Last night marked 35 years since Bob Marley & The Wailers played their final show in Oakland. Touring in support of 1979’s Survival, widely regarded as Marley’s most politi...
I've been mulling over writing something about the killing of Mike Brown, the resulting mass demonstrations, racist police practices, Darren Wilson's grand jury miscarriage, and t...
On Tuesday night, Oakland natives Marah Hruby and Chris Turner blessed their native soil with an inspiring performance worthy of the historic Yoshis venue....
“I’ve been coming to Oakland for years. I used to come up here quite often to listen to the blues legend Brownie McGhee. We used to sit in his garage and eat candy. And talk—...
Read the notes Oaklanders are writing to their beloved city, and submit your own! Shoot us your story, celebration or plea to Oakland at email@example.com with “Notes to Oakland” in the subject.
About a week ago, a few dozen folks took their seats in Hub Oakland’s Omni Gallery to watch trailers and shorts from the upcoming San Francisco Black Film Festival. The East Bay meet and greet also featured a panel and there was a random appearance […]
When I found out that Zakiya Harris would be releasing an EP called Adventures of a Shapeshifter, I was intrigued. I don’t have many friends with one job. Even the ones who have a main hustle have a multitude of passion projects and interests […]
Few groups of people are invisibilized in our society quite like homeless people. We avert our eyes when walking down the street, pat our pockets to show we have no money to give them, and look at our phones when we pull up next to them at freeway exits. […]
Once a year, people of all stripes gather in a Jingletown warehouse in East Oakland to explore the treasures to be had at a huge White Elephant sale. You can find pretty much anything there. There are entire sections dedicated to art, furniture, electronics, […]
Sly & The Family Stone were pioneers in the world of funk, soul, and rock, due to their eclectic genre-blending sounds, Larry Graham’s invention of slapping the bass, the anti-prejudice messages in their lyrics, and their multi-gender and ethnically […]
San Francisco emcee Nate (aka Nate the Great) has built his reputation by sharing honest reflections of a blue collar kid traversing adolescence in the Sco. His youthful introspection stands in stark contrast to the glorified hood-rich stuntin’ that permeates […]
It’s a wonderful thing to watch an artist grow, especially when you love how they’ve grown. In the spring of 2010, SiairaShawn dropped The In Between EP. Throughout the years she’s experimented with her sound a bit, but always provided content that […]
It doesn’t snow here, but there are plenty of things to signal “the most wonderful time of year.” As soon as I hear Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas,” I’m ready for holiday feasts, gifts, and a drive down Picardy Drive to see the lights. I usually […]
My father has been talking about the amazing history of Oakland sports for as long as I can remember. Every night at the kitchen table the whole family was given history lessons about the local legends who collectively told the Oakland story. There […]