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Re: “Ethiopian Café Anfilo in Oakland, Where The Food Is As Strong And Bold As The Coffee

Ethiopian restaurants are on the rise all over America. They are definitely a model for people of African descent everywhere.

Posted by Orlando Coombs on 04/20/2017 at 4:41 AM

Re: “Ethiopian Café Anfilo in Oakland, Where The Food Is As Strong And Bold As The Coffee

Ethiopian Food is good. Them Ethiopians got North Oakland on lock. They got lots of businesses on Telehraph. Traditional Soul Food ain't really popping like that no more. You got a few left in Oakland but there fazing out, even Chinese restaurants are fazing out. People, especially in the Bay Area are all about new things and exploring new plateaus. That's Ethiopian restaurants and other African restaurants thrive. The bay area is a great place, I grew up there but its too expensive. But anyway, Ethiopian restaurants are on the rise all over

Posted by Orlando Coombs on 04/20/2017 at 4:38 AM

Re: “Can Black-Owned Restaurants Combat Gentrification?

Oakland has a lot of heart to it. Oakland is a very proud city for all races but for black folks, it's got so much pride and so much to celebrate. Oakland is proud and for good reason too. It's the home of the black panther party, home of the Black Muslim bakery, home of many famous black musicians and music groups such as Toni Tone Tone, Too Short, Luniz, Dru Down, Mc Hammer, The Pointers Sisters, Sly and the Family Stone, and many more. It's also home to a large number of many successful black owned businesses and I know this for a fact cause I'm from the Bay Area and I know Oakland very well. Oakland also has positive things going on in its black community, big time. Kingston 11 is carrying on a rich tradition.

Posted by Orlando Coombs on 08/08/2016 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Afrikatown's Anti-Gentrification Block Party

Afrikatown garden has won the fight against Gentrification so far. Thats why I love Oakland man. I love the spirit of Oakland's black community. I love how they think. The black people in Oakland have a certain conscious mindset unlike nowhere else. The best and brightest the African Descent America has to offer the world has come out of America for well over 50 years. Its the home of the Black Panthers, Too Short, Angela Davis, Toni Tone Tone, En Vogue, and home to many successful black owned businesses that have stood the test of time. Its home to a large black middle class, and a new generation of black activists carrying on an old tradition of fighting for social justice with a new energy that is reflective in not only marches and protests but in agricultural activism, community and civic engagement, and business ownership. Now matter Oakland keeps fighting back. They rally not only against police brutality, but also against gun violence amongst youth, and other issues. Oakland's black community never gives up. They keep fighting and don't stop till they get victory. And they get it. Go Oaktown.

Posted by Orlando Coombs on 11/04/2015 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Bissap Baobab Brings ‘Express’ Senegalese to Oakland

The Bay Area got tons of African restaurants and tons of African American owned soul food spots too. Tons of em. That means our people are making it happen all over the place.

Posted by Orlando Coombs on 10/08/2015 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Taste of Africa: Cult-Favorite Cameroonian Pop-Up Is Now a Restaurant in East Oakland

This is great. I'm glad to see the community come together and so quick too. This is beautiful. Oakland has a long history of this kind of activism. Oakland has always come together to make great things happen. This has happened with souley vegan as we as taste of Africa. This is allowing these businesses to serve the community healthy food, create much needed employment, and circulate money throughout the community. And Pendar, your right brother. The community is your heartbeat.Community aint just where you live, its what connects us. East Oakland is still predominately black and its great to see the community, the black community along with others of kindred spirits come together to help our brother from another mother to get back on his feet so quickly. This story warms my heart. It really does. This shows you the mind set of Oakland's black community.They wanted to see our brother succeed and put their money where their mouth is literally. A lot of people talk a good game, in fact most people are all talk but these people are actually doing it. Go Oaktown.

Posted by Orlando Coombs on 10/07/2015 at 8:10 PM

Re: “Can Black-Owned Restaurants Combat Gentrification?

Actually Oakland has many black owned businesses and east and west Oakland have a lot of middle class blacks living there. I got a friend's cousin who grew up in the east Oakland hills and still live there. And it's more than two black owned restaurants in downtown Oakland or uptown as they call it now but it's really North Oakland especially on Telegraph. And telegraph has many African owned restaurants on that street.I know this I grew up in Northern California and I can tell you this. Many blacks own businesses in Oakland, some old time ones have closed down over the last few years but that's cause they have not changed with the times. Kingston 11, Miss Ollie's,and Pican have changed and adjusted with the times. So it's more than two black owned restaurants in downtown Oakland. It's plenty more all over Oakland. And everybody in east and west Oakland ain't poor like either. But these new black owned restaurants in Oakland are the answer to gentrification.

Posted by Orlando Coombs on 08/17/2015 at 3:49 PM

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