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Common, Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo attend a screening of Selma Jan. 2, 2015, at Palm Springs High School in Palm Springs, Calif. JASON KEMPIN/GETTY IMAGES FOR PISFF

Paramount and African-American Business Leaders Team Up to Offer Free Selma Showings to Students Nationwide

By Yesha Callahan, The Root Last week it was announced that seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders in New York City would be able to see the movie Selma for free, thanks to the generosity of Paramount [...]
Regina Jackson, president and CEO of the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC)

Oakland’s Regina Jackson to Receive Citizen Humanitarian Award

Mayor Libby Schaaf will present this year’s annual Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award to Regina Jackson for her outstanding work on behalf of the Oakland community at “In the Name of Love,” the 13th Annual Musical [...]
Wilson Two Trains

Inner City Theatre Presents August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running”

The community is invited to join Inner City Theater, Inc. as they bring another classic piece of American theater to life with their production of August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running”. It’s 1969, and change is [...]
In "The Jewelry Box," a young Brian Copeland heads to the "mean streets" 
of Oakland to buy his mom a Christmas present. 
The show is at The Marsh San Francisco until December 27. Photo credit: Joan Marcus

Brian Copeland’s “The Jewelry Box” Shows at The Marsh

Actor, comedian, writer, and radio talk show host Brian Copeland comes back to the stage this holiday season with an entertaining and humorous one-man show on finding the perfect gift for Christmas in his play [...]
Jesus Ibn El, founder of the Urban Legends talent competition. The show will hold a live taping on Sunday, Dec. 21 at the New Parish in Oakland.

Urban Legends Talent Competition Gives Local Artists a Platform

The Urban Legends live performance talent competition is creating a platform for inner-city artists to express their creativity and be seen by the world. Organized by a group of Bay Area producers, the show will [...]
(Left to right) Jonathan Finlayson, trumpeter with Five Elements, Marcus Gilmore, drummer, Steve Coleman, alto saxophonist & leader of Five Elements, John Handy, prominent jazz saxophonist, Ron Finlayson, Brenda Pugh and Tilman Pugh. Photograph: Conway Jones

Award-winning Saxophonist Steve Coleman Performs in Bay Area

  Saxophonist Steve Coleman, whose quintet performed last Sunday at SFJazz in San Francisco, was honored recently with a MacArthur Fellow, an award presented to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in [...]