Oakland has become one of the most multicultural cities in the United States but to some that’s not so amazing. Some are saying this shift is causing Oakland to lose its “soul”. Known as the city that was the hub of African-American culture on the West Coast, birthed the Black Panther movement, etc., Oakland is facing a shift that other major cities are facing as well. This shift has created a climate of Old Oakland vs New Oakland. New Oakland being a place where Pacific Islanders raised in Oakland can film an R&B video in front of a Taco Truck, what does this shift mean for the city and how welcome is it? Details after the jump. Read More
We came across this article today which was related to an LA Weekly cover story we saw a week or two ago. For some reason we never posted the article but it’s definitely a must read. With the facelift of Hollywood and all the new things popping up there, it seems as if a huge Latino community is being pushed out in exchange for hipsters and high rollers. Hit the jump to check out the article. Read More
We’re very used to Anthony Bourdain traveling around the world and experiencing culture as well as being back home and enjoying life. But in this clip Read More
The Occupy movement has found a new target: the Central City Association or CCA. The CCA is the driving force behind the development of many of Downtown L.A.’s Loft property. Many organizations feel that these developments have come (and are coming) about at the expense of the homeless and Skid Row areas. Many of the Occupy organizations say that the homeless population in Downtown are being targeted because they are African-American. Occupy organizations are sitting outside the CCA headquarters starting this past Tuesday and this will last for seven days (info). Read the full article here. A few interesting quotes below:
This is not occupation, this a siege that will last six more days. I guess you can say because of the pattern practices and policies that the Central City Association continues to push on the residents of Skid Row to their detriment to benefit developers and their clientele.
Homeless people have been targeted to remove them. It’s ethnic cleansing because a majority of them are African American.