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Members of Youth Spirit Artworks stand beside their new mural, 'Visions of Mother Nature.' (Photo courtesy Youth Spirit Artworks/ Facebook).

Street Spirit Newspaper Secures New Partner, Seeks Community Support After losing its 22-year funding source, Street Spirit will operate under Youth Spirit Artworks

There are few media outlets that exist purely to support and raise the voices of the homeless community.   “Street Spirit,” a newspaper serving the Bay Area’s homeless, breaks mainstream media trends by reporting on [...]
President Barack Obama awards the 2015 National Medal of Arts to record producer and songwriter, Berry Gordy, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama Presents Awards to Outstanding Artists, Authors and Performers

President Barack Obama presented awards last Thursday at the White House to two-dozen recipients of the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal, including music producer Berry Gordy, author Sandra Cisneros, playwright and [...]
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New Black History Exhibition “The Gift to Sing” at Bancroft Library

By Sue Taylor   Three days before the opening of the first African-American Museum of History in Washington, D.C., a dedicated group of academics, students, friends and family gathered the Bancroft Library on the UC [...]
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Art Exhibit Honors 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party

Emory Douglas and the Oakland Maroons Art Collective (OMAC)
 are presenting “The Point Is…2.0,” a group exhibit honoring the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party (BPP) with a focus on the BPP’s 10-Point Program [...]
Aaron Davis (right), on traps, welcomes support from SambaFunk!

After Harassment, Community Rallies to Support Young Lake Merritt Drummer

By Wanda Ravernell   Oakland showed its love for a young local musician who sets up his trap drums on a patch of grass near Grand Avenue and Macarthur Boulevard at Lake Merritt and sets [...]
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Buddy Montgomery Jazz Legacy Awards and Concert

  Buddy Montgomery Jazz Legacy Awards and Concert, featuring award winners Marlena Shaw, Jeff Chambers and John Santos, Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m. at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. in Berkeley.