Posted inCity, Community, Housing & Development

Council asks DA to drop criminal charges tied to eviction

Community members protested at 835 Page St. in August after an eviction there in June. Photo: Coalition to Defend Black Homes The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday night to ask for criminal charges to be dropped against a 28-year-old black woman who ran into trouble with the law earlier this year while protesting her eviction from the West Berkeley home that had been […]

Posted inCommunity

Berkeley music collective honors slain rapper ‘AyeGee’

Neighborhood Heavy artists, from left to right, Alex Goodwin Jr., Rayuan “Ray Ski” Lee and John Winslow. Photo: Neighborhood Heavy [Editor’s Note: Berkeleyside freelancer Delency Parham knew Alex Goodwin Jr. This story includes some of Parham’s own reflections, as a young Black man himself, on the loss.] Berkeley-based music collective Neighborhood Heavy honored slain group member Alex […]

Posted inObituaries, Schools

In loving memory of Terrence McCrary Jr., 1993-2016

Terrence “TMack” McCrary. Photo: @tkmovement/Twitter Terrence “TMack” McCrary. Photo: @tkmovement/Twitter Friends and family gathered around the East Bay on Sunday to celebrate the life of Terrence McCrary Jr. (known to many as Terrence Mack). Mack, who was 22 years young, was born and raised in Berkeley. Also known as TMack, Sweet T and Lil BadBadBad, behind […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety, Schools

2 BHS grads killed in separate Oakland shootings

Terrence McCrary, a 2011 Berkeley High graduate, was shot and killed Sunday morning in Oakland. Photo: Azha Luckman Update, Aug. 16: A fundraiser to help the family of Terrence McCrary Jr. has already raised more than $12,000. Learn more. A fundraiser has also been launched to help pay for funeral costs for Craig Fletcher-Cooks, and a memorial […]