Last week, the Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission, along with City Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas’ office, organized a virtual town hall and concert featuring Asian and Pacific Islander and Black artists in Oakland.
The event shows a side of Oakland that is not often seen in media, including longtime friendships and solidarity between Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Black and African American community members, businesses, and organizations. (For more background on what has been happening in Oakland Chinatown, read our report here).
If you missed it, you can watch its entirety here. Some of the featured speakers and performers included Kev Choice, Thao Shi, Emily Tian, Terisa Siagotonu, Greer Nakadegawa Lee, Dohee Lee, Jazz Hudson, Tommy Wong, Tarika Lewis, Howard Wiley, Pastor Erna Kim Hackett, Kori Chen, Councilwoman Carroll Fife, and Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas, among others. The city’s Cultural Affairs Commission Vice Chair Kev Choice and members Roy Chan and Michelle Mush Lee spoke at the event.
Listen to some of the featured artists and organizers in this KPFA interview with Hard Knock Radio host Davey D: