We spoke to Dr. Noha Aboelata about the new variant BA.2, emerging COVID-19 treatments and more.
Azucena Rasilla reports on arts and community for The Oaklandside. She is an East Oakland native and a longtime reporter on Oakland arts, culture and community. As an independent local, bilingual journalist, she has reported for KQED Arts, The Bold Italic, Zora and Bold Latina. She was a writer and social media editor for the East Bay Express, helping readers navigate Oakland’s rich artistic and creatives landscapes through a wide range of innovative digital approaches.
Swap your cloth mask for a KN95 or N95. Rethink socializing. And more expert omicron advice.
We asked UCSF’s Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo how people can stay safe in the face of the latest COVID-19 variant.
How this Oakland cupcake company survived the pandemic
Reflecting on James and the Giant Cupcake’s tenth year in business.
Barbara Lee documentary premieres at Grand Lake Theatre
The film is directed and produced by Berkeley resident Abby Ginzberg, a Peabody award-winning filmmaker.
Meet the Oakland pickling chef taking Instagram by storm
Manny McCall, better known as “Pickle Pana,” is using Instagram to advertise his business venture, gaining famous clients on the way.
Looking for something sweet? Here’s where to get pan dulce
These Mexican and Central American bakeries offer favorites like conchas, cuellos, elotes, marranitos and — on Jan. 5-6 — roscas de reyes.
Oak Harvest Kitchen’s new family meals support jobs for the formerly incarcerated
The nonprofit vegan restaurant, which employs and trains people after prison, launched the new program last month.
East Oakland’s Freedom Store asks: ‘What does it mean to provide for ourselves?’
Homies Empowerment runs a free store in deep East Oakland to encourage community self-sufficiency.
Oakland’s Town Fridge is creating food access, one refrigerator at a time
Organizers say “scarcity is a myth,” and they’ve already set up four fridges of free food around the city. More are in the works.
From civil unrest to outdoor gallery: How local artists are transforming Oakland
Over the past two weeks, a battered downtown Oakland has been transformed by street art depicting messages of unity and resistance.
Is your Oakland pharmacy open? Our guide to what’s open, where to get help, and why it matters
Chain pharmacies are closed across much of Oakland, but locals are organizing to make sure medicine remains accessible.
How do we make sense of what happened in downtown Oakland Friday night? A conversation with KMEL’s Durell Coleman
The local radio host, DJ, small-biz investor and Oakland native shares thoughtful reflections on the role of leadership in huge protests, supporting Black businesses and more.