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
By JR Valrey Now that we are fast approaching the one year anniversary to the Covid shelter in place mandate, which is on March 12, we must start to analyze our successes, during such a tumultuous year. Most of us have had to form deeper … Continue readingWe Ride Too is Bringing Horseback Riding Back to the Black Community’s Youth
By JR Valrey The Continental Club located at 1658 12th Street, in West Oakland, is one of the first places where Blues and Jazz bands, and later Soul bands got a chance to hone their craft, in front of an audience, in the Town. Musicians … Continue readingRapper DB the General Now Owns the Legendary Continental Club in West Oakland
By JR Valrey As the Covid pandemic’s shelter-in-place rages on indefinitely, it is important for us to hear how our community is coping with this tumultuous current financial period. Some media focus has already been put on the homeless population, who are increasingly struggling to … Continue readingBay Area Black “Mom and Pop” Landlord Responds to National Eviction Moratorium
By JR Valrey With all the leisure time that the pandemic has created in our lives, by slowing down reality with the shelter in place mandate, this has been a perfect opportunity for some to to explore their dreams of being an entrepreneur. While some … Continue readingOnline Upcycle Fashion Brand “Ramona K Closet” owner Takia Hooker Speaks on Starting a Business in a Pandemic
By JR Valrey, the People’s Minister of Information As Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner advocates for the 900 schools, in his jurisdiction, to become Covid vaccination centers to hasten distribution to his district, it is important that we know where Bay Area … Continue readingOakland Unified School District is Struggling with the Pandemic: an interview with OUSD Board Director VanCedric Williams
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 Minister of Information Plants have been on the front line of keeping humans anatomically, as well as mentally, and spiritually healthy, since the dawn of humanity. Plants create oxygen, as well as create energy, that we call food, for our cells … Continue readingUsing Plants for Health Purposes: an interview with herbalist Lea Nicole
By JR Valrey, The People’s Minister of Information The Covid 19 shelter in place mandate has given a rare opportunity for parents in the Black community to present Black children’s literature to our children, while outside businesses and distractions have been mostly closed down. Black … Continue readingBlack Children’s Literature is a Must: an interview with illustrator and children’s book writer Robert Trujillo