Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Rapper, writer and educator Maddy "MADlines" Clifford told KALW’s Jen Chien about three spectacular arts events happening around the Bay this week:
- The Black Woman is God: Assembly of Gods Oakland satellite show at the Ashara Ekundayo Gallery on 10/5
- The 44th Annual Oakland Black Cowboy Parade and Heritage Festival at DeFremery Park in Oakland on 10/6
- SoMiLike It Sundaze at Brix 581 in Oakland on 10/8
The Black Woman is God: Assembly of Gods Oakland satellite show will be happening at the Ashara Ekundayo Gallery on Friday, October 5th beginning at 5:30 pm. The Black Woman is God is an exhibition of multidisciplinary works from intergenerational black female artists, as well as a movement-building platform that explores the intersections of race and gender and celebrates the Black female presence as the highest spiritual form. This year the Ashara Ekundayo Gallery is one of three Oakland galleries with satellite shows for The Black Woman is God. The exhibit will run through October 26th.
“Last when year when they had a procession, it just really created so much magic.”
The 44th Annual Oakland Black Cowboy Parade and Heritage Festival will be happening at DeFremery Park in Oakland this Saturday, October 6 beginning at 10 am. The Oakland Black Cowboy Association has spent four decades educating the public about the role black cowboys played in building and settling the Old West and sharing stories of their little-known histories. There will be a lot of horseback riding and opportunities to test out your lasso skills as well as vendors and food.
“I think it’s really important to stay connected to the heritage of Oakland in whatever neighborhood you’re in.”
SoMiLike It Sundaze is a Dancehall day-party happening this Sunday, October 7 at Brix 581 in Oakland beginning at 4pm. Come join DJ’s Atreau and Green B who will be spinning some great Reggae, Dancehall and Afrobeat tunes throughout the day.
“You get a blend of all types of different Caribbean and Afrobeat music!”
MADlines will be performing at Marx-athon at the Goethe-Institut in San Francisco on Saturday, October 13 and speaking & performing at Educating the Black Child at Red Bay Coffee in Oakland on Monday, October 22.