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Houston Grub Park: Food and food trucks are the core of...

The way Eric Hunter described his trip to Houston made me want to book my first, and mouth-watering at that, flight to Houston immediately!

Delinquents rapper V. White authors new bike set book ‘Body Baggers’

Rapper author Vidal Prevost aims to share art through his fictional story about a growing boy to man as witness to an esoteric lifestyle.

The life and passing of Oakland producer Jared ‘Sto’ Meeks

JR Valrey interviews Jared ‘Sto’ Meeks’ twin brother, Kali Meeks, for an intimate remembrance from a twin’s experience.

Looking at the catastrophic psychological effects of the pandemic in the...

Therapist Tia Barnes speaks of the importance and possibilities of nurturing mental health for ourselves and our families during the ongoing COVID pandemic.

Singer Stacy Audriene is featured on D’Wayne Wiggins upcoming tour to...

The D’Wayne Wiggins Presents tour brings Stacy Audriene and friends’ music and more into the loving arms of Ghana this December.

Bay Area-based wordsmith Marisha Ashanti is touring Ghana with D’Wayne Wiggins...

Marisha Ashanti shares her excitement for the upcoming D’Wayne Wiggins of Tony, Toni, Tone tour to Ghana. 

Legendary composer Marcus Shelby is bringing his opera ‘Harriet’s Spirit’ to...

“Harriet’s Spirit” will be on stage at the Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third St., between Oakdale and Newcomb, today and tomorrow, Nov. 13 and 14. Performances are at 1 p.m and 4 p.m. on Saturday, with the final performance at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Register at https://operaparallele.org/harriet/.

Bay Area neo-soul sensation Morgan J is set to rock Ghana...

Morgan J shares her excitement of embarking into her unknown, in Ghana, to experience her culture, her people and to receive whatever God has waiting for her there.

Keidra is returning to Ghana wit’ D’Wayne Wiggins of the Tonys...

Keidra’s first trip to Ghana inspires her return this December to make the Oakland 2 Accra Connection with music, heart and humanity.

Music executive Atron Gregory talks about signing and working with the...

Shock G Day will include a community feed with the East Oakland Collective, a motorcade from East Oakland to West Oakland, a free Digital Underground concert and tribute at Oakland’s City Hall, then an after-party at the New Parish.

From depression to development: The story of West Oakland marketing guru...

Benny Blessed shares his powerful perspective on trust and love for humanity, the Creator and manifesting dreams.

Oakland comedian Mario Hodge has a starring role in the upcoming...

Dose up on self-care laughter provided by Mario Hodge starring in 'Vampire in Oakland' at Tommy T’s Comedy Club, Thursday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Muralist Tim B talks about performative activism and creating aerosol murals...

My goal as a muralist is to remind those of the diaspora of the strength, beauty and the life we hold and give to this world.

The first day of full contact school in Oakland after lifting...

A delicate dance is Oakland’s OUSD return to in-person learning while offering the option for distance learning, but perhaps without equity and questioning the availability of true options.

Paul Mooney: Black Panther of comedy

“I freed a lot of comics … if I never would have done comedy, it would’ve been a different art form … I’m sure of it.” – Paul Mooney

From uncertainty to sturdier financial footing, during the pandemic

Are we aware the economy is in free-fall? During the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine, health has been a central topic, but what about financial health? With the stock market being stunted and the government doling out trillions of dollars to individual citizens, small businesses and corporations, we need to know what is happening with our finances.

My first gun class and day at the range

A firearm can be used as both a tool and a weapon. Being Black in America should already make you want to own a gun for protection. If you’re Black, female, and/or short, I think it’s even more necessary to learn how to safely use a gun.

From COVID to California fire season 2020: A nurse’s perspective on...

It’s experiential. My 90-year-old grandfather had gotten sick during the COVID-19 pandemic, and my uncle. who is a nurse, gave the family new rules that we had to follow to keep us as safe as possible from the invisible biological killer. In the past, I took my uncle’s occupation for granted.

As public education disintegrates into distance learning for the foreseeable future,...

The distance learning experiment is on. Black August 2020 will be the first school year in history when public education in the United States went completely digital. Parents are learning to monitor their youth for five to six hours a day while they complete assignments and learn lessons entirely on video screens, while local governments continue to unfold the new system.

Black business networking site GlimmerofBliss.com created by young Bayview woman during...

The silver lining is always part of a disaster or tragedy – even the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have experienced this phenomenon with the emergence of innovation, new Black businesses, and new business leaders popping up as the silver lining of the 2020 shelter in place.
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