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Macksmack reporter Khristan Antoine and Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Macksmack reporter Khristan Antoine and Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Oakland women (and ex-San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown) ruled the day.

Macksmack reporter Khristan Antoine covered the first annual Delilah Beasley Tea last Saturday.

It was hosted by Progressive Oakland Women for Empowerment and Reform, or POWER in the gardens of the historic Pardee Home Museum, 672 11th Street, in Oakland.
Richelle Lieberman, a member of POWER and co-chair for the event, came up with the idea for a tea.

The event had three purposes: to honor Delilah Beasley, the first African American woman published regularly in a major metropolitan daily, The Oakland Tribune, to welcome a chapter of the Girls, Inc. organization to Oakland and to give a lifetime achievement award to longtime television journalist Belva Davis.

Girls in the West: Education Matters

by Angelique Villasana


It was an all-female event, but nothing like “Bad Girls’ Club” or Ru Paul’s Drag Race.

The focus was on literacy: reading, reading and more reading.

About 90 percent of the girls at McClymonds High School took part in the event. The three-hour event at McClymonds high school, dubbed “In The West We Read,” brought Mack alumnae back to the school to explain the importance of reading and education to current students.

In the fall, the boys participated in a similar program. The girls’ program was similar — with alumnae reading and talking about how hard it was to read when they got to college because they did not take reading at school seriously.

La’cole Martin, who graduated from McClymonds ten years ago, said that she had a hard time reading the material given to her every night and had to constantly use a dictionary to look up the “big words.” Her professors assigned her 100+ pages every night for homework and she spent hours on reading alone.

The girls were then split up into different groups and paired with an alumna and a place in the school to sit down and read with each other. Every alumna read the same book to their students, “Who moved the Cheese” then asked questions about the reading. The book dealt with changes in your life and mentors discussed changes with the students and shared their college experiences. They also talked about moving from high school into the real world, being responsible for their actions and taking control without someone there to guide them.

Later, they bonded over lunch while listening to music. The girls in the program picked up the importance of reading and taking school seriously. “More people need to read books or get together to study,” says Whitney Layne, a 12th grader.

One of the reasons for the program is the sharp hike in the drop-out rate. The female drop-out rate is 31.3 percent , which is not far below the 38.2 percent drop out rate for boys.


32 Minutes of Chaos

copyright photo of sophomore guard Gabby Gaines (out for several games now) by  Eric Taylor 1st String Magazine

stats provided by Max Preps

by Eric Gant and Stephen Vance

It’s the shortest in height, but also the scrappiest team in the OAL (Oakland Athletic League).

“Lady Warriors’ basketball is 32 minutes of chaos,” says head coach Dennis Flannery.

Despite its current slide, the McClymonds girls’ varsity basketball team “has a bunch of confidence,” says Flannery, a veteran coach with 26 years of experience who suffered a heart attack four weeks ago, but is back. “Our young players just need to step up.”

Its tallest player is only 5-foot-11, with 6-foot-plus players from rival teams towering over her. The other players are even shorter, much shorter.

Off to a promising pre-season start, the Lady Warriors (14-4) hit a snag, losing its two last games to #1 Skyline and Castlemont.  The team’s slide in standing to 4th place in the OAL is due mainly to the loss of two key players, sophomore guard Gabby Gaines (who hasn’t played since Jan. 6 and averaged 17.3 points a game)  and injured senior Therica McCord, as well as the absence of  Flannery at five key games. He was cleared to coach a few weeks ago.

In the first 14 games, Mack averaged 60.3 points a game. In the last four games, it averaged 39.5 points a game.

“It’s a challenge,” adds Flannery. “This team (if everyone is healthy and plays) could go deep into the playoffs.”  This team surpasses last year’s team in speed and shooting ability, he says.

The Lady Warriors  made sectional playoffs for four years in a row –quite a feat given McClymonds’ size of under 250 students. In the last two years, the team’s GPA was 3,1 of which Flannery is most proud.

The players don’t consider themselves Warriors or Lady Warriors, says Flannery. In fact, they end the game, shouting, “We’re family.”

“Coaching at Mack is like I had died and gone to heaven,” Flannery told macksmack in an interview in early December.  Just stay healthy, coach.

Mack alumna at Bakesale Betty’s

Brittnie Collins, Mack grad at CSU Northridge, at Bakesale Betty

macksmack Editor Wins Three Journalism Awards


Pamela Tapia, editor of macksmack and a writer for the Oaktown Teen Times, has won three journalism awards in a contest for high school journalists in Northern California.

The Northern California Press Women’s Association held a ceremony for the winners on May 11 at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.

Betty Packard, CPW executive director, said they were over 1,000 entries in 17 categories and lauded the quality of the work submitted.

Tapia won second place in feature writing for a story that explored the difficulties that girls experience when they leave gangs. The piece appeared in The Mosaic, a newspaper published by Mosaic, a summer minority journalism program at San Jose State University sponsored by the San Jose Mercury-News and several Bay Area media groups and foundations.

The other two awards were for stories which appeared in Oaktown Teen Times. Tapia won second place in environmental writing for a piece on the creation of YouTube videos by McClymonds students opposed to Proposition 23 and its impact on clear air in West Oakland. “Good use of sensory appeal and  good use of perceptive personal observations,” wrote the judge.

Tapia also won third place in feature writing for a story that explored restorative justice at McClymonds, an alternative to youth court and suspensions.

“What an honor to be recognized!” said Tapia.

When it’s hot, the layers come off

by Anonymous
I have nothing against fashion, as long as my school doesn’t turn into the corner of San Pablo and Market.

When the temperature rises, so do the hemlines at Mack. The layers come off. It looks like a beach day. Parts are jiggling. They’re hanging out. YUCK!

Jeans are replaced by micro-mini skirts and shorter-than-short shorts. No more Hollister hoodies, just tank tops and dresses.

Girls shedding their clothes does nothing to help boost concentration in classes. Girls are distracted because they feel the need to either compliment what a girl is wearing or to "diss" her clothing.
- That b***** look like a ho.
-Why she be speaking like that, when SHE look like one!

Boys are even more distracted. They ogle at the see-through tank tops revealing pink or cheetah print bras. Their heads snap to look at short skirts revealing legs, sometimes more than just legs.
I'm not sure why girls dress this way. Some say that they are only trying to express themselves. I say: girls only dress that way because they like the attention they receive from boys.
Then again, why not just go to San Pablo. They'll receive a lot of attention there.