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Friday, August 15th, 2014

Skinny & D8CH and friends bring local community and hip hop to Oakland’s Uptown

At 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 31 at The Uptown, the night felt equally like musicians playing a club as it did friends playing for each other at a house party. The venue was not packed, but that did not stop the hip hop musicians on stage from demanding their audience step up and participate

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Oakulture: Town Futurist Sessions imagine hip-hop as ritual space; Highlights from OIFF #12; Eesuu Orundide’s bittersweet ‘Sugar’

Afrofuturist hip-hop in Oakland? Yes, yes, y’all. The cosmology of beats and rhymes and cyclic reality of cipher sessions has manifested through the Town Futurist Sessions, a monthly party at the Legionnaire which envisions avant-garde, often improvised,...

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Oakulture: “Queendom” responds to ‘rachet rap’ and ‘hoodrat R&B’; OIFF offers a platform for developing Oakland’s indie film scene

Formerly held at Berkeley’s La Pena, “Queendom” came to Oakland for the first time this year. Produced by “Vinyl Mama” DJ Zita, a popular record-spinner who holds monthly residencies at the Layover, Lukas, John Colins, and Lazlo,...

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Freestyle: “If you make it here, you can make it anywhere,” says Oakland’s Too Short

The Post News Group, News Feature, Tasion Kwamilele, contributor. Posted: January 22, 2104 Todd Anthony Shaw, more commonly known as Too Short, has been in the music industry for more than 20 years. A pioneer in the Bay Area music scene,...

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Exclusive Interview: Sunspot Jonz / Corey Johnson: Screenwriter and founder of the Living Legends

“The Biggest TV in the Universe is your Brain,” Sunspot Jonz (AKA Corey Johnson) tweeted recently. “We all satellites beamin’ somewhere,” he says in a song. This may be the most inspiring, personal, and spiritual interview I’ve...

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Oakulture: Antique Naked Soul Bares It All, DJs Remember Matthew Africa, A “Hellaween” House Party

A couple of weeks back, Oakulture wrote about the high talent level of Oakland’s female vocalists. In the comments section, educator and cultural mover and shaker Hodari Davis suggested we add Candice Antique Wicks to our list....

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Turf Dancing Group trains youth and makes videos

  By Spencer Whitney, The Oakland Post For the last few years, Jeriel Bey has been teaching young people to use their mind and bodies to express themselves through turf dancing, a street dance that rose to prominence...

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Oakulture: Life is Living, OMCA Days of the Dead, “The Institute”

Ever since its inception in 2008, the Life is Living festival has been one of Oakland’s most-anticipated annual cultural events. It’s not hard to see why: LiL (produced by Youth Speaks) is a compendium of several mini-festivals...

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Oakulture: 16 Cowries’ Free-Flowing Ritual; “Strutters for Life” Tells Untold History of Street Dance

Upon exiting the elevator on the third floor, visitors to San Francisco’s African American Art and Culture Complex are greeted by a colorful, large mural spanning an entire wall. It’s a vibrant, resonant piece, with red, yellow...

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Oakulture: Uriah Duffy on Crossroads at Burning Man, Wifey Upstages Eve, Betti Ono Turns Three

Bassist Uriah Duffy is one of Oakland’s hardest-working musicians. A former member of Whitesnake who’s now in “melodic guitar-driven instrumental” band Points North, Duffy has worked with everyone from The Coup to Lyrics Born to the Kev...

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