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Oakland Jack’N for Beats winner, Doc D (pictured left) walked away with a cash prize and a slot as a semifinalist at the Jack’N for Beats local finale for its national competition. He’s now entered in the running to win $10,000 and a studio session with DJ Khaled. Visit for more details. (Photo provided courtesy of CT Films)

Jack’N for Beats Continues National Search for Next Hip Hop Star Winner Receives $10,000 Grand Prize and Studio Session with DJ Khaled

  A national hip hop competition, Jack’N for Beats, is searching for the hottest unsigned MC to crown as this year’s winner with a $10,000 grand prize and studio session with hip hop mogul and [...]
Queen Ida

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Long Live Zydeco Accordion Queen Ida

    Ida Lewis grew up listening to lots of lively zydeco and Cajun music played on accordion in Beaumont, Texas during the 1930s and ‘40s. She was fascinated by the instrument but never considered [...]
Dorothy Morrison

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Dorothy Morrison Still Performing 40 Years after “Oh Happy Day”

Dorothy Morrison, whose spirit-filled contralto lead vocals sparked the 1969 hit “Oh Happy Day” by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, sat in a semicircle last Thursday rehearsing “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America” and other patriotic [...]