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...

Photo Essay • David Meza In 1982, Eddie Solis opened Solis Martial Arts in San Pablo, which has over the years provided hundreds of children and families living in the Richmond and San Pablo communities with martial arts training. Now, Solis’s son James, who is the current executive director, has converted the...

By Luis Cubas Robin Bowman, a New York-based photojournalist, set out on a quest in 2001 to capture and narrate the lives of teenagers all over the United States. She spent five years on the road, interviewing and photographing over 400 young people from different backgrounds and communities. The portraits and...

Interview • Dr. Joseph Marshall, Street Soldiers Radio EDITOR’S NOTE: The following conversation took place on Street Soldiers Radio between Dr. Joseph Marshall, co-founder and executive director of the San Francisco-based violence prevention program Alive & Free, and Reverend Michael McBride of The Way Christian Center in West Berkeley. Reverend McBride...

by Chanelle Ignant Two weeks after its January 1 implementation, Richmond’s Single-Use Bag Ordinance is earning mixed reactions from residents. Chief among the responses are grievances about the 5-cent fee for paper bags. Kelvin Payne has lived in Richmond for 8 years. He says it’s unfair to charge a customer after they...

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