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4-Year-Old Becomes 5th Family Member to Fall Victim to Gun Violence After Accidentally Shooting Himself

Image: iStock Na’vaun Jackson is a miracle. “He’s breathing on his own, he’s doing something different every day,” his mother, Brijjanna Price, said at a press conference on Thursday. Her relief is palpable. Advertisement “Everything the doctors are saying, God says different.” According to CNN, the inquisitive four-year-old found a gun under a pillow on […]

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A Tenants Union Is Taking on the Landlord of This Massive Bay Area Warehouse Complex

A mural at the Vulcan lofts in 2016. (Photo by Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) On an early December night in 2016, residents of the Vulcan, a massive live-work warehouse space in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland, California, flooded to their rooftop. Some had heard the sirens from passing fire trucks, others had […]

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Oakland, Stand Up! The Black Power Movement Continues With a Panel Discussion and New Exhibits at OMCA

Photo: Oakland Museum of California Anyone familiar with the Black Panther Party knows its genesis was Oakland, Calif.—and the area continues to be a locus of activism, attracting some of the country’s most prominent voices. This Sunday, several of those voices will gather at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) to discuss the lasting legacy […]

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Silicon Valley’s Latest Bizarre Craze Is ‘Organized Intimacy’

San Francisco has a proud kinky history of being on the forefront of sexual freedom, from the psychedelic sensory orgies of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters to queer liberation, non-monogamy, and beyond. Since the sexual revolution of the 60s, there’s been no city in America where more people are more happy to take their […]

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Where Is America’s Blackest City?

Illustration: GMG Art America’s Blackest CityFor Black History Month, we asked writers to explain why they think their hometown, current residence or notable place deserves the title of America’s Blackest City by defining a city’s history, music, cuisine, notable figures, and cultural touchstone/unique black fact.   How do you define the blackness of a city? For […]

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Does President Obama Know How Twerking Works?

Screenshot: Obama Foundation (YouTube) While at the “MBK! Rising” conference in Oakland, Calif., last week, a student asked Barack Obama how to change the narrative on how men of color are generally perceived. He answered in the Obama-branded way he usually does when he speaks to large groups of young black men—thoughtful, measured, sincere, witty, […]

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Oakland Makes Everything Black, Blacker

Bobby Seale, chairman of the Black Panther Party, addresses a rally outside the party headquarters Aug. 13, 1971, in Oakland, Calif.Photo: AP Photo America’s Blackest CityFor Black History Month, we asked writers to explain why they think their hometown, current residence or notable place deserves the title of America’s Blackest City by defining a city’s […]

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10 Thoughts About Soulja Boy’s Awesome and Entertaining Appearance on The Breakfast Club

Photo: Frederick M. Brown (Getty Images) If you live under a (non-cocaine) rock, there’s a better than 100 percent chance that you were confused as to why Soulja Boy (is it still Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em?) was all over your social media timelines on Wednesday. It is the year of our lord 2019—why in West […]

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Marshawn Lynch Tried to Light A Blunt Off Al Davis’ Eternal Flame And Proves He’s The Hero We Need 

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, right, lights a ceremonial torch for former team owner Al Davis before an NFL football game between the Raiders and the Denver Broncos in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. Photo: D. Ross Cameron (AP Images) There is a rumor that once while getting ready for an unusually brisk […]

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Ryan Coogler Isn’t Time Magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year, But He’s Ours

Director Ryan Coogler attends the photocall for Rendezvous with Ryan Coogler during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival on May 10, 2018 in Cannes, France. Photo: Andreas Rentz (Getty Images) As we shuffle into 2018’s conclusion, Time Magazine has named their Person of the Year. According to Deadline, Time Magazine has named Jamal Khashoggi and […]

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Oscar Grant Was Killed by a BART Officer 10 Years Ago. Now His Family Fights to Rename the Station He Died In

Protestors carry signs with a picture of slain 22-year-old Oscar Grant III during a demonstration at Oakland City Hall on January 14, 2009, in Oakland, California. Photo: Getty Almost 10 years ago, Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old black man, was fatally shot by a Bay Area Rapid Transit officer in Oakland, California, on New Year’s Eve. […]

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Banging From the Inside: Activist Cat Brooks Runs to Become Oakland’s First Black Woman Mayor

Photo: Curtis Germany Oakland, Calif., has long been a bastion of historical and cultural reverie in blackness. The “Detroit of the West” holds a special place in African-American esteem: Oakland incubated a nascent Black Panther Party; gave us Hieroglyphics, Too Short, and MC Hammer; and nurtured icons such as Elaine Brown, Zedanya, and Black Panther’s […]

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Gameheads showcases Oakland’s young game development talent

Gameheads is a nonprofit that is tackling the game industry’s diversity problem by training young people in low-income neighborhoods in Oakland, California. The program teaches students in underserved communities how to make games, and the group’s fourth annual showcase takes place today at Impact Hub Oakland from 4:45 pm to 8 p.m. The program was created by […]

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Man Accused in Nia Wilson’s Killing Gets Upgraded Charge, Could Face Death Penalty

Photo: Jeff Chiu (AP Photo) The 27-year-old white man who is accused of stabbing and killing 18-year-old Nia Wilson at a BART train stop in Oakland, Calif., in July will likely not get hit with hate crime charges—but may still get the death penalty. On Wednesday, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office hit John Lee […]

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