Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Cheikh Anta Diop Awards

AAMLO was at capacity, both sides of the hall filled with tables, the stage featured African drummers and percussionists, singers and poets. Nia or Purpose the Kwanzaa principle shared and celebrated. Danny Glover was out with Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, who issued the two Olympians whose raised fists cost them their metals in 1968, proclamations.

There were quite a few Olumpians in the house tonight, the decor pleasant and the entertainment also. Models strutted down the center of the hall...a long runway, as photographers snapped photos of the beautiful people on and off the runway. I left before dinner, but at almost 9 p.m. I'm sure the guests who were more than patient, did the meal justice. I hope it was worth the wait.

A donation to the Black Expo, C. Diane Howell's relative thankful for the gift which he said the organization will put to good use as those left continue the work of the late Dr. Howell.

At my beauticians earlier that evening, she said that Paul Mooney was her cousin, and that they went to Berkeley High together. She said he was a nice guy who was funny, even then. He went to Los Angeles to pursue his career, met Richard Pryor and the rest as they say, is history. She remembered his sons, twins and their mother and his grandmother. She said, her grew up across from San Pablo Park in Berkeley. South Berkeley, the Black Rep's home was his home too.


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