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Bakanal de Afrique brings African diaspora performance to Oakland and SF



Immerse yourself in the underground and emerging arts of the African diaspora via Bakanal de Afrique, a multi-genre festival taking place throughout …
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Professor receives grant to promote computer science among African-American girls – The Oakland Post


As an associate professor in the department of psychology at Oakland University, Martha Escobar, Ph.D., has always had a passion for educating underrepresented minorities, but only began delving into the research field about six or seven years ago.

“One of the things that we would like to do is to make science truly accessible to those individuals,” she said. “Finding those individuals that have the talent and the passion and the motivation, and giving them the tools to develop that talent, that passion and that motivation into something that becomes a career down the road.”

Keeping with this plan, Escobar recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation enabling OU to partner with the University of Alabama and Tuskegee University, and to create a three-year program in…

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Stygian Corporation Launches First Black-Owned Bourbon in Oakland


A new black-owned spirits company in Oakland doesn’t just want to make smooth bourbon and vodka. Its founders want to empower African Americans nationwide to launch their own boozy businesses.

“If you go to bars across the country, how many African American-owned spirit companies do you see at those venues? Hardly any,” said Stygian Corporation founder and CEO JD Stewart. “How do we make sure spirits there are representative of minorities?”

Stewart hopes to launch Stygian’s Black Bourbon this November, and he believes it will be the first of its kind in the U.S. “There are no African American companies in the country producing bourbon,” he said. “We’d be the first. There are whiskies, wine, but there’s no bourbon.”

Nielsen data projects African American buying…

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Umoja Festival brings a piece of Africa to West Oakland


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OAKLAND — When Effie Tesfahun launched the Umoja Festival in 2013, the organization was “a bit rogue” and a wholly grassroots endeavor that aimed to bring the African diaspora together in West Oakland.

Five years later, the sixth annual Umoja Festival in Lowell Park in West Oakland has ballooned into a full-day celebration of all African communities in the East Bay, replete with food, clothes and artworks and eight straight hours of musical performances.

“We are local Oakland residents who wanted to see Oakland represented,” said Tesfahun. “The people here represent a diaspora, they all came from the continent. It’s open to the public to celebrate Africanness.”

Umoja, which means “unity” in Swahili, had more than 50…

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Oakland A’s African-American Heritage Night Program a Grand Slam


From left to right: Oakland Athletics’ alumni Vida Blue, Joe Morgan and Bip Roberts. Photo by Elizabeth Staub, Oakland Athletics.

An overflow, standing-room-only crowd of over 700 fans spilled out of the Eastside Club where former Oakland A’s Vida Blue, Joe Morgan, and Bip Roberts were empaneled to discuss the past, present and future of the team.

The Oakland Athletics African-American Heritage Night Program Mixer and Panel Discussion at the Oakland Coliseum Tuesday night prior to their game with the Los Angeles Dodgers was a “Grand Slam.”

The alumni panel was moderated by Taj Tashombe, Oakland A’s vice president of External Affairs.

Joe Morgan, who was raised in Oakland, said, “I could not compete for a slot on a major league team now if I was…

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Former Oakland Mayor, Congressman Ron Dellums dies


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OAKLAND — Ronald V. Dellums, a former Oakland mayor who served nearly three decades in the U.S. Congress, has died. He was 82.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) confirmed Dellums’ death Monday morning. He died early Monday at his home in Washington D.C. after a battle with prostate cancer.

“It is with deep sadness that I can confirm the passing of a great warrior and statesman, Congressman Ron Dellums,” Lee said in a statement. “The contributions that Congressman Dellums made to our East Bay community, the nation and the world are too innumerable to count.”

Born November 24, 1935, Dellums was raised in West Oakland, the first stop for African Americans in Oakland migrating from the south during…

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