Lessons Learned

By C.J. Hirschfield This meme regarding the controversial teaching of critical race theory in schools showed up in my Facebook feed this week: “If black and brown children are old enough to experience racism, white children are old enough to learn about it.”

Fruits of Labor

By C.J. Hirschfield On the day of this writing, 13,464 trays of strawberries were harvested in California, the state that produces 83 percent of the strawberries grown in the U.S. Who picks them? Kids as young as 12.  

Cranky– and Curious–about Cuisine

By C.J. Hirschfield When a 97 -year-old cookbook writer is called “the Mick Jagger of Mexican cuisine,” and the “Indiana Jones of food,” you know there’s gotta be a story there. There is, and a fascinating one at that. Directed by Elizabeth Carroll and screening at the Legacy Film Festival on Aging, the documentary Diana […]


By C.J. Hirschfield In 2018, the film BLINDSPOTTING, co-written and starring Oakland natives and lifelong friends Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs, explored the intersection of race and class, set against a rapidly gentrifying Oakland. In addition to being critically acclaimed, the film was a love letter to the city in which it was set.