Tales of the Town [12 part podcast series about Black Oakland culture & history]

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Tales of the Town E1: The Great Migrations​


The first episode of the Tales Of The Town podcast examines the 1st and 2nd Great Migrations that brought Black Southerners in influx to the Bay Area - you get a look at the circumstances that made these people travel across the country in search of “freedom” and opportunities and the struggles they encountered upon arrival
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Auntie Anita: Abbas' great Aunt, she passed away last year. Migrated from Louisiana to Oakland. Community organizer and activist. Charlene Thomas: Delency great grandmother. Migrated from Port Aurthor Texas to Oakland Uncle Freddie: Abbas' Uncle. Artist and Fabricator. Oakland Native. Donna Murch: Professor of History at Rutgers University. Author of Living for the City: Migration, Education and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California Clarence Thomas: Author of “Mobilizing in Our Own Name: Million Worker March”. Longtime ILWU organizer and longshoreman. Delency's Uncle.
 
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Tales of The Town E2: The Black Panther Party & People’s Breakfast Oakland​


Oakland, an enclave for the Black radical tradition and the birthplace of the Black Panther Party. Over the years many have made the claims to follow in the tradition of the Panthers but few have been able to combine providing programs that meet the material needs of the people, with a concrete analysis of this racist capitalist country – People’s Programs has strived to do just that. Episode 2 of Tales Of The Town looks at the start of the Black Panther Party and the work of Oakland based organization, People’s Programs
 
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Tales of The Town E3: Merritt College & Black Student Organizing​


Episode 3 of Tales Of The Town covers the student organizing history of the Black Panther Party’s co-founders Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, at Oakland City College in the early 1960’s. The Soul Students Advisory, the first iteration of a Black Student Union, paved the way for Black Student organizing across the world, and its impact is still felt today! This episode also looks at the Afrikan Black Coalitions fight to force the UC school system to divest from private prisons!
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Dar: Former BPP member, student at Merritt College during time of the Panthers Judy Juanita: Former BPP member, editor of Black Panther Party newspaper. Author. Professor at Laney College in Oakland. Anthony Williams: former organizer at UC Berkeley, PhD student at UCLA.
 
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Tales of The Town E4: A Brief History of Oakland Music (Part 1)​


Episode 4 of Tales of The Town is part 1 of a 2 part music highlight. We take a look back at the historic 7th street strip, which featured blues and jazz clubs. Dive into the revolutionary music of The Black Panther Party's band, The lumpen, and show how all this history paved the way for Oakland artists in contemporary time.
Guests:
Ronnie Stewart: executive director of west coast blues society. Historian of 7th street in West Oakland Rickey Vincent: author and professor at UC Berkeley. Wrote the book Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music
 
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Tales of The Town Ep 5: A Brief History of Oakland Music Part 2​


Episode 5 of Tales of The Town is part 2 of the music episode. We highlight some of the biggest acts to come out of Oakland, and the impact they've had across the world. We also dive into the creative process behind Goapele’s “Closer” and Hieroglyphics “93 til infinity”.
Guests:
Tajai: Rapper/Producer, Record Label owner, part of Souls of Mischief, Hieroglyphics, and Rap Noir. Leon "DNas" Sykes: Educator, Community Leader, Radio host Tim House: all around bay area music guru.. Manager and tour manager. Goapele: Singer and songwriter.


 
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Tales of The Town Ep 6: Houselessness in Oakland​


Over 500,000 people in the United States are documented as houseless. Episode 6 of the Tales Of The Town series takes a look at the systems and policies that have led to the houselessness crisis in the town.
Guests:
Brandi Summers: professor and author of Black in Place: The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City. OG Paul: houseless person we have served through our organization People’s Programs
 
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Tales of The Town EP 7: Gentrification in Oakland​


Gentrification in Oakland has been a focal point of local organizers, publications, and creatives for the last decade. As rising rent prices continues to displace families that for generations have called Oakland “home”, and forced others out onto the streets, Episode 7 of Tales Of The Town highlights oakland community members who are trying to find their way through a city that prioritizes profit over people
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Mistah Fab: rapper, producer, songwriter. Owner of Dope Era Clothing store. Uncle Freddie: Abbas’ Uncle. Artist and Fabricator. Oakland Native. Ronnie Stewart: executive director of west coast blues society. Historian of 7th street in West Oakland. Brandi Summers: professor and author of Black in Place: The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City.
 
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How is her name pronounced?
Always felt she outsmarted herself with that stage name. Attention grabbing, but if MFers can't pronounce the shyt you're doing too much.

Will send Coli cash scrilla to whoever can answer this question. Don't want to have to listen to episode 5 to find out.

*just jokes
 
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Go-opp-uh-lay...her and Talib talk about her name first up in this....




And you gone @Get These Reps breh. I've got a sh*tton of pricing sh*t to work on today so I'm gonna check these out

:dame:

You're welcome.and Thanks.

I remember saying to the girl I was with at the time "I'm gonna buy this Mystic CD, instead. At least I can pronounce her name"


Didn't know the backstory to Goapele's name. I felt like a heel when I learned that this was her given name.
That exchange between her and Talib clarified the pronunciation for both of their names.

Hope you and the others enjoy the podcast.
 
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