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Oakland Black Pride Director Olaywa Austin on Returning Pride to “Its Very Black and Very Queer Roots”

While San Francisco Pride events start June 11, and will be different from Oakland Pride, which occurs September 11-12, Oakland Black Pride is organizing its own events. This includes Zoom panels that provide community-centered discussions,[Read more]
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Oakland Voices Alumna Ayodele Nzinga is City’s First Poet Laureate

The City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Division announced today our first poet laureate: Ayodele Nzinga. Ayodele was a part of the 2019-2020 Oakland Voices cohort. She is a playwright, poet, and community advocate. She will[Read more]
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Bay Area’s hip-hop insiders say loss of artists are not isolated issues, long-term health needs to be addressed

Members of the hip-hop community are recognizing that a conversation about health and wellness for artists has become increasingly more important. As millions of people commiserate and share their remembrances online for their favorite artists,[Read more]