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Soul Singing Pays Off for East Oakland Resident

Performer Dee Dee Simon feels that her life-long dreams of becoming a major R&B singing star may be close at hand.

Dee Dee Simon Rises on the R&B Circuit

Performer Dee Dee Simon feels that her life-long dreams of becoming a major R&B singing star may be close at hand.

Terrie Odabi is On the Road Again

The singer takes her blues back to Memphis on the heels of a new release.

On the Road Again

Terrie Odabi takes her blues back to Memphis on the heels of a new release.

Clubbing for Christ

Eliminating the Elements

Khafre Jay credits rap music with helping guide him through tough times during his youth, which is one of the reasons he makes time to hold hip-hop workshops in Oakland schools, where he teaches kids to make beats, draw their own graffiti letters, and write raps. It’s an interesting way to gauge the social climate; often, he says middle and high schoolers will talk about their parents being on drugs, or witnessing gang violence, or other things he wishes children didn’t have to experience.

Bringing out the Masses at OMCA

In This Drug War, Truth Was the First Casualty

A decade after the San Jose Mercury News first wrote about how the U.S. government helped spread crack cocaine across black America, that story hit the Billboard charts. I’d been worrying about something like that for years.

Bringing out the Masses

OMCA celebrates local culture and community.

Eliminating the Elements

Khafre Jay credits rap music with helping guide him through tough times during his youth, which is one of the reasons he makes time to hold hip-hop workshops in Oakland schools, where he teaches kids to make beats, draw their own graffiti letters, and write raps. It’s an interesting way to gauge the social climate; often, he says middle and high schoolers will talk about their parents being on drugs, or witnessing gang violence, or other things he wishes children didn’t have to experience.