Black Owned Live-Performance Venues in Oakland Struggle to Financially Breathe

  Black Owned Live-Performance Venues in Oakland Struggle to Financially Breathe By JR Valrey, The People’s Minister of Information Oakland nightlife has been severely affected by the Covid pandemic, which was evident when the premiere live-performance jazz club, Yoshi’s, in Jack London Square, created a … Continue readingBlack Owned Live-Performance Venues in Oakland Struggle to Financially Breathe

Songstress Keidra’s Single “Body” Gives the Bay Area a New Sound

By JR Valrey, The People’s Minister of Information Beyond the revolution, prostitution, the drug scene, tech, and independent Hip Hop, Oakland is known for its production of talented female vocalists that either were developed in the Town, or that passed through to hone their craft. … Continue readingSongstress Keidra’s Single “Body” Gives the Bay Area a New Sound

Liberation Park’s Skating Rink, Drive-in Movie Theater, and Akoma Farmer’s Market Brings Life to East Oakland This Summer

By JR Valrey One of the most exciting things locally, to happen during the Covid pandemic is the explosion of activity at Liberation Park, at East Oakland’s Eastmont Mall; a farmers market has been launched, a drive-in movie theater has been created, and a roller … Continue readingLiberation Park’s Skating Rink, Drive-in Movie Theater, and Akoma Farmer’s Market Brings Life to East Oakland This Summer

Palestinian Cuban Fusion Food Has Hit the Bay Area: Chef Nicole Garcia Explains

By JR Valrey The silver lining in the Covid pandemic’s shelter in place, is that the closing down of society has given many people time to think, be creative, and re-invent themselves. Some have created businesses that they plan to live off of so that … Continue readingPalestinian Cuban Fusion Food Has Hit the Bay Area: Chef Nicole Garcia Explains

Talented Stockton songstress Morgan J Is Making Her Voice Heard All Over Northern Cali

By JR Valrey, the Minister of Information Morgan J is a gifted vocalist from Stockton, that I met at Pillow Session, a performance production that is put on weekly at D’Wayne Wiggins from Tony Toni Tone’s compound, in Deep East Oakland. Morgan J’s seductive, airy, … Continue readingTalented Stockton songstress Morgan J Is Making Her Voice Heard All Over Northern Cali

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

14th Street Market Is a Black Owned Grocery Store Opening in Downtown Oakland

  By JR Valrey Where some people see tragedy, others see opportunity, and the owner of Complex music venue in downtown Oakland, Oscar Edwards, has his eyes on creating a pandemic – proof business, next door to his popular music venue. Opening on Saturday, March … Continue reading14th Street Market Is a Black Owned Grocery Store Opening in Downtown Oakland