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Oakland Dinner Club (ODC) Founded: 1997 Oakland, CA Coordinator: Michael Cohen Editor: Michael Cohen Contributor: Leon Augustine Design/Editing/ Contributor: Darryl Tolbert

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ODC Contact: 510-763-6445

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GIVE THE GIFT OF PEACE OF MIND Make 2012 the year that you’ll organize your personal and family records! Our family has a long standing tradition of taking on projects that provide long lasting benefits throughout the year. One year, we decided to organize our personal records because they were scattered throughout our home…we knew they were ‘somewhere’, but didn’t quite know exactly where…sound familiar? That one simple project provided us with so many benefits, but none as great as the peace of mind we felt every day knowing that our personal records were organized and up-to-date in case of an emergency.


You’ll save yourself time, by not having to search for information You’ll reduce your stress and frustration level because you’ll be more organized You won’t dread tax time because you’ll know exactly where your records and receipts are located You can easily shop for better insurance rates because you’ll have your policies in hand Organizing your personal and family records is a good first step. But to truly have peace of mind, you need to answer ‘yes’ to these five key questions…

Benefits of Organizing Your Personal and Family Records

Is your personal and family information up-to-date?

In case of an emergency, you’ll know exactly where to find your information

Is your information complete and there’s no missing records?

Do your insurance policies provide enough coverage to reflect your current situation? Could you locate your information ondemand if there’s ever an emergency? Are your records safe from fire, water damage, or theft…that includes identity theft? Start the New Year off right by organizing and updating your personal and family records…make it part of your New Year’s resolution.

Not sure where to begin? offers an easy record keeping system that includes software with 250+ record templates and a project guide. Also try, HomeOfficeOrganization.htm or just google home papers organization.

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Charitable Giving: It Helps Everyone

By Leon Augustine | Financial Advisor| Edward Jones U.S.A. ((: 925-906-9395 | Fax: 888-295-7216)

To participate in the spirit of the holiday season, you may be thinking of making some charitable gifts. If so, you’ll no doubt enjoy helping a group that does valuable work.  But to begin with, it’s important to understand just how necessary your gifts are to the country’s social fabric. Given the effects of the Great Recession and the slow recovery, it’s not surprising to learn that charitable giving fell a combined 13% in 2008 and 2009, after adjusting for inflation, according to The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. And although 2010 giving increased by 2.1%, again adjusted for inflation, many groups are seeing tough times as 2011 comes to a close. So your gift counts.  And it can count for you, too. By

receive tax benefits based on the amount the charity is likely to ultimately receive, the charitable group’s so-called “remainder interest.” Upon its termination, the trust would relinquish the remaining assets to the charitable organization you’ve named. Keep in mind, though, that this type of trust can be complex; to establish one, you’ll need to work with your qualified tax advisor and estate-planning attorney.   Another popular contribution vehicle is the “donor-advised fund.” Here’s how it works: You give cash or appreciated securities to the donoradvised fund, with the expectation of receiving a tax deduction for the contribution in that same year. You recommend which charities are to benefit from the

contributing to a qualified tax-exempt organization [e.g., a charitable group that has received 501(c)(3) status from the IRS], you may earn valuable tax deductions. This is true whether you give cash or another type of asset, such as stocks or real estate. And you may be able to get further tax benefits if the noncash asset you’ve donated has appreciated in value since you purchased it. Making charitable gifts now may help you reduce your taxable estate. As you may know, the estate tax exemption level has fluctuated in recent years, so it’s hard for any of us to say for sure that we won’t be subjecting our estates to these taxes. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps now to plan for possible future estate taxes. One such step might involve establishing a charitable remainder trust. Under this arrangement, you’d place some assets, such as stocks or real estate, in a trust, which could then use the assets to pay you an income stream over a certain period of time. When you establish the trust, you may be able to

contributions to the fund, and the fund invests and manages your contribution, along with the other assets in the fund. Again, you’ll need to consult with your qualified tax advisor before establishing a donor-advised fund to help ensure you obtain any expected tax benefits.  As we’ve seen, you can follow different charitable giving strategies. But however you choose to make charitable gifts, you can take satisfaction in helping worthy organizations while possibly improving your own tax picture. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors are not estate planners and cannot provide tax or legal advice. Please consult your estate-planning attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation. 

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Oakland Dinner Club

Member Profile: The Multi-Talented Darryl Tolbert By Leon Augustine

Although he lives in Chicago, Darryl over the years has been very much a part of the Oakland Dinner Club by gifting the group our 5 year Anniversary Book, working with Bill Doggett and Michael in creating the 10th Anniversary Photo Table book and by designing and publishing the newsletter of the Dinner Club for 2011. Darryl completed elementary school, high school, and undergraduate studies in the city of Chicago where he was born and grew up. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree. in Chemistry on a Monday, he moved to Midland, Michigan on Tuesday and started working full time on that Wednesday, for the Dow Chemical Company in their polymer research laboratory. He later transferred to Tulsa, Oklahoma to work in the oil well services industry. This was an ideal fit since Darryl had previously worked as a successful cooperative education student in chemistry, a major settled upon after exiting pre-med. He has patents issued and applied for in both the paper manufacturing and oil well servicing industries. After 10 years he was ready for a career change and transitioned to the electronics/technology sector - an area he’d held a strong passion for since graduating high school with a two year certification in electronics. To make the change he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Ross School of Business of The University of Michigan and received additional executive training at the Tuck School of Business of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He pursued this second career starting first with the Hewlett Packard Company in San Diego, California. He then moved to Apple, Inc. in Cupertino, California, before returning to HP in the silicon forest of Vancouver, Washington. After being away for nearly thirty years, Darryl returned to Chicago to assist in the care of his ailing mother who passed away three years ago on July 4th.   His original plan was to return to the workforce fulltime but he remained in Chicago where he is selfemployed as a marketing and information technology consultant for finance and technology companies.   Darryl met Michael on a Songmaster Cruise in 2001. Conveniently his travels to the Bay Area for visits with his brother - who lived in the Height-Asbury area of San Francisco at the time, allowed him to become actively involved with the Dinner Club. Darryl documented the five year anniversary of the Dinner club through photography. He and Bill Doggett worked together to photograph the 10 year ODC anniversary. Today he continues to serve the Dinner Club as newsletter, contributing editor and designer. In fact, he is responsible for the new more graphically intense appearance of the newsletter that we enjoy today. As the youngest of thirteen children, Darryl had to figure out a strategy to build relationships with each of his siblings, especially with those who left home before he was borne. Darryl used photography to build a library of over 40,000 photos. Most have been digitized and include family history in addition to video logs of his world travels (he has traveled to all 50 states except Mississippi and North Dakota, parts of West Africa, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia). One of his most rewarding community accomplishments was the co-writing and coperforming of “Stairs,” a play with dialog, dance and


Darryl Tolbert

music based on the poem entitled “Stars,” by Pulitzer Prize winning author Langston Hughes. This poem was written from the perspective of a mother to son and includes some amazing dialog including the following. “...Well, son, I'll tell you: Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. It's had tacks in it,. And splinters, ...” Another of his community accomplishments is starting a jobs program to address the high jobless rate in the community of his home church in Chicago. At the advice of his mother, and having never cooked much all his life, Darryl used his training in chemistry to prepare elaborate gourmet meals where guests received a published menu in advance. Ask him about his ‘by accident’ ‘strawberry champagne pie’ - made with crust from scratch, served in a parfait glass topped with whipped cream. A dinner gathering of friends and family during any sports playoff season is one of his joys of life.

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Wally Beverly Bid Whist Tournament Winners: 2012 1st Place

Morris Clark and E. Thaxton King

2nd Place

Eddie Arnold and Kamar Niblet

3rd Place

Raymond Clark and Michael

4th Place

Sidney Cobb and Todd King

Congratulations to the winning teams!

Give The Gift Of Reading This Holiday Season Books! There seems to be an abundance of new books by and about African-American Males. Among them are the following titles:


My Song by Harry Belafonte

Le Chic by Niles Rodgers

My Life In and Out of the Ring by Sugar Ray Leonard

Shaq Uncut: My Story by Shaquille O’Neal

Odd Man Out: True Stories of a Gay Black Swimmer by Jeff Commings

Malcolm X: A life of Reinvention by Manning Marable

Man from Another Land by Isaiah Washington

Is Marriage for White People by Richard Banks

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New Year’s Resolutions Well it’s that time of year again, to ring out the old and ring in the new. Are you one to make New Year’s resolutions? I do not thing it means you need to change, but what about becoming better at something, or starting a new venture you meant to do in 2011 but just did not get around to doing it such as, taking a class, learning a new language, working out at the gym, or running in a marathon. With the start of the new year you can again make, New Year’s Resolutions, and have another 365 days to complete your new plan. Some tips to help you succeed: create a plan; write down your resolutions; think long run not just in the short run few things can change in a day. Finally remain flexible because things happen and it’s best to celebrate small changes then rather than wait till you have realized the actual goal.

Humor Corner

New Year’s Resolutions

Stress Management Tips: This time of year can be very stressful, gift buying, family gatherings, over eating. Here are some tips to help alleviate the stress: • Get adequate rest • Use deep and slow breathing • Focus on the present and positive aspects of your life • Take some time to play • Reduce the demands in your life by establishing priorities

Darryl (Chicago)


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An Interview with Shahid Manning:

Founder of Millennia Scope Entertainment Several months ago while visiting LA, I arranged an interview with Shahid Manning. Mr. Manning, founded a non-profit to support films for African American Gay Community. His idea is to use the internet to raise funds that will be channeled to AfricanAmerican gay filmmakers. In the material he provided me with he states: “The mission is to promote role models in film and media for the LGBT community especially the minority LGBT community for youth and adult alike. Secondly, to promote equality and acceptance through compelling content that can bring communities together.” Mr. Manning, has given himself a window of about two years to get this non-profit organization up and running. If this venture is unsuccessful, he will return to the workforce. He is currently working full-time to build Millennia Scope Entertainment. Mr Shahid Manning, is a graduate of Howard University’s theater and business schools. A transplant from New York City, he moved to Los Angeles to become an active participant of the theatre and film community there. His recent accomplishments include: • Working with Sheryl Lee Ralph and James Marsden • Produced Music for American Idol • Created video concepts for: Rihanna, Beyonce, Chris Brown and Heather Headley • Selected by GLAAD to represent people of color worldwide. Mr. Manning, is single but admits he is interested in dating and finding someone special to share his life. He also has expressed an interest in attending a Dinner Club meeting to discuss Millennia Scope.

Shahid Manning

For more info on Millennia Scope visit their website:

Next Dinner Club Meeting Date: December 17, 2011, 7:30 p.m. Theme: 15th Annual Christmas Party & Gift Exchange: The hosts are Tony Nugent, and his mom. They where such great hosts last year, we are delighted they also agreed to host the group this year. This meeting is a potluck meeting. The Dinner Club will provide the turkey, ham, and drinks. Each guest should bring a vegetable, casserole, or salad. If participating in the gift exchange you should bring a wrapped gift ($10-$15 dollars in value). To RSVP call Tony at 510-367-3241. Also, please bring a can good or dry good, to support the food panty at APEB.

7 Days of Kwanzaa


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Here’s To Life By Shirley Horn Enjoy the exquisite lyrics to Here’s To Life below. • No complaints and no regrets. • I still believe in chasing dreams and placing bets. • But i have learned that all you give is all you get, so give it all you got. • I had my share, i drank my fill, and even though i’m satisfied i’m hungry still • To see what’s down another road, beyond a hill and do it all again. • So here’s to life and all the joy it brings. • Here’s to life the dreamers and their dreams. • Funny how the time just flies. • How love can turn from warm hellos to sad goodbyes • And leave you with the memories you’ve memorizedTo keep your winters warm. • There’s no yes in yesterday. • And who knows what tomorrow brings or takes away. • As long as i’m still in the game i want to play • For laughs, for life, for love. • So here’s to life and all the joy it brings. • Here’s to life, the dreamers and their dreams. • May all your storms be weathered,

Shirley Horne, preferring to perform in small settings, as with her trio, she recorded with orchestra too, as on the 1992 album Here's to Life, which is highly rated by her fans, the title song (lyrics by Phyllis Molinary, music by Artie Butler) being generally considered as her signature song. Arranger Johnny Mandel won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) for that album. A video documentary of Horn's life and music was released at the same time as "Here's To Life" and shared its title. At the time, Mandel commented that Horn's piano skill was comparable to that of the noted jazz great Bill Evans. A follow-up was made in 2001, named You're My Thrill.

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And all that’s good get better. Here’s to life, here’s to love, here’s to you. May all your storms be weathered, And all that's good get better. Here's to life, here's to love, here's to you.

Fela: The Musical The Curran Theater "More than a musical. An Ecstatic Phenomenon!" -Time Out New York

She was officially recognized by the 109th US Congress for "her many achievements and contributions to the world of jazz and American culture", and performed at The White House for several U.S. presidents. Horn was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music in 2002.

His story inspired a nation. His music inspires the world. FELA! tells the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation.

She was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award in 2005., (the highest honors that the United States bestows upon jazz musicians). Due to health problems in the early 2000s, Horn had to cut back on her appearances.

Upon Shirley Horn's death, it was Phyllis' lyric that was read on the floor of The House of Representatives.

Motivated by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity.

NPR said..."the one that clung to her like some exquisite perfume was "Here's To Life," written by Artie Butler and Phyllis Molinary.

FELA! is a triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, featuring Fela Kuti's captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones.

"Here's To Life" is well on its way to becoming a jazz standard.

Tickets on sale NOW!

She had been battling breast cancer and diabetes when she died from complications of a massive stroke, aged 71.


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• 1st World’s AIDS Day • 2nd Johnny Mathis Christmas- Paramount@ 8pm • 2-4 LaLah Hathaway • 3rd Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir -7:30 pm Paramount • 10-11th Holiday Concert- Jones Memorial Church in SF -Saturday 6pm and Sunday at 3pm. $10.00 donation. 1975 Post Street in SF. • 10th Dave Koz &Friends @ 8pm Paramount • 11th Let Us Break Bread Together @ 4pm Paramount • 17th Mary Mary @8pm Paramount • 23-24 Toni Tone Tony @ Yoshis • 31st Shaquille O’Neal Presents All Star Comedy Jam @11pm Paramount Theater

Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy New Year! - from Michael C. 8

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