Commentary, Valerie Klinker A recent study conducted by Melissa Kearney at University of Maryland suggests that the MTV reality show, 16 and Pregnant, has led to fewer teen births. The research contends that the show produced more Internet searches and tweets by teens regarding birth control and abortion, and ultimately led to...

Film Review by Sean Shavers "What Mama Didn't Say: A Dialogue about African American Sexuality,” recently premiered at Richmond City Hall. The event was hosted by the Teen Services Division of the Richmond Public Library. The documentary, produced by local filmmaker Doug Harris, explores multiple issues around sexuality within the Black community –...

Interview • Chanelle Ignant EDITOR’S NOTE: George Livingston, Jr., age 61, the son of former Richmond Mayor George Livingston, Sr., grew up in Richmond and achieved wide success as a professional photographer of musicians and celebrities. He took some time to speak with Richmond Pulse about his photography career, the importance...

News Feature, Edgardo Cervano-Soto Early in February, the State Department opened a public comment period on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, part of a pipeline that would carry unrefined petroleum from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. President Obama has yet to approve Keystone XL, which has sparked protests across the country....

News Feature, Paul Kleyman | New America Media After devoting over 20 years as a prison social worker, Fordham University researcher Tina Maschi, PhD, declared, “There’s something wrong with society when in some ways staying in prison is better than getting out. The people who are older have a much greater struggle,...

Story • Monet Boyd/Photos • David Meza Richmond celebrated “Unity Day” on February 8th with a “Behind the Curtain Gala,” held at the Craneway Pavilion.  The fundraiser brought together individuals and local charities for a night of music, dance, art, and giving. The event also provided a sneak peek at a...

Interview +Photos, Edgardo Cervano-Soto Editor’s Note: Richmond mayoral candidate Mike Parker, 73, is currently a lead organizer of the Richmond Progressive Alliance and an instructor in the Electrical/Instrumentation department at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, Calif. He previously spent 37 years as an autoworker in Detroit, and holds degrees from the...

News Feature, Malcolm Marshall Can you form a new habit in 30 days? That’s what some community members are trying to do this February, and the new habit they want to implement is quite simple: drink water and nothing else, for an entire month. Now in its second year, the “Be...

Commentary • Keyannie Norford February is Black History Month, the shortest month of the year, but nevertheless a month where African Americans can celebrate the history and successes of other African Americans, past and present. Yet even today, our k-12 public schools seem intent on keeping Black history to a minimum. During...

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...

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...

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 Stuck Removed From a lifestyle of silk Removed From them streets outlined in stone With gold under our feet On the trimmings of our clothes To now being sold Removed So far...

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...

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...

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