Harlem Renaissance Modernist Beauford Delaney, GREATEST Artist in African-American Art History

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Beauford Delaney, Self-portrait, 1944. Photo: Estate of Beauford Delaney by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire, Court Appointed Administrator; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY Beauford Delaney was an American Harlem Renaissance painter known for his colorful Modernist compositions and distinctive approach to figuration. One of the most important African-American artists of the early 20th century, he often painted New York street scenes, lively scenes in jazz clubs, and portraits of prominent black figures like James Baldwin and W.E.B. Du Bois. Can Fire in the Park (1946) is one of his most iconic images, movingly capturing a common occurrence in Depression-era New York life. In addition to his representational work, Delaney also painted abstractly, noting that “the abstraction, ostensibly, is simply for me the penetration of something that is more profound in many ways than the rigidity of a form,” he explained. “A form if it breaths some, if it has some enigma to it, it is also the enigma that is the abstract, I would think.” Born on December 30, 1901 in Knoxville, TN as one of 10 children, he worked as sign-post painter as a teenager before going on to study in Boston at the Massachusetts Normal School, the South Boston School of Art, and the Copley Society. After school, he moved to Harlem in New York, where he befriended fellow artists like Alfred Stieglitz, Stuart Davis, who introduced him to the work of Modernists like Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and others. He moved to Europe in 1953 but was unable to find the same success he had previously had in New York, and gradually succumbed to alcoholism and mental health problems before his death on March 26, 1979 in Paris, France. Today, Delaney’s works are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others. Fame, at least lasting fame — the your-work-goes-down-in-history kind, often accompanied by fat royalty payments — is a club that thinks of itself as an unbiased meritocracy, blind to everything but aesthetic innovation and popular success. It’s never quite worked out that way. When we look at the past, we still see generations of great talents who never quite got their due critically or commercially, many of them left relatively unsung. In this ongoing series, our critics pick artists they feel remain underappreciated and tell their stories and sing their praises. “He is amazing … this Beauford,” the novelist Henry Miller wrote of his lifelong friend Beauford Delaney in a 1945 essay that helped make the painter (whom Miller called a “black monarch” capable of making “the great white world … grow smaller”) a legendary attraction in Greenwich Village. So much so that people often gathered outside Delaney’s building at 181 Greene Street, where he lived and worked on the top floor — a walk-up lit only by a wood-burning potbellied stove. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1901, Delaney migrated north to Boston in 1923 to study art, then moved to New York in November 1929, days after the onset of the Great Depression. That first day in New York, he slept on a Union Square bench, where someone stole his shoes. The next morning, he set out on foot, in newly bought shoes, to walk uptown to Harlem. When he reached Central Park, he stopped because of his severely blistered feet.

Abdul-Jalil Portrait by Beauford Delaney, in 1971. Portrait of Jean Genet in backgroud, top right, Kennedy right behind Jalil
Things had never been tougher for American artists — let alone black ones. Art schools didn’t take black artists, and independent-studio classes banned black artists from figure-drawing sessions with white models. Undaunted, Delaney began drawing at a midtown dance studio. Somehow, his career took off almost overnight. Four months after he arrived in New York, an article appeared in the New York Telegraph about portraits Delaney had done of dancers and society figures.

Beauford Delaney

Artist (1901–79) Currently, MoMA has 

“Composition 16”

(1954–56) on view, a glowing bioluminescent yellow abstraction kitty-corner across the gallery from that other (until recently) missing modernist, Hilma af Klint. Both are in the company of de Kooning, Kline, and the other giants of mid-century painting. He met and charmed everyone. A list of his friends and acquaintances includes Stuart Davis — his closest painter compatriot — W.E.B. Du Bois (whose portrait he did), Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Jacob Lawrence, Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe (who did a portrait of him), Edward Steichen, Dorothy Norman, Anaïs Nin (who intimidated him), Jackson Pollock, and Jean Genet. His closest lifelong friend, however, was James Baldwin — who, while fleeing a strict father at 16, looked up Delaney in the Village. He later called the artist his “principal witness.” Delaney was a kind of surrogate nurturing father to the writer. Judging by his 1941 Dark Rapture (James Baldwin), a steamy nude portrait of the 16-year-old writer (as well as from subsequent Baldwin portraits over the decades), Delaney seems to have been in love with the lithe young man 22 years his junior. In October 1938, more than a decade before Pollock graced the same pages, Life magazine featured Delaney, picturing him beatifically smiling at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit. The caption read, “One of the most talented Negro painters.” Yet by the time he died in 1979, Delaney was alone, alcoholic, hallucinating, paranoid, and penniless in a Paris psychiatric hospital. What started as a great American story is now a near absence in the history of American art and an American Dream forestalled.

A 1941 portrait of James Baldwin by the artist Beauford Delaney. Photo: Beauford Delaney (1901–1979), Dark Rapture (James Baldwin), 1941, oil on Masonite, 34” x 28”, signed; © Estate of Beauford Delaney by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire, Court Appointed Administrator; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY I love his work — especially his highly colored, optically intense, dense figurative paintings. He is almost an exact contemporary of, and the New York counterpart to, another great painter-portraitist, an artist who captured the power and magic of being poor stylishly, who lived on the margins but eventually came to be recognized as a visionary: Alice Neel. Delaney should be regarded as such as well. Through the 1930s and 1940s, while most American artists were either being fifth-rate Cubists, regionalists, or academics or desperately looking for ways around Picasso via Surrealism, Delaney made his own thoroughly contemporary way. In street and park scenes, still lifes, and portraits, he built upon the work of his good friend Davis, arriving at his own compact, flat fields of creamy, opaque color. His sense of visual, jigsawing geometry and strong, graphic distillation of structure is second only to Davis’s. Delaney’s work, however, has a much more human aura, atmosphere, and arc, almost to a mystical degree, seen only in Marsden Hartley. So why has Delaney been disappeared from collective memory? Partly, it is the racial bias of art history, which, among other things, meant that even while he was celebrated, it was less as a painterly equal to his contemporaries than as some kind of Negro seer or spiritual black Buddha. And in 1953, at the age of 51, Delaney left New York at perhaps the worst possible time. When other American artists, like Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, John Cage, and Merce Cunningham, were meeting and staying up late together (many of them open and uncloseted in their sexuality), Delaney was in Paris, where Baldwin had told him he could escape the long American night of racism. Baldwin was right, but Delaney struggled with French and became even more isolated. Twombly, Baldwin, and Miller returned often to New York, while Delaney never did. So he never got to rejoin the conversation. By the 1960s, Delaney’s abstraction was more connected to the French Art Informel — a primarily European response to Abstract Expressionism — and his paintings, influenced as they were by Monet’s Water Lilies and Turner’s glowing color, had few of the ironic, systemic, direct qualities of Pop Art and minimalism. At a distance, Delaney’s work seemed passé — an artist painting in a void, outside the canon. *This article appears in the January 6, 2020, issue of New York Magazine. Beauford Delaney collection, Sc MG 59, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library Repository Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division Access to materials Some collections held by the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture are held off-site and must be requested in advance. Please check the collection records in

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Portrait de Jean Genet, Beauford Delaney, 1972
Beauford Delaney was a painter, specializing in portraits. The Beauford Delaney collection consists of correspondence with colleagues, friends, gallery owners, and family members, as well as printed material documenting Delaney’s life in Paris. BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL INFORMATION Beauford Delaney was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, the third child of the Reverend Samuel Delaney and Delia Johnson Delaney. He attended the Knoxville Colored School and later studied art with an elderly Knoxville artist, who encouraged him to get further training. In 1924 Delaney went to Boston where he studied at the Massachusetts Normal School and the South Boston School of Art, and attended evening classes at the Copley Society. Delaney went to New York in 1929, settling at first in Harlem. He painted society women and professional dancers at Billy Pierce’s dancing school on West 46th Street, which gained him a reputation as a portraitist. His first one-man show, which consisted of five pastels and ten charcoal drawings, was at the 135th Street Branch Library of the New York Public Library in 1930. During the same year three of his portraits were included in a group show at the Whitney Studio Galleries, the predecessor of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Delaney also taught part-time at a progressive school in Greenwich Village. By the late 1940s Beauford Delaney had become a significant figure on the art scene. He illustrated “Unsung Americans Sung” (1944), a book of black musical tributes edited by W.C. Handy; he had a series of one-man shows in New York and Washington, D.C.; and he exhibited in group shows in a number of other cities. In 1945 he showed his first series of portraits of writers Henry Miller and James Baldwin, who would become his lifelong friends. In 1949 he began an association with the Roko Gallery in New York, where he exhibited annually until 1953. In 1953 Delaney left New York with the intention of settling in Rome, but a visit to Paris turned into a permanent stay. He had two studios in Paris, the first in the suburbs of Clamart and the other in the Rue Vincingetorix. In Paris Delaney exhibited in one-man and group shows at the Gallerie Paul Fachetti (1960), the Centre Culturel Americain (1961 and 1972), the Galerie Lambert (1964), the Musee Galliera (1967) and the Galerie Darthea Speyer (1973), among other places. The latter was a major showing of a selection of his work from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s and the catalog contained tributes by James Jones, James Baldwin, and Georgia O’Keefe. Delaney also exhibited in England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. The Paris years saw the creation of several masterpieces including portraits of singer Marian Anderson and writer Jean Genet. During this period he also created a series of interiors and studies in watercolor. After suffering two nervous breakdowns, Delaney was institutionalized, and died on March 26, 1979 at St. Ann’s Hospital in Paris. Delaney’s last one-man show in the United States was at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1978, inaugurating that museum’s Black Masters Series. Delaney’s work is in several private collections and in the collections of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Newark Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. SCOPE AND ARRANGEMENT The Beauford Delaney collection consists of correspondence with colleagues, friends, gallery owners, and family members, as well a printed material documenting Delaney’s life in Paris. Biographical information is provided in statements Delaney authored, articles prepared by others for catalogs, and his obituary. Among the many friends, colleagues and art collectors with whom he maintained an active correspondence is James Baldwin, who wrote an introduction to a catalog for an exhibition of Delaney’s art at Paris’ Galerie Lambert in 1964. Other correspondents include artists Charles Boggs, Al Hirschfeld, John Franklin Koenig, and Ellis Wilson, authors James Jones and Henry Miller (who was also a water colorist), art historian Richard A. Long, and his friend Lynn Stone. Additional artists, painters, writers, gallery owners and musicians who corresponded with Delaney include Lawrence Calcagno, Cab Calloway, Elaine DeKooning, Palmer C. Hayden, and Darthea Speyer. The letters discuss the style of painting of the correspondents, travels, purchase and exhibition of works, and personal matters. Numerous gallery announcements for art exhibits of Delaney’s and other artists’ works in Paris, New York and other cities demonstrate the extent of Delaney’s activities in the contemporary art world. The collection also contains a large number of picture postcards, some sent by friends, and gallery announcements. Family letters are from his brother and fellow artist, Joseph Delaney, and discuss his own work and impressions of Paris; his brother Emery (includes letters Delaney wrote to his brother, in addition to those received); and Delaney’s niece, Imogene.   Beauford Delaney

Jazz Banb 1963

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

All the Races, 1970

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

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Bernard Hassell, 1961

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

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Untitled: Abstract in Red, Blue, Yellow and…, 1956

Levis Fine Art

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Untitled, 1956

Levis Fine Art

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Mother’s Portrait (aka Portrait of Delia…, 1964

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

Price on Request Beauford Delaney

Composition, 1963

Sale Date: February 6, 2021 Auction Closed

Self-portrait, 1964

Sale Date: December 8, 2020 Auction Closed Beauford Delaney 

Street Scene, 1968

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SANS TITRE

Sale Date: July 9, 2020 Auction Closed Beauford Delaney 

SANS TITRE – 1960, 1960

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Composition, 1962

Sale Date: December 13, 2019 Auction Closed SOURCE OF ACQUISITION Donated by Daniel Richard in 1988. PROCESSING INFORMATION Compiled by Victor N. Smythe, 1998. Finding aid edited and adapted to digital form by Kay Menick in 2016. Paintings and art catalogs transferred to Art and Artifact Division. Photographs transferred to Photographs and Prints Division. KEY TERMS NAMES SUBJECTS

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Beauford Delaney (1901-1979) “Portraitist of the Famous

“Perhaps I should say, flatly, what I believe–that he is a great painter, among the very greatest; but I do know that great art can only be created out of love, and that no greater lover has ever held a brush.”

James Baldwin (1924-1987), writer,
friend of artist Beauford Delaney

Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim, c.1971oil on canvas

Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim, c.1971

Beauford Delaney, hailed as the most important African-American artists of the 20th century, whose life appeared to symbolize the mythical artistic existence of privation and relative obscurity, that show a retrospective of “uninhibited colorist (though never an unintelligent one)” that is “apotheosized” and whose talent and “free, open and outgoing nature” engendered admiration from everyone whom was fortunate enough to encounter him as he was THE darling of the international culture scene in New York and Paris. James Baldwin called him his “spiritual father.”

Remembering THE Greatest artists of the 20th century, the ‘amazing and invariable’ Beauford Delaney, the “Portraitist of the Famous”, who’s masterpieces are trumpeted as cutting-edge work in Black aesthetics, stylistic evolution from representation to pure abstraction, with new and radical theories with his techniques and expression of the politics of Black arts, affording him his very own, singular serious stature among abstract expressionists, transforming the critical landscape into a growing interest in his creation of “Black Abstraction”!

For more than a decade, Delaney showed compelling, vibrant images of energetic life: produced engaging abstract works, portraits, landscapes, and abstractions celebrated for their brilliance and technical complexity with his dramatic stylistic shift from figurative compositions of life to abstract expressionist studies of color and light, powerful works of art and culture, illuminate some of Delaney’s most innovative years and firmly place his work among the dominant art movements of the day.

The fascinating Beauford Delaney is a Modern artist who produced engaging portraits, landscapes, and abstractions celebrated for their brilliance and technical complexity with his dramatic stylistic shift from figurative compositions of New York life to abstract expressionist studies of color and light following his move to Paris in 1953, illuminate some of Delaney’s most innovative years and firmly place his work among the dominant art movements of the day! 

The career of Beauford Delaney (1901-79) was mainly working with Expressionism, Harlem Renaissance who’s first exhibition was New Names In American Art: Recent Contributions To Painting And Sculpture By Negro Artists at The Renaissance Society in Chicago, IL in 1944, and the most recent exhibition was Art Basel Miami Beach 2020 – online viewing only at Art Basel Miami Beach in Miami Beach, FL in 2020. Beauford Delaney is mostly exhibited in United States, but also had exhibitions in Germany, United Kingdom and elsewhere. Delaney has 10 solo shows and 79 group shows over the last 76 years (for more information, see biography). Delaney has also been in 7 art fairs but in no biennials. The most important show was Beauford Delaney: From New York to Paris at Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, PA in 2005. Other important shows were at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis, MN and The Studio Museum in Harlem in New York City, NY. Beauford Delaney has been exhibited with Norman Lewis and Romare Bearden. Beauford Delaney’s art is in 9 museum collections, at France at the Museum of Modern Art , École des Beaux-Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, NY and The Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL, featured in Jet and Playboy magazines among others.

Beauford Delaney is ranked among the Top 10 globally, and in United States. Delaney’s best rank was in 1944, the artist’s rank has improved over the last 5 years, with the most dramatic change in 1992. 

Many of its prominent figures, who admiringly looked upon Delaney as their “Shaman” or “Yogi” and fondly referred to him as a “Black Buddha”, were described by his close friend, James Baldwin, as a “cross between Brer Rabbit and St. Francis of Assisi.” 

His list of friends and acquaintances including artists, World Leaders, politicians, activist, authors/poets/writers, intellectuals, filmmakers, promoted by numerous patrons of the arts, world Cultural Ambassadors, art gallery owners, befriended by notable figures, and musicians Stuart Davis — his closest painter compatriot — W.E.B. Du Bois (whose portrait he painted), Salvadore Dalí (whose portrait he painted), Countee Cullen, Louis Armstrong (whose portrait he painted), Duke Ellington (whose portrait he painted), Ethel Waters (whose portraits he painted), W.C. Handy (whose portrait he painted), Henry Miller (who wrote a tribute to him), John F. Kennedy (whose portraits he painted), Robert Kennedy (whose portraits he painted), Jean-Claude Killy (whose portraits he painted), Herb Gentry, Alain Locke, Cy Twombly, Sterling Brown,  Langston Hughes, Georgia O’Keeffe (who drew charcoal and pastel portraits of Delaney in 1943), Augusta Savage, Stuart Davis, John Marin, Pablo Picasso (whose portrait he painted), Richard A. Long (whose portrait he painted), John Koenig (whose portrait he painted), and Claude McKay were connected to Paris in various ways. 

Also significant is the impact of jazz, as exemplified by the avante garde “free jazz” music explosion of Ornettte Coleman, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, Frank Wright, Bobby Few, Bill Dixon, François Cotinaud, Sunny Murray, Barney Wilen, Globe Unity Orchestra, Andrew Hill, Dave Burrell, Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, Grachan Moncur III, Malachi Favors, Claude Delcloo, Beb Guérin, Kenneth Terroade, Bernard Vitet, Lester Bowie, Jerome Cooper, Joseph Jarman, Joachim Kühn, Steve Lacy, Roscoe Mitchell, Robin Kenyatta, Michel Portal, Irène Aebi, Ronnie Beer, Kent Carter, Dieter Gewissler, Oliver Johnson, Famoudou Don Moye, Alan Shorter, Bernard Vitet, Jouk Minor, Byard Lancaster, Kenneth Terroade, Paul Jeffrey, Ronnie Beer, Sonny Sharrock, Pharoah Sanders, Black Harold, Johnny Dyani, Gary Windo, Rene Augustus, Joseph Déjean, Beb Guérin, Claude Delcoo, Clifford Thornton, Wayne Shorter, Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Research Arkestra, François Tusques, Alan Silva and the Celestrial Communication Orchestra.

Luminaries Josephine Baker, Bob Blackburn, Ed Clark, Bob Thompson, Marian Anderson (whose portrait he painted), Jacob Lawrence, Ella Fitzgerald (whose portrait he painted), Zora Neale Hurston, Alfred Stieglitz, Carl Van Vechten, Edward Steichen, Dorothy Norman, Anaïs Nin, art studio owner Charles Alston, Jackson Pollock, Vassili Pikoula, Henri Chahine (whose portrait he painted), Charlie Parker (whose portrait and music he painted.), James Jones, Jean Genet, Lawrence Calcagno, Cab Calloway, Elaine DeKooning, Palmer C. Hayden (whose portrait he painted), art dealer Darthea Speyer (whose portrait he painted) who had exhibitions of Delaney’s art at Paris’ Galerie Lambert in 1964. Others include artists Charles Boggs, Al Hirschfeld, John Franklin Koenig, Harold Cousins, Herbert Gentry (whose portrait he painted), Ed Clark, and Ellis Wilson, authors James Jones and Henry Miller (who was also a water colorist), Writers Richard Wright, Surrealist poet Stanislas Rodanski, Chester Himes, Ralph Ellison, William Gardner Smith, Richard Gibson, Lorraine Hansberry, Ted Joans, art historian Richard A. Long, and his friend Lynn Stone.

Delaney became close friends with another influential visual artist, Lawrence Calcagno. A white, abstract landscape artist from Northern California, it was an unlikely pairing when the two met in Paris. Yet the two men grew to share a close artistic bond, tied by their shared belief in the spiritual nature of painting and abstraction. They also became close personal friends, writing hundreds of letters to each other over Delaney’s later years, after Calcagno left Paris to return to America. In these letters, Delaney is at his most vulnerable and open, as he felt with a kindred spirit.

His closest lifelong friend, however, was James Baldwin — who, while fleeing a strict father at 16, looked up Delaney in the Village. He later called the artist his “principal witness.” Delaney was a kind of surrogate nurturing father to the writer. Judging by his 1941 Dark Rapture (James Baldwin), a steamy nude portrait of the 16-year-old writer (as well as from subsequent Baldwin portraits over the decades), Delaney seems to have been in love with the lithe young man 22 years his junior.

Indeed, while Delaney had not intended to settle permanently in Europe, he quickly realized he had found there a more hospitable climate in which to pursue his craft. Asked about his experience as an expatriate he replied, “Expatriate? It appears to me that in order to be an expatriate one has to be, in some manner, driven from one’s fatherland, from one’s native land. When I left the United States during the 1950s no such condition was left behind. One must belong before one may then not belong. I belong here in Paris, I am able to realize myself here. I am no expatriate.”

While Paris had in some sense liberated Delaney, there were sorrows he could not escape. “There always seems to be the shadow,” Delaney wrote to a benefactor, “which follows the light.” Although he was referring to the financial difficulties that plagued him throughout his career, the artist could also have been talking about his struggles with mental illness, which manifested as psychotic breaks and ghostly voices in his head, resulting in his confinement to a mental hospital at the end of his life. While Delaney was a mentor to Baldwin during the author’s early years, Baldwin later became Delaney’s protector, assisting him financially and emotionally. For an introduction to an exhibition in Paris in 1964 Baldwin wrote, “Perhaps I am so struck by the light in Beauford’s paintings because he comes from darkness—as I do, as, in fact, we all do.” The vibrant luminosity of Composition 16 is but one example of Delaney’s lifelong quest to find light in that darkness.

Many felt him to be the “Dean of African American Artists Living in Europe.” Although he never fully wanted this distinction most of Delaney’s works were close to being classified as abstract art. Beauford Delaney died in Paris at age 78 on March 26, 1979.

Delaney lived and worked in Paris for many years and much of his work was neglected until a retrospective in 1978 at the Studio Museum in Harlem.  During his absence, the French government, in an effort to collect delinquent accounts, sealed off his apartment and prepared to auction off his products of nearly a forty year career.  Many of his works were stolen and some had to be recovered by European Intelligence, the CIA/FBI. Had the works been sold, dispersed throughout Europe, the neglect may have been irreversible.

The painter Beauford Delaney (Knoxville 1901-1979 Paris) was lost to history for a time. Yet in the mid-twentieth century, Delaney was considered an important artist of his generation.

Following his death, he was praised as a great and neglected painter but, with a few notable exceptions, the neglect continued.

A retrospective of his work at the Studio Museum in Harlem a year before his death did little to revive interest in his work. It was not until the 1988 exhibition Beauford Delaney: From Tennessee to Paris, curated by the French art dealer Philippe Briet at the Philippe Briet Gallery, that Delaney’s work was again exhibited in New York, followed by two retrospectives in the gallery: “Beauford Delaney: A Retrospective [50 Years of Light]” in 1991, and “Beauford Delaney: The New York Years [1929–1953]” in 1994.

Delaney disappeared from collective memory partly due to the racial bias of art history, which, among other things, meant that even while he was celebrated, it was less as a painter equal to his contemporaries than as some kind of Negro seer or spiritual black Buddha wherein he could not escape the long American night of racism. 

“Whatever Happened to Beauford Delaney?”, an article by Eleanor Heartney, appeared in Art in America in response to the 1994 exhibition asking why this once well regarded “artist’s artist” was now virtually unknown to the American art public. “What happened? Is this another case of an over-inflated reputation returning to its true level? Or was Delaney undone by changing fashions which rendered his work unpalatable to succeeding generations? Why did Beauford Delaney so completely disappear from American art history?” The author believed that Delaney’s disappearance from the consciousness of the New York art world was linked to “his move to Paris at a crucial moment in the consolidation of New York’s position as the world’s cultural capital and his work’s irrelevance to the history of American art as it was being written by critics” at the time. The article concludes, “Today [1994] as those histories unravel and are replaced by narratives with a more varied and colorful weave, artists like Delaney can be seen in a new light.”

In 1985 James Baldwin described the impact of Delaney on his life, saying he was “the first living proof, for me, that a black man could be an artist. In a warmer time, a less blasphemous place, he would have been recognized as my Master and I as his Pupil. He became, for me, an example of courage and integrity, humility and passion. An absolute integrity: I saw him shaken many times and I lived to see him broken but I never saw him bow.” Baldwin marveled over Delaney’s ability to emulate such light in his work despite the darkness he was surrounded by for the majority of his life. It is this insight of Delaney’s past, Baldwin believes, that serves as evidence for the true victory Delaney secured. Baldwin admired his keen ability to “lead the inner and the outer eye, directly and inexorably, to a new confrontation with reality.” He further wrote, “Perhaps I should not say, flatly, what I believe – that he is a great painter – among the very greatest; but I do know that great art can only be created out of love, and that no greater lover has ever held a brush.”

His work is sold in galleries for increasingly high prices, and his paintings hang prominently among modernist and postwar works in New York’s Museum of Modern Art [where his yellow Composition 16 (1954-56) was hung next to a work by Mark Rothko], the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, and the National Portrait Gallery (notably a portrait of Baldwin). The American artist Glenn Ligon curated a 2015 exhibition at the Tate Liverpool titled Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions” that featured two works by Delaney (one a portrait of Baldwin) and put Delaney in the company of the Abstract Expressionists, next to a picture by Franz Kline.

Because his estate has been largely closed to scholars to the present day, and because his reputation waned after his death, critical writing about Delaney is almost nonexistent, even with the flourishing of Baldwin studies across disciplines. 

The Studio Museum of Harlem broke ground with the first major posthumous exhibition of Delaney on US soil with Beauford Delaney: A Retrospective (1979) and included the full text of Baldwin’s previously published essay “Introduction to Exhibition of Beauford Delaney Opening December 4, 1964 at the Gallery Lambert.” There have been other exhibitions of Delaney’s work since 2000 that include Baldwin in minor ways and whose catalogues have provided most of the critical work done recently on Delaney to date: these include Beauford Delaney: Liquid Light: Paris Abstractions 1954-1970, organized by Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in 1999; Beauford Delaney’ at the Sert Gallery of the Harvard University Art Museums;  An Artistic Friendship: Beauford Delaney and Lawrence Calcagno at the Palmer Museum of Art at the Pennsylvania State University in 2001; The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA; Beauford Delaney: The Color Yellow, organized by the High Museum of Art in 2002 and curated by Richard J. Powell, who contributed a groundbreaking essay about Delaney’s use of color; Beauford Delaney: New York to Paris (2005), organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art, whose robust catalog features several scholarly essays mentioning James Baldwin; Beauford Delaney: Renaissance of Form and Vibration of Color (2016) at Montparnasse’s Reid Hall and sponsored by Wells International Foundation and Les Amis de Beauford Delaney, along with Columbia Global Centers/Reid Hall Exposition; and Gathering Light: Works by Beauford Delaney (2017) at the Knoxville Museum of Art in Tennessee. Aside from the catalogue essays from these and other exhibitions, the only monograph devoted to Delaney is the 1998 biography by David Leeming, Amazing Grace: A Life of Beauford Delaney (1998). Leeming outlines the broad arc of Delaney’s life and artistic development while emphasizing the contrast between the artist’s vibrant social life and troubled inner life that led to his institutionalization in the late 1970s. It is encouraging to see, however, that references to Delaney are now appearing in cutting-edge work on Black aesthetics, such as Fred Moten’s theoretical work, and in reconstructions of LGBTQIA arts.

While previous Delaney exhibitions and publications have almost exclusively emphasized Delaney’s stylistic evolution from the 1940s to the 1960s, from representation to pure abstraction, as a function of his move from New York to Paris and/or his worsening mental health, the proposed symposium will put Delany into conversation with new and radical theories about the techniques and politics of Black arts, affording him some of the first serious treatment by academic criticism to date. Because of Delaney’s stature among abstract expressionists, the project will contribute to a growing interest in the past ten years concerning “Black Abstraction” in the arts, as evidence by shows at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery (2014), the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston (2014), Pace Gallery (2016), Anita Shapolsky Gallery and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. (2018). It is time to bring Delaney also into the sphere of queer theory, new Black aesthetics, and new theories of Black care that are transforming the critical landscape in academe and in which Baldwin is now frequently found.

But his life ended very much like it began. Even after the fame and notoriety, he was still a poor, black man with many struggles. Just like his art, Delaney’s life was filled with light and darkness. Highs and lows.

If you were to picture a counter-image to help balance that perception in one person, you could hardly do better than Beauford Delaney. He was black, he was gay, he was unpredictable, he was charismatic. He was an intellectual, and he was an artist, in fact a wildly colorful, creative and unpredictable abstract expressionist. He was cosmopolitan, connected to the world beyond, and adored in Paris and New York, where his paintings, some of them famous and very expensive, have been exhibited, even recently. 

Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim, c.1971

oil on Canvas

25 1/2″ x 21 3/8″ / 64.8 x 54.3 cm 

signed verso with Beauford Delaney Estate stamp

PROVENANCE

Beauford Delaney, Paris, France

Estate of Beauford Delaney, Knoxville, TN

Dr. Ravindra Varma Dantuluri, Knoxville, TN

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY

PUBLICATION HISTORY

Beauford Delaney. Paris: Galerie Darthea Speyer, 1973. Exhibition catalogue.

Illustrated in black-and-white in a photograph with the artist in his studio, n.p.

Beauford Delaney: A Retrospective, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, April 9 – July 2, 1978;

Museum of National Center for Afro-American Artists, Dorchester, MA, October 8 – November 4, 1978

Illustrated in black-and-white in a photograph with the artist in his studio and listed on the checklist as no. 13, n.p. (titled Portrait of a Man)

NOTE

Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim (c.1971) exemplifies Beauford Delaney’s masterful portraits in which he uses bold, contrasting color to express an arresting psychological and emotional likeness. With his signature yellow palette and expressive brushstroke, Delaney portrays his friend Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim.

Throughout his career, Beauford Delaney executed modernist and psychologically compelling portraits of friends,  acquaintances and patrons. Portraits of those he knew intimately, tended to be the most compelling and profound. Generally, Delaney’s portrait paintings tend to be modernist, melding representation with abstraction, sharing a strong affinity with the gestural luminous abstractions that dominated Delaney’s oeuvre after 1953. Even after Delaney evolved into an abstract expressionist painter upon his move to France in September 1953, he continued to paint portraits that were much more than straightforward depictions of his sitters. While the composition was defined by the subject, he executed modernist canvases defined by his relatively monochromatic fields of color and distinctive brushwork. Like Delaney’s landscapes, cityscapes and interiors of his Greene Street period of the 1940s and early 1950s, the faces, bodies and backgrounds of his portraits were vehicles for his personal language of abstraction. Art historian Richard J. Powell writes:

“In addition to his artistic commitment to abstraction, experimenting with painted surfaces in oil pigments, and delving into the visual effects and relational possibilities of color, Beauford Delaney was equally bound to an art of portraiture. The genre that first brought Delaney critical notice and a measure of success, portraiture exemplified his genuine love of people – all kinds of people – and his fascination with their outward appearances, personalities, minds, and auras. As seen in almost every early photograph of Delaney – whether in his crowded Greene Street studio or sitting alongside his work at the Annual Washington Square Art Fair – portraits largely defined his as an artist. Yet…portraiture was also a vehicle for sorting out an array of primarily visual issues: concerns of color and form that could easily be coupled with his painting a friend’s likeness or an esteemed individual’s spirit.”*2

Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim recalls meeting Beauford Delaney and sitting for his portrait in Paris in 1971, when al-Hakim was around twenty years old. al-Hakim was born Randy Wallace before converting to Islam and changing his name. 

Beauford Delaney and Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim with Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim (c.1971), Jean Genet with Jean Genet in the upper right and Bobby Kennedy a little lower behind my left shoulder. Above Portrait is his “Little Totem of Light”, ca. 1966

Beauford Delaney and Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim with Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim (c.1971), 1971

Curator Patricia Sue Canterbury writes of Delaney’s portraits of the 1960s:

“Delaney’s portraiture during the 1960s, although often regarded as a departure from the artist’s abstract explorations of light, was actually an extension of the same. As he had reassured viewers at the opening of his solo show at the Galerie Lambert in late 1964, abstraction and portraiture ‘were studies in light revealed – the light that have meaning to the individuals depicted…and the light considered directly as contained…in the abstract paintings.’ As the decade progressed, however, it is clear that any boundaries perceived between the two became increasingly blurred. Solid forms within the portraits dematerialized and the subject and the enveloping atmosphere seemingly shared the same atomic structure.”*2

Powell writes of Delaney’s use of a yellow palette:

“Delaney’s artistic preoccupation with the color yellow is governed by its capacity to illuminate a world in which poverty, inhumanity, lovelessness, mediocrity, and darkness threaten his soul and being. No stranger to assaults on the body and psyche, Delaney sought in his work and throughout his entire life to experience that state of perfect bliss in nature and society, to reach that nearly unattainable note or apogee of emotional discernment in the arts, and to know that ecstatic feeling of an ‘excessive and deliberate joy’ in life. Oddly enough, by placing himself and his audience in his dense and luxurious yellow zone, he realized these grand ambitions.”*3

Beauford Delaney in his studio and Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim (c.1971) can be seen above Delaney

Photograph of Beauford Delaney in his studio as reproduced in the catalogue for the exhibition Beauford Delaney, Galerie Darthea Speyer, Paris, France, February 6 – March 2, 1973; Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim (c.1971) can be seen above Delaney to the right

Portraits by Beauford Delaney are in numerous museum collections including:

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL;

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA;

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA;

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI;

Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN;

Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, NY;

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY;

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY;

The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC;

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA;

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA;

SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA;

The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; 

Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN;

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA;

Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC;

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY;

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA.

Footnotes:

  *1-Richard J. Powell, “The Color of Ecstasy,” Beauford Delaney: The Color Yellow (Atlanta: The High Museum of Art, 2002), 20-21

 *2-Patricia Sue Canterbury, “Transatlantic Transformations: Beauford Delaney in Paris,” Beauford Delaney: From New York To Paris exh. cat. (Minneapolis: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2004), 65

 *3-Powell, 29-30 Powell, 29-30

How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Home

Marie Arago, special to ProPublica

How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes

Even as the group has publicly celebrated its work, insider accounts detail a string of failures

THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF CAMPECHE sprawls up a steep hillside in Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince. Goats rustle in trash that goes forever uncollected. Children kick a deflated volleyball in a dusty lot below a wall with a hand-painted logo of the American Red Cross.

In late 2011, the Red Cross launched a multimillion-dollar project to transform the desperately poor area, which was hit hard by the earthquake that struck Haiti the year before. The main focus of the project — called LAMIKA, an acronym in Creole for “A Better Life in My Neighborhood” — was building hundreds of permanent homes.

Today, not one home has been built in Campeche. Many residents live in shacks made of rusty sheet metal, without access to drinkable water, electricity or basic sanitation. When it rains, their homes flood and residents bail out mud and water.

The Red Cross received an outpouring of donations after the quake, nearly half a billion dollars.

The group has publicly celebrated its work. But in fact, the Red Cross has repeatedly failed on the ground in Haiti. Confidential memos, emails from worried top officers, and accounts of a dozen frustrated and disappointed insiders show the charity has broken promises, squandered donations, and made dubious claims of success.

The Red Cross says it has provided homes to more than 130,000 people. But the actual number of permanent homes the group has built in all of Haiti: six.

After the earthquake, Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern unveiled ambitious plans to “develop brand-newcommunities.” None has ever been built.

Aid organizations from around the world have struggled after the earthquake in Haiti, the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country. But ProPublica and NPR’s investigation shows that many of the Red Cross’s failings in Haiti are of its own making. They are also part of a larger pattern in which the organization has botched delivery of aid after disasters such as Superstorm Sandy. Despite its difficulties, the Red Cross remains the charity of choice for ordinary Americans and corporations alike after natural disasters.

One issue that has hindered the Red Cross’ work in Haiti is an overreliance on foreigners who could not speak French or Creole, current and former employees say.

In a blistering 2011 memo, the then-director of the Haiti program, Judith St. Fort, wrote that the group was failing in Haiti and that senior managers had made “very disturbing” remarks disparaging Haitian employees. St. Fort, who is Haitian American, wrote that the comments included, “he is the only hard working one among them” and “the ones that we have hired are not strong so we probably should not pay close attention to Haitian CVs.”

The Red Cross won’t disclose details of how it has spent the hundreds of millions of dollars donated for Haiti. But our reporting shows that less money reached those in need than the Red Cross has said.

Lacking the expertise to mount its own projects, the Red Cross ended up giving much of the money to other groups to do the work. Those groups took out a piece of every dollar to cover overhead and management. Even on the projects done by others, the Red Cross had its own significant expenses – in one case, adding up to a third of the project’s budget.

Where did the half billion raised for Haiti go? The Red Cross won’t say.

In statements, the Red Cross cited the challenges all groups have faced in post-quake Haiti, including the country’s dysfunctional land title system.

“Like many humanitarian organizations responding in Haiti, the American Red Cross met complications in relation to government coordination delays, disputes over land ownership, delays at Haitian customs, challenges finding qualified staff who were in short supply and high demand, and the cholera outbreak, among other challenges,” the charity said.

The group said it responded quickly to internal concerns, including hiring an expert to train staff on cultural competency after St. Fort’s memo. While the group won’t provide a breakdown of its projects, the Red Cross said it has done more than 100. The projects include repairing 4,000 homes, giving several thousand families temporary shelters, donating $44 million for food after the earthquake, and helping fund the construction of a hospital.

“Millions of Haitians are safer, healthier, more resilient, and better prepared for future disasters thanks to generous donations to the American Red Cross,” McGovern wrote in a recent report marking the fifth anniversary of the earthquake.

In other promotional materials, the Red Cross said it has helped “more than 4.5 million” individual Haitians “get back on their feet.”

It has not provided details to back up the claim. And Jean-Max Bellerive, Haiti’s prime minister at the time of the earthquake, doubts the figure, pointing out the country’s entire population is only about 10 million.

“No, no,” Bellerive said of the Red Cross’ claim, “it’s not possible.”


When the earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, the Red Cross was facing a crisis of its own. McGovern had become chief executive just 18 months earlier, inheriting a deficit and an organization that had faced scandals after 9/11 and Katrina.

Gail McGovern (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Inside the Red Cross, the Haiti disaster was seen as “a spectacular fundraising opportunity,” recalled one former official who helped organize the effort. Michelle Obama, the NFL and a long list of celebrities appealed for donations to the group.

The Red Cross kept soliciting money well after it had enough for the emergency relief that is the group’s stock in trade. Doctors Without Borders, in contrast, stopped fundraising off the earthquake after it decided it had enough money. The donations to the Red Cross helped the group erase its more-than $100 million deficit.

The Red Cross ultimately raised far more than any other charity.

A year after the quake, McGovern announced that the Red Cross would use the donations to make a lasting impact in Haiti.

We asked the Red Cross to show us around its projects in Haiti so we could see the results of its work. It declined. So earlier this year we went to Campeche to see one of the group’s signature projects for ourselves.

Street vendors in the dusty neighborhood immediately pointed us to Jean Jean Flaubert, the head of a community group that the Red Cross set up as a local sounding board.

Sitting with us in their sparse one-room office, Flaubert and his colleagues grew angry talking about the Red Cross. They pointed to the lack of progress in the neighborhood and the healthy salaries paid to expatriate aid workers.

“What the Red Cross told us is that they are coming here to change Campeche. Totally change it,” said Flaubert. “Now I do not understand the change that they are talking about. I think the Red Cross is working for themselves.”

The Red Cross’ initial plan said the focus would be building homes — an internal proposalput the number at 700. Each would have finished floors, toilets, showers, even rainwater collection systems. The houses were supposed to be finished in January 2013.

The Red Cross promised to build hundreds of new homes in Campeche but none have been built. Many residents still live in crude shacks. (Marie Arago, special to ProPublica)

None of that ever happened. Carline Noailles, who was the project’s manager in Washington, said it was endlessly delayed because the Red Cross “didn’t have the know-how.”

Another former official who worked on the Campeche project said, “Everything takes four times as long because it would be micromanaged from DC, and they had no development experience.”

Shown an English-language press release from the Red Cross website, Flaubert was stunned to learn of the project’s $24 million budget — and that it is due to end next year.

“Not only is [the Red Cross] not doing it,” Flaubert said, “now I’m learning that the Red Cross is leaving next year. I don’t understand that.” (The Red Cross says it did tell community leaders about the end date. It also accused us of “creating ill will in the community which may give rise to a security incident.”)

The project has since been reshaped and downscaled. A road is being built. Some existing homes have received earthquake reinforcement and a few schools are being repaired. Some solar street lights have been installed, though many broke and residents say others are unreliable.

The group’s most recent press release on the project cites achievements such as training school children in disaster response.

The Red Cross said it has to scale back its housing plans because it couldn’t acquire the rights to land. No homes will be built.

Other Red Cross infrastructure projects also fizzled.

A Red Cross effort to save Haitians from cholera was crippled by internal issues. “None of these people had to die,” said a Haitian official.

In January 2011, McGovern announced a $30 million partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID. The agency would build roads and other infrastructure in at least two locations where the Red Cross would build new homes.

But it took more than two and a half years, until August 2013, for the Red Cross just to sign an agreement with USAID on the program, and even that was for only one site. The program was ultimately canceled because of a land dispute.

A Government Accountability Office report attributed the severe delays to problems “in securing land title and because of turnover in Red Cross leadership” in its Haiti program.

Other groups also ran into trouble with land titles and other issues. But they also ultimately built 9,000 homes compared to the Red Cross’ six.

Asked about the Red Cross’ housing projects in Haiti, David Meltzer, the group’s general counsel and chief international officer, said changing conditions forced changes in plans. “If we had said, ‘All we’re going to do is build new homes,’ we’d still be looking for land,” he said.

The USAID project’s collapse left the Red Cross grasping for ways to spend money earmarked for it.

“Any ideas on how to spend the rest of this?? (Besides the wonderful helicopter idea?),” McGovern wrote to Meltzer in a November 2013 email obtained by ProPublica and NPR. “Can we fund Conrad’s hospital? Or more to PiH[Partners in Health]? Any more shelter projects?”

Jean Jean Flaubert says the Red Cross promised to transform his neighborhood. “Now I do not understand the change that they are talking about,” he said. (Marie Arago, special to ProPublica)

It’s not clear what helicopter idea McGovern was referring to or if it was ever carried out. The Red Cross would say only that her comments were “grounded in the American Red Cross’ strategy and priorities, which focus on health and housing.”

Another signature project, known in Creole as “A More Resilient Great North,” is supposed to rehabilitate roads in poor, rural communities and to help them get clean water and sanitation.

But two years after it started, the $13 million effort has been faltering badly. An internal evaluation from March found residents were upset because nothing had been done to improve water access or infrastructure or to make “contributions of any sort to the well being of households,” the report said.

So much bad feeling built up in one area that the population “rejects the project.”

The Red Cross says 91% of donations went to help Haitians. That’s not true.

Instead of making concrete improvements to living conditions, the Red Cross has launched hand-washing education campaigns. The internal evaluation noted that these were “not effective when people had no access to water and no soap.” (The Red Cross declined to comment on the project.)

The group’s failures went beyond just infrastructure.

When a cholera epidemic raged through Haiti nine months after the quake, the biggest part of the Red Cross’ response — a plan to distribute soap and oral rehydration salts — was crippled by “internal issues that go unaddressed,” wrote the director of the Haiti program in her May 2011 memo.

Throughout that year, cholera was a steady killer. By September 2011, when the death toll had surpassed 6,000, the project was still listed as “very behind schedule” according to another internal document.

The Red Cross said in a statement that its cholera response, including a vaccination campaign, has continued for years and helped millions of Haitians.

But while other groups also struggled early responding to cholera, some performed well.

“None of these people had to die. That’s what upsets me,” said Paul Christian Namphy, a Haitian water and sanitation official who helped lead the effort to fight cholera. He says early failures by the Red Cross and other NGOs had a devastating impact. “These numbers should have been zero.”


So why did the Red Cross’ efforts fall so short? It wasn’t just that Haiti is a hard place to work.

“They collected nearly half a billion dollars,” said a congressional staffer who helped oversee Haiti reconstruction. “But they had a problem. And the problem was that they had absolutely no expertise.”

Lee Malany was in charge of the Red Cross’ shelter program in Haiti starting in 2010. He remembers a meeting in Washington that fall where officials did not seem to have any idea how to spend millions of dollars set aside for housing. Malany says the officials wanted to know which projects would generate good publicity, not which projects would provide the most homes.

“When I walked out of that meeting I looked at the people that I was working with and said, ‘You know this is very disconcerting, this is depressing,’” he recalled.

The Red Cross said in a statement its Haiti program has never put publicity over delivering aid.

Malany resigned the next year from his job in Haiti. “I said there’s no reason for me to stay here. I got on the plane and left.”

Transitional shelters like these on the outskirts of Port-Au-Prince, paid for by the Red Cross, typically last three to five years. (Marie Arago, special to ProPublica)

Sometimes it wasn’t a matter of expertise, but whether anybody was filling key jobs. An April 2012 organizational chart obtained by ProPublica and NPR lists 9 of 30 leadership positions in Haiti as vacant, including slots for experts on health and shelter.

The Red Cross said vacancies and turnover were inevitable because of “the security situation, separation from family for international staff, and the demanding nature of the work.”

The constant upheaval took a toll. Internal documents refer to repeated attempts over years to “finalize” and “complete” a strategic plan for the Haiti program, efforts that were delayed by changes in senior management. As late as March 2014, more than four years into a six-year program, an internal update cites a “revised strategy” still awaiting “final sign-off.”

The Red Cross said settling on a plan early would have been a mistake. “It would be hard to create the perfect plan from the beginning in a complicated place like Haiti,” it said. “But we also need to begin, so we create plans that are continually revised.”

The Red Cross says it provided homes to more than 130,000 Haitians. But they didn’t.

Those plans were further undermined by the Red Cross’ reliance on expats. Noailles, the Haitian development professional who worked for the Red Cross on the Campeche project, said expat staffers struggled in meetings with local officials.

“Going to meetings with the community when you don’t speak the language is not productive,” she said. Sometimes, she recalled, expat staffers would skip such meetings altogether.

The Red Cross said it has “made it a priority to hire Haitians” despite lots of competition for local professionals, and that over 90 percent of its staff is Haitian. The charity said it used a local human resources firm to help.

Yet very few Haitians have made it into the group’s top echelons in Haiti, according to five current and former Red Cross staffers as well as staff lists obtained by ProPublica and NPR.

That not only affected the group’s ability to work in Haiti, it was also expensive.

According to an internal Red Cross budgeting document for the project in Campeche, the project manager – a position reserved for an expatriate – was entitled to allowances for housing, food and other expenses, home leave trips, R&R four times a year, and relocation expenses. In all, it added up to $140,000.

Compensation for a senior Haitian engineer — the top local position — was less than one-third of that, $42,000 a year.

Shelim Dorval, a Haitian administrator who worked for the Red Cross coordinating travel and housing for expatriate staffers, recalled thinking it was a waste to spend so much to bring in people with little knowledge of Haiti when locals were available.

“For each one of those expats, they were having high salaries, staying in a fancy house, and getting vacation trips back to their countries,” Dorval said. “A lot of money was spent on those people who were not Haitian, who had nothing to do with Haiti. The money was just going back to the United States.”


Soon after the earthquake, McGovern, the Red Cross CEO, said the group would make sure donors knew exactly what happened to their money.

The Red Cross would “lead the effort in transparency,” she pledged. “We are happy to share the way we are spending our dollars.”

That hasn’t happened. The Red Cross’ public reports offer only broad categories about where $488 million in donations has gone. The biggest category is shelter, at about $170 million. The others include health, emergency relief and disaster preparedness.

After the earthquake, Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern unveiled plans to “develop brand-new communities.” None has ever been built. (Marie Arago, special to ProPublica)

It has declined repeated requests to disclose the specific projects, to explain how much money went to each or to say what the results of each project were.

There is reason to doubt the Red Cross’ claims that it helped 4.5 million Haitians. An internal evaluation found that in some areas, the Red Cross reported helping more people than even lived in the communities. In other cases, the figures were low, and in others double-counting went uncorrected.

In describing its work, the Red Cross also conflates different types of aid, making it more difficult to assess the charity’s efforts in Haiti.

For example, while the Red Cross says it provided more than 130,000 people with homes, that includes thousands of people who were not actually given homes, but rather were “trained in proper construction techniques.” (That was first reported by the Haiti blog of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.)

The figure includes people who got short-term rental assistance or were housed in several thousand “transitional shelters,” which are temporary structures that can get eaten up by termites or tip over in storms. It also includes modest improvements on 5,000 temporary shelters.

The Red Cross also won’t break down what portion of donations went to overhead.

How the Red Cross’ Overhead Claim Stacks Up

The Red Cross says that for each dollar donated, 91 cents went to Haiti. But here’s what actually happened in one $5.4 million project to improve temporary shelters.

Overhead and Management
Spent on Doing the Work
What They Say
What Actually Happened
9%
91%
9%Red Cross’ overhead
24%Red Cross’ program management and other
~7%Other groups’ overhead
60%

Source: American Red Cross and ProPublica Analysis
Credit: Sisi Wei/ProPublica

McGovern told CBS News a few months after the quake, “Minus the 9 cents overhead, 91 cents on the dollar will be going to Haiti. And I give you my word and my commitment, I’m banking my integrity, my own personal sense of integrity on that statement.”

But the reality is that less money went to Haiti than 91 percent. That’s because in addition to the Red Cross’ 9 percent overhead, the other groups that got grants from the Red Cross also have their own overhead.

In one case, the Red Cross sent $6 million to the International Federation of the Red Cross for rental subsidies to help Haitians leave tent camps. The IFRC then took out 26 percent for overhead and what the IFRC described as program-related “administration, finance, human resources” and similar costs.

Beyond all that, the Red Cross also spends another piece of each dollar for what it describes as “program costs incurred by the American Red Cross in managing” the projects done by other groups.

The American Red Cross’ management and other costs consumed an additional 24 percent of the money on one project, according to the group’s statements and internal documents. The actual work, upgrading shelters, was done by the Swiss and Spanish Red Cross societies.

“It’s a cycle of overhead,” said Jonathan Katz, the Associated Press reporter in Haiti at the time of the earthquake who tracked post-disaster spending for his book, The Big Truck That Went By. “It was always going to be the American Red Cross taking a 9 percent cut, re-granting to another group, which would take out their cut.”

Given the results produced by the Red Cross’ projects in Haiti, Bellerive, the former prime minister, said he has a hard time fathoming what’s happened to donors’ money.

“Five hundred million dollars in Haiti is a lot of money,” he said. “I’m not a big mathematician, but I can make some additions. I know more or less the cost of things. Unless you don’t pay for the gasoline the same price I was paying, unless you pay people 20 times what I was paying them, unless the cost of the house you built was five times the cost I was paying, it doesn’t add up for me.”

A resident in a Port-Au-Prince transitional shelter paid for by the Red Cross. (Marie Arago, special to ProPublica)

This story was co-published with NPR. Mitzy-Lynn Hyacinthe contributed reporting. Design direction by David Sleight, production by Hannah Birch.

Read about how the Red Cross botched key elements of its mission after Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac in PR Over People: The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster. And about how the Red Cross’ CEO has been serially misleading about where donors’ dollars are going.

If you have information about the Red Cross or about other international aid projects, please email justin@propublica.org.


author photoJustin Elliott is a ProPublica reporter covering politics and government accountability. Previously, he was a reporter at Salon.com and TPMmuckraker and news editor at Talking Points Memo.

Laura Sullivan is a NPR News investigative correspondent whose work has cast a light on some of the country’s most disadvantaged people.

Don’t Give Money To The Red Cross, It Won’t Save Houston

It has proven itself unequal to the task of massive disaster relief. We need a new kind of humanitarian response.

Houston EvacuationIn 2004, I was just starting my first full-time job in a Washington newsroomwhen disaster struck. It was on the other side of the world: an extraordinarily powerful earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia, that triggered a tsunami across the Indian Ocean. But thanks to CNN it felt like the anguish and terror were happening in the next cubicle. I still remember the fear on the fishermen’s faces and watching mothers cry as they searched for their children in the waves. Powerless, eager to help, I did the only thing I could think of: I went online and sent $20 to the American Red Cross.

Thirteen years later, we’re watching another disaster, this time much closer to home. Tropical Storm Harvey, supercharged by a freakishly warm Gulf of Mexico, has slammed into the Texas coast and is now running a dayslong conveyor belt carrying trillions of gallons of water from the ocean to the sky to the bayous and streets of Houston. Highways have become rivers in America’s fourth-largest city. Apartment complexes are filling up like bathtubs. Dams are nearing failure. Thousands have had to be rescued from the still-rising floodwaters in the overbuilt, improperly drained city. The scariest part is that, with the water still rising, no one can really know how bad the damage has been so far or what is to come. Once again, most of us outside the zone feel powerless but want to help. Once again, leaders and noble souls are telling us the best way to do so is to turn to the best known, most bipartisanly loved brand in humanitarian relief.

But I won’t be donating to the Red Cross this time. And after years of reporting on and inside some of the biggest disasters of the decade and change, I know what a costly mistake the focus on donating anywhere can be.

Part of the problem is the American Red Cross’ track record when it comes to disasters. It isn’t great. I learned this best in Haiti, where I survived the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake and ran the Associated Press bureau from 2007 until 2011. When the earthquake struck, killing an estimated 100,000 to 316,000 people, American Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern’s staff swung into action doing what it does best: raising money. Their appeal to “save lives,” aided by endorsements from President Obama and celebrities, and fueled by a pioneering text message campaign, raised a staggering $488 million.

It quickly became clear that the organization’s biggest problem would be figuring out what to do with all that cash. The U.S. chapter had just three full-time staff in Haiti at the time of the disaster. Though it soon sent more, and subcontracted staff from the local Haitian Red Cross, the truth was that there wasn’t all that much they could do: ARC isn’t a medical aid group à la Doctors Without Borders. It doesn’t do development work or specialize in rebuilding destroyed neighborhoods. What it does best is provide immediate assistance—often in the form of blankets, hygiene kits, or temporary shelter—and as incredibly destructive as the earthquake was, there wasn’t half a billion dollars of tarps and hygiene kits to hand out. Staffers came up with all kinds of creative ways to unload the money, including handing it off to other aid groups that could use it better (after ARC had taken its customary 9 percent administrative cut). As it became increasingly clear that the entire earthquake response, from the lowliest neighborhood to the top floor of the United Nations Secretariat—had been a failure, ARC found itself scrambling to explain why the half a billion dollars it took hadn’t made a substantive difference in survivors’ lives. “There’s only so much money that can be forced through the emergency phase,” an ARC spokeswoman told me when I asked how it was possible that just a third of the money it had raised had even been committed, much less spent, two years later.

What no one at the organization bothered to do was explain to the public—in Haiti or back in the States—that it had never needed anywhere near that much money in the first place. (In contrast, some NGOs state their fundraising goals in advance and cap or redirect donations once they have exceeded those amounts.)

ARC was roundly blasted in the U.S. for its shambolic response to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, with international observers warning that elements were so bad that they verged on criminal wrongdoing. Seven years later, despite an internal retooling effort, it failed again in 2012’s Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac. (The response was “worse than the storm,” one Red Cross driver told ProPublica during its jaw-dropping investigation.) Typically, the organization has had more success responding to small-scale disasters; it’s common to hear stories people tell of the blankets and compassion they got from Red Cross volunteers after house fires. But even there, they’ve been getting into trouble: ARC’s 2015 response to a string of northern California wildfires was so bad—showing up unequipped and unprepared, shutting down other volunteer operations, and then failing to provide promised food or shelter on its own—that locals shunned the organization to focus on their own relief efforts.

Worse than what we know is what we don’t. The ARC, which boasts annual revenues of more than $2.6 billion, is notoriously opaque when it comes to what it does with the money it raises for disasters. It has never produced a meaningful breakdown of its spending after the Haiti earthquake. If you look at RedCross.org right now, you’ll see a prominent link inviting you to “make a difference” by donating to its Harvey effort. But nowhere does it say what it will do with the money. A tiny video shows empty cots in a shelter.

When I emailed and called the organization’s full-time media relations department Sunday and Monday asking how much it had raised so far, how much it thought the group might need, and what Red Cross volunteers and staff were doing in the response to Hurricane Harvey, I eventually got back this reply: “At this point in our active disaster response, we are unable to answer your questions by your deadline. Thank you for understanding.” I followed up again. A few hours later, the organization sent a second note saying it was providing food, cots, blankets, and other support to 6,000 people in various shelters across the region—again with no information about the cost or money raised so far.

It isn’t just journalists who get the shaft. ARC’s leaders have misled Congress. In a scathing 2015 report, the federal Government Accountability Office noted that “no regular, independent evaluations are conducted of the impact or effectiveness of the Red Cross’s disaster services.”

As ProPublica’s Justin Elliott has reported, many of these issues are the result of a team of former AT&T executives taking over a complex organization—one that manages tasks as critical and disparate as blood-banking and providing resources to military families, while operating in a blurred, neither-fish-nor-fowl zone with some of the privileges of a government agency (such as free rent for its D.C. headquarters) but the moneymaking latitude and lack of oversight of a private corporation.

ARC and its defenders sometimes protest that there’s too much focus on them; that scores of other actors have also failed in their responses to the same disasters. In part, that’s just the other side of the double-edged sword that comes with having a higher profile than others and raising far more money than anyone else—for being, as McGovern likes to say, “a brand to die for.

But in another way, they are entirely right. There is too much focus on the ARC in disasters such as Harvey, in a way that goes beyond any one organization. The way our society handles disasters—first the calamity; then the outpouring of sympathy and donations; then the long, slow rebuild—is wrong. As humans have long known, it is easier, cheaper, and better to mitigate or prevent disasters from happening than to rescue victims and rebuild after them. We’ve known for centuries about the threat of hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico. Experts have warned for years that the Texas coast needed to make serious investments to prepare for nigh-inevitable storms, including preparing mitigation specifically for intense, unprecedented floods worsened in part by climate change. It seems that some, including many of Houston’s hospitals, heeded those warnings and are benefiting from the preparation. Other sectors did not. At a systemic level, instead of taking those threats seriously, Texans elected a governor who distorts facts about climate change. Americans picked a president who—days before this disaster and moments before rushing to the defense of rampaging neo-Nazis—announced in front of his gilded elevator that he was scrapping federal construction standards that had required new projects to account for climate change’s effect on storms like Harvey.

Local news organizations in Texas are maintaining lists of organizations, both local and run by the Red Cross, where those affected by the storm can get help and those inclined can send donations. Experts and experience say that, if you are going to donate to anyone from outside the disaster zone, send cash, not stuff. Boxes full of food, clothes, or other stuff will clog up supply lines and as likely as not go unused.

Yet the hard reality is that we still don’t know what the needs in Houston and other parts of Texas or Louisiana are going to be or who will be best to respond to them. Millions of people are still in the middle of the storm, with the National Hurricane Center warning that some areas could get double the already awe-inducing amounts of rain they’ve already received. Survivors, in other words, haven’t even gotten past the emergency to take stock of the damage and really begin the difficult relief phase; if this was an earthquake, the ground would still be shaking.

It is difficult for rescuers to get in. There is nowhere for most people to go. While there are heroic efforts going on right now by locals and neighbors to save as many as they can from the floods—efforts that authorities should encourage and help coordinate—the hard, frustrating reality is that there is not very much an untrained outsider can do to help once a complex disaster has begun. And with, at a bare minimum, hundreds of billions of dollars in damage expected and future storms on the way, the costs in cleaning up this mess and getting people back into their old lives again are going to be astronomical, on the level that only wealthy and powerful governments, and the combined power of their citizenry, will be able to address.

Some people get personally offended by talk like this. They are seeing pain, they are being generous, and they hope it might help—just like I did watching the pictures from Indonesia from my cubicle years ago. The people suffering in this storm deserve all of that and more. But what you learn when you really dive into these situations is that momentary intentions, no matter how kind, are not enough—not on this scale. Those past, ineffective, and opaque disaster responses, from Haiti to New Jersey to the Gulf Coast, have created a legacy of mistrust, not only of the Red Cross but of the entire humanitarian aid apparatus its iconic brand represents. We can’t afford to do that again.

If we really care about the people of Houston and the rest of the Gulf Coast, we have to commit fully to a combined, sustained, serious response to recover and rebuild—meaning lots of money, lots of attention to helping those areas adapt for the future, and lots of concern for the people who we know are most vulnerable. We all need to come together to prevent future disasters, whether the growing risk of a major Oklahoma earthquake, a Caribbean tsunami, and especially the many threats we face from climate change. The sooner we acknowledge and act on that and stop debating the best place to send $20, the better off all of us will be.

Fam1st Family Foundation Week

11th Annual Football Camp

Family First Football Camp this Saturday at Oakland Tech High School! Kids 6-12 are from 9 am -12 pm with registration at 8 am, and kids 13-18 are from 1-4 pm, with registration at noon. Still have plenty of room…it’s FREE!

Saturday, July 8, 2017, 8 AM – 5 PM

Family Bowl Night


Join us for a evening of FAMILY FUN!!

ALBANY BOWL
540 SAN PABLO AVE
ALBANY, CA 94706

July 7, 2017

5pm-9pm

PRE-Sale $25 per person
$35 per person (@ door) See More

Talent Show

This is a premier event that sets the stage for our youth to display their talents. We want to encourage our youth to become anything they want by showing them that working hard and being dedicated to their dream is the path to success. It is our responsibility to help our youth see the special talents they have within them and help them to dig deep and be both creative and outgoing. Take pride in helping to create a confident adult!

The talent show is open to children ages 4 – 18. All participants will audition for the talent show by submitting a short video via email to Fam1stFamilyFoundation@gmail.com.

Fam 1st Family Foundation

519 17th street, Oakland, California 94612

July 6, 2017

5pm-9pm

“Coding & Cleats, 7 on 7 Summer Sessions”

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch tweeted out a picture Saturday of a

camp that his Fam 1st Family Foundation and he will be hosting a unique camp, “Coding & Cleats” going against the grain. The “7 ON 7 Summer Session” camps will be held from 9am- 3pm, June 17 & 24 and second session July 1 & 15, 2017, at Oakland Tech High In Oakland.

In the camp, attendees will “learn how to build and use sports technology.” This definitely is a unique type of camp, teaching kids that all parts of football can be cool, not just the players we see out there on Sundays.

The foundation is adamant about kids attending both portions of the camp and not letting kids participate in just one or the other.

Being close to the Fam 1st Family foundation was likely a factor in Lynch’s decision to sign with the Silver and Black, as it’s based in the Bay Area.

Seeing Lynch get involved in his home community and doing everything he can really speaks to the type of person he is and not the person we see when he’s speaking to the media.

AMWF Serves MORE U.S. MUSLIMS Than Major Islamic Groups COMBINED

Surah Al-Insan says: “And they are those who give food – in spite of their own need , to the needy, and the orphan, and the captive, [saying in their hearts], “We only feed you for the sake of God, and we desire nothing in return from you, not even a word of thanks’’ (76:8-9).

AARON & MARGARET WALLACE FOUNDATION, (AMWF) would like to wish you all the BEST! May ALLAH accept your good deeds and grant you and your families forgiveness.

As Salaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu wa Jazzak Allah Khair Khayrun,

وَجَعَلْنَا لَكُمْ فِيهَا مَعَايِشَ وَمَن لَّسْتُمْ لَهُ بِرَازِقِينَ
Wa ja-‘alnaa lakum fiihaa ma-‘aa-yisha wa mal-las-tum lahuu bi-raa-ziqiin.
20. and provided thereon means of livelihood for you (O men) as well as for all (living beings), whose sustenance does not depend on you.

Surah Ar – Ra’d, 13:26
اللّهُ يَبْسُطُ الرِّزْقَ لِمَنْ يَشَاء وَيَقَدِرُ وَفَرِحُواْ بِالْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا فِي الآخِرَةِ إِلاَّ مَتَاعٌ
’Al-laahu yabsutur-Rizqa limay-yashaa-u’ wa yaq-dir. Wa farihuu bil-ha-yaatid-dunyaa. Wa mal-hayaatud-dunyaa fil-’Aakhi-rati ’il-laa mataa‘-
26. God grants abundant sustenance, or gives it in scant measure, unto whomever He wills; and they (who are given abundance) rejoice in the life of this world – even though, as compared with the life to come, the life of this world is naught but a fleeting pleasure.
In Hadith al Qudsi, Allah (swt) says:
“Oh! Son of Adam! If Almighty Allah has taken the responsibility of providing your sustenance then why are your efforts directed exclusively towards it?
And if all fortunes and misfortunes are from Me, then why are you impatient.
So, you should not be disappointed when you love something and should be so happy when you gain something from this world.”

AARON & MARGARET WALLACE FOUNDATION (AMWF), with the long lines of people getting the necessary sustenance for living, you all have witnessed the incredible success of the “Jumaah Free Food Farmers Market”, Lunch, Flowers and Pastries Program at the Berkeley Masjid!
AMWF expanded this year to accommodate more people at the Masjid, over 300 families weekly, with twice the quantity, a higher quality, much healthier, more expensive and fresher product that was purely the blessings of God.
As the year ended, our annual accounting reveals that AMWF donated over $430,000 worth of food on just the 21 “Jumaah Free Food” days at that Masjid so far this year with one more day left!!

Mind you this total DOES NOT include the nights of Ramadan, Eid, and every other weekly giveaways that we have had there!
But unless the Masjid can take the ongoing program over as we have asked since we started it, we will have to
cut back severely because we do not get enough help physically, or financially to continue as it is. We would love to transition to a group from the Masjid ASAP and that can be done with few obstacles and make this the Masjid’s program as we had intended all the time. CAN YOU HELP THOSE IN NEED PRAYING NEXT TO YOU???!!
If you want to donate to us please make your check payable to: AARON & MARGARET WALLACE FOUNDATION (AMWF), 4200 Park Blvd., Ste. #116, Oakland, CA 94602; you can donate with Paypal email to: amwft@amwftrust.org, or our PayPal Fundraising Link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=SE6DGFDH9XVKL, or go to our website and donate there.

AMWF serves and provides more direct and meaningful essential sustenance in the form of food, clothing,
educational opportunities, medical and legal aid, social services, housing aid, to Muslims in America, per God (SWT), then ALL the Islamic charity groups COMBINED in the United States
including Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America ICNA, Islamic Society of North America ISNA, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Community Association, MCA-SFBA, American Muslim Alliance (AMA), Center for Islamic Pluralism (CIP), Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA), the Muslim Reform Movement (MRM), Muslims Facing Tomorrow (MFT), the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), The Mosque Cares, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), American Muslim Alliance (AMA), The Mosque Foundation, American Muslim Task Force (AMTF), American Muslims for Civic Engagement (AMCE), The North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), the Muslim Students Association (MSA), United Muslim Americans Association (UMAA), United Muslims of America (UMA), the UMMA, Inner-City Muslim Action Network, Muslim Advocates, Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD), United States Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), MuslimARC, and Zaytuna College!!

See the new AARON & MARGARET WALLACE FOUNDATION, (AMWF) video of Imam Zaid Shakir and the members of the Lighthouse Mosque of Oakland, Ca.

and Dr. Sadique Popal, Saleh Assad, Mohammad Mujadidi, Mohammad Aref Pas Yusoufi, Sayed Tajuddin Khan, Dr. Rawan Farhadi, Khodadad Karzai, Senator Abdul Qudus Khan, Dr. Fazel Ahmad Abdeyani, Mohammad Hashim Azizi,
Haji Abdul Shukur Khan, Haji Noor Mohammad Khan, Mahmood Zekreya, Sayed Raqib Agha, Dr. Farid Yonus, Nahem Shohab, Haji Mohammad Yusouf Khan, Mohammad Azam Khan, Haji Mohammad Nasim Khan, Mohammad Musa Azimi, Beryalai Shaghasi, Dr. Fazel Ahmad Abdeyani, the Noor Islamic & Cultural Community Center https://youtu.be/uFyuB0A1I68 with their employees and community hosting a Jumaah “Free Farmers Market” Food Giveaway, AHDL!!

We also acknowledge Oni Mussan, Theon Berkley-King, their family and volunteers with the King-Thomas L. Berkley Foundation for their establishing the program while servicing and distributing the food at the Lighthouse Mosque.

We also acknowledge Dr. Naseem Z. and Dr. M. Yusuf Sheikh and Family, and the A 2 Z Foundation for hosting their FREE Health Fair with Free Flu Shots and examinations at the Jumaah “Free Farmers Market” Food Giveaway at the Noor Masjid in Concord, Ca.

AMWF and King-Berkley serves the Jumaah “Free Farmers Market” Food Giveaway at Masjidul Waritheen in Oakland, Ca, to the public community every other Friday.

CALIFA- Center for Advance Learning Improving Family Awareness

AMWF and the CALIFA’s- Center for Advance Learning Improving Family Awareness, are comprised of Bors. Jamal Pratt, Saleem Lofton, Muwwakli Thompson, and Jeremy provide Jumaah “Free Farmers Market” Food Giveaway each week as well as on Sundays. The group is serving the Community of Vallejo, with one of four locations at The Marina Vista Apartments, with the goals of Improving Quality of Family Life and Providing Family Stability.

AMWF and the “Muslimas” provide a Jumaah “Free Farmers Market” Food Giveaway at Masjid al-Islam and every Sunday that served over 300 families. This weekly event has taken off in astromonical porportions as the sisters provide groceries to those whom need them without any I.D., name, address, or reason. GOD’S Angels are at work!!!

We are also working with the Unified Muslim Community Masjid of San Leandro, CA and Oakland Islamic Center to revive the FREE FOOD Programs they had in the past while adding and expanding new programs.

With Trump in office and Muslims already starving and in hiding, EVERY MASJID needs to have a FREE food program! Call us and let us start yours!

So why has AMWF NOT receive support of any kind from ANY of those Islamic groups and only three
Muslim individuals in 58 years? On March 9, 2012 we received a shipment of 46 cases (2 pallets, 2824 lbs) of Halal Beef Stew Meat from Islamic Meat & Poultry in Stockton, CA 95206. The order was placed by Islamic Relief USA for delivery to us. The entire shipment of Halal Beef Stew Meat that was delivered to us at 12:30 pm was gone before 3:30 pm! We have had a tremendous distribution system in place for years and we know who needs the food.

AMWF has been trying to move it’s “FIVE for FIFTEEN DRIVE!” beyond the with our phone campaign that will be calling YOU! This is our national effort to raise the badly needed $75,000 to purchase the refrigerated truck, freezer, and vans. We are looking for FIVE INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS, MASJIDS, OR ORGANIZATIONS TO RAISE $15,000 EACH TO DONATE TO THIS EFFORT!! YOU SHOULD EXPECT A PHONE CALL, EMAIL AND TEXT FROM US IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS RESQUESTING FOR YOUR COMMITMENT AND SUPPORT!!!
If you want to donate to us please make your check payable to: AARON & MARGARET WALLACE FOUNDATION (AMWF), 7633 Sunkist Drive, Oakland, CA 94605; you can donate with Paypal email to: amwft@amwftrust.org, or our PayPal Fundraising Link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=SE6DGFDH9XVKL, or go to our website and donate there.

Forming a Legal Coalition for Victory

 

Forming a Legal Coalition for Victory
Suit vs. Alameda County District Attorney (DA), California Attorney General (AG) and the Alameda County Department of Child Support Service (DCSS)

 

This case is about, a civil and criminal judicial, governmental, and law enforcement fraud that goes back to the Department Of Justice- U. S. Attorney General and NSA. The government can not defend this admitted fraud, embezzlement, breach of fiduciary, extortion (recorded conversation and all documents can be listen to and/or downloaded below) and obstruction of justice in a MAJOR civil suit!

The nearly three decades old continuing story of the conflict between Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim and his Family with the Alameda County District Attorney (DA), the California Attorney General (AG) and the Alameda County Department of Child Support Service (DCSS) must be among the most extensively told in the history of the American judiciary. The related child support matter was being heard by Judge Stephen Pulido. Current Presiding Court Judge Winifred Smith has previously recused, as has former Presiding Judge Yolanda Northridge, Judge Sue Alexander, Commissioner Taylor Culver is conflicted, Commissioner Glenn Oleon has committed crimes that are the basis for this action and Supervising Judge C. Don Clay has been involved in this matter and exhibited highly questionable judgment by not pursuing a complaint against the investigator Bob Connor and the District Attorney’s office. We now have concerns about the impartiality of Judge Pulido with this case allegedly being assigned to him with the obvious exparte communications that have been had between him, court administration, the DA and DCSS. Pulido ducked out of the case after he incriminated himself, Commissioner Hendricks recused herself and even though she was TOTALLY conflicted by having worked in the D. A.’s office and was supervised by the mastermind of the fraud Sue Eadie, Commissioner Boydine Hall REFUSED to recuse herself and ruled in favor of her former supervisor! Hall, who first refused to answer if she worked for the D. A.’s office, then denied that she, later admitted that she had worked for the D. A.’s office. Hall had a 30 year career in the D. A.’s office, worked with ALL the individuals on this case that committed the admitted fraud, and Eadie was her supervisor! Just as soon as Hall admitted she worked for the DA, she denied it again when confronted with the fact that she was participating in this ongoing fraud and obstructing justice! In the related al-Hakim vs Rescue and CSAA et., al. there are numerous instances of judicial misconduct, where EVERY judge and commissioner in this case has admitted error, committed perjury, recused themselves, or all three!

In pursuing the matter with the leads that we have developed entraps those mentioned above and others that tried to investigate us for pushing back against the persecution and terrorizing that colluded with the real criminals that perpetrated these continuing crimes in their attempts to entrap us in crime. When there was no crime that we could be entrapped in, they created the crimes themselves and simply chose to prosecute on that basis. How does one answer to the question of “how can the District Attorney admit to committing a crime of fraud, embezzlement and obstruction of justice of a minor child and prosecute the father for it?”. How can ALL the State and Federal law enforcement agencies be on notice of the crime and prosecution, have received formal complaints of the crime and prosecution, be directed to investigate and prosecute the fraud and prosecution and do NOTHING but cover up the crime and prosecution?

We are seeking purposeful organizations that might be interested in forming a coalition for a MAJOR VICTORY that would inspire Muslims to stand up against the national criminal judicial, governmental, and law enforcement persecution and terror being inflicted upon innocent citizens everywhere! At the very least I would expect you ALL to support that effort. The government can not fight this admitted fraud and embezzlement in a civil suit! Since the facts and testimony is already admitted and developed over years, there’s little risk or costs involved and a GREAT REWARD/RETURN!! WE respect and recognize the boundaries that each of you have set for yourselves and if you would prefer not to get engaged in the task we ask that share this cause widely and refer it to others.

With that in mind, we would like to propose just that. Forming a Legal Coalition for Victory and would like references to organizations that want to participate in the civil suit against the DA and that will bring into focus the activities of the others in the cover-up and collusion. Ismail had mentioned the Muslim Advocates as a resource and I think they are a good fit. Please share this proposal with EVERYONE that you think might or should be interested in winning justice and respect for ALL childern, responsile parents, Muslims and people in general!

al-Hakim and family now wish to sue the DA, AG, DCSS, and possibly California Governor Jerry Brown. Due to the admitted, uncontroverted, uncontested evidence in this matter it could be won on summary judgment and I have attached recent filings to give you an idea of what has transpired in this matter. It just needs some relentless tenacity! Attorneys here are afraid of the system that has ignored the law for fear of being blackballed!

They created and complied an entire presumptively inadmissible product and evidence of admitted fraud and bribery, then exercised a clearly illegal conflict of interest in misrepresenting the family, conducting a complete trial to defend their illegal actions and evidence before admitting the conflict AFTER the trial was completed and have sought to cover it up since!

The DA, AG and DCSS and their judicial team of covert illicit participants– the putative accounting expert that created and complied the entire presumptively inadmissible product and evidence of admitted fraud and bribery, the accounting report used as the sole basis for the judgment by Commissioner Glenn Oleon despite the fact he knew it was the product of fraud.

al-Hakim and Family assert that good cause exists to question the legality of the standing of ALL the Parties including the Attorney General of The State of California (AG) whom substituted in as Attorney of Record allegedly “representing” The People of The State of California, et. al., “In The Interest of Justice” in this case for the Alameda County District Attorney (DA) and the Alameda County Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) as they exercised a clearly illegal conflict of interest in misrepresenting the family, conducting a complete trial to defend their illegal actions and evidence before admitting the conflict AFTER the trial was completed. This act makes them ALL a co-conspirator in the DCSS’s continuing fraud upon The People of The Sate of California, the Superior Court and the al-Hakim Family, continuing their persecution of our family. They did not have standing then and CAN NOT NOW!
 
Thank you and I welcome and look forward to your response with the furthering of the litigation and resolution of this ongoing case.

Respectfully,

Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim

AMWF Supports 2016 Multi-Cultural Heath Fair October 22, 2016, 10:00am – 3:00pm.

“In another religion they honor people who serve like you with Sainthood!”” – Economics Professor Adeel Malik,
Oxford University, England and World Renowned News Expert Commentator, speaking about Abdul-Jalil and the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation.

 

“GOD sent me an ANGEL!”” – Hammer, speaking about Abdul-Jalil.

“Jalil, YOU ARE A SAINT!” – Barry Barkan, Ashoka Fellow at Ashoka Institute:
Innovators for the Public

“I thank God for you and for bringing you into my life and for the ministry you have been given to help the people of God!” – Pastor L. J. Jennings, Kingdom Builders Christian Fellowship, speaking about Abdul-Jalil and AMWF

2016 Multi-Cultural Heath Fair October 22, 2016, 10am to 3pm in Oakland, CA.

Kingdom Builders Christian Fellowship of Oakland, A 2 Z Foundation, and AMWF will host the Multicultural Heath Fair on October 22, 2016 from 10:00am – 3:00pm. The fair will take place in East Oakland at Kingdom, 7272 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94605.

A2Z will provide health care services and AMWF will have Free Food, Clothing and Gift Giveaways to attendees that will receive Free Health Screenings, Free Flu shots, Live Cooking Demonstrations, AMWF will have Free Food and Clothing Giveaways, Kids Zone, Family Fun, other Giveaways, Free Healthy Lunch, exercise regiments along with lots of workshops on good health and healthy lifestyles for both young and old of ALL faiths with over 40 vendors! 

The fair is the church ministries effort at ensuring that un-served and underserved residents of all ages and ethnicities get quality health information.

Join hundreds of others for the Kingdom Builders 2016 Multicultural heath fair October 22, 2016. Register at KBCF2016HeathFair.eventbrite.com and visit them on Facebook at Kingdombuilderscf.

You can listen to or download the live radio interview of Dr. Ahmad Yusuf Sheikh and the A 2 Z Foundation on Pacifica Radio Station KPFA in Berkeley, CA, on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at this link: https://kpfa.org/episode/b-a-j-a-b-a-on-jazzline-october-15-2016/. You can download or listen to the A2Z promo and ad for the Health Fair by clicking these links: A2Z Health Fair Promo; A2Z Health Fair Ad. The promos and ads are currently airing across major TV, radio, and print media in Northern California.

    Pacifica is KPFK in Los Angeles, CA; KPFT in Houston, TX; WBAI in New York, NY; WPFW in Washington DC; and . KCSB – Santa Barbara, CA – 91.9 FM, KDRT-LP – Davis, CA – 101.5 FM, KDVS – Davis, CA – 90.3 FM, KHSU in Arcata, CA- 90.5 FM, KIDE – Hoopa, CA – 91.3 FM, KMUD – Redway, CA – 88.3 & 91.1 FM, KMEC-LP – Ukiah, CA – 105.1 FM, KNFS-LP – Tulare, CA – 98.1 FM, KUSP – Santa Cruz, CA – 88.9 FM, KVMR – Nevada City, CA – 89.5 &105.1 FM, KZFR – Chico, CA – 90.1 FM.

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AMWF To Give Away Jewelry, Electronics, Sports Equipment, Clothing, Amazon Kindles, iPods, FitBits, Beats by Dre, etc.!

AMWF To Give Away Jewelry, Electronics, Sports Equipment, Clothing, iPods, FitBits, Beats by Dre, etc.!
AARON & MARGARET WALLACE FOUNDATION, (AMWF) will give away jewelry, electronics, sports equipment, clothing, Amazon Kindles, iPods, FitBits, Beats by Dre, wrist watches, earrings, necklaces, etc., from at least 20 to as many as 50 WINNERS, iA!
To enter to win, just Follow, “Like” or message us on FaceBook; follow us on Instagram or Twitter; join our maillist from our website; or email us with your request to any of the following:

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Let us know what you would like to win and some of those items are listed below in the “Hand of Dignity” Free Clothing post. The winners will be announced via “FaceBook Live” on September 1, 2016!
We will announce our annual “Free Back-To-School” Clothing Giveaway in the next few days!

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Forming a Legal Coalition for Victory

 

Forming a Legal Coalition for Victory
Suit vs. Alameda County District Attorney (DA), California Attorney General (AG) and the Alameda County Department of Child Support Service (DCSS)

 

This case is about, a civil and criminal judicial, governmental, and law enforcement fraud that goes back to the Department Of Justice- U. S. Attorney General and NSA. The government can not defend this admitted fraud, embezzlement, breach of fiduciary, extortion (recorded conversation and all documents can be listen to and/or downloaded below) and obstruction of justice in a MAJOR civil suit!

The nearly three decades old continuing story of the conflict between Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim and his Family with the Alameda County District Attorney (DA), the California Attorney General (AG) and the Alameda County Department of Child Support Service (DCSS) must be among the most extensively told in the history of the American judiciary. The related child support matter was being heard by Judge Stephen Pulido. Current Presiding Court Judge Winifred Smith has previously recused, as has former Presiding Judge Yolanda Northridge, Judge Sue Alexander, Commissioner Taylor Culver is conflicted, Commissioner Glenn Oleon has committed crimes that are the basis for this action and Supervising Judge C. Don Clay has been involved in this matter and exhibited highly questionable judgment by not pursuing a complaint against the investigator Bob Connor and the District Attorney’s office. We now have concerns about the impartiality of Judge Pulido with this case allegedly being assigned to him with the obvious exparte communications that have been had between him, court administration, the DA and DCSS. Pulido ducked out of the case after he incriminated himself, Commissioner Hendricks recused herself and even though she was TOTALLY conflicted by having worked in the D. A.’s office and was supervised by the mastermind of the fraud Sue Eadie, Commissioner Boydine Hall REFUSED to recuse herself and ruled in favor of her former supervisor! Hall, who first refused to answer if she worked for the D. A.’s office, then denied that she, later admitted that she had worked for the D. A.’s office. Hall had a 30 year career in the D. A.’s office, worked with ALL the individuals on this case that committed the admitted fraud, and Eadie was her supervisor! Just as soon as Hall admitted she worked for the DA, she denied it again when confronted with the fact that she was participating in this ongoing fraud and obstructing justice! In the related al-Hakim vs Rescue and CSAA et., al. there are numerous instances of judicial misconduct, where EVERY judge and commissioner in this case has admitted error, committed perjury, recused themselves, or all three!

In pursuing the matter with the leads that we have developed entraps those mentioned above and others that tried to investigate us for pushing back against the persecution and terrorizing that colluded with the real criminals that perpetrated these continuing crimes in their attempts to entrap us in crime. When there was no crime that we could be entrapped in, they created the crimes themselves and simply chose to prosecute on that basis. How does one answer to the question of “how can the District Attorney admit to committing a crime of fraud, embezzlement and obstruction of justice of a minor child and prosecute the father for it?”. How can ALL the State and Federal law enforcement agencies be on notice of the crime and prosecution, have received formal complaints of the crime and prosecution, be directed to investigate and prosecute the fraud and prosecution and do NOTHING but cover up the crime and prosecution?

We are seeking purposeful organizations that might be interested in forming a coalition for a MAJOR VICTORY that would inspire Muslims to stand up against the national criminal judicial, governmental, and law enforcement persecution and terror being inflicted upon innocent citizens everywhere! At the very least I would expect you ALL to support that effort. The government can not fight this admitted fraud and embezzlement in a civil suit! Since the facts and testimony is already admitted and developed over years, there’s little risk or costs involved and a GREAT REWARD/RETURN!! WE respect and recognize the boundaries that each of you have set for yourselves and if you would prefer not to get engaged in the task we ask that share this cause widely and refer it to others.

With that in mind, we would like to propose just that. Forming a Legal Coalition for Victory and would like references to organizations that want to participate in the civil suit against the DA and that will bring into focus the activities of the others in the cover-up and collusion. Ismail had mentioned the Muslim Advocates as a resource and I think they are a good fit. Please share this proposal with EVERYONE that you think might or should be interested in winning justice and respect for ALL childern, responsile parents, Muslims and people in general!

al-Hakim and family now wish to sue the DA, AG, DCSS, and possibly California Governor Jerry Brown. Due to the admitted, uncontroverted, uncontested evidence in this matter it could be won on summary judgment and I have attached recent filings to give you an idea of what has transpired in this matter. It just needs some relentless tenacity! Attorneys here are afraid of the system that has ignored the law for fear of being blackballed!

They created and complied an entire presumptively inadmissible product and evidence of admitted fraud and bribery, then exercised a clearly illegal conflict of interest in misrepresenting the family, conducting a complete trial to defend their illegal actions and evidence before admitting the conflict AFTER the trial was completed and have sought to cover it up since!

The DA, AG and DCSS and their judicial team of covert illicit participants– the putative accounting expert that created and complied the entire presumptively inadmissible product and evidence of admitted fraud and bribery, the accounting report used as the sole basis for the judgment by Commissioner Glenn Oleon despite the fact he knew it was the product of fraud.

al-Hakim and Family assert that good cause exists to question the legality of the standing of ALL the Parties including the Attorney General of The State of California (AG) whom substituted in as Attorney of Record allegedly “representing” The People of The State of California, et. al., “In The Interest of Justice” in this case for the Alameda County District Attorney (DA) and the Alameda County Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) as they exercised a clearly illegal conflict of interest in misrepresenting the family, conducting a complete trial to defend their illegal actions and evidence before admitting the conflict AFTER the trial was completed. This act makes them ALL a co-conspirator in the DCSS’s continuing fraud upon The People of The Sate of California, the Superior Court and the al-Hakim Family, continuing their persecution of our family. They did not have standing then and CAN NOT NOW!
 
Thank you and I welcome and look forward to your response with the furthering of the litigation and resolution of this ongoing case.

Respectfully,

Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim

AMWF Looking for Shop in East Bay Area

AMWF Looking for Shop in East Bay Area

The AARON & MARGARET WALLACE FOUNDATION (AMWF) is looking for a shop in the East Bay Area, California, to offer FREE clothing and accessories on a monthly basis. We already have clothing items, racks and displays. The clothing will be given based on need while they last and are listed below! We have new and gently used fashionable clothing available for mainly Middle School to College students and some Big & Tall! We have the latest style clothing and accessories of ALL types: footwear; eye wear; sports gear; weight training equipment and accessories; swimwear and swim equipment and accessories; electronics; toiletries; health and beauty products, equipment and accessories; hair care products, equipment and accessories; and much more!

If you have a venue or know of one, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately!

For clothing, just complete the request form below for consideration!

Hand of Dignity” Program

AMWF provides a wide range of educational opportunities and employment preparation services for our clients including scholarship and admissions programs, referrals for job training, career development support, resume workshops, job search assistance, interview skills training and preparation.

AMWF, a volunteer-based organization, extends the “Hand of Dignity” to those less fortunate- men, women, and children, and provides them with the basic human necessity of quality, proper clothing, shoes, and accessories with an emphasis on low-income residents successfully obtaining an education or seeking employment to successfully transitioning into the workforce.

Our goal in the “Hand of Dignity” Program is to help low-income residents in Bay Area Counties improve their self-image and self-esteem by providing them with quality school or business apparel appropriate for attending school, job interviews and the professional workplace so they can obtain and education, secure employment and become economically self-sufficient. Many of the women in need of these services have nothing but the clothes on their back because they are escaping from abusive situations.

“Hand of Dignity” accepts new and gently used baby, children, teen youth, men’s and women’s clothing in excellent condition. We do not accept items in bad condition and they must not be noticeably worn, stained, torn, or imperfect. We are very selective as to what we will accept and ask/require that all donations to be in excellent condition, cleaned, pressed and on hangers.

We refresh the baby, children, teen youth clothing and give them new life with someone in need.
“Hand of Dignity” rescue, restore, and re-purpose the men’s and women’s business attire and accessories (suits, shirts, blouses, dresses, skirts, ties, scarfs, shoes, accessories, etc.) and provide them to individuals and programs which support people in transition or on welfare get jobs in the business world. Those “Qualified” clients in need can call to arrange a fitting of business attire and visit our ”showroom”, meet with a volunteer wardrobe adviser who helps select appropriate outfits for interviews and work for their new job.

Are there any clothes in your closet that you no longer wear? Put them to use by donating them to AMWF. The less fortunate are always in need of stylish, fresh, clean clothes. We would like to encourage you all to take the opportunity to do a little “closet purging” — and gather all those things that, quite honestly, will NEVER fit your body again.

Among the things that will find a new home with someone in need are some of your very nice, “classic” style, men’s and women’s suits, shirts, blouses, dresses, skirts, ties, scarfs, shoes, accessories, children and babies clothing, etc.

AMWF specializes in some new, but mostly gently used clothing and accessories in designer apparel sold in the nation’s leading upscale department stores and retailers and provide First Quality designer apparel, footwear, and accessories. We operate and maintain an inventory so we can offer our patrons diverse selection at all times. This is what separates us from the majority of non-profit distributors. We also handle electronics, sporting goods, toiletries, general merchandise, and more. We offer great styles in urban wear clothing, hip hop and designer apparel names like Armani, Ralph Lauren Corporation, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Calvin Klein, Gucci, Burberry, Nike, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel, J. Crew, American Eagle, Abercrombie & Fitch, Puma, Lee,Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Versace, Banana Republic, Timberland, Vans, Gap, Reebok, New Balance, Zara, Levi Strauss, DKNY, Quicksilver, Kenneth Cole, Hollister, H&M, Izod, Clarks, Perry Ellis, Superdry, Champion, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Givenchy, Aeropostale, Under Armour, Lululemon, Chanel, Forever 21, Ralph Lauren,Van’s, Converse, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Jordan, Target, Lilly Pulitzer, Eileen Fisher, Tory Burch, Justice, Diesel, True Religion, Ed Hardy, Haggar, Apple, Urban Outfitters, Ray Ban, Old Navy, Wet Seal, Quiksilver, Hurley, Billabong, Penguin, BCBG, Ann Taylor, Arizona, Baby Phat, Bebe, Billabong, Buffalo, Express, Expressions, Girbaud, Guess, Gymboree, Healthtex, Heritage, Hurley, John Deere, Lands End, Le Tigre, League, Lucky Brand, Mossimo, Next Concept, NY & Co., Choppers, Penguin, Munsingwear, Private Label, Rampage, Redsand, Roxy, Sean John, Timberland, Tommy Bahama, True People, Turbulance, U.S. Expedition, US Polo Association, Victoria Secret, Von Dutch, William Rast, Ecko, Eddie Bauer, Akademiks, Energie, Fila, Fubu, Gap, North Face, Phat Farm, Rocawear, Avirex, Ocean Pacific, Hanes, Jerzees, Gildan, Sport-Tek, Dockers, Ecko, Eddie Bauer, Enyce, Esprit, Faded Glory, Harley Davidson, Nautica, Umbro, Varcity VeeTee, Vokal, Zoo York, Clarks, Alfani, Disney, Hello Kitty, Sesame Street, Gymboree, Jockey, Hanes, Fruit of the Loom, Bike, Bali, Chantelle, Glamorise, Olga, Playtex, Spanx, Wacoal, K-Swiss, Asics, Saucony, Brooks, Mizuno, New Socks, Altamont, American Needle, Beats by Dre, Been Trill, Black Scale, Brixton, Crooks & Castles, DGK, Dickies, Funderwear, Hall of Fame, ICNY, LRG, Maui & Sons, Mishka, Neff, New Balance, O’Neill, Oakley, Pacsun, Rainbow, Ray-Ban, Reef, Riot Society, Vanguard, Volcom, Young & Reckless, Beauty & the Beach, Body Glove, Brixton, Bullhead Denim Co., Diamond Supply Co., Dolce Vita, Erin Wasson, Glamorous, Insight, JanSport, Kirra, Pink, Body-Solid, Fitness Gear, Valor Fitness, Rage, Easton, Everlast, FootJoy, Franklin, JanSport, Jockey, Ecco, E-Force, Ektelon, Marmot, Maui Jim, Maxfli, McDavid, Oakley, O’Brien, Ocean Minded, O’Neill, Rawlings, Riddell, Spalding, Speedo, Wilson, Wolverine, Worth, and others!

Apparel donations can be dropped off in the Bay Area or a convenient and easy pick-up can be arranged. For complete information, call or text us at 510 394-4101.

Please click the link and complete the “Hand of Dignity” request form to instruct us how best to help you.

Jalil

Call or text (510) 394-4101

BEST Hollywood, Award, Major Super Bowl Events, Parties!

                               

7633 Sunkist Drive, Oakland CA  94605-3032

Phone  (510) 394-4601

https://Ex-Why.com

Abdul-Jalil on iTunes

Abdul-Jalil Front Row @ 1995 ESPY Awards

Co-Promoted, Managed and Trained Evander Holyfield versus Riddick Bowe Heavyweight Title Boxing Matches 11/13/92, 11/6/93, 11/4/95

1995 Pizza Hut Commercial with Deion Sanders and Jerry Jones “BOTH”

Superstar Management and Hammertime Open Office in New Orleans

Hammer and Deion in ESPN Sports Bloopers 3 Produced by Abdul-Jalil and SSM

https://Ex-Why.com

¿eX-whY ? AdVentures Promotional Video

¿eX-whY? AdVentures Wrote, Directed and Produced “I Know You’ll Love Oakland” Image Campaign PSA’s

Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation

Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation-KPFA Promotional Video:

Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation Kids Celebrity Gift BackPacks

Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation Free Food Program Celebrity Giving Back

The Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation and ¿eX-whY AdVentures? Trader Joe’s Emeryville KPFA Interview Video

The Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation and ¿eX-whY AdVentures? Trader Joe’s Emeryville Customer Appreciation

The Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation and ¿eX-whY AdVentures? Trader Joe’s Alameda Customer Appreciation

The Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation and ¿eX-whY AdVentures? Entourage & Randy Holland in Trader Joe’s Pinole “Tribute to Legends of Jazz” Show

Santa Fe Elementary School’s Peace March with Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation, SemiFreddi’s, Trader Joe’s, Little Ceasar’s Pizza, Marshawn Lynch’s “Fam1ly F1rst” and Leon Powe’s “Fresh Start Oakland”

Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation and Santa Fe Elementary LilCaesars Pizza Part 1

Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation and Santa Fe Elementary LilCaesars Pizza Part 2

FaceBook Fundrazr

Abdul-Jalil Honored in Port Au-Prince, Haiti and Miami, Fla. for Relief Missions to Haiti

Join the Superstars Entertainment and Sports Network

Abdul-Jalil’s Haas School of Business Profile

Haas School of Business Alumni Thank Abdul-Jalil for Cal Head Basketball Coach Mike Montgomery’s $750 Phelps Gift:

Cals’ Haas School of Business, the Y.E.A.H. Program, The Bread Project Giving Back to the Community:

Ziggs Profile of Abdul-Jalil

Linked In Profile on Abdul-Jalil

Abdul-Jalil on Twitter: @ajalil

Thanks You from Arch Bishop Joel Jeune to Abdul-Jalil

Abdul-Jalil’s “ooVoo” Video Chat Room

Abdul-Jalil on FaceBook

iPhone 4 FaceTime: (510) 394-4501
AIM, Video Chat Screen Name:

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Skype Video Chat Screen Contact Name: Superstarmanagement
Portrait of Abdul-Jalilby Artist Buford Delaneyin Paris, France
Video and Audio with Abdul-Jalil:

“Out. The Glenn Burke Story”

KGO Radio Conversation On “OUT. The Glenn Burke Story”

ESPN Story “Before Jason Collins”

KGO Radio’s broadcast discussion of “Out. The Glenn Burke Story”

KNBR Radio’s broadcast discussion of “Out. The Glenn Burke Story”

KNBR Radio’s broadcast discussion of “Bounce. The Don Barksdale Story”

ESPN Bostock 5th & Jackson TV Special Part 1

Part 2

¿eX-whY? AdVentures Wrote, Directed and Produced Oakland Urban Economic Development Conference

Part 1 of 2 Interviews of Abdul-Jalil on American Muslim 360 (AM360) by Niamat Shaheed.

Part 2 of 2 Interviews of Abdul-Jalil, Nanita Strong and Imam Wali Mohammed on American Muslim 360 (AM360) by Niamat Shaheed.

Community Movement Toward Improvement

Award for “Distinguished Marketing and Promotional Services” from NFL Super Bowl NFL Experience,
Founder of BLACK EXPO shown with Olympic Sprinter John Carlos , Hip Hop’s Islamic Influence, 1979 National BALSA Conference , Dellums for Mayor, Hip Hop’s Islamic Influence, 1979 National BALSA Conference, Oakland Police Officers Arrested for Computer Store Burglaries, Police Found Guilty in Burglaries, Police Officers Sentenced for Burglaries


Golden Globe Awards Parties

Experience the Lap of Luxury at the 2016 Golden Globe® After-Parties.

The Golden Globes® are the definitive Hollywood award show, and the after-parties are Tinseltown’s definitive post-event celebration. Get your 2016 tickets to Golden Globe® Awards after-party, and join the brightest stars from film and television for an unforgettable night of revelry. There’s a reason why celebs say that the Golden Globes® are their favorite award show. The intimate awards presentation is highly anticipated, but we suspect that the evening’s fabulous after-parties are the main draw.
Venue : Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, CA
Location : Los Angeles
Event Date :10 January 2016

Oscar Parties!

Just because you weren’t invited to the 88th annual Academy Awards® show doesn’t mean you can’t go to the prestigious after-parties or glamorous viewing blowouts. All it takes is a ticket, and VIP Concierge has them in spades. After all, it is the most highly anticipated awards show in the universe, and the parties are world class. You can see and be seen with the most exalted and prominent actors of our time, but only if you buy Elton John Oscar Party Tickets for yourself. Oscar® Sunday is approaching in 2016, so if those doomsday Mayan calendar rumors don’t come true, it’ll be a night to remember.
Venue : Los Angeles, CA
Location : Los Angeles
Event Date :28 February 2016,26 February 2017,4 March 2018

2016 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

Let’s Get Critical at the 2016 Critics Choice Movie Awards
Who cares what the critics think? Fans hate being told what they like, why they like it and anything about the standards of taste. Celebrities, on the other hand, need this type of feedback, especially when it’s positive. When critics have something good to say, the celebrities can’t stop talking. When their latest performance is ridiculed, it’s enough to put any A-lister in hiding. The influence critics have on celebrities and their success or failure is amazing, and this power is always evident at the annual Critics Choice Movie Awards, which have been a Hollywood tradition for the past 20 years.
Venue : Hollywood
Location : Los Angeles
Event Date :17 January 2016

“Zoolander 2” Premiere and After Party

 “Zoolander 2” Premiere and After Party
Date/Location: February 8th, 2016, NYC (exact date/location TBD)
Synopsis: Models Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) must stop a conspiracy to kill the world’s most beautiful people.

Starring: Ben Stiller, Penelope Cruz, Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson
Trailer:

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/paramount/zoolander2/

Venue : NYC
Location : New York
Event Date :8 February 2016

Coachella Ultimate Access!

If it’s rocking, wild and out of control, it must be the indie-pop-rock extravaganza known as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. In April, crazed music fans take over Indio, California, for the most exciting party and music festival in the Inland Empire or anywhere else. Now, music fans can experience the VIP side of the Empire Polo Club with all-access 2016 Coachella tickets. VIP Concierge is your connection to the coveted passes that will get you backstage at Southern California’s Coachella Music Festival Concert Tickets.
Venue : Indio, California
Location : Other
Event Date :15 April 2016,16 April 2016,17 April 2016,22 April 2016,23 April 2016,24 April 2016

“Allegiant” Premiere and After Party

Date/Location: March 14th, 2016, Los Angeles (exact date/location TBD)
Synopsis: The third installment of the blockbuster Divergent series franchise, ALLEGIANT takes Tris [Shailene Woodley] and Four [Theo James] into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before. After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Jeff Daniels, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q
Trailer:

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/summit/thedivergentseriesallegiant/

Venue : Los Angeles
Location : Los Angeles
Event Date :14 March 2016

“Gods of Egypt” Premiere and After Party

Date/Location: February 23rd, 2016, Los Angeles (exact date/location TBD)
Synopsis: In this spectacular action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt, the survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero Bek (Brenton Thwaites) undertakes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. In order to succeed, he must enlist the help of the powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in an unlikely alliance against Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict.
Starring: Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Chadwick Boseman, Elodie Young, Courtney Eaton, Brenton Thwaites
Trailer:

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/summit/godsofegypt/

Venue : Los Angeles
Location : Los Angeles
Event Date :23 February 2016

Rio Carnival

February 5 – February 10
Unnamed Venue, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: February 5th – 10th, 2016 Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Travel to Rio de Janeiro for the ultimate party filled with music, dancing, and fun! Experience the luxury of Carnival as you attend the Magic Ball at Copacabana Palace, and even dance in the Samba Parade with this exclusive travel package. Rio Carnival is the world’s biggest celebration! The festival is held before Lent every year, and it is considered the biggest carnival in the world!

NFL Super Bowl
February 7
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA United States
Date: February 7th, 2016 Location: Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, CA This February, thousands of football fans from all over the country will be watching the AFC and NFC Champions duke it out in football’s most coveted game. We have access to the Big Game and all the VIP Super Bowl Parties, along with accommodations, transportation, celebrity meet & greets and more! The 2016 Ultimate Super Bowl Experience includes: 2, 3, or 4 night hotel accommodations.

New York Fashion Week
February 11 – February 18
Unnamed Venue, New York City, NY United States
Date: February 11th – 18th, 2016 Location: New York City, NY New York Fashion Week is a major fashion industry event, lasting approximately one week, which allows fashion designers or houses to display their latest collections in runway shows and buyers to take a look at the latest trends. Most importantly, it informs the industry as to what’s in and what’s out for the season. The most prominent fashion weeks are held in the fashion capitals of Milan, London, New York.

NBA All Star Game
February 14
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ONTARIO Canada
Date: February 14, 2016 Location: Air Canada Centre – Toronto, Ontario, Canada The NBA All-Star Game is an exhibition game hosted annually by the National Basketball Association (NBA), matching the league’s star players from the Eastern Conference against their counterparts from the Western Conference. Each conference consists of 15 teams each, making it 30 in total. It is the featured event of NBA All-Star Weekend. NBA All-Star Weekend is a three-day event which goes from Friday to Sunday.

Daytona 500

February 20
Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL United States + Google Map
Date: February 20th, 2016 Location: Daytona International Speedway Daytona, FL The NASCAR Daytona 500 is the biggest and most prestigious race known around the world. This heart pounding, edge of your seat, gut wrenching event is like no other; surpassing the Indianapolis 500. Experience the “Super Bowl of NASCAR”, as the nations top race car drivers compete for a chance of hoisting the Harley J. Earl Cup in the Daytona Victory Lane.

Brit Awards
February 24
The O2 Arena, London, ENGLAND United Kingdom
Date: February 24th, 2016 Location: The O2 – London, England The Brit Awards (sometimes stylized as the BRIT Awards; often simply called the Brits) are the British Phonographic Industry’s annual pop music awards, and the British equivalent of the American Grammy Awards. Beginning in 1977 and The Brit Awards have grown to become one the biggest and most glamorous annual pop music awards events.

Oscar Viewing Parties

February 28
Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, CA United States
Date: February, 28th, 2016 Location: Dolby Theatre – Los Angeles, CA The Academy Awards or The Oscars is an annual American awards ceremony honoring cinematic achievements in the film industry. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially the Academy Award of Merit, which is better known by its nickname Oscar. The Oscar depicts a knight, holding a crusader’s sword, standing on a reel of film.

MARCH 2016

Kid’s Choice Awards
March 12
Venue TBD, Los Angeles, CA United States
Date: March 12, 2016 Location: Los Angeles, CA The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, also known as the KCAs or Kids Choice Awards, is an annual awards show that airs on the Nickelodeon cable channel that honors the year’s biggest television, movie, and music acts, as voted by Nickelodeon viewers. Winners receive a hollow orange blimp figurine. The show features numerous celebrity guests and musical acts. It has also been known to overwhelmingly cover people with the network’s trademark green slime.

NCAA Mens Final Four


March 15 – April 4
NRG Stadium, Houston, TX United States
Date: March 15th – April 4th, 2016 Location: NRG Stadium – Houston, TX The NCAA Final Four is an American tradition that started in 1939. From Selection Sunday to the Sweet Sixteen, to March Madness and the Elite Eight each process leads to the road of the final four. The final four focuses on the last four teams remaining in the playoffs commonly known as the knock-out tournaments (also known as the semi-finals). The men’s tournament begins with 65 teams.

Las Fallas de Valencia

March 15 – March 19
Unnamed Venue, Valencia, Spain
Date: March 15th – 19th, 2016 Location: Valencia, Spain What started as a feast day for St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, has evolved into a 5-day, multifaceted celebration involving fire. Valencia, a quiet city with a population of just over 1 million, swells to an estimated three million flame-loving revelers during Las Fallas celebrations. Las Fallas literally means “the fires” in Valencian. The focus of the fiesta is the creation of 380 Fallas.

APRIL 2016

Academy of Country Music Awards

April 3
Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, NV 90015 United States
Academy of Country Music Awards Travel Package –
Date: April 3rd, 2016 Location: Mandalay Bay Events Center – Las Vegas, NV The Academy of Country Music Awards, also known as the ACM Awards was the first official country music awards show in 1966 (after three informal awards banquets held at the Christensens Red Barrel Niteclub) honoring the industry’s accomplishments during the previous year. It was the first country music awards program held by a major organization, propelling country music into the public spotlight for the first time.

Masters
April 4 – April 10


Augusta National, Augusta, GA United States
Date: April 4th – 10th, 2016 Location: Augusta, GA Known for being rich in tradition, The Masters at Augusta National is known as one of the top Bucket List golf events to attend. Rich in Southern Hospitality, Augusta Georgia opens their arms to the only major golf championship that is held each year in the same location. Each year the top golf players pine for the privilege of being awarded the coveted Green Jacket.

MTV Movie Awards
April 10
Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA United States
Date: April 10, 2016 Location: Microsoft Theatre (Nokia Theater) – Los Angeles, CA The MTV Movie Awards is a film awards show presented annually on MTV. The nominees are decided by producers and executives at MTV. Winners are decided online by the general public, and presented with a golden popcorn statue.

Tribeca Film Festival
April 13 – April 24


Unnamed Venue, New York City, NY United States + Google Map
Date: April 13th – 24th, 2016 Location: New York City, NY The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff. The mission of the festival is “to enable the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film by redefining the film festival experience.” The Tribeca Film Festival was founded to celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking center and to contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan.

Daytime Emmy Awards

April 24
Daytime Emmy Awards Travel Package – Susan Lucci
Date: April, 2016 The Daytime Emmy Award is an American accolade bestowed by the New York based National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles based Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in American daytime television programming. Due to the relatively small talent pool in daytime television, it has become common for the same people to be nominated repeatedly. The most infamous of these is All My Children star Susan Lucci.

MAY 2016

The Old Course Experience
May 2 – May 7
Old Course, St. Andrews, SCOTTLAND United Kingdom
Date: May 2nd – 7th, 2016 [Alternative Dates Available] Location: Old Course – St. Andrews, Scottland The Old Course at St Andrews is considered by many to be the “home of golf” because the sport was first played on the Links at St Andrews in the early 1400s. The Old Course was pivotal to the development of how the game is still played today. One of the unique features of the Old Course are the large double greens.

Kentucky Derby

May 7
Date: May 7th, 2016 Location: Louisville, KY Louisville’s adopted slogan, “We’ve Got It”, says it all. Because of Louisville’s rich history and exciting future, it is easily one of America’s best cities. The Kentucky Derby is famously known as the Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports, complete with fashionably large hats, southern hospitality, derby pie, and the mint julip. The first leg of the Triple-Crown, this stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses commences every year on the first Saturday in May.

Cannes Film Festival
May 11 – May 22


Date: May 11th – 22nd, 2016 Location: Cannes, South of France The Cannes Film Festival has become an international creativity landscape in today’s world of cinematography. The festival provides a sort of rendezvous for those interested in the art and influence of the movies. The Cannes Film Festival has become an international creativity landscape in today’s world of cinematography. The festival provides a sort of rendezvous for those interested in the art and influence of the movies.

Billboard Music Awards

May 15
Venue TBD, Las Vegas,
Date: May 15, 2016 Location: Las Vegas, NV The Billboard Music Awards honors some of the hottest names in music today. Awards were given for the top album/artist/single in different genres. Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music.

Movie Premieres
May 15


Movie Premiere Tickets
If seeing a much anticipated movie on opening day isn’t enough, see the movie premiere with the entire cast and crew will be exactly what you need! Walk the red carpet and attend star studded after parties. We can customize an experiences to fit your needs. Contact us and speak to an Experience specialist for availability of upcoming movies!

Preakness Stakes

May 21
Pimlico Track, Baltimore, MD United States
Date: May 21st, 2016 Location: Pimlico Track – Baltimore, MD The Preakness Stakes is an American flat thoroughbred horse race held on the third Saturday in May each year at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a Grade I race run over a distance of 1 9/16 miles on dirt. It is the second leg of the Triple Crown, held two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks before the Belmont Stakes.

French Open
May 22 – June 12


Date: May 22nd, 2016 – June 12th, 2016 Location: Paris, France The French Open Tennis Tournament, officially known as Tournoi de Roland-Garros (English translation: Roland Garros Tournament) is held over two weeks, between mid-May and early June. The French Open Tennis Tournament is also the second tennis tournament of the four Grand Slams (US Open, Australian Open, and Wimbledon), and is the leading clay court tennis tournament in the world. 


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Super Bowl 50: Parties, concerts and top events for Super Bowl Week

The following events are scheduled during Super Bowl Week throughout the Bay Area:

MONDAY

Super Bowl City: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Embarcadero and Market Street, San Francisco. Features a fan village centered in Justin Herman Plaza with free concerts; the 50th Mile with food, beverages and shops; the Fan Energy Zone with dance, bike riding, video football and other interactive exhibits; CBS’ mini field and light projections at dusk. Performers this day include Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and actor Aloe Blacc. http://bit.ly/1Kiiu9c.

The Macy’s Fireworks show produced in partnership with the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, kicked off fan-geared activities at Super Bowl City on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016.

On the Fifty-A Charitable Dining Experience: Lunch (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) and dinner (5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) service, RN74 Restaurant, San Francisco. Celebrity Chef Michael Mina will donate percentage of of restaurant proceeds to support NFL Foundation charities; memorabilia auction included. Reservations at 415-543-7474 or http://bit.ly/1m7eNI4.

NFL Experience: 3-10 p.m., Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco. Fan Interactive Expo combines interactive games, an NFL Play 60 Zone for youngest fans, autograph sessions with past and present NFL players, photo opportunity with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Super Bowl championship rings on display and the NFL Shop. Tickets: $35 adults, $25 children ages 12 and younger. http://bit.ly/1VzowTD.

NFL Flag Championships: 4:30-7:30 p.m., Moscone Center, San Francisco. Youth ages 9-14 compete representing a different NFL club, culminating in these division national championship games. Part of NFL Experience ($35 adults, $25 children ages 12 and younger). http://bit.ly/1UAwMSZ.

Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled By Gatorade: 5-8 p.m., SAP Center, San Jose. Performers: All players and coaches from the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will be interviewed by media members on a live television special broadcast by NFL Network. Tickets sold-out and only available from resale sites.

Tony Bruno Show Live Broadcast: 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., ComedySportz, San Jose. The radio host will conduct a live talk show with a studio audience. Free admission.

Super Bowl Opening Night After-party with The Sports Saloon: 7:30 p.m., The Glass House, San Jose. Radio personalities Patrick Connor and Tony Fidoni will host a party following the Super Bowl Opening Night. $20. http://bit.ly/1nxggIB.

TUESDAY

Kaboom! Playground Build: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Blossom River Apartments, San Jose. More than 200 volunteers from the NFL, ESPN, Disney and local charities will join Kaboom! employees and San Jose residents to construct a new playground outside an apartment complex.

NFL Play 60 Challenge School Visit: 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Maya Lin School, Alameda. NFL players will visit school to reward students for completing the Super Bowl 50 edition of the NFL Play 60 challenge that promotes physical activity.

NFL Play 60 Character Camp: 10 a.m., NFL Experience football field, Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco. Non-contact football camp with predominantly Hispanic youth from the Bay Area, led by Hall of Fame lineman Anthony Munoz. Camp is free but part of NFL Experience ($35 adults, $25 children ages 12 and younger). www.facebook.com/NFLPLAY60/.

Super Bowl City: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Embarcadero and Market Street, San Francisco. Features a fan village centered in Justin Herman Plaza with free concerts; the 50th Mile with food, beverages and shops; the Fan Energy Zone with dance, bike riding, video football and other interactive exhibits; CBS’ mini field and light projections at dusk. Performers this day include Vocal Rush and Amor Do Samba. http://bit.ly/1Kiiu9c.

On the Fifty-A Charitable Dining Experience: Lunch (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) and dinner (5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) service, RN74 Restaurant, San Francisco. Celebrity Chef Michael Mina will donate percentage of of restaurant proceeds to support NFL Foundation charities; memorabilia auction included. Reservations at 415-543-7474 or http://bit.ly/1m7eNI4.

PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 07: Attendees cuddle with puppies from a local rescue, Paw Works, who are on hand to promote Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl XII” during the Discovery Communications TCA Winter 2016 at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 7, 2016 in Pasadena, California.

NFL Experience: 3-10 p.m., Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco. Fan Interactive Expo combines interactive games, an NFL Play 60 Zone for youngest fans, autograph sessions with past and present NFL players, photo opportunity with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Super Bowl championship rings on display and the NFL Shop. Tickets: $35 adults, $25 children ages 12 and younger. http://bit.ly/1VzowTD.

Special Olympics Skills And Drills: 5 p.m-8 p.m., Valley Christian High School, San Jose. Special Olympics of Northern California and the 49ers team up to host a flag football scrimmage and skills demonstration. http://bit.ly/1UAwMSZ.

Ladies Night Out At The NFL Shop: 7 p.m.-9p.m., Moscone Center West, San Francisco. Erin Andrews of “Dancing With the Stars” hosts a special “Ladies Night” at the NFL merchandise shop that will feature team manicures, metallic fashion tattoos and shopping. Part of NFL Experience ($35 adults, $25 children ages 12 and younger).

WEDNESDAY

Super Fan Chase: 8 a.m., Memorial Stadium, Berkeley. This is the launch of a four-day Super Bowl scavenger hunt where registered contestants search 50 destinations. $75, pre-event registration required. www.superfanchase.com.

Super Bowl City: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Embarcadero and Market Street, San Francisco. Features a fan village centered in Justin Herman Plaza with free concerts; the 50th Mile with food, beverages and shops; the Fan Energy Zone with dance, bike riding, video football and other interactive exhibits; CBS’ mini field and light projections at dusk. Performers this day include Loco Bloco, Taiko Drummers and platinum-selling folk-rock musician Matt Nathanson (7:30 p.m.). http://bit.ly/1Kiiu9c.

On the Fifty-A Charitable Dining Experience: Lunch (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) and dinner (5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) service, RN74 Restaurant, San Francisco. Celebrity Chef Michael Mina will donate percentage of of restaurant proceeds to support NFL Foundation charities; memorabilia auction included. Reservations at 415-543-7474 or http://bit.ly/1m7eNI4.

NFL Experience: 3-10 p.m., Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco. Fan Interactive Expo combines interactive games, an NFL Play 60 Zone for youngest fans, autograph sessions with past and present NFL players, photo opportunity with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Super Bowl championship rings on display and the NFL Shop. Tickets: $35 adults, $25 children ages 12 and younger. http://bit.ly/1VzowTD.

Super Bowl 50 Business Connect Celebration: 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., The Bently Reserve Event Center, San Francisco. A celebration that recognizes local businesses that are at least 51 percent owned by minorities, women, disabled veterans or LBGT individuals.

“Rock N Roll Bowl”: 6 p.m., Rockbar, San Jose. ABC 7’s Dan Ashley hosts a pre-Super Bowl party that features local rock bands, Solomon Wilcots, Raymond Anthony, Puro Bandido, Rick Stevens, Richard Bean, David Labrava from Sons of Anarchy and more and benefits Huddle Up for New Alzheimer’s Treatments. $49 in advance, $69 at the door. Doors open at 5 p.m. Ages 21 and older. http://bit.ly/201rQbg.

A Concert of Champions: 8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. Hosted by former NFL running back Marcus Allen, the San Francisco Symphony and NFL Films team up to present music with images of past Super Bowls projected onto the stage. $35-$95. http://bit.ly/1KPZMRh.

Glazer Palooza Suits & Sneakers Super Bowl Kick Off: 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Pier 27-Cruise Ship Terminal, The Embarcadero, San Francisco. Hosted by Marshall Faulk, the kick-off party includes entertainment by Tommy Lee and DJ Aero and will feature celebrities, NFL all-stars and other notable professional athletes, as well as the Elevee fashion show. A portion of the proceeds go to Merging Vets + Players. VIP ticketed event. http://bit.ly/1KjMDVy.

THURSDAY

Purpose of Sport Symposium: 8 a.m.-10 a.m., 50 Club, Embarcadero Center, San Francisco. Jim Stengel, President of the Jim Stengel Company and adjunct UCLA professor, discusses how brands are engaging fans activating through sport. http://bit.ly/1OZCUmh.
NFL Family Football Clinic: 10 a.m., Moscone Center, San Francisco. NFL players will lead children and parents in relationship-building exercises. Part of NFL Experience ($35 adults, $25 children ages 12 and younger). http://bit.ly/1VzowTD.

Super Bowl 50 Legacy Grant: 11 a.m., Malcom X Academy Elementary School, San Francisco. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and SB50 Host Committee CEO Keith Bruce will announce dispensation of a combined $2 million in grants and will help transform a picnic area at Community Youth Park, adjacent to the school, into a family friendly zone. http://bit.ly/1OZCUmh.

Super Bowl City: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Embarcadero and Market Street, San Francisco. Features a fan village centered in Justin Herman Plaza with free concerts; the 50th Mile with food, beverages and shops; the Fan Energy Zone with dance, bike riding, video football and other interactive exhibits; CBS’ mini field and light projections at dusk. Performers this day include Culture Shock, Le Vice and hit country The Band Perry (7:30 p.m.). http://bit.ly/1Kiiu9c.

Puppy Bowl Cafe: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Gott’s Roadside in the Ferry Building, San Francisco. Watch adoptable puppies from the local shelters scrimmage for toys on a 24-foot mock football field, while an Animal Planet referee oversees the action. Free. The pups featured also will be available for adoption at East Bay SPCA in Oakland or Dublin on Super Bowl Sunday and 1200 15th Street in San Francisco starting at noon Feb. 9 for discounted fees. www.facebook.com/events/1974577382767354/.

On the Fifty-A Charitable Dining Experience: Lunch (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) and dinner (5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) service, RN74 Restaurant, San Francisco. Celebrity Chef Michael Mina will donate percentage of of restaurant proceeds to support NFL Foundation charities; memorabilia auction included. Reservations at 415-543-7474 or http://bit.ly/1m7eNI4.

NFL Experience: 3-10 p.m., Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco. Fan Interactive Expo combines interactive games, an NFL Play 60 Zone for youngest fans, autograph sessions with past and present NFL players, photo opportunity with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Super Bowl championship rings on display and the NFL Shop. Tickets: $35 adults, $25 children ages 12 and younger. http://bit.ly/1VzowTD.

Beer Blitz at Santana Row: 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Santana Row, San Jose. Unlimited beer tasting in eight locations throughout the row, featuring 10 breweries, with each stop representing a division of the NFL. $100. Limited tickets.www.santanarow.com/events/santana-row-beer-blitz/.

Legends for Charity Dinner: 5-8:30 p.m., Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the charity dinner will honor former NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden. $250. http://bit.ly/1nGCp88.

Madden Bowl XXII Party: 7 p.m., Masonic Center, San Francisco. Madden Bowl championship will pit the two best Madden NFL players. The invite-only event also will feature NFL stars Eddie Lacy, Eric Berry, Devonta Freeman, and DeAndre Hopkins.

Ditka & Jaws Cigars with the Stars: 7-10 p.m., Jones, 620 Jones St., San Francisco. Hosted by Hall of Fame Coach Mike Ditka and ESPN analyst Ron “Jaws” Jaworski, the cigar-filled party reportedly will include celebrities Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Suzy Kolber, Mike Golic, and Merril Hoge; an open premium bar, appetizers and outdoor smoking. $500. http://www.ditkajawscigars.com/.

Concussion: Braid Injury and the NFL: 7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, City Arts & Lectures, San Francisco. Hear a discussion by
Dr. Bennet Omalu, the first doctor to discover and identify chronic brain damage in professional athletes and was portrayed by actor Will Smith in the recent film “Concussion.” He will be in conversation with NBC’s Stone Phillips. $29. http://bit.ly/20AFX9A.

Super Bowl Weekend With Norm MacDonald: 8 p.m., San Jose Improv, San Jose. The former Saturday Night Live star riffs on the big game. Dress code. 18 years and older. $27. http://bit.ly/1UAZkf3.

Super Bowl City Nights: 8 p.m.-2 a.m., City Nights, 715 Harrison Street, San Francisco. The Old School Show featuring tone Loc, Coolio, Rob Base and Young MC; open bar; VIP food spread and VIP bottle service available. Proceeds will go to The Wounded Warriors Project, Valentines for Veterans, The San Francisco — Marin County Food Bank and their outreach programs. Pre-sale tickets from $600. http://superbowlcitynights.com/.

A Concert of Champions: 8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. Hosted by former NFL running back Marcus Allen, the San Francisco Symphony and NFL Films team up to present music with images of past Super Bowls projected onto the stage. $35-$95. http://bit.ly/1KPZMRh.

DIRECTV and Pepsi Super Thursday Night: 9 p.m., Pier 70, San Francisco. Dave Matthews Band performs. Tickets start at $75. http://livemu.sc/20AF80x.

FRIDAY

Puppy Bowl Cafe: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Gott’s Roadside in the Ferry Building, San Francisco. Watch adoptable puppies from the local shelters scrimmage for toys on a 24-foot mock football field, while an Animal Planet referee oversees the action. Free. The pups featured also will be available for adoption at East Bay SPCA in Oakland or Dublin on Super Bowl Sunday and 1200 15th Street in San Francisco starting at noon Feb. 9 for discounted fees. www.facebook.com/events/1974577382767354/.

Super Bowl City: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Embarcadero and Market Street, San Francisco. Features a fan village centered in Justin Herman Plaza with free concerts; the 50th Mile with food, beverages and shops; the Fan Energy Zone with dance, bike riding, video football and other interactive exhibits; CBS’ mini field and light projections at dusk. Performers this day include Jarrod Spector and One Republic (7:30 p.m.), followed by the Macy’s Fireworks Show. http://bit.ly/1Kiiu9c.

On the Fifty-A Charitable Dining Experience: Lunch (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) and dinner (5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.) service, RN74 Restaurant, San Francisco. Celebrity Chef Michael Mina will donate percentage of of restaurant proceeds to support NFL Foundation charities; memorabilia auction included. Reservations at 415-543-7474 or http://bit.ly/1m7eNI4.

NFL Experience: 3-10 p.m., Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco. Fan Interactive Expo combines interactive games, an NFL Play 60 Zone for youngest fans, autograph sessions with past and present NFL players, photo opportunity with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Super Bowl championship rings on display and the NFL Shop. Tickets: $35 adults, $25 children ages 12 and younger. http://bit.ly/1VzowTD.

NFL Foundation Bowling Tournament: 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Lucky Strike, San Francisco. Teams of amateur bowlers captained by NFL legends such as Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Elvin Bethea, Mark Clayton, Warrick Dunn, Carl Eller, Floyd LIttle and John Randle will compete to raise money to support the Player Care Foundation and NFL Foundation. Entry fees are a $3,500 contribution to the NFL Foundation for a bowling team of four and $250 for a non-bowling spectator. To register, contact Toby Brown at 817-385-8444 or toby@stemarketing.com.

Legends of the Game party: 6-9 p.m., Pac-12 Studios, 370 3rd St, San Francisco. The invite-only party will feature Brett Favre, Tiki Barber and Charles Woodson with red carpet entry, artisan cocktails, virtual reality experiences, and a live Q&A hosted by TV personalities.

Super Bowl Gospel Celebration: 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Oakland. The performance will include Billboard Music Award winner Kem, Grammy winner Anthony Hamilton, the NFL Players Choir, Season 9 “The Voice” winner Jordan Smith, Kierra Sheard and Canton Jones, Tye Tribette, Charles Jenkins, Jonathan McReynolds and MD-Mike Phillips. $25. www.superbowlgospel.com.

Super Bowl Weekend With Norm MacDonald: 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., San Jose Improv, San Jose. The former Saturday Night Live star riffs on the big game. Dress code. 18 years and older. $27. http://bit.ly/1UAZkf3.

Chairman’s Party: 8 p.m., The Masonic, San Francisco. The charity party benefiting the 50 Fund iniative to help Bay Area child, youth and young adults living in low-income communities will feature Ronnie Lott, Marshawn Lynch, Anthony Anderson and more. Rye will mix up a hosted bar, chef Michael Tusk of Quince and Cotogna is curating a “Best of the Bay” small bites and Grammy winner Tiësto will perform. $265. http://bit.ly/1Sl7meG.

Super Bowl City Nights: 8 p.m.-2 a.m., City Nights, 715 Harrison Street, San Francisco. Featuring Pauly D from the MTV series “The Jersey Shore;” open bar; VIP food spread and VIP bottle service available. Proceeds will go to The Wounded Warriors Project, Valentines for Veterans, The San Francisco — Marin County Food Bank and their outreach programs. Pre-sale tickets from $600. http://superbowlcitynights.com/.

ESPN Party: 8 p.m., Fort Mason, San Francisco. Invite-only party will features a live performance by Grammy nominated singer Nick Jonas and music by D-Nice.

Bleacher Report “Bleacher Ball” — 9 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., San Francisco. Featuring music from the Grammy-winning Zac Brown Band, celebrities expected to attend the invite-only party include Daina Falk (“The Hungry Fan”), J.J. Watt (Houston Texans), Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys), Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys), Anquan Boldin (San Francisco 49ers), Alex Smith (Kansas City Chiefs), Aaron Donald (Los Angeles Rams), and Tyler Eifert (Cincinnati Bengals).

The Bay Exp Super Bowl 50 Weekend Party: 9 p.m.- 2 a.m., Sudio 8, 9 South 1st St., San Jose. Party will feature 50 confirmed NFL players, 32 celebrities and 6 DJs, including host Kenny Burns, Nicole Zavala, August Alsina, Jasmine Cadavid and DJ Envy. Must be 21 or older. General admission from $77.87. www.thebayexp.com/event-info.html.

Leather and Laces party — 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m., City View at Metreon. Hosted by Jeremy Piven and Emmauelle Chriqui, the party will include entertainment by Cirque USA, mentalist, Jim Karol, DJ Automatic and DJ Zhaldee. Starting at $495. www.leatherandlaces.com/.

Pepsi Friday Night Live: 10 p.m., Pier 70, San Francisco. Performance by Pharrell Williams and DJ Khaled. 21 years or older. Tickets start at $75. http://livemu.sc/1PJSsaU.

Playboy Party: 10 p.m., AT&T Park, Lot A, San Francisco. Grammy-nominated EDM producer and DJ Alesso is headlining. EFFEN Vodka will be serving molecular cocktails curated by Benjamin Cooper. Hugh Hefner is not expected to attend. $1,250. To purchase tickets, contact playboysb@intheknowexperiences.com.

French Montana Super Bowl Kickoff Party: 10 p.m.-4 a.m., Roccapulco, 3140 Mission St., San Francisco. Miss Nicky Baby hosts French Montana with this extended Super Bowl party. Strict dress code enforced. Starting at $44. http://bit.ly/1RUolEe.

SATURDAY

Super Bowl Breakfast: 8 a.m., Hilton Union Square, San Francisco. Presentation of the Bart Starr Award for Outstanding Character and Leadersip to Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers. Guests will include Tony Dungy, Brent Jones, Benjamin Watson, Roger Staubach, Jerry Kramer, Mike Ditka, Jack Del Rio and Clark Hunt. $200. www.superbowlbreakfast.com.

NFL Foundation Golf Tournament: 8 a.m., Half Moon Bay Golf Links. Teams of amateur golfers captained by NFL legends such as Elvin Bethea, Mark Clayton, Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson, Jim Taylor and Paul Warfield. Tournament entry donation of $10,000 per team (teams of three paired with a NFL Legend), benefits NFL Foundatoin and Player Care Foundation. http://bit.ly/201AQgD.

NFL Experience: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco. Fan Interactive Expo combines interactive games, an NFL Play 60 Zone for youngest fans, autograph sessions with past and present NFL players, photo opportunity with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Super Bowl championship rings on display and the NFL Shop. Tickets: $35 adults, $25 children ages 12 and younger. http://bit.ly/1VzowTD.

Santa Clara Super Community Celebration: 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Santa Clara University. Events include a celebrity flag football game; pep rally with the 49ers Gold Rush cheerleaders, Raiderettes and the Santa Clara Vanguard; Flavors of Santa Clara with gourmet food trucks, a beer and wine garden and live performances by local bands; NFL player signings; a youth activity zone; and concert featuring Huey Lewis and the News (requires separate ticket). Reserved advanced tickets are all booked, but a limited number of day-of tickets are available for those who arrive for the stand-by line. Reserved tickets not presented by 1 p.m. are forfeited; reserved concert tickets not presented by 7 p.m. will be forfeited. Free but requires reserved ticket. http://1.usa.gov/20A1nDR.

Super Bowl City: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Embarcadero and Market Street, San Francisco. Features a fan village centered in Justin Herman Plaza with free concerts; the 50th Mile with food, beverages and shops; the Fan Energy Zone with dance, bike riding, video football and other interactive exhibits; CBS’ mini field and light projections at dusk. Performers this day include opening act Oakland soul and R&B singer Goapele and 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys (7 p.m.). http://bit.ly/1Kiiu9c.

Puppy Bowl Cafe: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Gott’s Roadside in the Ferry Building, San Francisco. Watch adoptable puppies from the local shelters scrimmage for toys on a 24-foot mock football field, while an Animal Planet referee oversees the action. Free. The pups featured also will be available for adoption at East Bay SPCA in Oakland or Dublin on Super Bowl Sunday and 1200 15th Street in San Francisco starting at noon Feb. 9 for discounted fees. www.facebook.com/events/1974577382767354/.

On the Fifty-A Charitable Dining Experience: Lunch (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) and dinner (5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) service, RN74 Restaurant, San Francisco. Celebrity Chef Michael Mina will donate percentage of of restaurant proceeds to support NFL Foundation charities; memorabilia auction included. Reservations at 415-543-7474 or http://bit.ly/1m7eNI4.

Wounded Warrior Amputee Flag Football Game vs. NFL Alumni: Noon-3 p.m., College of San Mateo. Flag football game featuring the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team, Snoop Dogg and 40 NFL Alumni, including former Pittsburgh Steeler Rocky Bleier and former 49ers Bill Ring, Dan Bunz, Derrick Deese, William Floyd, Bill Romanowski, Dana Stubblefield and Spencer Tillman. $10; free for childen and students. http://woundedwarrioramputeefootballteam.org.

Leigh Steinberg’s 29th annual Super Bowl Party: Noon to 4 p.m., City View at Metreon, San Francisco. Invitation-only charity party brings together business, sports and Hollywood celebrities to raise money and present the Steinberg DeNicola Humanitarian Awards.

Super City 50 Urban EDM Fest: 1 p.m., O.co Coliseum, Oakland. Concert featuring Electronic Dance Music DJs Alesso, Diplo, The Chainsmokers, Chuckie and Showtek. General admission tickets from $99. http://bit.ly/1RUp7B1.

NFL Honors: Red Carpet 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Telecast 5 p.m-7 p.m., Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Conan O’Brien hosts an event with Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductees, other NFL award winners and nominees and past greats including Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre, Joe Namath, Deion Sanders, Jerry Rice, Roger Staubach and Steve Young.

CBS Radio The Night Before concert: 5 pm, AT&T Park, San Francisco. Performance by opening act Cage the Elephant and Metallica. Concert is sold out.

Big Game Big Give: 6:30-10 p.m., private Atherton estate of capitalist and philanthropist Jillian Manus. Invite-only celebrity gala will include Joe Montana, Matt Williams, Gavin Newsom, 500 guests, and a special musical performer.
http://bit.ly/1QRhf27.

Super Bowl Weekend With Norm MacDonald: 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., San Jose Improv, San Jose. The former Saturday Night Live star riffs on the big game. Dress code. 18 years and older. $27. http://bit.ly/1UAZkf3.

Taste of the NFL: 7 p.m., Cow Palace, Daly City. Celebrity chefs and players representing every NFL city will be featured, along with music by Third Eye Blind. $700. www.tasteofthenfl.com.

The Maxim Party 2016: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Treasure Island. Featuring performances by Lil Wane, A$AP Rocky, and DJ sets by William Lifestyle, Devin Lucien & Balthazar Getty; open premium bars and food. Invitation only. www.maximparty2016.com.

Ludacris’s Super Bash: 8:30 p.m., The Warfield, San Francisco. Ludacris will perform with Busta Rhymes and DJ Supreme. 21 years and older. Starting at $403.50. http://bit.ly/201vZvN.

Big Game Bash, Rolling Stone Live: 9 p.m., The Galleria, San Francisco. Billing itself as the “Indoor Coachella,” this annual party is one of the biggest at the Super Bowl, having in past years features Drake, Diddy and Jennifer Lopez. This year’s lineup already includes Travis Scott, Elle King and Avicii. The open bar includes Moet champagne. Starting at $1,087. http://bit.ly/20AZery.

Super Soul Bowl Revue: 9 p.m., Poor House Bistro, San Jose. Featuring Wee Willie Walker, Terrie Odabi, Cubby “The Funky Godfather” Ingram, Loralee Christensen and The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra. Tickets $25 advance, $30 at door. www.poorhousebistro.com.

Leather and Laces party — 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m., City View at Metreon. Hosted by Alessandra Ambrosio and Emily Ratajkowski, the party will include entertainment by Cirque USA, mentalist, Jim Karol, DJ Automatic and DJ Zhaldee. Starting at $495. www.leatherandlaces.com/.

San Francisco Mardi Gras 2016: 10 p.m., Fish & Farm, 424 Clay St., San Francisco. Get a feel for the New Orleans festivities with music, costumes and beads. Early bird tickets from $11.24. http://bit.ly/20ALtcr.

DIRECTV Super Saturday Night: 10 p.m., Pier 70, San Francisco. Performance by Red Hot Chili Peppers. Tickets only available on the secondary market.

Chris Brown & 50 Cent Super Bowl Party: 10 p.m. Origin Nightclub, 1538 Fillmore St., San Francisco. Performances by Chris Brown and 50 Cent. Starting at $126.54. http://bit.ly/1RUXDeE.

SUNDAY

NFL Experience: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco. Fan Interactive Expo combines interactive games, an NFL Play 60 Zone for youngest fans, autograph sessions with past and present NFL players, photo opportunity with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Super Bowl championship rings on display and the NFL Shop. Tickets: $35 adults, $25 children ages 12 and younger. http://bit.ly/1VzowTD.

NFL Alumni GameDay Brunch: 10 a.m., Flemings, Palo Alto. Includes Chalk Talk Sessions, game analysis from NFL legends and personalities, stories from past Super Bowls, autograph sessions and more. http://bit.ly/1Psigg5.

Players Super Bowl Tailgate: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Santa Clara parking lot. Featuring Erin Andrews, Guy Fieri, chefs Beau MacMillan, Aaron May and G Garvin, plus active and retired NFL players. $700. http://bit.ly/1VAV2o8.

Super Bowl City: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Embarcadero and Market Street, San Francisco. Features a fan village centered in Justin Herman Plaza with free concerts; the 50th Mile with food, beverages and shops; the Fan Energy Zone with dance, bike riding, video football and other interactive exhibits. Performers this day include Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble, John Brothers and Glide Ensemble (2 p.m.). http://bit.ly/1Kiiu9c.

Puppy Bowl Cafe: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Gott’s Roadside in the Ferry Building, San Francisco. Watch adoptable puppies from the local shelters scrimmage for toys on a 24-foot mock football field, while an Animal Planet referee oversees the action. Free. The pups featured also will be available for adoption at East Bay SPCA in Oakland or Dublin on Super Bowl Sunday and 1200 15th Street in San Francisco starting at noon Feb. 9 for discounted fees. www.facebook.com/events/1974577382767354/.

On the Fifty-A Charitable Dining Experience: Lunch (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) and dinner (5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) service, RN74 Restaurant, San Francisco. Celebrity Chef Michael Mina will donate percentage of of restaurant proceeds to support NFL Foundation charities; memorabilia auction included. Reservations at 415-543-7474 or http://bit.ly/1m7eNI4.

Tony Bruno’s Super Bowl Tailgate Party: Noon-10:30 p.m., The Glass House, San Jose. The radio host will conduct a live pregame broadcast and then a Super Bowl 50 viewing party. $50. http://bit.ly/1PKVT1i.

San Leandro Super Bowl 50 Experience: 1 p.m., BAL Theatre, San Leandro. Watch the game on a 40-foot screen in the historic theatre and enjoy free food, water and soft drinks. Must pre-register for admittance. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free for first 500 registered guests. http://bit.ly/1JTvMJi, 510-557-3462.

Super Bowl Parties
Events for Friday, February 5th, 2016

Leather and Laces Party (Friday Edition)
Description: With a bevy of Hollywood celebrities and athletes as guests, year after year the “Leather & Laces” party proves to be the hottest, chicest and sexiest place to be during Super Bowl Weekend.Previous hosts include Victoria’s Secret Models Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo, Brooklyn Decker, Lily Aldridge and Erin Heatherton as well as Hollywood Celebrities Kim Kardashian, Carmen Electra, Kevin Dillon, Nicole Scherzinger, Roselyn Sanchez and others.
Time: 9:30pm – 3:00am

ESPN “The Party”
Description: Continuously named the biggest and best party of the weekend, ESPN “The Party” is not just a party… it’s a platform, a culture, an EXPERIENCE! Past performances include Platinum Selling Artist J.Cole & Grammy nominee Charli XCX with celebrity DJs Questlove and SOSUPERSAM spinning throughout the night.
Time: 10:00pm – Late
Contact Us for pricing, and availability.

Playboy Super Bowl Party
Description: Just as you’d probably expect, there’s perhaps no event more lavish and luxurious than the Playboy Super Bowl Party. An essential who’s-who of the entertainment industry, past guests that have made appearances include Kanye West, Bradley Cooper, Usher, Gabrielle Union, Jon Hamm, and Shaquille O’Neal, while the event itself is typically hosted by current Playmates.
Time: 9:00pm – 2:00am
Contact Us for pricing, and availability.

Events for Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Leather & Laces Leather and Laces Party (Saturday Edition)
Description: With a bevy of Hollywood celebrities and athletes as guests, year after year the “Leather & Laces” party proves to be the hottest, chicest and sexiest place to be during Super Bowl Weekend.Previous hosts include Victoria’s Secret Models Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo, Brooklyn Decker, Lily Aldridge and Erin Heatherton as well as Hollywood Celebrities Kim Kardashian, Carmen Electra, Kevin Dillon, Nicole Scherzinger, Roselyn Sanchez and others.
Time: 9:30pm – 3:00am
Click Here for ALL Leather & Laces Details

DirecTV Super Bowl Party
Description: Saturday night will bring out all the stars from sports and entertainment. Past performances were given by Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Rihanna, and celebrity DJs. This event is guest list only and features the who’s who of sports and entertainment.
Time: 9:00pm – Late
Contact Us for pricing, and availability.

Maxim Magazine Super Bowl Party
Description: The dress code is “Fabulously Chic” as you prepare to rub shoulders with the Stars from the world of Sports and Entertainment at this extravagant and exclusive “by invitation only” Super Bowl party!
Time: 9:00pm – Late
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Rolling Stone Super Bowl Party
Description: Expect to enjoy performances from the some of the biggest musical acts in history while you’re in the same venue as some of your favorite stars from TV and the big screen. With past performers such as Steven Tyler, Charli XCX, Pitbull, Flo Rida & more, you can bet Rolling Stone will pull out all the stops to make this soiree the biggest and best Super Bowl bash in history.
Time: 9:00pm – Late
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NFL Honors Award Show
Description: Active NFL Players walk the Red Carpet in anticipation of being honored as “best in class” at their position. Over 100 active and former NFL players in attendance with gourmet food stations and open bar and Live headline musical performances.
Time: Red carpet starts at 5:00 pm, Award show 6:00pm – Late
Contact Us for pricing, and availability.

Taste of the NFL
Description: The premier food and wine tasting extravaganza featuring a top chef from each of the 32 NFL cities, paired with an alumni or current player from each team. Attendees are able to sample specialty foods, meet the chefs and get photos and autographs from host players and special celebrity guests.
Time: 7:00pm – Late
Contact Us for pricing, and availability.

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

Official NFL Tailgate Party
Description: The official “by invitation only” Pre Super Bowl tailgate party of the year promises to be nothing short of spectacular. Warm hospitality, open bar, exquisite food and exceptional entertainment – this tailgate party is the place to be and be seen. Super Bowl Ticket required for entry!
Time: 12:00pm – Kickoff
Contact Us for pricing, and availability.

NFL Players Tailgate Party
Description:The Super Bowl Players Tailgate has earned a reputation as the “Premier Super Bowl Game Day experience” Guests have included Super Bowl Champion and Hall of Famer Michael Strahan who in 2013 was host and gave a Super Bowl pregame chat and an inside look at the Super Bowl. In 2015, The Players Super Bowl Tailgate had over 25 active NFL Players in attendance mingling with fans. The Party is complete with an open premium bar and all you can eat 5 star food menu.
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

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Click here to buy tickets to Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade.

OVERVIEW

Super Bowl 50 will be played at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, CA on February 7, 2016. For more information on gameday, please click the “GAMEDAY” tab above.

Leading up to the game, several fan events will be taking place in downtown San Francisco and San Jose.

NFL Experience Driven by Hyundai will be held at the Moscone Center (North and South buildings) from Saturday, January 30 — Sunday, February 7, 2016. NFL Experience is pro football’s interactive theme park offering participatory games, displays, entertainment attractions, youth football clinics and free autograph sessions from NFL players.

Super Bowl City is the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee’s free-to-the-public fan village designed to celebrate the milestone Super Bowl 50 and to highlight its unique place in the Bay Area. This hub of fan energy will be open from Saturday, January 30 — Sunday, February 7, 2016 in Justin Herman Plaza, on the Embarcadero at the foot of San Francisco’s famed Market Street.

Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade will take place at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA on Monday, February 1, 2016 and will mark the first time the players and coaches address the media while in the Bay Area.

For more information on NFL Experience, Super Bowl City, Super Bowl Opening Night and other events taking place around Super Bowl 50, please click the respective tabs above.

Super Bowl 50 Host Committee

Visit the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee’s website (sfbaysuperbowl.com) for more information on the 50 Tour presented by Chevron, a mobile exhibit designed to celebrate the history of the Bay Area’s championship teams, and to learn what to do and see around the Bay Area.

Transportation & Hotel Accommodations

Airports

— San Francisco International Airport (SFO) http://www.flysfo.com/
— 31.5 miles to Levi’s® Stadium
— 14 miles to downtown San Francisco
— San Jose International Airport (SJC) http://www.flysanjose.com/fl/
— 6.2 miles to Levi’s® Stadium
— 46 miles to downtown San Francisco
— Oakland International Airport (OAK) http://www.oaklandairport.com/
— 34 miles to Levi’s® Stadium
— 21 miles to downtown San Francisco

Parking

Super Bowl parking will be available for purchase in December by visiting superbowl.clickandpark.com(https://superbowl.clickandpark.com/). Maps, directions and road closure information will also be made available on the Click and Park website.

Hotels

Please click here to book a hotel for Super Bowl 50.
Hospitality Packages for Super Bowl 50

Please visit http://nflonlocation.com/super-bowl/super-bowl-50 for information on NFL On Location hospitality packages.

If you are responding to an offer of FREE TICKETS to an event and would like to request some, YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE! Please take the time to go to the website and complete the “Request for Tickets Questionnaire” form and by submitting it YOU will be a step away. The FREE TICKETS are awarded on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS, and are subject to the terms and conditions of the promoters, venue, station, and the website therein. By submitting the “Request for Tickets Questionnaire” form you agree to abide by the terms and conditions of those parties mentioned therein above. Good luck in winning tickets and for those that do, Enjoy Yourself!!!

The Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation, a charitable Non-Profit serving the needy in Northern California, had our Ford E250 Cargo Van, full of Thanksgiving food for the needy stolen November 24, 2015. The van was recovered by the Highway Patrol a week later stripped! The transmission (dealer $3,100), brakes ($1,200), ignition in steering column ($900), doors (locks ripped out), rear camera, electronics, mirrors, bumpers and side panels dented, accessories and food service equipment was taken or damaged such that it has to be replaced. I took it for the final check up to determine if it would be worth fixing and it’s going to costs about $6,500 and is unsafe to drive now. Can you PLEASE help us with a donation for the repair?

Prior to the van theft, AARON & MARGARET WALLACE FOUNDATION, founded in 1957,had announced that we are expanding and

PLEASE donate Generously

need a refrigerated truck, freezer, vans, trucks, Apple computers, and equipment to better serve the ever expanding needy of Northern California and had embarked upon an effort to raise $135,000, to establish a Free Food Distributorship, first of it’s kind at this level!! I am pleased to announce that we are closing in on the deal for the Distributorship and obtaining a Food Truck to provide hot meals!! This is MAJOR!! We can put a possible END to food insecurity in the Bay Area, and serve as a model nationwide. Read it and let us know if or how you may be able to help us, we NEED IT!

We serve over 30,000 people a month from 19 locations and provide for thousands with the special events we support that are totally free to the public. We contracted with the City of Richmond with a $1 Million coverage deal to provide regular weekly Free Food service to seven, then nine community centers- Booker T. Anderson Eastshore Park, Shield-Ried Center, Nevin Center, Parchester Community Center, and Martin Luther King Community Center on that list. This is a MAJOR GAME CHANGER as we will expand into Fremont, San Jose and Sunnyvale areas first, then the San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Walnut Creek, Fairfield, Sacramento areas if we can get the funding, but the REAL NEED is sooo much greater! You can help us solve that problem.

With a refrigerated truck, vans and freezer we could easily triple our distribution including daily fresh natural health foods, Zabiha, Halal, Organic, All Natural, Kosher, Vegan and specialty products, and capacity to serve the needy! We will again provide our community’s Udhiya/Qurbani to the many families in need locally. You can help us solve these problems with your donation. Can you PLEASE help us with a donation for the repair?

 

“In another religion they honor people who serve like you with Sainthood!”– Economics Professor Adeel Malik, Oxford University, England, speaking about Abdul-Jalil and the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation.

   
    We are a “Gold” Accredited IRS 501(c)(3), while we have been awarded, certified and registered by/with GuideStar, TechSoup, Good 360, Recycles.org, Network for Good, Digital Wish, MicroSoft giving Campaign, Grassroots.org, Google Non-Profits, Change The World, YouTube for Non-Profits, FundRazr, ebay Giving Works, PayPal Giving Fund, and Charitynet, among others! We qualify for religious charitable donations of Alms, Tzedakah, Zakat, Sadaqah, Tithe, Altruism, Gifts, Donation, and Noblesse oblige.
    Donate and receive A&MWF Jacket, Polo Shirt, Cap, T-Shirt, Certificate of Honor, listing on our websites for your philanthropy and acknowledged as one of our “Paying It Forward, Donor of the Week” according to your donation.
We have the following donation levels:

Platinum Philanthropist: $10,000 up;
Gold Philanthropist: $7,500-9,999;
Silver Philanthropist: $5,000-7,499 ;
Bronze Philanthropist: $2,500-4,999;
Philanthropist: $1,000-2,499;
Altruist: $750-999;
Humanitarian: $500-749
Benefactor: $250-499;
Friend: $100-249;
Patron: $50-99;
Associate: $20-49;
Supporter:$11-19;
Donor: $10 or less.

 

“Bread and Flowers” Book and Film on the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation Food Program

      Two authors/scholars from U. C. Berkeley and Oxford University, England, are writing a book and there is in development a film project entitled “Bread and Flowers” about how the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation Food Programs has transformed the communities that we serve. It is planned that there will be a film from the book adaptation as well.


    To understate the obvious, there is no food program transforming the communities and certainly no book entitled “Bread and Flowers” without our donors! The book is not even about the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation, it’s the new “spirit” that one feels from the communities that we serve and how it’s renewal of the souls has brought people together across all walks of life, every social, economic and spiritual stratus.
    People are amazed that they can not only see the difference in the communities but feel it as well! There have been so many stories of adversaries becoming friends and advocates of each other; people whom formerly would not speak to each other now sharing a meal and conversation; weekend school students teaching parents with a pastry; criminals sharing bread and recipes with victims and former targets!
    You see, we can’’t take credit for any of this, nor is the book about us receiving credit for it, but we must give credit where credit is due, to ALL our partners, YOU being one of our majors!

In that regard, I have talked with the writers to see if they would be interested in doing a short interview for the book discussing how they feel about the incredible efforts of you ALL that have been involved in this great humanitarian good. I would like to have you or others that you think would be good to expound on this philosophy and how you perceive your role in helping the needy. This insight would be the spring board and bond to the transformations that have taken place. The perfect transition from you, to us, to the transformation among the communities, completing the circle. Please call or text (510) 394-4101 if you are interested in participating.

You can make your check payable to: AARON & MARGARET WALLACE FOUNDATION (AMWF), 7633 Sunkist Drive, Oakland, CA  94605; you can donate with Paypal email to:

amwft@amwftrust.org

or we have a PayPal Fundraising Link:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=SE6DGFDH9XVKL 

FaceBook Fundrazr page at: http://fnd.us/c/6KaQb

and a

GoFundMe page at: http://www.gofundme.com/69s5u0

We DO NOT accept government funding so PLEASE DONATE GENEROUSLY NOW and SHARE THIS WITH YOUR NETWORKS!!

WE are trying to end this travesty by helping and giving for their change of life circumstances! Can YOU help Us help THEM?

Make you tax deductible donation here!

Thanks,
Abdul-Jalil

510-394-4101