Doin’ it right

I have always felt the need to get New Year’s Eve “right.” I don’t think of myself as a festive person, but the pressure weighs on me to make certain days special — typically turning points or important dates from years past. And New Year’s Eve checks both boxes for
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A picture-imperfect holiday

Off the Beat

My holiday season always begins the same way — I sit impatiently in an almost-empty BART train car hurtling itself away from the chaotic streets of Downtown Berkeley to the sleepy suburbs of the South Bay. Phone in hand, I scroll absentmindedly through my Instagram feed, sifting through perfectly filtered
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‘The best four years’ lie

Lost in Confusion

She swished her red wine and dramatically looked off into the distance with a glint in her eye. Her mind’s projector was clearly flipping through the yellowed photo album on the walls of her skull in nostalgic revelry. I shuffled my eyes around the room, desperately looking for someone else
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5 dance moves to break out this New Year’s Eve

It is almost that time. Time to ring in the new year. And you should be putting your best foot forward. Whether you will be hitting the town with your closest gals, sipping champagne with your family or tapping out after the New York City ball drops, we bet you value
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We stand with Ferguson

Michael Brown’s death is not an isolated incident of institutionalized racism run amok; it exists in a continuum of slavery, reconstruction, Jim Crow and the almost ageless stereotype of the violent black man. It exists in an ascendant culture of totalitarian police who were armed by an ever-growing military industrial complex by a country that strives to be always profiting at war. To the people of Ferguson, it exists in a timeline of tension wherein a mostly black town is occupied by an almost all-white police force. To the people of Berkeley, it exists as oppression that cannot be borne if any of us is to feel safe or free.
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