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“Dre Area: The Mac Dre Art Show” pays homage to the late rap legend

In the years since his untimely death in 2004, Mac Dre's life has become so mythologized, and his image so widespread, that he's transformed from a pioneering local rapper into a godlike figure. A symbol of...
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New music: Yassou Benedict’s “YoungBlood” off OIM Vol. I

With the launch of OIM Records, the label has just released a track off their first album OIM Vol. I, due out in full in June. "YoungBlood" by San Francisco's Yassou Benedict starts softly and moves in waves....
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Meet the social media-savvy psychic bringing tarot to millennials

Nestled in a quiet attic room just north of the Oakland-Berkeley border, Alese Osborn's office is stuffed with personal mementos and eclectic objects that make a typical psychic's set-up look corporate in...
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The Oakland Neighborhood Project

Oakland Neighborhood Project A photo project that gives people in Oakland's 146 neighborhoods a chance to tell the world about where they live. Glenview Friends for more than 40 years, Lucy and...
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Meet OIM Records: Oakland’s newest indie label

It’s a tired story. A band starts in the Bay Area, builds an audience, starts touring, then gets stuck playing small venues and moves to L.A. or N.Y.  Beyond being old hat, it’s frustrating and depressing...
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Oakland minimum wage part 3: A perfect storm in Chinatown (Community Voices)

By Sal Bednarz, owner of Actual Cafe & Victory Burger Oakland Chinatown has a long history, dating back to the California Gold Rush, and was created in the face of open anti-Chinese sentiment and...
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The Oakland Neighborhood Project

Oakland Neighborhood Project A photo project that gives people in Oakland's 146 neighborhoods a chance to tell the world about where they live. Montclair Village Almost a native Oaklander, Teresa grew up...
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What would your walk-up song be?

Before the crack of the bat, before the Cracker Jacks, there’s the walkup song. As the batter moves from the on-deck circle to the batter’s box, a song plays to pump everyone up. Any song the batter...
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On May 5th, give to East Bay nonprofits (Community Voices)

By Dawn Robinson, Donor Services Associate at East Bay Community Foundation On May 5, the East Bay Community Foundation is hosting East Bay Gives, a 24-hour online giving day for donations to registered...
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The revenge of 80-cent ’80s Night at The Ruby Room

Well, we can all admit it: Living in Oakland is pretty expensive. And while hoofing it to nice cocktail bars in Uptown and spending $12 a pop on drinks make us feel fancy, sometimes dropping $40 on a night of...