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Geoffrey Pete, owner of Geoffrey's Inner Circle.

Club Owner Geoffrey Pete Wins Oakland “Pillar” Indie Award

Entrepreneur Geoffrey Pete, owner of the well-known nightspot Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, was recognized as a “Pillar” of the community at the recent 9th Annual Oakland Indie Awards. “An Oakland cornerstone, Geoffrey’s has opened its doors [...]
Vicki Randle rocks out with her guitar.

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Vicki Randle Returns to Her Roots in Rock and Women’s Music

Vicki Randle snarled over her throbbing electric bass lines and the bashing beats of the other three Skip the Needle women band members during an original song, “We Ain’t Never Going Back,” last Thursday at [...]
San Francisco Black Film Festival Director Patrick Gilles (L) and businessman Charlie Walker discussed the new film, "America Is Still The Place" at the African Plural Art Gallery. Photo by Carla Thomas.

The San Francisco Black Film Festival Celebrates 17th Year

The San Francisco Black Film Festival, completing its 17th year, featured nearly 100 films throughout the city last week.   The festival showcased the work of dozens of emerging and established filmmakers, including “Beyond the [...]
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