The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, But It Will Be Found in the Poetry of Tongo Eisen Martin.
SF Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen Martin sits in front of Cafe Boheme in the Mission DistrictVanessa Parrish. I remember the collective groans that used to come in my English class when it was time to read poetry. The epic length of Beowulf, the thees and thous of Shakespeare, the overly flowery prose of Walt Whitman. While it all holds a place in the annals of literary history, it never really inspired the reaction our English teachers wanted.Read full story
Go With the "Flo": Sacramento Based Company Ill Xool Flo is Bringing Music and Life Back to the City.
Sacramento's return to life has raised some questions. Where do we go? Are the places we used to go to open? Do the events we went to exist anymore? Even if there is stuff to do, do we want to risk putting ourselves in a room full of people while we're still, technically, knee-deep in a pandemic?Read full story
Sacramento Raised Him Right: How Cash Campain is Making His Own Way in the Music Business
The music industry is in an altered state of being right now -- in the sense that there isn't a music industry. At least not in the way that many of us may remember. There aren't a handful of artists competing for that million-dollar deal with one of the major labels. There isn't a magical A&R rep coming to try and pluck you from the open mic oblivion.Read full story
From Rapping to Roku: Sacramento Artist Max Hernandez Premieres New Series and is Bringing Local Artists With Him.
Voice actor. Hip hop artist. Radio host. Son. Friend. With so many titles under his belt Sacramento's Max Hernandez, aka Max Bundles, can add a new title to his resume. Animator.Read full story
Breaking Ground: How a Local Business Owner's New Endeavor is Doing its Part to Eliminate A Food Desert in Oak Park.
Leo Hickman, Owner of Classy Hippie Tea Co. and Broadway CoffeeKaty Karns - Provided by Leo Hickman. Its been a little over three months since the city of Sacramento effectively re-opened its doors to the public. Early morning coffee drinkers are out seeking their first fix of the day while neighbors are pausing on sidewalks as they walk their dogs to catch up. Traffic is back to getting on all of our nerves, and Kenny the Dancing Man is free to dance where he pleases. For better or worse, things are starting to feel the same as they once did. One business owner in Sacramento is coming back with a whole new outlook, a whole new business, and a continued mission to make a difference.Read full story
I Volunteered at a COVID Test Site in Sacramento and All I Got Was this Lousy Sense of Dread.
Pop Art Representation of a Positive COVID TestShafin Protic. "Would you be willing to volunteer your time one day out of the week at a COVID testing site?" The question settled in a twisted knot in the pit of my stomach. The idea of placing myself in front of so many people possibly infected with one of the deadliest viruses this country has seen in generations... was not an easy yes. After a quick back and forth with the site manager discussing safety precautions and where I would be working in relation to the public, I swallowed my hesitations and agreed.Read full story
They Say to Never Meet Your Heroes -- But Whoever They Are Never Met Baba Zumbi of Zion-I Crew.
A Celebration of Baba Zumbi: Artists set up at Hiero Headquarters in Oakland, CA. Aug 22. 2021Olivia Monahan. It's been two weeks, and no matter how many times I've tried to write this it felt impossible. Minutes, hours and days spent staring into the void of this computer, it's blank screen staring back at me as I searched the caverns of my brains for the right words. It wasn't until this morning that it hit me why it was so difficult.Read full story
All Canvases are Beautiful: An Anonymous Art Installation is Sending a Message
One of the few doors still left standing in SacramentoAndres Alvarez/Sacramento. At first, there was just one. A painted door that appeared from nowhere bolted to a parking sign in front of Mike's Camera in Midtown Sacramento the day of the Derek Chauvin murder trial verdict. Varied shades of stenciled block lettering reading "A guilty verdict is not a sign that the system is working... it is a sign that solidarity is" on one side and "My daddy changed the world" on the other. In ghost lettering, acting as the background to the statement, was the name George Floyd, over and over again.Read full story
In Defense of Aaron Carnes - How a Sacramento Journalist Gave New Life to an Often Ignored Genre of Music
Front Cover of In Defense of Ska by Sacramento Journalist turned Author Aaron CarnesCam Evans. This article has nothing to do with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Not that there's anything wrong with that.Read full story
How a Constitutional Loophole Allows Legal Slavery to Exist - and the People in Sacramento Aiming to Abolish it.
With the state of California one of only nine states that currently allows for involuntary servitude to be included as a component of criminal punishment, the Sacramento chapter of civil and human rights organization All of Us or None have come together to push the ACA 3 bill onto the ballot.Read full story
The Weight They Carried: How Sac PDs Use of a Non Existent Bail Hold Sets A Dangerous Legal Precedent
This article will be the first in a series entitled “The Weight They Carried” -- stories that take a closer look at some of the moments that occurred as a result of the political unrest in America throughout 2020. This series will focus specifically on Sacramento, the Capital of the 5th largest economy in the world and moreover, how a moment here could cause ripple effects across the country that last lifetimes.Read full story