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Every day, hip-hop artists release records exploiting women, glorifying materialism and the almighty dollar. Up-and-coming rapper Steve Lan has chosen a more socially conscious path for his newest single “My City.” The East Oakland, California, native is no stranger to poverty-stricken environments or gun violence in his community. Lan uses the track to bring attention…

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A tragic murder has a very gruesome twist. Omar Mark Pettigen from West Oakland, California, admitted to police that he shot his mother, Nailah Pettigen, 64. In addition to killing his mother, he then cut open her chest, took out her heart and masturbated as a sexual release, according to court documents. When police arrived and…

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Dominic “The Jacka” Newton was shot and killed.  According to CBS San Francisco, The Jacka, 37, was murdered on MacArthur Boulevard in East Oakland, California. Residents heard several shots fired on the evening of Feb. 1. The Jacka was one of the more respected rappers from the Bay Area. He started his career in a…

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  A 6.0 earthquake hit the San Francisco Bay and Oakland area early Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The earthquake hit just before 3:30 a.m. It is the largest earthquake to shake the area since 1989. The earthquake set off car alarms and had people running from their homes in the…

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A report recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control has indicated a startling discovery. Inner city youth suffer from a unique form of “post- traumatic stress disorder” which the CDC researchers refer to as hood disease. The researchers have stated that inner city kids live in a war zone that they can never leave.…

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Burglars have apparently taken crime to another level. Police of counties in South Eastern Michigan are currently searching for a man who has been breaking into people’s homes in several counties surrounding the Detroit area, including Washtenaw, Livingston, Monroe and Oakland counties. These aren’t your typical burglaries or average victims, this burglar has been hitting…

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State of California to be split up?

California is a huge state both physically and economically. The amount of revenue it generates makes it the eighth largest economy in the world. But has it become ungovernable? That is the question that Tim Draper, a venture capitalist, has asked and the answer may surprise the nation. Draper proposes splitting California up into six…

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A 17-year-old was allegedly killed by her 14-year-old brother after she washed his clothes and bleached them by mistake. According to a report by NBC Bay Area, Justice Toliver was shot by her brother, Mario Toliver Jr. The incident occurred in the family’s home in Oakland, Calif. Justice and Mario began arguing after a few…

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Flo Rida recently announced on The Arsenio Hall Show that he has gone vegan. “It’s been great— I’ve been seeing a great change,” the rapper gushed. “I feel great. I feel energetic.” Check out a few more rappers who are vegan. –Joi Pearson @joiapearson  

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Seven men enjoying a barbeque on a sidewalk in Oakland, Calif., were gunned down by unknown assailant or assailants, the Oakland Police Department reports. According to reports, the shooter or shooters approached a group and started firing, said Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson. Authorities have yet to procure a motive. The wounded are all men,…

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A 16-year-old student in Oakland has been charged with a hate crime after setting a transgender student’s skirt on fire. According to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle, the 16-year-old boy approached the transgender student while they were on the AC Transit bus on Nov. 7. The teen then set the transgender student’s skirt…

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