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Queen Ida

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Long Live Zydeco Accordion Queen Ida

    Ida Lewis grew up listening to lots of lively zydeco and Cajun music played on accordion in Beaumont, Texas during the 1930s and ‘40s. She was fascinated by the instrument but never considered [...]
Joan Story and Ces Butner, Port of Oakland Commissioners. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Council Approves Appointment of Butner, Story to Port Board

The Oakland City Council this week confirmed the reappointment of incumbent Commissioner Cestra “Ces” Butner to the Port of Oakland Board of Port Commissioners.   The council also approved the appointment to the port board [...]
Environmental activists rallied recently in front of Oakland Army Base
developer Phil Tagami ‘s office. Photo courtesy of Occupy Oakland.

Schaaf: “We will not have coal shipped through our city.”

In a sharp email exchange, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has blasted local developer Phil Tagami for moving ahead with a deal to export coal out of the former Oakland Army Base.
At least eight churches have been set on fire in southern states in the week after the killing of nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Government Response to Church Burnings Must Have “Real Teeth,” Say Clergy

The discussion of entrenched racism in America is intensifying in the wake of the recent killing of nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina by a young white supremacist, followed by fires [...]
Josh Healey, an Eastlake resident, spoke out Tuesday against the Council's decision to sell the East 12th property to a private developer. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

City Council Mum After Exposure of Confidential Legal Opinion Council ignored City Attorney’s advice that sale of Lake Merritt parcel was illegal

The Oakland City Council was uncharacteristically at a loss for words this week after public exposure that it had moved ahead on a controversial sale of city property near Lake Merritt to UrbanCore Development, ignoring [...]
Pope Francis visited Ecuador this week with a message of preserving the environment for everybody's sake, especially those who are most vulnerable. Photo courtesy of Time.

Pope Francis Visits South America, Calls for Climate Justice for the World’s Poor He says government should include indigenous groups, people of African descent, women in decision-making.

Pope Francis arrived in Ecuador on Sunday, visiting his home continent for a three-country tour that includes Bolivia and Paraguay.   The pope’s visit to Quito—Ecuador’s capital city—attracted over one million people who traveled from [...]
Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts Fired Batts served as Oakland Chief of Police from 2009 to 2011

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts has been fired, according to a Wednesday press release from Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.   Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis will become Interim Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department, according [...]