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“People are worried about food; people are worried about rent … And a lot of these families, they’re living five to six people in a two bedroom, it’s tough. If there’s not attention being shown in our communities,” in regards to prevention and testing, “we won’t find out the cases, we’ll only find out about the deaths.”


Jamal Trulove is an actor, producer and activist. He is also the star of The Last Black Man in San Francisco (A24). He has partnered with other regional standouts to donate and deliver 15,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, 2,500 masks and other Covid-19 era necessities to the Bay area’s underserved communities as well as the San Francisco County Jail system and San Quentin prison, both breeding grounds for Coronavirus unless nipped before widespread infection.

Actor and activist Jamal Trulove and UCSF Ph.D. student Elina Kostyanovskaya give out hand sanitizer and face masks on Fillmore Street on April 17, 2020. Elina works with The Science Policy Group at UCSF to manufacture and distribute the sanitizer to incarcerated people, as well as those in transitional housing, public housing, shelters and underserved communities. (Beth LaBerge/KQED)

It wasn’t long before NFL star, Marshawn Lynch, also from the Oakland are who continues to display affection for his community and hands on participation as Lynch personally delivered two 55-gallon drums of hand sanitizer to the UCSF Mission Bay campus, the bottling stop on its way to vulnerable and poor communities who do not have the funds to purchase anti-bacterial.

Jamal Trulove calls out to people passing by on Fillmore Street to let them know that they are giving away free hand sanitizer and a face mask. The sanitizer is manufactured by the UCSF Science Policy Group and distributed to underserved communities. (Beth LaBerge/KQED)

“This is one thing I know how to do. I can make hand sanitizer, I can make it in a lab,” Elina Kostyanovskaya said. After some initial funding from the San Francisco Democratic Socialists of America and the California Wellness Foundation, lab space from a fellow UCSF student and a materials order — they began.

Trulove, who has two motion pictures in pre-production since his hit, “Last Black Man in SF” wowed critics, audiences and awards shows across the country, is no stranger to getting out in front to right a wrong.  Last year, Jamal’s $13.1 million win against the City of San Francisco for wrongful incarceration set a precedent for standing up to do what’s right.  Though our focus is on his current mission to bring realistic solutions to those who need help most, Trulove’s precedent-setting “win” v. those who wrongfully incarcerated him is an excellent reference to understand what one person can do to make a difference:

Simultaneously, Trulove is deep into shooting his next film, a feature documentary on the historic 1972 landmark winning USC Trojans football team which not only set the pace for college football’s full integration but, as the most victorious team in college history, paved the way as the model for university sports over the past five decades.  Partnered with lauded documentary filmmaker Steve Riach, “Black & White” is due mid 2021.

May we set a time for you to speak with enigmatic JAMAL TRULOVE about his Covid-19 pandemic activism and his forthcoming motion picture?  He is open to each and every topic and we welcome your response by replying here with your email, outlet, phone number and deadline to get this interview done.


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