Eli Walsh reports on the shooting that left one dead and seven injured at Lake Merritt over the last weekend. Contrary to earlier reports, Walsh notes that Oakland Police have uncovered a pattern: “This is not the first San Francisco–related group-and-gang shooting we’ve seen in the city of Oakland,” they said. “This is a problem we’ve been trying to manage for the last several months.”
Lou Fancher visits Oakland's Isis Asare and her Sistah Scifi online bookstore which focuses on Black speculative fiction through an Afrofuturistic lens. "Increasing interest in readers seeking sci-fi specifically has been propelled by not only the Black Lives Matter social justice movement, but also by the genre’s elevation through scholarly attention," Asare said.
Eli Walsh reports on California's 'Golden State Getaways' where vaccinated Californians are eligible for much-needed free vacations. In addition to multi-night hotel stays and dining and entertainment options, each vacation package also comes with a $2,000 cash prize that can be used for expenses during the vacation.
Kelly Vance reviews Oskar Roehler’s dramatized tribute to the late filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 'Enfant Terrible' with a caveat. "Potential audiences are warned that 'Enfant Terrible' is pretty much for Fassbinder fans only, he writes. "He’s an acquired taste, and it’s plain that he doesn’t really care whether viewers 'get' his films at first glance.".
j. poet sits down with Jesse Brewster to discuss his new album, 'Confessional', and how the musician managed to find solace during the pandemic. "After 20 years of hauling equipment around and playing gigs and running all over on tour, it was good to stop for a moment," he said.