Sunday, September 24, 2023

‘Crowns’ comes to the Bay Area Sept. 9 through Oct. 6

“Crowns” plays at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek from Sept. 9 - Oct. 6, 2023. 

The Oakland International Film Festival runs through Sept. 23 

We are rediscovering Oakland through the Oakland International Film Festival, intending to raise more awareness about these businesses and Oakland in general.

No place for old men

Today, men in their 70s and 80s roll around here in wheelchairs or hobble on walkers or even stroll with the help of canes.

Herm Lewis from Hunters Point tells his story: Part 1

We were legendary. We started off building a reputation from being young kids physically able to defend ourselves as far as street fights go, and then as the years went by, we all became attracted to the finer things in life.

Scends reminds us of our roots

Immediately when you walk in, you’ve entered history. Familiar Black icons hang on the walls, and the atmosphere is cozy and comfortable.

‘Keep Families Close’ bill makes visitation easier for incarcerated parents of minor children

In California, thousands of incarcerated parents are placed more than 500 miles from their children and struggle to maintain contact with their children.

Oakland Institute for Boxing

Boxing has been my life pretty much. It’s something that fell into place naturally for me as a fighter.

Banko Brown: When crime pre-emption becomes murder

by Jeremy Miller “Pre-crime is both hypothetical and tangible. It brings the real consequence of an imagined future into the present.” – Jude McCulloch and Dean Wilson It is unfortunate how our knee-jerk inclination towards social...

Historic restaurant Souley Vegan a pillar of Oakland cuisine

Souley Vegan owner Tamearra Dyson’s recipes were the first to make “a vegan lifestyle” possible to imagine for Black people’s taste buds.

A reparations explanation for angry white people

Reparations seem to be a problem only when it comes to making things balanced with Black Americans.

Special school board election in East Oakland

Oakland is scheduled to have a special school board election on Nov. 7, 2023, open only to District 5 residents to fill the current vacancy for the School Board director.

Introducing Ms. Patricia Jackson, equestrian and teacher!

... All must know that “We Ride Too”

The beautiful, unsettling ‘Josephine’s Feast’ extends its run into this weekend at the SF...

For me theater is like church – it’s a space where all kinds of people can gather in the flesh and process what it means to be human together through live actors.

20 year anniversary of the Joyce Gordon Gallery: artistic curator Eric Murphy speaks

The importance of having Black owned galleries as with any creative Black owned space is the blessing to showcase and tell our own stories and show artwork that reflect our image and expression.

Niger, West and Central Africa’s current war against neo-colonialism

What is striking and at the center of these changes on the continent, though, are a youth that no longer wants to be subjected to neocolonialism

The effect of today’s Hip Hop on the psychology of young Black America

A candid conversation on the potency of hip hop on youth

Rumors of WW3: Biden’s actions hint at military draft on the horizon

So as a community, we have to take an anti-draft and anti-war stance and begin to be very vocal about it. Black people and other people who are in the lower income brackets cannot continue to let our blood be the gasoline for the imperialist war machine’s agenda in other countries.

Jeelani Shareef, financial freedom fighter

I'm a revolutionary, and revolutionaries create opportunities for the people.

The racist politics of confinement in Virginia’s high security prisons

At Virginia’s high security prisons dogs are a FIRST RESORT to force in almost any situation where guards invent or claim justification to use force on prisoners.

Ruchell Cinque Magee was just released from prison after 67 years caged!

On July 15, 2021, Ruchell was denied parole for the 16th time. In 2023, Ruchell Magee signed a petition for compassionate release after incessant work to challenge the legitimacy of his imprisonment.