Since Dominique Walker of Moms 4 Housing moved into a vacant house on Magnolia Street with her children and several other women from the advocacy group on Nov. 18, 2019, a movement began to build in support of their messaging. Continue reading Moms 4 Housing Create Blueprint for Effective Housing Advocacy
Originally published in print for Laney Tower on Jan. 31, 2019. Hundreds of people gathered at Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza Jan. 21 for an all-day gathering of activist organizations to “Reimagine” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The fifth annual … Continue reading MLK Day Reimagined
On a corner of the neighborhood of Brookfield, a plot of public land has been claimed by housing advocates in East Oakland, CA for homeless community members in the area and is now named Housing & Dignity Village. Community members … Continue reading Housing Advocates Use Court System Against City of Oakland
October 15, 1966, the Black Panther Party was born in Oakland, CA. October 13 and 14, 2018, we were celebrating a movement that changed everyone’s lives, especially in Oakland. It is the celebration that we need to slap gentrification in … Continue reading Oakland Celebrates Weekend of Black Liberation and Calls for Unity with all Communities
Original Black Panther party members gathered in honor of the history and life of one of their founding members at Lil Bobby Hutton Park, also known as Defremery Park in West Oakland, CA. Elbert “Big Man” Howard died in Santa … Continue reading Elbert “Big Man” Howard’s Black Panther Memorial Marks History
Early May, our world was shifted into a new outer-sphere as a video I shot featuring my husband and his friend dubbed BBQ Becky went super viral. Like, The Views Whoopi Goldberg commenting on video while laughing at the memes that exploded all over social media, viral.
This newest video of BBQing While Black Part 2 does not have a lot of barbecuing in it.
What was different about this event were the many subtle political statements. There was an art exhibit group called Alena Museum that put up an entire art exhibit to bring awareness of the eviction they are facing in West Oakland. They wanted to make a statement about gentrification pushing out artists. Continue reading BBQing While Black Part 2 Brought the Vibe and the Politics
A week after a video of a White woman harassing two Black men barbecuing at Lake Merritt for hours went viral the story has somewhat lost its narrative. The two men involved, Kenzie Smith and Onsayo “Deacon” Abram, did not … Continue reading Oakland Organizers Take Action After BBQ Harassment at Lake Merritt