I’m here to report on the “shakers and makers” that make the Town thrive.
Category: Arts & Community
Busted windows to art gallery: local artists are transforming downtown
Battered blocks have been transformed by astonishing messages of unity and resistance.
Oakland kids march for Black lives: ‘I just really want to spark a change’
Around 4,000 youth and families marched around Lake Merritt in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
‘I come here every day for a reason:’ Grocery store workers are essential
A deep sense of community service drives the staff of West Oakland’s Community Foods Market.
Black organizers with deep Oakland roots reflect on the protests
Carroll Fife, TurHa Ak, John Jones III and Refa One on how this moment compares to movements of the past, and what comes next.
Black-owned eateries in Berkeley and Oakland open for takeout
Sustained monetary support of black entrepreneurs is a meaningful way to help these local restaurants, cafés, catering companies and pop-ups.
What happened downtown Friday night?
Local radio host and Oakland native Durell Coleman shares thoughtful reflections on the role of leadership in huge protests, supporting Black businesses and more.
East Bay restaurant openings and closings in May
Learn about the 12 newly opened food and drink venues in Berkeley, Oakland and elsewhere in the East Bay, along with 7 businesses that shuttered permanently.
Fantastic Negrito’s new album examines the American mindstate
Feeling “grounded” by the pandemic, Grammy-winning Oakland artist Fantastic Negrito talks about pushing the boundaries of blues on his upcoming album, “Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?”
What do you do when your job requires personal contact? These Oaklanders got creative
A therapist, photographer and hairstylist have innovated to continue their practice in quarantine.
A 6-story mural to replace a lost ode to Oakland culture
The ‘Universal Language’ mural on Alice Street was covered up by an apartment tower. An ‘ascendant’ new mural will replace it two blocks away.
Good Good Eatz helps Chinatown businesses survive the shutdown
A new initiative helps local merchants make connections, get assistance and support other communities in need.