Leer en Español Commentary, Iraida Santillan When my boyfriend asked me out to prom last year, we’d already been together for about six months. He was a senior at Richmond High, and I was a sophomore at Middle College High. I’d been wondering if he was going to ask me, so when...

Press Release, Mitchell Kapor Foundation OAKLAND, CA (Thursday, May 10, 2012) – African American young men from the San Francisco Bay Area who are graduating from high school and heading to college will take center stage June 3 at a unique graduation ceremony aimed at celebrating and amplifying their achievements. The event...

News Feature, Edgardo Cervano-Soto Poetry, in its fragile beauty and crackling roughness, was fully embodied last Sunday night courtesy of RAW Talent, as the poets performed their first spoken word play, “From the Pen to the Page: This is my Redemption” at the East Bay Center for Performing Arts. Within the...

Q n A, Edgardo Cervano-Soto   EDITOR’S NOTE: Nyabingha McDowell, 15, began performing spoken word over a year ago with one of Richmond’s most exciting artist groups, RAW Talent. After two years of poetry slammin’, Nya was named the Bay Area Champion at the YouthSpeaks Grand Slam Championship in San Francisco on...

News Report, Edgardo Cervano-Soto First grade student Nohemi Pizana bowed at the end of the recital, her violet cardboard cello beside her. The audience applauded, but not only for her. Nohemi was joined by 57 of her classmates at Downer Elementary on April 27 for their first classical music recital –...

News Report, Todd Spencer Committing to do community service without compensation may seem undesirable to some, but to others, donating time for a just cause can be rewarding. And in fact, volunteers are responsible for some of the most important work that takes place in any community, which is why...

Commentary, Iraida Santillan The possibility of a citywide soda tax is causing a debate among our residents. The tax is meant to address the human and economic factors that cause obesity – especially in children - and dental disease, both of which are prevalent in Richmond. The money made from...

News Report, Spencer Whitney | Richmond Confidential City council leaders In Richmond voted 5-2 on Tuesday night to put a special soda tax proposal on the November 6 ballot. The soda tax would add a one cent per ounce surcharge to soda and other sugary fruit drinks that contain less than...

Reportaje, Monica Quesada   Harlem Masters, un Afro-Americano que se mudó a Richmond en el 2005, trabaja en la muy transitada intersección de la calle 23 y la avenida Clinton, asistiendo a peatones a cruzar la calle. “A esta calle la llaman Pequeño Mexico,” dijo Master, al mismo tiempo que ayudaba a...

News Report, April Suwalsky More than 1500 Richmond community members and dozens of local partner organizations came together on Sunday, April 29, in Richmond, California, for the third annual Richmond Tales Fest: An Afternoon of Family Literacy and Healthy Living. The event was held at the Richmond Civic Center—activities were...

News Report, Kia Croom Last month, under increasing financial strain, the non-profit Opportunity West closed its doors. Housed in the Nevin Community Center, located in Richmond’s Iron Triangle, the closure left staff and clients struggling to cope with the loss of services many say are needed now more than ever. With the...

News Report, Monica Quesada   Terry Bell has the perfect explanation for what happened to his son. “He was at the right place at the wrong time,” Bell said. “It was just timing. He walked out and here they come.” Gene Deshawn Grisby, Bell’s eldest son, was shot and killed on Monday, January 10,...

News Feature, Adrienne Chainey   “Smartphone” has been a household term since around the time of the Blackberry, which was the first phone to begin utilizing wireless email in 2002. Since then, smartphones have become a cultural icon, representing the modern-age of technology and the rapid rate of innovation by companies such...

News Feature, Edgardo Cervano-Soto Xavier Viramontes is a nationally renowned printmaker whose prints impacted many political movements and social justice campaigns during the 1970’s. His prints are also part of the revolutionary canon of Chicano art produced at Galeria de la Raza in San Francisco. His most famous print, “Boycott Grapes,...

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