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27 Nov 2019

I Went to an Oakland Homeless Community to Say Hello. This Is What I Found.

By Thomas Johnson I consider myself to be lucky, even though I’ve been homeless plenty of times in my life. We didn’t really call it “homeless” back in the late 70s and 80s — we were just “outdoors.” The apartment I have now, I got because of who I knew.

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26 Nov 2019

America Ruined the Temperance Movement

by Xan Holbrook The Mafia are a disgrace to our species. The true stories of the Mafia – of people too inept to handle laundry, too mediocre to hold someone’s hand or kiss a cheek, yet so brutal as to pull the richest nation’s strings – are at once horrifying,

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25 Nov 2019

Don’t Dismiss Doja Cat for Her Sexuality

by Willem Frankenfort With her sophomore album, Hot Pink, Amala Zandile Dlamini is poised to be the next big name in hip hop. You may know her better by her stage name, Doja Cat. She came to the attention of the public at large in 2018 with her viral video,

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22 Nov 2019

Finding Mental Health Care Drives New Yorkers Insane

by Hannah Harkness A year after moving to NYC, I tweeted out “I have an NYC therapist and a Philly therapist because only a Philly therapist understands what 30 years of living in Philadelphia does to your mind.” Like a lot of jokes on my Twitter feed, this was less

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21 Nov 2019

The Carefully Calculated World of K-Pop

by Kate Brunotts In October of this year, global superstars BTS broke another world record by becoming the fastest account to gain 1 million followers on the social platform TikTok. It took the group well under 4 hours. Clearly, K-Pop groups have taken the world by storm and amassed an

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20 Nov 2019

Five Easy Steps to Getting Over it When Your Bike Gets Stolen

By Emma Webster Welcome to the Bay. Now say goodbye to your bike. If you live in the Bay Area, your bike WILL at some point be stolen. If you are reading this and you’re like, “Naaaah, not me, I know how to keep my baby safe,” THEN THIS IS

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20 Nov 2019

Neighbors of the East Bay: Meet Jo Biasi

By Lisa Fernandez We pass by people every day who make up the fabric of our neighborhoods, in big and small ways. Each person has a story to tell, and most often, they’ll surprise you. This series is an opportunity to take the time to stop and meet some of

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20 Nov 2019

Guy You Met One Time Three Years Ago Invites You To Weird Facebook Event

by Ben Mangelsdorf Facebook user Keith Lightbringer, real name Keith Edwards, sent shockwaves through your Facebook feed Saturday evening by sending you an invite to an event called “AntAlien Presents: Cathedralasis / EGGTEEN.”  Lightbringer, who you think you met at a 70s-themed party that a Tinder date brought you to

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