Thursday, February 26, 2015

Services Set for Dori Maynard, President of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education

Dori Maynard
May 4, 1958-February 24, 2015
(Photo courtesy of Barbara Rodgers)


Dori Maynard, President of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education passed away earlier this week after battling lung cancer.

Memorial Services in Oakland

Monday, March 2, 2015 
11:00 a.m.
Chapel of the Chimes
4499 Piedmont Avenue
Oakland, CA


Plans for a memorial service in Washington DC are pending

For further information, contact:  Evelyn Hsu, MIJE Program Director, 703-437-6355

ehsu@mije.org


Sunday, February 22, 2015

"Powerful Women of the Bay" 6th Annual Awards Luncheon, Friday, March 13, 2015 in Oakland, California



Reception:  11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Lunch and Program:  11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Wedgewood in the Metropolitan Golf Links

10051 Doolittle Drive, Oakland, CA

A CDA Consulting Presentation

For tickets or sponsor information, click here




Macy's Union Square San Francisco Celebrates Black History Month on Wednesday, February 25th



JUNE AMBROSE

JOHNETTA BOONE

Macy’s Hosts June Ambrose and Johnetta Boone for Special In-Store Conversation in Celebration of Black History Month  



Join Macy’s Union Square and celebrity fashion stylists and designers June Ambrose and Johnetta Boone for a conversation on Soul Era style and a look back at fashions that rocked the runways of the ‘60s and ‘70s in honor of Black History Month.

June Ambrose and Johnetta Boone will be at Macy’s Union Square for their next stop on tour in celebration of Black History Month. The tour aims to celebrate the culture-defining trends of the Soul Era, reflecting on fashions from elegant high glamour to the hottest looks on the street and honoring designers that have shaped American and global culture.

Following the conversation, Macy’s will host a reception for its customers along with an informal fashion show of recreated trends from the Soul Era. From February 1 through 28, visit macys.com/celebrate to enter for the chance to win† a trip for 2 to New York City, the style capital of the world, a Macy's shopping spree and a makeover by celebrity stylist, June Ambrose!
       
 Wednesday, February 25th  at 6:00PM
        
 Macy’s Union Square – 3rd Floor, Women’s Building
                170 O’Farrell Street   




EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

"Friends of Faith" 2nd Annual Community Outreach Day! Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from Noon Until 9 p.m.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --

Nellie's will be open on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 for a special fundraiser to benefit Friends of Faith. Cheri Dove, President of Friends of Faith, along with Barbara Rodgers and other members of FOF will stop by the restaurant and provide information about the organization. This is an all-day event with entertainment, vendors, speakers and raffles.
A percentage of the cost of your meal will be donated to Friends of Faith. There will also be an opportunity for you to make an individual donation to FOF. You will also receive a complimentary dessert with the purchase of each meal.

Nellie's Soul Food Restaurant, 1125 3rd Street, Oakland, CA  510-625-1350

(No Groupon or Yelp Promotions will be accepted at this event)

Monday, February 16, 2015

"Tree" Written by Julie Hébert, Directed by Jon Tracy and Performed at the San Francisco Playhouse through March 7, 2015


This review is a week late.  Forgive me.  However, you still have time to catch "Tree" at San Francisco Playhouse starring Tristan Cunningham, Susi Damilano, Carl Lumbly and Cathleen Riddley.

It all begins when a white woman gender studies professor's (Susi Damilano) from Louisiana and a chef's (Carl Lumbly) worlds intersect.

And while race is the central theme of this well written, fast-paced production it gets much deeper and relates to all audiences, of every race, creed and color as it shines a  light on what "family" is really all about and especially the origins of cultures in this country.

An all-around winner.

So happy I didn't miss this one.

Running time:  1 hour, 40 minutes (no intermission). 
(Spoiler alert/parent guide - one scene contains female frontal nudity)

San Francisco Playhouse


415-677-9596


450 Post Street
2nd Floor, Kensington Park HotelSan Francisco, CA 94102

Thursday, February 12, 2015

National Association of Minority Contractors, B2B Matchmaking Event, February 26, 2015, Treasure Island San Francisco




"Winning the Contracts" - B2B Matchmaking Event

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Treasure Island
401 California Avenue
San Francisco, CA 



For registration, go to b2bmatchmaking.eventbrite.com

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Self Expression or Self Hate?



Ever have one of those moments when you're sitting on the train with a bunch of folks (overwhelmingly white folks) and a group of youngsters get on the train cursing and using the "N" word?

I'm sure you have.  So, imagine that you're walking down a crowded street in the financial district during morning commute and out of the blue you hear very loud, foul, crude, sexual, N-word laced music pounding from a "boom box" on some dude's shoulders.  First thought.  "Is he crazy?"  Second thought, "What do these white folks think?"

That happened to me this morning.  And I got to my office to discover another sister walking behind me who witnessed and experienced the same thing.  While she was totally repulsed and said that he needed "a good spanking," I started to think, "He is actually very sad.  He not only needs attention.  He lacks self-respect and self-esteem."  And the question isn't "what do white folks think," but "what does he think of himself?"

I'm all about expressing your art and I'm certainly down with "I Can't Breathe."  But, if we continue to berate and disrespect ourselves, what do we expect from the masses? 

I don't know the answer.  I'm not even sure of the question.  But one thing is for sure, Marvin Gaye's lyrics were never more relevant, "Makes Me Wanna Holler."