Leonard Irving-Thomas hones his debating skills. ABC photo.

Oakland Teen Debates His Way to UC Berkeley

By Anne Brice, UC Berkeley News A national debate champion from Oakland is slated to attend UC Berkeley in the fall. But he wasn’t always at the top of his game. As ABC reported just [...]
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UC Berkeley Supporters Hold Rally For Missing 43 Students in Mexico

Friends and family of 43 missing university students, “normalistas,” spoke at UC Berkeley last Friday, part of a tour throughout the United States to spread word about the mass kidnapping that has been rocking Mexico [...]
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Community Fundraiser for Jabari Shaw

Nearly one month has passed since U.S. Marshals chased the wrong man through Fruitvale, leading to a car accident with a paratransit vehicle. Initial media reports labeled the “suspect” as a “violent fugitive.” Activists quickly [...]
Bobby Brackins in Oakland's Maxwell Park.

Bobby Brackins, Creating Music to Top the Charts

When talking with artist and songwriter Bobby Brackins, it’s natural for one to be in awe of his musical ingenuity. He first entered the music scene with his 2010 hit “143” and has since penned [...]
Jacqueline Minor, General Counsel for the Oakland Unified School District.

Concerns Raised at OUSD Over Jackson’s $30,000 Per Month, Conflict of Interest Jackie Minor Sets Jackson’s Pay Rate, Says School Board Approval Not Necessary

Oakland Unified School District officials are struggling to explain why there is no conflict of interest in hiring Lance Jackson as the interim chief of the district’s bond-funded construction projects and that Jackson’s $30,000 a [...]
Mahlik Smith won Northern California's prestigious honor as Boys & Girls Club Outstanding Youth of the Year for 2015.

McClymonds High Senior Mahlik Smith Wins Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Scholarship

At the age of 18, Mahlik Smith is one step closer to becoming Youth of the Year of the National Boys and Girls Club. Gaining the Regional title Tuesday at the State Capitol in Sacramento, [...]
People look at the Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, "The Ark of Return", after the unveiling event at the U.N. headquarters in New York, March 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz.

UN Unveils Memorial to Victims of Transatlantic Slave Trade

United Nations officials have unveiled a permanent memorial at the world body’s New York Headquarters to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade which they acknowledged was one of the most horrific tragedies [...]