Cynthia Mackey stands outside her home on Bellvue Avenue near Lake Merritt. (Ryan Lindsay/Oakland North)

Cynthia Mackey stands outside her home on Bellvue Avenue near Lake Merritt. (Ryan Lindsay/Oakland North)

In Oakland, women take the lead as Airbnb hosts

Cynthia Mackey, a 56-year-old self-employed digital marketer, loves to talk about Airbnb. She laughs and smiles, growing excited as she talks about the joy that comes from opening up her home in Oakland’s Adams Point to a world of strangers. Mackey started hosting for Airbnb, an online international marketplace for booking accommodations, in July, 2013....

Sacred Well offers Oakland hoodoo lessons

Across the street from Lake Merritt, a small group gathers around a wooden table, writing on playing cards. A man called Briar instructs his students to write “KEEP ME SAFE” in all caps across the top of their cards. Every card is a King of Clubs, and the group uses the K’s on the cards...

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