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From East Oakland to Ph.D.

From East Oakland to Ph.D.

Evelyn Tijero,
Photographer
January 25
Filed under Arts & Life, Campus, Features

Before Dr. Victor Rios became a professor at UC Santa Barbara and an author of five books, he grew up in one of the poorest neighborhoods in East Oakland. Surrounded by drugs, gangs and violence, he joined a local gang for protection by age 14. Beating the odds, Rios was the only one in his family to atte...

A student’s love letter to Oakland

A student’s love letter to Oakland

Elizabeth Avalos,
Staff Writer
March 10
Filed under Opinion

A Cal State East Bay classmate once told me that I turned out really well for being from East Oakland. Her statement made me laugh, but it also made me question how many other people share what I understood to be a negative view of my city. In retrospect, I was one of those people. The attachment and...

Oakland theater defies convention

Oakland theater defies convention

Louis LaVenture,
Sports and Campus Editor
April 23
Filed under Arts & Life, Showcase

Oakland’s Parkway Speakeasy Theater provided a unique experience for moviegoers for 13 years before they closed their doors for the final time in December 2009 on Park Street in East Oakland. The new version is The New Parkway Theater located in the Uptown District on 24th Street, but has stayed tr...

Play examines sex trade in Oakland

Play examines sex trade in Oakland

Shannon Stroud,
Metro Editor
March 10
Filed under Metro, Showcase

In her previous three plays, the Oakland-based playwright Tracie Collins tackled women’s rights and race relations. In her upcoming production, “A Cold Piece of Werk,” Collins focuses on another topical issue that’s right in her backyard: sex trafficking. In “A Cold Piece of Werk,” Collin...

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