Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Has Kwanzaa Become Irrelevant?

Day 1. Umoja means unity.
Day 2. Kujichagulia means self-determination.
Day 3. Ujima means working together.
Day 4. Ujamaa means supporting each other.
Day 5. Nia means purpose.
Day 6. Kuumba means creativity.
Day 7. Imani means faith, especially faith in ourselves.

It's the end of Day 3 of Kwanzaa and I haven't even lit a candle. The truth is, my Kinara broke last year during packing and I never replaced it.

When my daughter was little, I didn't let a year go by without celebrating at least the first day with something special. We would even get special African outfits. I thought it was important for her to have some sense of culture, even if it was rooted in America and not Africa. I felt the need to make sure that she understood what it meant to be Black in America.

But somewhere along the way, as she got older, and I started working more, the day after Christmas simply became December 26th and then the days all ran together until the New Year.

I'm not even sure if I cooked black eyed peas last January 1st.

This year, I thought about Kwanzaa. A lot. But I didn't order any cards online in time and it seemed really silly to purchase Hallmark Kwanzaa cards. I mean that's not even supporting Black-owned business, is it?

And now that we're halfway through Kwanzaa, I'm really sad. Sad that I missed yet another opportunity to celebrate something that is just for us - by us.

If the Lord lets me see another year, I promise to try harder to put at least an honest effort into pulling off Kwanzaa.

Is it just me or have too many of us forgotten to take the time to reflect on Dr. Maulana Karenga's hard work?

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Etta James Terminally Ill According to Reports

Etta James, is terminally ill with chronic leukemia, according to her live-in doctor, Dr. Elaine James.

Ms. Etta, 73, reportedly also suffers from kidney failure and dementia.

According to Reuters News, in addition to this latest health report, Etta's children, Donto James and his brother Sametto James are trying to determine the accuracy of the diagnosis and announcement.

Donto is asking for a conservator to take over his mother’s $1-million estate in place of her husband, Artis Mills.

Sending up prayers for Etta James and her family during this difficult time. She has had a hard life and has brought a lot of joy to many with her musical talent.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Rest In Peace, Karryl "Special One" Smith

"Special One" of Bay Area Rap Duo, "The Conscious Daughters" died suddenly of unknown causes on December 10, 2011.

Her bandmate Carla Green posted a message about Smith's death on her Facebook page: "Thank you to everyone for your prayers, I need them. I am sick over the loss of my sister. The cause of death is still unknown but I will try to share info when I get it. Pray for me and Karryl's other sisters, Jessica and Tonya. We are all together trying to get through this."

Special One, real name Karryl Smith, and her close friend Carla Green, formed "The Conscious Daughters" in the early nineties.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Legendary Pictures announced Friday that it has cast Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey and Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson in an upcoming film about the ballplayer-turned-civil rights icon.

This got me thinking about the old Count Basie song:

Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?
by Woodrow Buddy Johnson & Count Basie (1949)

Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?
Did you see Jackie Robinson hit that ball?
It went zoomin cross the left field wall.
Yeah boy, yes, yes. Jackie hit that ball.

And when he swung his bat,
the crowd went wild,
because he knocked that ball a solid mile.
Yeah boy, yes, yes. Jackie hit that ball.

Satchel Paige is mellow,
so is Campanella,
Newcombe and Doby, too.
But it's a natural fact,
when Jackie comes to bat,
the other team is through.

Did you see Jackie Robinson hit that ball?
Did he hit it? Yeah, and that ain't all.
He stole home.
Yes, yes, Jackie's real gone.

Did you see Jackie Robinson hit that ball?
Did he hit it? Yeah, and that ain't all.
He stole home.
Yes, yes, Jackie's real gone.
Jackie's is a real gone guy. (C)

Can't wait for this one!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Goodbye, Herman - We'll Miss You - NOT!

Well, who would have guessed? Probably most of the country.

Today, Herman Cain dropped out of his bid for the 2012 Presidential Campaign.

Actually, what he said was he was "suspending" his campaign. But he only said that after he said a whole lot of nothing.

Gloria Cain stood by his said, or more precisely, stood behind him, while he went on and on about how all the people who are "ruining" our country, ruined his campaign with "false claims."

I'm not really sure how one suspends a campaign. But if I understand how things work correctly, he gets to keep the cash in his campaign coffers. Oh, yes. He also said that his presidential run was Plan A. Plan B is much better. Plan B is the roadmap that lays out exactly how he gets to get what' in the till, while continuing to raise more cash.

Lastly, he said that he would be endorsing another candidate in the very near future and it won't be the current occupant of the White House.

I'm sure President Obama was happy to hear that. The last person he needs is Herman Cain.

Thursday, December 1, 2011


As a mother, I worry about Kanye West.

I think about my own daughter and what her life would be like if I were suddenly gone. Oh sure, he's wealthy and famous and over the top and a bunch of other things. But we're all something.

But, first of all, he's human. He's young. And he can make mistakes. I've been the first to criticize him at times, but after the Taylor Swift incident (which, only helped her), he seemed different. Maybe he realized that he hadn't really come to grips with the loss of his mom.

I don't want to turn a happy post into a downer. I just want to say "shout out" to Kanye and his team and all the other African American artists who were nominated and those who should have been.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Peace and blessings,

Song Of The Year (Nomination)

All Of The LightsJeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie)
Track from: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
[Roc-A-Fella; Publishers: Very Good Beats/Hip Hop Since 1978].

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

FELA! At the Curran Theater in San Francisco Now Until December 11, 2011


Curran Theater
445 Geary Street
San Francisco



FELA!, the three-time Tony Award-winning musical (Best Choreography, Best Costume Design for a Musical and Best Sound Design of a Musical) is now on tour!
Firebrand, iconoloclast, rabble-rouser, composer of genius -- Fela Anikulapo Kuti used his extraordinary big-band music as a vehicle within which he created biting, satirical diatribes against the excesses of successive military regimes in his native Nigeria. Any form of injustice, oppression, mismanagement, corruption was fearlessly and ferociously attacked, using eloquent harangues that specifically named the perpetrators.
He paid a steep price for his courage in the face of powerful and implacable enemies, with 200 arrests and countless beatings that left scars all over his body. But even these beatings didn't stop him. "Ah well, they didn't kill me", he would proclaim as he wrote yet another acerbic lyric and gave inflammatory quotes to the press.
Fela died in August, 1997. AIDS, they said, but as far as those close to him were concerned, he died of one beating too many. He was a giant of a man, but a man nevertheless. The system can only take so much. One million people attended his funeral.
His legacy was a testament of incredible courage, together with almost 50 albums of music that are now available globally through Knitting Factory Records. His message of transparency, honest government and justice for all is still as relevant today as when it was released 4 decades ago -- not just in Nigeria but globally.
In 2000, New Yorker Stephen Hendel stumbled across a Fela CD and was so impressed with the music and with Fela's keen sense of social justice that he determined to create a theatre piece depicting his life and times. In 2004, he joined forces with Tony Award-winning choreographer, Bill T Jones, who he invited to direct the play. Bill then brought in writer Jim Lewis. Together, the three set about mounting a series of workshops, involving musicians, actors, dancers and technicians. It took two years to reach the stage where they were ready to begin mounting the piece Off-Broadway at a New York theatre complex, 37 Arts.
Three months later they were ready to open Fela! The Musical. The show was an immediate and unmitigated critical and public success. Celebrities flocked to see the show; Jay-Z, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Christine Amanpour, Charlize Theron, and countless others. The decision was taken to go to Broadway.
In 2009, the show opened at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre with Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Will & Jada Pinkett-Smith coming on board as producers. Over the next 15 months the show played to half a million people. Celebrities kept coming; Madonna, Denzel Washington, Ben Stiller, Mick Jagger, Sting, Harry Belafonte, Spike Lee (8 times!) and Michelle Obama, to name but a few. The show received 11 Tony nominations and three Tony Awards for Best Choreography, Best Costumes and Best Sound.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

We Got Nothin' But Love for You, Heavy

Dwight Arrington Myers ("HEAVY D")
May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


January 12, 1944 – November 7, 2011

(Better known as Smokin' Joe)

Rest In Peace

Sunday, November 6, 2011





11 AM TO 2 PM

3900 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609

$10 Donation Per Person
(Proceeds to benefit the Power to End Stroke campaign)

For more information, please contact: Vicki Williams 510-681-5091

Saturday, October 29, 2011

"Silenced" A Novel by Kia Dupree - available online and in bookstores

''She gets lost in the fantasy of books and poetry. But in Tinka Hampton's all-too-real world, her mother Nicola has lost her job and is struggling to stop her family's fall into poverty. With her sons turning to drug dealing - and worse - Nicola wants better things for her daughter. Yet the more pressure she puts on Tinka to do everything right, the more she drives her away and straight into the arms of "Nine", a man as irresistible as he is lethal."

"SILENCED" available now in trade paperback by Grand Central Publishing. A novel by Kia Dupree.

Also available at


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

BLACKBERRY SOUL BAKERY AND CAFE - Grand Opening, Saturday, October 22, 2011

2101 14th Avenue
Oakland, CA 94606

11:00 a.m. - Morning Celebration

11:30 a.m. - Ribbon Cutting

4:00 p.m. - Afternoon Celebration

Evening - Champage and Pound Cake



Thursday, October 13, 2011

Saturday, October 20, 2011 - "Where Do We Go From Here?"

Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center & Merritt College presents....
The Barbara Lee & Elihu Harris Lecture Series

Dr. Dorothy Cotton & Rev. Dr. C. T. Vivian

Civil Rights leaders who worked closely with Dr. King, and who continue to work tirelessly for social justice.

Thursday, October 20, 2011 @ 7:00pm
Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel
1001 Broadway (Junior Ballroom-2nd floor)
Oakland, CA

The lecture series promotes an ample exchange of ideas to help inspire and move forward new leadership and servantship.

Tickets $10 for Adults and $5 for Students

For additional ticket information or sponsorship questions please contact Deanna Roberts at D.R.Roberts Event Management at 510 654-5335.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

3.9 Art Collective Presents: “Still Here”

Opening Reception: Saturday October 8th, 2011, 7-9 pm

Sirron Norris Gallery and Studio

1406 B Valencia St @ 25th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Open to the Public Fri-Sat 11-7

Oct 8 – Nov 5, 2011

The word “black” now is synonymous with "vanishing". According to the 2010 census, the African American population in San Francisco declined to 3.9%, in a city that has always considered its cultural diversity as one of its strengths. Where once stood a people who were vibrant, productive, and an integral part of the city's daily life, African Americans are on the verge of dissident status.



With the exhibition entitled “Still Here”, San Francisco artists Nancy Cato, Rodney Ewing, Sirron Norris, William Rhodes, and Ron Moultrie Saunders have adopted this statistic and forged a banner of support and resistance. Their work represents their creative contribution to the African American existence, enriching the greater San Francisco artistic community with their narratives and perspectives born from being members of a diaspora community. The work may not stem the tide of the exodus, but to paraphrase the poet Dylan Thomas “We will not go quietly into that good night”.

Photo Credit: Art Work by William Rhodes

"Head of Ogon" and "Tonatiuh: The Aztec Sun God"

Both sculptures are made from re-purposed plastic forks, spoons, knives, paint and gold leaf.

The size of "The Aztec Sun God" is is 3.5ft x 3.5ft x 9in. The size of "Head of Ogon" is 33in x 12in x 12in.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

2011 Community Impact Awards - October 12, 2011




“Beyond the Neighborhood: African Americans Competing in the Regional Economy"

Nonprofit, business and philanthropy leaders will gather on October 12, 2011, for the Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy’s “State of the Race” Conference and Awards Reception, celebrating local black philanthropists and spotlighting solutions that can fuel employment, entrepreneurship and innovation for African Americans in the region.


8:30 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M. (Conference)
5:00 P.M. TO 9:00 P.M. (Gala Reception)

1300 South El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94402

The one-day conference will highlight major trends in the Bay Area’s Black populations from the 2010 Census; how regional markets and governance structures impact economic opportunities for Black communities; promising models for employment and entrepreneurship; and tools for using technology, policy advocacy and leadership development to advance social change.

Following the conference, the “Celebrating Black Philanthropy” Gala Reception
will recognize leading Black philanthropists in the Bay Area with the 2011
Community Impact Awards.

This year’s honorees are:

Gloria Rhodes Brown, retired former Director of the University of California Cooperative Extension Service for San Mateo and San
Francisco counties

Michael C. Bush, Founder of The MattMar Group Inc.

James Lowell Gibbs, Stanford University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professor of Anthropology Emeritus

Dr. Jewelle Taylor Gibbs, author and retired Zellerbach Family Fund Professor of Social Policy, Community Change and Practice
at UC Berkeley

Valerie Coleman Morris, leading financial literacy journalist and author

Keena Turner, Vice President of Football Affairs for the San
Francisco 49ers; and Verizon Wireless.

KTVU’s Morning News Anchor Dave Clark will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the
gala reception, taking place 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Stanford University’s Black
Community Services Center.


Tickets are:
$50 for the conference

$50 for the reception

Tickets for both the conference and reception are $75 for BABIP members, $90 for non-BABIP members

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Bay Area Black Journalists Association's Eighth Annual Young Journalists Scholarship Gala


RAY TALIAFERRO, Veteran Radio Journalist (Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient)



Saturday, October 1, 2011

6:00 p.m. to Midnight

House of Music
420 14th Street
Oakland, CA
(Near 12th Street City Center BART)

Donation: $75.00

VIP Table: $1,500

Proceeds Benefit BABJA Scholarship Program

VIP Reception
Dinner by Red Door Catering

Entertainment, Dancing, No-Host Bar

(Valet Parking Available)

For tickets and information:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Red Carpet Experience - Craneway Pavillion in Richmond, California

The Red Carpet Experience

Saturday, September 24, 2011

8:00 PM

Robin Thicke, El DeBarge, Ginuwine, Faith Evans, Jermaine Dupri, Blair Underwood

Craneway Pavillion
Marina District of Richmond, California
Presented By: Headline Company

The Headline Company

(510) 277-3122

(21 and over, please)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Forgive Me, Lord, For I Got Mad

Yesterday, I went to mass at 5:30 because my daughter was singing. I usually go to church on Sunday at 11. I'm Catholic. I used to be Baptist but there was a huge rift in my church and I changed religions. Long story. Anyway, I consider myself a "Baptist Catholic."

For years, we went to an all-Black parish (well Black and Hispanic). However, when my daughter changed elementary schools years ago, we started to attend the church at the school. It's pretty much all-White. Of course, there are plenty of African American Catholics and many books have been written on their contributions to the church throughout the years.

I still get angry when I go to a different mass and someone in the pew behind me says, "Welcome!" It's as if I must be a visitor because I couldn't possibly be a member. I usually get an attitude and am upset for the entire service. Of course, this happened yesterday. I try not to blame people for their ignorance or lack of diversity, but for crying out loud, it's 2011.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. I guess the saying still rings true - "Sunday is the most segregated day of the week."

I'm trying to keep in mind what the priest said in church, "Forgive and ye shall be forgiven."

Have a wonderful week and peace be with you.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Roland Martin makes me LOL!

I have watched Roland Martin for years as a contributor on CNN. However, it wasn't until I started following him on Twitter - see below - that I realized this guy is not only smart - he is riotously funny!! Okay, funny as heck (this is a PG blog).!/rolandsmartin

You can also catch his show on TV One.

Anyway, Roland has his finger on the pulse of everything! And very rarely do I disagree with anything he says.

CNN needs to give this man his own show already.

The only thing I want to know is - does he ever sleep? I wonder because following his tweets is keeping me up late at night (and he's on a different time zone).

Keep it coming Roland - it's going to be a crazy election as we get closer to 2012.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ladies, Get Your Financial House In Order

100 Black Women Presents

Saturday, September 10, 2011
Laney College

Friday, August 26, 2011

She's A Bad Mamma Jamma - CNN's Sara Sidner

Have you guys been following Sara Sidner's coverage of Gadhafi on CNN?

I remember her from her days as a local reporter for KTVU in Oakland.

Wow. Sister-Girl is a serious journalist. This last week, while at home, I've watched her reports from Tripoli.
Do your thing girl but stay safe!

God Be With You!

Dedication of MLK Memorial Postponed Due to Weather Warnings

For up to the minute details on the MLK Memorial Events, visit:

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Nick Ashford Dead at Age 70

I could hardly believe my ears when I heard the news last night that Nick Ashford had passed away from lung cancer. Even though none of us are immortal, didn't we just think that Nick and Valerie would be that one immortal duo?

Honestly, they go together like peanut butter and jelly.

And talented.

Before they began performing as a duo (something that was discouraged and not supported by Berry Gordy), they were already penning hits for other artists. Remember, Ray Charles' "Let's Go Get Stoned!" Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell ("Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing").

I can't even begin to imagine the void in Valerie's life right now. I mean, we'll all miss him. Even those of us who didn't even know him personally but came to believe we did through his music.

Blessings and condolences to all of his friends, family and fans around the world.



Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fall Into A Good Book - Kimberla Lawson Roby's "Secret Obsession" - In Bookstores Next Month

September is just around the corner. And so is another great read from Kimberla Lawson Roby.

"Secret Obsession" - to be released September 2011

A sister's jealousy pushes a family to the edge, exposing life-changing secrets and, ultimately, the beauty and power of forgiveness, in this new novella from New York Times bestseller Kimberla Lawson Roby, author of the acclaimed Reverend Curtis Black series.

Monday, August 8, 2011

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Another Case of "Driving While Black"

Just reading this story made me cringe.

OAKLAND -- Two men were illegally strip-searched by Oakland police in public and will each receive at least $100,000 in damages, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Spencer Troy Lucas and Kirby Bradshaw had their pants pulled down on a busy West Oakland street in 2005 by officers who had stopped them for no lawful reason, U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel wrote in a ruling after a bench trial.


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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Rest In Peace, Bubba Smith

Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith
(February 28, 1945 – August 3, 2011)

Professional football player turned actor ("Police Academy") died at his home in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles, California.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Meet Miles Morales from Marvel!

Meet Miles Morales, the all-new Spider-Man debuting in Ultimate Comics Fallout #4 in stores tomorrow

Miles is half-Hispanic, half-African American.

Now that's what I call politically correct.

Go, Marvel!

Monday, August 1, 2011

"The Help" Movie Opening August 10 in Theaters Nationwide

When I first heard about the book, "The Help," from a Caucasian friend of mine, I thought to myself, "I don't want to read that book. It's going to make me mad." And, so, I didn't.

When my friends told me how great the book was, I still resisted. But now that the movie is set to open in a little more than week, I can't wait to see it. It boasts a cast of excellent African American actors that don't get nearly enough time on the big screen.

My question is - why are White women so anxious to see it? I'm so sick of hearing my co-workers say, "I can't wait to see "The Help!"" Do they find the storyline flattering? From what I've heard from those who have read the book, and from the trailers I've seen, it doesn't paint White women of that period in the best possible light. Or, do they long for a time long ago when they could sit on their butts and shop and yak on their rotary phones while "the help" took care of their children and chores?

Maybe I'm just a little bit sensitive about things with all the budget debates and next year's election on the rise and the Tea Party and Boehner and all the politics that are hitting me in the face every day.

I'll see the movie. But I have a sneaking suspicion I won't be attending with any of my co-workers. And I might just have to pull out my dashiki.

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Ultimate Tribute to Otis Redding

Jay-Z and Kayne. Together. Nuff said.

Due online and in retail stores next month is their tribute to Otis Redding, simply titled, "Otis."

This is what happens when old school intersects hip-hop at just the right angle.

Jay Z: "I'm about to call the Paparrazzi myself!"

Kanye: "The Hermes of Verses"

I can't wait!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

The SAG-A Continues - Should US Airways Apologize?

You know the story.

Last month, a US Airways pilot removed and arrested Deshon Marman because passengers had complained about Marman's "sagging" pants.

Since it was revealed the US Airways allowed a white male passenger to fly in what would essentially be categorized as women's underwear, all charges against Marman have been dropped.

However, the San Francisco NAACP and others are demanding an apology from US Airways.

The airline refuses to apologize and I'm sure a lawsuit is on the way.

What do you think? Should Marman cut his losses, pull up his pants and move on? I mean, there are no criminal charges pending and he still has his scholarship (as of this writing).

Or, do you think that there is a double-standard in the airline industry (as in the rest of America)?

Should Deshon fight for what he believes or pick his battles?

I'd love to hear from you.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Oakland Jazz Festival, Saturday, July 23, 2011

KBLX Presents:

Starts at 12 Noon

Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estates (Dunsmuir House & Gardens)


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Congratulations to Kimberla Lawson Roby

On Friday, July 1, 2011, Kimberla Lawson Roby received the 2011 Phenomenal Woman Writer Award at the Bayou Soul Writers and Readers Conference in New Orleans.

If you haven't discovered Kim Roby, you're missing out on one of our great contemporary African American writers.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Book Review: "Uppity - My Untold Story of the Games People Play," by Bill White

Bill White, who's now in his mid 70s, was an All-Star first baseman for many years with the New York Giants, St.Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies before launching a stellar broadcasting career with the New York Yankees for 18 years. He left the broadcast booth to become the President of the National League for five years.

I would say that Bill White’s book “UPPITY My Untold Story of the Games People Play,” is really the same old story by another eyewitness in a different setting.

The story is rather predictable: a talented youngster from humble beginnings nonchalantly finds himself in all the right places at all the right times and makes all the right moves as he encounters racism all along the way.
Given this compact synopsis, I find myself looking for the proverbial miniature violin to play him a “woe is me,” sad tune.

However at each major event of his life that furthers his career is a game in which he is a pawn being played by “white folks” to manipulate his blackness to their benefit. But when he responds without the customary “thankya suh,” he is deemed as being "uppity."

I liken Bill’s story to one of the personal stories that follow the premise of the book “Alcoholics Anonymous.” The premise is set in the title; that a Black man could be called “uppity.” It thereby follows Bill’s story to illustrate and offer a personal account of the premise.

I could identify with Bill White even though I am not a major leaguer or former television celebrity or hob-nobber with Major League Baseball’s elite. I, too, sometimes feel that I was hired at my job because they didn’t have enough blacks at the time. I also feel as if I am held to a different standard than my other non-black coworkers.

“UPPITY” is a good honest read and has a lot of relevant associations to actual baseball history.

I enjoyed Bill White’s story very much.

(Reviewed by Richard S. of San Francisco, California)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Charges of Racial Profiling Against U.S. Airways Lodged by NAACP


NAACP Mounts Protest Against Racial Profiling by U.S. AIR

The San Francisco NAACP joins Mrs. Donna Doyle in protesting the mistreatment of her son, Mr. Deshon Marman by U.S. Airways and the San Mateo County Police Department. Mr. Marman, a student and football player at the University of New Mexico was arrested per request of U.S. Airways by the San Mateo Police Department when he did not immediately pull his pants up while boarding the plane.

As President of the San Francisco Branch NAACP, Dr. Amos Brown decries African American youth being subjected to double standards of such imbalanced law enforcement. While we have great concerns with the baggy pants fad and believe that when in public young people should always present themselves in a respectful and dignified manner, it is clear that in this case the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.

This unjust enforcement also represents a double standard as we have the facts that just six days before Mr. Marman’s incident, according to Philip Caulfield of the New York Daily News (website article), U.S. Airways let a “scantily-clad cross dresser” fly free of harassment or discrimination.When asked why a cross-dresser would be allowed to fly without any bother, the airlines has said they have no dress code. It is the contention and concern of the NAACP that if there is no dress code, why was this young man singled out and arrested?

It is around this question and concern that a press conference has been arranged for Friday, June 24th, 2011 @ 10:00a.m. in the lower level of the Administrative Building of Third Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister St. Then, this Sunday, 26th, Mr. Marman’s mother, Ms. Doyle, will appear at Jones Methodist Church, 1975 Post Street, San Francisco, CA @ 3:00p.m.where the NAACP will host a public forum addressing this and other issues regarding the quality of life for African Americans in the City and County of San Francisco.

For any further questions please call (415) 559-2978.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Save the Date - Jill Scott - Sleeptrain Pavillion, Concord, California - Friday, August 12, 2011

Pre-Sale begins 6/23/11

Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Mint Condition and Others

Sleep Train
2000 Kirker Pass Road
Concord, CA 94521-1642
(925) 676-8742

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Arrested for Sagging Pants?

Okay, I've heard of "driving while black," but what happened at San Francisco Airport this week calls for a "Pants on the Ground" remix.

According to news sources, Kevin Doherty, a football player at the University of New Mexico was boarding a US Airways plane after attending his high school friend's funeral in San Francisco.

Apparently, someone saw a young black man with dreads and sagging pants and panicked. The airline received a report of "indecent exposure," the flight attended asked him to pull his "pants off the ground," and now Mr. Doherty is facing a lot of charges and the possibility of having his college scholarship revoked.

Freedom of Expression is real - but young black men need to know - just because we have a Black President doesn't mean that they're not watching us - closely. And remember, it's summer and there are tourists from all over the country. You just can't be scaring people from middle America like that.

Seriously, I hope the airline will reconsider the charges against this young man and that his academic institution will show him some leniency. We all make bad choices and I think this is one situation that got completely out of hand.

Peace and Blessings

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Star Power! "Satan's Sisters" by Star Jones

I had the pleasure of meeting Star Jones at Barnes and Noble in El Cerrito, California last night as she was promoting her new book, "Satan's Sisters." I was happy that a sister-friend had called me up a couple days before and told me that while shopping in the store, she learned out about the Star Jones event. I'm not sure why the appearance wasn't better publicized because we all know that Star has drawing power. But that's a whole other blog.

Anyhow, I will admit that I was a little skeptical about what to expect. I thought that Star Jones would be this "diva," who would not interact with the audience and would be cold and unapproachable. I have followed her career since her days as a legal analyst for NBC, but had never had the opportunity to see her in person.

I was most pleasantly surprised. Not only was she smart (which we already knew), but she was funny, open, honest, down to earth and it felt like an evening with a group of girlfriends.

If you haven't purchased the book yet, I would encourage you to do so. I haven't read it yet, but I have a feeling that we're going to recognize a lot of the characters from her near-decade on "The View."

"Satan's Sisters" by Star Jones is available in bookstores everywhere. Check it out.

Peace and Blessings

Friday, June 10, 2011


What would you do for five million dollars? In a new novel by national bestselling author Victoria Christopher Murray, comes THE DEAL, THE DANCE, AND THE DEVIL: A Novel by Touchstone Books.

Release Date: June 7, 2011

To be entered in a random drawing for a free copy of this book (cover price $15.00), please send me an email:

Contest ends June 17, 2011.
Good luck!