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Product Review: E-40’s cocktail, Sluricane

You did not have to tell when to go to the liquor store to pick up a bottle of E-40’s new prebottled cocktail, Sluricane. I was already there with bells on. As a long time fan of local rapper E-40’s music,...
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Mentoring is a two-way street (Community Voices)

By mentors of Boost! West Oakland Children in West Oakland face many challenges, including unstable home lives due to poverty, incarceration and substance abuse. Their parents, many of whom lack functional...
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It’s not just about youth mentorship, but partnership (Community Voices)

By Erik Sakamoto, Youth Radio’s Chief Operating Officer. Youth Radio is an award-winning media production company and youth development organization based in Oakland. Over the past thirteen years since...
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Bunny therapy at Fairyland (Community Voices)

The enthusiastic workers at Children’s Fairyland were hit hard by sicknesses of all varieties this winter, but we covered for each other and made sure our ailments didn’t get in the way of delighting the...
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How do you #wearyourvoice?

Editors note: This week marks the launch of an Oakland Local and Wear Your Voice Magazine collaboration. Every Thursday, WYV will present an image that we feel captures Oakland fashion, energy & its...
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OreMi on the meaning of mentoring (Community Voices)

By Thembi Williams, OreMi Mentoring Program Supervisor “Being a mentor has made a huge impact on me. It prepared me to become a dad. It’s also reminded me of the importance of community.” – OreMi...
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One Classic Album. One Band Per Song. A Bunch of Love for Sly & The Family Stone.

It’s a concept that began as a late-night Gchat between two friends and music lovers, Lyz Luke and Charith Premawardhana of Classical Revolution. "I was writing a press release at like 2:30 or 3 in the...
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Great programs for young people in Oakland

A new year means new opportunities for achievement and a renewed interest in hobbies that may have fallen to the wayside. January is National Mentoring Month, and as we roll out 2015, we’re highlighting a...
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Notes from Mexico to 7th Street’s Sugar Pie: Oakland Music in the News

The diversity of Oakland's music is all up in the news lately. Just take a look at these four stories which range from the symphony to hip-hop to an icon of Oakland's 7th street past to an Oakland...
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HAVEN OAKLAND: Reopening Set for Friday, January 23

As many of you may be aware, Haven closed immediately after the New Year for a re-working of its menu and dining experience. Oakland Local got the scoop from those in the know as to what diners can anticipate...