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"Vitality," 2009. 45-foot bronze statue in Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland by Bruce Beasley.

Renowned Sculptor Bruce Beasley and the Art of Philanthropy

Twenty-five hundred years ago, Sun Tzu wrote the classic book of military strategy, “The Art of War,” based on Chinese warfare and military thought.   Since that time, all levels of military have adapted teachings [...]
Rosie Gaines.

Soul Singers Come to the Aid of Rosie Gaines with benefit, Jan. 31

Oakland soul singer Brenda Vaughn began planning a fundraiser benefit for her friend, singer and keyboardist Rosie Gaines, who has gone through periods of homelessness and was hospitalized for most of last year.
BAM Poet's Choir & Arkestra

Black Arts Movement Gala Opening, Feb. 7 Features Book Fair, Art from San Quentin Inmates, and BAM Poet’s Choir & Arkestra

  The Black Arts Movement 50th Anniversary Celebration will commence on Saturday, Feb. 7 in partnership with Laney College and President Elnora T. Webb, Ph.D.   The Bay Area-wide celebration will kick off with a [...]
Panelists Cephus "Uncle Bobby" Johnson, Paul Henderson, John Burris and Adante Pointer address questions during the Save Our Sons event.

“It Is Critical That We All Become Our Brother’s Keeper,” Say Speakers at Covenant Worship Center

By Tuseda A. Graggs   On the day set aside to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., nearly 400 people packed into the sanctuary of Covenant Worship Center in Berkeley to both celebrate the day [...]
Members of the Oakland Education Association (OEA) marched on Monday in Oakland in the Martin Luther King Day Jr. march for #BlackLivesMatter. (Left to right) Front Row: Sayuri Sakkamoto, OEA President Trish Gorham, Natalia Cooper, Janan Apaydin; Back Row: Keith Brown, Lindah Martin, Bill Balderston. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Teachers Union Questions Redesign Plan for Five Schools

Parents, students and community members are hoping the Oakland Unified School District will provide specifics about the new “redesign” process that will take place this spring at five flatland schools: Fremont, McClymonds and Castlemont High [...]
Barbara White, vice president of the Berkeley NAACP, speaks about ending institutional racism.

Berkeley Meeting Addresses Prejudice Calls for end to “normalization of Blacks being treated like second-class citizens”

More than 250 residents, lawmakers and academics spent five hours Saturday at a forum exploring what Barbara White of the Berkeley NAACP called “the normalization of Blacks being treated like second-class citizens in America and [...]
Robert Schwartz of Key Source International (left) and James Curtis, president of the Oakland Commerce Corporation, wait for their opportunity to speak at the Oakland Planning Commission public hearing Wednesday at City Hall. Photos by Ken Epstein.

Small Businesses Object to Coliseum City Development

Representatives of small businesses are complaining that city staff is on a fast track to adopt a formal plan for a massive Coliseum City development project, which has reached the final stages of approval without [...]