By Katherine Brown It amazes me how priorities change as you grow older. Feats and experiences that seem so trivial now, meant the world to me as an adolescent. One activity in particular was getting a mani-pedi. I wasn’t one of those teens that got my nails done every week – only on special occasions. …Read more…
Is harmony and unity possible in East Oakland? The Laurel Merchant and Laurel District Association strive to prove that it does. The second annual Laurel Holiday Stroll and Donation Drive is just one of over 20 events held in the Laurel District geared towards strengthening relationships between the community and local business.
Is there any love left in The Town? If we look at the homicide rate of 2012 alone, one might say that love is impossible, if not non-existent. But I beg to differ. I see the love here.
I have lived in this community for over 20 years, and I have definitely seen many changes over time that do not aid in improving the health of my neighborhood. For example, over the last year, there has been a rash of break-ins and robberies. In one instance, a family was at home when would-be robbers tried to kick their door in.
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.
I find it pretty ironic that my sister and I cannot swim to save our lives, yet this past weekend we joined hundreds of others in a swimming pool to save the lives of others.
As excited as we are over the A’s improbably success, the thought of the team leaving sobers things just a little bit right now. And for many fans, the preoccupation could also rob Oakland of the opportunity of being acknowledged for something positive for a change.
If good food, exercise, and low stress are keys to fitness and beating back obesity, then I know lots of communities that are in big trouble. In order for us to even move the needle on this obesity issue, we have to consider so much more than what people or eating and how physically active they are. Bear in mind why people are eating what they eat, and why they aren’t being as physically active as they would like to be.
By Katherine Brown Commitment to excellence. Pride and poise. As a Raider fan, these words go far beyond mere mottos for a football team with such an esteemed legacy. To me, these words are extensions of each and every fan that fills the stadium, as well as the spectators at home and the local sports …Read more…
By Katherine Brown With every roar of a bus engine and horn toot from an overhead BART train, waves of people fill the Fruitvale Village. Not just to get to their next destination, but to visit the Fruitvale farmer’s market. On this warm Tuesday evening, the smell of buttery kettle corn fills the air. The …Read more…