Oscar Grant

5:05pm

Wed October 2, 2013
Arts & Culture

A balm for mothers who have lost

Ayanna Davis preparing the altar
Jen Chien

 

It's a sunny, busy afternoon on the plaza at the Fruitvale BART station. A crowd of about 30 people are gathered to listen to a young woman singing an old song.

"Mama may have, Papa may have, but God bless the child who's got its own...."

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5:14pm

Tue July 30, 2013
Arts & Culture

Fruitvale Station reframes cinematic portraits of African American males

Steve Rhodes

When moviegoers talk about the film Fruitvale Station, which pulled in $4.7 million over the weekend, they often talk about the sobbing that you hear in the theater as the credits roll, especially noticeable because the tears flow openly from the men in the audience.

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12:00am

Mon July 22, 2013

2:05pm

Thu July 18, 2013
Cops & Courts

Youth Radio: Coming of age in the era of Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin

Author Myles Bess with community leader Arnold Perkins
Brett Myers

 

I don't know how I should feel about the George Zimmerman verdict. I was the same age as Trayvon Martin when he was killed. It was the first shooting case that got national attention where I felt connected -- like I could relate. When I first heard the story, it seemed clear: Trayvon Martin was young and he was murdered. I thought it would be an open and shut case. As time progressed, it changed. The more information came out, the more complicated the case became. And then the verdict was announced. I wasn’t surprised. But I was emotionless. Should I be angry? Should I be sad? I felt like goop. No shape. No structure.

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