Assassi-Nation: A Poem for The Jacka

    Assassi-Nation: A Poem for The Jacka

    A poem in memory of The Jacka and Oakland's murdered multitudes....

    Clouds: A Series about Love and Technology in the Town

    Clouds: A Series about Love and Technology in the Town

    A few dozen people hit Somar in December to watch the trailer for Clouds. Multiple times throughout the night, a two-minute sample of what could be played on the screen: An Oakland...

    Kick-Ass Women, Comedy and News Courtesy of Keli Dailey

    Kick-Ass Women, Comedy and News Courtesy of Keli Dailey

    Have you heard about News Hangover? Keli Dailey (journalist, photographer, foodie, UC Berkeley J-School Alum, Knight Fellow, bad-ass) created an online news comedy series targetin...

    BEAST MODE, A Haiku for Marshawn

    BEAST MODE, A Haiku for Marshawn

    Beast Mode is as though A pinball has attitude, 4-wheel drive, and spikes   Below are a few of Marshawn's epic runs over the past few years. For every big run there are a hund...

    Notes To Oakland
    To kick off our new community series, Notes to Oakland, we are sharing a note from Alma Jurado. She came by the 38thnotes table at the Temescal Street Fair and shared this appreciation for Oakland men. I humbly accept her compliment on behalf of all Oakland men, and echo her remarks to The Town’s women as well. Whether you are into men, women or both, as this Indian summer settles over the Bay Area, we are bound to witness the best The O has to offer. Thank you for sharing, Alma!

    Read the notes Oaklanders are writing to their beloved city, and submit your own! Shoot us your story, celebration or plea to Oakland at with “Notes to Oakland” in the subject.

    Nas Celebrates illmatic's 20th Anniversary in Oakland

    I used to rewrite Nas’ rhymes, replacing key words in his lines in order to make his verses apply to my life here in Oakland. On October 19th, 2014, I heard Nas make alterations to his own rhymes to make them apply to life here in Oakland.  “Nothing […]

    Erk Tha Jerk Is In The Kitchen, Ladies and Gentlemen

    As children, very few of us wanted to eat our vegetables. I would try to convince my mom “my vegetable shelf (of my stomach) is full, but my dessert shelf is empty.” That never worked, but many of us still do our best to rationalize late night tacos at […]

    Mick Jenkins Fights The Drought with "The Water[s]"

    My little brother just put me on to the south side Chicago emcee Mick Jenkins. He wanted me to be as juiced about Mick as he was, so he led off by texting me a Boy Meets World reference. “It’s been tragic/ Ever since Boy Meets World, it’s Ben (been) […]

    Will Travel for Music (...or Chasing Kris Bowers)

    Friday night, as the line for Kris Bowers curved corners, my heart sank. After an hour drive, and months of being hyped, it looked like I wasn’t going to see my latest musical fave. There was about to be a problem. I forget when I discovered Heroes […]

    The Honor Roll Presents "The Champagne Room"

    When DJ Tap.10 dropped his Champagne Soul mix in 2011, he was introducing a sub-genre that he and his Honor Roll brethren had diagnosed years earlier. The 80s R&B that fit the bill is characterized by the smooth synthed-out romance of acts like Surface, […]

    Hella Independent Films Playing Right Now

    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 […]

    Adventures of a Shapeshifter

    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 […]

    On Our Way Home: A Photo Exhibition by Homeless Elders

    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. […]

    Experience Oakland: Check Out The Annual White Elephant Sale

    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, […]