Editor's Note: This editorial was produced in association with New America Media (http://www.newamericamedia.org), a national association of ethnic media, and was published by ethnic media across the country to bring attention to the urgency of immigration reform. The White House and Congress must move quickly to enact just and humane comprehensive...

News Report, Anna Challet | New America Media Over half of California’s children will soon have access to dental care because of the Affordable Care Act. The problem, according to a recent report, is that not enough dentists are willing to treat them. “In Alturas, none of the dentists take Medi-Cal,” says...

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a transcript of a conversation that took place on Street Soldiers Radio between Dr. Joseph Marshall, co-founder and Executive Director of Omega Boys Club of San Francisco and Reverend Michael McBride of The Way Christian Center in West Berkeley. Reverend McBride is also Director of...

News Feature, Edgardo Cervano-Soto Teams of volunteers in white MLK t-shirts pushed wheelbarrows of compost and struck the ground with shovels for Urban Tilth’s 6th Annual MLK Day of National Service at the Richmond Greenway. Stretching from 6th Avenue to Harbour Way, the Richmond Greenway was host to multiple green projects...

Question & Answer, Malcolm Marshall Ed. Note: Writer, activist, lecturer and filmmaker Byron Hurt takes on tough subjects for the right reasons. His previous film “Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” explored the world of Hip-hop and music videos, and its affect on ideas of masculinity among youth and the black community. In...

FCC Says Cost of Prison Phone Calls Too High Black America Web, News Report, Candace Bagwell Experiencing life while a loved one is imprisoned can strain your emotions and relationships, but it shouldn’t strain your pocketbook. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) found that the cost of phone calls from incarcerated friends and...

Park It column by Ned MacKay, East Bay Regional Park District It looks like this is a great time to go fishing in East Bay Regional Park District lakes, and here’s why: the park district has just planted more rainbow trout than ever before. In December the district added a total of...

Op-Ed, Jovanka Beckles, Richmond Councilmember The Housing Element of the General Plan will be coming before the Council on Tuesday January 15. This element is a forward looking document which reflects well on the City and, if passed, would be of tremendous help to the people of Richmond. The element includes...

Commentary, Jazmyne Z. Young, Asani Shakur EDITOR'S NOTE: The following two film reviews offer competing perspectives on Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," a movie about a former slave who sets out to free his wife from bondage and exact revenge on a sadistic Mississippi slave owner. 'Django' Criticisms Are Predictable, Misguided By...

Leer en Español Question & Answer, Lani Conway, New America Media Editor's Note: At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, 26-year-old filmmaker Ryan Coogler makes his feature debut with "Fruitvale," a drama inspired by the real-life killing of Oscar Grant by Bay Area Rapid Transit police on New Year’s Day, 2009. With big-name...

Blog / Commentary by Asani Shakur The Connecticut school shooting is such a tragedy, but I find it ironic because things like this have happened a lot in our community -- maybe not 20 kids at a time, but one kid killed is one too many. The killing of children...

Blog / Commentary by Yasmine Elsafy The recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut that left 28 people dead -- 20 of them children – has dominated the news cycle. Less known, however, is that while Newtown was the worst massacre of children in our nation’s history, it...

Op-Ed, Daniel Zingale Big Soda spent big bucks. That's how it defeated ballot measures to create soda taxes in two California towns. In Richmond, in the Bay Area, and in El Monte, east of Los Angeles, the measures would have added a penny-an-ounce tax on soda. Had the taxes passed, they were...

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