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Arisa White Writes About Searching For Her Father And Discovering Herself In 'Who's Your Daddy'

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Arisa White

In her poetic memoir, "Who's Your Daddy" Arisa White writes about being, a young, queer Black woman carrying the weight of her father’s absence. Her journey to finding her father started with her mother giving Arisa her father's address in Guyana.

This journey towards the father is a journey towards recovering parts of myself that I felt like I abandoned

Along the way Arisa White takes readers from her childhood in Brooklyn, New York to the time she lived in Oakland. In this interview, Arisa talks about her internal struggles of being estranged from her father Gerald, how growing up around hip hop legends influenced her as an artist and coming into her Black female queer identity.

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Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.