Chris Turner: “This Christmas”

December 20th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Music

Chris Turner: "This Christmas"

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 [...]

Childish Gambino Serenades an Oakland Girl on “Telegraph Ave”

December 1st, 2013  |  by  |  published in Featured, Music

Childish Gambino Serenades an Oakland Girl on "Telegraph Ave"

“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 DJ Platurn’s facebook page affixed with a description that read, “random.” [...]

Marshawn Lynch Talks About Growing Up In Oakland on ESPN’s E:60

November 1st, 2013  |  by  |  published in 38th Notables, Featured, Sports

Marshawn Lynch Talks About Growing Up In Oakland on ESPN's E:60

I’ve loved Oakland since I was old enough to begin to understand it. And when you’re from an underdog city, you love everyone who is putting on for your city by proxy. I’ve known Marshawn Lynch since we attended high school together at Oakland Tech. [...]

Registration deadline for Beyond Idol has been extended

September 18th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Events, Featured

Registration deadline for Beyond Idol has been extended

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 [...]

New Video: 1- O.A.K.: “Long Time”

September 18th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Featured, Music

New Video: 1- O.A.K.: "Long Time"

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, [...]

93 ‘Til Infinity: A Documentary Review

September 6th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Art, Featured, Film, History, Music

93 'Til Infinity: A Documentary Review

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, [...]

Oakland via Panama: Los Rakas Introduce the World to PanaBay Twist

August 8th, 2013  |  by  |  published in 38th Notables, Featured, Music

Oakland via Panama: Los Rakas Introduce the World to PanaBay Twist

“You heard the black Mexican dude that be rappin’?” That was the reaction that Raka Dun often elicited coming up as an Afro-Panamanian emcee growing up here in Oakland. “It got a lot of attention out here in the Bay. Right place at the right [...]

America, Meet The Bay Area’s Netta Brielle

June 21st, 2013  |  by  |  published in Featured, Music

America, Meet The Bay Area's Netta Brielle

When word got out that Netta B. had been signed to Atlantic Records, the sense of pride, hope, and excitement from those who’d watched her over the years was evident. Always down to collab, she’d been featured on tracks with a number of Bay Area artists. [...]
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Event: Go “All-In” and Support Small Businesses

June 11th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Events, Featured

Event: Go "All-In" and Support Small Businesses

Entrepreneurship may be trendy, but it is not easy and it is not for everyone. And while those intrepid individuals who start their own businesses may have spirit or ambition, they also need support. Luckily Inner City Advisors exists to assist these [...]