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Re: “Supporting Historical, Black-Owned Businesses

Will the EastBay Express consider writing about the greater narrative of the black-owned business? We are more than 3 restaurants, a bookstore and a record shop.

After decades of university education (yes we have been in universities for decades). Oakland is home to Architects, Financial Advisors, Engineers, Doctors, etc. By repeatedly writing about the same 6 stores, you perpetuate the image that black people are no more than retail entertainment.

I hope with this note the East Bay Express will stop, take a look and truly write about us all. I for one am tired of weekly emails and comments for students and adults (black, white and in-between) who did not know there are black architects right here in Oakland, much less elsewhere. Just for starters google the LAX airport to learn about Paul R Williams, the 1st black architect in the US.

I want the East Bay Express to raise it's educational bar. As yourself why you are not aware of black professionals to the point where you assume we do not exist? Become curious. Then print another story about us, the wider narrative of black professionals.

Posted by June Grant on 03/01/2016 at 2:15 PM

Re: “A Year of Development, Displacement, and Inaction

Good

Posted by Harry Peter on 02/29/2016 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Supporting Historical, Black-Owned Businesses

Love Marcus Books. But what about Urban Stitch (Broadway and 17th St.)? How about BettiOno gallery? And
Nenna Joiner's store, Feelmore? Pietisserie, among many food purveyors?

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 02/27/2016 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Supporting Historical, Black-Owned Businesses

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Posted by Editor on 02/26/2016 at 2:40 PM

Re: “In Praise of Old Restaurants

Loved Genova in the past, but rarely go there for a lunch sandwich. The wait is sometimes 15-20 minutes. Can't get a parking spot nearby, either. I also stopped going to Genova when I realized that they have a no donations policy, so they did not give back to the Temescal community like so many other businesses have.

Posted by Ellen.Gierson on 02/25/2016 at 6:59 PM

Re: “In Praise of Old Restaurants

As Upper Broadway has begun to take off with True Burger, Underwood Cafe, Blue Bottle as well as the golden oldies like Mama's Royal, I think Genova should consider moving its factory to a cheaper rent location and build out the factory with a full-service deli. Of course, it would take a lot of $ to build it all out but with its own parking lot and lots more housing now going in along Broadway, it seems like a smart move.

Posted by Karen Hester on 02/24/2016 at 3:23 PM

Re: “In Praise of Old Restaurants

Landlords are like vultures ruining merchants with rate hikes that remind us of usury or gangster strong arm robbery. It seems that the landlord class in the Bay area is no exception as they toss 95 year old tenants out on the street like the heartless thugs they are or jack up rents forcing businesses to close. Oh do they go to Church on Sundays? Why do they waste their time as the pearly gates must surely be locked to such individuals. It's up to government to build out affordable spaces for restaurants or we won't have any left that are affordable and to extend rent control to commercial spaces before cities are made unlivable by them.

Posted by Steve Redmond on 02/24/2016 at 2:54 PM

Re: “The Appreciation of Art

Go Ms. Thelma!

Posted by Nenna Feelmore Joiner on 02/24/2016 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Supporting Historical, Black-Owned Businesses

Are those the only ones in Oakland?

Posted by Nenna Feelmore Joiner on 02/24/2016 at 2:20 PM

Re: “In Praise of Old Restaurants

Can you give a reason why landlords will raise rents beyond the ability of long-term businesses to remain in place? For example: who else can go into those locations and produce more revenue than the ones who have been dependable for all those years?

Posted by Eleanor Walden on 02/24/2016 at 12:51 PM

Re: “A Toy for Every Kind of Kid

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Posted by Editor on 02/16/2016 at 2:54 PM

Re: “How to Smoke Weed

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Posted by Editor on 02/09/2016 at 5:58 PM

Re: “The Kinkification of the East Bay

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Posted by Editor on 02/04/2016 at 3:46 PM

Re: “The Kinkification of the East Bay

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Posted by Editor on 02/04/2016 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Where East Bay Chefs Canoodle

Juhu Beach Club is by far the worst restaurant I have experienced ever. Any other thoughts?

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 02/04/2016 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Can I Recycle That?

There are a lot of things that you should recycle in a responsible way. I was reading on http://www.ohanaenviron.com/services.html about hazardous waste management, and there are a lot of things that we throw away, that can actually be really harmful to the environment. I try to do as much as I can to help the earth, so I dispose of the things that we can recycle, and reuse, in the place that will get it back into the hands of those who can make it usable again.

Posted by McCall Hazelson on 01/19/2016 at 1:17 PM

Re: “An Innovative Solution to Soaring Housing Costs

I've seen a lot of people moving to these kinds of portable homes as offices and living spaces for colleges. I think they work really well as a portable office for the field, like a construction site or temporary area. Maybe they can make some into housing office for construction workers living on site. http://www.cvportable.com/

Posted by Tyler Bond on 01/11/2016 at 12:11 PM

Re: “The Growth of Black Lives Matter

As a mother that has lost a son to inter-communal violence, I know that the work that I am doing towards changing the conditions in our communities is an important part of the over all work for the future of my children and grand-children. Yes we have violence and crime in our community, and there is plenty of work being done. Currently and over the years there have been plenty of marches, events, programs, actions, forums, protests and conversations about it. ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ is addressing the crime and corruption directed against Black People, the legal lynchings called police murder that are happening according to a report released by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement #Every28Hours or more. That is the work, actions, marches, events, protests, forums, convenings and conversations taking place related to #BlackLivesMatter. Let's continue to talk about inter-communal violence and crime within the context of the conditions that create them and creating solutions, just as #BlackLivesMatter does. I'm very interested in when the white community will begin to talk about the enormous amount of 'white on white' crime that takes place all across the United States. Talk about that.

Posted by Ayanna Davis on 01/04/2016 at 10:50 PM

Re: “The Year of the Food Court

Stopped by the other day to take a fresh look for the first time in a few months - there is also still a great butcher with reasonable meat/sausage prices (and some dynamite looking spare rib racks) in the back on the right. I ate here when it was "just" Swan's and in the beginning of its turnaround, dined with visiting friends at Cosecha. Definitely a destination for families since there is something for everyone. Way to go Oakland!

From Oakland CA

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 12/29/2015 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Top Fifteen Local Releases of 2015

I notice that no local Jazz, Classical, Latin, Roots, Improv or "World" music releases made your list of Favorite Local Records from 2015. Maybe the list should be titled Our Favorite Local Pop/Hip-Hop/Electronica Releases of 2015. Or maybe the rest of us should just try harder.

John Schott Actual Trio

Posted by John Schott on 12/29/2015 at 12:45 PM

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