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

Bay Area Black “Mom and Pop” Landlord Responds to National Eviction Moratorium

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

Online Upcycle Fashion Brand “Ramona K Closet” owner Takia Hooker Speaks on Starting a Business in a Pandemic

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

Oakland Unified School District is Struggling with the Pandemic: an interview with OUSD Board Director VanCedric Williams

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

Using Plants for Health Purposes: an interview with herbalist Lea Nicole

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

Black Children’s Literature is a Must: an interview with illustrator and children’s book writer Robert Trujillo

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

Downtown Oakland Welcomes Its Newest Black Owned Establishment “Elaine’s Cajun Cuisine Restaurant”

By JR Valrey, The People’s Minister of Information Since the covid shelter-in-place mandate began on March 12, 2020, a large number of restaurants and other businesses, in the downtown Oakland area, have recently been facing permanent closure; most notably the jazz club/sushi bar, “Yoshi’s”, in … Continue readingDowntown Oakland Welcomes Its Newest Black Owned Establishment “Elaine’s Cajun Cuisine Restaurant”