Black Lives Matter
People are gathering Wednesday to remember the life and death of Oscar Grant III. A noon vigil and rally organized by the Oscar Grant Foundation takes place 11 years after Grant was fatally shot on a BART platform at Oakland’s Fruitvale station in the wee hours of the new year.
His name has become nationally synonymous with the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement. The image is now iconic: a young black man with a great smile and a black beanie. His story has been retold in sidewalk conversations, in small bars, on the big screen and covered by
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Recently I discovered there was a Radical Black Feminism reading group in NYC that discusses Black issues, and Black feminism within social movements. The group is hosted by NYC Democratic Socialists of America, one of the largest socialist organizations in the United States.
There were no barbecues or people lounging the day away. Instead, it was an afternoon of peaceful resistance and camaraderie in Oakland’s Frank H. Ogawa Plaza (locally dubbed Oscar Grant Plaza) with people of all shapes, sizes and shades coming together to reclaim the holiday in a way that truly
You might not like the tone BLM takes, or the image of NFL players kneeling before a game, but if you think that makes these things fundamentally wrong, it’s time for a U.S. history lesson.
Now playing at New Conservatory Theater Center through October 22, Harrison David Rivers’ new play This Bitter Earth touches upon many hot button issues, albeit with a depth and sensitivity which might inspire audiences to engage in thoughtful dialogues about the Black Lives Matter movement. The play follows the brief, intense
It’s an unavoidable topic. Turn on the news on any given day and there’s a questionable police shooting or police using excessive force. It seems as commonplace as the daily weather report. The first few times were shocking, but we are beginning to grow numb to the idea that the
I never watch awards shows. Never. My spouse and my in-laws watch that shit on the reg. But, I have never invested any time or effort into watching awards shows because if the award ain’t going to me, what’s the point? This year I had a special interest in the