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Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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The Oakland-based free Sunday hot dinner program

“Ingenuity is the reigning order of the day” would be my choice of words if I had to sum up the COVID-19 pandemic’s quarantine into a sentence for small business owners.

COVID-19 puts Black political prisoners on death row

“American prisons are death traps. They are the places with the highest rate of coronavirus infection in the world. Incarceration in the time of COVID skirts the genocidal cruelty of death by disease of the Nazis.” J. Fernandez

The San Francisco Black Film Festival engages fans virtually this year

In June, San Francisco Mayor London Breed is expected to lower San Francisco’s alert level to a COVID-19 semi-quarantine status, meaning that some of the shelter-in-place restrictions implemented in mid-March are expected to be lifted, if infection rates continue to decrease. But according to rumors heard in city government circles, big gatherings of dozens of people will not be allowed in the City until 2021 at the earliest. This may include movie theaters.

The Fillmore-based after-school program Project Level makes distance learning succeed

Distance learning has proven to be a failure in many cases over the last two months throughout the Bay Area and the nation for a myriad of reasons. For example, teachers were never trained adequately in how to pivot from classroom teaching to a cyber environment; school districts had to organize distance learning without having planned for its implementation; huge portions of the student body in the Bay’s Black and Brown neighborhoods don’t have access to the technology needed to be able to engage; and many students have no internet access at home.

COVID-19 further burdens Oakland’s Black homeless population’s quest to survive

Candice Elder, founder and executive director of the East Oakland Collective, is a force to reckon with in Oakland when the issue of homelessness is brought up. During this quarantine season, her comrades as well as herself have successfully organized a moratorium on the police sweeping of homeless encampments in Oakland, which was passed unanimously by the City Council.

Oakland’s COVID-19 pandemic quarantine virtual education experiment: Is it working?

Marylin Zuniga of Quetzal Education Consulting by JR Valrey, The Black New World Journalist Society Everyone in our society has had their lives altered in ways...

Manager PK discusses the Jacka’s new album, ‘Murder Weapon’

It is extremely emotionally and mentally taxing to continue work on a project when your business partner, who is one of your best friends, gets murdered. I commend PK for, five years later, still carrying out the objective that him and the Jack drew up the blueprints for.

San Francisco’s Ella Hill Hutch Community Center has become an emergency...

The neighborhood known as Fillmore or Western Addition has been one of the most, if not the most, organized Black communities in the Bay Area when it comes to providing and distributing resources to its residents in need. This has been the case for years, and in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, nothing has changed.

TheJuiceMasters.com’s Will Gordon III: Battling COVID-19 on the frontline with fresh...

While the U.S. media plays politics and continues to drum up support for the Gates Foundation’s alleged forced mass vaccination program, I wanted to fill the readers’ minds with information that is actually more comprehensive about our health and how to protect ourselves from this invisible enemy, COVID-19, beyond being told to socially distance, use hand sanitizer, and wear masks and gloves.

Black community alert: Beloved San Francisco filmmaker Kevin Epps is fighting...

“Imagine you taking (the COVID-19 virus) home to your mama, grandmama, sister. You’re gonna be responsible for that death, the loss of one of your loved ones,” said Kev. “Hopefully somebody like me getting it will wake people up.”

Does the COVID-19 virus mean California prisons will be ethnically cleansed?

Do prison authorities see prisoners as worth saving? Some prisoners say: “Prisoners will not be at the top of the list for any kind of medical treatment. They will be forced to die a lonely death inside their cell, by way of suffocation.” Others say: “We are a commodity to these people, an asset that brings money to them. When you live in a capitalist society, the key is to protect your assets.”

‘My Friend Fela’ doc, a definitive view of a man on...

This is a very important film for today’s times. Fela was a political Black revolutionary who used music as his sole weapon to address injustices perpetrated by the government, mostly in his country of Nigeria.

Aktive Supply brand invades today’s fashion world

In light of the Oscar Grants, Sandra Blands, Nia and Latifah Wilsons, Philando Castiles, Mike Browns, Tamir Rices, Kathryn Johnstons, Kenneth Hardings, Gus Rugleys and Idriss Stelleys of the world, the Black community needs to be bombarded with a message of protecting ourselves and one another in a nation that considers us the enemy.

Support cultural icon Kevin Epps in court Tuesday, Dec. 17

“Since my release, I only hope to continue living my life in this way: raising my kids, building and making contributions to my community and keeping a positive outlook on life.” – Kevin Epps, Hunters Point filmmaker

‘My Father Belize’ screens Sept. 26 and 27 at the Oakland...

It is important for our community to see love, understanding and forgiveness between Black males in a family, especially when the corporate media is so diabolically bent on showing us images of us as dysfunctional.

‘Tent City’ is a favorite at this year’s Oakland International Film...

The family suffers tremendously when a loved one has a mental health disorder or becomes homeless. It can destroy a family for generations.

Zap Mama, Saul Williams, Chef Bryant Terry, Alonzo King LINES Ballet...

We have lived in the past metaphysically for too long. Now it is time to nosedive into the future to start on the creation of the “New Us.” Don’t miss Matatu – all this week.

Inside the naked soul of Mistah F.A.B.

F.A.B. is the voice of the streets, the voice of the voiceless. F.A.B. is the embodiment of the struggle of young Black men growing up in the raw, merciless streets of post-industrial Oakland, California. He is still a young man. However, in these latter years, F.A.B. has used his voice to offer direction, encouragement and advice to young people desiring to stand on the peak of hip-hop stardom next to him. As he grows into O.G. status, that voice of wisdom becomes more pronounced.

Bring Amani to the Bay to be our new Bay View...

On Tuesday, Aug. 21, the first day of the historic National Prison Strike, Democracy Now interviewed Amani Sawari. The segment began with an excellent interview with Cole Dorsey of IWOC and then suddenly the bright, brilliant, radiant face of 23-year-old Amani filled the screen and a voice of eloquence, inspiration and power filled the room. All it took was host Amy Goodman saying she’s a journalist, and, involuntarily, spontaneously, I pointed at the screen and shouted, “There’s the new Bay View editor!” Amani and I have been talking ever since, and she came to visit Oct. 8-12. What fun we had.

Rest in power, Elbert ‘Big Man’ Howard, founding father of the...

At 6:13 a.m. on July 23, Big Man joined the ancestors. Above all else, Elbert “Big Man” Howard loved his comrades and all oppressed people, who he never stopped fighting for. His Celebration of Live will be on Saturday, Aug. 25, 1 p.m., in the Bobby Hutton Grove inside of DeFremery Park, Oakland. Big Man was responsible for a free medical clinic for sickle-cell anemia and a work-study program for parolees at Merritt College. He was the first editor of The Black Panther newspaper, rebuilt Black Panther chapters decimated by COINTELPRO and built Solidarity Committees in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.