We caught up with protesters Michael Houston, Alexcia Sundra, Brianna Noble, and Selena De Leon on why they protest as a part of the Black Lives Matter movement.
It’s 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday evening in Oakland and neighbors are gathering for a quickly-arranged concert on their street. People sit and stand on their porches, steps, and sidewalks. An older couple enjoys the concert[Read more]
Mine is the only car as I pull up to 35th and MacArthur early Tuesday morning. Usually swarming with students on their way to Skyline High and workers heading downtown or BART, only one man[Read more]
I like this neighborhood best late at night. When it’s quiet and bathed in a kind, artificial light, and smelling vaguely of weed, flowers, and the places where former neighbors now live on curbs. I[Read more]
Oakland Voices correspondent Amelah El-Amin walks you down a block in Deep East Oakland.
A big shout- out to Randolph Charles Belle for hosting Oakland Voices Cohort Group #6 at his space, RBA Creative, for our twice -a- month meetings. For sometimes entrusting his keys to our coordinator so[Read more]
Recently in the midst of so much heaviness on all fronts, I went looking for some hope. I returned to poetry, my first written love form. I stumbled upon a poem that my former student[Read more]
The Fruitvale District is huge. I cruised it on three separate days. There are three business districts surrounded by residences. I rode up Fruitvale Avenue and walked along Foothill Boulevard a few blocks in each[Read more]
We all know the wave of development is pushing folks farther into East Oakland, the deeper parts. Parts that local folks call Deep East Oakland. Past the 70s into the 80s and 90s. An area[Read more]
I was walking up from my house on Fruitvale towards E. 14th Street. About two blocks from my house, I found myself walking behind two womyn. One pushed a baby stroller; a baby was wrapped[Read more]