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Inequality, violence and grief: The battlefield at home (Community Voices)

Ain’t nobody got time to cry in a war zone; where I live — “*even the birds sing bass” –WordSlanger, (*Reginald Lockett)   Anthony Lake, the head of UNICEF, observed during an Al...
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Oakland’s minimum wage is not a living wage (Community Voices)

This story was supposed to be about eateries and the new minimum wage. I eat out now and then. I like good food. While not a foodie per se, I know what equates good food and stellar service. When they line up,... Share

Literacy through the arts: an artistic approach to mentoring (Community Voices)

This article is cross-posted from Ayodele Nzinga's blog. Literacy through the Arts is practiced at The Sister Thea Bowman Memorial Theater Day Camp, in West Oakland CA, where participants are offered free...
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Oakland After the Midterm Elections, Now What? (Reflection)

by Ayodele Nyzinga The local mid-term elections in Oakland have come and gone. We will have a new mayor and other new officials. What will be different? What will stay the same? What does Oakland need? Will... Share

Giving back to those who need: the rent you pay for living (Community Voices)

Jamal is a young man who is slowly starving to death in public view. If he does not starve he may succumb to some disease his emaciated body can’t fight off, or freeze to death if he endures another winter...
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Sedi Bo: A West Oakland Tale of Art & Transformation

Sedi Bo’s image is memorialized in a mural on the corner of 14th and Campbell. Sedi’s name was Cedric, people also called him Country. He was a musical artist. He grew up in West Oakland. His sister runs a...
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International conference on the Black Arts Movement (Community Voices)

The sixties, a time of social upheaval punctuated by the struggle of North American Africans to create Black political and social institutions, that advanced Black values, and promoted Black collective...
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Remembering Amiri Baraka (Community Voices)

Everett Leroy Jones, born in 1934 in Newark, New Jersey, became LeRoi Jones, who became Amiri Baraka. Imamu Amiri Baraka returned to the ancestors during the polar vortex of January 2014 in Newark, New Jersey....
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Local artists restore West Oakland mural (Community Voices)

A mural stood at 10th and Pine in the Lower Bottoms of West Oakland. The mural depicted the history, desires, and the presence of those who created it. A tag bomber hit that mural. He was confronted and... Share

The Lower Bottom Playaz ‘FENCES’ smashes at AAMLO (Community Voices)

How does a theater troupe measure success? They say, “You are only as good as your last work.” What about the box office—do people come to see your work? Should we consider the relevance of the works you...