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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Fruitvale’s Favianna Rodriguez crowd-funds buying her family home–by selling art

If you don’t know who Favianna Rodriguez is by her iconic art, or just by living in Oakland, check out this story about her from our archives. She is an internationally-renowned artist and devoted activist but, because we live in a backward society, she and her family only just manage to keep their heads above

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Heading East: Part 1

The Oakland renaissance has been getting a lot of national attention. With fine dining popping up all over Uptown, the wild success of Downtown’s Art Murmur, the birth of an independent retail center in Old Oakland, and...

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Proposal For Youth Curfews In Oakland Meets A Familiar Fate in City Council Meeting

Oakland Councilmember Noel Gallo cares deeply about the wayward children of his city. At least, his council colleagues say so. However, members of the Public Safety Committee said they couldn’t buy into a proposed youth curfew detailed...

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Noel Gallo, Juvenile Curfews And The Politics Of Personal Experience (Analysis)

A younger Noel Gallo once walked the late night streets of Oakland. “Growing up in the city of Oakland as a teenager, I knew what the curfews was because I was one individual picked up by law...

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

So, um. I just came from “Fruitvale.” (Community Voices)

While I was anxious to see it, I was also very nervous to watch it. I walked into the 8:15p showing. It felt foreign. I was not sure where I was at. I regretted for a minute...

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Are you planning to go see ‘Fruitvale Station?’ Let us know!

East Bay native Ryan Coogler’s feature film on Oscar Grant, “Fruitvale Station” – which is opening in the U.S. July 12 and getting broader national distribution July 26 – continues to get rave reviews around the world....

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Oakulture: Celebrating EarthDay and 420, Kings of Kings turns 11, Alborosie gets irie

This week in Oakulture: a long-running reggae party celebrates its birthday, Earth Day comes to Oakland, and an Italian reggae star chants down Babylon.***Last Saturday was a good day for the Green movement. It happened to be...

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Oakland Social: Where to get your ‘jam’ on

If you follow the local poetry slam scene long enough, you’ll start hearing certain names over and over. They’ll be announced as special not-to-miss headliners or mentioned in passing conversation or sometimes whispered like an underground rumor...

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Oakland Social: F3 turns old cotton mill into one fine art night

It seemed a pretty straightforward task to find a free shuttle at a BART station. Both the F3 website and Facebook page had advertised free shuttles that would transport people from the Fruitvale BART station to the Cotton Mill Studios (1091...

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Oakulture: ‘Fruitvale,’ Coogler wow Sundance; Bay Area hip-hop alive and well and more

“Fruitvale,” the debut film by Oakland director Ryan Coogler, has emerged as the 2013 Sundance Film Festival’s most buzzworthy entry. The film, a fictional account of the events leading up to the shooting death of Oscar Grant...

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