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G.U.R.L.S. Rock Summit celebrates young,bold community leaders in Oakland

More than 90 girls of color from around the Bay Area gathered at the inaugural G.U.R.L.S. Rock Summit Saturday, eager to learn and to be a part of a larger community. While entering the summit, I noticed that...
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Music Mondays: Oakland Artist R.O.D. Proves to be ‘Reality over Dreams’

The hottest male R & B voice of Bay right now is hands down R.O.D. His beautiful soul artistry has been crafted since age 6 and has definitely developed into a style music lovers can appreciate. Born in...
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Oakland Getting New City Records Management Program … Finally

On countless occasions over the last 20 years, Oakland city officials and residents have requested public documents and received them in an untimely fashion – if at all.It’s a problem rooted not to an...
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Hammer’s Homecoming: Art & Soul Festival’s 10th Anniversary Gets It Started With Local Oakland Legend

It’s easy to overlook MC Hammer in the pop culture canon. In the late 80s and early 90s, hip-hop was still mainly underground. As the genre’s first major crossover star, Hammer shattered mainstream...
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Mills Alum Thembisa Mshaka Talks Entertainment, Sexual Politics, Oakland’s Influence, and Mentorship in a Bottle

“I have this philosophy: No kneepads,” says Thembisa Mshaka, author of Put Your Dreams First: Handle Your Entertainment Business. “You’re not a soccer player, you shouldn’t be bring your knee pads...
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Femme 2010 Brings Glittering Performers to Oakland Opera House Saturday Night

This Saturday, skip dessert after dinner because you won't want to miss a moment of Rosie Lugosi's sparkling performance as she headlines Glitterati – an evening of fabulous femme performances...
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Art & Soul: Women Artists Support, Embrace This Weekend’s Festival

By Tuseda A. Graggs, shades MagazineWhen Oakland’s Art & Soul Festival opens its gates this weekend, many of the vendors whose booths line the streets will be devoted followers who return each year to...
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11th Annual Laurel Street Fair–See photos of the fun!

Thousands of people visited the 11th annual Laurel Street Fair on Sunday, thronging the streets to snack on treats, visit local merchants, and listen to an exciting line-up of professional musicians perform,...
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Oscar Grant reflection through art reception opens in Oakland this Thursday

This Thursday, Aug. 19, at Oaksterdam Tattoo at 815 Washington in Oakland, photographer Curtis Jermany will debut The MooD-ology Art Reception, featuring original photos related to the Johannes Mehserle...
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Laurel District Neighborhoods turn out for 11th annual street fair

Thousands of local residents, families and friends spent Saturday afternoon on MacArthur street - between 35th and 38th avenues - for the 11th Annual Laurel Street Fair.The event featured music, entertainment,...