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Faye Carol

Bay Area African American Women in Music: ‘Music is in The Ear of The Beholder,’ Says Faye Carol

Veteran Bay Area vocalist Faye Carol doesn’t like being tagged a “jazz singer” or “blues singer,” although she sings both. “Music is in the ear of the beholder,” says the longtime Berkeley resident. “Those are [...]
(Left to right) First Lady Rachel Hawkins, event co-chair Barika Culberson, Pastor Timothy Hawkins, Bertha Reed, and Chelita Reed. Photo by Charla Black-Edwards.

Bible Fellowship Church Uplifts Women on Faith and Fashion

Celebrating the beauty of women in the arenas of fashion and their religious faith, the Women’s Day Committee at Bible Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church held their first Faith and Fashion Show on Saturday, April 11. [...]
Left to right, Walter Law, Winsted Northeast Regional Sales Manager; Bill Gillice, Chief Engineer, Overcomers With Hope (OWH) Studios; OWH President, Bishop J.E. Watkins; and Winsted Canadian Sales Manager, Steve Thomson at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas.

National Association of Broadcasters Hosts Over 100,000 Media, Entertainment Enthusiasts

The world’s largest electronic media show, the 2015 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, hosted over 100,000 TV enthusiasts, producers, vendors and stakeholders April 11-16 in Las Vegas. With the merging of media and technology, [...]
Top from left: Tom Bowden, Commemoration Plaque on 7th Street for “Terrible Tom” Bowden, Fillmore Slim. Bottom: Richard Younger, Skip Hudson, Michael Skinner, Niklas Nordstrom, and Bernard Anderson. Photos by Godfrey Lee.

“Terrible Tom” Bowden Brings the Blues Back to 7th Street

By Roberta Cobb and Godfrey Lee   “Terrible Tom” Bowden brought the Blues back to 7th Street in West Oakland on Friday, March 20.   Bowden, Fillmore Slim, and their special guests performed at One [...]
Bobby Brackins in Oakland's Maxwell Park.

Bobby Brackins, Creating Music to Top the Charts

When talking with artist and songwriter Bobby Brackins, it’s natural for one to be in awe of his musical ingenuity. He first entered the music scene with his 2010 hit “143” and has since penned [...]
Dee Dee Simon.

Dee Dee Simon Delivers on Stage and as Death Row Nurse

“Simon’s on the radio!” an inmate on San Quentin’s death row called out early one morning two years ago. Other cheers of excitement filled the cellblock, leaving guards puzzled about what all the fuss was [...]
Gospel recording artist Tramaine Hawkins.

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Tramaine Hawkins takes Gospel to Selma and the Symphony

As a teenager growing up in Berkeley during the 1960s, Tramaine Hawkins, the daughter of Ronald and Lois “the Pie Queen” Davis, was well aware of the Civil Rights Movement. She was too busy, however, [...]
Lady Bianca

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Lady Bianca Brings Urgency to Blues & Gospel

Whether wailing with her multi-octave pipes and rhythmically pumping piano in nightclubs and at blues festivals, or every Sunday morning at Oakland’s Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, Lady Bianca infuses her songs with breathtaking urgency. [...]