On the corner of 23rd Avenue and International Boulevard in East Oakland, there’s a colorful mural painted on the side of a building with the phrase “CULTURE IS A WEAPON” written in bold letters. In the center of the mural is an image of a raised fist in front of flames, surrounded by portraits of Black Panther party members, musicians, farmworkers and indigenous people. While the mural is surrounded by fences on all sides, its size and color make it…
At a time when Oakland neighborhoods are gentrifying, Sue Mark, founder of Commons Archive, hopes to share the stories of residents in the Golden Gate neighborhood and bring together neighbors to form stronger community bonds.
Within an increasingly competitive food scene, entrepreneurs need affordable space to test their ideas and the market. Commercial kitchens are becoming more like business incubators, hosting pop-up events and opening cafes or “snack bars” where entrepreneurs can try out the retail market.
A+ Collective is one of several new minority-owned cannabis businesses in the Bay Area, launching just in time for the statewide legalization of cannabis thanks to Proposition 64.
The Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival in Fruitvale brought over 60,000 people together on October 29 to celebrate the Mexican holiday honoring those who have passed.
Piedmont Gardens is a senior living and retirement community in Oakland. In the spring of 2017, staff members introduced a honeybee sanctuary to the community’s outdoor rooftop garden.
The Black Aesthetic presents the third season of their film series, which showcases rare, unknown and influential films by black filmmakers. The third season kicked off on October 5 with a screening by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Numa Perrier at Spirithaus Gallery in Oakland.
Beyond Separation is one of many anti-racist trainings and workshops being offered in the Bay Area specifically geared towards white people. The group’s mission is to bring together white-identified people to explore issues of race and white supremacy to “create equity, freedom, and justice.”
Oakland’s new LGBTQ community center opened on September 7 on Lakeshore Avenue. There, people can find services such as help finding housing, mental health and substance abuse counseling, workplace discrimination support and mentoring.