SHARING TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF WOS FILM HISTORY: PART 3 OF 4

TACTICS USED BY EX-CITY COUNCILWOMAN LYNETTE McELHANEY TO BLACKBALL THE WEST OAKLAND STORIES POSITIVE FEELING MOVEMENT ORGANIZATION’S FILM

SHARING TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF WOS FILM HISTORY: PART 3 OF 4

Tactics used by Ex-City Councilwomen Lynette Gibson McElhaney to blackball the West Oakland Stories (WOS) film used white people who lived in West Oakland to invite me to their meetings at the 7th Street Café on 7th Street, Prescott School’s 150th year anniversary and with EI-LI at De Fremery Park Club building to show WOS film clips, and after I participated in the discussions, they would claim technical difficulties and would not show the film or show it improperly. Ms. Cook, Mrs. Lynette McElhaney’s key staff person, attended all these meetings.

I was offered money for the film by Ms. Cheryl Fabio who represented Mrs. McElhaney and witch I refused and a short time later Ms. Fabio produced a film about West Oakland’s history financed by the City of Oakland to counter my film West Oakland Stories 1940’s 50’s and 60’s history.

Mrs. McElhaney arranged a meeting at Rev. Bob Jackson’s church “Acts Full Gospel Church” between “OUR TV” owner’s, Mr. Leonard Stephens and Mr. Andre AlPorter and myself to convince me that they owned the WOS film footage I produced. This happened after I had presented evidence to Mrs. McElhaney and Ms. Cook in their office at city hall that they were operating as a business without a legitimate license.  Mrs. McElhaney still represented/supported them in a court of law against me and they lost the case.

Mr. Leonard Stephens, and Rev. Bob Jackson had a business partnership set up to buy Mindseed Media Studio in East Oakland using my WOS film clips as bait to entice investors to invest in their projects.  Mr. Alporter mistakenly emailed me the list of all the potential investors and I let the investors know about them trying to steal the WOS film from me and that killed that deal.

I made complaints to the Alameda County District Attorney’s office, The Secretary of State, the Oakland Police Department, and the Alameda County Recorder’s Office against Mr. Stephens and Mr. Alporter the owner of “OUR TV”.

I was letting all the Oakland elders who respected me enough to give of their time, money and stories for the WOS film so I refuse to let them down and I will do all I can to maintain  our history chronicling our rich Oakland Black history.  We don’t need any more people representing themselves as working for the benefit of the community and they are only FEEDING off the Black community.

Billy Moore, Husband to (Belva Davis the renowned Oakland/Bay Area TV personality) and they are West Oakland Elders, found me a film/computer expert, David Bellard, to work with me to re-engineer the fractured parts and pieces of the WOS film that was given to me by court order and still I have not received all of the film footage.

Ed Howard

Chief Executive Director

West Oakland Stories Positive Feeling Movement Org.

NOTE:  Email from Andre Alporter 03-08-2014

Greetings,

I’m still in the process of purchasing the studio facility.

Need all the support we can gather for this business deal.

Take a look at our website and give me some feedback.

We have the business projects and proposals for the

film and television series. We need investors to close the purchase

while we are in pre-production of a couple of feature film projects.

Thanks All. Check out the site.

Andre’ Alporter

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