Oakland women aim to ‘eradicate homelessness’ by fundraising to build cabin communities

Oakland women aim to ‘eradicate homelessness’ by fundraising to build cabin communities

One day last January, as Olivia Smartt was driving back to her new home in Piedmont after making a supply run to the Home Depot in Fruitvale, she couldn’t stop thinking about the sprawling homel…

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Sixth annual Black Eyed Pea Festival celebrates African American art, flavors

Sixth annual Black Eyed Pea Festival celebrates African American art, flavors

With clear blue skies overhead, succulent meats sizzled over the crackle and pop of open flame. The sound of metal creaked as stands, tables and tents rose like fresh bread in an oven, and workers…

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‘Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome’: DeGruy talks to Oakland audience about the lingering trauma of African diaspora

‘Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome’: DeGruy talks to Oakland audience about the lingering trauma of African diaspora

“If it gets difficult or if it gets deep or if it gets hard, stay in the room,” Dr. Joy DeGruy told an audience of 600 or so who had filled the pews at First Congregational Church in downtown …

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