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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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
Supporters of 14 protesters arrested at West Oakland BART on Nov. 28 chant and hold up a banner Thursday afternoon at the beginning of a BART Board of Directors meeting in Oakland before police push them out of the room.  The banner reads: "We Stand with the Black Friday 14. Drop the charges." Most of the supporters could not fit into the meeting room. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Supporters of Black Friday Protesters Demand That BART Drop All Charges

Protesters who took over the West Oakland BART station and shut down the trains on Black Friday received an outpouring of support on Thursday as community members rallied outside the BART Board meeting demanding that [...]
Longtime friends and comrades in the Black Arts Movement, Marvin X with actor Danny Glover. Photo: South Park, Kenny Johnson.

Marvin X Recruits Dream Team for Black Arts Movement

Black Arts Movement producer Marvin X has recruited a dynamic “dream team” for the upcoming Bay Area Black Arts 50th Anniversary celebration next year, including actor Delroy Lindo and former Black Panther Party Chairwoman Elaine [...]
Golden State Warriors Guard Klay Thompson with staff from the Warriors and Esurance, season ticket holders, and Oakland Marriott volunteers. They packaged 1300 lunches for Bay Area organizations as part of the WE GIVE #HashtagLunchBag movement. Photo by Graig Brooks - Jaguar Productions.

Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors and Esurance Feed the Community

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson joined season ticket holders, staff of the Warriors, Oakland Marriott and Esurance to prepare lunch bag meals to feed the hungry last week at the Oakland Marriott City Center.