Oakland News Now – Zennie Abraham’s Vlog Response To Oakland Councilmember Loren Taylor’s Institutionally Racist Text – vlog by Zennie62 YouTube
Zennie Abraham’s Live Vlog Response To Oakland Councilmember Loren Taylor’s Institutionally Racist Text To Him.
This sad tale started because I dare criticize District 6 Oakland City Councilmember Loren’s constant promotion of the San Francisco Chronicle, and his insistence on pushing his legislative agenda when Oakland businesses need the City of Oakland to implement AB-464, which allows Oakland and California cities to raise billions to provide assistance to business. You would think the City of Oakland would be all over that legislation before it passed, right? No.
Yet, Oakland claims its helping people. Right. Oakland’s elected officials do not at all do anything to reshape the market to help those least fortunate. We did with Redevelopment and Tax Increment Financing in the 20th Century, but not today.
I long suspected Councilmember Taylor was not interested in black tech, and moreover a black media personality who owns his own tech startup and who can be critical of the Oakland government and politicians. Rather than have to deal with currying favor with me, Loren would rather turn to white media for fake-objective takes that make him look good.
What he texted to me shows that. He wrote this to me out of the blue:
Hi Zennie.. I saw your post on Instagram and instead of replying on social media, I am sending you a direct message. – Your false accusation of “giving stories” to different media representatives is very disappointing. This isn’t about race, but instead about which journalists put in the work to identify, investigate, and publish a story. While it is my right to do so, I did not reach out to any journalist about my most recent legislation. I merely published the legislation and agenda memo into the legislative packet (public record) and made comments during the council meeting (also public record).
I am grateful for any media (Black, White, or other color) who helps amplify the work I am doing, especially when it doesn’t require me to do the work for them.
I wrote this back:
Loren. Your message is insulting and nasty. You revealed yourself as not a good person.
Think about it. You use social media constantly to promote the San Francisco Chronicle. In other words YOU DO THE WORK TO PROMOTE THEM. They paying you?
Your promotion of that publication is so frequent that any logically thinking person would surmise you feed story ideas to it.
You also do the work to promote yourself on social media. Not black social media. Not my platform but Facebook and Instagram. The platforms created by white people. Forget Zennie62Media blogs. My firm’s Oakland News Now or Oakland News Online. Forget Morgan De Baun and Blavity.
You got a real issue with blacks in media tech. That much is clear. Clue in Pal: there aren’t a lot of us. The playing field is not equal as much as you try and portray otherwise in your text. Indeed its sad you even think that way.
But when it comes to me producing work to help you, my publication NEVER RECEIVED the same treatment as you gave and give the San Francisco Chronicle. Not once. And you call me lazy. Seriously. You just did that.
Then you use the term journalist as if you understand media and yet to a person, who is black, ME, who is not only the writer of text but the creator of the website design and the coder of the pages, and the manager of his own dedicated server, and the negotiator of sponsorship deals, the manager of vloggers and bloggers, the CEO of Zennie62Media, a real live tech startup Delaware c-corp of which I own 68 percent and my dear Mom owns 10 percent. ME. As if you know media better than I do. LOL.
And I made a company to allow me to work and help my 86-year-old mother, whom your text completely forgot about. Meanwhile I have three jobs: Mom, Company, and me. Do you show any respect for that? No. None. Wow.
Oakland Post? Hell, Paul Cobb hired me in 2016 to improve his site’s search engine optimization. I did by 300 percent. I also got the yen to start my own new tech oriented blog to upend institutionally racist Oakland! That was Oakland News Now.
And I am the first to make an Oakland blog in 2004, the first YouTube Partner Channel in 2006, and the creator of the most stand-alone news websites about Oakland in Oakland’s history.
As a blogger at SF Chronicle’s SFGATE.com, I generated MORE TRAFFIC than any other person or section of the ENTIRE website in 2010. 26 million page views. Doubt it? Typical. Ask Phil Bronstein the famed Executive Editor of SF Chronicle because he told me personally.
Note from Zennie62Media’s Zennie62 YouTube and Oakland News Now Today Blog SF Bay Area: this video-blog post demonstrates the full and live operation of the latest updated version of an experimental Zennie62Media , Inc. mobile media video-blogging system network that was launched June 2018. This is a major part of Zennie62Media , Inc.’s new and innovative approach to the production of news media. What we call “The Third Wave of Media”. The uploaded video is from a vlogger with the Zennie62 on YouTube Partner Channel, then uploaded to and formatted automatically at the Oakland News Now site and Zennie62-created and owned social media pages. The overall objective is smartphone-enabled, real-time, on the scene reporting of news, interviews, observations, and happenings anywhere in the World and within seconds and not hours. Now, news is reported with a smartphone: no heavy and expensive cameras or even a laptop are necessary. The secondary objective is faster, and very inexpensive media content news production and distribution. We have found there is a disconnect between post length and time to product and revenue generated. With this, the problem is far less, though by no means solved. Zennie62Media is constantly working to improve the system network coding and seeks interested content and media technology partners.
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