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EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland CA, 94606 ph: 510-533-6629
E-mail: eastsideculturalcenter@gmail.com


June and July 2016 Events
at EastSide Cultural Center


FRIDAY JULY 15, 2016 5-9pm

2277 International Blvd
Oakland, CA 94606

Rise in Power Kamau Amen-Ra!!!

He was our Official Photographer, who faithfully documented the events at the EastSide Cultural Center from its inception, and covered every Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival for the past 16 years.
KAMAU AMEN-RA was a venerable mainstay in the EastSide Arts family and he devoted his life to Black music, Black Arts, Black community and Third World cultures.
His mission was to Serve The People and to this end he gave his time and artistic skills to our communities generously and unhesitatingly.
Kamau captured our poets and dancers and theater and never missed a jazz set or a town hall forum in our space. On weekends he could always be found at the Ashby Flea Market, curiously playing a one-note horn alongside the congas. It was our meeting space.
But most of all, Kamau's talent was to catch the inner spirit of our creative force thru his photography. He graced our walls with several photo exhibits, including solo shows which portrayed great Black musicians, mass rallies and grassroots celebrations.
Most recently, he contributed to an exhibition on police brutality (Black Resistance Matters) and a duo show with Henry Raulston with portraits of Black liberation icons (Seizing The Time). He curated his own group shows too, featuring Black photographers at the San Leandro Library.
A solid working-class brother who never retired, he scraped and saved from his day job and light-weight pension to travel abroad, particularly throughout the African diaspora, but also to parts of Southeast Asia and was committed to EastSide's planned trip to Cuba ("Hey man, when we going?!") Always with his slick cameras in hand and ready to serve the people.


Thank you for a GREAT 16th Annual





GREAT lineup of Artists In Resistance, Showcase #3 at EastSide, June 3rd and 4th, 8pm.

Pearl Ubungen, Latanya D. Tigner/Dimensions Dance Theater, Ramon Ramos Alayo/Alayo Dance, Stephanie Bastos and Sebastian Hernandez.

LIVE ARTS IN RESISTANCE/ ARTES VIVAS EN RESISTENCIA is a dynamic series of performances, artist residencies, and community town halls to address racial inequality and Eurocentric chauvinism in popular culture. Collectively, we contribute to a new cultural consciousness of self-determination and indigenous knowledge as integral to our resistance to systemic oppression and imperialism.

LIVE ARTS IN RESISTANCE includes dance, theater, poetry and interdisciplinary performances, curated by socially-conscious Third World artists. Together we push the boundaries of our practices and contemplate our role and responsibility in connecting the many struggles of our respective communities both locally and globally.

LIVE ARTS IN RESISTANCE fosters risk-taking, rigor, and a radical critique on the role of political activism, cultural work and art in society. This role is historically rooted in a culture fighting for justice, equality and self-determination - the political empowerment of our people.


Drag Extravaganza to benefit LGBTQ youth!
Saturday, June 11 7pm

Drag kings and incredibly tasty Spanish food come together for a fundraiser for Somos Familia, an organization that provides support to Latina/o LGBTQ youth and their families.





Report Back from Palestine Prisoner and Labor Solidarity Delegation
Sunday, June 12 at 3pm
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd. Oakland

In March 2016, a delegation of 19 former prisoners, Black Panthers, activists and scholars convened by Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi, professor at San Francisco State University, visited Palestine.  This was the first U.S. delegation to focus specifically on political imprisonment and solidarity between Palestinian and U.S. prisoners. 
Join us for slides, stories, reflections and discussion

With Emory Douglas, Minister of Culture, Black Panther Party
Rabab Abdulhadi, Professor, San Francisco State University
and other delegation members.





EastSide Arts Alliance and Bay Area Birthkeepers present...

THE AMERICAN DREAM: a film on childbirth maternal mortalityFriday, June 24 at 6:30pm
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland
discussion to follow - delicious refreshments - accessible venue - FREE event

The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate of any industrialized country in the world. More than two women die every day in the US from pregnancy-related causes - 30,000 nearly die every year. And while the vast majority of countries have reduced their maternal mortality rates, for the past 25 years the rate has increased dramatically in the US, with African American women most at-risk. Preventable maternal mortality is not just a public health issue; it is a human rights crisis.

Panelists include: Arisika Razak, founder of the Highland hospital midwife program; Laura Perez, Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife at Espiritu Midwifery; TaNefer Camara, California IBCLC , lactation consultant; Mama Ayanna Davis, social and wellness activist, moderated by Samsarah Morgan, Director of the Oakland Better Birth Foundation.

The Bay Area BirthKeepers Movement is a multicultural partnership for birth equity and wisdom, honoring the interdependence of birth and earth.
Final Fridays Films of Resistance and Solidarity, a free monthly community event produced by EastSide Arts Alliance (ESAA) screens on the last Friday of every month. ESAA is dedicated to uniting art with activism to work for community empowerment and cultural development, and to build bridges between the disenfranchised, racially and ethnically divided communities that reside in Oakland, CA.






Saturday, June 25th & July 23rd 9-Midnight
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland

Our monthly African gathering of celebrating authentic african culture with food, dance, and music! And come to our SUYA event on July 23rd as well!





DNaga presents...
GIRL Project

July 5-15 - 9am to 3:30pm - FREE!
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Boulevard

Art and Empowerment dance workshop for girls living in East Oakland, ages 10 to 14 years. Activities include: Hip Hop, Choreography, Wearable Art, Self Defense, Bike Riding and Field Trips.

Register Now - Limited Space.

Download and Fill out pdf. Email to info@dNaga.org or send inquiries.

For more information, visit dNaga GIRL Project at EastSide link: http://dnaga.org/dances/girl-project-summer-2016/






Rara Tou Limen presents...
RASANBLE! Haitian Arts & Culture Festival 2016

A night of Fashion, Music, Food & Culture
Friday, July 22nd 7pm
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland
free event!

Highlights Include:

"From the Bay to Haiti" Cultural Exchange 2016 Report Back | Q & A

Slide Presentation - Cultural Exchange Trip 2016

Performance - Lalin St. Juste

Fashion Show with Sofie Patel & Ginen Creations (featuring RTL)

TRINITY Presentation - Drum, Song & Dance Workshop Participants (taught by Daniel Brevil)

Haitian Cuisine - Pierre-Richard Leurbourg
$10 per plate

[suggested donation to "RTL goes to Montreal" campaign]

www.raratoulimen.com for more info about RASANBLE! Haitian Arts & Culture Festival 2016







EastSide Arts Alliance presents...
Final Fridays Films of Solidarity & Resistance

Ayotzinapa: crónica de un crimen de Estado

Friday, July 29 at 7pm
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland
discussion to follow - delicious refreshments - accessible
FREE event


This 2014 documentary by Xavier Robles, exposes the events of Ayotzinapa, Mexico; in which fourty-three students were disapeared by the government.







California Coalition for Women Prisoners presents...
Shout Their Names

State-Gendered Violence in the Women's Prisons & Beyond

Sunday July 31, 3 pm
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland

A Townhall to share information and action plans on the suicide crisis in the Women's Prisons, prison guard assaults on gender non-conforming People inside, and updates on police murder of Kayla Moore, Jessica Nelson Williams and others.

Sponsored by the California Coalition for Women Prisoners
info@womenprisoners.org 415-255-7036 x 4 www.womenprisoners.org






EastSide and the San Antonio Cultural Council presents:

Neighborhood Events at San Antonio Park

In 2015, EastSide led the formation of the San Antonio Cultural Council, made up of neighborhood organizations, schools and residents dedicated to preserving, continuing and adding to the rich tapestry of cultural celebrations that occur in our San Antonio, Oakland neighborhood.

We are emboldened by the hemorraghing of long-time residents, communities and cultures at the hands of development and gentrification, and have come together to hold our underrepresented communities of color up through cultural celebration and community building.

In collaboration with Oakland Parks and Recreation, the Cultural Council is dedicated to holding annual events for the neighborhoods around and near San Antonio Park.

The council has representatives from: Casa Che/La Clinica, Roosevelt Middle School, Oakland High School, Amor Eterno Art Gallery, AYPAL (Asian Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership), and EastSide Arts Alliance, along with long time San Antonio residents and neighborhood groups.


Congratulations to the EastSide Neighborhood Arts Crew!

Congrats to Peps 357, Dime, Rogue, Prime 808 Urban and T!

The FRUTIVALE SUN BUILDING pays tribute to the sun myths of the various cultures that have lived in the Fruitvale for decades. Please visit at Fruitvale and International Blvd to view the entire mural, and look out for more! Thanks to Councilmember Noel Gallo for the opportunity to create a new cultural landmark in the Fruitvale!



NEW VISUAL ELEMENT Video: EastSide's Youth Mural Crew:


Also big congratulations to the BEATS FLOWS Crew!

Beat Flows, the youth music and leadership arm of EastSide, recently concluded a collaboration with Youth Radio and NPR, where Beats Flows and Visual Element students and staff were interviewed and made music for a national NPR broadcast about gentrification in Oakland. Their audio and video clips can be seen on the Youth Radio interactive map...click below.

Click the image above to go to Youth Radio's Interactive map!



Download EastSide's Black Power Matters and

Black Resistance Matters Posters

Download your full color poster (11x17inches) here:




Photos by Armael Malinis of Mass Bass



BLOCK PARTY #2, 44th Ave and International Blvd

Thanks to all the neighborhood folks, community groups, vendors, performers, car lovers and Oakland die-hards for supporting such a great event!


This whole year, we are hosting a series of block parties along International Blvd as part of our Oakland is Proud project, aiming to create a public space for families, organizations, businesses and residents to enjoy each other, their community and engage in pressing issues like displacement and gentrification that are affecting their neighborhoods.


Thanks to Our Performers:

Mass Bass
Beats Flows
Spear of the Nation
Unity Grooves with Howard Wiley & Faye Carol
Rico Pabon and friends
Press Play Poets
excerpts from the Anastasio Project


Thanks to Our Food Vendors:

No Worries Food Truck and Casa Jimenez Restaurant


Also special thanks to the following:

East Bay Chevs, CURYJ, Black Organizing Project, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, One Land One Struggle, Xicana Moratorium Coalition, 67 Suenos, Palestinian Youth Movement, ONYX Organizing Committee, Arab Resource Organizing Center, Roses in Concrete Community School, Casa Che, Community Planning Leaders, All African People's Revolutionary Project and more!


Watch and Read About Our Block Parties!



Our last block party in October 2014 was a great day in the neighborhood! Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Black and Chicano Arts Movements, the party brought out all our neighbors and allies. Music, dance, theater, food, murals and altars accompanied vendors and open houses throughout the block.

Our recent coverage by KTOP:

Local Press Events - Oakland Eastside Arts Alliance Community Block Party 2014 from KTOP TV10 on Vimeo.


A recent article and picture galleries about the block party from Oakculture:





For Children Ages 2.5 to 5 years old

Rice and Beans Childcare Cooperative is made up of families of color in Oakland with a vision of providing early childhood education that is rooted in principles of justice, equity and the history of peoples in our community.

Monday-Friday, 8:15am-5:15pm, Part-Time flexibility

Bilingual in Spanish and English

Tuition ranges from $450-$950/month; scholarships based on availability

FOR MORE INFO: 510-221-8999


Open Enrollment for our FREE Youth Arts Programs!
Stop by during class times (listed on the flyer), or email us at eastsideculturalcenter@gmail.com.

Every Thursday night, 7:30pm donations accepted at the door.
Come check out one of the only open mic spots in East Oakland!

Here's a video of one of our recent open mics! HOLLA BACK!

ESAA is now in our 16th year! To find out more about EastSide Arts Alliance and the EastSide Cultural Center, please click here.

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