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Reviving America’s first slave autobiography

Courtesy: Documenting the American South Genealogy is becoming an easier field to navigate these days, with websites and organizations encouraging people to discover their family heritage. That’s what Oakland’s Regina Mason did, but on her own. In the upcoming film Gina’s Journey, Mason chronicles her adventure in searching for her family history. Being an African American, […]

Kick off the DNC with Melissa Griffin

FLICKR USER ANTDEROSA The Democratic National Convention is underway in Charlotte, North Carolina, and current and former Bay Area political stars are taking the stage. Speaking at the convention are House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, Congresswomen Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, and California Attorney General- Kamala Harris. So, what should we […]

Elections 2012: the South Asian vote

We continue the joint series with our friends at New America Media discussing the issues that various Bay Area ethnic communities care about this election year, and where they stand on local issues. Every Tuesday until election day, we’ll be speaking with representatives from local ethnic media to hear about what’s important to their audiences. The South […]

Oakland City Council enacts controversial public seating rule

Demonstrators hold signs at a vigil for Alan Blueford last May at Oakland’s police headquarters. FLICKR USER GREENDOULA On September 18th, an incident cut short an Oakland City Council meeting (see what happened in the video below). People were chanting and booing the Councilmembers in protest of how the Oakland Police dealt with the shooting […]

The 38 Percent: The Latino vote in California

Marcos Gutierrez is the host of the radio show Hecho in California on KIQI 1010 AM in Daly City. The latest census numbers say that Latinos make of 38 percent of California’s population, a voting bloc to be reckoned with on issues like domestic workers, farm labor, and immigration. Latino San Francisco Supervisors Avalos, Campos, and Olague […]

Arab Film Festival: Private Sun sheds light on being a Palestinian woman

Private Sun, Courtesy: Arab Film festival This weekend marks the Arab Film Festival in the San Francisco Bay Area, with 40 films showing this year from all over the Arab world. The Palestinian short film Private Sun deals with the ironic reality of being Vitamin D deficient in a sun-drenched country like Palestine. It’s increasingly a problem […]

Web Exclusive: Extended interview with Ayesha Mattu & Zahra Noorbakhsh

Note to listeners: This interview contains mature content.  San Francisco’s premier literary festival, Litquake, is in its final days, with dozens of readings, performances, and author events all over San Francisco. Part of Litquake’s mission is featuring new authors and new works of literature. One of these books is the groundbreaking Love, Inshallah, a collection of stories […]