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Featured in Desley Brooks newsletter

I am humbled and honored to be featured in Desley Brooks newsletter in my hometown of Oakland, CA. Growing up in East Oakland is interesting and beautiful. I continued to strive to make Oakland better and understand that people need to support people’s skills instead of complaining about the lack of opportunity. We create the change, from the babies to the adults. If you like more information about Delsye Brooks, Ise Lyfe please feel free to hit me.

Leon Breckenridge wears many hats all aimed at the same goal; empowering community through media and film.
After spending the first half of his childhood in North Oakland, Leon’s family moved to the Seminary area of District 6 where he spent his teenage and high school years growing up. He shares memories of taking a Capoeira class at the locally famous Rainbow Recreation Center, an ironic point now that he serves as a Recreational Leader and film instructor at the Digital and Culinary  Arts (DACA) center right next door, founded by Councilmember Brooks.

“My teaching style has evolved over time at DACA. I came in with a very technical focused approach, but I also found the value in letting the students do their own thing and supporting that proccess…”, says Breckenridge.

After graduating from Oakland Tech he was accepted into both Morehouse and Howard but chose SF State University to study film. He earned a BA

in Cinema from their famed department- and impressively talks at length about film nuances and history, citing Charles Brunette (Killer of Sheep) and Julie Nash as his influences- along with Eastern European films for their propaganda approach to using media to influence public opinion.

When asked about the key to being a great educator he humbly guides, ” You won’t get it right every day but if you strive for perfection you’ll get there. Teachers can be too hard on themselves. We have to be willing to mess up and learn from it. You’ll be alright and your students learn with you.”

Leon is currently writing his first full length film about gentrification in the inner pics2

Educated Gentleman Film Festival: Back to School Edition

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Leon Breckenridge
Eye Glass Media

To Whom It May Concern:
On September 25th at One Fam Center, Eye Glass Media presents Gentlemen Film Showcase: back to school edition. The address for the One Fam Center is 1606 7th Street and the event starts at 7 PM. The showcase is created by the nationally recognized team of Joe Cokes and Leon Breckenridge. Filmmakers for many years, they have decided to create a film about educated black men in the bay area. Eye Glass Media is about delivering quality films for multiple outlets from on-line and off-line. We deliver services to our community that will help them succeed by using media.

The two men we are showing is Shahad Wright and Theodore White III. Shahad Wright is a educated brother from Richmond who now works in Richmond as YMCA Family Director of West Contra Costa. His ten years of experience at YMCA has given him the wisdom to develop curriculum and relationship with the youth of that city and change lives. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University and has a smart and educated son. Theodore White III is from Oakland, CA and builds light fixtures throughout the bay area. His experiences on love, money, and relationships is helpful for any youth and adult who watches this.

The film will be shown at the One Fam Center, a community center in the heart of West Oakland designed to support filmmakers, artists, and community activists get the word out for their projects. This is a great event for our youth as we move forward in 2014 and find ways of helping them to be better in school and life. We also looking for school supplies for the youth we are working with.

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Support my GoFundMe Campaign

Many years ago I graduated from San Francisco State University. You know what my advisors said to me? “Make films.” Sounds simple. But it is a daunting task. For me at least because I feel like I need to be perfect. But now is not that time. The time is now for me to act. That is why I starting my GoFundMe. To interact with folks. To get to know people. To help understand my skills. So please support my campaign because losing me like is losing a key figure in Oakland’s quest for social justice.

East Oakland Connection

Working with the community is a great opportunity. As a man I can see that. I see that our nation needs more manpower. Sean Marshall is a great man. We met each other at the Kevin Epps’ movie Straight Out of Hunter’s Point and knew each other from San Francisco State University. Then one day he came to me about a project called Chainwheel. Chainwheel is a great project that once it completes the film festival cycle it have people talking about police brutality and oppression in America.

The fact he written and directed the film was great, but the fact he wanted to study my skills was greater. I was honored for that. He didn’t have to do that. Because honestly there are moments and time I feel like I have little to offer the world. I have broken myself many times because I feel like I am not doing enough. Sean helped with me that. Appreciate those who appreciate you. So when it was the last day of our class he wanted to do a project about me. It was about police brutality, brutality of our community, and my life inside of East Oakland. Hope you enjoy this video and I can wait to talk to many of you online and off. Peace and blessings.

Educated Gentleman Film Festival July 5th, 2014

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Educated Gentleman Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the work of men in the community making a difference.

After the movie is shown we will have a discussion about people in the community could do to help improve our people.

Donations will be asked at the door.

Video Marketing, Video for Your Business, Video for Yourself

When you are YouTube they have been trying to push that video marketing as a necessary part of your business. Not that is a bad thing but you must remember that you must pay into it. And not only pay into it make sure the stuff you are promoting is of high quality.

Video has become a part of the social media spectrum because of Instagram video, Vine, and Youtube. But unlike twitter, facebook, video requires movement, voice, and visuals. Those tasks are daunting to many people want to make sure their businesses and themselves sound good. Unfortunately in order to do that it will cost many dollars and resources you may not have.

But fret not because Oakland Parks and Recreation has an idea for you. We could show you the tools of the trade where you can create your video for your business, yourself, or someone you love. This video class can be catalyst to a career in this field or just something you can do for fun.

I have learned about being artistic from various forms of artistic expression. I have created wooden pieces, draw, and made music. For me I learn how to be a team player by learning in different ways instead of the same ways. I learn to be a better person, employer, and leader. So here is the information:

5818 International Blvd. Oakland, CA 94621

Fridays 1-3 PM 6/20-7/18

Cost $50

FYI there is also other adult class that vary.

Information: 510-615-5807 Claytoven, Andrea

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Business and Art Equal Business and Art?

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People of Color (POC) Culture is necessary for the growth of businesses, especially in communities of color. So how you do that? How do you get the people from other cultures to want your services? And how you get other cultures to improve their quality so you could bring in quality businesses?

That is the big question as we head into Oakland 2014 year. 30% of Oakland residents reported speaking a non-English language at home and there are 154 languages being spoken too. California is becoming more diverse with 30 percent of the population also speaking a language other then English. You also have to tied in the culture of people who are English-speaking but have a different sets of customs then the common American culture.

One of those is the African-Americans, who are still a major force in this community, but lack commercial and political backings. That has to change because the African-Americans feels the shaft of being left out and it produces anger and frustation. A strong African-American community can produce a quality community not only in their own area but outside of it.

But because of the violence you can only get certain jobs and businesses to come into your community, creating disparity and lack of growth. My videos will seek to change that because I feel like businesses are needed to create change in this community. Furthermore the community needs to understand that the need to create an environment that is safe for businesses to grow. If we have STEM in schools, then we need to have bio-technology companies in the backyard of these schools.

My videos will showcase these things because I want my community to prosper. The event will showcase the history of Oakland and show the future of Oakland and what it is possible for our city.

Event Place:

I, Wannaminni Art Gallery

1529 Franklin Ave. Oakland, CA