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Atmosphere – Kanye West

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3 // BFM 2014 // Nick Galbaldon x Oumar Seye

Black Future's highlight of Nick Gabaldon, the first documented African American surfer who broke the color line by integrating Santa Monica and Malibu beaches. BFM also spotlights the work of Senegalese surfer Oumar Seye, who started his Ngor Surfer's Paradise -- the first of its kind in Senegal. The Surf Club hosts classes, camp, an and annual trophy competition which has been folded into Rip Curl's West Africa Tour. As Seye's destination near Senegal's capital city of Dakar grows in popularity, so, too does the market for surf along the coast.

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2 // BFM 2014 // Kwabs x Otis Redding

The Ghanaian Brit, Kwabs, has released a number of Youtube videos, has a robust performance schedule in the UK, but has yet to make the rounds on a stateside tour. His carefully crafted lyrics, almost haunting baritone and penchant for no frills production draws me in. Every time I listen I find myself hovering over a system of questions: What is or must be experienced to create Blues and Gospel? How did Kwabs come by it?

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1 // BFM 2014 // Marcus Books x MoCADA

"A place where you know black people are represented well." Karen Johnson, Marcus Books #BFM

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Kill A Hipster

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I am Oaklandish // 26 // Chaya Gusfield, Rabbi

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 ...

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I am Oaklandish // 24 + 25 // Toai Dào and Ainye Long, Educators

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, ...

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I am Oaklandish // 23 // Lukas Brekke-Miesner, Writer

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. ...

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I am Oaklandish // 22 // Pendarvis Harshaw, OG in Training

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 ...

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

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, ...

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