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Author Archives: Brandy Collins
Brandy Collins is a writer and public services advocate, born and raised in the Bay Area. She is a 2019-2020 cohort graduate from the Maynard Institute for Journalism, a correspondent for Oakland Voices, a blogger, and the funny one in numerous group chats. She is concerned with civic engagement and leadership development toward making public works more efficient for the people. Brandy is full of Scorpio magic and a self-proclaimed Professional Aunty. Follow her on Twitter @MsBrandyCollins or Instagram @story_soul_collecter.
How an Oakland shoe designer is helping Black men heal from incarceration
Dieudonné Brou achieved success after prison with his company Koffi Noir. Now, he’s helping others do the same.
Bay Area Hip-Hop Archive is the first of its kind
The new collection at the African American Museum and Library at Oakland pays tribute to the local people and places who’ve helped shape the genre.
Hubba Hubba Revue brings its unique brand of burlesque back home to Oakland
The group built its reputation with shows at the Uptown Nightclub but moved to S.F. during the pandemic. The Revue returns to the Town on Feb. 12 at Crybaby.
Black entrepreneurs find mentorship and community at Hope Academy
Oakland-born Nana Kofi Nti started a successful media company. Now he’s passing along what he’s learned.
Looking to donate locally? Here are 10 Oakland organizations to consider this holiday season
These local groups work in solidarity with some of Oakland’s most vulnerable communities, providing food, clothing, and services.
4 East Bay spirits to give for the holidays
These East Bay spirit companies distill the best booze to give for the holidays in 2022.
This East Bay distillery just hit the big 4-0
Alameda distillery St. George Spirits will celebrate its 40th anniversary this weekend.
Oakland craft distillery wants to define California whiskey
Scoot over, Tennessee, Indiana and Kentucky: Wright and Brown Distilling Co. wants to give your spirits a run for their money.
Bay Area hip-hop artist Mystic puts love at the center of new album
The longtime Oakland resident and Grammy-nominated artist talks about her latest project, “Dreaming in Cursive: The Girl Who Loved Sparklers.”
‘Tales of the Town’ is a love letter to Oakland’s Black history
The Hella Black Podcast production uses audio, film, photos, and music to chronicle 100 years of Black resistance, activism, and life in Oakland.
Sometimes, you need a little drag in your brunch
When to trade eating and drinking for lip syncing and reading.
Election 2022: Oakland District 4 residents say public safety is a top concern
We spoke to a range of community members in D4 about the issues they care about most.
Bay Area hip-hop history on display at ‘Oakland Picture Lady: Tales of a 90’s Girl’
Traci Bartlow’s pics have graced mags like ‘The Source’ and ‘Rap Pages.’ But her photo journey began at her family’s laundromat in East Oakland.
‘Artist As First Responder’ residencies focus on justice and healing
Ashara Ekundayo is creating multi-faceted residency programs for Black artists in Oakland.
Black Futures Ball will fundraise for youth and honor Oakland community members
The inaugural East Oakland Youth Development Center gala supports the Pathway to College and Careers program.
This Oakland-founded group helps Black drinkers consider their cocktails
The six-year-old Black Bourbon Society boasts 30,000 members and events across the country.
Oakland’s Black Bar Crawl brings costumed teams to Black-owned businesses
“If you are a person that enjoys a day party and getting back home before 10:30, this event should appeal to you.”
Black Restaurant Week returns to the East Bay
Over 50 restaurants across the Bay Area are participating in this year’s event.
Oakland filmmaker Ryan Coogler’s detainment is all over the news. It wasn’t news to me
The director of “Fruitvale Station” and “Black Panther” was running a mundane errand in Atlanta—and ended up in handcuffs.