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Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Talk and read to your baby, Hillary Clinton and local groups advise

Read to your little children. Talk to them. Sing to them. If you do they’ll be smarter. That advice seems like common sense in some ways, but yesterday, Hillary Clinton came to town to join a coalition of local organizations in sending this message to Oakland parents. Reading or talking, even “Fifteen minutes a day

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Tech4Good comes to Oakland with new economic models

An organization that has been a staple of the Alt Tech scene in San Francisco is now hosting events in Downtown Oakland.  It is another sign that Oakland is definitely becoming a major place to hold gatherings...

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

New Oakland schools superintendent promises action (Video)

The first day on the job, Oakland Unified’s new superintendent Antwan Wilson said OUSD is not going to ignore problems sometimes considered  “too hard” for school districts to overcome, such as the toll that deep poverty and trauma...

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Oakland school board denies charter for Reems, seeks parcel tax for its high schools

A tiny K-8th grade charter school that serves kids in East Oakland’s most dangerous and desperate neighborhood lost its charter Wednesday night after an emotional session before the Oakland board of education. (see more below) In a...

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Video – Linked Learning for Oakland high schoolers: What’s it all about?

Oakland school officials believe high school students are more serious about classwork and study harder when they can connect their high school curriculum with real-world work. Armed with data showing that students involved in internships tend to...

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Mammi-Ama Ofori plays a brilliant East Bay re-fix of a Louis Armstrong classic (Community Voices)

I had the opportunity to attend the Berkeley Architectural History Association’s annual building tour, this year at Bernard Maybeck’s Rose Walk. In the John Galen Howard house, built by the architect who designed the Campanile and a...

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Exclusive Interview: Sunspot Jonz / Corey Johnson: Screenwriter and founder of the Living Legends

“The Biggest TV in the Universe is your Brain,” Sunspot Jonz (AKA Corey Johnson) tweeted recently. “We all satellites beamin’ somewhere,” he says in a song. This may be the most inspiring, personal, and spiritual interview I’ve...

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

An interview with filmmaker and Oakland native Fatima Washington

Fatima Washington has directed and produced content for MTV, BET, and NBC, as well as contributing to the legendary series In Living Color.  In 2010, she co-founded CorFat Productions with Corey Johnson, also known as Sunspot Jonz, screenwriter,...

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Oakland students, parents, talk about Local Control Funding for schools

Students at Fremont High School said new funds coming to their school should be spent on counselors and mentors for students. Their peers at Skyline High said they’d like to see higher teacher salaries to assure getting...

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Michael Chabon Plays God in Oakland (VIDEO) (Community Voices)

Last night, I was blessed enough to attend a reading and talk by Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and local artist. He may be best known for his novel Wonder Boys, which was adapted into a...

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