California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) has authored a bill to grant professional cheerleaders minimum wage and overtime compensation.

California considers a new law for cheerleader pay, in wake of three suits against Oakland Raiders

A state bill to grant professional cheerleaders a minimum wage, workers’ benefits and overtime compensation, sponsored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, has passed the Assembly and is now in the state Senate for a vote. Among...
Bay Area Derby Girls  kicked off their Season Opener on March 14, 2015. Photo by Nicole West

Balancing life as a roller derby girl

Huck Sinn’s life was falling apart, including her relationships. After she stopped going to grad school, she moved from San Francisco to the East Bay, where she started “dating herself.” “I was taking myself out....
Early Sunday morning runners were on the course for the sixth annual Oakland Running Festival .(Photo by Candese Charles)

Runners from around the world join the fun at the sixth annual Oakland running festival

Bumping music, energetic people and booths selling food were all apart of the festivities at the sixth annual Oakland Running Festival on Sunday. The day included a marathon, half-marathon, a 4-person relay, a 5k and...
Mike Wang CCK instructor paddles near Jack London Square

Oakland North spotlight: California Canoe and Kayak

Mike Wang, an employee at California Canoe and Kayak, explains how he developed an affinity for water and how he continues to enjoy water sports with his work, including paddling into the office.
Mayor Jean Quan

Mayoral candidate: incumbent Mayor Jean Quan

Undaunted by critics of her leadership, incumbent Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, the first Asian American woman elected to lead a major U.S. metropolis, is fighting to keep her job at City Hall.  Her platform stresses...
Peter Y. Liu, 33 is a Chinese immigrant entrepreneur who served in the US army and  grew up in Fruitvale. He is a mayoral candidate in Oakland.

Mayoral candidate: Peter Liu

When he turned 23, Army veteran Peter Y. Liu came home from Iraq and found that there wasn’t a job waiting for him in his military specialty, journalism.  The largest metropolitan newspapers on the West...
Adisa Banjoko

Q&A with Hip Hop Chess Federation founder on partnership with East Bay schools

Banjoko once lived in Oakland and was a part of the ‘90s Bay Area Hip Hop music scene. Currently, he is teaching chess and life strategies to students at Encinal High School in Alameda through...
A bubbly and energetic group of about 10 girls participated in a Free-Style Double-Dutch Jump Off training session inside a gymnasium at the Ira Jinkins Recreation Center on Saturday, Jan. 25 in East Oakland.

Young girls learn about health and fitness through Double-Dutch

Oakland, once a hub for Double-Dutch jump rope competitions, is now staging a revival of the sport as its mission is to help inner city children fight obesity. “We used to have competitions back in...
Girls soccer team.

Bay Oaks Botafogo team kicks their way into college

Over the last couple of years, the Bay Oaks Botafogo 96' youth soccer team has racked up 129 wins, claimed the California Youth Soccer Association two years in a row, and finished in third place...