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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Sedi Bo: A West Oakland Tale of Art & Transformation

Sedi Bo’s image is memorialized in a mural on the corner of 14th and Campbell. Sedi’s name was Cedric, people also called him Country. He was a musical artist. He grew up in West Oakland. His sister runs a hair shop in the neighborhood.  Sedi or Country and his family are a part of this

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

International conference on the Black Arts Movement (Community Voices)

The sixties, a time of social upheaval punctuated by the struggle of North American Africans to create Black political and social institutions, that advanced Black values, and promoted Black collective interest birthed, an affirmation, “Black is Beautiful”....

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Remembering Amiri Baraka (Community Voices)

Everett Leroy Jones, born in 1934 in Newark, New Jersey, became LeRoi Jones, who became Amiri Baraka. Imamu Amiri Baraka returned to the ancestors during the polar vortex of January 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. He was...

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Local artists restore West Oakland mural (Community Voices)

A mural stood at 10th and Pine in the Lower Bottoms of West Oakland. The mural depicted the history, desires, and the presence of those who created it. A tag bomber hit that mural. He was confronted...

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

The Lower Bottom Playaz ‘FENCES’ smashes at AAMLO (Community Voices)

How does a theater troupe measure success? They say, “You are only as good as your last work.” What about the box office—do people come to see your work? Should we consider the relevance of the works...

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Adimu Madyun plays Troy Maxson in The Lower Bottom Playaz production of FENCES (Community Voices)

By Ayondele Nzinga A lot of great things about Oakland are being (re)discovered for the first time. Among the new/old things being discovered about Oakland is the fact that it’s a hotbed of talent. Lainya Magana from...