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The Cast:Left to Right- Adimu Madyun- (Stool Pigeon), Niko Lorraine Buchanan-(Tonya), Koran Streets- (Hedley, II), Ayodele Nzinga-(Ruby), Reginald Wilkins -- (Elmore).

Last Chance to See Lower Bottom Playaz Perform August Wilson’s “King Hedley II”

“King Hedley II,” as presented by the Lower Bottom Playaz, is a must-see to understand the many social problems and generational barriers that play a part in the lives of our families.

The Anastasio Project Returns to Oakland Acclaimed multidisciplinary arts project brings local stories of state violence to life

  The acclaimed production of The Anastasio Project, a multidisciplinary performance investigating race relations, state brutality and border violence, will be returning to the stage for two weekends—Sept. 11-13 and Sept. 18-20 at 8 p.m. [...]
(Left to right) Carol Fleming, board member, Commonwealth Club of California, and director of the Music Matters series; Noah Griffin, founder and artistic director, Cole Porter Society; Jo Jo Osgood; The Honorable Edgar dePue Osgood; and Margaret Griffith. Photo by Conway Jones.

Noah Griffin Brings Cole Porter to Life

Noah Griffin, founder and artistic director of the Cole Porter Society, brought the American composer and songwriter Cole Porter to life when he presented a program recently at the Commonwealth Club of California.
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Bay Area African American Women in Music: Sugar Pie DeSanto Finds Respect in Europe

  Veteran R&B singer-songwriter Sugar Pie DeSanto wowed the crowd at the Poretta Soul Festival in Italy last month with renditions of her 1960s hits, “I Want to Know” and “Skip-In Mules” among other songs.
Milton Bowen showcases his art at Oakstop in Oakland. This display highlights the stereotype of "Aint Cha Mama" as a house maid for the slave master. Photo by Ibraheem Muhammad.

Milton Bowen Raises Historical Consciousness Through Art

  By Ibraheem Muhammad   Oakland born artist Milton Bowen hopes to educate viewers of his art and raise consciousness of African American history. And, his recent art presentation at Oakstop in Oakland does just [...]
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Bay Area African American Women in Music: Denise Perrier Circles the Globe Singing Jazz and Blues

  Although singer Denise Perrier was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, her music education didn’t really begin until she relocated to Oakland with her mother and older sister in 1945.