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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.

Sights & Sounds: Juana Alicia

May 9, 2019
Ray Holbert

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.

Lisa Keating

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.

Courtesy of Karen Gutfreund

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.

Michael Orange on creating community through storytelling

Apr 17, 2019

Oakland artist Michael Orange grew up hearing stories of how his grandfather, a college librarian, hosted distinguished artists in his home. Orange is continuing that legacy in his work as founder and curator of arts events including MATATU Nomadic Cinema which features black creatives from the Bay Area and around the world.

Sights & Sounds: Karen Gutfreund

Apr 11, 2019

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Artist, curator & activist Karen Gutfreund told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend. 

Sights & Sounds: Dickson Lam

Apr 4, 2019
Lisa Keating

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Author Dickson Lam told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend. 

Sights & Sounds: Michael Orange

Mar 28, 2019
Patrick Demmons

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Artist and curator Michael Orange is the founder and executive director of the Oakland arts collective MATATU. He told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend. 

H. Lenn Keller and Oakland Museum

This is a big year for the Oakland Museum of California. Curators are preparing for another major exhibit this spring. It’s called Queer California: Untold Stories, and it explores the LGTBQ + culture and history in the state. 

Rachel Eliza Griffiths

United States Poet Laureate and Fairfield local Tracy K. Smith has a new literary project, and this time it's on the airwaves. It’s called "The Slowdown". Every weekday, Smith reads a poem and reflects on the author’s words. 

Wilfred Galila

For over 40 years choreographer Alleluia Panis has been presenting her Dance theatre works on Bay Area stages. After immigrating to San Francisco from the Philippines in the mid-1960s, Alleluia became a fixture in the South of Market Filipino arts community. 

Courtesy of Lisa Forkish

This weekend, a capella music lovers will be gathering in Berkeley for the WeSing Vocal Festival. The three-day event was started by Oakland singer Lisa Forkish who got involved in the a capella music scene during her college years. Her group at that time was the inspiration for the hit film “Pitch Perfect.”

Sights & Sounds: Alleluia Panis

Mar 14, 2019

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Choreographer and Executive Director of KulArts Alleluia Panis told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend. 

Sights & Sounds: Lisa Forkish

Mar 7, 2019

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Singer, songwriter, and educator Lisa Forkish told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend. 

David Allen / Utopia Theatre Project

Theatre artist Anne Yumi Kobori caught the acting bug at a young age. As a child, she would put on performances of classic tales like Cinderella and even design her own costumes. After college Anne started the Utopia Theatre Project as a way to produce theatre that inspires social change by taking old stories and making them accessible to modern audiences.

Novelist Sumiko Saulson on Women in Horror Month

Feb 28, 2019
Courtesy of Sumiko Saulson

Today is the final day of February: Black History Month. But did you know that it’s Women in Horror Month too? Oakland writer Sumiko Saulson enjoyed watching horror films at the drive-in theatre when she was a child. Now she’s writing scary stories and getting other women published.

Sights & Sounds: Anne Yumi Kobori

Feb 28, 2019
Rex Lott

  • Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Theatre artist Anne Yumi Kubori is the founder of Utopia Theatre Project. She told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend. 

Courtesy of Spring Washam

Meditation teacher and author Spring Washam wanted more diversity and focus on social justice issues in Buddhist communities. So she, along with other teachers, activists co-founded the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland.

Courtesy of The Obama Foundation

Former President Obama along with celebrities, leaders and hundreds of young men from around the country traveled to Oakland for the My Brother’s Keeper gathering.

'Harpist from the Hood' follows path of musical Destiny

Feb 14, 2019
Courtesty of Destiny Muhammad

When she was a child, Stephanie Louis developed a strong connection to the harp after watching a performance on I Love Lucy. But it took decades for her to change her career, city, and even her name to fulfill her passion: music. Today, audiences know her as Destiny Muhammad, the 'Harpist from the Hood'.

Sights & Sounds: Sumiko Saulson

Feb 14, 2019

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Horror-fiction writer and cartoonist Sumiko Saulson told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Sights & Sounds: Destiny Muhammad

Feb 7, 2019

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Harpist, bandleader, and composer Destiny Muhammad told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend. 

Courtesty of Camp Santo

“Candlestick” is the latest production from San Francisco theatre company Campo Santo. The drama follows a group of longtime Bayview residents and 49ers fans tailgating during the team’s final season at Candlestick Park, and explores the changing face of the Bay Area before the niners move to Santa Clara.

Sights & Sounds: Breena Nuñez Peralta

Jan 31, 2019

 Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Cartoonist and educator Breena Nuñez Peralta told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend. 

San Francisco taxi driver Kelly Dessaint began his 20-year career in print media publishing zines. Then in 2015, he landed a weekly column in the San Francisco Examiner called I Drive SF, which chronicles his experiences on the road.

Jenee Darden / KALW

Twenty thousand people poured into Downtown Oakland to kick off Senator Kamala Harris' presidential run. She was born in Oakland and served as Alameda County’s Deputy District Attorney back in the '90s. 

Bay Area Beats: Kim Nalley

Jan 24, 2019
Scott Chernis

In this edition of Bay Area Beats, San Francisco singer Kim Nalley explains how balancing singing with being a historian and Ph.D student has helped her pay tribute to the legends of jazz that have come before her.

Sights & Sounds: Donald Lacy

Jan 24, 2019

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Actor, comedian, filmmaker, and peace advocate Donald Lacy told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

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