Thursday, December 27, 2012

"What Is Your Spiritual Evolution" - A Solo Exhibit by San Francisco Artist, William Rhodes

San Francisco Artist, William Rhodes' Solo Exhibit, "What Is Your Spiritual Evolution," now until February 7, 2013.

Check out the video of the exhibit's opening:

African American Art and Culture Complex (AAACC)
762 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA  94102

(415) 922-2049

Sculptural furniture artist William Rhodes began his creative journey at the Baltimore School for the Arts.  He then earned a BA in Furniture Building and Design from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.  Rhodes’ creative works are in the collections of various galleries and museums and featured in several major publications. 
Rhodes’ travels to Africa, Asia and Central and South America strongly influences his work.  The people, art and cultures of these societies inspire Rhodes to consider non-Western approaches to furniture and art, such as creating utilitarian objects that are works of art.  Additionally, Rhodes’ studies of karmic astrology and astrocartography encourage him to produce art that promotes healing.
Rhodes takes a decidedly Eastern view in his choice of materials, colors and method of building and design.  For example, he believes the spirit and characteristics of materials lend themselves to a particular piece of art.  Recycled materials are an important component of Rhodes’ work.
Rhodes is the owner of St. Paul Art and Design Studio, which was created in 2000 as an art venue for community-based artists who are often overlooked by mainstream galleries. Additionally, the artistic gallery space has hosted many other events, such as yoga and meditation programs as well as art and music shows. St. Paul Art and Design Studio is located in Baltimore's historic Charles Village.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

New Year's Eve Benefit Ball With Con Funk Shun (featuring Michael Cooper)

Oakland Masonic Center, 3903 Broadway, Oakland, CA

Click below for ticket information

"Party of the Year" - 12/31/12

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Rest In Peace, Ben Williams

A friend emailed me the other day to let me know that Ben Williams passed away.  I paused when I heard the news, thanked her for letting me know, and then I put it in a “compartment.”  That’s what I do when I hear something that I don’t really want to hear.  I put it away to deal with at another time when I’m better emotionally equipped to handle it.  Okay, I’m a coward.  

But this morning on my train ride to work, I opened the newspaper, and saw the obituary.  It forced me to deal with it.  After reading about Ben’s life, some things I knew, many I did not, I thought, “Isn’t it funny how the ones who contribute the most, talk about it the least?"  

I was misty-eyed when I departed the train and thought about Ben all the way on my walk to work.  He was "the real deal."

Ben Williams could differentiate the real from the fake.  You could see it in his eyes.  Beautiful, light-colored eyes to complement his fair smooth skin.  Eyes that let you know he knew ‘what time it was.’  For, Ben Williams was not only a talented journalist and a wonderful reporter, he was also a very handsome man.  And a really nice guy.

Ben didn't have to "toot his own horn."  It wasn't who he was.  He knew where he'd been, how he'd gotten there and what he'd achieved.

They say the empty wagon rattles the loudest.  I think we can safely say Ben Williams’ wagon was full.

Remember our legends.  Without them, we wouldn’t be enjoying all the fruits of their labor.

Ben Williams was the first black television news reporter in the Bay Area, passed away of cardiac arrest at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward on Monday, December 17, 2012 at the age of 85.  Mr. Williams had appeared on the daily newscasts of KPIX Channel 5 for more than 25 years, covering events that included the Robert Kennedy assassination, the UC Free Speech Movement, the attempted assassination of President Gerald Ford, and the Patty Hearst kidnapping. He had served nine years as the station's East Bay Bureau Chief.

In lieu of flowers the Family asks that donations be made in the name of Ben Williams to The Next Step Learning Center 2222 Curtis Street, Oakland, CA 94607, or the Oakland Boys Club 920 24th st. Oakland Ca. 94607 (*from

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


December 10 2012

Anita Baker Nominated for 16th Grammy Award
Record-Breaking Single “Lately” up for 2013 “Best Traditional R&B Performance”

Songwriter, performer, producer and R&B icon Anita Baker has just been nominated for her 16th career Grammy Award for her record-breaking single “Lately.”

Baker will look to garner her ninth Grammy Award with “Lately,” which is nominated for “Best Traditional R&B Performance.” She has won eight Grammy awards previously.

“Lately” is from Baker’s forthcoming album, Only Forever, due out 2013. The much-anticipated album will be her first in eight years, and the single “Lately” instantly became the biggest release of her career, debuting at #10 on Billboard’s Urban AC Chart – the highest single debut of anyone in 15 years.

The success of “Lately,” which recently hit #1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B chart and sat atop the Jazz chart for five consecutive weeks, also put Baker in the record books. With her latest #1, she surpassed Whitney Houston for the longest span of number-one hits. Houston’s record was 14 years; beginning with Baker’s first #1, 1994’s “Body & Soul” to 2005’s “How Does It Feel?” and up to “Lately,” she sets the new mark of 18 chart-topping years.

“Lately” was released digitally on August 7, 2012, and was produced by The Underdogs and executive-produced by Anita Baker and Don Was. Currently touring in support of Only Forever, Baker performed at Radio City Music Hall and sold out four shows in five days in late August, including the famed Hollywood Bowl.

Baker is an eight-time Grammy winner, with four platinum and two gold albums to her name. She shot to fame with her classic album Rapture, and experienced critical and commercial success with subsequent albums Giving You the Best I Got, Compositions, Rhythm of Love, and My Everything. She has also released a successful greatest hits (The Best of Anita Baker), holiday (Christmas Fantasy), and live album (A Night of Rapture: Live).

For more information, tour dates, and updates please visit and/or follow Anita Baker at:

More Music for the Audiophile on Your Holiday List: Anita Baker, "Christmas Fantasy"

Good music never gets old.  Great artists live forever through their music.

This Blue Note CD featuring all your favorite holiday classics from the Songstress, Anita Baker, is the perfect gift for your mailman, the gardener, the butcher or yourself.  In fact, make sure to pick one up for yourself.

Like I said, I'm "old-school" and still like CDs.  I still remember 8-tracks.

Make your "Christmas Fantasy" a reality.   (Personal favorite:  "Family of Man")

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012



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Thursday, November 29, 2012



2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.




  Millions around the World will recognize WORLD AIDS DAY on Saturday, December 1, 2012.  In recognition of WORLD AIDS DAY  bay area organizations collaborate efforts:  Get  Screened Oakland,  Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority,  INC,   SHERO Women’s Empowerment Network,  Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services  WORLD,  and 100 Black Women, Inc, OBAC, “Sistahs Getting Real About HIV/AIDS”  and  Gilead sciences, Inc , Hosts, “Many Women, One Voice African American Women & HIV   Screening & Panel Discussion in recognition of WORLD  AIDS DAY on December  1st, at Alumni House-University of California Berkeley Campus from  2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

The event is free.   Food and drink will be provided. Limited seating. First come, first served. To register for the event, please go to

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

More than 90,000 people are currently living with HIV in the UK and globally an estimated 33.3 million people have HIV. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. But despite this, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV. World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

Many Women, One Voice African American Women & HIV screening is so critical for women who still live in shame and fear to expose themselves because of the many stigmas associated with HIV/AIDS. 

Although World AIDS Day is a great opportunity to get the public talking about HIV the need to remember the importance of raising awareness of HIV all year round is critical to our survival.

 The event is being underwritten by Gilead along with support from other sponsoring organizations:

While music and cheers blared throughout the Global Village at the International AIDS Conference, a small group of women gathered at the African/Black Diaspora Networking Zone to learn more about HIV. For 20 minutes, the women tuned out the background noise and focused their attention on a short documentary, "Many Women, One Voice: African American Women and HIV."

The documentary, created by Gilead Sciences and the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, highlighted the growing rate of HIV in African American women.

"The film really put things into perspective, and the most important thing was that it provided faces to voices — strong, healthy-looking women who look just like us here," said Elma Kerry, a conference volunteer from Detroit.

African-American women revealed their experiences from the moment they learned they were positive to their everyday living. But the film wasn't just about their personal revelations. Throughout the film, the phrase "It's not about me; it's about somebody else" was constantly repeated. The short documentary was about every African-American woman and the fight against HIV.

Vanessa Johnson, co-founder of the National Women and AIDS Collective, was one of the women featured in the film and a speaker at the conference, which was recently held in D.C. at the Washington Convention Center.  "I'm encouraging those who are willing to spread the discussion educate our communities and get involved in the fight," Johnson said

 Speakers at the event include:

At birth, Hydeia Broadbent was abandoned at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas where Patricia and Loren Broadbent adopted her as an infant. Although her HIV condition was congenital, she was not diagnosed as HIV-positive with advancement to AIDS until age three. The prognosis was that she would not live past the age of five. Now at the age of 27, Hydeia spends her time spreading the message of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, by: promoting abstinence, safe-sex practices (for people who choose to have sex), and the initiative “Knowing Your HIV/AIDS Status.”

“People think because I was born with HIV my story does not apply to them. Well this same disease I am living with is the same disease you can get if you don’t know the HIV status of the person you are considering becoming sexually active with before hand, I ask people to use my testimony as a warning of what you don’t want to go through.”  Hydeia Broadbent


Hydeia Broadbent began her debut as an HIV/AIDS activist and public speaker at six years old. By 12 years old, Hydeia appeared on many national television programs including Oprah, 20/20, Good Morning America, Weekly with Ed Gordon, and “A Conversation with Magic Johnson” on Nickelodeon. She has been featured in prominent publications to include; New York Times, Teen People, Essence, YM, Ebony , Health Quest, Sister to Sister, POZ, National Geographic, Real Health, Seventeen, and Heart & Soul. She also graced the cover of TV Guide. Hydeia has also taken part many of America’s talk radio programs including, The Michael Eric Dyson Show, Russ Parr Morning Show, and The Tom Joyner Morning Show.

Over the next 10 years, Hydeia has become a notable speaker and guest panelist at many of America’s most respected educational institutions including Duke University, Morehouse School of Medicine, UCLA, USC, and Howard University. Hydeia has been a featured speaker for the International AIDS Conference in 2006. She also spoke at the 2007 Essence Music Festival as well as the 2007 AIDS Rally at the Potters House lead by Bishop TD Jakes, in Dallas, Texas.

Cathy D. Adams
CDA Consulting Group
P.O. Box 23511
Oakland, Ca 94623

Phone: (5l0) 653-4085
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Monday, November 26, 2012

Book Review: "THE MAN IN 3B" by CARL WEBER

Wow.  Wow.  Wow. 

That's all I can say after reading "The Man in 3B," Carl Weber's latest novel due out in January 2013.

The neighbors in this book made me want to find a stoop and go sit on it and wait for a fine man to walk past, or better yet, move into the neighborhood.  (I only have a porch so that will have to do)

Just when you think Carl Weber couldn't possibly have any more drama or mystery left in his imagination to capture the reader, he does it again.

The characters:  

Connie - the wife who has picked up a few pounds since her wedding day but is still in love with her man - but he's not in love with her now

Avery - the "low-down" dirty, no good husband who can't even appreciate a good woman like Connie.  But don't worry - he's going to get his 

Benny - the smart young college student who has been spoon-fed by his dad and doesn't trust his own decisions

Krystal - she is a hot mess - you just have to read about Ms. Krystal for yourself

And, the one and only, Mr. Daryl Graham - so fine he'll make you wanna hit your mama.  A "bad boy" with secrets.  What is it about bad boys that we love so much?

Plus a whole cast of characters that will keep you engaged.

I love urban fiction.  I really do.  I don't always want or need a Pulitzer Prize winner.  I like a book that's going to make me smile.  And laugh.   And roll my neck!

Sometimes, you just want to keep it real.  And ask the Lord to forgive you for reading some of the words on the page and smiling when you read them.

It's a guilty pleasure.   I do sometimes feel guilty when reading Weber's books.  But the only thing I can tell you is, just don't put them in the same tote bag with your bible.  You know what I'm saying?

About "The Man in 3B"

Darryl has just moved into a Jamaica, Queens, apartment building and his neighbors, both male and female alike, can't stop talking about him. From his down-to-earth personality to his extreme attractiveness to his undeniable swag, Darryl is the man every woman wants and every man wants to be. Darryl is quickly welcomed into the building and immediately becomes a part of each of the tenants' lives.

Connie, an overweight and unhappy wife, turns to Darryl for help losing weight, hoping to try and fix her crumbling marriage. But when Darryl starts making Connie feel beautiful again, she questions whether or not her marriage is worth saving. Benny, a spoiled teenager, looks up to Darryl as a role model. When an unexpected event occurs, Benny is left questioning everything he's ever known. Krystal, Darryl's first love, wants to make things work with her current boyfriend. Yet, having Darryl back in her life sends her happy home spiraling out of control. And, last but not least, Avery, Connie's husband, doesn't care about anyone or anything when a financial opportunity comes his way-that is, until he notices how much time his wife is spending with their new neighbor.

Everything seems to be going well, until someone is murdered, and everyone becomes a prime suspect.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

CeeLo's Magic Moment

The season is here - ready or not!

Right now, I'm jammin' while I work to CeeLo's "Magic Moment" holiday CD.

There are 14 tracks on this CD - all good. 

Personal favorites:  "This Christmas," "Baby It's Cold Outside" (featuring Christina Aguilera) and "Merry Christmas, Baby" (featuring Rod Stewart & Trombone Shorty)

I'm old-fashioned and still purchase CDS, but you can download on itunes, of course.

Feeling the spirit.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Movie Review: "Flight" starring Denzel Washington

The movie "Flight" was just what I needed to take my mind off the presidential election.

That is not to say that this was light entertainment.  

It was fiercely intense, sometimes dark, incredibly suspenseful and Denzel Washington turns in another outstanding performance.

I won't give anything away for those who haven't seen it.  But, it's about realizing when your life has become unmanageable.

Don Cheadle and Kelly Reilly also turn in powerful performances.  Oh, and John Goodman is - well, he's John Goodman - hilarious.

It's about 2 hours and 15 minutes, so a little longer than most movies, but the time flies by and you don't even realize how long you've been in the theater.

In fact, I plan to see it a second time.

It's a winner.

Monday, October 29, 2012


I must admit this is a very somber Monday for me.  The combination of Hurricane Sandy and the presidential election is more than I can handle today.

I pray that President Obama is elected to serve another term.  I can honestly appreciate his hard work and efforts and the changes he has implemented over the last four years.  In spite of the fact that the GOP has done everything in their power to sabotage his presidency.  No, he didn’t do everything he said he was going to do – but it’s not for lack of trying.  Boehner and his cronies fought him every step of the way.

President Obama has been the most disrespected President in history.  When did you ever see another president called a “liar” from the floor of Congress?  America has truly reared its racist head and it ain’t a pretty sight.
I’m trying to make peace with the fact that there are people who will vote against their own best interests, if it means they are keeping their foot on a Black man’s neck.  
“Mittens"  has proven himself to be nothing more than a flip-flopping, lying, racist, out of touch, you know what.   

And while if he is elected the entire country will suffer, many of the poor, uninsured, unemployed, uneducated whites who will vote for him, will suffer as well. 

If people don’t have the good sense to see the differences between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, then they deserve what they get.
Unfortunately, the rest of us will have to suffer.