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The Fight Against Gentrification: Qilombo’s Upcoming Art Gallery

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Qilombo Community Center of the Afrikatown and McClymonds district has teamed up with local Oakland artist and photographer Danté-Alexander to launch a monthly Art Showcase & Gallery on First Fridays.

 

Join the community center for its groundbreaking event on Friday, Feb. 5 at Qilombo, located at 2313 San Pablo Ave in Oakland, starting at 7 p.m.

 

 

The community center encourages people to submit art of any expression (from paintings and sculpture to spoken word and performances). The first place winner will win cash prizes.

 

 

Last November, Qilombo hosted its first Anti-Gentrification Block Party. The event celebrated the importance of communities standing together in solidarity against gentrification and announced that the community center won its fight against its own eviction.

 

 

According to Qilombo’s volunteers, in the subsequent months the center was paid a visit from a representative from the Planning and Building Department of Oakland. The representative laid out a pamphlet of what Oakland will look like over the course of five to ten years, which included a Black Arts District.

 

 

Volunteer Chaga Kwa Nia, an Oakland native and community organizer, said he agreed that Oakland needed development, but the kind of economic development that would not displace low-income residents in the process.

 

 

Another volunteer, Van Dell, said the Black Arts District that the city is designating would be more of a museum to the past.

 

 

“How can you have a Black Arts District without Black people,” said Dell. “These plans are designed around investors and developers and are trying to plug in social justice out of the concerns of Oakland residents rather being designed around human lives.”

 

 

“It’s time to make our own Black Renaissance and Black Arts District, one that Afrikans can be able to fight to stay in Oakland to enjoy what we have created,” said Dell.

 

 

Guidelines for submitting art can be found on the Qilombo Art & Gallery Showcase Facebook page. Submission deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 3 at midnight.

 

 

Contest themes include gentrification, ceremony, Black & Indigenous solidarity, Afrofuturism and resistance.

 

 

For more information, contact info@qilombo.org

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Lions Hold Car Show in Corte Madera

The Corte Madera Lions Electric Vehicle and Classic Car Show was held last Sunday, September 12, at the Village shopping center’s overflow parking lot next to Nordstrom’s. 

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From top, left to right: Chloe Nolasco selling the 2021 Electra Meccanica Solo, 1968 Shelby GT, 1972 Citroen 2cv, 1957 Rolls Royce, 1967 Morgan, 1993 Dodge Viper. Bottom photo from left: 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C MKIII, 1959 Shelby Cobra, 1959 Chevy Corvette (Photos by Godfrey Lee)

The Corte Madera Lions Electric Vehicle and Classic Car Show was held last Sunday, September 12, at the Village shopping center’s overflow parking lot next to Nordstrom’s. 

The latest electric vehicles from Marin Luxury Cars — Mercedes, Mini, Ford, Electra Meccanica, and more than 75 pristine pre-1975 classic cars were featured at the show, including a fire truck and a farm tractor.

The event featured food from the The Pig in the Pickle, beer, wine, and live music from three local bands.

The Corte Madera Lions presented this community wide event. All proceeds will benefit local charities.

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B.A.S.I.C. Ministry Opens Its Doors to Feed hundreds of Asian Americans in San Leandro

Since 2020, B.A.S.I.C. Ministry (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) has fed hundreds of families in San Leandro and Oakland through their Feed My Sheep Program. 

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Volunteers feed the community/ Photo Courtesy of Mustafa Muhyee, Pastor B.A.S.I.C. MINISTRY

Since 2020, B.A.S.I.C. Ministry (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) has fed hundreds of families in San Leandro and Oakland through their Feed My Sheep Program. 

Located at 1221 Pacific Ave. in San Leandro, B.A.S.I.C. Ministry feeds hundreds of Asian American families every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. Members of B.A.S.I.C. Ministry and people in the community volunteers distribute bags of groceries and fresh vegetables.  

Also, on Wednesdays the church distributes hot meals to hundreds of families on the corner of 98th and Edes in Oakland at noon.

Lisa, a young adult Asian American woman, standing in line with her elderly mother, said “Many people in our community can’t afford to buy food.  This really helps.

B.A.S.I.C. Ministry Pastor Mustafah Muhyee says “since the pandemic he has seen a rise in families needing food.” To help us end hunger in our communities call the church at (510) 961-8781. To donate funds, go to www.jointhamovement.com  

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Saturday Sept. D7 Community Clean-Up.

In-person registration will begin at 8:30am at Castlemont High School, 8601 MacArthur Blvd, with a clean-up starting promptly at 9:00am. Volunteers will be divided into the teams and focus on five areas that will address that include the following locations:

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Hands in yellow gloves picking up empty of bottle plastic into bin bag on asphalt, volunteer and purity concept. Enviromental protection.

Councilmember Treva Reid is hosting a District 7 community clean-up drive Saturday, September 18. The drive, which is also being co-sponsored by the AASEG (African American Sports and Entertainment Group), will help beautify the parks and schools in her east Oakland area district.  Volunteers are asked to register in advance at tinyurl.com/OAKD7-CLEANUP. English and Spanish translations are also available. This citizen-led volunteer clean-up drive was inspired by the leadership of Councilmember Noel Gallo who has been sponsoring volunteer clean-up drives in District 5 for many years.

In-person registration will begin at 8:30am at Castlemont High School, 8601 MacArthur Blvd, with a clean-up starting promptly at 9:00am. Volunteers will be divided into the teams and focus on five areas that will address that include the following locations:

Schools: 

Castlemont High School, Lionel Wilson Academy, Encompass Academy,Acorn Woodland Elementary, Reach Academy, Kidango Cox-Academy

Parks: Verdese Carter Park, Tyrone Carney Park , 88th Mini Park

Libraries: 81st Library, Elmhurst Branch

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