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EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd, Oakland CA, 94606 ph: 510-533-6629

NOTE: Postponement of April 11 and 12th Baraka Events.
The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Presentation of the Selected Works of Amiri Baraka scheduled for April 12 has been cancelled.
The April 11th Commemoration for Baraka has been postponed.

is FRIDAY, JUNE 20th, 7pm EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland CA 94606.

SAVE THE DATE: Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival
SAT MAY 17, 11am-6pm, San Antonio Park, Oakland
In Honor of Amiri Baraka

Dear Friends of EastSide,

This year's Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival will pay special tribute to the great Afro-American revolutionary poet and activist, AMIRI BARAKA, who recently transitioned to join the ancestors. Amiri was a great friend and key advisor to the ESAA who over the past two decades performed, led forums, taught workshops, collaborated with musicians and other artists, and even produced and directed a jazz opera at EastSide Cultural Center. He was an inspirational teacher who constantly engaged us to critically analyze the function of cultural activism and the social issues of the day. He insisted that Black and all Third World self-determination required 1) a program and conscious mission, 2) organization (collectives, coalitions, united fronts), and 3) independent institution building. We strive to meet those criteria in our cultural work. Baraka, the Father of the Black Arts Movement in the 60s was already a renown poet and playwright who continually and fearlessly re-examined and re-invented himself, his philosophy and leadership role to overcome shortcomings and to move us all forward collectively. The struggle for Black liberation was at the soul of his journey, and sustained his internationalism. Amiri Baraka's personal and public changes and contributions should provide many lessons for us to acknowledge our connection to the breadth of history and the fleeting mortality of our own existence, and to renew our own life's commitment to work for a more just world.

EastSide Cultural Center will present a series of events commemorating Amiri Baraka, including a retrospective exhibition, the Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival, and a community commemoration with performances.

APRIL 2014 Events at EastSide Cultural Center

Unity Grooves: FREE Youth Music Workshops and Jam Sessions
Hosted by Ms. Faye Carol and Howard Wiley
Every Sunday beginning April 13th
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland

Youth instrumental and vocal workshop/jam session for youth ages 14-21. Bring your instruments! (we have drum kit & piano). ALL participants must attend the workshop to play at the jam session.
Workshop - 3:00-3:45pm
Jam Session - 4:00-6:00pm

No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant
Friday, April 18, 6:30-9:30pm
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland

"Oscar Grant was murdered for the first time on Jan. 1, 2009; he would be murdered by the courts and the media soon thereafter." Join the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Onyx, and Davey D in a discussion with award winning journalist and author, Thandisizwe Chimurenga in her recently released book, "No Doubt: The Murder of Oscar Grant." Chimurenga uses her writing as political activism. In "No Doubt" she connects the systematic state-sanctioned violence against young Black males through the case of Oscar Grant's murder by police on January 1, 2009 in California's Bay Area. Food will be provided. Contact

Think Outside The Boss: How to Create a Worker Owned Business

Saturday, April 19, 1-5pm
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland

The goal of Think Outside the Boss is to help community members start and maintain worker-owned businesses, and to understand the relationships between cooperatives, employment and community wealth-building. It is hosted by both the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), and the Green Collar Communities of the East Bay Community Law Center. Attorneys, law students, and experienced cooperative professionals give short presentations on legal issues, governance structures, fundraising, and more -- including resources and information on:
    what worker-owned businesses are and the advantage of forming one,
    how to run your business democratically,
    how to spread ownership and control across a group of people,
    the tax and accounting issues in a cooperative,
    how to raise money from your collective, your community, and even the bank,
    laws about how to treat your workers
Food and drink will be provided at the end of the training. For more information:

Green Guard Spring Performance

Sunday, April 27, 3-4:45pm
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland

The Green Guard eco-arts crew is an intergenerational hip-hop collective started by artist and environmental educator Mira Manickam. Through original music, poetry, dance, and video, the Green Guard celebrates the multitude ways we are connected to earth power and earth energy right here in Oakland. Come share in our spring performance featuring the Green Guard youth crew with Mira Manickam and Green Guard artists WolfHawkJaguar, Earth Amplified, Danny Cornejo, Desirae Harp, and Luta Candelaria.

Hip Hop B-Love Monthly Lindy Hop Get Down!
For more information call 510/473-2928

Save The Dates!

14th Annual Malcolm X JazzArts Festival:
Saturday, May 17th 11am-7pm
A Tribute to Amiri Baraka

Open Enrollment for our FREE Youth Arts Programs!
Stop by during class times (listed on the flyer), or email us at

Every Thursday night, 7:30pm donations accepted at the door.
Come check out one of the only open mic spots in East Oakland!

Here's a video of one of our recent open mics! HOLLA BACK!


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