Hella Independent Films Playing Right Now

    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 ...

    Adventures of a Shapeshifter

    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 ...

    On Our Way Home: A Photo Exhibition by Homeless Elders

    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 t...

    Experience Oakland: Check Out The Annual White Elephant Sale

    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 anyth...

    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 submissions@38thnotes.com with “Notes to Oakland” in the subject.



    Vell Taylor, His Mother, And The #SodaProject

    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 Brings Old School Flavor with "Slow Motion"

    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 [...]

    Oakland Athletic League Inducts First Hall-of-Fame Class

    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.

    The Bay Is For Lovers: V-day Inspired Music

    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 [...]

    Video: Max Julien Talks 2Pac & Huey Newton in 1997 Interview

    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 [...]

    Music Video: Dick Boston Shares His Testimony in "My Story"

    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 Last First Friday? Reflections on Oakland's Battle with Violence

    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.

    New Music: GQ Pays Homage to Oakland in "The Town"

    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, [...]

    Must Read: B*tch Don't Kill My Vibe by Christine Doelling

    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.” [...]