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Authors Bettina "Betty" Washington and daughter Fatima Washington.

New Book Tells One Woman’s Memories of a “Big Love”

Well, 84-year-old Bettina “Betty” Washington is having her say! The octogenarian is spilling all the juicy bits of her life, including her love affair with celebrated actor/director Ivan Dixon (“Raisin in the Sun,” “Nothing But [...]
Dolores R. Gray is one of several African American artists exhibiting at the 26th Spring Open Studios on April 25 and 26.  Pictured here is her work titled "Looking Down the Road" (2005), a mixed media piece that is three-dimensional.  Open to the public just two weekends a year, this is an opportunity to view and purchase original fine artworks.

African American Artists Exhibit Original Works at Spring Open Studios

By Sally Douglas Arce     The 26th Annual Open Studios Shipyard Artists Spring Dream ~ Live With Art showcases 140+ exhibiting artists at Hunters Point Shipyard and Islais Creek Studios in San Francisco from [...]
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Nominations Open for Alameda County’s Arts Leadership Awards

The Alameda County Arts Commission invites County residents to submit nominations for the 2015 Alameda County Arts Leadership Awards.   This annual program enables the Alameda County Arts Commission to recognize five individuals, one from [...]
Top from left: Tom Bowden, Commemoration Plaque on 7th Street for “Terrible Tom” Bowden, Fillmore Slim. Bottom: Richard Younger, Skip Hudson, Michael Skinner, Niklas Nordstrom, and Bernard Anderson. Photos by Godfrey Lee.

“Terrible Tom” Bowden Brings the Blues Back to 7th Street

By Roberta Cobb and Godfrey Lee   “Terrible Tom” Bowden brought the Blues back to 7th Street in West Oakland on Friday, March 20.   Bowden, Fillmore Slim, and their special guests performed at One [...]
Bobby Brackins in Oakland's Maxwell Park.

Bobby Brackins, Creating Music to Top the Charts

When talking with artist and songwriter Bobby Brackins, it’s natural for one to be in awe of his musical ingenuity. He first entered the music scene with his 2010 hit “143” and has since penned [...]
Dee Dee Simon.

Dee Dee Simon Delivers on Stage and as Death Row Nurse

“Simon’s on the radio!” an inmate on San Quentin’s death row called out early one morning two years ago. Other cheers of excitement filled the cellblock, leaving guards puzzled about what all the fuss was [...]