Art

Artists struggling with cannabis-industry landlords share work, solidarity at FESTAC

Oakland artists gathered at the Festival for Arts and Culture over Labor Day weekend to show the city that despite many economic forces working against them—including corporate cannabis—they are still here.
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23rd Avenue art space members rally to buy their own building

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...
Acclaimed author Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks to a full house at Grand Lake Theater on Tuesday, Feb. 20 ahead of a screening of Marvel's Black Panther.

Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks at ‘Black Panther’ screening in Oakland

On Tuesday, author Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke at a screening of Marvel's Black Panther in front of 250 high school students at Oakland’s Grand Lake. The action film, which stars a nearly all-black black cast and...

The places that made Black history, in Oakland and Richmond

To commemorate Black History Month, the news teams from Oakland North and our sibling site, Richmond Confidential, spent a morning observing some of the spaces in our two cities that have been important to the...

Open Mic Highlights Experiences of Women of Color

In Berkeley, the La Peña Cultural Center and the UC Berkeley Womxn of Color Initiative hosted an open mic night on January 26 called "Empowering Women of Color Open Mic."  The event opened a three-show series intended...