.The People Issue

Aug 14, 2019

Nick Dong

Oakland artist Nick Dong unites the joy of commitment and the grief of eternal separation in his latest endeavor, The Mendsmith Project. By forging the wedding rings of a friend whose husband had died, his metalsmith and jewelry skills create a single, tributary object; their love both tragic and...
Aug 14, 2019

Breaking Ground on the State of Human Communications

Anyone who's ever gotten into a political argument online may recall thinking to themselves that their opponent is just stupider than them. Behavioral scientist Juliana Schroeder's research tells her that this is a normal reaction to such...
Aug 14, 2019

Believer in Food as a Catalyst for Change

Food entrepreneurship runs in chef Rashad Armstead's blood. His great-grandmother, Sarah Rawls, opened up shop in West Oakland selling egg sandwiches made on a hot plate. From there, her restaurant empire grew to several full-service restaurants throughout the...
Aug 14, 2019

Best Street Clown

Alameda's own Kenny The Clown will do anything to make people smile. One yelper described meeting him outside of a bar and getting an earful of naked beach volleyball jokes, before Kenny pulled out a banana, with...
Aug 14, 2019

Volunteer Police Watchdog

By day, Regina Jackson is CEO of the East Oakland Youth Development Center, a 41-year-old nonprofit that provides enrichment programs for more than 2,000 youth and adults. But that's not all. By evening — and weekends, and probably...
Aug 14, 2019

Pied Piper of Point Richmond Pets

At The Milo Foundation, Lynne Tingle takes the time to shout greetings to every mammal, her voice carrying over a soundtrack of excited barking. The Milo Foundation is a no-kill animal sanctuary founded and directed by Tingle. An...
Aug 14, 2019

Freshest New Poet in the Town

For as long as local 16-year-old poet Samuel Getachew could remember, he was reading books. He even had his mother drop him off at the library an hour before school started so he could get some reading...
Aug 14, 2019

Best Hip-Hop Comedy Character

Sometimes hip-hop can be unintendedly hilarious as rappers try to out-do each other as the hardest, most badass emcee alive. And then there's Sonniebo, who is an intendedly hilarious with absurd lyrics that shouts out with Lil...
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