East Bay

In March of 2009, the Alternative Learning Community in East Oakland changed its name to the Barack Obama Academy, the first middle school in the United States to be named after the president. Ever since its name change, this technically alternative school has been helping kids who had trouble in...
The sunny warm weather is due to continue, so put on your sunglasses and head out to enjoy your arts/culture/weekend: FRIDAY 13th Annual SF Independent Film Festival // Okay, so this isn’t really taking advantage of the outdoors, but the 80+ independent films, parties and music acts that are all...
Jakada Imani is the executive director of Oakland’s Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. He’s called violence a public health emergency, saying that if the high rate of black murders were happening in white communities, the National Guard would be in the streets. Here’s a conversation with Jakada...
The Violence Policy Center in Washington DC released a study, this week, called “Lost Youth”. It found that homicide is the leading cause of death for African Americans aged 10 to 24 in California. And young African Americans are more than 14 times more likely to be murdered than young whites....
Pioneering Oakland resident and music legend Barbara Dane will make a rare appearance this Saturday, February 5, at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. She's part of the three-day celebration and benefit for Arhoolie Records of El Cerrito, which was founded in 1960 as a label specializing in "...
San Leandro's psychedelic rock band Glimpse Trio will be playing this Thursday, February 3, at The New Parish in Oakland.
Many of the families in the East Bay bring their children together to learn about the Sudan behind the headlines – the Arabic language, arts and cultural traditions, and to connect as a Sudanese-American generation. This school is organized by the Sudanese Association of Northern California. KALW's...
The war-ravaged region of western Sudan, Darfur, is the reason many people in our area got involved in activism there over the past five years. The Bay Area is home to a number of non-profits working on issues in Darfur, from student activism to charities, to development. San Francisco hosted...
By Lilah Crews-Pless While traditional farming might be getting more and more difficult, growing food in tight urban spaces has become very popular – especially here in the Bay Area. In West Oakland, an urban farm called City Slicker Farms was recently awarded $4 million by the city to expand its...
Rockabilly-swing band Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys are headlining the bill Saturday night, January 29, at The Uptown in Oakland.
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