Remembering Rodney

By Tania Pulido Rodney Frazier Jr. was 16 years-old, a teenager from North Richmond who loved basketball, his motorcycle, family and volunteering. On Fri., Nov. 7, his life was taken when he was shot dead in his front yard while trying to go home. I had the gift of working with Rodney this year, during […]

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Q & A: Mike Parker on Changing the Nature of Politics in Richmond

Interview, Malcolm Marshall Editor’s Note: Richmond Progressive Alliance Campaign Coordinator and one time Mayoral candidate, Mike Parker spoke to Richmond Pulse’s  Malcolm Marshall about the recent election, working with Mayor-elect Tom Butt and training new leaders in Richmond. Richmond Pulse: RPA lost in the 2012 election but came back strong this year. What was the […]

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Warriors Give Nystrom Community a New Place to Play

Story and Photos by Chanelle Ignant Lenora Walker grew up playing basketball near Martin Luther King Park in Richmond. But when the Martin Luther King Community Center closed a few years ago, the park’s run down outdoor courts became her only option. “All we had left were the courts here that had cracks [and] the […]

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More Unity, Less Division

Commentary, Asani Shakur   Recently, I came across some of the rhetoric that has taken place in the Richmond City Council. I saw on Youtube that Councilwoman Jovanka Beckles was chastised and made a mockery of for wearing an African head wrap at one of the city council meetings. What bothered my heart was that some […]

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A School Lunch I’d Gladly Eat

Commentary, Sean Shavers | Video, Ann Bassette

When I was in high school in Oakland, I never really questioned the cafeteria menu, I just knew that I wasn’t eating it because it didn’t look appealing and I had other options.

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Recreating Richmond’s Home Front

Photo Essay, Ann Bassette Richmond hosted its 8th annual Home Front Festival on October 11 with a new theme — Kids Can Do It. As always, it was a popular event driving scores of families to come out, enjoy the Richmond waterfront and celebrate the impressive history and beauty of the area. The day kicked […]

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‘Youth of Color’ Voting Still Critical in Competitive Political Races

New America Media, News Report, Khalil Abdullah  Youth voter turnout in North Carolina, including a sizeable segment of ethnic voters, will play a critical role in determining whether Democratic incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan retains her seat against Republican challenger, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, according to data on the voting patterns of youth of color. “The issue of […]

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The Power of Being Outside

By Zaira Sierra For over four years, I’ve worked with Richmond families. I’ve volunteered with Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization assisting undocumented youth with their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications and Building Blocks for Kids where I was part of the Community Engagement and Advocacy Team. Recently, I joined the Youth Enrichment […]

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Training Tomorrow’s Richmond Leaders Starts Today

Commentary, Vernon Whitmore   Approaching the November’s elections, I have been thinking more and more about Richmond’s future, not just after this year’s votes are cast, but in the years and generations to come. When I look at Richmond’s government today, one thing is clear: this city has a lot of older statesman. Richmond’s current […]

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