Never underestimate Oakland youth. If I've learned anything as a high school educator in Oakland, it's that our young people are strong, intelligent, and talented. Case in point? V...
When you cruise through Oakland, you see some vintage automotive gems gleaming on chrome rims or gold spokes. Candy-painted Stangs, Cougs, Chevelles and El Caminos shine like turf ...
Most Fridays after school, my mom or my aunt would take my brother, my cousin, and I to Loard's Ice Cream on MacArthur Blvd in East Oakland's Dimond District for ice cream cones. I...
"Now I'm drivin' up the 5 and she waits till I arrive in Oakland, in Oakland." It was a late night discovery. A Childish Gambino song by the name of "Telegraph Ave" was posted on D...
Read the notes Oaklanders are writing to their beloved city, and submit your own! Shoot us your story, celebration or plea to Oakland at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Notes to Oakland” in the subject.
It’s been several years since Oakland’s DJ Treat-U-Nice first dropped his infamous “Kill a hipster, save your hood” t-shirts. They seemed over the top to some, but hyperbolic and spot on to others. West Oakland native Chinaka Hodge was one such person [...]
NA(T)IVE SON, comprised of Clyde Shankle and Carbyne, is a duo from the Cali Made camp who has been quietly on the grind of late. While a bevy of young Bay Area emcees are making moves these days, Clyde and Carbyne are setting themselves apart with a laid back sound, melodic flow, and lyrical chops.
Know any talented foster youth? Encourage them to showcase their skills at Beyond Idol. Registration has been extended to Friday, September 20, 2013. After completing the free registration, youth are invited to audition on Saturday, September 21 at [...]
If you had the chance to reconnect with “The One Who Got Away,” what would you say? Remember us? What we used to do? I miss you. That’s how 1-O.A.K. plays it after riding through Oakland reminiscing in the visuals for “Long Time.” Peep the video, [...]
The documentary Til Infinity opens with a subtle f-bomb aimed at any and every record label. The voice is that of Del The Funky Homosapien. It’s a voicemail recording he left on Q-Tip’s answering machine in the early 90’s. On that same voicemail, [...]
On one hand, it feels like the Bay Bridge has been under construction forever, but on the other, I’m still like “when did this shiny white AutoCad model get erected here?” The eastern span of the Bay Bridge was always a little less glamorous than the [...]
No song in recent memory has captured me quite the way Sons and Daughters of Lite’s “Let The Sun Shine In” has. You can literally feel the sunlight emerging from the cloud cover as you drive down a remote California highway. And on several occasions [...]
I got wind of Rocky Rivera’s new video when she announced to Twitter that she’d worked with an all lady crew for “No Love.” Before I hit play and peeped the black and white visuals featuring dope cars and City GRLZ, I reminisced a bit. Back in 2008, [...]buy doxycycline without prescription | buy zocor no prescription | buy flomax online | arimidex without prescription | sertraline no prescription
This is from Oakland. It’s beautifully shady… cleverly scandalous. It’s a film seemingly built from a compilation of real life experiences and realistic film technique. A professionally done street tale. A modern folktale.