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”

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

The Black Photography Aesthetic: an interview with photographer Dominque Washington

By JR Valrey, The Minister of Information Photography is one of my favorite art forms because I admire how a photographer is able to capture a moment, and allow that moment to tell a story for possibly a lifetime. At one point taking a photograph … Continue readingThe Black Photography Aesthetic: an interview with photographer Dominque Washington

The African American Sports and Entertainment Group is Moving Forward With Developing the Coliseum After the A’s Lease is Up

By JR Valrey, The Minister of Information JR Oakland history was made in front of our eyes on November 16th 2021 when the African American Sports and Entertainment Group’s proposal to develop the Coliseum area after the Oakland A’s lease is up in 2024, was … Continue readingThe African American Sports and Entertainment Group is Moving Forward With Developing the Coliseum After the A’s Lease is Up

Oakland Mayoral Candidate Attorney Allyssa Victory, Esq. Weighs in on Vaccine Debate and Major Court Cases part 3

By JR Valrey, The Minister of Information Attorney Allyssa Victory, Esq. is a serious progressive candidate, within the flood of contenders for the Oakland mayoral election of 2022. Having come from a legal background, and having worked heavily with Oakland’s city government, she may be … Continue readingOakland Mayoral Candidate Attorney Allyssa Victory, Esq. Weighs in on Vaccine Debate and Major Court Cases part 3