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‘The Butler’ – a generational look at racial bias

August 29, 2013 2:13 PM
‘The Butler’ – a generational look at racial bias

In “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” title character Cecil Gaines is told there is no room for politics at the White House.  The film, however, portrays a tumultuous journey of over 80 years, chronicling not only Gaines’ life as a White House butler, but the volatile politics of twentieth century America. The film begins with the steady rise of Gaines (Forest Whitaker), an African American, to the role of a White House butler.  He is motivated to leave the Deep South to find a better life for himself and abandon a life filled with turmoil. After finally finding a job, Gaines’ […]

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‘Black August’ — fiction masquerading as history

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‘Black August’ — fiction masquerading as history

“Black August” reveals itself not simply as fiction masquerading as history, but a poorly executed fiction at that. Ostensibly a docudrama, Samm Styles and TCinque Sampson attempt detailing the publication process of George Jackson’s seminal work “Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson.” Detailed are the difficulties in publishing the work.  Threats come in from nearly every direction. Pressure is put upon all parties involved in releasing the book, creating a taut pressure cooker of a situation. Throughout the film, Jackson himself is presented as a loquacious chain smoker. Those familiar with the film’s foundational text, from which many […]

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Laney College clear of academic warnings

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Peralta District accreditation is secured, says Chancellor Ortiz Much like the weather, the state of the East Bay’s community colleges is decidedly sunnier than our friends across the bridge. While City College of San Francisco is embroiled in a certification battle with the Accreditation Commission of Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)—a battle that was recently joined by the U.S. Department of Education—the Peralta Colleges appear to have found solid footing, according to District Chancellor Dr. Jose Ortiz. “We have certainly completed that hurdle of getting full accreditation to all of our colleges,” he said. “The district came through resolving all the recommendations and we now have full accreditation. It’s part of the fabric of our institution.” Ortiz took […]

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ASLC kicks off the semester

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During the entire week of Aug. 19, Laney College’s Welcome Week raised awareness of clubs, programs and services on campus of popular groups such as EOPS, TRIO and the Asian Student alliance. Student Body President Carl Oliver, along with other members of the ASLC, organized the Welcome Week. One highlight of the event was the presentation and assembly from Laney College president, Elñora Webb. Webb spoke about the quality of ensuring equity on campus and her commitment to the success of the student body. Everyone in attendance appeared to be charged by her vision for Laney. Similarly, Student Body President Carl Oliver is working with a team to initiate a new tutoring program […]

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Laney commemorates 50th anniversary of “I Have a Dream”

August 26, 2013 12:30 PM

Laney students and staff banded together Aug. 28 in the Quad to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, August 28, 1963. Presented by Laney’s Black Student Union, the event’s first half featured music, readings and spoken word poetry detailing the past and current status of civil rights and racial equality in the Bay Area and beyond, as well as chronicling Dr. Martin Luther King’s lasting effect on America’s perspectives on race and diversity. Classified Senate President James Blake, English Instructor Antonio Watkins, and Peralta Colleges Foundation Director Romeo Garcia presented excerpts from King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. Communications Chair Dr. Angela Cherry preceded the reading of King’s speech with a call to action for the campus’s […]

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Radio station may add FM

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Campus station registering for local broadcast license Laney College’s 9th Floor Radio may be riding the FM airwaves by the end of the year, thanks to a new FCC bill that allows small-radius radio stations to apply for a broadcasting license. The bill is named the Local Community Radio Act (LCRA), and it allows the FCC to license new local stations across the country. The licensees are called Low Power FM stations (LPFMs). An LPFM is a noncommercial radio station which operates at 100 watts of power or less, with a relative radio tower height limit of 30 meters or shorter. Their signal strength radius is usually three to ten miles. These licenses are not available to individuals […]

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