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Lee Hildebrand and Pebbles, 1987. Photo by George Livingston Jr.

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Pebbles Turned to Religion After R&B Success

By Lee Hildebrand “I’ve always been pretty determined,” San Francisco-born singer and songwriter Perri Arnette McKissick, known professionally as “Pebbles,” told England’s Blues & Soul magazine in 1988. Her debut single, “Girlfriend,” written and produced [...]
“The Great Migration of the Monarch Butterflies” mural by Rigo 23.

San Leandro Releases New Arts and Culture Video

Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter recently premiered a new video entitled, “San Leandro – Cultivating Art!” at the Alameda County Mayor’s Conference that was hosted at the newly-opened Twenty-First Amendment Brewery in San Leandro. Th
Top row: Children from the Performing Stars march in the parade. Bottom photo: (adults, from left) Deputy David Lundie, Marin County Sheriff's Department, Gabe Garcia, Bjorn Anderson, and Captain Todd Overshiner, Marin County Fire Department.

Performing Stars Wins “Best Community Spirit” in Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade

The Mill Valley Memorial Day “I Love a Parade” on Monday, May 25 was a success where over 35 young people from Performing Stars participated, including pomp pomp girls on a decorated trailer, baton twirlers, [...]
Marc Bamuthi Joseph is presenting "Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos" in New York's Central Park through June 20.

Local Artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph Inspires Dialogue about Black Joy through New Art Experience in Central Park

As part of Creative Time’s Dreaming in Daylight series in Central Park, poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph will present a new art experience, “Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos,” that celebrates Black life. <
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Bay Area African American Women in Music: Ledisi Counts Stevie Wonder, Prince & the Obamas among Her Fans

Even before her rise to national fame began 11 years ago, Oakland soul singer Ledisi had formed a mutual admiration society of sorts with some of the best vocalists in the business.
Filmmaker Gloria Rolando at work. Photo courtesy of Tarnel Abbott.

Screening of Cuban Film on Assata Shakur

The Richmond, California, Regla Cuba Friendship Committee will present two feature films, including one on former Black Panther Assata Shakur, by prize-winning Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando, Saturday, June 13, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at [...]
The Vallejo "Pista sa Nayon" celebration on June 7, 2014. Knights from Council 874 and the two other councils in Vallejo participated in the parade. The color corps of Mark G Thompson Assembly led the Knights in the parade.

28th Annual Filipino Independence Day Festival

Vallejo’s annual Filipino Independence Day is June 6.   The event kicks-off with a great parade at 9:30 a.m. at Capitol and Marin, then continues with non-stop entertainment on two stages at the Vallejo Waterfront, [...]
Late vocalist Sista Monica Parker.

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Sista Monica Saw No Contradiction in Blues and Gospel

The late vocalist Sista Monica Parker was blessed with an uncanny power to move people. She could bring audiences to tears, whether belting the blues on nightclub and festival stages or wailing gospel songs in [...]