Nom, nom!  It’s a foodie weekend here in the Bay Area.  Cuisine Noir is celebrating its 5th year anniversary at the Cartoon Museum and the Eat Real Festival is going on this weekend in Oakland.  Prepare to get your grub on!  It is about to be a delicious weekend.  Read on my fellow foodies or should I say eat on.

V. Sheree Williams  - Photo #1Miz Chris [MC]: Where are you from?

Sheree Williams [SW]: I am from a suburb of Chicago called Zion. I moved to California in 1998 after college.

[MC]: What is Cuisine Noir?

[SW]: Cuisine Noir is the country (and world’s) first black food, wine and travel magazine. We showcase Blacks in these industries that have gone under the radar for many years. Our footprint is now reaching into the African Diaspora so readers will learn about who is doing what from the U.S. to Europe, South America and Africa. We are online monthly at and in print quarterly.

[MC]: What inspired you to create a magaCuisine Noir Summer 2014 Coverzine?

[SW]: I actually am not the creator. His name is Richard Pannell and he approached me in 2007 to do PR for the magazine. I loved it so much, I become a partner and then full owner in 2008. He will be in attendance on Saturday.

The purpose of the magazine is to give recognition and highlight the successes and contributions of Blacks in food, wine and travel and unfortunately mainstream magazines like Food & Wine, Saveur and others don’t do it enough if at all.

[MC]: What has been your greatest challenge with Cuisine Noir?

[SW]: Advertising. We’re slowing getting there but we have giants that we compete for in terms of dollars ( Essence, Ebony, Black Enterprise) so we are still proving ourselves as we grow.

Cover - Spring 2014[MC]: You celebrate five years this Saturday, what has been your greatest triumph with Cuisine Noir?

[SW]: The greatest triumph is the growth we have experienced going from online to print and hearing from our distribution partners that they are out of magazines. In addition, although the magazine showcases the talents of Black, we have a very diverse audience and fan base and guests will see this on Saturday. I am very proud of that and how it come about so organically.




10406593_670130176394572_7022241338770888229_nComedy at Feelmore
1703 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Feelmore is finally going to have comedy in-house. Make sure you all come out to this Hella fun event. There is limited seating. If you don’t get a seat there is standing room outside where a speaker (sound) will amplify what the hell is being said. See you soon

Our lineup for this date:

Shanti Charan
Arthur Ballesteros
Emily Van Dyke
Matt Gubser
Chris Riggins




10575213_10204105688697463_2337935499941685688_oBUTCH – Not Like Other Girls
Austin Law Group
799 Castro St, SF


BUTCH is a photographic exploration of the liminal space occupied by female masculinity in contemporary communities. SD Holman delineates Butch not as oppositional to Femme and Trans identities, but as an inclusive site of resistance to limitations on the way women, gender, and sexuality are still defined. The images honour the mercurial beauty, power and diversity of women who transgress the gender binary – celebrating the transversal dialectic of female masculinity, unapologetic and undiluted.*

*The plain English version of the art-speak above;
BUTCH: Not like the other girls are photos of the space between, occupied by the big ol bull dykes we know. SD says Butch not as dissing Femme and Trans folks, but as a general site of struggle against the limited way that women, gender, and sexuality are still defined. The pictures honour the lively and unpredictable beauty, power and diversity of women who transgress the two sided gender rule-boys r masculine/ girls r feminine – celebrating and cutting across categories (literally Queer) and have good debates of manly women, full strength without regret.

10655251_10152485683034006_5981532003427231345_oOur Lives Matter
1714 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
Free – All Ages

Hear directly from the artists who created the provocative and timely ‘Our Lives Matter’ – the new show at SoleSpace prompted by recent events in #Ferguson, Oakland, and Gaza.

Refa One, Oree Originol, Duane Deterville & Ajuan Mance have put together a tremendous shout from the walls affirming the value and humanity of Black and Brown people’s lives.

They’ll be sharing their thoughts on the current moment, the broader context, and the ways that each of us can transform society – through daily acts of resistance and survival as well as larger creative initiatives.

Please join us for this important and inspiring evening.


The Stud
399 9th Street, SF

This Thursday, begin your Folsom weekend early and celebrate with Adonisaurus to welcome the birth of their new EP, EPoch! Take your psychedelic enema and report to the dance floor at the STUDSF for a night of astral tunes and witchy numbers! It’s gonna be a DREAM!

Adonisaurus serves up fierce and fanciful dance tracks with monster sound.
GAYmous will leave you covered in sweat and glitter and ready to process your myriad relationships.
DJ Cez spinning more tunes than you can wave a divining rod at.

L Oh L McFiercen LOL’d in these flowers with dances and delight
Effervescence Jackson puts the bubble bubble in your toils and troubles.

ALL QUEER WIZARDS REPORT TO THE DANCEFLOOR! And since it kicks off Folsom weekend, throw some leather in there, gurl.

1617725_679039402172123_6309510081010480525_oJose James
The New Parish
1743 San Pablo Ave, OaklandDoors 8pm

Get ready for 2 intimate nights with the amazing
JOSE JAMES bringing his unique Soulful/Jazzy/Hip Hop sound to OAKLAND!!

Special guest: GIZMO
Thursday w/DJ heyLove*
Friday w/ Nina Sol


“No Beginning No End sums up how I feel about music right now,” says José James of his Blue Note Records debut. “I don’t want to be confined to any particular style. I decided I didn’t want to be considered a jazz singer anymore and that was really freeing. Once I realized that jazz singing is just something that I do and it’s just a label, it freed me as an artist to just write without any boundaries.”

No Beginning No End is a seamless musical experience that moves between different styles with remarkable fluidity, bound together by James’ transcendent voice. It marks a new chapter in the artistic journey of the 33-year-old singer/songwriter. Conceived, recorded and produced independently without any recording contract, the album is his most personal statement yet.




10636878_865939676751913_9025534728782148642_oCulture F*ck
Show and Tell
1427 Broadway, Oakland

Come out and get some of the goodness that happens when we’re powerful and sexy in community!!! Aye, and don’t forget its an open mic…a radical, love based open mic. So bring your heart wide open and receptive to celebrate each other’s magic and to share some of your own (heeey, no presh but you might have the words to save someone’s life that night). Bring poems, prose, humor, music, dance, and any other form of expression that feels good! AND bring some juicy love for Show and Tell Concept Shop Owner, Alyah Baker, as it is her birthday and we are gonna GET DOWN (and for some of us, slowly rise back up) for her bday. Pop Lock and Drop It, beyotches ♥ ♥ ♥ xoxoxo

Denise Jolly is the creator of the Be Beautiful Project. She is as a Writer, Performer and Artist Educator. She is the former Executive Director of Seattle Youth Speaks, and Vice President of Stronghold Productions. Denise’s work stands at the intersection of gender, class, sexuality, and body. She has taught and performed at colleges, universities, community centers, public and private schools all over the United States, Canada and part of Europe. Working with student populations in elementary through college and beyond. She likes doing great things with amazing people and being moved by art, community and how the two work together.


Celebrations on the Bay : Riverboat
Jack London Square, Foot of Webster St.
Oakland, CA / 21 & Over / Limited Capacity

Loading Begins at 8pm
Boat Departs at 9pm / Returns at 12am

Take in the sparkling views of Bay Area while dancing to the very best of the 80’s and 90’s: dance floor classics, soul stirring bangers and crafty remixes with B.A.S.S. DJ’s Zita and Pam the Funkstress!

Advance Tickets On Sale Now!

About the Boat:
“Bay Celebrations” is a locally owned, double decked riverboat style vessel powered by twin engines. The boat is wheel chair accessible and features a full bar and indoor / outdoor areas. The boat moves very slowly for maximum comfort and will tour the lovely waters of the SF Bay with viewings of the Bay Bridge, Golden Gate and Alcatraz. Loading place will be at Jack London Sq, between Haven and Il Pescatore Restaurant at the foot of Webster St.




Cuisine Noir Event Flyer - FrontCuisine Noir Magazine’s 5th Anniversary Celebration
Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, SF
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Join Cuisine Noir Magazine as we celebrate 5 years with 5 food and wine experiences for 5 hours in San Francisco at the Cartoon Art Museum located at 655 Mission Street from 5 – 10 pm.  The event will bring chefs, winemakers, industry trendsetters and tastemakers together along with readers from across the country.  The magazine, both online and in print, will truly come alive to make this celebration an event to remember.

The event will kick-off with a special VIP Jazz Reception from 5 – 6 pm sponsored by Wells Fargo with media, celebrities, sponsors and talent featured in the magazine over the last 5 years.  This reception will feature an exclusive tasting of Marke Wines as well as a special presentation followed by a toast sponsored by Mumm Napa.
During the evening, Cuisine Noir will present 5 delicious food, wine and travel experiences to include: Simple Gourmet, The Pairing, Culinary Corner, The Sweet Spot and Culinary + Travel.

All guests will receive a gift bag and raffle ticket for the chance to win some of our favorite things!  In addition, there will be a few more event surprises that you don’t want to miss.

464993_10150620056987998_225773678_oEat Real Festival
Sept 19-21st
Jack London Square

Friday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Eat Real combines a state fair, a street-food festival, and a block party to create a celebration of good food. At the Eat Real Festival, participants learn where food comes from, who grows it, and how to make it. Eat Real Festival attendance is 100% free of charge, all street food at the festival costs $8 or less, and incorporates delicious, regionally-sourced, and sustainably-produced ingredients. Eat Real is the premier educational program of the Food Craft Institute, a non-profit organization focused on creating and making viable small to medium-scale, handmade, artisan food companies in the United States. Eat Real’s mission is to help revitalize regional food systems, build public awareness of and respect for the craft of making good food and to encourage the growth of American food entrepreneurs.

 10351889_10204387647068806_7766150436630102382_nCultural Icons
Paintings by James Gayles
The Flight Deck
1540 Broadway, Oakland

Gayles’ paintings celebrate individuals from the Africa Diaspora who have made a significant impact on our culture and society today, including musicians, writers, visual artists, politicians and thinkers.

This event is free. Copies of Gayles” book “Reflections” will also be available for purchase.

The Flight Deck is a shared, multidisciplinary performing arts center and co-working space in Downtown Oakland. It is a collaborative arts space and performance venue, where artists of all kinds and ages can work, play, and collaborate.

The Flight Deck hosts performances of all types, gallery shows, rehearsals, classes for youth and adults, and a membership program. It provide a home for the arts in the East Bay, contributing to making Oakland a destination for artists and audiences from all over the region.





The Social Life
811 Washington, Oakland

This Sunday, come get your freak on at The Social Life “Folsom St Fair Afterparty” w/ DJ Lady Ryan spinning stimulating beats & guest vendor Feelmore Adult Gallery selling pleasurable toys and goodies! Sexy black leather attire preferred but not required. No need to go home and change, bring your whips and paddles with you!

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  1. Sheree Williams

    Thank you for the interview! Another reason why we love the Yay!

    See you on Saturday!


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