2010 News Releases

EAST BAY DRAGONS MOTORCYCLE CLUB LATEST ORGANIZATION TO SPONSOR THE 25TH ANNUAL AABE HOLIDAY GIFT SHOW
The AFRICAN AMERICAN BUSINESS EXCHANGE (AABE) and the EAST BAY DRAGONS Motorcycle Club (EBD) are pleased to announce the EBD is the newest sponsor of the 25th annual AABE Holiday & Kwanzaa Gift Show, which will take place December 11-12th at the Oakland Marriott Convention Center. Saturday’s entertainment headliner is Oakland’s own and former American Idle contestant, LaToya London with her new group Urban Punk.
2010-12-7

George C. Fraser and Dr. Julia Hare Join Gumbo For The Soul Family With Fourth Anthology
“Gumbo for the Soul: Men of Honor” – Call for Submissions Deadline Extended to March 2, 2011

The fourth title in the “Gumbo for the Soul” anthology series is “Gumbo for the Soul: Men of Honor,” a compilation of literary offerings in which contributing writers celebrate Men of Honor impacting their respective lives with purpose. The book will salute fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, friends, mentors, uncles, brothers, nephews, husbands and boos, too! Both – best-selling authors and celebrated keynote speakers – George C. Fraser and Julia Hare, Ph.D. will contribute to the book.
2010-12-1

“Gumbo For The Soul: Women of Honor” Hits Book Stores
Third in Award-winning Anthology Series Benefits Breast Cancer Organization

Compiled by San Francisco Bay Area native Beverly Black Johnson, “Gumbo for the Soul: Women of Honor” is an assemblage of savory literary offerings honoring women and supporting the fight against breast cancer. Synthia SAINT JAMES, Dr. Julia Hare, Lorraine Elzia, Shelia M. Goss, Bruce George, Sharon Stinson Gray and many other individuals of prominence contributed to successfully bringing the sure-to-be best-seller to fruition. Proceeds from this special pink edition anthology will benefit Sister’s Network Inc., San Francisco Chapter.
2010-11-4

DR. DICK GREGORY LEADS PRAYER VIGIL AT 32ND ANNUAL OFFICIAL JONESTOWN MEMORIAL SERVICE
Survivors, Families and Friends of Victims and Community Leaders Take Part

On Nov. 18, 1978 the world as we knew it was changed forever. 918 adults and 305 children–including 40 infants–lost their lives along with U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan and a United Press International film crew. The place was Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana–that Paradise of Pain founded and led by James Warren “Jim” Jones, forever rendered infamous by its name “Jonestown.”
2010-11-18

World-renowned Artist Ralph Wolfe Cowan Paints 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic Winner (Zenyatta) for Auction During 2010 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs
Celebrated world-renowned artist Ralph Wolfe Cowan was commissioned to paint a portrait of 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Zenyatta to be auctioned for charity during the 2010 “RTCA White Horse Awards & Charity Luncheon” held at The Breeders Cup November 4th. Liz Taylor, Doris Duke, Donald Trump, and Steve and Elaine Wynn are also among the numerous celebrities whose likenesses have been committed to canvas by Cowan’s brush, as well as U.S. Presidents Reagan, Carter and Kennedy.
2010-10-13

100 BLACK MEN OF SILICON VALLEY INC. VIES TO RAISE $250K DURING AFFAIR BENEFITING YOUTH PROGRAMS AND YOUNG SCHOLARS – 16th Annual Scholarship & Awards Gala – Oct. 9, 2010
A community contributor for more than 17 years, 100 Black Men of Silicon Valley Inc. (“100 BMSV”) strives to raise $250,000 to benefit its ongoing youth programs and academic scholarship grants. Congressman Mike Honda, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reid, Silicon Valley Foundation President and CEO Emmitt D. Carson, Ph.D., and former Granite Construction Inc. president and CEO William G. Dorey are among the dignitaries and other notable guests who will be on hand for the gala fundraiser.
2010-10-3

Haiti Huddle Presents A Special Evening With Celebrity Chef Ron Duprat
“Top Chef” Competitor Cooks for Oakland Affair To Benefit Haiti Earthquake Victims – Oct. 6, 2010

Celebrity chef and fierce competitor on season six of Bravo TV’s Top Chef, Ron Duprat will kick off Haiti Huddle 2010 preparing a delectable dinner to benefit Haiti relief efforts by Food for the Poor, Inc. and the Florida Marlins’ Homes for Haiti program. Commencing with a 6:00 p.m. reception Wednesday, October 6, 2010, Haiti Huddle will host an evening of cooking and conversation with Haiti-born Chef Ron Duprat, which will coincide with a silent auction at the intimate Viva Vocé Café in the Montclair District of Oakland, CA.
2010-9-17

Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI) Reports on STEM Education Opportunity Gap in California
LPFI Announces 2011 Online Application for Pre-Collegiate STEM Program The Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH)

Level Playing Field Institute released today its comprehensive report titled “Dissecting the Data: The STEM Education Opportunity Gap in California.” This research brief synthesizes the publicly-available data on the outcomes of underrepresented students of color in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as they progress through the public education system in California. It concludes with a set of recommendations to address these challenges and increase educational outcomes. 2010-9-9

JULIA HARE, PH.D. COMMENTS ON FORTHCOMING ANTHOLOGY “GUMBO FOR THE SOUL: WOMEN OF HONOR”
She’s informed. She’s passionate. And she’s extraordinarily straightforward! She exudes sass and carries herself with the utmost class while delivering her poignant messages with thoughtful care, wit and wisdom. Dr. Julia Hare is a best-selling author; highly sought-after lecturer and expert commentator; and widely regarded as one of the most dynamic motivational speakers on the nation’s podiums today. Dr. Hare has authorized her glowing remarks about Gumbo for the Soul: Women of Honor to be placed on the book’s back cover.
2010-9-8

EVOLVE THE GALLERY Grand Opening Celebration & Exhibition featuring …
Lights, Camera, Affirmative Action! An exploration and celebration of black cinema in America

The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement that spanned the 1920s and 1930s. It grew out of the changes that had taken place in the African American community since the abolition of slavery. Characterizing the Harlem Renaissance was an overt racial pride that came to be represented in the idea of the New Negro, who through intellect and production of literature, art, and music could challenge the pervading racism and stereotypes to promote progressive or socialist politics, and racial and social integration. The creation of art and literature would serve to “uplift” the race.
2010-8-17

Actress Terri J. Vaughn’s Take Wings Foundation Hosts Star-studded Gala to Benefit At-risk Teen Girls
Known as much for her community service as for her superbly entertaining acting, Terri J. Vaughn is founder of Take Wings Foundation, a non-profit organization that addresses social and life skills needs of at-risk teen girls. On Saturday, August 21, 2010, Take Wings will host its seventh annual benefit black-tie affair with festivities commencing at 6:00 pm at San Francisco Marriott, 55 Fourth Street.
2010-7-28

Veteran SF Bay Area Performers Take Show to Las Vegas
TOP SHELF’S MOTOWN MADNESS: Harlem Nights – Motown Lights! – Dinner Show Debuts at Caesars Palace Nov. 17, 2010

J’LaChic Productions (JLC) has produced its highly acclaimed musical revue “Motown Madness” at varied venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond for more than two years, including a year-long run at Theatre 39 on PIER 39. JLC is excited to announce the expansion of its cabaret dinner show series to include the world’s entertainment capital – Las Vegas, Nevada.
2010-7-1

Breast Cancer Survivors Stroll the Fashion Runway
Dr. Julia Hare Delivers Keynote at Sisters Network Hosts Annual Benefit Luncheon & Fashion Show

Annually, the San Francisco chapter of Sisters Network, Inc., a national nonprofit African American breast cancer survivorship organization, hosts its signature benefit Luncheon and Fashion Show “Celebrating Our Survival.” Event proceeds benefit Bay Area women who have been stricken with the breast cancer disease. Sisters Network San Francisco provides breast cancer sufferers, survivors and their families with group support, agency and medical referrals, joyful activities, encouragement, education, advocacy, friendship and prayers.
2010-7-1

IN ASSOCIATION WITH COMCAST COMMUNICATIONS, SAFEWAY PRESENTS SF BAY AREA BILL PICKETT INVITATIONAL RODEO – “A Taste of Passion” Tour – July 10-11, 2010 | Rowell Ranch, Hayward, CA
To the delight of thrilled audiences and rodeo fans, some of the nation’s most skilled and entertaining Black cowboys and cowgirls will ride into the San Francisco Bay Area to compete in the exciting Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo (BPIR) presented by Safeway, in association with Comcast Communications. This year’s tour–titled “A Taste of Passion”–celebrates the rodeo’s 26th anniversary. BPIR athletes will ride into the San Francisco Bay Area to perform and compete in Hayward, California’s Rowell Ranch Rodeo Arena on Saturday and Sunday, July 10 and 11, 2010.
2010-6-29

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