Jul/30/2010 Youth Art Show

Posted by Richard • July 30th, 2010

Featuring Art Work from:
AAACC, Booker T Washington, Boys & Girls Club, Buchanan YMCA, Ella Hill Hutch,
Opportunity Impact, Prince Hall Learning Center, Rec Connect, Village Project, Western Addition Beacon

Food, music and interactive arts.

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Jul/30/2010 Youth show Case

Posted by Richard • July 30th, 2010

We will have performances from the African American Art and Culture Complex, Margaret Hayward Rec Connect, Handful Players, the Village project, De’Anthony Jones from the youth commission who recently graduated and will attend Sacramento State in the fall will be speaking.


Posted by Richard • July 29th, 2010

“Shirley Sherrod, Shots at Bayview Newspaper
& Dancing In the Streets Call for Media Accountability”

San Francisco- San Francisco NAACP President, Dr. Amos Brown, who is recovering from a stroke, called me from his hospital bed and asked me to write about a news story he saw on ABC-7 television last week.
Rev. Dr. Amos Brown, President, SF NAACP
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Since I did not see the story, I did some research to find out more about it.  Basically, a group of young adults started dancing to pay homage to fallen friends and to express who they are artistically, plus show pride in their communities.  It is a simple story on the surface; however, when you dig a little deeper it is the tip of the iceberg of  misreporting/under reporting and flat out non-reporting of important issues in the Black community.

Before writing this article, I asked a few journalists what they thought, and all of them agreed that most corporate run media do not have a clue as to what is the correct way to report on communities of color.  Even most of the Black reporters at the networks are disconnected from the African American mainstream.  Most of the misreporting comes as a result of the unbalanced and massive amount of criminal type stories about our communities, especially the youth.  The vast majority of youth I talk to in Hunter’s Point-Bay View (HPBV), East Palo Alto or Oakland, California are students working or looking for a job.  Most are not involved with gangs and/or drugs.  Black youth unemployment is over 65%.  Their parents are also hard-working Americans and with the unemployment of Black males being over 50%, these numbers make it quite difficult to be the “bread winner.”

There is light at the end of this tunnel and there are wonderful, great things happening in the Black community on a daily basis.  There are good community empowering stories about businesses, the Arts, students getting scholarships and great stories like San Francisco 100 Black Women  honoring some super-women in the Bay Area and the Tuskegee Airmen, etc.  Most of these stories go untold by the corporate controlled media and the networks.  Like any and every community in these United States, there are your misfits, scoundrels and just plain hoodlums; however, the Black community receives far more attention put on those members of our neighborhoods than others.  This type of under reporting leads to the mindset of the public-at-large that “We all know Blacks commit more crimes.”  You will find this quote or similar on many blogs about Black people.

Bless Bishop Walter Hawkins’ “Oh Happy Day” which is still the number one selling gospel recording of all time.  There was very little coverage about his passing and prestigious life.  May his soul rest in peace and his spirit fly high.  KTVU is to be commended for being the only local broadcast media that covered the celebration concert and funeral services with the honor Bishop Hawkins deserved.  When Reverend Greggory Brown, President of the Northern California Interreligious Conference  and Pastor of Miracles of Faith Community Church,recognized the media coverage was not what it should be, he and board member Dr. Ramona Tascoe, with media activist and publicist Jackie Wright began contacting media.  KTVU General Manager Tim McVay and News Director Ed Chapuis responded over the weekend prior to the July 21 funeral services for Bishop Hawkins and directed staff to do what they could with resources given the time constraints.  In addition to  covering both ceremonies at the Paramount Theater, KTVU  streamed the funeral services over the Internet resulting in emails and thanks coming in from around the world.

The handling of the case of  US Department of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod, Director of Rural Development being fired by US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack affirms the need for media accountability.  It also shows a need for Internet-based media to serve “in the public interest” as broadcast media are required by the 1934 Communications Act.

As Media moves more toward self-interest in gathering those advertising dollars to keep going as opposed to serving in the public interest, it becomes more imperative for the Black community to support its media.  The seriousness of it all came to head recently. The Bay View Newspaper’s window was shot out with a gun, and not one other media outlet did a story about that incident.  This is the ultimate in non-reporting practices.

Democracies can only occur when there is a
diverse flow of news and information.

This is why members of the NAACP are calling for a meeting with BABJA (Bay Area Black Journalist Association) and the assignment editors from the networks.  It’s time once again to call for “fair and balanced reporting.”

Jul/27/2010 Japantown

Posted by Richard • July 27th, 2010

Jul/27/2010 Community Workshop for the Fillmore Economic Action Plan

Posted by Richard • July 27th, 2010

Flyer for Community Workshop 07-27-10

The  next  Community  Workshop  for  the  Fillmore  Economic Action Plan is scheduled  for Tuesday,  July  27 from 6 – 8 PM at the West Bay Conference Center,  1290  Fillmore  Street.  The Action Plan will be reflective of the priorities  established  by the Community at the Community Workshop on June 30, 2010.
The  Office  of  Economic  &  Workforce  Development (OEWD), Bay Area Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and its consultants will present the Action  Plan’s  prioritized recommendations,  and  facilitate  small group discussions to help identify organizations, individuals and staff resources needed   to   move   the  Implementation  Plan  forward.   Your  input  and participation  is  needed,  especially  if  you  own a business on Fillmore Street, operate  a  home-based  business or live in the district, and have ideas for making the corridor more neighborhood serving through local event productions.

Please  join  us to discuss our next steps for increasing business activity along  the  Fillmore  Commercial  Corridor.
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!
Take Good Care

Andrea Baker
Fillmore Economic Action Plan
Office of Economic & Workforce Development
415-749-2585 (fax)

Jul/27/2010 San Francisco Summer Learning Day Spotlighted

Posted by Richard • July 27th, 2010

The National Summer Learning Association spotlights the San Francisco Summer Learning Day


Jul/23/2010 Black & White Ball

Posted by Richard • July 23rd, 2010

4th Annual Western Addition Black and White Ball

This is A free family event

Dinner – 6:00pm  Dancing – 7:00pm

Black & White Ball Post Card

Jul/22/2010 Wells Fargo History Museum Tour

Posted by Richard • July 22nd, 2010

Jul/22/2010 Mo’ MAGIC Meeting

Posted by Richard • July 22nd, 2010

Thanks to everyone for your responses. We will have a meeting this Thursday and as usual a light lunch will be served. We will have a modified meeting; the meeting will be shorter than usual.

Thursday July 22, 2010
African American Art and Culture Complex
762 Fulton Street (Parking available in the lot adjacent to the building)
San Francisco, CA

We will go over the remaining events for the summer and begin to identify focus areas for the fall.
The flyer for the Black and White Ball http://momagic.org/events-activities/2010/07/black-white/
The flyer for the youth art show http://momagic.org/events-activities/2010/07/youth-art-show/

A special thanks to everyone who has participated in the various activities and events. We look forward to debriefing after the summer and planning for an even more spectacular summer next year!

Don’t forget to visit the Mo’ MAGIC website to see some of the pictures from past events and information on upcoming events. http://momagic.org/

Jul/21/2010 Buffalo Soldiers Ride in the Presidio! (25 students max, grades 4th-6th)

Posted by Richard • July 21st, 2010

Please check with the office if your group would like participate in this tript. Transportation provided.

For more information on the program: http://www.parksconservancy.org/our-work/crissy/programs/parks-to-people.html