Tuesday, September 12, 2017

LucasFilm | Disney | KaBoom! - Building Playgrounds for The Children in SF!

What happens when Patricia Scott, Executive Director of
 Booker T. Washington Community Service Center  puts out a request in the San Francisco, CA, Community, to join forces to build a playground for under served children?  I give you one guess.

You guessed it - The Force shows up!

Yes, George Lucas' crew @ #LucasFilm arrives early in the morning, with tools in hand, they got busy with the community, sleeves pushed up, working shoulder to shoulder, to create a playground,
a safe haven for the community. A play space where a mother can take her children to play, and not be concerned with bullets flying over head as her children do what they do - play!
(Kaboom! There it is!)
After all, as children, isn't playtime one of their most important jobs /activities?
ABC7 News Crew, LucasFilm Crew, and volunteers
from the community -  all working to build
 Kaboom! Playground in San Francisco, CA
(photo by @MimiKwan #ABC7Now @ABC7)

BTWCSC builds a playground w/ LucasFilm, Disney, ABC7
for the children.
The children in the BTWSCS playground, built by
LucasFilm, Disney, ABC7, Kaboom!

Kaboom! came to the scene, ready to build a
playground for the children @ BTWCSC 

Disney, LucasFilm, ABC7, Kaboom! All to the rescue, building a playground
for the children in the Fillmore District, in San Francisco, CA

The BTWCSC Mission
"The BTWCSC mission is to support and maintain a healthy and vibrant community offering services and programs designed to reduce social, health, economic and education disparities that challenge the people we serve - primarily low income children and their families. " - BTWCSC
It was really nice meeting BOD member, Phillip Stone, Esq, Treasurer, who migrated to
San Francisco in 1948, during the "Great Black Migration" From the South.
I also met some wonderful people who pour their hearts into helping those without a voice, get a voice. Irene Dillard, was the first person that I met, when I arrived at Booker T. Washington Community Service Center, and she was lovely. I was introduced to BOD members, Andrea Patton-Housley, Secretary, LeKesha Howard, Traditional Aged Youth Specialist - Hats off to all of you at #BTWCSC for all that you do for the community. We see you!

Kaboom! Mission - Vision
"All kids get the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive."  Kaboom! Provides the necessary tools to create "play for kids everywhere...because play matters".
- Kaboom!

LucasFilm | Disney | ABC7 - Mission 
George Lucas, founder of the space opera franchise, Star Wars. Brilliant!
Walt Disney, A leader in the American animation industry, hands down, okay?

People in the San Francisco, CA got together for a common cause; the children in the community -  and let me tell you, the "Force" was with us! and it was a beautiful thing,

Yes, LucasFilm | Disney | @abc7KaBoom! ~ Stepped up to the helms and collaborated with the Booker T. Washington Community Center, and came up with a tight game plan! The Star Wars crew was in the house, and they got the job done! Thanks all you Stormtroopers!

In lieu of what's been happening in the news lately, with all of the natural disasters, #HurricaneHarvey and #HurricaneIrma -  please stay tuned to the Bay Area's on Super Hero, Meteorologist @MikeNicco7 @ABC7 for the latest weather. We've been having our own quiet storms in the Bay Area. Thundering and lightning, snap crackling and popping off the chain! But through it all, may we all stay prayerful, practice kindness, and keep in mind that working together to get through the storms, is what it's all about.

May the Force be with you!


Monday, June 19, 2017

SFAACC Juneteenth Celebration Luncheon - San Francisco Marriott Marquis

On June 16, 2017, the SF Community celebrated the history/legacy significance of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Please recall that the document was signed by President Abraham Lincoln, dated January 1, 1863.

The Emancipation Proclamation was created/implemented to emancipate (free) 
a group of people enslaved in these United States of America, used as human capital created to feed the fiery furnace of Capitalism, at its finest. 

The issue is, some how news of the significance of such a game changing document didn't reach the Southern state of Texas, until Juneteenth (the exact date is still being debated) - we do know that by June 19th, 1865, the news had reached the masses, thus the name of the day that we celebrate - Juneteenth.
So today, under the steady hands  of Frederick E. Jordan, PE, the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce - SFAACC celebrated Juneteenth, Southern Style, with some
California flavor, Honey.
Invocation: NAACPs Dr. Amos C. Brown, Pastor, Third Baptist Church San Francisco had everyone get on their feet, and sing the Negro Anthem: "Lift Ev'ry Voice And Sing", and everyone sang with so much emotion. Then Rev. Brown blessed the food.
The Keynote Speaker was the brilliant Naomi Maria Kelly, Esq.,
 City Administrator, San Francisco.
Congratulations Awards recipients,
Gerald Johnson and Valerie Voorhies - Chairman's Pinnacle Award
Linda Crayton - Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert Lattimore - Community Service
Kaiser Permanente - Corporate Award

Danelle Tucker McGrue, Executive Board Member, and the multi-faceted, multi-talented
Cathy Adams,  CDA Consulting, put together an event that is worthy of being featured in an episode of Oprah's @GreenleafOWN - Okay?

Carla Thomas and Carolyn Tyler 
Carolyn Tyler, Anchor woman for ABC 7 Sunday Morning News at 5AM, 6AM and 9AM,
General Assignment reporter for ABC&
News at 5PM, and 6PM - did an excellent job as Mistress of Ceremonies. Carolyn Tyler has a sense of style and grace and made everyone feel as if they were welcomed into her home. So many people were in the house!

The Honorable Mayor Willie Brown 

The Honorable Mayor Willie Brown, was in the house, and he was very personable. Thank you for all that you've done, and what you continue to do for our people. Thank you for being you.

Derreck B. Johnson,
Owner, Home of Chicken and Waffles, &
Palazzo Concessions
Carla Thomas
The Honorable London Breed, President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors was in the house and celebrating Juneteenth as well!
Dr. Annette Shelton was in the house as well!

Thank you, Dr. Caesar Chruchwell for the honor of sitting at the table of Palazzo Concessions, with Michael E. Washington and his business associate, Derreck B. Johnson, owner/philanthropist of the restaurants Home of Chicken and Waffles *, with locations in Oakland, CA, Daly City, CA, Walnut Creek, CA. - Okay?
Go get you a plate of some Southern Comfort, right here in California!

Michael E. Washington was called on stage, by Danelle Tucker McGrew, Event Chair @SFAACC,
in recognition of his outstanding Community Service - Bravo!

Carla Thomas &
 Michael E. Washington, President,
Palazzo Concessions
Thank you, Dr. Chruchwell, Frederick E. Jordan, PE,
Dr. Amos C. Brown,  Michael E. Washington, Linda Fadeke Richardson

and Cathy Adams CDA  for your commitment to the San Francisco and 
Greater BayArea Community.
 Juneteenth Business Awards Luncheon Committee
Danelle Tucker McGrue - Event Chair
Doug Parrish - Sponsorship Manager
Evita Thornton - Finance & Budget
Mathew Thomas - Fundraising
LindaFadeke Richardson - Elected Officials Manager
Barry Dow - Entertainment/City Officials Coordinator
Hyacinth Ahuruonye
Frederick E. Jordan

Thank you, Brian McCleave, SVP and Nicholas Penland of Prudential
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Traci Joy Designs
Laniece Jones, LA Jones & Associates
Barbara Taylor, Volunteer Coordinator
Glass House Communications
Kevin Nichols
Sun Reporter
Michael DeFlorimonte, theREGISTRYBayArea.com
Aardvark Engraving
Invitation & Cover Design
Bouldin Graphics


Carolyn Tyler joined ABC7, in May 1986. Keep on shining Carolyn Tyler! Follow her Twitter @ctylerabc7
Palazzo Concessions 

*Home of Chicken and Waffles

 SOUL FOOD AT IT'S BEST! Oakland: 444 Embarcadero
W. Walnut Creek: 1653 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Daly City: 59A Serramonte Ctr.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Come Celebrate Juneteenth w/ BALA in Leimert Park - LA, CA - June 17-18, 2017!

Come learn more about American History and celebrate Juneteenth - the month that African American people, held in captivity, for 12 generations, enslaved in these United States of America, were emancipated (freed) in a document called The Emancipation Proclamation, signed by 
President Abraham Lincoln - the year? 1863 (January, 1). 

BUT the news didn't reach Texas until Juneteenth (historians are still debating over the actual date that the news reached Texas, so to be safe, we know that they got the news no sooner then June 13th, but no later then June 19th, thus the name, Juneteenth)1865.

Keep in mind, back then, there was no Facebook, SnapChat, YouTube, Twitter, Yahoo, or Google, so news traveled slowly....Come, bring your family, and Celebrate our Freedom in the historic Leimert Park district, in Southern California.  You'll be glad that you got a chance to celebrate an integral part of American History -
 African American History.  
For more details, please contact Moza Mjasiri Cooper @

Check out the video of previous #BALA Juneteenth Festivals!
Come on out and feel the love!

#BALA #Juneteenth #Family #AfricanAmericanHistory #AmericanHistory #LeimertPark @mydayinla

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Congratulations, M! Introducing Mater Dei High School - Class of 2017 Valedictorian!

Marianna McDevitt,
 Mater Dei Class of 2017, Valedictiorian
Congratulations is in order for the entire
Mater Dei High School Class of 2017 for a job well done! I've never seen so many students with 4.0 grade point averages. Awesome!

I must admit that my focal point is on the Mater Dei High School, Class of 2017 
(drum roll!)  - Introducing Ms. Marianna McDevitt -
an amazing, multi-talented, kind, and beautiful
young lady (inside and out). A young lady with true grit.

We want to show gratitude for all of the effort that went into making such a momentous occasion so special - 

Thank you, Ms. Frances Clare, Principal,
Mr. Patrick Murphy, President,
Mr. Gregory Dhuyvetter, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Reverend Gerald M. Horan, O.S.M. Vicar of Faith Formation, Diocese of Orange, Most Reverend Keven W. Vann, J.C.D., D.D. Bishop, Diocese of Orange,
for such a dignified seremon

M., all dressed up for Prom Night. Isn't she lovely?

Marie McDevitt, Marianna's grandmother, and M.,
Who's the tallest?
Marianna, or M., as I affectionaly call her, is the apple of her father's eye, and her mother and grandparents simply adore her. 

M., with the help of her parents, worked very hard, triumphing over adversity, staying focused, acheiving her goal.
Not only did she have to stay focused on
Mr. & Mrs. McDevitt w/ Marianna - nothing tops the love of grandparents! #grandparentsrock
school, missing her junior year due to an injury she sustained a concussion
During her Senior year,
she stepped up to the helms when there was a family illness, and took on the responsibility of helping her brother, Sean-Anthony, stay on task, getting to school on time, during his freshman year at #MaterDai High School. #sisterandbrotherfriendsforever

Avis, Marianna, and Brendan McDevitt
 @MaterDei Senior Awards
Mom, Dad and Valedictiorian, M.!
#family #love 

M. and her big sister Amanda(r.) - (two #blessings),
celebrating M's Big Day!

 Mom, Avis, and Dad Brendan McDevitt, and big brother Jordan,
celebrating M's graduation.
What a nice surprise! #BestParentsEver 
The McDevitt Family
(Amanda is missing! She's away, @Yale University.
See beautiful Amanda in the next photo ↙)

Amanda, Sean-Anthony, Marianna, and Jordan
l to r, Proud Mom, Avis, M, and God-Mom, Carla Thomas. 

M., with your determination, dedication and serious skills, you did it!

Our ancestors would be so proud of you. 
So many of us love you, and you've made our hearts glad.
With all my heart I wish you much more continued success, Beautiful One.

Keep on pushing forward. Keep on shining! 

"Out of the huts of history's shame - I rise,
Up from a past that's rooted in pain - I rise...
I rise. I rise, I rise." - Dr. Maya Angelou

With so much love & light, 

Your God-Mom, Carla

#family #goodparenting #love #educationiskey #MaterDeiHighSchoolClassof2017 #gomgo #firstafricanamericanvalevictorian #brilliancerunsdeep 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

19th Annual Fundraiser Madam C.J. Walker Business & Community Recognition Awards Luncheon 4.21.17

Hey Ladies and Gentlemen,
The National Coalation of 100 Black Women INC., Oakland/ Bay Area Chapter is throwing a fundraiser luncheon, on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Mistress of Ceremonies: 

Leah McGowen-Hare MSEd

Keynote Speaker:
Michele Thornton

 It is an awesome two fold event! If you purchase your ticket to the Madam C.J. Walker Awards Luncheon, your ticket will enable you to attend:

Continental Breakfast and Networking:
8:30 - 9:00 AM

Inaugural 90 Minute Empowerment Forum:
9:00 - 10:30 AM

The Madam C.J. Walker Awards & Luncheon:
10:30 AM VIP Reception & Exhibits

11:30 AM Program & Awards Luncheon
Tickets: mcjw2017luncheon.eventbrite.com | onehundredblackwomen.com

Robin & Andrea McBride - McBride Sisters Wines

Dr. Menebre Aklilu -
Salute Restaurant

Elaine Brown - CEO, Oakland & The World Enterprises, INC.

Dr. Vicki Alexander, MD, MPH, Board President Healthy Black Families, INC.

Empowerment Forum:

Moderator: Barbara Williams
Director Diversity and Inclusion - ORACLE

Brenda Wright
SVP Regional Director
Wells Fargo

Michelle Gaskill-Hames
SVP & Area Manager
Kaiser Permanente

Shannell Chibueze
Risk Management McKesson