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Published: Sat, 24 Mar 2018 00:00:01 -0700

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Oaklanders School ‘Real World’ Cast on Transgender Identity

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:01:00 -0800


Oaklanders keep it real. And last night, almost 2 million viewers watched as five queer people of color from the Town schooled the cast of MTV’s Real World: Ex-Plosion on a topic that’s been steadily garnering more media attention: transgender identity.…

'Awakenings' Part Deux? 'Alive Inside' Doc Explores Music's Role in Helping Patients with Alzheimer's and Dementia

Wed, 25 Jul 2012 12:16:25 -0700

We get emails to help Kickstarter campaigns on pretty much a daily basis. As noble and worthy as the endeavors may be, their messages can get lost amid the sea of projects, all needing money and attention RIGHT NOW.…

Updated: In Light of Plummeting Ratings, KPFA Launches a New Morning Show

Wed, 16 May 2012 14:30:00 -0700


And thankfully, it's sort of like the old one. Former Morning Show host Brian Edwards-Tiekert, who was reinstated at KPFA last year after a protracted battle with station management, will host the new "Up Front" news show alongside Sonali Kolhatkar, producer of another morning show, Uprising, at sister station KPFK in Los Angeles.…

Kreayshawn's Latest Exploit: "Murder"

Tue, 15 May 2012 11:44:00 -0700

Surely you're wondering what Oakland expat Kreayshawn is up to these days, lest she risk ceding the throne to a rival mistress of swag. If the emcee has her way, that won't happen any time soon.…

"Quiet Storm" Brand May Dissolve in Wake of KBLX Sale

Thu, 03 May 2012 10:33:11 -0700


Perhaps the most conspicuous change at beloved local R&B station KBLX is the absence of morning show host Kevin Brown — aka "Your Cousin Kev" — who also served as the station's program director. That, and station announcements touting "the new KBLX" clued most listeners into another tectonic shift in terrestrial radio.…

Chris Rock to Produce New FX Series by W. Kamau Bell

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:39:42 -0700


Yes, *that* Chris Rock, W. Kamau Bell announced in a mass email sent out this morning, bearing the modest subject line "A Little Bit of Big News." Bell, who has gained local renown both for his ever-evolving solo performance, The W. Kamau Bell Curve, and for his role in the three-person political comedy group, Laughter Against the Machine, has long used race, pop culture, and topical social commentary as his stock-in-trade.…

What Hidden Economies? A Refutation of Channing Kennedy's Oakland "Rap Bohemia"

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 10:35:00 -0700


In a new Good magazine piece about the DIY Oakland hip-hop crew Sick Sad World, local writer Channing Kennedy claims to have uncovered the "1 percent of the no-budget rap game." The implication, of course, is that the "rap bohemia" he's profiled isn't just the product of artistic ingenuity and youthful enterprise, but that it also relies on a certain degree of hidden privilege.…

Mike Daisey (Partially) Fabricated the Foxconn Story

Fri, 16 Mar 2012 10:35:00 -0700


The Internet all but imploded this morning after Public Radio International show This American Life issued a retraction for what had been one of its most popular shows ever, "Mr. Daisey Goes to the Apple Factory." It turned out that playwright Mike Daisey at least partially fabricated the story of his trip to Shenzhen to investigate execrable labor conditions at Apple's Foxconn factory, where many of of the companies products are manufactured.…

Jelly Donut Solicits Fan Mail for His New Web Series

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:41:13 -0700

It's probably appropriate that local freestyler/minor web celebrity/adored folk hero/"greatest rapping pastry alive" Jelly Donut (aka Andrew Bancroft) began his new web series, Dear Donut, with an episode called "Masturbation," given that the entire project is driven by fan mail — indeed, few things are more masturbatory. That said, Jelly Donut is one of the few East Bay characters who gets (or could get) such correspondences on a regular basis.…

A Man and His Records: Documentary on Music Man Murray Screens This Week

Tue, 13 Mar 2012 15:03:48 -0700

Even with the resurgent interest in vinyl, it's safe to say that the format will never have the same mass appeal it once had. Which is a shame, especially for 88-year-old Murray Gershenz, who has struggled to find a buyer for the half-million records he's amassed over the decades — supposedly the world's largest collection of vinyl.…

Mike Daisey Makes His Entire 'Agony and Ecstasy' Script Available on Twitter

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:45:00 -0800

Famed monologist Mike Daisey, who presented two monologues in concert last year at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, has always walked a fine line between dramaturgy and investigative journalism. His play The Last Cargo Cult provided a shrewd critique of mass production, developed largely during a trip to the island of Tanna.…

Jonathan Mann Assails Virginia Policy of Transvaginal Ultrasounds

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 13:40:00 -0800

Even in the calculatingly self-promotional medium of Internet video-making, it's really hard to just make something go viral. But Song-a-Day producer and former East Bay Express intern Jonathan Mann has better luck than most, perhaps because he's consistently topical and unimpeachably charming.…

Berkeley High Grad Advances to Semifinals of Jeopardy! College Championship

Thu, 09 Feb 2012 11:59:34 -0800

Surely you already know that Berkeley High is an incubator of greatness. And it's produced yet another genius.…

New Documentary Asks: Is Touring Worth It?

Wed, 08 Feb 2012 10:59:10 -0800

Via Invisible Oranges, a new documentary (available online in its entirety) questions whether touring is worth it for metal bands. The film, Why You Do This, follows the Long Island mathcore band Car Bomb as they play funky venues to a handful of people.…

Actress Cynthia Nixon Says Being Gay is a Choice for Her

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 11:33:30 -0800

Sex in the City actress Cynthia Nixon went against the grain — and stirred up controversy — by telling New York Times Magazine that in her case, being gay is a choice. "I say it doesn’t matter if we flew here or we swam here, it matters that we are here and we are one group and let us stop trying to make a litmus test for who is considered gay and who is not," Nixon said, defending her argument.…

Tomorrow's Forum Will Discuss Lookout! Records' Demise

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 11:25:01 -0800

Tune in tomorrow morning to hear Lookout! Records owner Chris Appelgren on KQED's Forum to discuss the demise of the famed Berkeley punk label.

Outtakes from "Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls"

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 11:34:09 -0800

New York comedian and video blogger Franchesca Ramsey — the woman behind that ubiquitous "Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls" video — just shared a new set of outtakes on the web site, and we just couldn't resist passing them on.

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50 Cent Graces Video for LoveRance "Up" Remix

Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:47:40 -0800

While it may hew to a standard format, the new video for LoveRance's single, "Up," far outstrips the over-hyped song-and-dance for Drake's "The Motto," which featured Lil Wayne in green Uggs, and a car that drove everywhere. This one features mega-famous rapper-turned-actor, 50 Cent, alongside Rance's local peers, Iamsu and Skipper.…

Call for Submissions: East Bay Express Erotic Shorts Film Competition

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 16:24:18 -0800


So, guys... East Bay Express is holding an Erotic Short Films Festival on February 16, 2012, aptly titled "Briefs."…

The Guy Who Co-Wrote Kreayshawn's “Gucci Gucci” Just Dropped An Album — So Why Don’t People Care?

Mon, 21 Nov 2011 15:15:23 -0800


“Daddy was right — I never do listen/but the blind old c*** couldn’t really see my vision/credit score low and I never held a job down/snackin on Xanny-bars just so I could calm down/my friends question why I’m so offbeat/or why I choose to write my name in wet concrete”

This is one of the spare elucidating verses from LA rapper Speak!’s new album Inside Out Boy. He’s frustrated and anxious, but honest.…

Ashkon Davaran, MC Hammer Put It Down for Ed Lee

Tue, 25 Oct 2011 14:25:00 -0700

This campaign plug is pretty funny, regardless of your political persuasion:

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Tinie Tempah Descends on the Bay Area, by way of AT&T

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 11:38:58 -0700

In an effort to gain more street cred, AT&T is producing a spate a free concerts this summer — free for its customers, that is. The Bay Area edition, which stars South London rapper Tinie Tempah, happens at The Regency Ballroom tomorrow, and a limited amount of tickets will be available to fans who RSVP on the company's "Music for You" Facebook page. Fans who cannot attend will still be able to connect with artists via live Facebook chats.…

"Got Milk" Ads Pulled After Feminists Cry Foul

Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:03:24 -0700

Here's one for all the feminists who cried foul over the controversial "Got Milk" campaign launched by San Francisco ad agency Goodby, Silverstein, and Partners, which touted the drink as a cure for PMS (and female bitchiness). According to Bay Citizen, the California Milk Processing Board just pulled its 10-day old campaign, which initially linked to a web site called…

A Crass New "Got Milk" Campaign Targets PMS Symptoms

Wed, 13 Jul 2011 12:17:09 -0700

Got PMS? A glass of milk should do the trick.…

Facebook Introduces Video Chat to Compete with Google

Wed, 06 Jul 2011 11:58:04 -0700

Evidently, the rising popularity of Google + Hangouts — a video chat system that allows users to interact with many people at once, via a computer screen — is giving Facebook a run for its money. That was certainly the intent, anyway.…