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Oakland nonprofit beautifies Chinatown with golden dragons

Oakland nonprofit beautifies Chinatown with golden dragons

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
February 8, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Features, Showcase

In Oakland’s Chinatown, 99 large golden spray-painted dragons adorn the sides of buildings throughout the 16-block neighborhood. The buildings serve as a gallery of sorts; one piece of art leads visitors to others nearby within the line of sight. The dragons were created by graffiti art...

East Bay hosts ‘Showtime at the Apollo’

East Bay hosts ‘Showtime at the Apollo’

Jalen Francis,
Contributor
February 7, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Campus

On Tuesday, Cal State East Bay will host its 4th annual Showtime at the Apollo event at the University Theater on February 7th 2017. It will began at 6 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m. The free event, hosted by Associated Students Incorporated—the student government association—is happening during home...

CSUEB embraces drag in 5th annual show

CSUEB embraces drag in 5th annual show

Veronica Hall,
Layout Designer
February 1, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Campus, Features

Laughter and make-up powder filled the dressing room at Cal State East Bay’s University Theater as drag queens prepared their finishing looks and began to get into character in preparation for an evening of big wigs, singing, lip syncing, dancing, jokes, props and audience participation. Co-hosts Scarl...

Artist uses doll to express alter ego

Artist uses doll to express alter ego

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
February 1, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Features

A black fashion doll, clothed in a black dress and a neon pink “pussy” hat, rose stark against a sea of protesters at the Oakland Women’s March on Jan. 20, as her creator Stephan Davidich held her high above the chaos to snap a photo. Her name is Deja Dohl and Davidich crafted her out of a wax m...

Abobe art gallery exhibition: Looking forward, the future of art

Abobe art gallery exhibition: Looking forward, the future of art

Marcus Bishop,
Contributor
January 25, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Features

CSEUB Alumni Lee Daguman’s acrylic piece “Lady” was one of many pieces on display. “Evoking beauty and depth through a faceless but feminine hair style hovering amidst vibrant splashes of color over a small, single feminine silhouette,” described fellow exhibit attendee Bruce Roberts. Equally...

CSUEB graduate completes second book

CSUEB graduate completes second book

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief
January 25, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Features

For most 24-year-old college graduates, life consists of looking for jobs or settling into a position using the skills they recently acquired. However, Cal State East Bay alum Lauren Lola already has a firm grasp on what she wants to do: write. Lola’s second novel, “An Absolute Mind” was release...

From East Oakland to Ph.D.

From East Oakland to Ph.D.

Evelyn Tijero,
Photographer
January 25, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Campus, Features

Before Dr. Victor Rios became a professor at UC Santa Barbara and an author of five books, he grew up in one of the poorest neighborhoods in East Oakland. Surrounded by drugs, gangs and violence, he joined a local gang for protection by age 14. Beating the odds, Rios was the only one in his family to atte...

Hayward Library to host Harry Potter-themed event

Hayward Library to host Harry Potter-themed event

Tishauna Carrell,
Staff Writer
January 18, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Features, Metro, Showcase

This Friday, the Hayward Library will invite teenagers to recreate their favorite Harry Potter characters at a new event: Fandom Friday. A “fandom” is a community composed of fans of a particular fictional series, person or sport. Fandom Friday was created by Hayward youth service librarian Anni...

Castro Valley history told through exhibit

Castro Valley history told through exhibit

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief
January 11, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Features

In a collaboration between historians Lucille George and Randy Vanderbilt, the Adobe Art Gallery in Castro Valley hosted "200 Years of Castro Valley History; A visual history of Castro Valley from the Ohlone Indians to present day." The exhibit ran from Dec. 3 to Jan. 7 and featured pictures...

East Bay theater brings Ferguson to campus

East Bay theater brings Ferguson to campus

Wendy Medina,
Copy Editor
January 6, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Campus, Showcase

As the lights dimmed and the music died down at a Dec. 9 performance of “CSU Ferguson” at Cal State East Bay, the performers made it clear that the title of this performance was meant to bring the world of police brutality to our campus frontlines, because we as college students of color are very real...

Kanye West preaches politics again

Kanye West preaches politics again

Denika Williams,
Contributor
December 7, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion

A series of rants by rapper Kanye West during recent California performances has made me re-think how I feel about the artist and entrepreneur, whose music I’ve enjoyed since the beginning of his career in the early 2000s. Once on stage for his Nov. 17 concert at the SAP Center in San Jos...

Give thanks for decolonization

Give thanks for decolonization

Tishauna Carrell,
Staff Writer
November 16, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion, Showcase

Last summer, Taylor Billey, a third-year student at Stanford University, spent the Fourth of July at a barbeque with her friends, but their evening wasn’t just a typical Independence Day party with fireworks and food. Billey, who is a Navajo American Indian instead had a conversation with her...

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