Reactions: Cop-on-Black vs. Black-on-Black

Cop on Black, Black on Black    R. Owens

It seems that if you’re not killed by a cop, you’re a just a garden variety homicide victim. People don’t get too upset. You might get an impromptu curbside memorial. The local TV news might mention the killing in passing. And then, the victim of the day will be forgotten until the next man, woman, or child gets shot and killed. People seem to get up in arms only if a cop does the killing, à la Oscar Grant or Alan Blueford. If it’s black on black, it’s business as usual. But if it’s cop on black – oh, damn, it’s on!

Lam and I Both Move On

I wrote all of my students a personal note when I left mid-year to accept another position

During the Fall semester of 2007, I was teaching in the OUSD Independent Study Program, seeing about 30 or so students per week, individually and in small groups by grade level and course.  Lam was in my group of 11th grade students. We were studying American history since Reconstruction and reading American literature from about […]

VIDEO: Raid on Occupy Oakland – One Year Later

Raid on Occupy Oakland – One Year Later

Protesters, spectators, passers-by, and police gathered at Oakland’s city hall plaza on October 25, 2012, marking the one-year anniversary of the day the police tore down Occupy Oakland’s tent camp encampment at the plaza. West Oakland resident Janay Smith, 20, talks about the anniversary event and the relevance, and the irrelevance, of the Occupy movement.

Heart and Soul – ‘Ladies Rock Da Mic’ Brings Harmony to Oakland

Tamika Nicole works to unify communities like Oakland through music. Photo courtesy of Elise Evans.

For two soul-filled hours, the audience is treated to the raw talent that each and ever singer possesses. Each act brings to the stage their passion for helping others and for singing. The energy is infectious as the singers lead the near capacity crowd in rock, R&B, and jazz songs. With their voices, the singers unify the audience in song, and in the spirit of giving.

‘Negroes With Guns:’ My Black Panther Reeducation

Increasing anger and frustration displayed on posters calling for "war on the OPD."  E. Cervantes, Oakland Voices 2012.

Today, mainstream media depicts a Panther demise into pimping, drug-dealing and gangbanging, but that history is questioned and should not remain as the Party’s legacy. In 1968, the police were the soldiers of a racist system and acted with impunity. The Panthers offered black communities much-needed protection, and through good works like teaching and feeding children, empowered and mobilized people to stand up against racial violence and rampant police brutality.

Rising Local Talent Rayven is Ready To Soar


By Sheila Blandon There are many artists in the Bay Area, but Rayven’s passion and motivation sets him apart from the rest. He has came a long way, from being a part of a group along with his brother, to now launching his own carreer. Born and raised in East Oakland, Rayven Justice and his younger […]

Artist Rachel-Anne Palacios Brings Multicultural Soul & Spirit to Oakland Students

Rachel in her home art studio
Oakland Voices/August 2012 Debora Gordon

By Debora Gordon Rachel-Anne Palacios’ grandmother was the spark that lit Rachel’s artistic fire. “I never did any kind of serious art,” she says, “but I would make things for my grandma for her birthday that were inspired by folk art from the Middle East and from Mexico, and grandma was saying ‘Every time people […]