2018’s Black Panther lifted up Oakland in so many ways. Countless local fans mourn Boseman’s passing.
Category: Arts & Community
Hundreds of Dorothea Lange’s photographs are now available in digital format from OMCA
With serendipitous timing, ideally suited to a pandemic, OMCA has just opened the Dorothea Lange Digital Archive, a free, online experience showcasing the work of the world-renowned documentary photographer.
Local filmmaker points lens at another public health crisis: lead poisoning in Oakland
Alex Bledsoe’s forthcoming ‘OAKLEAD’ documentary elucidates the relationships between race, socioeconomic status and access to adequate healthcare and housing.
Beyond business: Oakland’s LGBTQ establishments offer community
For decades, these bars and shops have been support networks, too. The pandemic brings new challenges.
Crystal Wahpepah is clearing a path for Indigenous chefs
The celebrated Oakland chef was the first Native contestant to appear on the Food Network’s ‘Chopped.’
Oakland’s original boogaloos speak out, in hopes of reclaiming their culture
Pioneers of a funky Bay Area dance style are fighting to preserve their history, after an extremist alt-right movement appropriates their name.
“A bigger, wilder expression:” former Wolfman Books workers plan co-op bookshop
The Wolfemme+Them collective is fundraising to reopen the downtown Oakland storefront as a shop and events space.
Street vending at Lake Merritt: race, space, and COVID-19
Black and brown vendors operating without permits say they need the lake, and the lake needs them. What should the city do?
The art and clave of John Santos
With his new album, Oakland musician John Santos has taken his message of resistance into the belly of the beast.
Beloved Oakland DJs are struggling to make it work during the pandemic
With bars closed and parties prohibited, some Oakland DJs are turning to virtual events to keep the music going.
A baby baboon and bison calves greet visitors at the reopened Oakland Zoo
The zoo was in dire financial straits until visitors were allowed back last week. While it was closed, several animals were born.
Is Oakland failing its official bird?
How a plan to lure the black-crowned night heron away from downtown developments unraveled, and why there’s hope yet for Oakland’s “scrappy” bird.
Two Oakland streets to be renamed for a Black Panther and a journalist
City Council voted Tuesday on resolutions to commemorate Huey P. Newton and Chauncey Bailey.
Be part of history: Oakland library launches COVID-19 community archive
Share your reflections, memories, photos, and emails from life during the pandemic with future generations.
East Oakland’s Freedom Store asks: ‘What does it mean to provide for ourselves?’
Homies Empowerment runs a free store in deep East Oakland to encourage community self-sufficiency.
Oakland’s Sheila E. brings us a virtual concert in support of Black lives
The We Stand Together concert on Thursday, July 23 also features Stevie Wonder, Goapele, Michael Franti, George Lopez, and Mahershala Ali.
Dance saved Antoine Hunter’s life. Now he’s opening the door for other Deaf dancers
The Oakland native and founder of the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival is finding opportunity in the pandemic.
Leaving prison during pandemic and protest, and planting seeds of justice
Oaklander Rasheed Lockheart can’t safely participate in street protests while he’s on parole. But it hasn’t stopped him from contributing.
Oakland’s Town Fridge is creating food access, one refrigerator at a time
Organizers say “scarcity is a myth,” and they’ve already set up four fridges of free food around the city. More are in the works.
Jamie Facciola is reimagining the future of furniture
The Furniturecycle Instagram is a hub to analyze consumerism and waste, and propose solutions to the climate crisis.