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
By JR Valrey The Information Age has made the world that we live in, a very fast moving and different place than it was 35 years ago, when we saw the invention of the first home gaming systems: Atari and Colecovision. Competitive gaming used to … Continue readingThe Ultimate Gaming League Has Made Shelter in Place More Tolerable
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
By JR Valrey Zotunde Morton is one of the most talented male educators that I have seen, and worked with, within the borders of Oakland. His patience with children and his passion for teaching are incomparable. His love for the outdoors is intriguing, for students … Continue readingAn East Oakland After-School Program in the Covid Era
By JR Valrey, The Minister of Information On Wednesday January 20th, students at the prestigious San Francisco based Lowell High School, commemorated the inauguration of the President and Vice President of the United States, with anti-Black and anti-Jewish epithets being spewed across their distance-learning computer … Continue readingLowell High School’s Racist Digital Insurrection is Ringing Alarm Bells in San Francisco
By JR Valrey, The People’s Minister of Information Small Black businesses, locally and all over the nation, have taken an economic beating because of the nearly year-long Covid 19 shelter-in-place mandate, which has starved them of the expected consumer cash, with no end in sight. … Continue readingTrevor Parham of the Oakland Black Business Fund Talks About Philanthropy in the Black Community, Following Last Year’s “Justice for Floyd George-Breonna Taylor Rebellions”
Recently I spoke with counselor Karla Van-Pitterson, who is in London, England about her thoughts on mental health in the Black community, and the Covid 19 response in the UK, as well as similarities and differences between the UK and US.
Black British Counselor Karla Van-Pitterson speaks on mental health in the Black community in the UK, during Covid 19, as well as the similarities and differences between the responses in the UK and the US.
By JR Valrey, The People’s Minister of Information Yesterday Governor Gavin Newsom just announced a $2 billion plan to reopen schools by mid-February. The proposal will be submitted to the state legislature, and as an economic incentive for school districts that comply, additional funding … Continue readingSF School Board Member Kevine Boggess Weighs In on Reopening San Francisco Public Schools
By JR Valrey, The People’s Minister of Information San Francisco County’s District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton has been on the frontline all throughout 2020, introducing innovative and ground-breaking legislation such as the C.A.R.E.N. Act, which was designed to put an end to mostly white people, … Continue readingSan Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton Introduces Hazard Pay for Essential Workers in San Francisco County