Karl Reeves “It seems like there’s a trio of what black men shoot: Video vixens, black and white pictures of kids in the ghetto, and event photography at rap shows” says Karl Reeves, an Oakland transplant from Wisconsin. But Reeves … Continue reading The Perks of Being a Black Artist: Two Oakland Photographers to Watch
“I am not a black artist, I am an artist” was the prolific assertion of late-painter Jean Paul Basquiat. These words served as a defiant declaration of his humanity above all other labels; and yet Basquiat’s awareness of his racial … Continue reading Artistry and Black Liberation in Oakland
The perception of Africa is evolving as an increasing number of people across the African diaspora choose to embrace the fashion and culture of the long misrepresented continent. In the midst of growing African trends, an interesting question has been … Continue reading Africa Rising: Fashion and Pride Across the Diaspora
Coffee with a Beat 458 Perkins Street Coffee with a Beat is a family-owned coffee shop located in the heart of Lake Merritt. It offers local coffee and fresh food including many varieties of fresh pastries, bagels, and cakes. Coffee … Continue reading Buying Black Oakland: 5 Local Black-Owned Businesses to Support
“Love is resistance and it’s important that we work on healing before continuing this struggle.” The Black Love Festival, organized by China Pharr, Leigh Davenport, and Etecia Brown; provides an example of love being used as an organizing tool to build … Continue reading Choosing Love: Support the 1st Annual Black Love Festival!
Claremont Middle School is nestled in the affluent and predominantly white neighborhood known as Rockridge, Oakland. It is an open enrollment public institution consisting of a diverse socioeconomic population of students from all over the East Bay. Many parents send … Continue reading Teaching While Black: Exposing Institutional Racism at Claremont Middle School
“All of my stories come from the past” asserts Damon Lawrence, CEO and Creative Director of Homage Hotel Group. His company will debut The Town Hotel, a black-owned boutique hotel in downtown Oakland slated to open Summer 2016. Homage is … Continue reading Fetching what was lost: Paying homage and reclaiming San Francisco Bay’s black roots