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Vanessa Rochelle Lewis' Weekend Picks

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Vanessa Rochelle Lewis

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, please check event websites for up-to-date information and possible cancellations

Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. This week, host Jenee Darden sits down with writer and educator Vanessa Lewis to talk about three arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Unbound Roots is a multidiscplinary exhibition that's expanding the discussion on self-care to black wellness practices. The art reflects how mental, spiritual and community care are rooted in black wellness. The exhibit provides a space for generational healing and community engagment. Unbound Roots runs until April 21st. 

This poignant, funny novel is Juli Delgado Lopera's first. The story follows a 15 -year-old girl who immigrates from Colombia to Miami and finds her family thrust into the intensity of a local evangelical church. Then the main character falls for the pastor's daughters and tries to get closer to her. Lopera will be in conversation with Oakland author Carolina de Robertis to at the Bindery. This event will also feature a drag show!

This is the sequal to the 2011 documentary about the impact of colorism on black girls and women.  D. Channsin Berry is back in the director's chair again but says this film aims to chronicle "the triumph and beauty of dark and light skin women and girls." This premier event will be followed by a Q &A . 

Vanessa Lewis is the founder the Reclaim Ugly movement. 

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.