An Arbiter of Taste

By Adam Mann

“The SF Weekly food critic keeps coming out to Oakland and stealing my stories.” Riding the rising wave of the Bay Area restaurant scene, food writer and managing editor for The East Bay Express, Janelle Bitker, has her finger on a special pulse point in our community. She joined our journalist for coffee and a discussion about representation in the restaurant scene, rising rents and relocation, and the logistics of managing, writing and making time to go out and dine. Continue reading An Arbiter of Taste

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Self Identities

By Minhal Motiwala
Standing between two worlds, the pulls of assimilation and acceptance make it hard for Kamal Khan to know which of his selves — Khan is a first generation Pakistani-American Muslim — is more authentic. And none is wholly satisfying. Our reporter listens as Khan describes navigating family, friendships, school and young-adulthood while straddling a schism of identity. Continue reading Self Identities

The Remarkable Life of

By Nancy Millar Patton

Nonagenarian park ranger Betty Reid Soskin is a treasure of the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historic Park. Her lectures, laden with story-craft and political heft, have become sold-out attractions requiring ever-larger venues. The BCC Voice sat down with Soskin to learn more about the path she’s forged and the remarkable history she brings to life for her audiences. Continue reading The Remarkable Life of

Visual Dhikr

By Maya Kashima

God, graffiti and Gabriel. As a young Chicano in the Central Valley, Gabriel Garay credits graffiti with insulating him from the worst ravages of gang culture. A convert to Islam at the age of 18, it wasn’t until a seven-year prison stint that Garay delved into the religion he had claimed. Now, both graffiti and his Muslim faith have found expression in his internationally-showcased artwork. The BCC Voice joined Garay during a live exhibition to learn more about his past, present and future. Continue reading Visual Dhikr

Undocumented

By Maya Kashima

Under constant threat from the Trump Administration, America’s undocumented immigrants need more support than ever. As BCC’s Undocumented Community Resource Center settles into its new offices on the school’s main campus, co-founder Carolina Martinez reflects on the years-long fight to provide support to some of community’s most vulnerable members. Continue reading Undocumented