Ben Harper, The Bay, And The Imprint Of Brownie’s Blues

October 27th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Art, Featured, History, Music

Ben Harper, The Bay, And The Imprint Of Brownie’s Blues

“I’ve been coming to Oakland for years. I used to come up here quite often to listen to the blues legend Brownie McGhee. We used to sit in his garage and eat candy. And talk—and talk some shit, really.” So spoke Southern California-raised singer, songwriter, and slide guitar sorcerer Ben Harper…

Adventures of a Shapeshifter

June 10th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Events, Featured, Music

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

April 30th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Art, Events, Featured

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. [...]

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, [...]