Commentary • Donny Lumpkins SAN FRANCISCO – My girlfriend gets up every morning at around 7:30, usually before the shrill of her cell phone alarm sounds the start of another day of school and work. I open my eyes, and wonder what I’ll do with the day. I quit my job as...

News Feature • Anna Challet This article was updated by Pulse editors on June 7, 2013 after it was discovered that the criminal charges reported in the original article were incorrect. The author of this article was unaware of the actual charges at the time of publication. LaVon Carter was still a...

First Person, Iraida Santillan • Video, Ann Bassette  Prom came ridiculously fast this year. I’d felt like I had all the time in the world to prepare, until I found myself with only two and a half weeks to go before the dance, and I had nothing: no dress, no shoes...

First Person, Najari Smith Last March I was riding from Richmond to San Leandro on a freestyle bike, on the way to boxing practice. Traveling through rush hour traffic, I was being extra cautious. Nevertheless, a white SUV honked at me from behind. At first I ignored it...

by Keyannie Norford Being a young person from Richmond, California, I face a lot on a day-to-day basis and I am thankful and grateful that we have a wonderful and useful health center at De Anza High School. It’s a place that students indeed go to when they are having...

Editor’s note: Last month, Richmond Pulse contributor Yasmine Elsafy traveled to Washington, D.C., as a member of a youth delegation sponsored by The California Endowment, a private health foundation. The purpose of their trip was to gain a broader understanding of how government works, and to learn about advances...

News Report • Donny Lumpkins and Peter Schurmann • Richmond Pulse/New America Media RICHMOND, Calif. – At the West County Detention Facility, inmates can pay upwards of $20 for a five-minute phone call to friends, relatives or lawyers. While the high rates are a cash cow for the prison, for detainees...

Photo Essay • Richmond Health and Environment On Thursday, May 9th, nearly 400 Richmond riders joined the entire East Bay for the 19th annual Bike To Work Day. The City of Richmond partnered with the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, 511 Contra Costa, Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative, SunPower, the Richmond Bicycle...

Photo Essay, Gallen.Neilly & Associates On Saturday April 27, over 450 people attended Healthy Kids Day at the Hilltop YMCA. Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative of the YMCA to improve the health and well being of kids, is filled with fun, active play and educational activities that will help parents...

Ed Note: On January 10, 2013 nine-year-old Rodrigo Guzman was detained along with his family by Immigration and Customs Enformcement (ICE) along the Texas-Mexico border. After determing their visas had expired, the family was sent back to Mexico and told they must wait five years before reapplying for a visa....

News Report • Malcolm Marshall Civic Center Plaza provided a beautiful backdrop for the fourth annual Richmond Tales Fest on Saturday, April 20. The event is based on the book "Richmond Tales” by Summer Brenner, has grown to become one of the more enjoyable family events in the Bay Area....

Q&A, RP Editors Richmond Pulse: The recent allegation that Sgt. Michael Wang took bribes and tipped off drug dealers plays into a public perception in certain parts of the community that police in Richmond are dirty. If the allegations are true, is this just a case of a few bad apples...

By Karina Guadalupe Put Molly all in the champagne. She ain't even know it. I took her home and I enjoy that. She ain't even know it. - Lyics from U.O.E.N.O. by Rick Ross I haven't yet heard the song "U.O.E.N.O." but Miami rapper Rick Ross is a pig for...

Commentary, Alicia Marie When I finished high school, I was adamant that I wasn’t going to college. I didn’t have good relationships with my teachers and I wanted nothing more to do with school. However, once I started regularly attending Omega Boys Club in San Francisco, my “bad teacher relationships”...

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