The Berkeley Police Department is Not Making Any Recommendation For Prosecution in the Murder of Stephen “Zumbi” Gaines at Alta Bates Hospital

By JR Valrey, The People’s Minister of Information On January 5, 2022 the City of Berkeley’s Police Accountability Board had a special meeting on investigating police misconduct in the death of international rapper Zumbi of Zion I aka Stephen Gaines.  Although Zumbi was killed on … Continue readingThe Berkeley Police Department is Not Making Any Recommendation For Prosecution in the Murder of Stephen “Zumbi” Gaines at Alta Bates Hospital

Master Painter Malik Seneferu Talk About His Inspiration, Married Life, and the Politics of Being a Black Visual Artist

By JR Valrey, The Minister of Information  When I was around 18 years old, I met the legendary San Francisco born painter and muralist Malik Seneferu, from Hunter’s Point, on the campus of San Francisco State University, while I was a member of the Pan … Continue readingMaster Painter Malik Seneferu Talk About His Inspiration, Married Life, and the Politics of Being a Black Visual Artist

Musician Elijah Baker Recently Dropped New Traditional Funk Album, “A Real Mother Funker”

By JR Valrey, The Minister of Information Elijah Baker is a multi-talented instrumentalist who is most known for his work with Tony, Toni, Tone although he had an extensive career playing behind Oakland rap legend Too Short, as well as leading his own band, Park … Continue readingMusician Elijah Baker Recently Dropped New Traditional Funk Album, “A Real Mother Funker”

A Livituary: Ms. Regina Jackson, the President and CEO of the East Oakland Youth Development Center is Retiring After 27 years

By JR Valrey, The Minister of Information  Ms. Regina Jackson, the President and CEO of the East Oakland Youth Development Center, has been a community pillar in East Oakland ever since I can remember. The way she was able to transform the East Oakland Youth … Continue readingA Livituary: Ms. Regina Jackson, the President and CEO of the East Oakland Youth Development Center is Retiring After 27 years

The Looters’ Politik: A Black Community View on the Recent Looting Locally and Nationwide

By JR Valrey, The Minister of Information Headlines nationwide are splattered with “Smash and Grab-gangs are Looting High-End Consumer Districts Nationwide”. The message that the media is sending is of fear, and it could not be conveyed in a more fluid way. Who should be … Continue readingThe Looters’ Politik: A Black Community View on the Recent Looting Locally and Nationwide