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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.

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.

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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.

Peaches Christ on producing cult classic films as drag goes mainstream

Jan 22, 2019
David Ayllon

Peaches Christ has been a force in the San Francisco drag scene for more than twenty years as audiences around the world have enjoyed the legendary diva. The performer, playwright, and filmmaker is known for putting her own hilarious spin on cult films by producing parodies.

Sights & Sounds: Peaches Christ

Jan 10, 2019
Austin Young

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Drag performer, emcee, filmmaker, and actor Peaches Christ told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Last fall organizers and volunteers set up a women-run homeless community in East Oakland’s Brookfield neighborhood. They called it the Housing and Dignity Village. About 13 people moved onto a vacant lot that was public land. The City of Oakland threatened to evict them. Advocates went to court.

Comedian Rex Navarrete on finding humor through struggle

Dec 18, 2018
Courtesy of Rex Navarette

Growing up in South San Francisco during the ‘80s, Rex Navarrete secretly studied comedy. He says Eddie Murphy's records gave him his first lesson in real stand-up and storytelling in middle school.

Sights & Sounds: Rex Navarette

Dec 13, 2018
Courtesy of Rex Navarette

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Stand-up comedian Rex Navarette told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Teresa Castracane (cropped) / Courtesty of Berkeley Rep

Actress Nilaja Sun has returned to the Berkeley Repertory Theatre with the West Coast debut of her one-woman show Pike St.

Sights & Sounds: Kim Nalley

Dec 6, 2018
courtesy of Kim Nalley

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. San Francisco jazz & blues vocalist Kim Nalley told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

David Allen

In 1980 journalist Chuck Nevius left a high school sports reporting gig in Colorado and landed a job with the San Francisco Chronicle covering the Raiders.

Sights & Sounds: Kelly Dessaint

Nov 29, 2018
Courtesy of Kelly Dessaint

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene.  Author, taxi driver and San Francisco Examiner columnist Kelly Dessaint told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Bay Area Beats: Karl Digerness & Minna Choi

Nov 13, 2018
Courtesy of Karl Digerness

Songwriting can be a challenge. So when San Francisco musician Karl Digerness found himself battling writer’s block he started reading the texts from plays written by William Shakespeare for some lyrical inspiration.

Jeneé Darden / KALW News

Housing costs have risen dramatically in Oakland the past few years and so has the number of people without homes. An Alameda County report estimates that as many as 9,000 people in Oakland are unhoused.

Courtesy of Sephora Woldu

When self-taught San Francisco filmmaker, Sephora Woldu began production on her debut feature-length film Life Is Fare, she wanted to make what she describes as a “love letter” to the Tenderloin neighborhood she calls home.

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