Hanging out at Black and Brown LGBTQ Pride in Oakland
Hundreds of men and women gathered at Lake Merritt earlier this month for the Second Annual Oakland Black and Brown LGBT Pride.
San Francisco-born Michelle Mitchell founded the event because there were no other black and Brown prides in Northern California.
Oakland Renaissance living? Dee's Loft by AJ Photography, http://www.flickr.com/photos/badgurl/4260681109/
The city of Oakland’s official website displays the link to an LA Times article titled “The Oakland Renaissance.”
Oakland first friday by blocker 1510, http://www.flickr.com/photos/55684814@N03/8442508916/
At the First Friday, an Oakland youth tragically shot and killed another Oakland youth. Both youth were African American. The Oakland Tribune titled one of its columns “Shooting Bad PR for Oakland Art Murmur.”
Port of Oakland arial view
By Kheven LaGrone
When news leaked out about the Port of Oakland's internal audit, it became known as the "Port Scandal."
The port did not release it immediately, but announced that the audit led to further investigation. This built suspense, speculation and gossip.
Oakland Booty, another great dog sit by greenkozi, http://www.flickr.com/photos/themacinator/2831410277/
Photo of Cabel's Reef by Kheven LaGrone
A few years ago, there was a notorious “drug-dealing” corner near Lake Merritt. It was a predominately African American neighborhood and most of the citizens simply avoided the corner. They stayed inside at night. There was little police presence there. Drug dealers ran the corner.
Photo by Howard Dyckoff, Move in Day, http://www.flickr.com/photos/oaklandlocal/6780635789/in/photostream/
While standing in front of the Oakland Public Library, a young white man gave me a flyer to Occupy Oakland’s “Weekend of Action!” While I agreed with some of Occupy Movement’s positions, I disagreed with a lot of their tactics. I told the man I had problems with Occupy Oakland. Though it was called “Occupy Oakland,” the media focused on white protesters from other cities. I he
Occupy: to take possession and control of (a place), as by military invasion
For years, some Oakland leaders seem to have portrayed financially-strapped Oakland as a blank canvas in need of occupation from the outside.
Perhaps it was meant to be a comedy skit or political satire.
Last Monday, I watched CNN cover the “controversial” University of California, Berkeley’s, “Increase Diversity Bake Sale.” The bake sale was to protest affirmative action at the UC campus.
Bruce Norris’s “Clybourne Park” has been called a provocative play on race relations and gentrification. He wrote it after seeing Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.”