Commentary, Sonya Mann I was ashamed to live in Richmond when I first moved here 10 years ago. It wasn’t until halfway through high school that I realized that my reaction was problematic....

When 13-year-old female baseball player Mo’ne Davis was publicly slut-shamed on Twitter earlier this year, thousands rallied to her defense. The incident highlighted the longstanding tradition in this country of hyper-sexualizing female athletes....

By Ronvel Sharper and Brianna Ferrell Editor’s Note: More than 90% of teens ages 13 -17 report going online daily via smart phones, with about one in four online “almost constantly”, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. Results also show more frequent use among African-American and Hispanic...

Interview • Malcolm Marshall EDITOR’S NOTE: Richmond’s De Anza High School recently received a Gold Ribbon Schools Award from the California Department of Education. The award recognizes schools that have made gains implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education...

News Feature, Adeshina Emmanuel, Chicago Reporter Over a period of nearly 20 years, Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge and his “midnight crew” allegedly tortured at least 119 people, forcing them to make confessions. The police officers beat the victims, burned them with lit cigarettes and handcuffed them to hot radiators....

Photo Essay, Josue Hernandez Each year thousands of people come out for one of Richmond’s biggest events, the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival organized by the 23rd Street Merchants Association. This year it was held on May 2, and for the first time I decided to see what all the hype...

By Chanelle Ignant A team of high school students from across the West Contra Costa Unified School District is asking: "What are we eating?" Teens from the nonprofit group YES Nature To Neighborhoods have conducted a research project into the nutrition of meals served in the district's 11 high schools....

By Nancy DeVille In the months since California voters approved an initiative that reduces penalties for some crimes, the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s office has been busy trying to reach tens of thousands of local residents who are eligible to have their felonies downgraded to a misdemeanor....

By Edgardo Cervano-Soto On Jan. 6, 2015, Petronila Fernandes’ son, a kindergarten student at J.O. Ford Elementary, felt ill during school. When she checked in on him during the day, Fernandes noticed the milk carton the school had given him. The expiration date said Dec. 31, 2014. The next day, Fernandes...

Story and Video • Ann Bassette Hundreds of people filled the El Cerrito High School theater to watch the world premiere of the film “Romeo is Bleeding,” a candid and revealing documentary following the lives of a group of young, spoken word artists — knows as Richmond Artists with Talent, or...

Story and Photos • Sonya Mann Is one person's garbage another person's art? You could find the answer at the Richmond Art Center's Upcycle event Apr. 25, in which local artists -- rather than recycling trash -- focused on upgrading throwaway materials into new and beautiful creations....

Interview • Vernon Whitmore and Malcolm Marshall Editor's Note: Richmond Mayor Tom Butt spoke to Chamber of Commerce Chair Vernon Whitmore and Richmond Pulse Publisher Malcolm Marshall about rebranding the city, working with the Richmond Progressive Alliance and creating a culture of expectation for young people in Richmond....

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