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 ...
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 ...
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 t...
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 anyth...
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.
By Pendarvis Harshaw For the past four months, Vell Taylor has run around the streets of the greater Bay Area with a 2-liter bottle of orange soda. Taking pictures. Lots of pictures. Shots with security guards. Pictures with his patnas. Images with [...]
Azuré has been quietly building both a buzz and a base this past year. You may have seen him spit at a show or even bobbed your head to his 2012 solo project, The Umbrella Theory like we did. Or perhaps you have seen him DJing for J. Lately and the HBK [...]
Given Oakland’s legendary sports history, it’s almost criminal that the Oakland Athletic League (OAL) hasn’t had a Hall of Fame to recognize it’s amazing public high school athletes. Thankfully, that all changed this past weekend inside the Oakland Coliseum’s Courtside Club.
Every year on Valentines Day, a bunch of artists and DJs drop songs and mixes inspired by love, the pursuit of it, or the bitter fall out from it. It’s a bittersweet time of year all the way around, but the roller-coaster ride of love has always generated [...]
Max Julien was not born in Oakland. Neither were Huey Newton or Tupac Shakur. And yet all three played fundamental roles in the creation of Oakland’s legendary counter-cultural identity. Huey was raised here from the age of 3, graduated from Oakland Tech [...]
There is music, and then there is testimony. Dick Boston of Hot Head Ent. demonstrates the power of the latter on “My Story” as he unloads about the struggles in his life. Rap is a genre rife with horizontal violence and materialistic aspirations but [...]
The past few months, First Fridays has gotten too big for it’s britches, and tonight it burst at the seams. At 10:51pm two people were shot, one of them fatally.
Three years ago Quentin Thomas, point guard for the University of North Carolina, was reintroduced as GQ, an MC newly signed to 9th Wonder’s Jamla Records. While we still referred to him as Q, occasionally throwing in an Oakland Tech reference or two, [...]
Christine Doelling opens her book about digital music copyright with the following quote from Plato: “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” [...]