The comedian and activist acknowledges Cal isn’t alone in its lack of black faces. He's leading a discussion for the campus Wednesday on the black experience at UC Berkeley.
A trip to Kenya, facilitated by a Berkeley travel company, proved illuminating on many levels for East Bay comedian and TV host Bell in one of Bourdain's last TV appearances.
The long-time manager, Kara Hammond, and Eric Wright, who managed Bar César in Oakland, are the new co-owners.
Much of the reaction to the recent Elmwood Café-Kamau Bell situation was a case study in victim blaming, and it begins with a lack of empathy.
W. Kamau Bell was not trying to shut down the Elmwood Cafe. He was highlighting how subtle microaggressions remind people of color that they are only conditionally welcomed.
The slight W. Kamau Bell experienced at the Elmwood Café does not rise to the level of racism. He just experienced several seconds of emotional agitation.
Messages left on the front of the Elmwood Café make plain how strongly people feel, in differing ways, about its closure. Meanwhile a prospective new owner is on the horizon.
The sudden closure of Berkeley's Elmwood Café on Friday left many community members with questions. But there could be a future for the operation, the owner says.
Racism isn’t just a coffee shop problem. It is an America problem. And, as much as many people don’t want to admit it, Berkeley is in America.
The café closed suddenly, shutting down its social media pages and posting a brief note on the door, in a week when it had made headlines again for a racist incident in 2015.
In going inside San Quentin to screen an episode of his new CNN series that was filmed there to prisoners, Bell raises crucial issues.
With two young daughters — Sammy, 4, and Juno, 7 months — W. Kamau Bell needs to be home early these days. Hence the name of his new stand-up show, “Home by 10,” running at The Marsh in Berkeley through Aug. 22.
On Friday, March 13, I attended a panel on race and racism held at Willard School that included Kamau Bell, and Michael Pearce, owner of the Elmwood Café. The discussion was a result of an incident at the Elmwood Café where an employee told Bell to leave because she assumed he was a homeless person harassing a group of women sitting at an outside table. Bell, who is African American, was in fact showing his wife, who is white, and her friends, a book he had just purchased.