Oakland Scenes: Snapshots of a Community from Youth Radio

December 7, 2005 in Youthcast by Jones Franzel

Produced by: Youth Radio
Licensor: Youth Radio
Website: http://www.youthradio.org

Youth Radio chronicles life in Oakland, California, where an alarming number of youth homicides has weighed heavily on the community. The story uses as its centerpiece a poem by Ise Lyfe — a retelling of Romeo and Juliet.

The killings have been a major topic of conversation in Oakland among youth, from young poets, to teens gathered on the sidewalk, to kids taking the bus home from school. A high percentage of the victims are youth, sometimes as many as three in a single week. Youth Radio documents the words of young residents in street corner conversations in East Oakland, the neighborhood where much of the violence has taken place. The voices are Youth Radio's Gerald Ward II, Bianca Yarborough, her mom Bridget Taylor, and poet Ise Lyfe. Learn more at http://youthradio.org

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