Culture

Panelists Hon. Keith Muhammad, Rev. Dr. Martha Tayor, and Marlon McWilson at the Prayer Breakfast in Downtown Oakland (photo by Brad Bailey)

State of the black church in Oakland is at crossroads, local leaders say

In Oakland, the state of the black church is at a crossroads, local leaders said. Religious and civic leaders gathered in downtown Oakland last Wednesday for a prayer breakfast to discuss the state of the...
A sculpture of a little girl, passed down from an art museum.

Shoppers get a preview of the treasures at 57th annual White Elephant Sale

Each year the Oakland Museum Women’s Board organizes the sale, and the proceeds benefit the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). People donate old items, which are then sorted into different categories and sold to the...
A squirrel accepts a walnut from a lofty palm tree perch.

Squirrel photographers showcase Oakland’s furry residents in new exhibit

Hella Damn Squirrels has been in full operation since 2013. The group only consists of two people, Hale and her boyfriend Toppano, partners in squirrel photography from the very beginning. They focus solely on the...
Abandoned storefront on Telegraph Ave.

Public health experts ask: Does your zip code affect your health more than your genetic code?

At their first meeting of the year, the Bay Area chapter of NFBPA hosted public health experts to help its members better understand the socio-economic roots of national health disparities.
Oakland's holiday tree at Jack London Square. Photo by Peter Bittner.

Oakland North’s 2015 year in review — our top stories

2015 brought another group of student reporters to Oakland North, and they covered the daily news of a changing city: The rising cost of rent and concerns about gentrification, the debate over raising the minimum wage,...
Anthony Di Franco, cofounder of Counter Culture Labs, holds a 3D printed model of the insulin molecule.

Oakland biohackers beat funding goal for open source insulin protocol

A group of North Oakland biohackers are trying to liberate the lifesaving medicine insulin by documenting an open source method for its synthesis - and they just nearly tripled their crowdfunding goal.
Band students at Edna Brewer Middle School at a practice session on a Monday afternoon.

Through adversity, music programs in OUSD fight to grow

Cal’Vion Evans, an eighth grader at Roots International Academy, begins slowly, tapping the cymbals and toms with two wooden drumsticks. The drum set rests on a mini-stage, a short platform covered by a rug and...
Claremont Canyon eucalyptus

Will a controversial FEMA plan to cut eucalyptus reduce the danger of another hills firestorm?

In over 40 years working at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Mike Martin, now Alameda County battalion chief, has never seen anything like October 20, 1991 in the hills east of Oakland...
After 49 years doing drugs, including crystal meth and crack cocaine, Robin Davis is sober for the first time. Photos by Luisa Conlon.

Sixty, sober, and starting over

It’s 6 am on a Sunday, and a group of men are sitting in a parking lot in the dark. They’re half of the Teen Challenge Choir—two dozen men and women in treatment for “life...
Video produced by Katherine Rose and Erika Alvero

Oakland school district approves new kitchen to create fresher meals

The school district’s recently-approved Central Kitchen, Instructional Farm and Education Center Project is an effort to improve the quality of school meals in Oakland by creating a modern facility equipped to prepare thousands of nutritious...
Refugees in the U.S.: The National Dialogue Continues

Refugees reflect on past lives and new beginnings

Interactive Map: follow Jeremías’ journey as an unaccompanied minor, from his neighborhood in El Salvador, to resettlement in Oakland, here. In the shadow of the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris and the ongoing strife...