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West Oakland CA Stories Film in the Making

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Myself, Ed Howard and Leonard Gardner, products of McClymonds High school 1955 in West Oakland California, are producing a film about West Oakland, using the real people and their associates that grew-up in Oakland back in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s to tell their stories We will provide the real insight about this time period like no one else can because we lived it.
You have seen many stories about West Oakland’s Bill Russell, the great basketball player who not only won more professional championships then anyone else and also was the first Black person to coach a major league professional sports team; Frank Robinson , baseball hall of fame and the first Black person to manage a major league baseball team; Curt Flood, baseball hall of fame and is responsible for major league baseball players and all professional sports getting payed big salaries today, sacrificed his baseball career laying the ground work for that to happen; the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, which is now around the world; Ray Norton, fastest man in the world 1960 Olympics; Jim Hinds, fastest man in the world in the 1968 Olympics; Congresswoman Barbara Lee the only politician who voted against the war,   Edwin Hawkins Singers,  Belva Davis, Pointer Sisters; and Paul Mooney– all of this came out of West Oakland’s small neighborhood.
We will share with you and the world coming from the mouths of the people who grew up in Oakland at that time the real stories and experiences, not the version of someone looking at us from a distance and giving you their expert opinions about Oakland, California.
The Slave System has given Oakland and most of the Black cities in our country a bad name and we do not accept that.
This will be a first and we must document this history now so you and our future generations can see and hear it from the real people because most of my generation will not be here much longer.
You can see the people mentioned above had what we called a West Oakland Attitude they took it out into the world and achieved what they did but the best kept secret is, I know this for a fact, that most of the people in West Oakland at that time had the same attitude so they were not exceptional to us. We knew their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters – we went to the same schools, had the same teachers, etc.
Join us in this very worthy cause of reaching our production goal, a simple donation of $100.00 or more can be made.  Credit cards can be used through PayPal link below.

The donations are for the purchase of production cost, post, air time, camera people, control room engineers, editing, moderator, etc.

We will provide gifts to all donators: Ed Howard’s patent invention, the awesome combination Comb/Brush for all people’s hair is a revolution in the hair industry, the Kakakiki CombBrush; one picture post card of one of the last Black owned classy multilevel night clubs back in the day situated in Oakland’s Black community, Ed Howard’s Place, a collector’s edition;  All of this inspired directly from the West Oakland Attitude.
You or anyone you know who grew up in West Oakland during this period who would like to be a part of this film conversation, please contact Ed Howard email at , or call him 510-734-9759 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 510-734-9759 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Remember we want our West Oakland women to be included in this documentary.

View the West Oakland Stories promotional video by clicking here.

We sincerely thank you for your support.

Send checks or money order to:  Ed Howard/WOS 3591 Quail Lakes Dr. Ste 202 Stockton CA 95207

Credit cards can be used through PayPal. (User name: ASAP.

Phone (510) 734-9759 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (510) 734-9759 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting

To see the Kakakiki Comb Brush.  Click on this link