OAKLAND BLACK NIGHT CLUB LIFE 1970s
After producing the Ron Dellums Life Story, I decided that I would produce and film the Black Oakland Night Club life. My concept was to show Black Oakland’s Night life just being our natural selves. I always knew how proud and confident we were in Oakland. So, I knew if the general public could see us in our natural environment, they would be able to feel it also.
I advertised to the public that Ed Howard Productions would be videotaping at the Showcase and Mancuso Night Clubs; and after we’ve completed editing the video you could “come see yourself”. At this time very few Black people were being shown on TV acting like themselves.
After I completed this very successful production Hollywood came to Oakland, and not a year later filmed “THE MACK” movie. They used the same night club I used, the same MC “Jay Payton”, the same Ward Brothers, Frank and Ted Ward’s custom Cadillac and the same entertainers. Some people say Hollywood stole the idea from me so if you know any lawyers who have expertise in copyright infringement, have them get in touch with me.
I think my Ed Howard productions business influenced me in creating Ed Howard’s Place Night Club. Next is Part-10 of my life story. You will be taken back to Ed Howard’s Place Night Club; read attached newspaper article it explains everything.
See how three guys from West Oakland who were friends from elementary school and graduated from McClymonds high school operated a first-class night club business (EHP) in East Oakland.
Follow Ed Howard’s story! Click the link for episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6A, 6B, 7, 8. and 9. www.westoaklandstories.org
WEST OAKLAND STORIES POSITIVE FEELING MOVEMENT INC – “NO NEGATIVE SPEAK” WITH EACH OTHER.
1. Picture of Ed Howard name on Marque of Showcase Night club and Frank Ward in Red suit.
2. Newspaper clip of Ed Howard being interviewed in front of Showcase Night Club 1972
3. Picture of Ted Ward custom Cadillac filmed at my 1972 Premier before it was in “THE MAC” film in 1993 also my 1972 Black and White Ragtop Cadillac on other side of Ted Ward car.
4. Picture of Frank Ward in red hat at Showcase Night Club
5. Picture of Mr. Jay Payton Master MC at Showcase Night Club
6. Picture of EH and Charlie Walker at Mancuso Night Club during filming
7. Pictures of my technical crew at Showcase and Mancuso Night Club
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