.Madeleine Bair

Jun 29, 2011

Hagage “AJ” Masaed Learns the Art of Hip-Hop Diplomacy

Most rappers pride themselves on having a merciless past — poverty, street violence, jail, execrable living conditions, etc. Still, you'd be hard-pressed to find...
Jun 1, 2011

Farmers’ Markets: Who Benefits?

Spring Opara doesn't just shop at the farmers' market in her Grand Lake neighborhood. She does the farmers' market. Reusable shopping bag dangling from...
Jan 5, 2011

Profiting from Eminent Domain

Before the Oakland City Council voted to allow the use of eminent domain for a West Oakland supermarket, council president Jane Brunner issued a...
Dec 22, 2010

The Year of the Lounge

A strange thing happened to me at The Layover the other weekend. There I was, sharing the atomic patch of a dance floor with...
Dec 8, 2010

Erotica, Intrigue, and Arithmetic in ‘Rites of Love and Math’

There was no red carpet outside the Landmark Shattuck Cinema last Thursday, but the lobby contained the frenzied excitement of a movie premiere. A...
Nov 19, 2010

Bay vs. LA Dance Battle Tomorrow

Cal versus Stanford at the War Memorial Stadium may be the Big Game, but it's not the only regional battle going on this...
Nov 12, 2010

Tonight, Youth Will Speak Out About Police Abuse

Check news reports of the aftermath of Oscar Grant’s killing and the overwhelming images you find depict riots in downtown Oakland. That’s too bad,...
Oct 20, 2010

Webos TV has Huevos

Viewed on its live Internet stream, the public affairs show could be filmed anywhere. The set consists of no more than a black background....