Black artists gather at Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza in front of Oakland City Hall, prior to City Council vote that established the Black Arts Movement Business District, January 12, 2016.
Front: Khalid Waajid; Amir Aziz, Duane Deterville, Judy Juanita, Eric Arnold, Tureada Mikell, Marvin X, Tarika Lewis, DeMar-con Gibson, Blystk Kmba, Crsna Cox, Jaenal Peterson, Jahaninh Omi Bahari, Janeah Taylor, Yancie Taylor, Tracy Mitchell, Ron Linzie, Dennis X, Wanda Ravernell
photo Adam Turner
The following persons have been drafted to establish the BAMBD Media Team. The team will be in charge of media matters, e.g., press releases, interviews, feature stories, promotional materials. BAM ancestor Amiri Baraka said we must be prepared to shoot down any negative stories about BAMBD that are not factual but only part of the disinformation campaign by you know who. Baraka said we have the intelligence to immediately counter-act and smash any lies and distortions spread by you know who and the playa haters, jealous and envious Negroes, yes, those with the crabs in the barrel mentality.
Dr. Ayodele Nzinga
Kamau Amen Ra
Painters, graphic artists:
Black Arts Movement Poets Choir and Arkestra
Photo collage by Adam Turner
Art by James Gayles
Art by Emory