The Ballad of Mattie and Hattie


I found the name Charles Aikens in Ed Howard’s Oakland History.

James E Aikens is 80 Years old. James’s phone numbers include (510) 832-5610. James’s possible relatives include Walter T Aikens, Rickie W Aikens, Clyde L Aikens, Charles E Aikens, Saundra Ann Aikens, Walter T Aikens, Mattie Aikens, Linda B Boyette and Lee E Aikens.

Dear Friend; I found mention of a Charles Aikens on your page. He may be kin to my facebook friend, Darryl Aikens whose grandmother lost he home due to the predatory loan practices on my late father’s private lender, Lawrence Chazen, who was a partner in my late sister’s art gallery in Carmel. My father was convicted of loan sharking just before he died in 1994. You brother, Melvin, was going to drive me out to where my parents are buried at the Presidio. Small world.

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“I am a member in good standing of the State Bar of California and an attorney
on record for 50% interest in Shannon Rosamond. In my 16 years as a member of
the State Bar California, I have never experienced a more deliberate fraud on
any court or more reckless and calculated attempt to fraudulently take control
of a probate estate at the exclusion of the lawful heirs and total manipulation
of a tester’s intent that the present efforts of Attorney’s Robin Beare,
Lawrence J. Chazen and Garth Benton, the descendants former spouse.”
“Over the specific argument of Ms. Beare, Judge Silver refused to appoint Mr.
Chazen. Neither Ms. Beare nor Mr. Chazen disclosed to the court the very
critical fact that Mr. Chazen has the largest single creditor’s claim against
the estate and is a former business partner and business associate of Garth
Benton who the court had removed as Special Administer just moments before.”

We are asking you who are connected to Oakland, West Oakland and McClymonds to look at the names on the list below and email or send a letter with the correct spelling and contact information back to us so that we may get in touch with them. We have only first names for some of the people and may have misspelled others and need contact information for all listed.

The people listed below will be the first notified in advance of notifying the general public for the premiere showing of the West Oakland Stories.

Take a look at the names of the people whom we have filmed for the West Oakland Stories of the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

This film is Oakland’s Black history being told by the people listed below in a way that you have never seen or heard before – the real Black Oakland stories.

We need your donations to complete this film. Write a check/money order now or send donation by PayPal.

Make check or money order to:
Ed Howard/WOSPFM
3591 Quail Lakes Dr. Ste. 202
Stockton CA 95207-5284


PayPal: UN:

Contact Phone number: 510.734.9759

Much Respect,
Ed Howard, Producer/Director
Leonard Gardner, Producer


Angel Carder
Barbara Nelson
Bernardo Williams
Beverly Hayes Brown
Brian McGhee
Calvin Hightower
Charles Aikens

Rosamond Press


When I heard Bob Dylan sing the ‘Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll. I felt every cell in my body being altered, forever. I knew the Revolution was on. I heard that the Civil Rights Movement was now joined by white folks. I knew Dylan was a Jew, a Messenger, a Sage who had a way with words that were Biblical! Woodie Guthrie was a Socialist and sang some of the mostly Godly songs ever written. Consider Bernie Sanders and his faith being tested by Debbie Wasserman, in a sickening betrayal of an alliance that Bernie took part in, and was arrested. We are talking about Socialism. You got a problem with that? I’m not pushing Socialism! I’m pushing Justice.

I did not know four of my great grandfathers were Socialist Forty-Eighters who fought the Habsburg Landlords and the Papal Army they led in battle against the greatest Revolution the world…

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