What We Can Learn From a Transgender Teen’s Suicide

Commentary, Adrienne Chainey Leelah Alcorn was born on November 15, 1997 as Joshua Ryan Alcorn. According to her suicide note she knew as early as age four that she wasn’t a “boy.” Ten years later, she learned what she had been trying to define about herself nearly her entire life: She was transgendered, a girl […]

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Khalid’s Corner: Two-parts

Wisdom from Community Leader, Khalid Elahi   Staying alive is a two-part thing; it’s GOD and it’s you. We all have a choice and that’s part of why we pray, so that GOD would add protection to us while we are living out our choices. I used to risk my life in the same fashion […]

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Rethinking Why We Opposed the TV Show “Sorority Sisters”

Commentary, Asani Shakur “Sorority Sisters” was a recent reality show on VH1 that showcased different African American women’s Greek life in Atlanta, Ga. The concept of the show was to see if bringing together sisters from different sororities would lead to unity or animosity. The program quickly created controversy over its negative portrayal of African […]

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Rich City Fashion

Photo Essay, Chanelle Ignant and David Meza Joggers or skinny jeans? Snapbacks or bucket hats? If you’re wondering what the hot fashion trends are in Richmond right now and where can you get in on the action, look no further. On a recent afternoon at the RYSE Youth Center a group of fashion conscious models […]

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Q&A: Myrick Sees Mandate to Bridge Richmond’s Political Divide

EDITOR’S NOTE: Incoming Chair of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Vernon Whitmore, sat down with newly elected councilmember Jael Myrick to discuss the council’s vacant seat, the prospects for district elections in Richmond and the future for Richmond Promise—Myrick’s pet project to help every Richmond youth go to college.   Vernon Whitmore: You won your […]

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Seeing Gardens in the Blight

Photo Essay, Luis Cubas Richmond is a city plagued with blight. While some areas are revitalized, too many lots are left empty throughout neighborhoods—standing out like gaps in a crooked smile. While out on a walk down California Avenue, in the North and East neighborhood near Richmond High School, I passed three large lots in […]

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Richmond Residents Look to ‘Fresh Start’ With New Mayor

  News Report,  Malcolm Marshall | Photos by David Meza It was all smiles in a packed house at the Richmond City Council chambers Tuesday, where newly elected Mayor Tom Butt and a handful of council members were sworn in. Notable among the faces was California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, who gave the oath to […]

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The Desolate Streets of Ferguson

New America Media, Commentary, Andres Tapia, Posted: Jan 13, 2015 FERGUSON, Mo. – The protesting crowds have thinned. The 24-7 news army has packed up its equipment and moved on to the next hot spot. But Ferguson is still simmering. It’s breathtaking enough walking through the business district along Florissant Ave. to see one storefront […]

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A Model for Police Reform

News Report, Brett Murphy Ed. Note: In the past decade, the police department in Richmond, Calif. has undergone a dramatic transformation. Spearheaded by an openly-gay and white chief in charge of policing this largely African American and Latino city, the changes are now bearing fruit, with crime down and trust between officers and the residents […]

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