Ashel Eldridge of EFAM Talks Homelessness in Oakland and upcoming “Dope is Death” Doc Screening

By JR Valrey, The People’s Minister of Information Ashel Eldridge and the collective that he is a member of, known as Essential Food & Medicine, have been doing vital work with the members of our West Oakland community who live in the streets aka homeless … Continue readingAshel Eldridge of EFAM Talks Homelessness in Oakland and upcoming “Dope is Death” Doc Screening

Visual Artist Shomari Smith’s “Thank You” Exhibit Immortalizes Oakland Legends

By JR Valrey, the Minister of Information  With Hiero Day 2021 having just passed, and Black Panther History Month coming up in October, it is a perfect time to talk to visual artist Shomari Smith about his new art/street exhibit, “Thank you”, dedicated to the … Continue readingVisual Artist Shomari Smith’s “Thank You” Exhibit Immortalizes Oakland Legends

The First Day of Full Contact School in Oakland, After Lifting Covid Restrictions

By JR Valrey, the Minister of Information JR Today is the first day of “full contact” schooling, for the Oakland Unified School Districts’ 2021/22 year, since pandemic restrictions were put into effect, in March of 2020. There is a mixed level of excitement to return … Continue readingThe First Day of Full Contact School in Oakland, After Lifting Covid Restrictions

Chef Tobias Cooks Talks About Switching Gears to Follow Her Childhood Passion of Becoming a Chef

by JR Valrey Stockton, California is gaining a reputation as a northern California cultural hub, in contrast to the reputation it had over the last few decades as the main destination for Black and Brown families that could no longer afford to live in the … Continue readingChef Tobias Cooks Talks About Switching Gears to Follow Her Childhood Passion of Becoming a Chef

Black Women-led Revolutionary Social Media Show, “Name It! Claim It! End It…Racism!” Is Weekly

By JR Valrey Ms. Kujichagulia has been a freedom fighter in the community for decades, and a mother figure to me, for more than half of my life. Her knowledge and politics have always impressed me. Her passion to teach Black people to do better … Continue readingBlack Women-led Revolutionary Social Media Show, “Name It! Claim It! End It…Racism!” Is Weekly