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Marquesa LaDawn

By Marquesa LaDawn
NNPA Columnist


Before I discuss Part I of the big RHOA reunion , I need to talk about how they looked:

• Porsha – She’s a beautiful lady with a body any woman would kill for. Still, the look did not work at all. Why? Ill-fitting, strange and sort of desperate. The side boob did not work but I liked her makeup and hair.
• Kandi – It seemed too homemade, my girl has got bank, she just needs to look the part. Too much boob, it was overwhelming, she needed a better fit. The hair and makeup looked great.
• Kenya – I have to say, she looked hot! Although, her dress has been done by everybody. Her makeup was flawless.
• Phaedra – Old School look with a taste of country. I don’t think it worked. I heard one podcaster say, she wears appliances as jewelry. I think she dressed well most of the season, but not the reunion.
• Nene – One of her best looks! I loved her hair and jewelry. The suit fit her body very well. I was really proud of her look.
• Claudia – What happened to my favorite new housewife? She looked too simple, not splashy enough. I was bored to tears.
• Cynthia – The Farah Fawcett hair was my favorite of the night. From the waste up, she rocked it. From the waste down, not so much. I can appreciate an A-line skirt, it just looked odd with the top.

The reunion gets a C+ grade, mostly because of Nene’s favorite quote, “You are right, I am wrong.” Nene you were paid to do a job, bring it. You do not have to act crazy but we the fans expect you to participate. I have a feeling next week (Part 2) things will change.

At least, I hope they do for Porsha’s sake. She struggled with providing strong arguments and this challenge shined at the reunion. She could not justify making a statement about Peter cheating among many other not so gifted arguments. But, I must give her credit for outshining Demetria, as a minor housewife. She’s on the couch at the end and Demetria, isn’t.

Another standout this season, my girl Claudia. She’s mastered the perfect argument, which shut down Nene multiple times this season. At the reunion, she continued. Once you throw Kenya and Cynthia into the mix, the other ladies are powerless. Heck, I might as well add Kandi, she has a voice this reunion and it’s refreshing. She called Nene out on not being a good friend.

By the way, Kenya lost the argument trying to shame Porsha about her family history, (Porsha’s father was a historical figure in the Black community). She looked silly since she fights just as dirty. Come on Kenya, stop waiting for an apology regarding the fight last reunion; it’s not going to happen.

I can’t ignore Phaedra and the emotion she shows that a lot of folks do not believe. I get that she’s going through a hard time with her husband in prison, but keeping her boys away from their father is not a great decision.

On a positive note, the ladies looked great and it was entertaining, but I need more steam in Part 2.

There was a lot of steam in NYC – with The Real Housewives of New York.

The cougar thing continues, but fireworks are ahead because a rule being broken. You see, Carole is fooling around with Luanne’s niece ex-boyfriend of 20-something, who is part of the staff. The rule? You know it: Do not mess around with your friends’ staff.

Cougar town continued at Bethenny’s birthday party. I must admit, it got kinda weird. Between, Sonya’s young man and his young friend and Luanne’s young man, it was raining well, very young men. Bethenny not only danced on the tables, she excluded the other housewives, another rule broken, I think. You know B, she couldn’t care less. It was her birthday.

Later in the week, a few of the housewives met for lunch and Heather begins to tell B about Kristen’s feelings being hurt regarding not getting invited. B shut her down in the rudest way. She later admitted on her Bravo blog that she was a bit too harsh.

Another person who needs to own her rudeness is the new housewife, Dorinda. She treated her boyfriend like he was the bottom of her shoe, for, uh, giving an opinion. She was trying to justify keeping him away from her daughter who does not approve of their relationship. This same daughter, 20-something, called her mom’s boyfriend fat, though she didn’t seem too perfect herself.

In spite of all the drama, rudeness and broken rules, they are back and hotter than ever!

Before I go… A quick update on RHOBH star, Kim Richards… After running out of the room, her kids followed and forgot about the microphones. Her son admitted that she still drinks and makes pills. She was busted on live TV. The good news, she going to rehab.


Marquesa LaDawn is a professional businesswoman who escapes the pressures of living in New York City by retreating into the real world of reality TV. Follow me on twitter @realityshowgirl and subscribe to her podcast at


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ILWU Profile: Marcus McDade, Working on Oakland’s Waterfront

Oakland’s longshore and dock workers are the frontline essential workers for economic pandemic relief and supply-chain restoration.



ILWU member Marcus McDade

“I was born and grew up in North Oakland and attended Washington Elementary and Claremont Jr. High School, then Oakland Tech and graduated from Berkley High. I work for ILWU, Local 10 and have been a longshoreman for 22 years.  

“Before becoming a longshoreman, I worked small, part-time jobs including as a coach for after-school youth program football, basketball and baseball for Oakland Parks and Recreation. 

“A buddy called me one morning and said that the longshoremen were hiring and to get down to Jack London Square, fill out a postcard and send it in before 5 p.m. At the time, I wasn’t sure exactly what a longshoreman did, but I knew it was a good-paying job with benefits. 

“When I arrived at Jack London, there was a line wrapped around the corner. My buddy kept saying it was a good job, so I put in for it.  It was 1999, and my name was picked from the lottery. The rest is history. 

“This is a great job. It takes care of my family, my kids and me. I started off as a dock man, unidentified with no benefits, then identified and went straight to B-man and then A-man where I still am today.” 

“I like the fact that you can start at the bottom (unidentified) and be promoted to the top as A-Man. I’ve completed numerous skill trainings that allow me to work various waterfront jobs for good pay, including but not limited to operating top picks, calamars, cranes, and transtainers. 

“Not only are the pay and benefits great, I also love the flexibility. I pick up my jobs from the Hall and if a job is available and in alignment with my number, I can choose it because I’m trained in so many skilled jobs on the waterfront.

“Currently, I have a nephew who works on the Oakland waterfront.  I’m proud I was able to help my nephew have an opportunity as a longshoreman. He is a B-man and loves his job. Working on the waterfront as a longshoreman can involve strenuous physical labor, so it is not for everyone.

“Howard Terminal is on designated port land, and it provides more work for our industry and helps the whole port run more efficiently while keeping idling and parked cargo trucks off West Oakland streets. 

“The Oakland A’s should not have a ballpark there. The A’s move to Howard Terminal with thousands of fans will affect the future of the longshore workers, truckers, residents, and businesses. It’ll be far too congested down here and unsafe for the thousands of fans and residents who would be crossing rail lines and 24/7 cargo truck traffic.

“Make no mistake: I want the A’s to stay in Oakland. I’m a huge fan. I grew up in Oakland and in the same neighborhood as Ricky Henderson and his family. However, it would be best if the A’s found a way to continue playing at the Coliseum. 

“Longshoremen are essential American workers that keep America supplied with goods.”


The Oakland Post’s coverage of local news in Alameda County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.

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A’s Owner John Fisher Port Proposal No Good for Oakland

Billionaire John Fisher, owner of the A’s, has things to do before he can take over Oakland’s public port property to build malls and housing for the rich. 



Howard Terminal on Port of Oakland Map


Billionaire John Fisher, owner of the A’s, has things to do before he can take over Oakland’s public port property to build malls and housing for the rich. 

It is such a bad idea and the costs to the public are so ridiculous that logically it shouldn’t happen.  But this right-wing, Trump-supporting Republican has a boatload of money and a few corporation-oriented politicians to help him push it through.  

So, Oaklanders need to be active, or he might get it. Here are two of the things we need to act on: 

  1. Fisher won’t spend his own money.  So, he wants Alameda County to give up spending on things like the COVID-19 pandemic, so we residents can pay for his project with taxpayer money.  The vote on this will come up to the Board of Supervisors on October 26.  If you’d prefer that the County fund health care, housing and other resident necessities, ask them to vote “No.” Call your supervisor at 510-208-4949 and/or attend the meeting.
  2. The Oakland City Council will make the ultimate decision about Fisher’s project and there are a zillion reasons they should say “No.”  Among them: a) Fisher’s project requires that thousands of people run across the tracks of a busy railroad, which killed a number of people even before there were big crowds needing to get to their condos or a stadium.   b) And  Fisher’s project would wreck Oakland’s Port.  The “Seaport Compatibility Measures” necessary to keep the Port alive would cost hundreds of millions of dollars which would not be needed if it were not for Fisher’s project.  So, Fisher, not taxpayers, should pay for them. c)  And then there are all the other ways it will hurt the waterfront, the environment, and Port workers.

You can get contact information to reach your Council member here –

Personally, any public official who votes for Fisher’s project will never get my vote again.   Call me hard-headed, but the harm to  Oakland as a working-class, multi-racial city, the harm to the ILWU (the union of Port workers, perhaps the most progressive union in America)  and the opposition of the people of East Oakland are enough to make my hard head think that’s what solidarity requires.

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Development Group Proposes Black Panther Film Studios at Coliseum

Elaine Brown, former Black Panther Party leader and CEO of Oakland & the World Enterprises (OAW), has teamed up with master developer McCormack Baron Salazar (MBS), to create The Coliseum Dream development project.



Elaine Brown via Twitter

Elaine Brown, former Black Panther Party leader and CEO of Oakland & the World Enterprises (OAW), has teamed up with master developer McCormack Baron Salazar (MBS), to create The Coliseum Dream development project.

Highlights of the Dream project are: readiness to purchase the city’s 50% interest; positive discussions with the Oakland A’s; installation of Black Panther Studios as development anchor, which will be the first Black-owned film studio on the West Coast; ability to finance the entire development, estimated at $5 billion; building of hundreds of affordable housing units; development of a luxury hotel and department store; creating and supporting youth tech, arts and business training centers; construction of a supermarket in a food desert; making Oakland a tourist destination.

Vince Bennett, president and CEO of MBS, a multi-billion-dollar housing developer based in St. Louis, said: “MBS is ready to immediately enter into a purchase and sale agreement with the City of Oakland and become the master developer of the entire site.”

The Coliseum Dream Development Group (CDDG) recognizes the impossibility of developing the Coliseum site solely by purchasing the city’s 50% interest. Partnership with the other 50% interest owner, the Oakland A’s, is necessary.  

Brown says she has discussed the site with Dave Kaval, A’s president, over the last few years, and said, “Dave has stated he loves the idea of Black Panther Studios as the anchor of CDDG’s development vision.”

The problem CDDG faces is not readiness on its part but the City Council’s unwillingness to entertain proposals other than those two they hand-picked in a recent closed session.

In a closed session scheduled for Thursday, October 7, the Council considered the merits of its two preferred proposals, based on reports from the City Administrator.  This closed session meeting arose from a vote of the Council’s Rules Committee on Thursday, September 30.  

In lieu of allowing Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan’s request to push through a resolution at the Council’s October 19 meeting to enter into an agreement with the group she is promoting, the Council decided to consider the two proposals.  

It’s unclear what happens next.

Brown said, “There is no process regarding the sale of the city’s interest in the Coliseum, certainly not one that is transparent.”

In a statement to the Oakland Post, Brown submitted the following questions and answers:

Q:  Everybody talks about jobs and housing.  Will your group be able to deliver on the promise in your Coliseum Dream proposal to create jobs and build affordable housing for the community?

A (Elaine Brown): “Oakland & the World Enterprises (OAW), of which I am CEO, is presently co-developing a $72 Million, 79-unit, 100% affordable housing project in West Oakland with master housing developer McCormack Baron Salazar (MBS), headed by CEO and President Vince Bennett. 

“This reflects my ongoing commitment to the ideal of the Black Panther Party, of which I was a leading member, of Black self-determination.  The track record of MBS for building affordable housing is without parallel.  Not only has MBS built thousands of affordable housing units throughout the U.S., as well as, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, MBS is currently building a $1 billion development in Dayton, Ohio, the Dayton Arcade, which includes hundreds of affordable housing units and is bringing residents, jobs, and visitors back to downtown Dayton.  

“Our Coliseum Dream anchor project, Black Panther Studios, alone, will create thousands of new, high-tech jobs, and we will build an affiliated tech training center to create a new generation of Black, tech-savvy “digital carpenters” to make films and enter the tech economy at a high end.

Q:  Even if you are willing and able to purchase the City’s 50% interest in the Coliseum site, how can you develop the site without either purchasing the A’s 50% or partnering with the A’s?

A, (Elaine Brown): “Our team is prepared to purchase the City’s 50% interest outright, today.  We have not discussed purchasing the A’s 50% interest with the A’s, but, if that were an option, we would take it.  We have been in discussions with Dave Kaval, A’s president, over the last two years about our Coliseum Dream, and Dave has unequivocally stated that if we were to acquire the City’s 50%, he would work with us.  And, we have told Dave, we are willing to partner with the A’s.”

The Dream Proposal is available here:

The Oakland Post’s coverage of local news in Alameda County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.

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