.Eric K. Arnold

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Jul 6, 2022

Voodoo Chile: Fantastic Negrito’s slightly improbable return

What makes Xavier Dphrepaulezz, aka Fantastic Negrito, a changemaker? Consider the following: He has won three consecutive Grammy awards for Best Contemporary Blues Album -...
Aug 19, 2021

The Essential Zion-I

Some emcees rap. Others make art. Zumbi Zoom aka Zion of Zion-I aka Steve Gaines was one of the latter. Zion-I never had huge, major-label...
Jul 28, 2021

Culture Takes the Lake: Lakeshore bustles back thanks in part to revitalized and innovative...

"The resurgence of Black-owned small businesses in Grand Lake might seem like an aberration or a triumph, depending on perspective," writes Eric K. Arnold for this week's Feature, "It’s actually a testament to cultural resilience."
Jun 30, 2021

Jenn Johns leads the vanguard as live concerts reappear

Eric K. Arnold sits down with singer Jennifer Johns to discuss Oakland history, Joni Mitchell, and finally being able to return to live shows post-pandemic.
May 11, 2021

Unspoken History

Veteran journalist Eric K. Arnold delves into the deep, and incredibly influential history of the Black Futurist Collective. An underground Oakland movement that preceded much of the mainstream Afrofuturism seen today.
Aug 28, 2013

Hiero’s Year

For the second straight year, the City of Oakland has declared September 2 "Hiero Day" — a tribute to Hieroglyphics, the pioneering hip-hop collective...
Aug 14, 2013

Alpha Blondy

With eighteen studio albums since his 1983 debut, Jah Glory, Alpha Blondy is easily today's most prolific purveyor of African reggae. Hailing from Côte...
Oct 10, 2012

Remembering Matthew Africa

On September 3, legendary Bay Area DJ Matthew Africa was tragically killed in a car accident while returning from Yosemite with his wife. The...
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