News Report, Sukey Lewis and Asha DuMonthier | New America Media


RICHMOND, Calif. — There’s a good old-fashioned muckraker’s war going on in Richmond, Calif., and Chevron’s “community-driven” news site Richmond Standard is the latest fighter to step into the ring.

This sprawling city east of San Francisco is home to Chevron’s oil refinery, which [...]

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Raw Talent’s Second Verse

On February 11, 2014 By

By  Edgardo Cervano-Soto

Growing up in North Richmond, Donte Clark, like many residents, relied on corner stores for groceries. The small “mom and pop” shops were a lifeline for many. “A lot of us grew up on convenience stores — the food they brought, the social life,” says Clark. “The stores represent the heart [...]

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Try to Understand Me

On February 10, 2014 By

Poetry • Donte Clark


When them ships had departed from the mother land

For most of us

Our feet will never grip

The soil of Africa again

And that’s why we’re here

Fear struck



From a lifestyle of silk


From them streets outlined in stone

With gold under our feet

On [...]

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Celebrate Black History Month

On February 6, 2014 By

Column, Vernon Whitmore

Celebrated in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, Black History Month is an important annual commemoration of African American history and people. It began in 1926 with historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, who wanted to encourage the study of the [...]

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Why Our Names Matter

On February 5, 2014 By

By Asani Shakur

What vision was set before you?

In African customs and traditions before the Europeans colonized us, our ancestors gave names to their children that held value. Names not only represented one’s identity but also a promise, a vision, and expectations for that child to follow as they grew in life. The process [...]

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Por Malcolm Marshall

Nota del Editor: La cantante Dorothy Combs Morrison Henry, de 69 años, nació en Longview, Texas y creció en Richmond, CA, una ciudad que aún frecuenta. Morrison encontró la fama como la vocalista principal de la exitosa canción de 1968 “Oh Happy Day”, por los Edwin Hawkins Singers. La canción se [...]

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