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Pam Hawkins, the south bay powerhouse soul singer retains her diva crown

Pam Hawkins, the south bay powerhouse soul singer retains her diva crown

By Big Cat Tolefree It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a female soul singer with Pam’s energy and commitment to performing songs, not just singing them. Every song, every shimmy each and every show has the same power and passion, a raw emotion in a bottle of seductively infectious sincerity that comes across naturally. I appreciate Pam Hawkins and big sound she’s mastered over the years, no other female … Read entire article »

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BERKELEY’S JUNETEENTH COMMITTEE ACKNOWLEDGES ‘SLAVE APOLOGY’ FROM ALAMEDA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Berkeley Juneteenth Festival Publicity Chair, Ms. Delores Nochi Cooper Edwards, accepted a ‘Slave Apology’ resolution from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, on behalf of the Berkeley Juneteenth Festival Association. Having being honored that the Board selected her to accept the resolution; Edwards noted that, “my initial response was a flood of overwhelming emotion.” “As sincere as the gesture appeared, and as honorable as it was for the Board to have the insight and foresight to extend this olive branch,” said Edwards, my initial thinking was: “How can we (African Americans) accept this apology; how can this apology undo the atrocities of slavery148 years after the Emancipation Proclamation; and how can … Read entire article »

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Alameda County Board of Supervisors Adopts a Resolution Apologizing for Slavery of African Americans

Alameda County Board of Supervisors Adopts a Resolution Apologizing for Slavery of African Americans In commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States also known as Juneteeth, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors formally adopted a resolution this week apologizing for slavery of African Americans and calling for reparations and reconciliation. “I want to thank President Nate Miley for his leadership on this issue and allowing me an opportunity to co-sponsor the resolution,” said Supervisor Keith Carson at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting. “Apologizing for slavery is not just about past tense but the impact that it has on the present day community.’’ The resolution calls for economic reparations through health, education, employment and housing programs to address the disparities in the African American … Read entire article »

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Supervisor Carson, Assemblymember Skinner discuss Realignment Proposal at Community Forum

Supervisor Carson, Assemblymember Skinner discuss Realignment Proposal at Community Forum

Local elected officials and agency heads hosted a forum on Friday at the Way Christian Center in Berkeley to discuss the impact of Gov. Jerry Brown’s realignment proposal to transfer some mental health, foster care, and public safety services to the county level. Panelists included Supervisor Keith Carson, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, Alameda County Administrator Susan Muranishi and representatives of affected state and county agencies, including corrections, probation, health and social services. The … Read entire article »

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Toyota refuses to thank Black consumers

We can play it too.  We will ask the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus to lead a delegation of Black newspaper publishers and leaders to Japan so that we can speak directly to Toyota’s leadership.” “Black newspapers are tried, true, and trusted when it comes to Black people in America,” said Mr. Bakewell.  “We are the gatekeepers for reaching Black people.  Ford and GM understand that, as do other corporations like AT&T and Wells Fargo.  When corporations want and need to reach the African-American consumer they see Black newspapers as the vehicle through which to reach Black people. Toyota needs to stop trivializing the power the of the Black press and understand that all we want is for Toyota to give Black people … Read entire article »

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