A progress report for Black History Month 2013: How far we’ve come and how far we’re going

Clarence Otis, CEO of Darden Restaurants, which operates Olive Garden and Red Lobster, is one of the 35,000 black millionaires in the U.S.

Clarence Otis, CEO of Darden Restaurants, which operates Olive Garden and Red Lobster, is one of 35,000 black millionaires in the U.S.

In the words of Kane Kinnebrew III, Black History Month is often spent mainly focusing on historic achievements. But what about the accomplishments of today’s African Americans? Despite how the media often portrays the black community in a bubble—or from one extreme to another—it’s time that we recognize the progress we’ve made in recent years, not just in the past. This is the first of what I hope will be many Black History Month report cards. Continue reading

Recent work: Healthycal.org

I had the great pleasure of doing some freelance work for healthycal.org, a website started by veteran reporter Daniel Weintraub that focuses on informing Californians about public health issues throughout the state. The following are the video stories I produced for the site. With each story, I tried to incorporate different techniques I had been learning at the time. Continue reading

Water for Life

The East Oakland Boxing Association is about more than boxing. The center also has a youth internship program that trains young people in skills that could help them get a job or start a business. The center also has a community garden and hosts a farmer’s market. Recently, a group of youth interns worked with another nonprofit to overhaul the center’s water use and improve its water conservation. This is the story I did about the program for Daniel Weintraub’s healthycal.org.

Water for Life from Martin Ricard on Vimeo.