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Nov 23, 2022

The Gift of Green

Joshua Chase and Oakanna stand out when the smoke clears The Oakanna cannabis store bears quite a few distinctions. For one, it’s the first cannabis dispensary approved to be on Oakland’s busy Lakeshore Avenue promenade. Oakanna owner Joshua Chase, who describes himself as the CEO/janitor, was co-owner of other spots,...
Nov 16, 2022

Jemele Hill

Oct 19, 2022

Freedom Songs: Black Panther leader Ericka Huggins brings the history and legacy of the...

In a foreword to the new book, Comrade Sisters, Women of the Black Panther Party, activist and author Angela Davis defines freedom as “far more than a checklist of formal rights.”  Published by ACC Art Books, the book...
Sep 7, 2022

Pride, Purpose, Passion: Joe Hawkins celebrates 5 years of Oakland’s LGBTQ Center with a...

In August of 2019, EBX sat down with Oakland LGBTQ Center CEO Joe Hawkins and vice president Dawn Edwards, to celebrate two years of a place that almost didn’t happen. Hawkins recalled:  “About six years ago, co-founder and...
Jul 27, 2022

Grand Times: Life on the lake has something for everyone

Social science experts and census takers claim that great cities and urban neighborhoods have double narratives that include rich, deeply embedded historical narratives and progressive, state-of-the-art attitudes, amenities and commercial development. The best among them prove a...
Jun 29, 2022

Never Silent: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on race and racism, becoming a parent and...

When it comes to conversations with kids about race and racism, the most dangerous choice parents and caregivers make is saying nothing at all. Unpacking the “silence is best” suitcase reveals one primary emotion and its neighbor:...
Jun 22, 2022

The Fear We Live With: What it does to us, and how to manage...

Three years of pandemic. War in Ukraine. Mass shootings. Inflation/eviction/recession. Democracy in crisis. Honestly, there is something wrong with you if you aren’t feeling fearful. But the problem is—there’s also something wrong with you if you are,...
May 25, 2022

Ride On: Black cowgirl Brianna Noble moves beyond her iconic trot

Two years after rising to prominence as an iconic image on print and social media platforms around the world—a Black cowgirl in downtown Oakland mounted on her statuesque, 17.1 hand Appaloosa gelding, Dapper Dan—Brianna Noble has a...
Apr 27, 2022

Planting Justice: Sobrante Park neighbors work together

Sobrante Park is the kind of neighborhood families stay in for generations. It’s the right kind of place for a project like the Planting Justice nursery, an attempt to tap the deep roots of the community to...
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