Terry-T Butler (aka "Mr. Community") and D'Wayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Tone! in the studio producing with Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child. (1999)

Grammy Winning Star Beyoncé Got Her Start in Oakland

Beyoncé is one of the greatest female artists of all time. Like many other artists, during the course of her career with Grammy-award winning group Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé’s big break in the music industry was [...]
Oakland Councilwoman Desley Brooks, District 6

City Considering New Department to Address Racial Inequality

In wake of protests and national actions resisting the discriminating treatment of people of color by law enforcement, the city is expected to vote on a proposal to establish a Department of Race and Equity [...]
Isaac Kos-Read, OUSD Chief of Communications and Public Affairs.

Community Participation in School HQ Development Is “100 Percent Authentic,” Says District School Official Criticizes Oakland Post for Publicizing News on Social Media

Isaac Kos-Read, newly hired Chief of Communications and Public Affairs for the Oakland school district, has responded on Facebook to an Oakland Post article that raises serious questions about transparency and public involvement in the [...]
Workers on an Oakland Unified School District construction project.

White’s Departure Disrupts Facilities and Repair Department at OUSD

Administrator Tim White’s departure under pressure from the Oakland Unified School District has left the department he led – Facilities Planning and Management – in disarray, according to sources. Wo
Local supporters of the Jobs Not Jails campaign shut down the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting in Oakland on Tuesday, March 3. Those who participated were (left to right): Bill Chorneau from the First Unitarian Church; Judy Belcher, member of the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club; Rev. Jacqueline Duhart from First Unitarian Church; Zachary Norris, executive director of the Ella Baker Center and Black Lives Matter member; and Gopal Dayaneni, member of Asians for Black Lives and Movement Generation. Photos courtesy of the Ella Baker Center.

Protesters Disrupt Board of Supervisors Meeting, Demanding Services for Formerly Incarcerated

After months of rallying the community in the Jobs Not Jails campaign, organizers with the Ella Baker Center in Oakland and nearly 100 community members peacefully disrupted the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, March [...]
Jazz singer Mary Stallings

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Jazz Singer Mary Stallings Still Feelin’ Good After All These Years

Deciding on which of some 50 women to begin Women’s History Month in a projected yearlong series, “Bay Area African American Women in Music,” presented a dilemma since there are so many distinguished possibilities. &a
hero-book

Oakland Book Launch for “Reach”

What happens when 40 African American men share stories of challenges and triumphs in their lives? An exceptional book; “Reach – 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding.” Th
Demonstrators rally at Home Depot in Emeryville on Saturday, Feb. 21 for justice for Yuvette Henderson. Courtesy of @candesecharles, Richmond Confidential.

Protesters Shut Down Home Depot, Demand Video of Woman Killed by Emeryville Police

Over 100 protesters shut down Emeryville Home Depot last Saturday, demanding, “We want answers!” about really happened in the killing of Yuvette Henderson by Emeryville police earlier this month.
Len Turner, president of Turner Group Construction, was one of the honorees at the recent East Bay Small Business Council Black History Month program.

Small Business Council Honors Local Leaders

The East Bay Small Business Council recently honored several local leaders for their dedication to business and the community. Featured speakers at the Small Business Council’s Black History Month program, held at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle [...]