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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture: Culture Spy

Re: “Visions of Liberty

"Vision of Liberty"? How about an honest caption "Vision of Importing More Poverty". And if this blueprint in the Eastbay Express for killing the middle class by mass immigration doesn't fill your weekly quota for open borders propaganda then head on over to the tear jerker on page 8 - the story of Cambodian Chea Bou where you can cry crocodile tears for another 'victim' of our 'broken immigration system' and another noble immigrant sob story.

Me? I'll take my cue from Bernie Sanders on the open borders champions: "It would make everyone in America poorer."

Posted by Bee Montigue on 08/17/2015 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Mills College Funds Community Writing Workshops

Well, it's great to nurture in students love for writing. Once I was like they are at similar writing workshop which have determined my path. Now I'm a writer, I provide dissertation writing service and extremely thankful for that workshop.

Posted by JohnUnger on 08/04/2015 at 1:09 AM

Re: “Mills College Funds Community Writing Workshops

I am not from a marginalized group unless you count former stay-home mothers who are over age 65, generally an invisible population. I would be overjoyed to attend your writing classes if you would have me.


Posted by Susan Fisher on 07/21/2015 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Fitness for Your Brain

"A session of "laughter yoga;"

"Facilitators will use similarly wacky approaches to tackle some challenging bodies of thought;"

"I'm interested in what happens if you're being forced to move and think about global risk managemen;"

"Cosmoconvulsive Anxiothenics;"

"Reichian somatics, full-corpus spasms, and galactic tingles;"

"An underwater audio installation and a lecture on the Aristotelian concept of topos through a feminist lens;"

Uh-huh. Sounds just like what Albert E., Stephen H. and their physicist/philosopher chums have done along.

Meanwhile I'm going to go for a walk in Redwood Park and afterwards read my book.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/24/2015 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Oakland Becomes Dyke Central

Great article! Loved the first season and cant wait for whats to come next! #noplacelikeOakland

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Posted by Aima Paule on 06/17/2015 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Oakland Hosts the First Trans Women of Color Comedy Night

just FYI, website should be (not .com)

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Posted by Sarah Fine on 06/08/2015 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Finding Hope After Prison

You can order the Welcome Home book from Community Works website:

Posted by Micky Duxbury on 05/19/2015 at 6:02 PM

Re: “The Snuggie Goes Dumbie

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Posted by Editor on 05/14/2015 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Living Library

We need 350 volunteers for the Bay Area Book Festival. Sign up for a variety of jobs including working with Lacuna

Posted by Karen Hester on 04/22/2015 at 5:01 PM

Re: “These Comedians Are Shaking Up the Stand-Up Scene

This is such an important piece of work that these females are producing. Comedy is a fantastic avenue to bring attention to social issues as so many male comics - the better ones - have done. When George Carlin and Richard Pryor tackled tough subjects for their audiences, they were equally shunned and applauded, but they were noticed. Their routines are legendary now and revered. These females should be given the same attention by critiquing and gaining a lot of press whenever they present their work. They are cutting-edge wonderful and deserve a lot more focus on larger stages and arenas (dare I say a regular spot on Comedy Central?) There's hella more room on tv than simply having Mindy Kalling's presence and the constant self deprecation that has become the common landscape for female comics. (Note: Don't get me wrong: I love me some Mindy, but she's only as 'cutting-edge' as mainstream tv allows her to be. It's not that long ago that Margaret Cho tried similar topics and was quickly booted from this male dominated avenue - so I applaud the shit out of her work).
There's this ridiculous standard of half-glass-emptiness about female comics and what the public either desires or can tolerate. Comedy clubs won't book more than like one female comic on the same bill or allow them to be hired more than one time a month - or year. The club owners claim that they won't fill the seats like male comics do. It's the same old boy's mentality that keeps the culture as small minded as Lakshminarayanan makes fun of when she dares to cover the topic of attending M.I.T. The culture-at-large will not heal without allowing their type of brave material to shake things up. It's kinda that simple. 'The Formula' is one cure for this ill we all suffer from: misogyny. It is the leading cause of death for all of us socially, psychically, and for many females - literally.
Thank you for writing this piece Sam Levin! Good on you for taking notice as well as *getting it*.

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Posted by Joey Brite on 04/15/2015 at 6:00 AM

Re: “Dealing with Bigotry

Bravo. Eat your heart out, Starbucks. This is how it's done.

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Posted by Elisabeth Janette Jondahl on 04/04/2015 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Dealing with Bigotry

We got profiled like that all the time in Sacramento. I hated it because intuitively, I knew that it was not the city as much as ignorant people who came to the city from places void of black presence, who may have been mistaken that Sacramento would be also. But it is not. My advice is that you never travel to anywhere hoping that you will only have to deal with your own reflection.

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Posted by Cali Ron Stephens on 04/02/2015 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Dealing with Bigotry

Misunderstanding...the misunderstanding is that you cant make assumptions and act anyway that you please- thought he was selling something... why was that , i heard no mention that he had some sort of merchandise in hand. It must be nice to not have to even consider that someone is treating you a specific way because you are Black.

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Posted by Noni Alaska on 04/02/2015 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Dealing with Bigotry

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Posted by Editor on 04/01/2015 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Dealing with Bigotry

Same way I felt when I moved back to Adams Point in Oakland after being in Atlanta from 2000 to 2010. Man how the flavor has changed but o well I'm here to stay. "Unapologetically Black"

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Posted by John Blaze on 04/01/2015 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Radical Brownies: The Most Inspiring Young Women You've Ever Seen

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Posted by Editor on 03/15/2015 at 5:42 PM

Re: “The Art of Hypnotherapy

I was thinking about going and trying hypnotherapy to break some bad habits. I like the idea of going deep into your consciousness and trying to fix the problem. Planting ideas is a great way to get people motivated to change.

Posted by Ashley Reed on 03/05/2015 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Radical Brownies: The Most Inspiring Young Women You've Ever Seen

It's sad to see adults using children for their own political gain & teaching dishonesty in the process. (smh)

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Posted by Mark Fisher on 02/19/2015 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Radical Brownies: The Most Inspiring Young Women You've Ever Seen

I think this is absolutely brilliant. I am not black, but I told my granddaughter about this troupe and she wants to be a Radical Brownie, too.

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Posted by Sharon Jackson on 02/19/2015 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Radical Brownies: The Most Inspiring Young Women You've Ever Seen

Looks like peeps consider a brown/black point of view to be deviant. That means, deviating from the "real" way of looking at things. That means, guess, whose point of view is "real?"

Michael Brown was accosted . . . accused . . . attacked . . . because he was tall? because he was named Michael? because he was 18? because his stepfather loved him? because he was wearing a shirt? because he was walking? Come on, think of something that doesn't start with "b."

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Posted by Cynthia Morse on 02/18/2015 at 11:33 PM

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