Over the Juneteenth weekend, 90th Avenue in East Oakland hosted the first annual East Oakland Futures Fest, an afro-futurist-themed block party with food, art, and music performances.
A portion of the avenue was commemorated by the city as “Scraperbike Way,” and a new sign was unveiled to mark the designation. The nearly mile-long section of road and bike path, stretching between MacArthur and International boulevards, was designed by OakDOT in collaboration with the Scraper Bike Team in 2019 and completed in 2020. Councilmember Treva Reid (D7) made an appearance and spoke at the event, highlighting the group’s community work and efforts of culture-keeping in this part of East Oakland.
Brytanee Brown, one of the lead organizers and founder of Emergent Labs, also spoke at the event.
“This orange paint that you’re on—this is Scraperbike Way,” she said. “We wanted to make sure that after we finished painting the street, the community could come out and see it in its full glory. We were very intentional about not having this in downtown Oakland,” she added. “This is deep East Oakland—and we need a block party in deep east Oakland.”
Amir Aziz is a photographer and videographer from Oakland, California. Using photography as his primary medium, Amir documents life and times in his community and the rapid changes in his environment. He's covered music events and social justice movements in the U.S. and abroad for local and international publications. Before shelter-in-place, he traveled to over 10 countries producing multimedia projects juxtaposing the experiences of locals elsewhere to those in his hometown of Oakland. Amir hopes to continue to bridge the gap between African diaspora communities and oppressed groups in the world through multimedia storytelling.