Gerald Green

A 19-year cancer survivor, Green released his memoir Life Constricted: To Love, Hugs and Laughter in 2010, which chronicles his family’s saga and victories over his three bouts with cancer: tongue cancer in 1995, neck cancer in 1997 and prostate cancer in 2008. His chapter, Fatherhood Love, appeared in the second edition of Black Fathers an Invisible Presence in America published by Routledge in 2011. Green’s poetry has appeared in the Healing Journey, an on-line publication, and The Monthly, a premier magazine of culture and commerce, has published one of his essays. Green’s writings reflect the importance of early cancer detection and the healthy impact of a loving family.

Stories by Gerald

Breathless in the 94621

Children growing up with asthma are a reality for families living in the 94621. “The most polluted zip code in Oakland,” said Nehanda  Imara, an[Read more]

A Ride through a Neighborhood

  I could hear, “We’re tired of this,” echoing off the walls of First Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church. Brenda Payton, Oakland Voices coordinator, told[Read more]

Oakland School Board Meeting 101

Oakland Education Association (OEA) and their supporters’ communication tactic of choice, repetitive loudness, met its  match at the February 25th Oakland School Board meeting, when[Read more]

Community Ready

“Community Ready,” a two word nugget these young fellows heard from Oakland Superintendent Antown Wilson, Saturday November 8, 2014, at the GradNation community summit an[Read more]

Quan’s Last Song

A sea of mostly empty circular tables adorned with white table cloth greeted me when I arrived at Scott’s Seafood Restaurant, Jean Quan’s campaign party[Read more]

The Madison Miracle

The Madison Miracle started in 2006 when Lucinda Taylor, Ph.D requested to lead what was considered the worst school in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).[Read more]

The Mayor of 82nd Ave

Organized under East Oakland Building Healthy Communities’ umbrella, the mayor and would-be mayors flocked to Allen Temple Arms located at 82nd Ave. and International Blvd,[Read more]

Prostate Cancer Dream Theft

  Aren’t all men in America entitled to a life full of hopes and dreams? Unfortunately, prostate cancer kills many more African-American men than other[Read more]