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Jenee Darden

Reporter /Host/ Producer

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee 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.

Her first book, When a Purple Rose Blooms (Nomadic Press), is a collection of essays and poetry about her personal journey through Black womanhood. Her work is also published in the books Previously on X-Men: The Making of an American Series and We've Been Too Patient: Voices from Radical Mental Health.

Jenee holds a BA in ethnic studies from UC San Diego and a master’s in journalism from the University of Southern California. When she’s off the clock, Jenee enjoys dancing, performing her poetry, going to concerts, karaoke, traveling and watching superhero films.

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Last year, Oakland became Hollywood north. The Town was featured prominently in three mainstream movies: "Blindspotting," "Sorry to Bother You," and, of course, "Black Panther."

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Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. This week, David Roach, co-founder  and director of the Oakland International Film Festival, sat down with KALW's Jenee Darden to talk about three events happening around the Bay Area this weekend.

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A real estate company recently proposed a big development plan for Alameda South Shore Center. It has residents talking about the need for more housing, potential traffic problems and future of the island’s culture. 

Sights & Sounds: Theo Aytchan Williams

Aug 29, 2019
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Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. This week, artistic director of SambaFunk! Theo Aytchan Williams sat down with KALW's Jenee Darden to talk about three events happening around the Bay Area this weekend.

 

Sights & Sounds: Brendon Chan

Aug 22, 2019
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Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. This week dancer Brendon Chan sat down with KALW's Jenee Darden to talk about three events happening around the Bay Area.

DJ Cecil loved spending his childhood days in Sacramento, listening to all sorts of music from jazz and hip-hop to gospel. Once his father became a minister, he wasn’t always allowed to listen to secular music. But after moving to Santa Cruz for college, he developed a passion for DJing.

Sights & Sounds: Tammy L. Hall

Aug 15, 2019
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Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. This week, piano player extraordinairre Tammy Hall sat down with Jenee Darden to talk about some great events happening this weekend in the Bay Area.

 

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Readers worldwide are still grieving the loss of Toni Morrison. We reflect on the late author’s legacy and speak to some of her fans at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. 

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July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The month was inspired by the late writer Bebe Moore Campbell. KALW reporter Jenee Darden shares her poetry and journey with depression in this Bay View. Jenee is the author of "When a Purple Rose Blooms."

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As a young girl, henna artist Sabreena Haque learned about her culture’s ancient traditions during family visits to Pakistan. She became fascinated with the intricacy of henna designs at a family wedding and saw the art form as a way to share her culture with others.

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UC Berkeley Professor Aya de Leon lit up the Bay Area’s slam poetry scene back in the '90s. Now, she’s a novelist. Her award-winning series, "Justice Hustlers" features action-packed, erotic, feminist heist stories, where the sheroes are sex workers. 

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The fate of a homeless encampment near a Home Depot in East Oakland was decided early Wednesday morning at an Oakland City Council meeting. 

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The Warriors Community Foundation has donated over $10 million to nonprofits in Alameda and San Francisco counties since launching in 2012.

But will they take their charitable dollars with them when they leave Oakland for San Francisco?

Sights & Sounds: Sabreena Haque

Jun 27, 2019

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Henna artist and Ritual by Design owner Sabreena Haque told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Sights & Sounds: Aya de Leon

Jun 20, 2019

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Poet, novelist and activist Aya de Leon told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

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The Golden State Warriors season ended last week with a dramatic loss to the Toronto Raptors. It’s not the send-off Oakland fans were hoping for as the team bids farewell to Oracle Arena. Now, a season of promise turns into an off-season of uncertainty. There are still signs of the team all over the Town and that’s not going to change any time soon. In fact, the logo for this podcast is the iconic Warriors’ bridge image dripping off a brick wall, and that’s from a mural in Oakland by Illuminaries. In this edition of Bounce, we catch up with Illuminaries co-founder Tim Hon whose crew are painting for the Dubs. 

Poet and college professor Daniel B. Summerhill grew up in Oakland and first picked took an interest in creative writing when he was in high school. Since then, Daniel has performed spoken word all over the world and he’s helping the next generation of Bay Area wordsmiths find their voices.

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For actor and playwright Dan Hoyle, theatre is part of his DNA. His father is veteran stage performer Geoff Hoyle, and Dan has had several acclaimed one-man shows that not only make audiences laugh but think. He’s back at the Marsh for his latest production "Border People."

Sights & Sounds: Daniel B. Summerhill

Jun 6, 2019

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Poet and performance artist Daniel B. Summerhill told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Sights & Sounds: Dan Hoyle

May 30, 2019
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Actor and playwright Dan Hoyle told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Muralist Juana Alicia on making art inspired by poetry

May 22, 2019
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Muralist and activist Juana Alicia grew up in Detroit inspired by the work of Mexican artist Diego Rivera. In the 1970s, Juana was making posters for the United Farm Workers’ grape boycotts, when she was recruited by civil rights activist Cesar Chavez.

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While growing up in the Bronx, writer Gabby Rivera would sit at her grandmother’s dining table listening to stories from her “sheroes” — the women in her family. Gabby infused elements from her own life into America Chavez, Marvel Comics’ first queer Latina superhero with her very own series. 

Sights & Sounds: Mia Nakano

May 16, 2019
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Photographer and archivist Mia Nakano is the Executive Director & Co-Founder of the Resilience Archives. She told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

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Poet James Cagney was 19 when he found out he was adopted. A few years later, both of his parents passed away, and Cagney was left homeless. He reflects on this heavy time in his collection "Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory.

Sights & Sounds: Juana Alicia

May 9, 2019
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Muralist, printmaker, educator, and activist Juana Alicia told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

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You can say the Warriors relocating to San Francisco is a business move. With courtside suites costing more than $2 million a year in a city with some of the wealthiest folks on the planet, the franchise is poised to make a lot more money. Not to mention the businesses popping up near the Warriors’ new billion-dollar Chase Center. But what about the Oakland establishments near Oracle Arena in East Oakland? What are their prospects after the team leaves? In this episode of Bounce, we're headed down Hegenberger Road to see how businesses are feeling about the Warriors bouncing to San Francisco.

Sights & Sounds: Gabby Rivera

May 2, 2019

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Gabby Rivera is the Author of the Marvel Comic Series America. She told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

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In his memoir "Paper Sons," award-winning author Dickson Lam takes readers to the North Beach projects of San Francisco, where he grew up in the early 90s.

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Fahrenheit 213 is a group art exhibit made by feminist artists and writers, dozens of them from around the Bay. It spotlights works inspired by feminist protest. The exhibit is co-curated by artist-activist Karen Gutfreund. 

Fahrenheit 213 is showing at the Arc Gallery in San Francisco through May 11.

Sights & Sounds: Cherilyn Parsons

Apr 25, 2019

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Cherilyn Parsons is the founder and executive director of the Bay Area Book Festival and she told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

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