West Oakland Hopeful But Unsure About Teen Center Plans

A small banner is the only indication of plans to turn a boarded up former church into the West Oakland Teen Center. By Tyrese Johnson

By Tyrese Johnson OAKLAND, CA – “West Oakland residents need resources that are free,” asserted Liz Derias, formerly of  the youth advocacy group Leadership Excellence. In 2008, the City of Oakland enlisted Derias’ help. She led a team of young people in a year-long campaign to develop a place that serves West Oakland’s teens. Many area […]

Food Court Roulette

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DIARY OF A FIEND: A FAST-FOOD JUNKIE KICKS THE HABIT
By Dawneka Akins
This entry is part of my 31-day journey giving up some of the unhealthy eating habits I’ve had for most of my life. Fast food is everywhere – on every corner, on TV, and on huge billboards all over the city. For me, eating well with a low income, no car, and limited time is difficult. Dodging bad food – all I’ve known for 21 years – has become one of the biggest challenges of my life.

The Scale

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DIARY OF A FIEND: A FAST-FOOD JUNKIE KICKS THE HABIT
By Dawneka Akins
This entry is part of my 31-day journey giving up some of the unhealthy eating habits I’ve had for most of my life. Fast food is everywhere – on every corner, on TV, and on huge billboards all over the city. For me, eating well with a low income, no car, and limited time is difficult. Dodging bad food – all I’ve known for 21 years – has become one of the biggest challenges of my life.

Life-long Art Collector Keeps Ebony Museum Alive & Strong For 20 Years

Aissatoui A. Vernita at her Ebony Museum of Art in West Oakland. Now in her early 80s, Vernita has been collecting African and black American art “since the age of 9.” By Cameron Wilson

By Oakland Voices Contributor Cameron Wilson OAKLAND, CA – The bus ride from downtown Oakland to Oak Center is never monotonous.  There is always something different to see, from the changing seasons to people going about their daily routines.  Amongst the usual things found in a residential neighborhood; single and multi-family homes, trees and parks, […]

Marijuana Grower Fears Prop 19 Will Burn His Business

Robert makes about $60,000 a year from the marijuana crop he raises and sells in Oakland. He worries that Prop 19, if it succeeds on the November 2 ballot, will favor a handful of large growers and kill small businesses like his. By Sultanah Corbett

By Oakland Voices contributor Sultanah Corbett OAKLAND, CA – Pot, purple, cheeba, iz – Oakland’s recreational users have lots of names for marijuana. If Proposition 19 – or, as some advocates call it, The Regulate – passes in California’s November election, there will be one more name to add to that list: legal. In three […]

Fiending for Diet Help… and Cookies!

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DIARY OF A FIEND: A FAST-FOOD JUNKIE KICKS THE HABIT
By Dawneka Akins
This entry is part of my 31-day journey giving up some of the unhealthy eating habits I’ve had for most of my life. Fast food is everywhere – on every corner, on TV, and on huge billboards all over the city. For me, eating well with a low income, no car, and limited time is difficult. Dodging bad food – all I’ve known for 21 years – has become one of the biggest challenges of my life.

How The Ads Hook Me

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DIARY OF A FIEND: A FAST-FOOD JUNKIE KICKS THE HABIT
By Dawneka Akins
This entry is part of my 31-day journey giving up some of the unhealthy eating habits I’ve had for most of my life. Fast food is everywhere – on every corner, on TV, and on huge billboards all over the city. For me, eating well with a low income, no car, and limited time is difficult. Dodging bad food – all I’ve known for 21 years – has become one of the biggest challenges of my life.

‘Eminent domain’ draws shudders in West Oakland

(From The Oakland Tribune – Posted: 10/03/2010) By Brian Beveridge Oakland Voices Correspondent OAKLAND, CA – Eminent domain: Two words that strike fear in the hearts of property owners. The legal tool allows cities and government agencies to buy property even if the owner does not want to sell — sometimes below the price the owner […]

What Is Fast Food, Anyway?

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DIARY OF A FIEND: A FAST-FOOD JUNKIE KICKS THE HABIT
By Dawneka Akins
This entry is part of my 31-day journey giving up some of the unhealthy eating habits I’ve had for most of my life. Fast food is everywhere – on every corner, on TV, and on huge billboards all over the city. For me, eating well with a low income, no car, and limited time is difficult. Dodging bad food – all I’ve known for 21 years – has become one of the biggest challenges of my life.