News Report, Kia Croom

Last month, under increasing financial strain, the non-profit Opportunity West closed its doors. Housed in the Nevin Community Center, located in Richmond’s Iron Triangle, the closure left staff and clients struggling to cope with the loss of services many say are needed now more than ever.

With the economy continuing to […]

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News Report, Monica Quesada


Terry Bell has the perfect explanation for what happened to his son. “He was at the right place at the wrong time,” Bell said. “It was just timing. He walked out and here they come.”

Gene Deshawn Grisby, Bell’s eldest son, was shot and killed on Monday, January 10, 2011, outside […]

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News Feature, Adrienne Chainey


“Smartphone” has been a household term since around the time of the Blackberry, which was the first phone to begin utilizing wireless email in 2002. Since then, smartphones have become a cultural icon, representing the modern-age of technology and the rapid rate of innovation by companies such as Apple, Intel, […]

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News Feature, Edgardo Cervano-Soto

Xavier Viramontes is a nationally renowned printmaker whose prints impacted many political movements and social justice campaigns during the 1970’s. His prints are also part of the revolutionary canon of Chicano art produced at Galeria de la Raza in San Francisco. His most famous print, “Boycott Grapes, Support the United Farm […]

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News Feature, Taisa Grant

The City of Richmond was made proud on April 27 when one of it’s own, Nya Mcdowell, 15, was crowned the Bay Area’s 2012 Youth Speaks Grand Slam champion.

It all started in Richmond on Saturday, April 14, when the city played host to its very first Youth Speaks Poetry […]

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 News Report, Peter Schurmann


California, and the Bay Area in particular, is blessed with some truly magnificent natural treasures. Still, while many of these outdoor wonders are often no more than a stone’s throw from many urban centers, a high number of largely inner-city youth never experience them.

To address that, the East Bay […]

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