayview Hunters Point.

African American Breast Cancer Conference 2016

November 29, 2016

The Concerned Network of Women under the leadership of Dr. Betty McGee and the new president of the board, Regina Coleman, held its annual African American Breast Cancer Conference on Oct. 23, 2016. Recognition from Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi was presented with a letter of commendation denoting the dedication and spirit of volunteerism of the organization. The attendance was overwhelming again this year with 127 women.

“A Black History of America in 110 Buttons” costs only $14.99. If you can use 10 or more, the cost drops to $7 each. Go to http://www.blackhistorybuttons.com/ or email info@blackhistorybuttons.com.

Black buttons tell Black history

November 17, 2016

It is a hobby that began almost 50 years ago. Now, decades later, Albert Feldstein has the desire to preserve this history and share his button collection with others in a purposeful manner, the result being a new and unique poster entitled, “A Black History of America in 110 Buttons: The Events, The Issues, The Organizations, The People.” The goal of Feldstein’s poster is to recall the historic people and events which characterize African-American history. For some, it will rekindle memories – while for younger generations it will provide an impetus for research and a greater appreciation of past struggles.

Children from a Muslim school were excited to pose with Nate Parker. – Photo: Wanda Sabir

Nate Parker’s ‘Birth of a Nation’ inspires and empowers Black people

November 17, 2016

Thursday, Nov. 10, Nate Parker visited historic McClymonds High School for a screening of his film, “Birth of a Nation” (2016). His visit and the screening were a part of Supervisor Keith Carsen’s Community Empowerment Forums which, hosted that evening by Elaine Brown, former Black Panther Party chair, are to create spaces for public discourse and problem solving. In this case, the topic was the importance of knowing one’s history.

Gary Hall is the new equity partner and head of investment banking for the nation’s No. 1 minority and women-owned investment bond firm, Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., LLC, and is based in their Oakland office.

Top Black, Brown and woman-owned bond firm welcomes equity partner Gary Hall to Oakland office

November 14, 2016

Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., LLC, one of the nation’s top-ranked investment bond firms and the largest African-American, Latino and woman-owned investment bank, announced its newest equity partner, Gary Hall, who serves as the firm’s head of investment banking. Mr. Hall, based in the firm’s West Coast headquarters in Oakland, becomes the sixth equity partner.

The enormous crowd at the BPP 50th Gala on Oct. 22 testifies to a growing sense of liberation in the Black community, where, from the grassroots to the most influential celebrities and prominent professionals, it is no longer taboo to publicly admire the Panthers. They all came, met the legends face to face and forged strong bonds of solidarity. The love and joy of community that shines in the faces of Baba Jahahara Alkebulan-Maat, Dr. Shandi Fuller, Dr. Willie Ratcliff, attorney Joyce Lewis and David Lewis shows that the spirit of the Panthers, who pledged to live and die for the people, still burns bright. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

Wanda’s Picks for November 2016

November 4, 2016

The 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party Conference, Oct. 20-23, held at the Oakland Museum of California and in Bobby Hutton Grove at deFremery Park, was a huge success. To see the Vanguards of the Revolution saluted in such elegant surroundings at the banquet Saturday evening was certainly a fitting tribute to the legacy their lives concretely represent. Hats off to the committee that organized the conference.

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“When you’re trying to raise a #woke baby, you dress him as Kaepernick for Halloween,” Hana Pugh, mother of 14-month-old Ceron Pugh III, called CP3, wrote on Instagram. His dad, an Army captain and Afghanistan War vet, affirms that kneeling for the national anthem does not disrespect the military. “One can be proud to be Black while simultaneously being patriotic,” says Hana, adding, “We admire Kaepernick’s courage to utilize his platform to support the Black Lives Matter movement, raise awareness to issues like police brutality and even the way this country treats its veterans.”

Put your money where your knee is!

November 1, 2016

In a recent article entitled “We don’t heel, we kneel,” I wrote about the importance of supporting Colin Kaepernick as he endeavors to draw attention to the systemic racism, oppression and police terror that Black folks in this country are subjected to. It took a little time for people to engage in the act of “taking a knee,” but one by one they got on board. Now that people are following Kap’s lead, the objective is to get them to put their money where their knee is.

Buffalo Soldiers from the Presidio were on duty in California’s national parks before the creation of the National Park Service. In 1903 they served as the honor guard for President Theodore Roosevelt on the Presidio parade ground.

Buffalo Soldiers made their mark in California

October 31, 2016

Ranger Rik Penn and historian John William Templeton led a tour of the Buffalo Soldier Historical Trail on Oct. 22 with Los Banos as the destination for the dedication of a mural by the Los Banos Chamber of Commerce marking where the 9th Cavalry and 24th Infantry camped on their way to duty protecting Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.

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‘Enter a Challenger, Exit a Champion’: an interview with Zimbabwe Davis

October 30, 2016

Overcoming the foster care system is a lifelong struggle. After emancipating from the system, many youth are left to live on the streets. Zimbabwe Davis understands the struggles foster and former foster youth experience. He went from having all these challenges to becoming a champion, all while fighting to overcome the foster care system. I sat down with Zimbabwe to understand why he decided to create this dynamic film, and this is what he had to say …

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Revolutionary 50 years of the Black Panther Party

October 29, 2016

Looking back at the Black Panther Party is like looking at a large landscape of people, locations and events in time and space. For me, that time was between the years 1966 and 1974. As memory fades increasingly with age, I won’t try to document in detail specifics such as the names of people and the exact dates of events. However, I do remember working with some of the most dynamic, resourceful and dedicated community organizers on the planet.

Solange Knowles in the music video for “Cranes in the Sky”

How Solange and Michelle saved me from the beast of Trump

October 29, 2016

Donald Trump is the consequence of an America in which a white man with money is automatically bestowed with power and political freedom. Despite his blatant stupidity, repulsiveness and toxic influence, he remains a presidential candidate – to me this is ridiculous. An imposed hierarchy means that my voice as a Black woman is the last to be heard. Cue Solange Knowles and Michelle Obama to deliver me from this angst.

“Forest” – Art: Anthony C. Oliver, P.O. Box H-79800, 1-EB-109, San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin CA 94974. Anthony would love to have a penpal of any age and gender who likes art.

ArtReach: Exhibition of artwork and poetry by 20 men on San Quentin’s death row

October 28, 2016

Last June, an inspiring and thought provoking art exhibition took place in London, in the UK. From June 24 to July 6, 2016, approximately 20 inmates from San Quentin’s death row showcased their work alongside mine; I make collages and sculptures from discarded objects I pick up along the banks of the River Thames. The name of the exhibition was ArtReach (reaching out with art), and the aim of it was to enable prisoners to share their work with the outside world.

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Welcome to ‘The Tech Boom’: an interview with producer Traxamillion

October 27, 2016

Many young people want to pursue a career in music but don’t understand the science behind creating and producing. San Jose producer Traxamillion has mastered this science and constructs an iconic sound with every song he touches. His blaring beats have made him the driving force behind the historical hip hop sounds of the notorious hyphy movement. His new project, titled “The Tech Boom,” has given local artists an opportunity to showcase their talent.

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‘Already a Legend’: Soaking up game with young rap legend G-Val

October 14, 2016

G-Val, born and raised in Bayview, is an artist who spits dope lyrics that young children in inner city communities, especially Bayview, can look up to. G-Val is not just an artist; he is a dream. His smile and positive attitude causes him to be loved by his community and communities nationwide. Check out what G-Val has to say about staying focused and committed to being successful and making it out the hood …

Nat Turner (Nate Parker) and his rebel force at the armory in Jerusalem face an armed militia.

Troubled legacy: a review of Nate Parker’s ‘Birth of a Nation’

October 14, 2016

Perhaps the reason why Nat Turner is almost completely buried within documented and oral histories is connected to the fear his rebellion caused in the Southampton and by extension the Southern antebellum community. Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” visits this story as Donald Trump draws a white male constituency very much in keeping philosophically with the angry mob who tear the flesh from the iconic Prophet Nat Turner’s body.

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This stunning mural honoring Colin Kaepernick recently appeared at 22nd and Telegraph in Oakland.

We don’t heel, we kneel!

October 12, 2016

What Colin Kaepemick has done is not only courageous but long overdue. The game plan, henceforth, should be to turn that momentum into a nationwide movement. Yes, the best way to show solidarity and support for Colin Kaepemick is to emulate his heroic act. Stand for something bigger than “self.” You can accomplish this by taking a knee. Let’s see who has the heart, character and courage to kneel for change.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Hunters Point Uprising, Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin (in the colorful dress), chair of the African American Studies Department at City College, who was born and raised in Hunters Point, organized two commemorative events. The second, exactly 50 years after the police murder of Matthew “Peanut” Johnson on Sept. 27, 1966, which sparked the uprising, included a march down Third Street, the main street in Bayview Hunters Point; here they are on the block where the Bay View lives. The intent of both events was to honor Peanut and all who have been lost over the past 50 years. – Photo: Katrina Williams

Wanda’s Picks for October 2016

October 10, 2016

This Maafa Commemoration Month we continue to lift “A Love Supreme” as we organize a defense against state violence. Congratulations to Professor Aaliyah Dunn-Salahuddin, whose community vigil and program honored the lives of the Bayview Hunters Point revolutionaries killed 50 years ago when the community rose up after SFPD killed Matthew “Peanut” Johnson and more recently when the community turned out after SFPD killed Mario Woods.

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Come to Radio Africa Kitchen every first Tuesday and meet Karwanna Dyson and Terrell Irving, founders of Big Mouth Productions. Talk with them about what they can do to promote your business or project to boost its success.

First Tuesdays Spoken Word at Radio Africa Kitchen tonight: ‘Bringing Ideas to Life’

October 4, 2016

Big Mouth Productions is presenting a cultural event for everyone in the community to come together and have a pleasurable time. A recent First Tuesdays Spoken Word event I attended was filled with an abundance of positive energy and great people. The event takes place this evening and every first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Radio Africa Kitchen restaurant, located on the corner of Third and Oakdale in the heart of Bayview Hunters Point.

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