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“Dre Area: The Mac Dre Art Show” pays homage to the late rap legend

In the years since his untimely death in 2004, Mac Dre's life has become so mythologized, and his image so widespread, that he's transformed from a pioneering local rapper into a godlike figure. A symbol of...
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Tech diversity a big topic at Oakland’s Vator Splash

On April 22-23, Oakland will again host Vator Splash at the Kaiser Center and The Port Workspaces by Lake Merritt. During the two-day event, venture capitalists and active angels will educate startups and...
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Fairyland attends Greenleaf’s career day (Community Voices)

Had I known the guy from the SPCA was going to bring a dog, I would have brought an alpaca. Career day at Greenleaf School career days are often the subject of SNL skits and commercials: adults trying...
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Oakland by the numbers: Real estate edition

In the Trulia office in the Financial District of San Francisco, there is a large framed article about the use of real estate numbers in Chinese culture, and how the numbers 4 and 6 are considered inauspicious...
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New music: Yassou Benedict’s “YoungBlood” off OIM Vol. I

With the launch of OIM Records, the label has just released a track off their first album OIM Vol. I, due out in full in June. "YoungBlood" by San Francisco's Yassou Benedict starts softly and moves in waves....
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Meet the social media-savvy psychic bringing tarot to millennials

Nestled in a quiet attic room just north of the Oakland-Berkeley border, Alese Osborn's office is stuffed with personal mementos and eclectic objects that make a typical psychic's set-up look corporate in...
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The Oakland Neighborhood Project

Oakland Neighborhood Project A photo project that gives people in Oakland's 146 neighborhoods a chance to tell the world about where they live. Glenview Friends for more than 40 years, Lucy and...
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Meet OIM Records: Oakland’s newest indie label

It’s a tired story. A band starts in the Bay Area, builds an audience, starts touring, then gets stuck playing small venues and moves to L.A. or N.Y.  Beyond being old hat, it’s frustrating and depressing...
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Oakland residents have a responsibility to connect

The culture — or authenticity, depending on who you talk to — of some of the Bay’s great cities may be slipping away in favor of people who don’t really care about the places they’re moving to....
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Oakland minimum wage part 3: A perfect storm in Chinatown (Community Voices)

By Sal Bednarz, owner of Actual Cafe & Victory Burger Oakland Chinatown has a long history, dating back to the California Gold Rush, and was created in the face of open anti-Chinese sentiment and...