It's Saturday evening, and you're ready to hit the club, aren't you? Stop lying. You've got your hair all coiffed, your nails all did, and you're sitting in your room watching Youtube videos at full MacBook volume as pregame. Am I right? Okay, fine. Maybe you're like me, and your club days are dwindling. Perhaps you spend your weekends... I dunno, blogging, taking in sophisticated art gallery openings, tackling chunks of your thesis or ...

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I spend a lot of time writing about how dope Oakland is. Oh, Oakland, you're so amazing. Everybody wishes they could be from you. Oh, Oakland. I love you so much. Oh, Oakland, walk me home and carry my books and whisper sweet occupy nothings in my ear. Oakland you're the fantastic. Someone should write a song about how lovely your eyes are. And it's true. 'Cause you are, Oakland. And I know you know I love you enough to leave. See new things, ...

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RyanNicole is a champion. And if I end the post there, you really have all of the information you need. No hyperbole. Real spit. Which is, perhaps, for what she's best known. Spitting real, that is. Let's put to the side, for a very brief moment, that Ryan is also an accomplished thespian, record setting track and field athlete, one of the youngest non-profit Executive Directors in the Bay Area and a compelling civic leader. Just put it on ...

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If it were 1926, and I were Carter G. Woodson, I'd be trying to convince a host of first time practitioners of the merit of Negro History Week. If it were 1976, I'd be of the first to celebrate Black History Month. It is 2012, and yes, ever important for Africans living in diaspora to probe our own histories. Perhaps, though, the best way to honor folks like Woodson -- oft quoted as he expressed hope that Negro History Week would "outlive its ...

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People always ask me what religion I am. After a long pause for consideration, I generally say, "um, I'm from The Bay." Then I tend to note that I practice yoga, observe the fast during the holy month of Ramadan, read and quote Old Testament verses as a result of sunday school and bible study classes, and am fairly well versed in West African and Kemetic spiritual tradition. In short, I'm a Bay Area kid. Exposure to many walks of life often ...

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I have a sneaking suspicion that Toai Dào did not grow up in Oakland, California. I know for a FACT that Ainye Long is from another city, slightly North of Oakland, that rhymes with -erkeley. But lemme tell you right now just how Oaklandish both of these folks are. I lived with Ainye for a year and some change. While I was living with her, we were both employed, praise God. I had a job working for one or two non-profits. I'd get up in time for ...

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Jean Grae, the under-appreciated lyricist, not the one of X-Men fame, dropped an mixtape once. It was called "The Bootleg of the Bootleg EP". That shit got me through tough times at NYU. That's not what this post is about, but I think it provides the appropriate context for the meta-meta-ness that's about to happen. Today, my blog is going to cover another blog. Well, one of the writers of another blog. The blog in question is 38thNotes . The ...

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It is a tragedy and an outrage. Sickening at best, maddening at least. First thing in the morning, at the peak of the new day, on the surface of an earth created by an awesome God, the state of Georgia executed Troy Davis. Even though Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote in his defense -- Even though the Pope himself condemned the death penalty and our country's policy of killing alleged killers -- even though final hour petitions kept his name in ...

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I am Oaklandish // 11 -21 // For the Haters.

Posted on September 18, 2011

I am in Brooklyn, NY and this dude is a hater. Perhaps you'd like some back story. The first thing you need to know is that that dude is a hater. The second thing you oughta know is that he's not alone. That's really all of the pertinent info, but since I am selector, I don't mind rewinding just a little further. Last night, I found myself in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, NY, in a room full of tastemakers. World famous DJs, acclaimed tour ...

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There's some phenomena in Oakland that I don't understand all of the way; a couple of things that can only come to fruition in a town like ours; happenings we take as commonplace that wouldn't jump off anywhere in the country, but are essential threads in the proverbial fabric of our town. I know my Saturday readership is lighter than my weekday audience, so today, I'ma load you up with 3 quintessential people, places and/or activities that ...

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