by Staff of the San Francisco Bay View newspaper
On June 3, the Black New World Media Awards will be taking place at the African American Art and Culture Complex, at 762 Fulton St, in San Francisco from 6-9pm. The event will be hosted by the SF Bay View newspaper’s local columnist Allyssa Victory, an ACLU lawyer and a former Oakland mayoral candidate.
One Black Media Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Emory Douglas, the Minister of Culture and the revolutionary artist of the Black Panther Party, who was responsible for drawing a majority of the political cartoons that ran in the Black Panther Newspaper. We will be giving the second Lifetime Achievement Award to Jerome “JJ” Parson, the tireless manager of the historic KPOO radio station, which has been a cornerstone of the Bay Area community radio movement for decades.
The first class of the SF Bay View newspaper’s Community Journalism Program will be graduating at the ceremony; graduates include Zaire Saunders, Xion Abiodun, Robbie Jackson and Dametra “Woody” Woodmore.
They have studied the SF Bay View newspaper’s form of Black journalism and developed and wrote stories diligently over a three month period. All were published on the sfbayview.com and most were published in the physical newspaper.
Social media master Woody also published some innovative social media stories for class that were exclusive to sfbayview.com IG account, concerning the murder of homeless Frisco Black youth Banko Brown, in downtown San Francisco.
The keynote speaker will be BART board member Lateefah Simon, who has done a lot of work around protecting BART riders against police terrorism in the post Oscar Grant era. The other keynote speaker will be Michelle Phillip, Oakland’s first Inspector General. Her job is to investigate the criminal patterns of the Oakland Police Department police for the community Police Commission.
Awardees for the night include San Francisco Standard reporter Meghan Mitchell, filmmaker Damon “Hookerboy” Hooker from Hooker Boy Films, Rashid Shabazz from Oakland Voices, Hunter’s Point visual artist Malik Seneferu, Anita Johnson from KPFA’s Hard Knock Radio, publicist Jackie Wright of Jackie Wright Enterprises, podcaster Raab from No Vultures, community activist and podcaster Jon Henry from Both Sides of the Conversation and more.
The elegant sounds of T.B.A., a dope Bay Area jazz band will be playing the night away. The Black New World Media Awards will be catered by Beanitis and Vegan Hood Chefs.
The night will also feature a number of Black Panthers, local community activists, politicians, artists and more who will present. The event will be semi-formal and the tickets can be bought here on eventbrite.