SONGSTRESS KEIDRA’S SINGLE “BODY” GIVES THE BAY AREA A NEW SOUND

By JR Valrey, The People’s Minister of Information Beyond the revolution, prostitution, the drug scene, tech, and independent Hip Hop, Oakland is known for its production of talented female vocalists that either were developed in the Town, or that passed through to hone their craft. Former Oakland residents like Kehlani, Ledisi, and Keyshia Cole have lived and breathed the Oakland experience growing up, while Beyonce’s Destiny’s Child, India.Arie, Alicia Keys, H.E.R., and many others came, actively studied while here, and recorded with the legendary D’Wayne Wiggins of the Oakland R&B…

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THE HIP HOP RETURN OF THE LYRICAL MASTERMIND YOUNG GULLY

By JR Valrey, the People’s Minister of Information Oakland has a history of superb Hip Hop story-tellers although the Town has never received the credit for it, wordsmiths like: Askari X, Boots from the Coup, Seagram, V. White, the Luniz, 3X Crazy, BadnFluenz, Poohman, Father Dom, Dru Down, Casual, Opio, Tajai, and Saafir could paint exquisite pictures with words that have paved the way for today’s lyrical giants like Beeda Weeda, Zumbi, J. Stalin, Shady Nate, Lil Blood, Karega Bailey, and Brookfield Deuce to take the Hip Hop story-telling throne.…

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THE ULTIMATE GAMING LEAGUE HAS MADE SHELTER IN PLACE MORE TOLERABLE

By JR Valrey The Information Age has made the world that we live in, a very fast moving and different place than it was 35 years ago, when we saw the invention of the first home gaming systems: Atari and Colecovision. Competitive gaming used to be about Frogger and Pacman, then it moved up to Tecmo Bowl and Double Dribble, then Madden and NBA 2K came out, and that is where we are in gaming history. What was once a fun pastime in the neighborhood, has turned into a full…

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BLACK PANTHER ARTIST M. GAYLE ASALI DICKSON TALKS ABOUT HER LIFE IN THE BLACK PEOPLE’S ARMY

By JR Valrey Some of us can name off the leadership of the Black Panther Party, but just as important we must remember the everyday community leaders, that served the people on behalf of the Black Panther Party, and gave it their all. These were the everyday Panthers that worked at the Free Breakfast Program, the Liberation School, and the free health clinics, worked on the Black Panther Newspaper, as well as in dozens of other Survival Programs. These people who participated from all over the nation, in one of…

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OAKLAND MAN REPATRIATES TO GHANA AND GETS A SECOND WIND AT LIFE

By JR Valrey Africa has always been a distant dream for Black people, in the Americas, that have thought about escaping this horrid, social, white supremacists imperial kingdom that the colonizers have created. The late Kwame Ture aka Stokley Carmichael, was one of the biggest advocates for the descendants of enslaved Africans to return to the Motherland, to assist in the creation of the United States of Africa. With the modern political creation of super-nations like the European Union, it is in Africa’s interest to tear down colonial borders on…

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WOMEN OF BLACK PANTHER PARTY MURAL PROJECT IS UNVEILED ON FEB 14TH – WBPPMURAL.COM

July 28, 1968 – Oakland, California, USA: Kathleen Cleaver, communications secretary and the first female member of the Party’s decision-making Central Committee, talks with Black Panthers from Los Angeles who came to the Free Huey rally in Bobby Hutton Park (named by the Panthers Bobby Hutton Park) in West Oakland (Stephen Shames/Polaris) On October 28, 1967, Oakland police officer John Frey was shot to death in an altercation with Huey P. Newton during a traffic stop. In the stop, Newton and backup officer Herbert Heanes also suffered gunshot wounds. Newton…

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MARIJUANA MASTER CHEF SHAWN “LIONFACE” BREWER SPEAKS ON HIS CAREER PATH

By JR Valrey, The People’s Minister of Information  Reggae musicians have long and rightfully claimed that marijuana was for the healing of the nation; and as we are in the grips of a supposed pandemic, academic researchers have disclosed that they are researching the anti-inflammatory properties of the terpenes in the herb, to see if it could play a bigger role in the fight against Covid. Elijah Muhammad taught us, when he taught the Nation of Islam, that we need to “eat to live” and not just live to eat.…

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BART AND THE OAKLAND CITY COUCIL’S BLACK ELECTED OFFICIALS SUPPORT OSCAR GRANT’S FAMILY CALL FOR MURDER CHARGES AFTER SEALED RECORDS RELEASE

By JR Valrey, The People’s Minister of Information While federal Black elected officials come to grips with the fact, that the Capitol Police, on January 6th, did nothing to quell a coordinated mass assassination attempt on them, as Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley and Maxine Waters have so elaborately articulated, while the Capitol was ransacked by Trump supporters, white supremacists, and law enforcement officials, Oakland is opening another front in the Neo-Civil War, by re-opening the Oscar Grant murder case, and attempting to charge another BART police officer, Anthony Pironi, with murder…

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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 to function out of sunlight, water, and minerals from soil. In turn, humanity and other animals have a symbiotic relationship with plants. The carbon dioxide that we exhale, is inhaled and needed for plants to function. The urine and feces we produce, can be used…

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MUSIC IS THE WEAPON: AN INTERVIEW WITH WORDSMITH I1MASTERKEY

By JR Valrey “Music is the weapon of the future, music is the weapon of progressives, music is the weapon of the givers of life” – Fela Anikulapo Kuti Conscious music has been a part of our struggle and movement for self-determination since the beginning, when some of our enslaved ancestors would sing slave hymns on the plantations, which really doubled as maps and battle plans to free ourselves.  The rhythm and the word, has been some of the purest teachers that we have been able to learn from, because…

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