On a Friday Night sits Donta Perry with his food station on the street getting ready to cook. He is going to cook some chicken and fries tonight. The chicken sauce is sriracha with a blend of hot sauce. In the back drop is the Fox Oakland building shining brightly because there was a show just a few hours ago. New customers come by and see his set-up. Older neighbors pull up, especially an older black man with a beastmode shirt on. An nostalgic conversation about black Oakland takes place while Donta cooks the meal.
For Donta Perry this is his opportunity to showcase his skills he got from the culinary academy in San Francisco. The skills that kept him out of the jail literally. “It was either prison or college at 17.” He choose the culinary school. The reason for the chose from having a “probation officer” while laughing. He is one of the fortunate ones as he cooks for a couple who are not from Oakland.
Donta Perry represents a wave of black men creating opportunity for themselves and not trying to be in the under shoe of another person. He states that he has all of his necessary paperwork to run his food service. He stated that he wanted to become his own man and went from doing this job part-time to being a full-time chef. Donta serves the couple and the old customer. For a minute the town felt right: black men serving his community with good food.