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Oakland Ed Fund’s executive director talks about importance of celebrating African American authors


February is black history month and 2019 marks the fifth year of African American Literature Read-In Week.
Joel Mackey is a dedicated nonprofit leader in the East Bay for more than two decades. As an attorney, he brings his background in law and community work to the classroom, teaching a variety of courses at University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, and California State University East Bay.

Mackey joined ABC7 to talk about the importance and joy of celebrating African American authors and illustrators during Oakland Ed Fund’s annual African American Literature Read-In.

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Taste of Africa event kicks off African American History Month – The Oakland Post

After Oakland had just come back to school from a three-day break courtesy of the polar vortex,  African music was playing over the speakers, and people filtered into the Taste of Africa event hosted by the Center for Multicultural Initiatives (CMI) on Feb. 1.

Food was served, and there were anything from collard greens, to candied yams to catfish to celebrate African culture and to kick off African American History Month. Coloring pages of prominent figures throughout African American history were spread out among the tables, which was a way to get the guests involved before the big show started.

If anyone needed help or had questions, the members of the CMI were clad in white T-shirts that had Africa on them, and they were ready to help. Omar Brown-El, the senior director for the CMI, said…

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An African American female composer finds a musical champion in Oakland

Titled “To Belong Here: Notes from the African Diaspora,” the program ranged from 18th century Paris to the Harlem winningly evoked in the music of …
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Bakanal de Afrique brings African diaspora performance to Oakland and SF

Immerse yourself in the underground and emerging arts of the African diaspora via Bakanal de Afrique, a multi-genre festival taking place throughout …
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Professor receives grant to promote computer science among African-American girls – The Oakland Post

As an associate professor in the department of psychology at Oakland University, Martha Escobar, Ph.D., has always had a passion for educating underrepresented minorities, but only began delving into the research field about six or seven years ago.

“One of the things that we would like to do is to make science truly accessible to those individuals,” she said. “Finding those individuals that have the talent and the passion and the motivation, and giving them the tools to develop that talent, that passion and that motivation into something that becomes a career down the road.”

Keeping with this plan, Escobar recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation enabling OU to partner with the University of Alabama and Tuskegee University, and to create a three-year program in…

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Stygian Corporation Launches First Black-Owned Bourbon in Oakland

A new black-owned spirits company in Oakland doesn’t just want to make smooth bourbon and vodka. Its founders want to empower African Americans nationwide to launch their own boozy businesses.

“If you go to bars across the country, how many African American-owned spirit companies do you see at those venues? Hardly any,” said Stygian Corporation founder and CEO JD Stewart. “How do we make sure spirits there are representative of minorities?”

Stewart hopes to launch Stygian’s Black Bourbon this November, and he believes it will be the first of its kind in the U.S. “There are no African American companies in the country producing bourbon,” he said. “We’d be the first. There are whiskies, wine, but there’s no bourbon.”

Nielsen data projects African American buying…

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