Internationally acclaimed percussionist, composer, and band leader Kahil El’Zabar will premier a brand new Ethnic Heritage Ensemble featuring two masterful icons of the modern jazz idiom: Baritone sax giant, Hamiet Bluiett, and trombone titan, Craig Harris!
While these three giants have worked together in various collaborations for more than 40 years, they have never come together as Kahil’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble until now.
SUNDAY, JAN 31, 2016 3-5PM
Black Cultural Organizing: A Community Conversation
FREE - but you must RSVP to this event, space will be limited: rsvp to email@example.com
A roundtable discussion with three legendary artists who have been active leaders in connecting the power of the music to community organizing and efforts toward self-determination. Kahil El’Zabar will speak on the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians - the oldest Black arts organization in the country - http://aacmchicago.org/
Craig Harris has been a key figure in Harlem arts and community for many years and will be able to discuss the future of Harlem as the Black cultural center of the U.S. Hamiet Bluiett has seen and done it all and will provide insights about what influences the music and his thoughts on where we are now. EastSide will be co-facilitating these discussions with invited Oakland artists and organizers.
Following a conversation with these artists we will reserve time for the community to look forward and share ideas that are being developed for a Black Arts resurgence in Oakland.
EastSide is working to respond to the urgent crisis that gentrification is wrecking on our communities. We are facilitating these discussions in the spirit of Amiri Baraka - his understanding that we must build institutions, organize, and embrace the connections between culture and movement building.
TUESDAY, Feb 9, 2016 - 7PM
Ferguson is America, Roots of Rebellion
JAMALA ROGERS: Book Party and Discussion
Speaking on the Roots of the Ferguson Rebellion and Practical Lessons for Organizing
Download EastSide's Black Power Matters and
Black Resistance Matters Posters
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Thanks to all the neighborhood folks, community groups, vendors, performers, car lovers and Oakland die-hards for supporting such a great event!
This whole year, we are hosting a series of block parties along International Blvd as part of our Oakland is Proud project, aiming to create a public space for families, organizations, businesses and residents to enjoy each other, their community and engage in pressing issues like displacement and gentrification that are affecting their neighborhoods.
Thanks to Our Performers:
Spear of the Nation
Unity Grooves with Howard Wiley & Faye Carol
Rico Pabon and friends
Press Play Poets
excerpts from the Anastasio Project
Thanks to Our Food Vendors:
No Worries Food Truck and Casa Jimenez Restaurant
Also special thanks to the following:
East Bay Chevs, CURYJ, Black Organizing Project, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, One Land One Struggle, Xicana Moratorium Coalition, 67 Suenos, Palestinian Youth Movement, ONYX Organizing Committee, Arab Resource Organizing Center, Roses in Concrete Community School, Casa Che, Community Planning Leaders, All African People's Revolutionary Project and more!
Watch and Read About Our Block Parties!
Our last block party in October 2014 was a great day in the neighborhood! Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Black and Chicano Arts Movements, the party brought out all our neighbors and allies. Music, dance, theater, food, murals and altars accompanied vendors and open houses throughout the block.
Oakland is Hellzapoppin Highlights! Thanks for a wonderful week!
EastSide Cultural Center
Annex Art Gallery Exhibit
Posters of Dignidad Rebelde
2289 International Blvd
Featuring the beautiful and powerful works of Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza.
RICE AND BEANS CHILDCARE COOP - NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
For Children Ages 2.5 to 5 years old
Rice and Beans Childcare Cooperative is made up of families of color in Oakland with a vision of providing early childhood education that is rooted in principles of justice, equity and the history of peoples in our community.