If you’ve lived in San Francisco in recent years, you know about the honey bear. These cute, stenciled icons are smattered on building exteriors throughout the city. Sometimes, the honey bear wears a cozy beanie. Other times, it’s disguised with 3D goggles and popcorn. Recently, it’s been spotted wearing a Black Lives Matter sweatshirt and mask in response to Covid-19.
For many, the honey bears are a harmless, fun splash of pop art — a symbol of San Francisco’s quirky art scene and the city’s playful appeal. The artist behind the bears, who remains anonymous and is known simply as…
I had never taught Tatiana before. Yet, after a Latinx student meeting in Oakland, the 12th grader unexpectedly embraced me, crying: “You’re the first Mexican teacher I’ve seen at this school; I just wanted to say thank you.”
Translation: I’ve never seen someone like you in a position of academic importance.
I understood Tatiana. In my years as a student in Bay Area schools from kindergarten through high school, I only had one male teacher of color amid a stampede of mostly white women. This isn’t just a Bay Area problem, of course. My nine-year teaching career has allowed me…
Kyrie Irving has become one of the most polarizing figures in recent — if not all-time — NBA lore. Although the Australian-born, former №1 draft pick out of Duke University has always been known for his deadly handles on the hardwood (search any highlight clip with his name on YouTube), in recent years he has been blasted for his lack of handling social topics with as much smoothness and grace.
There’s that ever-infamous time when he claimed the world was flat, then later apologized (a theory that was first dispelled by Eratosthenes in 240 BC when he somehow estimated the…
I don’t know about you, but I’ve certainly missed the art and magic of exploring the world. There’s just something inexplicably satisfying about being caught between your anticipation, your learning, and your discovery of what’s out there by stumbling into the unknown with a group of strangers.
It’s even better when that discovery involves world-famous barbecue, a wide selection of craft beers, and a variety of floral options — all in one place.
If you’ve never been to Charlotte, North Carolina, no one would blame you. Although it’s the 4th-fastest growing city in the United States, it’s located in that…
You can’t talk about the East Bay Area without mentioning the art. And you can’t mention the art without mentioning the rooted community. And if you’re talking about the community, you need to mention this area’s historical commitment to social justice, self-empowerment, and revolutionary ideals—exemplified by individuals like Huey P. Newton and Chinaka Hodge, two of the region’s most brilliant minds who’ve reached audiences worldwide with their messages of truth.
“Y’all better party like you were stuck in hell for the past 15 months… this is the new roaring twenties,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed shouted into the microphone at the 2021 Stern Grove Festival — which kicked off on the first day of summer, Sunday, June 20th. “San Francisco is back, Stern Grove is back!”
The crowd didn’t need much coaxing to get moving into this familiar normalcy, either.
Folks stood up, howled, mingled, laughed, and danced — masks off — for the entirety of the three-hour event. In many ways, it was the perfect inauguration of our post-pandemic…
I love basketball. But I also love working with young people. I mean that literally. For ten years, I was a public high school teacher serving schools in Louisiana, Massachusetts and my home-state, California, as an English Language Arts teacher.
I spent every waking minute for the entirety of my decade as a 20-year-old as a Teach For America graduate working with teens in need across the country. Thousands of them. Kids that were often brilliant and creative and inspiring; others who were loud and dismissive; and even more were simply quiet, uncertain, and still searching for themselves.
On Friday night, J. Cole — the rapper and avid hoop fanatic — released his sixth studio album, The Off-Season, to a raucous internet audience. A highly anticipated drop, the project features an all-star roster of teammates — including Cam’ron, 21 Savage, Lil’ John, 6LACK, Lil’ Baby and Dreamville’s own, Bas — while still carving out plenty of iso space for Cole to go to work and flex his skills across a variety of 90s- and trap-inspired instrumentals.
“When’s the last time you’ve been to ‘Sugar City?’”
This is a question you’ve probably never been asked before. (I know… because I grew up around here and I haven’t been asked that by anyone in my lifetime.) And to be honest: I don’t think anyone even knows where the hell Sugar City is.
I sure didn’t — until the day I accidentally discovered it with my wife, who was looking for a new place to hike near our house around San Pablo Bay.
It happened suddenly, as if we stepped through a rift in time and got lost in…
In a year as stressful as the pandemic has been, my wife and I have found refuge in each other — but also, in our community of lifelong friends, and in escaping to the outdoors.
It’s a privilege in many ways to be able to pack up, leave the hood, and spend a couple nights sleeping under the stars, but it’s something we’ve prioritized for ourselves and have made an effort to do during quarantine, since being trapped inside working from home all day isn’t exactly good for your melanin or mental health.
So we hit up Burney Falls (about…
Bay Area writer, blogger, teacher. Books: Piñata Theory (2020); This Is Not a Frank Ocean Cover Album (2019). Twitter + IG: @alan_chazaro