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Crosscurrents

Oakland Artist Melissa Jones And Her Soulful, Eclectic Sound

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Melissa Jones, lead singer of No Lovely Thing

Melissa Jones has been electrifying stages around the Bay Area with her music and poetry. She is the lead singer of the soul/funk band No Lovely Thing. Melissa talks about how her Oakland roots and being a black woman influence her work.

"I prided myself in being an outlier and not following the trends of other folks."

Melissa’s album with No Lovely Thing is called "She Be." Watch her birthday concert tonight at 5 p.m. on Facebook.

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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.