Jun 23, 2021

Future Is Now

Lou Fancher visits Oakland's Isis Asare and her Sistah Scifi online bookstore which focuses on Black speculative fiction through an Afrofuturistic lens. "Increasing interest in readers seeking sci-fi specifically has been propelled by not only the Black Lives Matter social justice movement, but also by the genre’s elevation through scholarly attention," Asare said.
May 26, 2021

Oaklash is Back

Feb 3, 2021

Heart & Soul

Dec 16, 2020

Finding Place, Holding Court

A woman sits, regal and poised like a goddess or a noble, Deep South "church lady" astride a truck-bed-length marble gravestone in the Morningstar Cemetery in Mossville, Louisiana. Captured in one of several photographs by Berkeley-based artist...
Nov 25, 2020

Gifts from Oaklandish give back

While the pandemic will force the reinvention of many holiday traditions this year, gift-giving will persist. But before you start speed-scrolling Amazon’s virtual aisles for perfect presents, take a socially-distanced breath and consider this proposition from Oaklandish,...
Oct 29, 2020

Day of the Dead Lives On In Fruitvale

Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood was looking forward to 2020’s Día de los Muertos Festival, celebrating its 25th anniversary. The music, the dancing, the food, the mercados bring everyone together in a dynamic party atmosphere. Día de los Muertos, which...
Oct 14, 2020

Living Jazz overcomes pandemic blues with ‘Call & Response’

For 36 years, Living Jazz has provided disadvantaged youth, adults and seniors free music programs in Title One Oakland public schools, offering immersive experiences that reignite interest in jazz music and musicians. All this changed when the...
Sep 23, 2020

Beyond the Stars

While the premise of the film A Chef's Journey focuses on following James Beard–award winning chef-owner David Kinch as he travels to France with most of his kitchen staff to celebrate 15 years of his 3-Star Michelin...
Sep 2, 2020

Fundraising While Black

When Bay Area actor and educator Aldo Billingslea began leveraging Facebook to market an ambitious $1M Fund for Black Theatre in the US, his goal was to raise awareness and money. What he hadn't expected to raise...
Aug 26, 2020

Banding Together

In July, the American Alliance of Museums announced the results of a spring 2020 national survey with this warning: “One out of every three museums may shutter forever as funding sources and financial reserves run dry.” Lori Fogarty,...
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