by Asani Shakur The “b-word” is so commonly used today, that it’s not really perceived as a bad word anymore. Young boys and girls hear it often in the music they listen to and other aspects of pop culture and they start using it themselves, without really understanding what it means. Many...

Karina Guadalupe • additional interviews by Paul Billingsley The news of 20-year-old Lincoln Plair’s death was a shock to all of us who knew him. By now, I’m sure everyone else has heard about what happened. On Monday, March 4, Lincoln was shot and killed in the Iron Triangle neighborhood while...

Photo Essay • David Meza In 2008 Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and her staff, in conjunction with numerous local organizations and community members, organized the city’s first annual International Women’s Day celebration. The event, called Women in Solidarity: Honoring Self, Honoring Community, was an opportunity for women to network...

Photo Essay • Edgardo Cervano-Soto At Richmond’s Craneway Pavillion on March 5th, 75 immigrants from countries as varied as Yemen, Mexico and Japan, eagerly awaited their official certification as U.S. citizens. Carolyn Muzyka, the Western Regional Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced each candidate to the public before leading...

Policy News of the Month Don’t like people talking about you behind your back? That is what happens when policymakers make new laws about young people, and often without even inviting them to give their opinion. In order to advance our own agenda, we’ve got to know the rules of the game....

EDITOR’S NOTE: In this first installment of what we hope will be an ongoing series of interviews with the Richmond Police Department, The Pulse sat down with Chief Chris Magnus to discuss issues ranging from immigration enforcement to gun control policy to the Christopher Dorner incident. The intention of...

Report • Antoinette Evans Following the unfortunate tragedy that recently occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School, our nation is yet again faced with answering the question: How can we keep our schools safe? A recent survey commissioned by The California Endowment and conducted from January 16-21, 2013 set out to measure voter...

Read in English Entrevista • Lani Conway, New America Media Nota del Editor: En el Festival de Cine de Sundance, el cineasta Ryan Coogler de 26-años de edad, ganó el Gran Premio del Jurado y el Premio del Público con “Fruitvale”, un drama inspirado en la muerte de la vida real de...

Read in English Reportaje, Tania Pulido Richmond High es una de las únicas escuelas en la ciudad que ofrece un programa para madres adolescentes (Adolescent Parenting Program, APP por sus siglas en inglés). Cada año un nuevo grupo de madres jóvenes están en el programa que dura un año escolar. Cuando yo...

News Report • Anna Challet, New America Media SAN FRANCISCO -- A majority of California voters support taxing sugar-sweetened beverages if those taxes are used for school nutrition and physical education programs, according to the results of a new Field Poll. The survey also revealed that obesity prevention measures like...

Play Review • Edgardo Cervano-Soto Walking into the theater at El Cerrito High School for RAW Talent’s new stage play, one automatically sensed there were two parallel stories taking place. One story was printed on the admission ticket – “Te’s Harmony”, a modern re-telling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set amid the...

Commentary, Asani Shakur The history of my ancestors is a rich history. Although Black history, sadly, is marked with the brutality and inhumanity of slavery, I also see tenacity in our history -- the will, the passion and the ability to still dream, despite the harsh realities. Our ancestors left guidance...

Press Release • Anna Challet, New America Media Ed. Note: Organized in the fall of 2012, the Soda Sucks anti-advertising campaign, sponsored by New America Media, invited youth from across California to “outsmart the soda advertisers.” Soda Sucks awards were contested in two categories: poster and spoken word/video. Winners shared in a...

By April Suwalsky Born “somewhere between city and country” in Danville, Virginia, Dedan Kimathi Ji Jaga, 65, is a positive force in Richmond and a citizen of the world. Documentarian, media producer, cultural commentator, martial artist, family man, veteran, activist, teacher, and global excursionist -- he is a formidable presence with...

Profile, Malcolm Marshall Betty Reid Soskin is our country's oldest National Park Ranger and one of the most beautiful people I have met in Richmond. I had the pleasure of meeting her recently as she led a bus tour of the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical...

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