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Bernard J. Tyson, First Black CEO of Kaiser Permanente, 60

Just 24 hours after sitting on a panel in front of 5,000 Black techies at the annual AfroTech gathering at the Oakland Convention Center, Bernard Tyson, the first Black CEO of Kaiser Permanente, died on November 10. Kaiser Permanente, the...
It takes an extraordinary person to pick up the pieces and run for city council of one of the most powerful cities in the state right after losing a home to foreclosure and shutting down a small business. But that...

New State Law Restricts Payday, Other “Debt Trap” Loans

Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed Assembly Bill 539, putting restrictions on predatory lending practices in California that he says “create debt traps for families already struggling financially.” Critics say lenders who offer these high-interest loans target disadvantaged people, large numbers...
Oakland City Councilmember Loren Taylor wants to incentivize Cannabis Business operators to help the city reach its goals of hiring those who live in Oakland and those who were adversely affected by incarceration from drug activities. Although the revenues for...
Retired NBA player and current ambassador for the Golden State Warriors, Adonal Foyle hosted the 15th Annual Hi Caribbean In White (HCIW) event Sept. 28 at the California Ballroom in downtown Oakland. Benefiting his Kerosene Lamp Foundation (KLF), the...
Sheryl Grant has over 30+ years of "Executive Sales" experience in the High-Tech Industry.  While training for the Ms. Olympia contest in the 55+ category, she was reminded by her mentor; motivational speaker and now legend Mr. Les Brown,...

Oakland’s Black Car Dealership

Coliseum Lexus of Oakland is a very unique dealership. Its team regularly gives back to the community, employs a diverse staff of employees reflective of the community, and places a premium on respect honesty, and customer care. In business since...
Goal-setting has always been a part of Dwayne V. Davis’ life. The businessman and youth mentor is launching a new company that he says will help people reach their highest potential. Using the theme “See it. Believe it. Achieve it,” ...
Black business owners often struggle to find one another and miss out on many opportunities to  work together. Other times business owners have trouble finding their target market. A new platform, www.ByBlack.us is designed to alleviate the obstacles, allowing business...
Ray Leon, a popular staffer at Oakland City Hall, is retiring after more than 28 years of service to Oakland residents. A longtime aide to District 7 Councilmember Larry Reid, Leon was honored at this week’s City Council meeting. Leon’s...
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