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