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SF State Offers Theater Scholarships for Students Transferring from Laney College

By Mary Kenny, SFSU News   A bequest from retired television writer and producer Toni Weingarten will provide scholarships for first-generation, educationally and economically disadvantaged students who want to pursue bachelor’s degrees in theatre at [...]
Azariah Cole-Shephard

Azariah Cole-Shephard, 2016 Youth Poet Laureate, Captures the Spotlight

When 18-year-old Azariah Cole-Shephard speaks, people listen.   That’s because Oakland’s newly awarded 2016 Youth Poet Laureate doesn’t just have something to say – she has a captivating, educational and unapologetically bold way of telling [...]
Wares sold by an African vendor at the 2015 Umoja Festival.

Oakland Festivals Celebrate African Heritage

Facing down the threats of gentrification, three Black producers are keeping African and African American heritage alive in Oakland.   On Aug. 20, Effie Tesfahun is holding the 4th Umoja Festival in West Oakland’s Lowell [...]
The choir at Bethel A.M.E. Church during celebration service. Credit Adithya Sambamurthy/The Bay Citizen

City Honors Bethel AME Organist Samuel Bennett

Professor Samuel Bennett, lead organist and church musician at Bethel AME Church, was honored last Sunday with a proclamation from San Francisco City Hall for his commitment to music and church service.

“Fruitvale Station” Co-Creator Ephraim Walker Finds Home at D Street Pictures

The independent production and distribution company D Street Media Group, has tapped Ephraim Walker to be the President of Production of D Street Pictures, which has its West Coast office in Oakland.