This is now San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr's third year on the job, so the chief is not new. He is still, however, taking a new approach to policing, or at least how policing is perceived by the public. He is very, very sensitive to how his department's work is perceived by the public, and tak ... More >>
Kool A.D. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013Elbo RoomBetter than: Never seeing anyone from Das Racist ever again.It's 12:30 a.m., and Kool A.D. is perched stage right, casually hanging out, while his DJ spins some records. "Can we get one more bucket of free beer for the green room?" he calls to the bar at the ... More >>
Board of Equalization Member Betty T. Yee stepped out of her usual not-so-politically charged role as the elected tax commissioner and took on the really politically charged issue of race. Yee, a Chinese American who hails from San Francisco, jumped on the bandwagon blasting Google for several rac ... More >>
Earlier this week, we told you about the not-so-warm-and-fuzzy Elmo who scared the hell out of some local parents after the life-sized muppet arrived at a park hugging kids and shouting racist slurs. Police didn't arrest Elmo, whose real name is Adam Sandler (no relation to the actor), which, of cou ... More >>
Some San Francisco moms and dads are understandably worried about taking little Johnny to the park after hearing the infamous ranting Elmo has reportedly made his way to San Francisco. As the Richmond neighborhood blog notes, a man dressed up in an Elmo costume appeared at Rossi Park over the weeken ... More >>
You've probably already heard about Nicki Minaj's Mitt Romney-related lyrics, in which she claimed she was going to vote for the Republican presidential candidate. So, did she mean it? Was she being ironic? Is this a publicity stunt? The only thing we know for sure is that the online furor over this ... More >>
Welcome to the groupIn a world where things aren't so black and white, any group formed exclusively for white people will almost certainly not last. Which is why we weren't too surprised when we woke up this morning to find that the controversial Anglo Saxon-only Meetup.com group had disappeared ... More >>
Let's drink to that News circulated this week about the arrest of a Nation of Islam school dean accused of extorting an employee at Bayview Liquors -- a grocery store owned by Yemenese Muslims on Third Street. According to news reports, police said that Leon Muhammad, dean of the Muhammad Univers ... More >>
Joseph SchellDas Racist at the IndyDas Racist HOTTUBVin SolFebruary 2, 2011@ The Independent Better than: Dancing to Tina Turner alone in your room. The members of Brooklyn hip-hop outfit Das Racist are masters of mixing the ignorant with the intelligent without being too pretentious or ir ... More >>
Yummy pizza, yucky politicsJust yesterday State Sen. Leland Yee received racists death threats from someone who presumably supports Rush Limbaugh and probably believes Sarah Palin is a liberal. In the last 24 hours since the death threats were faxed to Yee's offices in Sacramento and San Francisc ... More >>
Three black men, a Latino, an Asian, and a woman walk into work at 24 Hour Fitness, but this isn't any joke. The employees of the San Ramon-based mega gym chain have filed a class-action lawsuit in Alameda Superior Court, alleging they were passed over for promotions to managerial positions.
Our critics weigh in on local theater
The Secret Life of Bees is all honey, no sting.
Rising Down (Def Jam)
NCTC would have been wise not to resurrect this flawed script
Yet more allegations of racism and mismanagement reveal smoldering tensions within the Fire Department
Could it be the activists who claim they're trying to rebuild it?
Is there a race problem at a Castro gay bar -- or a propriety problem in a city supervisor's office?
For MC Immortal Technique, planting the seeds of revolution ain't nothin' but a g-thang
A bitchy academic fight within SFSU's College of Ethnic Studies puts the future of the program in question
From Burning Man to downtown San Fran: the life of a documentary team
The best and worst of the AfroSolo Arts Festival
A nonprofit school known by the acronym SOUL is working to undermine The System with The System's own money. But does SOUL teach anti-capitalist subversion -- or how to sell out?
An absorbing courtroom drama examining racism on a London police force
A four-year fight between the YWCA and a church group over who owns a Japantown building is now heading to court
A buzzing hive of concepts kills Bee
Modern American athletics as an outgrowth of slavery
As Prop. 209 kicks in, whiteness studies draws attention to UC Berkeley
S.F. voters may really get a choice
The YWCA's financial straits reveal layers of a neighborhood's history
David Burgin is legendary as a rough-and-tumble newspaper editor. But the legend is full of astonishing contradictions, and its last chapter may include the outcome of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by one of his proteges at the Oakland Tribune.
Devil in a Blue Dress depicts the '40s antecedents of L.A.'s racial fracturing