Monday, January 26, 2009

Ave Montague's Passing


I received word that Bay Area PR/Event Planning extraordinaire, Ave Montague, expired on Saturday. Once more information is obtained, I will modify this post. Thanks.

Regretfully yours,


Via SFGATE January 28, 2009

Ave Montague dies - Black Film Festival founder

Jesse Hamlin, Chronicle Staff Writer

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ave Montague, an arts impresario and publicist who created the San Francisco Black Film Festival and was a vital force on the African American cultural scene, was found dead on Saturday in her San Francisco apartment. She was 64.

According to the San Francisco medical examiner's office, she died of natural causes related to cardiovascular disease.

Smart, passionate and relentlessly hard working, Ms. Montague was known for the persistence with which she promoted the arts organizations and causes she believed in. In addition to running the annual San Francisco Black Film Festival - an eight-day bash with films from around the world and tributes to African American artists like Billy Dee Williams, Melvin Van Peebles and Taraji P. Henson - Ms. Montague publicized many nonprofit groups over the years. They included the Lorraine Hansberry and Oakland Ensemble theaters, the Bay Area Black Journalists Association, the Omega Boys Club and the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) .

"Until Ave came along, we had no black PR person who could get you coverage in major outlets," said veteran San Francisco television journalist Belva Davis, who sat on the board of MoAD and other nonprofits Ms. Montague promoted. "She worked seven days a week. She was very creative and determined. Ave played a very important part in bringing these black projects and nonprofits to the attention of the public. She was extremely important to young filmmakers. She was a wonderful friend. There's not another like her."

Peter Fitzsimmons, director of the Jazz Heritage Center, was also saddened to hear of the death of Ms. Montague, who lived in the Fillmore Street complex that houses the jazz center and the 1300 on Fillmore restaurant, which she also publicized.

"Ave was a mentor to many," said Fitzsimmons, who volunteered at the San Francisco Black Film Festival (whose board plans to continue Ms. Montague's work and put the festival on in June as planned). "She was a class act who was a major contributor to the cultural identity of the African American community."

Born in East Orange, N.J., Ms. Montague attended East Orange High School before earning a marketing degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She was accepted into the Macy's executive training program and was among the company's first African American senior managers. She worked as a group sales manager for Macy's and as a buyer for J. Magnin.

After moving to San Francisco in the 1980s, Ms. Montague started her own public relations firm, representing artists and nonprofit groups like the United Negro College Fund and the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. Out of the latter came the San Francisco Black Film Festival, which Ms. Montague started in 1998 on a shoestring budget and built into a prime forum for African American filmmakers and for films from around the globe, including Africa, Brazil, Cuba and Europe, that dealt with, as she put it, "a spectrum of subjects from socioeconomics to streetwise urban culture."

Ms. Montague received the Business Woman of the Year Award from the San Francisco Business and Professional Women's Club in 1994, and, with the late Faith Fancher, was a founding member of Friends of Faith, an organization that educates women about breast cancer.

She was always cooking up something, whether it was a charity fundraiser or the mail-order video business she started in 1989 to provide films by and about black people. Her last effort was the big Inaugural West celebration for President Obama that she co-produced at San Francisco's Metreon on Jan. 20. As usual, she packed the place.

Ms. Montague is survived by a son, Kali Ray, of Atlanta, and two grandchildren.

A memorial service is being planned.

E-mail Jesse Hamlin at jhamlin@sfchronicle.com.

This article appeared on page B - 10 of the San Francisco Chronicle

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Come See Tommy Davidson and E. Clark at the Improv!

Please come and support my friend and fraternity brother, Erik Clark at the Improv.


Very truly yours,


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Bay Area Celebrates the Inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama


One of most important day of our lives, was witnessed by thousands here in the Bay Area. Thousands gathered today at the Oracle Arena to witness the 56th Inauguration of the nation's 44th President, the Junior Senator of Illinois, Barack Hussein Obama.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Looking for MLK & Inaugural Bay Area Events?

Look no further!

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Def Jam Replaces Shakir Stewart, Jermaine Dupri Brings So So Def To Sony

This is taken from today's issue of XXLmag.com.

Three months after former Def Jam exec Shakir Stewart was found dead by an apparent suicide, his position has reportedly been replaced by Atlantic Records' Chris Hicks...


Monday, January 12, 2009

"Morning Cup of Java" Sponsored by the LinkedIn Downtown SF Networking Group

For more information, please visit http://morningcupofjava.eventbrite.com/

The AACSA Presents the 29th Annual Martin Luther King Luncheon - Embracing the Spirit of Change | Keynote Address by Dr Scott Myers-Lipton

Ticket sales are $55 in advance or $65 at the door. There are a limited amount of Discounted Tickets for Seniors and Students. You must come to the AACSA to purchase tickets with special pricing.

Purchase Your Tickets Online! Go to www.sjaacsa.org/mlkluncheon.asp for more details.

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Scott Myers-Lipton, Sociology Department, San José State University and Organizer, Gulf Coast Civic Works Campaign

Purchase an Individual Ticket - CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets

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Features: The Martin Luther King Research and Education Institute of Stanford University will be displaying Dr. King's papers and other historical references.

Participate in the Celebration! You will find a variety of ways to support the Annual Martin Luther King Luncheon. You may participate by doing the following:

1. Be a Sponsor of the Annual Martin Luther King Luncheon - CLICK HERE for Sponsorship Packet

2. Purchase a Table or Be a Table Major - CLICK HERE for More Information

3. Be an Exhibitor or Vendor - CLICK HERE for More Information

4. Place an ad in our Program Guide - CLICK HERE for More Information

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As one of the AACSA’s primary fundraiser, your contribution to this year’s luncheon will sustain our annual Youth Programs. Some of the programs and services include: AACSA Leadership Academy, Summer Day Camp, Holiday Toys for Tots, and the Afterschool Literacy Program. Annually, the AACSA programs and services support nearly 40,000 people in the areas of social services, cultural awareness and education.

For more information on the 29th Annual Martin Luther King Luncheon, please go to

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

INAUGURATION WEST - Change is coming - "A New Birth of Freedom"

Change is coming - "A New Birth of Freedom"

If you're not going to DC, San Francisco is the place to be!

Eat, drink, mingle and celebrate! Celebrity entertainment, special guests and more...

Join Glass House Communications on January 20 at the Bay Area's Inauguration West, the West Coast celebration for the historic inauguration of our 44th President, Senator Barack Obama, taking place in San Francisco. The year's biggest celebration! Catch up with your fellow campaigners, supporters, and friends.

Mark your participation in this historic moment in time.
For more information and purchase of tix click here: http://inaugurationwest-iwghc.eventbrite.com


Dr. C. Diane Howell Memorial


A memorial service was held to celebrate the contributions and life of Dr. C. Diane Howell on January 15, 2009 at the Oakland Convention Center. Please visit the link below to see news coverage of the event.


Very truly yours,