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Determined for Change — Reclaiming Hip-Hop Culture Through Self-Determination

Khafre Jay, the founder and excutive director of Hip Hop for Change, poses for a portrait photo in front of the mural of HipHopForChange Inc. at Oakland, San Francisco, CA. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. (Perng-chih Huang/Xpress)

Kristen Struckmeyer

October 7, 2016

“Now who wants to open for Rakim?” shouted Executive Director Khafre James repeatedly. He was energetically circling a group of about fifteen people, and from his tone it was more of a chant and call-to-action than it was a question. The group of individuals, called Hip-Hop For Change, was gathere...

Following the Money

Bill Kettle writes parking tickets for cars violating the street sweeping signs in San Francisco on Monday April 25, 2016. (Aleah Fajardo/ Xpress)

Kristen Struckmeyer

May 29, 2016

By: Kristen Struckmeyer When I got out of class, a small white envelope was waiting for me on the windshield of my car. I could feel my lungs fill with dread and my face glow red as I read the parking citation, issued at 12:42 pm. I checked my phone: it was 12:46. I wanted to scream. I wanted to cry....

More Than A Party Drug

Dr. Philip Wolfson and therapist, Julane Andries pose for a portrait inside of their Marin County home that doubles as their place of business. (Eric Chan / Xpress)

Kristen Struckmeyer

April 11, 2016

By: Kristen Struckmeyer Andy Gold was on the trip of his life. “I was completely overcome by the drug,” said Gold. In fact it was one of the only trips of his life. He was not at a rave, not at a boisterous dance club. Instead, he was propped upon a soft grey leather couch placed beside a lar...

Displaced Sounds : One Group of Musicians Navigate One Major Housing Crisis.

From left: Ricky Marasigan-keyboard, Zach Rice-guitar, Nick Redmond-vocals, Justin Vanegas-bass, and Jason Bolich-drums, who are band members of “Septacy,” pose for a portrait before their show at Monarch in San Francisco, Friday, Feb.19. (Photo/Qing Huang)

Kristen Struckmeyer

April 1, 2016

By: Kristen Struckmeyer Three men sprawl out of a cramped car and walk across cracks of faded grey asphalt in the direction of a brightly lit diner. Sporting collared shirts, dark pants, and coarse beards, their unspoken uniforms affirmed that they were a band. As they drove through Castro Valley,...

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