The Hella Black Podcast Holds Unfiltered Discussions on Race, Politics, and Oakland
Delency Parham (left) and Blake Simons met at a protest demanding the name change of Le Conte Hall at UC Berkeley.
Two friends who often discussed politics, Oakland, and the need for Black political education have turned their casual conversations into a podcast that has garnered more than 30,000 plays on SoundCloud, despite having released just nine episodes and operating on a limited budget… Read more on East Bay Express
Long Live Oakland: Reports of the city's demise are greatly exaggerated—two young activists fight for its future
Earlier this year, as gentrifiers enjoyed cocktails on Telegraph Ave, two young Bay Area natives lost their lives to gun violence a mere five blocks away. The physical proximity yet social distance between them reflects the changing landscape of Oakland, California— a place that is actively fighting against the tides of displacement and the encroaching greed of Silicon Valley. You could say it’s a tale of two cities, one where natives nurture the place they know as home, and one where settlers consume the culture with no awareness of the people who gave birth to it… Read more on Playboy
INSPIRED BY BLACK PANTHERS, PEOPLE’S BREAKFAST OAKLAND HELPS THOSE NEGLECTED BY GOVERNMENT
In the 1960s, the Black Panther Party introduced a program in the United States that was unheard of at the time — a free breakfast initiative for school children. At least 20,000 kids in 19 cities in the country were offered eggs, toast, grits, and other food every school day.
The program, inaugurated in 1969 in Oakland, California, was just one aspect of the Panthers’ wider community-based movement, which emphasized self-determination.
As the publication Black Perspectives explained, “One of the fundamental aspects of the [Panthers] was their commitment to serving black communities through a variety of social programs including ambulance services, health clinics, and the creation of schools. One of the most successful of these social programs was the Free Breakfast for Children Program, which provided food for children all across the United States.”
A new movement growing in Oakland aims to recreate this approach, filling in the spaces where the state has so clearly failed to provide for the people… Read more on Shadow Proof