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From East Oakland to Ph.D.

From East Oakland to Ph.D.
January 25, 2017

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 student’s love letter to Oakland

Illustration by Brittany England/The Pioneer
March 10, 2016

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...

Oakland theater defies convention

Oakland theater defies convention
April 23, 2015

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...

Play examines sex trade in Oakland

Play examines sex trade in Oakland
March 10, 2015

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...

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