Apr 30, 2024

What’s Up, Doc?

If Bugs Bunny were injured or sick, he would need to see a doc who specializes in the treatment of exotic animals. Rabbits, potbellied pigs, birds, reptiles, amphibians, guinea pigs, rats, mice, hamsters, turtles and chinchillas are among a wide range of pets classified as “exotics.” Multiple sources define these...
Afrofuturism Imagines the Future Through a Black Lens
Feb 20, 2024

Afrofuturism Imagines the Future Through a Black Lens

Black History Month also encompasses the future at the Chabot Space & Science Center on Feb. 24. “Celebrate Black History Month: Afrofuturism,” an all-day event, will include the Hidden Genius Project, the Black Panther Party Legacy Alumni Network,...
Random Culture Bites to Deepen Understanding
Jan 30, 2024

Random Culture Bites to Deepen Understanding

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. In December I tend to hyperfocus on the things I could improve in my future, like financial security, achieving emotional availability in relationships and maybe just being less of an...
Jun 14, 2023

Life After Tech

Easy, no. Empowering, yes For increasing numbers of tech industry employees, changing jobs or careers isn’t an option. It’s a necessity. Multiple sources report that tech job cuts in the greater Bay Area so far in 2023 “have...
Jun 23, 2021

Future Is Now

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.
May 26, 2021

Oaklash is Back

In this week's cover story, Chelsea Kurnick celebrates the Oaklash Drag Festival which returns Memorial Day Weekend for its fourth year. “That’s a beautiful thing,” said Oaklash co-creator, Mama Celeste.
Feb 3, 2021

Heart & Soul

Near the start of Disney/Pixar's latest animated film Soul, the character Ray Gardner encourages his son to appreciate live music: "Black improvisational music," he says. "It's one of our great contributions to American culture. At least give it...
Jan 27, 2021

Oakland Is Our Turf

Did you ever expect, during the pandemic lockdown, to miss the crushing inhumanity of riding on BART at rush hour? Didn't think so—unless over the past few months you've been the lonely sole member of a pod...
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