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Sights and Sounds: Martin Luther McCoy

Singer Martin Luther McCoy
Courtesy of Martin Luther McCoy
Singer Martin Luther McCoy

“Sights and Sounds” is our weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. One this episode, host Jenee Darden speaks with singer Martin Luther McCoy. Martin gives three recommendations of arts and culture events happening in the Bay Area.

“Blending Worlds: An Aftasi Immersive”
Bayview Opera House
February 22nd
Afatasi the Artist curated this event that includes an artist panel, art exhibition, and fashion show. Models will strut within the crowd wearing Afatasi’s futuristic creations.

Black Joy Parade
February 27th
It’s mission is to celebrate the Black experience and community’s contribution to history and culture. There’s also a festival too during the day with vendors, food, etc. This is the 5th annual event. Admission is free and donations are welcome.

“Mothership: Voyage Into Afrofuturism”
Oakland Museum of California
On display till February 27th
This fantasy and science fiction exhibition envisions the African Diaspora and Black culture as central in a technically advanced and culturally rich civilization. It’s the past, present, and future reimagined through a Black cultural lens. Art, music, literature, and film express a future where Black people and their ideas thrive.

In collaboration with SF Jazz, Martin Luther McCoy will be performing at the Museum of the African Diaspora on February 26th.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé 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.
Porfirio Rangel is a Producer for Sights & Sounds