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Sights and Sounds: Carolina Ixta

Oakland author Carolina Ixta
Noemi Tshinanga
Oakland author Carolina Ixta

“Sights and Sounds” is our weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. On this episode, host Jenee Darden speaks with Oakland author Carolina Ixta. She wrote the young adult novel “Shut Up, This Is Serious.” The story follows an East Oakland teenager from the Fruitvale neighborhood. She’s dealing with issues at home, her friend who is pregnant, mental health stuff and other drama that comes with being a high school senior.

Bar Shiru
Downtown Oakland
At this bar people enjoy listening to Jazz music on vinyl. They serve Japanese whiskey, and alcoholic beverages from local vendors.

“Redlining and Housing Discrimination”
San Leandro History Museum
The exhibit examines how redlining kept San Leandro a mostly-white suburban community. It also highlights how people of color were kept from purchasing homes and missed out on economic opportunities. Jenee looked at some old documents and noticed they were especially targeting Black people. If you can’t come to the exhibit, the museum’s website has information to learn more about San Leandro’s segregated past.

South Dunsmuir Ridge
The hill has steep, hiking trails that give nice views of the Bay. You can see Downtown Oakland. On a clear day you can see San Francisco. There’s a forest of trees growing out from a canyon.

Carolina’s novel “Shut Up, This Is Serious” is out now.

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