Friday, April 30, 2010

Book Review - "Uptown" by Virginia Deberry and Donna Grant

Not a dull moment beginning with the Prologue and ending with a letter to readers by the authors. The focus of this novel is a family comprised of two of the most unlikely men who become best friends through an unusual event. Then, marry two sisters each with a very different approach to love, life, marriage and family. Their children find themselves byproducts of their individual upbringing and environment. Dwight has watered and nurtured family roots in Harlem and is a major mover and shaker in the grandest sense, while Avery has long removed herself from her old Harlem neighborhood and even closest childhood friends. Avery now finds herself hit square between the eyes with the predicament of being forced to make a hasty unplanned trip back because of a family emergency, and is not only forced to face, but interact with adolescent events that she had tucked safely in a place where not even she ventured. This further complicated by a realization that the safety region she had designed for herself had collapsed.

A mixture of greed, empathy and sincere community-oriented interest permeate the flavor of a good read for anyone who was involved, intrigued by or simply follow urban renewal trends.

Reviewed by Mary B. of California

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Remembering Dorothy Height

I had the pleasure of meeting Dorothy Height once in about 1993. She was in San Francisco at the Nordstrom event which coincided with the release of the "Black Family Reunion" Cookbook.

I took my daughter with me. She was just a baby. There was a long line of people waiting to shake Ms. Height's hand. Anna Marie Horsford, the actress, was there too.

By the time I got to the front of the line, my daughter was asleep in her stroller, but I still had our picture taken. I knew that while she would never remember this moment, she would, one day, appreciate the fact that she had been there and had the picture to prove it.

Ms. Height's presence was larger than life. She made me wish I'd dressed more formal on that day and that I had worn a hat. And even though she must have been nearly 80 years old at the time, she didn't seem "grandmother-ly." She seemed like royalty. Like our version of Queen Elizabeth. Only smarter.

After that meeting, I remember contacting a member of my church about joining "The National Council of Negro Women." I never got around to it. Now might be a good time to revisit the idea.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dorothy Irene Height

March 24, 1912 – April 20, 2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010

"Uptown" by Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant

"Uptown," is the seventh novel by the "dynamic duo" of Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant.

This is the story of a "prominent Harlmen family strained to the breaking point by the high-stakes world of the Manhattan real estate industry. . ."

Review coming soon. . .but don't wait to hear about it here, check it out for yourself.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Rest In Peace, Benjamin Hooks

January 31, 1925 - April 15, 2010

Benjamin Hooks - a leader in Civil Rights.

Executive Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from 1977 to 1992.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Madam C.J. Walker Luncheon - Friday, April 9th, 2010

For Immediate Release from CDA:

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., Oakland Bay Area Chapter, will host its 12th Annual Madam C.J. Walker Business and Community Recognition Awards Luncheon, on Friday, April 9th, 2010 at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel, located at 55 Fourth Street. The event will begin with a VIP Reception, Exhibits and Book Signing at 10:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon and awards program at 12 noon.

The annual awards luncheon, in honor of the first African American female self-made millionaire and business leader, Madam C.J. Walker, is designed to celebrate the rich tradition of hard work and entrepreneurial spirit that is deeply rooted in the African-American culture. In the tradition of Madam C.J. Walker, we will honor four outstanding women from our community:

CORPORATE AWARD WINNER: Shari Slate, Chief Diversity Officer, Sun Microsystems

ADVOCACY AWARD WINNER: Debbra Lindo,CEO/Chief Academic Officer, and College Track

PIONEER AWARD WINNER: Judge Trina Thompson Trina Thompson, Alameda County Superior Court Judge

ENTREPRENEUR AWARD WINNER: Celebrity Chef Nikki Shaw host of “Today’s Flavor, KBLX 102.9 and Owner Flavor Catering & Fine Cuisine Chef

Malaak Compton –Rock is the Founder and Director, The Angelrock Project

Bay Area Award Winning News Anchor, Barbara Rodgers will serve as this year’s Mistress of Ceremonies.

A’Lelia Bundles the Great Great Grand Daughter of Madam C.J. Walker will join us again and host a book signing.

For more information about luncheon highlights, please contact
CDA at (510) 653-4085 or by e-mail,

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sweet Unity Farms Coffee - Exceptional Coffee Brought To You By Exceptional People

There's an old saying that "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree."

So, what would you expect from the son of legend? Great works and great deeds.

David Robinson doesn't disappoint. Son of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, founded Sweet Unity Farms Coffee in Tanzania, Africa.

David Robinson created Sweet Unity Farms, a collective of African farmers, working to produce some of the world's best coffee.

To learn more about "Sweet Unity Coffee" and the great things they're doing, visit: