The To Do List: ” The Power to the People-The Black Panthers at 50″ Exhibit @ Oakland Museum”




In October of 1966, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale created a radical political party at the forefront of revolutionary change—the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. On the 50th anniversary of its founding, the exhibition All Power to the People provides a contemporary view of the Party and its aims to serve oppressed people and fight injustice.



In the gallery, uncover the history of the Black Panther Party—a history that is often misunderstood. Charismatic Panthers—both men and women—created programs to benefit the people, stood up against power, and earned the admiration of other struggling communities in the US and across the globe. Many still fear the Panthers and are unaware of their motivations and intent. Former Panthers admit some mistakes and acknowledge that their image as militants cast a negative shadow on their legacy.

Rare historical artifacts, never-before-seen photographs, first-person accounts from former Panthers, scholars, and community members, and contemporary art show how the Party continues to influence culture and activism locally, nationally, and internationally.


The Black Panther story is complex. The Panthers’ ideas were potent, and they continue to inspire many. Visit All Power to the People and reflect more deeply about the Black Panther Party and its place in our shared history.




All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50 is supported in part by the Ford Foundation, the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins and members of the Donor Forum including Eileen Ash and Frank Arthur, Quinn Delaney and Wayne Jordan, and Peter Pervere and Georgia Cassel.


The All Power to the People -Black Panthers at 50

Exhibit Runs until the end of February

The Oakland Museum of California

  1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607

(510) 318-8400

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The Black Panthers began where many national movements begin, in the East San Francisco Bay.  I found the exhibit moving and familiar as I am from the bay area. Even though I saw members of the Panthers on a daily bases, I feared them. This was the time of Dr Kings peaceful resistance.   Some people believe affiliation with the Panthers would lead to trouble. 

Panthers the group was too radical in an area known for radicals.  Although they were cool looking with their perfect afros and black leather jackets they didn’t seem approachable.

One of my many takeaways from the Exhibit, was the age of the Panthers, most were in the twenties.   As a father and someone who remembers being in my twenties,  I remember it being a time of defiance and blind aggression.   Having said that, I didn’t know about the schools, and senior programs.  I didn’t know about food clinics.    I didn’t know.

Many in the government viewed the Panthers as modern day terrorist.  Many in the black community viewed them as saviors.    One could spend hours at the Exhibit, listening to government recordings and watching videos. 

If you live or plan to travel to Cailfornia and this fantastic exhibit to your calender.   Its quite the experience. Bring the entire family.

“Those Who Do Not Learn From History Are Doomed to Repeat it”




Why Adele’s Grammys flub was actually a pop-star power play

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By: Mikael Wood/LaTimes

Is this becoming a habit for Adele?

As you’ve surely heard by now, the young British singer went dramatically off-script at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, halting her shaky performance of the late George Michael’s  “Fastlove” (presumably because she couldn’t hear her accompaniment) and asking to start the tribute again.

But although the moment was shocking — at least by the tightly managed standards of televised awards shows — it wasn’t exactly a surprise: After all, Adele experienced a similar mishap at the 2016 Grammys, where she delivered a deeply pitchy rendition of her song “All I Ask” that seemed to disrupt the idea of Adele’s vocal prowess.

“I can’t do it again like last year,” she said Sunday as she stopped “Fastlove,” and the pain of “All I Ask” was clearly still vivid in her memory.

After the earlier incident, some wondered if the singer’s career would take a hit — including Adele herself, who appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show and spoke about the crippling pressure to live up to her success.

Yet the damage never materialized; in fact, 2016 ended up a banner year for Adele, with a sold-out world tour that stopped for eight nights at Staples Center and a blockbuster album, “25,” that finished as the year’s biggest seller. (On Sunday, “25” was named album of the year, one of five awards the singer took home.)

One conclusion to draw here is that messing up actually helped Adele, as indeed will this latest blunder-if-you-can-call-it-that.

More than her ability as a singer, it’s Adele’s perceived relatability that’s made her one of music’s biggest stars. At a moment when so much pop feels so carefully strategized, she cuts a different, more approachable figure — less polished than Taylor Swift, less cunning than Katy Perry, less intellectually ambitious than Beyoncé.

So to crumple under the hot lights — and then own up to the panic anyone might feel in the situation — is only to deepen the valuable sense of connection listeners feel with her.

As this year’s Grammys host, James Corden, said in  a recent interview, fans watch Adele onstage and think, “She’s representing me up there.” And who among us can’t envision themselves whiffing in front of an audience of tens of millions of people?

Then again, there’s another way of looking at the “Fastlove” episode that demonstrates just how exceptional Adele is — and how powerful.

Musicians flub notes all the time on live TV; Adele wasn’t even the only one to do it Sunday, as anybody who caught Lukas Graham and Kelsea Ballerini’s ear-bending duet can tell you.

But Adele was the only one to bring an elaborate prime-time production to a standstill because she didn’t like the way it was going.

That takes real confidence in one’s artistic vision.

Was she genuine in her apologies to the crowd and to the Grammys’ producer, Ken Ehrlich, whom she mentioned by name? There’s no reason to doubt it, particularly given the anguished look on her face.

But along with the horror at repeating a familiar mistake, Adele’s mind had to have been filled with the certainty that she’d be allowed to pick the song up again, something Kelsea Ballerini could scarcely have assumed.

In other words, the Grammy stage was a safe space for Adele, not just in success but in failure too.

It almost makes you wonder if she’s started planning next year’s snafu.

Can SNL topple 45’s administration?

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By: Dean Obeidallah/CNN

Saturday Night Live is clearly no longer content to just comically fillet 45 As we saw again in this Saturday night’s episode, they are increasingly going after key members of his staff. And if recent media reports are accurate, this seems to be rattling Trump and causing dissension within his administration.

When I worked on the production staff of SNL for eight seasons, we never knew if the politician or the celebrity the show would be mocking that weekend would be watching. But of course with Donald Trump, we do know. It appears he can’t help hate-watching the show. Trump has taken to Twitter on multiple occasions to slam the iconic comedy show, even demanding back in October that it be canceled because he was outraged by the way Alec Baldwin and the show depicted him.
Baldwin hosted the show this past Saturday, and if the sole goal of SNL was to drive Trump to Twitter to lash out, they could’ve featured many sketches with Baldwin lambasting the President. After all, Trump offers comedians an abundance of material. But instead, the show made a decision to focus more on key members of his administration like Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway.
The show opened with Melissa McCarthy reprising her hilarious role from last week as Spicer. This time Spicer tried to remain in control but as time went on he lost it. Soon Spicer was hawking goods for Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, which Nordstrom pulled this week for poor sales. And Spicer even comically commented on the racist underpinnings of Trump’s “extreme vetting” plan by using a white Barbie doll who easily walks by TSA security agents before a brown skinned “Moana” doll is immediately subjected to a pat down.
Assuming the media reports are accurate that last Saturday’s SNL depiction of Spicer got under Trump’s skin since a woman was playing Spicer, then the next moment of the cold open must really have angered Trump. That’s when his newly sworn-in Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, entered the sketch, played by the amazing Kate McKinnon. And she delivered a great comic line, touching on Session’s alleged racist past, “We all know there are two kinds of crime…regular and black.”
In the span of a few short minutes, SNL had again undermined Spicer, depicted the “Muslim ban” as racist, and spotlighted Sessions’ controversial past. That’s great political comedy.
But SNL was far from done with Trump’s team. Next came an entire sketch about Trump’s senior advisor Kellyanne Conway, which began with CNN’s Jake Tapper, played by Beck Bennett, commenting on how he didn’t want Conway on his show because of her peddling of fictitious stories, including “The Bowling Green massacre” that never happened.
Moments later when Tapper arrives at his apartment, he’s confronted — in a loose parody of the classic film “Fatal Attraction” — by an angry lingerie-clad Conway played by McKinnon. She declares she’s “not going to be ignored” by Tapper or any in the media because, “I just want to be part of the news.”
It wasn’t until the Weekend Update segment where Trump really became the brunt of the jokes. One of the most cutting came from Update co-anchor Michael Che when he commented that Trump looked miserable as President and noted that Trump was eating a truly unhealthy diet of KFC fried chicken. Che wryly added that Trump should quit now as President, “I mean, Donald, is this really how you want to spend the last two years of your life?!”
And finally, one hour into the show, we saw Baldwin as Trump. This time it was in a People’s Court parody of Trump appealing the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision. Sure, it was funny — especially when Trump calls as a character witness a shirtless Vladimir Putin — but clearly, SNL had made a conscious decision to not use Baldwin as Trump in sketch after sketch in this highly anticipated episode.
Giving comedic airtime to parodies of Sessions, Conway, and Spicer instead of wall-to-wall Baldwin was both funny and an important commentary on the volatile first weeks of the Trump administration. Obviously SNL alone can’t undermine the credibility of a presidential administration. But it can play a key role. (Hence Trump lashing out at SNL.) And given that SNL is at a 22-year high in ratings this season, the show is off to a good start. Its reach has not been this great in decades.
So in a time when polls show many Americans distrust the mainstream media, it may just take SNL and comedians to be the voices of reason. Here’s hoping that week after week SNL helps make America laugh again at Trump — and his administration.
Dean ObeidallahDean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is the host of SiriusXM radio’s daily program “The Dean Obeidallah Show” and a columnist for The Daily Beast. Follow him @deanofcomedy. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.

Court Awards Burger King Employee $46,000 after being fired for taking Fish Sandwich

Surrey, BC: FEBRUARY 11, 2017 -- Usha Ram was fired from her job at Burger King on Granville Street in Vancouver, BC because of a miscommunication about taking food home after her shift. Ram sued the franchise and was awarded $46,000 in a wrongful dismissal suit.

By:Stephanie IP\Vancouver Sun

Usha Ram worked at various Burger King locations in Vancouver Canada as a cook for more than for 24 years . With no record of any formal discipline.

At the end of her shift on Dec. 27, 2013, Ram asked Yayyaba Salman, the manager on duty, in Hindi if she could take home what was later translated in court as “fish fry” without paying, as she did not have her wallet that day.

Her manager who also spoke Hindi, agreed and Ram packed a fish sandwich, an order of fries, and a pop. The manager later testified that she thought Ram was asking only to take home “fish” as in a fish sandwich, and not an order of fries as well.

The following week, Salman waited to see if Ram would pay for the extra food she had taken, which came to a total cost of $1 once staff discounts were accounted for. When Ram did not, the manager notified Janif Mohammed the co-owner of the Burger King, and Ram was pulled into a meeting and accused of stealing.


According to court documents, Burger King employees are entitled to free drinks during their shifts and half-priced food outside of shifts, unless otherwise approved by a manager. The judge noted there was some ambiguity as various testimonies shared different understandings the staff policies.



When Ram began crying and offered to pay for the food in hopes of keeping her job, she was told to leave. Ram left the premises in tears and uncertain whether she was still employed. Ram claims she suffered mental distress as a result of the incident. Ram was a full time employee earning 21,000 a year


Ram is a 55-year-old wife and mother who immigrated to Canada from Fiji in 1987. She has a Grade 8 education and a basic level of English. Throughout the trial, Ram testified in Hindi using an interpreter.

Ram is the sole breadwinner, supporting both her physically handicapped husband and a mentally disabled adult daughter.


Janif Mohammed, co-owner of the Granville Street fast food joint, represented himself in court and countered that he had a zero-tolerance policy for theft and said Ram took a sandwich, fries and soft drink, though Yayyaba Salman, the manager on duty at the time, testified she thought Ram had asked only to take a sandwich.

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B.C. Supreme Court Justice Lisa Warren concluded Ram was not given an appropriate chance to respond to the allegations and clarify that it was the result of a miscommunication.

Warren also ruled Mohammed and franchise co-owner Michael Lacombe “behaved in an unreasonable, unfair and unduly insensitive manner” the day Ram was confronted with the allegations, noting  Mohammed failed to take into account the difficulty Ram would face trying to find a job elsewhere, considering her age, poor English skills, and lack of education.

Warren ordered the franchisee to pay Ram general damages of $21,000, which reflects a year’s worth of salary, and $25,000 in aggravated damages for Ram’s emotional turmoil following the dismissal.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta Sp9 Ep13 : If these woods could talk

Q: What do you get when you mix  Sheree Whitfield with Marlo Hampton?

A: A lot of Shit!

Picking up from where we left off, the wonderful housewives are in a bus heading for the camping grounds.   The heat between Kenya and Porsha  has calmed, at least for now.  However, Kenya  still doesn’t believe Porsha’s anger management classes are working.

The ladies arrive to check in  and the desk clerk reminds them to watch out for critters in the woods.   Remember, Pheadra made arrangements for the ladies but Kandi, Porsha and Sheree, all brought uninvited guests..   Poor Sheree, at checkin, Marlo announces has gas issues.  Sheree brought everything but a GAS mask.

Earn your Peach

Alone in their cabin, Sheree the shit stirrer (maybe its appropriate Marlo is her roomate) coyly mentions  someone in the group is: “dipping in the lady pond”.  She doesn’t mention a name. but Marlo asks if its Kandi?

Sheree says she really hates the fakery. The ladies have real issues with each other but act  all friendly and nice when they hang out.

 Porsha and Phaedra have been throwing around Kandi hooking up with Shamea are just another example of stabbing a buddy in the back while kissing them on the cheek.

Shereé’s diabolical plan is to bring up the rumors during their upcoming campfire session of “Ask Marlo,”

Its Marlo Time! 

While they may have compy cabins, tonight its about the full outdoor camping experience, its Tent City Baby.

While the ladies all have their cans and bottles of bug sprays.  Leave it to Marlo, to bedazzle her can with sparkles.

While the professional can assemble his tent in five minutes, the women take much longer.   Some took two hours.

After all the tents competed, its time for roasting marshmallows and housewives. Porsha’s sister Lauren starts the “Ask Marlo ” segment of the evening.   Asking Marlo what was the deal between Marlo and Kenya.  Kenya’s look is “not again”  Marlo seems happy to share . Explaining how Kenya  left her out of a birthday and housewarming party.   While Kenya said , she “apologized multiple times” for what happened Marlo doesn’t remember and the two goes back and forth and then Marlo goes deep by saying  You know  she’s a bad person when her own mother won’t even talk to her,” which gets a immediate reaction from all the ladies .   Phaedra sweeps in and changes the conversation. .

The Morning After 

Tent free, the ladies head back to the cabins..At lunch, the topic becomes divorce. First up Pheadra. What’s the status and why its taking so long?   Kandi say’s she heard it only takes 60 days for a divorce to go through when one party is in jail (you can all most hear Mama Joyce coming through her mouth) but Porsha steps in to defend Phaedra, stating that Apollo never wanted the divorce to be finalized, and that’s why it’s taking so long.

Cynthia ,talks about her divorce from Peter . She believes they’re close to signing.  She wants closure with Peter, but he simply wants to sign the paper and be over with it.   The ladies take turns consoling her.  Peace.

At the Lake

One thing is very clear, Sheree is a city girl. She’s one for wigs, weaves  makeup and nails.  She is not feeling  the bugs, lakes or boats. She is having a fit with nature. The rest of the ladies are enjoying the canoes and paddle boats. Sheree stays on the shore, trying to avoid the flying critters.


Easy peezy, just climb up some stairs, a hundred feet and jump.  Kenya’s excited, Phaedra Sheree, and Cynthia looks up and says “nope” out the gate.  Kenya goes for it and tries her damnedest  to make it look easy.  Kandi went and looked as if she Jumps daily. Porsha, take a leap of faith, cries up and cries down. Everyone is happy.

A Candlelight Dinner (cue scary music)

The table was beautiful, the ladies are dressed (glamping) . They reminisce about the day’s events and then…………..

Kenya apologizes (yet again) for hurting Marlo’s feelings.  The MARLO apologizes for going low about her mother. Kenya is moved.  Then (cue scary music) Marlo says she’ll move forward “with caution.” Then Marlo decides to take it there by  asking Kandi if she is a lesbian.

Are we all enjoying the salad ?

Every bodies eyes popped out with Kandi being the most confused. . Marlo clarifies that she heard the rumor from specific people in the group, which sends everyone into a fit trying to defend themselves.

Porsha and  Pheadra who started all this mess are quiet. Pheadra’s plan was to keep her mouth on the glass of wine she was drinking.    Porsha,  took the Owl route, by continually asking Who?

Sheree is pissed, fit to be tied and finally calls out Porsha, and everyone crack ups having to watch Porsha pretend to be surprised.  Shereé tells Kandi about when Porsha said, “She’s still in the closet.” Kandi shuts it all down, saying she’s “done things” with women in the past, but now she is strictly dickly for her husband. She adds that Porsha has her own experiences in the same area and won’t own up to it.

The Cool Down

The group divides into smaller groups.  In the rooms, they break it DOWN. Kandi vents her frustrations to Hazel, Kenya, and Cynthia, calling Porsha an “aggressive lesbian” when she gets drunk.   In another room , Porsha, Lauren, and Phaedra get upset over Kandi insinuating that Porsha has ever done something sexual with another woman.

Hope your taking note for the reunion.   For now I will call it LesbianGate!   Ellen, Rosie O Donnell and Wyand Sikes will break it down for us.

Coming soon Kim Zolciak, and possibly a woman named Leakes

Hot Damm!


Could Norway follow Sweden’s lead and introduce a third gender?

Could Norway follow Sweden’s lead and introduce a third gender?
The leader of Labor’s youth wing said that Norwegians should be able to identify themselves whoever they want in their passports and other official documents. Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / SCANPIX
Norway’s Labour Party, the largest party in parliament, will consider backing the introduction of a third gender, broadcaster NRK reported.
Labour’s programme committee will debate the introduction of the third gender category so that Norwegians would no longer need to define themselves as male or female in their passports and other official documents.
Labour’s draft party programme for 2017-2021 states that the party “shall consider the introduction of a third gender category”.
Although the proposal is only under the early stages of consideration, Labour committee member Mani Hussaini suggested that Norway should follow the lead of neighbouring Sweden, which adopted the gender neutral pronoun ‘hen’ into official use in April 2015.
Hussaini, who is the leader of Labour’s youth wing AUF, said ‘hen’ could also be used in Norwegian as a gender-neutral alternative to ‘han’ (he) and ‘hun’.
“I believe that all people should be allowing to live out their identity and thus the law should adapt to reality rather than the other way around,” Hussaini said.
“I think that for example in the passport it could show that one is neither male nor female, but belongs to a third gender category, thus a ‘hen’,” he added.
The idea of a ‘hen’ is not entirely new to Norway. The social-liberal party Venstre proposed the introduction of a third gender in April 2016 but it failed to gain traction.
Likewise, Sweden’s adoption of ‘hen’ has not been without controversy. The pronoun sparked massive debate in 2012 when a publisher decided to use it in a children’s book. But others argued that ‘hen’ is not meant to replace gendered pronouns. Instead, it allows speakers to refer to a person without having to mention the gender if they don’t know it, if the person is transgender, or if the information is considered irrelevant.
Ultimately, the Swedish Academy agreed to include ‘hen’ in its official dictionary, Svenska Akademiens ordlista, in 2015.
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Women reveal biggest Valentine’s Day disasters from being cheated on to their partner getting arrested

Women have revealed their biggest Valentine's Day disasters (file picture)

For Valentine’s Day, you might hope for flowers, a heartfelt message in a card, perhaps even a candlelit dinner…

But even if you do get them, things could still go wrong.

Getting arrested, being cheated on and ending up in hospital are among some of the nation’s biggest Valentine’s disasters, a new poll reveals.

Many have been left disappointed after a lacklustre February 14.

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We all hope to feel like this on Valentine’s Day, but it doesn’t always work out that way… (Photo: Getty)

But more than one in 10 have gone so far as to say that the traditional day of love ended up as a total disaster for them, according to the poll.

One man tried to be romantic by decorating the stairs with flower petals to surprise his partner, but ended up slipping on one of the petals and falling down the steps.

Meanwhile, a disappointed woman organised and paid for a trip to London, only for her partner to take the credit and tell everyone he had treated her.

He didn’t even buy her a card.

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*sad trombone* (Photo: Johner RF)


Other women described how they argued with their partner and slept in separate bedrooms on Valentine’s Day night.

And some even broke up with their partners for good.

The Beaverbrooks poll also found that 56 per cent of women have been disappointed by a partner’s efforts on Valentine’s Day compared to just 25 per cent of men.

Some women described how they slept in a separate bedroom to their partner on Valentine's Day night (file picture)
Some women described how they slept in a separate bedroom to their partner on Valentine’s Day night (file picture) (Photo: Getty Images)

While women’s dream gifts include jewellery, flowers and chocolate or a nice night out, many have been left disappointed after receiving kitchenware, a novelty present or clothes in the wrong size.

More than one in five women have resorted to organising their own Valentine’s date, or even buying their own card or present because they knew their partner wouldn’t put in the effort, according to the poll.

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Pop a bow on and it could be romantic… right? (Photo: Getty)

 “For many couples, Valentine’s Day is an important event in the calendar and can be a great excuse to enjoy a rare date night together.

“But judging by some of the stories, it’s no wonder women are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to Valentine’s Day planning – from picking the perfect gift to booking their own ‘surprise’ celebrations.

“Choosing a special gift can be a daunting experience, which is why we are always on hand to help clueless partners pick something that will really mean something to their other half – and help win them some serious brownie points on the big day.”

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Hoping for one of these next week? (Photo: Getty)

The study, of 2,000 people, found women are most likely to be left disappointed after not receiving a card from their other half, followed by a partner simply not putting in much effort or getting them a present.

A partner forgetting about the day altogether, or not being taken out for the evening were also causes of disappointment for women.

One woman was left feeling let down after her partner promised her a romantic dinner, only for him to simply buy the steak for her to cook – and also leave her with the washing up afterwards.

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The pressure of Valentine’s Day can lead to faces like these (Photo: Getty)
As a result of the disappointment, more than one in five women have organised their own Valentine’s Day celebrations or even bought the gift or card because they knew their partner wouldn’t do anything unaided.

Half of those have had to plan and organised the date themselves while another 22 per cent had to pay for it all out of their own pocket.

Others have had to book their own table at a restaurant (48%), choose their own gift (30%) and even plan their own ‘surprise’ (10%).

Researchers also found one in three Brits have argued with a loved one on Valentine’s Day and almost one in twenty have had a relationship end on the romantic day.

But 46 per cent of men admit they often leave it until the last minute to get their partner a Valentine’s card or gift with 23 per cent saying they have forgotten it completely at least once in the past.

Top 10 reasons women are disappointed by their partner’s efforts:

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  1. They didn’t me get a card
  2. They just generally didn’t put much effort in
  3. They didn’t me get a present
  4. They got me a present which they hadn’t put any real thought into
  5. They forget about it
  6. They didn’t take me out for the evening
  7. They got me a present I didn’t like
  8. They started a row with me on the day
  9. They went out with their friends to the pub
  10. I thought my partner was going to propose and they didn’t

The study also revealed the 20 worst Valentine’s gifts ever received by women.

The list includes a live tarantula and a tin of baked beans.

Oh dear.