Richmond Powwow Reaches Beyond Native Americans

Photo Essay, David Meza A cloudy, windy day at Nicholl Park served as the backdrop for the 5th Annual Richmond Powwow which brought together Richmond’s Native community and tribes from all over the country, as well as plenty of community members who wanted to share in and learn about Native culture. “It’s beautiful,” event organizer […]

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Basketball Camp Offers Healthy Fun for Richmond Kids

Photo Essay, Jennifer Baires Bending slightly at the knees, Keyahlah Bean lifts a basketball over head and leans back before releasing the ball into an arc that ends with a trip around the rim of the basket, before falling through the net with a swish. “Yes!” the ecstatic eight-year-old yells, jumping up, hands raised above […]

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As Chevron and Richmond Try to Chart a New Path, Doubts Remain

By Tania Pulido   The Chevron refinery explosion that sent black clouds over Richmond in 2012 also touched off a local, and regional movement, calling for transparency and community safety considerations from the oil giant. Two years later, Chevron has launched a “Modernization Project” proposing new development at its Richmond refinery. It’s a big project, and there’s […]

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Q&A: A Positive Experience, Foster Care from a Youth’s Perspective

EDITOR’S NOTE: There are over 58,000 children and teens in California’s foster care system. These young people are removed from their families, and cared for by the state, because of abuse and neglect at home. Julia Gayfield, 21, is a multi-racial, former foster youth, living in Richmond. She was removed from her parents and placed into […]

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Bike Fiesta is a Family Party

by Sean Shavers Dressed in a hoodie and Nike sneakers, 15-year-old TreShawn Jackson, stood next to his bike and proudly described why he was out at last month’s 4th annual Major Taylor Family Bike Fiesta. “I thought it’d be cool to ride around the neighborhood,” he said. “It’s what I do, and enjoy doing.” Jackson […]

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Remembering Kevin Weston: Super Communicator and New Media Pioneer

By Russell Morse Kevin Weston, accomplished journalist and long time New America Media family member, died Monday at his home in Oakland after a nearly 2 year fight with leukemia. From 1999 to 2010, Kevin worked as the organization’s Youth Communications director, but his legacy reaches far beyond that title. Kevin was a teacher, an […]

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Teacher Accountability Should Be Coupled With Better Support

Commentary, Antoinette Evans Last week, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu handed down his verdict in the closely watched Vergara v. California trial, essentially doing away with job protections for tenured teachers. His decision was justifiable and based on real concerns. After all, no one will argue that achieving tenure alone is a guarantee […]

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Q&A: College Bound Brothers

Interview • Dr. Joseph Marshall ED Note: The following conversation took place on 106 KMEL’s show, Street Soldiers, between host Dr. Joseph Marshall and Zach Calbo Jackson and Akintude Ahmad, two members of the College Bound Brotherhood. The College Bound Brotherhood is a network of grantees and partners that seeks to increase college readiness, enrollment, […]

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Starting a National Conversation About Boys and Men of Color

by Edgardo Cervano-Soto Last February, President Obama announced “My Brother’s Keeper,” an initiative to foster collaboration between private businesses, non-profits and local governments to support young men of color. It was in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death two years earlier, that the President had ordered his staff to develop an initiative that would address […]

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