Oakland Tag

7th Annual Social Justice Children’s Bk Holiday Fair

Man, I was so busy sharing about this event and planning and prepping that I forgot to psot about it on my own damn blog. Anyways, for those who came it was beautiful and hectic. For the first time we partnered with Emerson Elementary in Oakland.

Here is the livestream of interviews and performances from that day:

Interviews w/ Emerson PTA, Local authors, activists, and musicians

Here is the Facebook invite from this year

And here is the books new Instagram account. Please follow us!

Link to our IG

Ok, if you were not there but want to support the authors/organizations/musicians who tabled please go to our website.

Dig this? Check out some photos for the fair last year.

Malcolm X Jazz Fest – May 20th in Oakland, CA


Eyy, the Malcolm x Jazz Fest is upon us again y’all. If you’re in the Bay come through to this. Bring your family, love, good energy, and good vibes. Flyer design by my wifey and art by Dime and Tarika Lewis.


I’ve been going to this event for 15+ years both as an attendee and as a vendor. Check out the activities.
Dig this? Check out this video from a few years back

Gardeners of Belonging Exhibition


Fam, I’m honored to tell you that I have been chosen as one of 7 artists to paint and design large 8′ x 8′ pieces honoring other creative, active, and giving folks. My choice? The People’s Kitchen Collective! But why? What? Peep……

Gardeners of Belonging celebrates people who cultivate growth, flourishing, and belonging: like gardeners, they know that this work is both about tending plants and about tending the soil. The seven participating artists each selected a “gardener” from their life and created a portrait while sharing a dialogue about belonging. The art works were created for the 14th @lifeislivingfest in West Oakland and then moved to @ybca as part of the exhibition Brett Cook and Liz Lerman: Reflection and Action.

Featuring: Gardeners x Artists:
-Roberto Bedoya & Brett Cook
-Sister Peace & Erin Yoshi
-Miss Major & Evan Bissell
-People’s Kitchen Collective & Robert Trujillo
-Joan Osato & Nick James
-Jean Melesaine & Vanessa “Agana” Espinoza
-Amalia Mesa-Bains & Johanna Poethig

October 8 Life is Living
Lil Bobby Hutton Park
1651 Adeline St., Oakland CA

October 30th Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA

Come check it out! Dig this? Check out Brett Cook

Fotos from bella vista reading

Two weeks ago I read at a local Oakland school called Bella Vista, and here are some photos from the reading which had over 100 kids, parents and teachers. Photo credit.
This was a tough one because the crowd was big so I had a mic and walked around with a student to show the kids the pages of the book in between reading. Since 2012 I’ve done 1-10 school, library, or event readings with my books every year. Sometimes by myself and sometimes with another author.
I’ve spoken to pre school, elementary, high school, and college students. If you’d like me to come speak to your students give me a holler.
Dig this? Check out this visit to Columbus Ohio where I tabled at SOL Con and read to a local school. LINK

I’m a vendor at Black Joy Parade 5


If you’re in Cali this weekend come to the 5th annual “Black Joy Parade”! There will be an actual parade (12-1:30pm) with dancers, floats, a kids zone, 2 performance stages, games, lounges, and more. The live performances will be by Oakland’s very own Ryan Nicole, DC is Chillin, and the headliner Ashanti. There will be food, an official BJP brunch, and vendors. And I’ll be one of them at booth 209. Check the map to see where I’m at on Franklin btwn 21st and 20th st in downtown Oakland. The festival runs from 12-7pm.
FAQ and more info here: https://linktr.ee/blackjoyparade

Come thru, mask up, be safe, and have fun! Here’s a video from a few years ago:

RIP Zumbi (Zion-I)


“And when you’re doing it right, you know your inner light shines” -Zumbi
Sad hearing about the passing of Zumbi from Zion-I.  I didn’t know him personally, but I’m a fan of his work with Amp Live as the group Zion-I, his solo work as Baba Zumbi, the LPs w/the Grouch. The Bay and the hip hop community lost a huge one. I met this dude 20 years ago through the homie Pandora and his energy was positive and creative whether on stage or in person. I remember seeing them perform at La Peña in Berkeley, Life is Living, so many incredible songs, spirituality, political consciousness, slap, humbleness, positivity, generosity, lyrics, skill, presence,etc. He never stopped making music. Respect and condolences to his family, his fellow group mates, collaborators, and his fans. 
May his music and message live on forever. If you’re not familiar with his music please take a listen. These are some of my favorite songs: Inner light, Revolution, Silly Puddy, Trigger, On the one, We don’t, The Bay, Don’t lose your head, culture freedom, saving souls, so many songs, albums, features!
article via KQED
If you know or knew him through his music please consider donating to this fund for his children.
We lost so many Bay legends, Shock, Gift of Gab. Man.

Love and Protect: Mural Series in Oakland Chinatown


This past weekend I had the distinct pleasure of painting alongside some OGs and young artists of both African American and Asian descent. We were organized by Cece Carpio (TYS Collective) , Tommy Wong (Civic Design Studios), and w/ the help of hella folks like Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ). We got down to show solidarity and to demonstrate to our local community that we cannot be divided by white supremacy. We have long had each others backs, and we will continue to. Both Black folks, Asian Americans, and the organizing or artists community all need a reminder sometimes and this was therapeutic to make some dope art around the idea of solidarity.
Here’s the official statement from the flyer. 

Love and Protect: Mural Series in Oakland Chinatown

Bay Area visual artists of Asian and Black descent are producing a series of mobile public art murals in Oakland Chinatown for those impacted by Asian hate crimes. On Saturday, April 10th local artists will gather at Madison Park starting at 10 am to paint large canvas works that can travel for community events and public display. This project is in collaboration with Chinatown Coalition and we are outreaching to seniors and community members in the neighborhood. We acknowledge that the global health and economic pandemic are amplified by systemic injustices that disproportionately hurt immigrants and communities of color.  Love and Protect is a condemnation of violence and a commitment to uplift, nourish, fortify and pay homage to our communities so that when we rise, we rise up together. 

Artists Cece Carpio of Trust Your Struggle Collective and Tommy Wong of Civic Design Studio and Good Good Eatz have brought together local artists who are deeply rooted in the fight for racial and environmental justice. Emory Douglas and Joan Tarika Lewis, who are revolutionary artists and historical members of the Black Panther Party, bring visibility to the long history of Black and Asian unity.  Robert Liu-Trujillo, Elaine Chu, Miguel “Bounce” Perez, Eric Norberg, and Karen Seneferu & Malik Seneferu are contributing their art and deep ties to social justice work. Ming Mur-Ray and Elokin Orton Cheung who are art teachers in Oakland’s Chinatown are bringing their students to help paint. Youth artists Deanna Brownfield and Lauryn Marshall from from the Black Cultural Zone are also bringing their vision and perspective. 

Check out these photos from Barni Qaasim of Curyj
Emory Douglas & Cece Carpio
Karen Seneferu

Elaine (Twin Walls Mural Company)

Lauryn Marshall
Pieces by Cece Carpio & Elaine Chu

Harrison Street Senior Art Workshop

We couldn’t make it happen w/o the help of homies volunteering time & support. Here are folks from Curyj, Oakland Chinatown Coalition

Follow Civic Design Studio , Cece Carpio, or myself for more fotos!
Here are a few more from Joe Keefe
Night time packing up the canvases
Close up of the two women (Asian & Black standing together)

Madison park was poppin w/ a bunch of artists
Here’s the crew of artists and homies helping to document and take down the art. Shout out to Han and his crew, Kerri, etc.

Dig this? Check out Asians for Black Lives

Oakland Boogaloo-Dance history

This is a dope video about Bay Area dance/hip hop / Black history featuring “The Black Resurgents”. The Boogaloo, strutting, etc came from the Bay Area which I didn’t know until I was grown. Just heard Davey D talking about this on Hard Knock Radio (Politics and hip hop). And I want to shoutt out Traci “Starchild” Bartlow for always keeping dance history alive and Eric Arnold for being a griot who documents Bay Area history.


Fairyland fundraiser-Sept 26th


Fam, I’ve been invited to read aloud for Celebrity Story time, an online benefit for Children’s Fairyland! They have big plans to better represent *all* families at the park w/ a digital library. And they’re celebrating the 70th anniversary of Fairyland which I went to as a child and took my son to. I’ve also had the chance to read at “Turn the Page”. An annual event held at Fairyland to share great stories and Bay Area storytellers with their loyal attendees and supporters.

Tune in at 6:30 p.m. PST on Saturday, September 26th. Register now at bit.ly/Fairyland70 – it’s
​ ​You can go to Facebook to get inhttps://www.facebook.com/ChildrensFairyland

And if you’re on Twitter or IG the handle is @FairylandCa

Hiero Day 2020 – Online

Lucky for all of us hip hop fans Hieroglyphics crew out of Oakland CA are debuting the “Til Infinity Documentary” on HieroDay.com today! It’s a great documentary on The Souls of Mischief that features the entire crew and tons of hip hop luminaries. Tune in for it , behind the scenes, and performances!

Stream the film, performances, and some behind the scenes from Hiero Day