Leer en Español Commentary, Luis Cubas RICHMOND, Calif. – From the moment I woke up, I realized there was something unusual about the morning. The sun wasn’t out, the birds weren’t singing, and instead of the school bus my dad would be taking me to school.  I soon realized why that bus hadn’t...

By Manuel Martinez I’ve called Richmond home since as far back as I can remember, but it was just two years ago that I finally felt like this place accepted me—and it was thanks to a little blue card, my social security number. From the moment I got my “documents,” my outlook...

Story and Photos by Jennifer Herrera Starting at Cutting Boulevard and Marina Way South, in Richmond the Juneteenth Parade, held last month, wound through the city with car honks, ice cream vendors’ bell chimes and laughter ringing out along the way. Sistas-Wit-Style, a Caribbean performing folk dance Company, danced in the...

by Sukey Lewis | Leer en Español Kaylah Robinson jumps up and down rolling her head from side to side. Her deep brown eyes focus on the horizon—past the yards of track and two hurdles in front of her. Kaylah’s arms hang taut at her sides, fingers splayed apart. Every muscle...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

by Sean Shavers [caption id="attachment_3959" align="alignleft" width="225"] TreShawn Jackson[/caption] 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...

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...

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...

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...

News Report, Edgardo Cervano-Soto | New America Media Goreatha Johnson, points towards Breuner Marsh across the train tracks in Parchester Village, a neighborhood of roughly 400 homes in North Richmond. It’s past 4 p.m. on a weekday and Johnson is knocking on her neighbors’ doors and passing out flyers to an event...

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...

Commentary, Joanna Pulido When I recently learned that Richmond is the sixteenth most ethnically diverse city in the United States, I felt proud. After all, diversity is beautiful and not everybody in the U.S. gets to experience it to the extent we do. But the news also came as a surprise...

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