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Willie Shannon, LaSonda Robinson, Mark Holmes, Carol Macon and local youth work in the Davis Chapel A. Moore Community Garden.

Davis Chapel A. Moore Community Garden Beautification Project

By Marena Brown   Volunteers, community partners and members of the Davis Chapel CME Church collaborated on Saturday, May 23 to rebuild the Davis Chapel A. Moore Community Garden, located at 369 Chesley Ave. in [...]
Lee Hildebrand and Pebbles, 1987. Photo by George Livingston Jr.

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Pebbles Turned to Religion After R&B Success

By Lee Hildebrand “I’ve always been pretty determined,” San Francisco-born singer and songwriter Perri Arnette McKissick, known professionally as “Pebbles,” told England’s Blues & Soul magazine in 1988. Her debut single, “Girlfriend,” written and produced [...]
(Left to right) Reverend Dr. Harold R. Mayberry, Senior Pastor, First African Methodist Episcopal Church; Dr. Jessica Kendall Ingraham, Episcopal Supervisor, First Episcopal District, AME Church; Carolyn Russell, Executive Director, A Safe Place, holding her Women of Distinction Empowerment Award; and, First Lady Mary Mayberry. Photo by Conway Jones.

Carolyn Russell receives Women of Distinction Empowerment Award

Carolyn Russell, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, recently received the Women of Distinction Empowerment Award from First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME) in Oakland for her over 30 years of service to victims of [...]
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New Reality TV Show Starring ‘Major Prophetess’, Or Major Witches, Makes Mockery of True Prophetic Ministry

By William G. McCray, ObnoxiousTV   Everything Is Going Down, But The Word Of God…   Lifetime is rolling out a new docuseries called Preach in June. Core Media Group is producing the series, which [...]
(Left to right) First Lady Rachel Hawkins, event co-chair Barika Culberson, Pastor Timothy Hawkins, Bertha Reed, and Chelita Reed. Photo by Charla Black-Edwards.

Bible Fellowship Church Uplifts Women on Faith and Fashion

Celebrating the beauty of women in the arenas of fashion and their religious faith, the Women’s Day Committee at Bible Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church held their first Faith and Fashion Show on Saturday, April 11. [...]
Gospel recording artist Tramaine Hawkins.

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Tramaine Hawkins takes Gospel to Selma and the Symphony

As a teenager growing up in Berkeley during the 1960s, Tramaine Hawkins, the daughter of Ronald and Lois “the Pie Queen” Davis, was well aware of the Civil Rights Movement. She was too busy, however, [...]