For the Kids in Oakland Walking Around Believing in Fairytales

“Can you believe that? A kid from Oakland walking around and believing in fairy tales,” Which translates, can you believe there are young minds in urban settings filled with wonder? The answer is Yes! Filmed briefly in Oakland Black Panther, captures that  wonder   That wonder was not ignored when I penned the Tales of…

Fantastic Negrito, The Winner Of Our Tiny Desk Concert Contest

Late last year, NPR Music launched a contest to give an undiscovered band a chance to play behind the Tiny Desk.On Thursday morning, the judges announced their winner, chosen from nearly 7,000 entries. He calls himself Fantastic Negrito, and he joined NPR’s Rachel Martin from a studio in Oakland, Calif., to talk about his winning…

Aphasia A True look at Occupy Oakland

This is a must see. “Chinese artist Li Chen embedded with the Bay Area Occupy movement and created this beautiful film that’s also about the frailty of memory and language. ‘I was there because I had never witnessed a protest before in my life,’ she says in her artist’s statement. “As a Chinese citizen, I spent many…

Smoke & Demons Crazy Stuff This, Book Review

Oakland Magazine review  Smoke & Demons, A Tale of Urban Horror, Book 3, by A.J. Harper (A.J. Harper, 2011, pp. 356, $15.99) Vampires in Oakland, Berkeley and Compton, plus multi-ethnic characters populate this young adult horror tale of dreadlocked, pot-smoking Omari whose nightmares are inhabited by life-threatening demons. The evildoers eventually haunt the sleep of…