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Monday, November 25, 2013

Tavis Smiley on President Obama at SF NAACP Gala; Honorees & Leadership


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Jacquie Taliaferro, Founder, LaHitz Media
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CommentaryFor Immediate Release
November 24, 2013
"Times They Are A Changing"
The NAACP, like many organizations is going through a change to keep up with these rapidly changing times.  National President Ben Jealous is moving on at the end of the year and the search for a new president has begun.

Here in San Francisco, our NAACP is facing a need for great change.  At the recent Freedom Fund Gala,  it was very clear that change is in the air.   The evening was a great mix of entertainment and food for thought with music icon Pete Escovedo as entertainment and my old BET mate, Tavis Smiley as keynote speaker.  The honorees were:  A Philip Randolph Institute (SF NAACP Presidential Medal Of Honor Award)

Tavis Smiley addresses SF NAACP Freedom Fund Gala. 
Photo Courtesy of Lance Burton, Planet Fillmore Communications

Publishers of the San Francisco BayView Newspaper, Dr. Willie And Mrs. Ratcliff (Sf Naacp Frederick Douglass North Star Award), Rev. Cecil Williams,(SF NAACP Bayard Rustin Award), Belva Davis (SF NAACP Ida B. Wells Award), Dr. Caesar Churchwell (SF NAACP Advocacy Award), Roberto Y. Hernandez ( SF NAACP Community Award), and  Mohammed Nuru, (SF NAACP Public Service Award).
It was great to see my nominees Mary and Willie Ratcliff, publishers of the San Francisco Bayview Newspaper, Roberto Hernandez of San Francisco Carnaval and a community activist for years who is now at the forefront to "Stop Mission Evictions Now," and Dr. Caesar Churchwell, a community leader who has given via his dentist practice and in so many other ways, all made it through the vetting process to receive their due respect.  These four people have been in the forefront of Media-Arts & Entertainment, plus community activism for over two decades.

Dr. Churchwell recently retired from his dental practice however, he is still active in the community.  Concerned about the lack of access for Blacks in the Arts, he set up a meeting with the San Francisco Film Commission's Executive Director Susannah Greason Robbins for Kevin Epps, Jackie Wright, and myself to map out more opportunities for the development of the "Black Film" and media industry in San Francisco.  

With all of the cut backs in the Arts, entrepreneur and artist, Roberto Hernandez, has carved out a niche in the Bay Area that speaks to artistic excellence coupled with passion for community.  He recently hosted the ground breaking of the new Mexican Museum.  He's involved with too many projects to name, so I will talk about the one we are involved with, S.F. Carnaval.  Roberto was the driving force making Carnaval 2013 happen when it was in serious danger of demise.  It's the sign of the times, both Juneteenth and Carnaval, the signature Black and Brown events are barely surviving while the Irish, Chinese, Gay, Union Street, Outside Lands and Stern Gove street fairs and festivals are all doing well.

Willie & Mary Ratcliff have been on the media cutting edge since buying the San Francisco Bayview Newspaper.  They have twice won the National Newspaper of the Year Award presented by the National Black Chamber of Commerce.

Keynote speaker of the evening, Tavis Smiley was engaging.  I remember the occasion at BET when he asked President Bob Johnson "why would you sale BET?"  Smiley's thinking was close to mine, a vibrant media outlet is worth more than money.  However, it does take money to run a company and BET ran into the same block as Essence and Motown which are also no longer Black-owned, "DISTRIBUTION." 

The day we announced that Tavis was going to be our guest speaker at the NAACP gala, because of his criticism of President Obama, people started asking "why him?"  The night of the gala, Tavis addressed the elephant in the room head on.  "If you think I voted for John McCain please put down the crack pipe."  He also pointed out that President Obama is not a dictator or above criticism.  He told the audience that he supports "Our President," however he has yet to meet with the CBC (Congressional Black Caucus) and he pointed out Obama's poor record on Black economic issues.  As Smiley pointed out those two main points he also talked about the backlash against African Americans because of the Black President.  The theme for the evening was quite clear, everyone should be held accountable and leadership unchallenged is pathway to mediocrity at best and ultimately destruction.

 
(As a sidebar, President Obama will be at the SF JAZZ Center on Monday, November 25 for a fund raiser and the Betty Ong Recreation Center in Chinatown to talk about immigration reform.  Near his all time low approval rating, It will be the President's ninth visit to the Bay Area over a two year period).


The President's administration is not the only one experiencing a low approval rating, here in San Francisco, the NAACP leadership has grown old and is stuck in the '60's.  It is time for a change.  It's time to embrace all ages and changing ideas that are based on the strong fundamental foundation of social justice.  The wisdom of age cannot be forgotten, nor the vigor of youth and new vision ignored.

There are many subtleties to having a party or a gala.  Some of the most strategic and world-changing ideas have resulted from connections made at parties and galas through the centuries.  My company's contact with the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers and the Warriors to attend this year's gala was for a purpose.  As former Ambassador Andrew Young pointed out in an interview last October (World Series Month), sports has been an avenue to level the playing field in society.
Ambassador Young and Jacquie Taliaferro Talk Impact of Sports on Social Justice
Ambassador Andrew Young and Jacquie Taliaferro Talk
Impact of Sports on Social Justice
This is one of the reasons we started LSN (LaHitz Sports Network) to cover world sports.  The playing field still needs to be leveled although there is a Black President.  You'll be able to see LSN videos and stories in the San Francisco Bayview, LaHitz and other media partners.


By A. Jacquie Taliaferro, 
SF NAACP Communications Chair
SF Filmmaker
San Francisco Native


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Thursday, November 21, 2013

LaHitz Sports Network



Jacquie Taliaferro, Founder, LaHitz Media
Jacquie Taliaferro, LaHitz Media CEO
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For Immediate Release
November 5, 2013
Election Day!
  
LaHitz Sports Network


LaHitz Sports Network's launch date is 11-11-13.  In the meantime, in between time, we will be bringing you sports updates and feature stories from around the world.

Let's start local firsts.  It's a super time to be a Bay Area Sports (Fan) Fanatic!  The Oakland A's made an amazing run to the play-off and were beaten by Detroit Tigers, who were beaten in the World Series last year by our Bay Area S.F. Giants!

The America's Cup ended a few weeks ago with Team USA Oracle coming from 7 points down to win the prize!  To put this in perspective, it would be like your team coming from 3 games to 0 in the World Series.  Fourth game 7th inning they are up 5-2 and your team goes on to win the series.  So does that make Larry Ellison the new William Alexander Leidesdorff?  "Good job," Team Oracle!

Football is in full swing with almost half the season played.  The San Francisco 49ers are 6 & 5 and the Oakland Raiders are 3 & 5 at the time of this article. Both look to be in the playoffs, if Oakland shores up its strong points, after that "Ouch" loss to the Eagles.  In the spirit of fair play, I am asking one more time for the Raiders and 49ers' fans to root for each other.  We are all one united Bay Area (Smile)!

Frank Gore SF 49er Star Running Back Secrets to Success for Young People
Frank Gore SF 49er Star Running Back Secrets to Success for Young People


Frank Gore teases V. Davis
Frank Gore teases V. Davis
49er Legend Bryant Young Speaks to Youth
49er Legend Bryant Young Speaks to Youth

Come and meet some of the Warriors at the S.F. NAACP Gala, November 9, 2013, 6:00 p.m. at the San Francisco Hilton along with San Francisco Giants & 49ers.  There are still a few tables and tickets left, if you act now. Journalists, Tavis Smiley & Barbara Rodgers, along with musician Pete Escovedo and other celebrities will light up the evening of purpose and fun.

Bill Russell (l) K.C. Jones(r) with coach and Celtics teammates.
 For a tip on the Warriors community outreach, some members paid a visit to K.C. Jones' alma mater, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School last month with a message to excel in school and gift bags for the students. (It was Portola Jr. High School when K.C.  went there and some years later, yours truly.) 

K.C. Jones grew up in "D Rock" (Double Rock) and attended U.S.F. with Bill Russell and a group of super talented youth that won back-to-back NCAA Championships for the "Dons" and put tiny USF in the national spot light in the mid 1950's.  K.C. and Bill were both Olympic Gold Medal winners on the 1956 U.S.  Men's Olympic basketball team with Bill serving as captain.   Jones and Russell were both drafted by the Boston Celtics and won many NBA Championships there.

Congratulations to Russell, who recently had a statue unveiled in his honor in Boston.  At the ceremony, his high school classmate, fellow San Franciscan, Johnny Mathis performed "I Am My Father's Son," written by Bill Withers for the occasion and performed with Mathis.


President Barack Obama Congratulates Russell Near Statute Created by Ann Hirsch of Somerville, MA.

"All I ever tried was to never shame my father''  Bill Russell

During the upcoming NBA season, LaHitz Sports will bring you interviews, stories, updates and two new series, "Flashback" and "What's in a Number."

Stay Tuned!
By A. Jacquie Taliaferro
SF Filmmaker
San Francisco Native

"Don't forget to vote!"

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Impact of Sports on Social Justice
 
 
Michael Jordan @ American Century Championship Golf Tournament 2011
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Monday, August 12, 2013

America's Cup-High Seas & High Court Drama


San Francisco filmmaker Jacquie Taliaferro says the America's Cup is more than fun and games.  With the North Carolina Team, African Diaspora Maritime being shut out of the competition by the courts, the door to dollars have been shut as well.  See what Taliaferro has to say.
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Jacquie Taliaferro, Founder, LaHitz Media
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Press Release For Immediate Release
 
AMERICA'S CUP ACTION ON THE  
WATERS AND IN THE COURTS

 
San Francisco-July 31, 2013-Sailing on the Bay has always been adventurous. The Natives: Ohlone/Costanoans, and Coast Miwok nations sailed the Bay Area waters long before Sir Francis Drake entered them. For over a year the foremost yacht-racing event "America's Cup" has been competing in our Bay Area waters. Teams include: Italy's Luna Rossa Piranha & Luna Rossa Swordfish, Team Korea, China Team, England's J.P. Morgan BAR, France's Energy Team, Sweden's Artemis Racing Red & Artemis Racing White, New Zealand's Emirates Team and our own Bay Area team representing the U.S., Oracle Team financed by billionaire Larry Ellison.

One team from North Carolina, African Diaspora Maritime (A.D.M.) will not be competing after appealing for entry in the regatta and their application being denied.
African Diaspora Maritime with Charles Kithcart
African Diaspora Maritime with Charles Kithcart from website:

Talking with Captain Charles Kithcart last year, he explained the North Carolina African Diaspora Maritime has the right to compete at the highest level of competition like Oracle and the others.    

Kitkcart, who is an engineer and comes from a sailing family has a rich background in the sport and is a bona fide historian as well as an excellent sailor.

A few weeks ago, A.D.M.'s suit against the San Francisco Golden Gate Yacht Club to compete in the America's Cup was dismissed and with it a chance for the super African American sailors to shine. Golden Gate Yacht Club Statement. 

This sobering news also stagnates opportunity for an A.D.M. pavilion which would have anchored a place for American Africans to generate money during the cup.

All of the other teams have pavilions where they promote events, sell caps, jackets, T-Shirts, memorabilia....You get the picture.

Live nation one of the leading concert promotion companies has very little to do with sailing; however they just built a concert hall on the Embarcadero and is cashing in on America's Cup's tourism spill over. Sting was the opening act, need I say more.

Just think how Jackie Robinson, MLB, George Taliaferro, NFL, Charles Henry "Chuck" Cooper, NBA, Williams sisters & Althea Gibson, USTA, Gabby Douglas, USGA, have enhanced and broaden sports.  Over $1 billion dollars are coming to the Bay Area during the America's Cup and it is hard to see where American Africans will be able to profit.   

In my next report interviews with A.D.M., America's Cup officials, Mayor Ed. Lee and others will help shed some light.

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By A. Jacquie Taliaferro,
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Friday, April 19, 2013

"42" Was Jackie The First? #30 Orlando Cepeda Speaks of #42



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Jacquie Taliaferro, Founder, LaHitz Media
Jacquie Taliaferro, LaHitz Media CEO
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Press Release For Immediate Release
 


America's Favorite Past Time, "Money!
"
San Francisco-April 20, 2013-"Take me out to the ballgame or the movie theater and stop by the box office, please!"

It was during the late1800's that professional Black baseball leagues started.  Cash flow of course was the number one issue.  Additionally, segregation made traveling and lodging was a major league challenge.
One of the first leagues was formed in Texas.  "The Lone Star Colored League of Texas" had clubs representing, Galveston, Temple, Austin, Palestine, Beaumont, LaGrange, Houston. 
John Fowler is a Black man who played on integrated baseball teams across the nation.  KTVU Health and Science Editor, John Fowler did you know about John "Bud" Fowler?  Yes, baseball was racially integrated before Jackie Robinson.  Bud Fowler's era was before the "Color Barrier" was imposed.  This is why it is very important people of all colors and ethnic backgrounds should know history.
How did things get this way?  Because of too many evil people with power going unchecked.  Slavery had ended over 100 years ago, but when new injustices like Jim Crow, the Color Barrier and nowadays the challenge to the limited Voting Rights Act of 1965, it is hard to gain or regain a level playing field.
Major League Baseball is big business and the Bay Area is a prime market with the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A's.
Hindsight is 20/20 and today such an integration or merger would be more about incorporating two leagues and not just about one player much like the ABA and NBA in 1976.  Following the ban on integrated baseball teams, Jackie Robinson was the first Black player to break the "Color Barrier."  Robinson did so with grace, determination, and dignity knowing he was making an historic difference in spirit and economics for millions of people of color.   He not only broke the "Color Barrier," he also stood up for his rights in the U.S. Army and would not move to the back of the military bus.  This was eleven years before Rosa Parks stood her ground by keeping her seat.
As talented as he was, Jackie was not the best Black baseball player at the time,  however graduating  from U.C.L.A., growing up in Los Angeles and being a mature man, 28, he had the right swag for the time.

Ambassador Young and Jacquie Taliaferro Talk Impact of Sports on Social Justice
Ambassador Young and Jacquie Taliaferro Talk Impact of Sports on Social Justice. Young completing a media junket mentioned Jackie Robinson among other sports and social justice heroes.  Young spoke later that evening, Oct. 20, 2012 at the Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center in Oakland.
Jackie's historic winning breakthrough was a loss as well as thousand of jobs and Black ownership dissolved away.  After Black athletes started playing in the other leagues, the "Negro Baseball leagues" lost their fans.  A large talent pool of Black executives, managers, trainers, grounds keepers, vendors etc. had to find new work.

It is old and new frontier for black entrepreneurship in sports.  Robert Johnson, former owner of BET ( Black Entertainment Television) is now a principal owner of the Washington Nationals Baseball Team in D.C.
A few years back, I hosted a film panel "Old School/New School" for BET at the National Black Journalist Convention.  A group of journalists got to ask Robert Johnson about entrepreneurship and running BET.  I asked him, why did you stop airing Black college football.  We used to look forward to seeing Grambling vs. Southern or Tuskegee vs Howard and those stellar half-time shows.  Mr. President, CEO Johnson, put it simply.  "We aired Black college football for three seasons and wanted to continue.  There were two main factors, viewership and advertising.  Because many of our kids play for other universities, a major chunk of our audience watched our kids on another network with that advertisers were not paying us the same dollars as our competitors, although our production costs are the same."
"The Benjamins" affect the bottom line.  America's past time, the all-consuming dollar, is imposing a "Green Color Barrier" that affects how the playing field is leveled or not---give or take a few bucks here and there.
Sharon Robinson shares the stage with Dallas Film Society Artistic Director James Faust. Jackie Wright covering the recent Dallas Int. Film Festival for LaHitz Media noted Robinson's daughter said the family searched for 30 years for the right talent to bring the bigger than life story to the screen. Article coming soon.

With that said,  "the it was about time!"- Jackie Robinson story, "42" brought in more than $27.3 million dollars during its debut weekend.  It's bound to make much more worldwide and through DVD sales, etc.  The question that is in the forefront of my mind, is how many of those dollars will get back to the community that Jackie Robinson represented when he broke the "Color Barrier?"   Hopefully, one of the positives of all of this will be that the Jackie Robinson Foundation will never have to breakthrough the corporate barriers to get the well-deserved financial support it deserves.
Play Ball!  Make Money for All!
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By A. Jacquie Taliaferro,
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SF Giants Legend Orlando Cepeda Speaks with SF Filmmaker Jacquie Taliaferro & NAACP Communications Chairman at the Giant's Screening of "42" at the Historic Vogue.

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