Football Saved Their Lives

News Feature, Christina Lopez, Posted: Dec 31, 2010 To listen to the audio report click here. Three boys. One dream. Kennedy High School football players JaVon Jones, Isaiah McClain and Leonard Waldon have all become star players of their high school football team. But not long ago, they didn’t imagine themselves getting off the streets. […]

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Re-Inventing Parks in the Iron Triangle

Pogo Park from New America Media on Vimeo. Editor’s Note: Though Richmond California has been ranked the 6th most dangerous city in the country, that hasn’t stopped residents like Toody Maher from trying to revitalize the Iron Triangle with a new community park called Pogo Park. Sean Shavers is a content producer and Min Lee […]

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The Mehserle Effect—Vallejo Shooting Tests Era of Police Accountability

New America Media, Video, Commentary:Kevin Weston // Video: Ann Bassette, Malcolm Marshall and Paul Billingsley, Posted: Dec 21, 2010 VALLEJO, Calif.—In the Bay Area, the veneer of police impunity seems to be thinning even as high-profile cases of police shooting unarmed black men – in Oakland and nearby Vallejo — continue to occur. Aftershocks following […]

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The “Alive and Free” Prescription to Save Richmond, Calif.

News Report, Donny Lumpkins //Produced by Malcolm Marshall, Posted: Dec 20, 2010 Editor’s Note: The Alive & Free Training has just been introduced to Richmond. It is designed to inspire individual behavior change and reduce risky behaviors that often contribute to homicide or other violent crimes. We spoke to one of the workshop’s participants, Rasheed […]

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To Combat Violence in Richmond: Let’s Build a School

Khalid Elahi directs Way Out Incorporated, an organization dedicated to combating youth violence in Richmond, California. He shared his insights into how to break the youth cycle of violence in his hometown, as told to reporter Malcom Marshall. My name is Khalid Elahi. I’m a community activist and football coach, and executive director and founder […]

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Documenting the Forgotten Faces of India’s AIDS Orphans

News Feature, Poornima Weerasekara, Posted: Dec 02, 2010 RICHMOND, Calif.— When Dr. Donna Guenther, a physician and photojournalist who documents AIDS orphans in India, first met Yesusbabu, an HIV-positive toddler in Vijayawada, South India, she was shocked to hear what the doctors had told his grandfather. At three and a half years of age, he was […]

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Proposed Casino Gives Hope for Jobs to Some Richmond Youth

Audio, Donny Lumpkins and Malcolm Marshall , Posted: Dec 03, 2010 Editor’s Note: While Richmond, California may be plagued with high crime rates and low unemployment the news of a potential casino has given hope to one young man who thinks will give Richmond a much needed economic boost. Donny Lumpkins ia senior content producer […]

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Toxic Triangle: 3 Bay Area Communities Teaming Up to Fight Pollution

EDITOR’S NOTE: Representatives from three Bay Area communities that are disproportionately affected by pollution met recently to discuss how to join forces in the fight for cleaner air and neighborhoods. The new Toxic Triangle Coalition, founded by the Reverend Dr. Daniel Buford of the Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, includes Richmond, Oakland, and San Francisco’s Bayview Hunter’s Point district. (Shown above: Bayview resident Marie Harrison)

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Job Fair Draws Hopeful Crowd in Hard-Hit Richmond

MP3 RICHMOND, Calif.—Rosie Esparza has been out of work for over a year and a half. The 33-year-old mother was laid off from her job as a pharmacy tech and hasn’t been able to find another job in her field. When she first lost her job, she collected unemployment benefits. She’s now on CalWORKs, the […]

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After Church Shooting, New Worshippers Drawn Into Congregation

Richmond Pulse, Video, Sean Shavers, Posted: Nov 16, 2010 Months after the city of Richmond was shocked by a brazen shooting in the middle of a church service, the congregation at New Gethsemane Church of God and Christ has pulled together and grown. Sean Shavers is a content producer at YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia. Revisiting Richmond’s […]

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