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Daniel Clowes

Daniel Clowes is a cartoonist, illustrator, graphic novelist, and screenwriter. Recently in interviews Clowes has said that he has lived in Oakland for near...

Raymond “Boots” Riley

Raymond "Boots" Riley was born on April 1, 1971 and is a founding member and lead vocalist for "The Coup," a radical, edgy, Oakland-based underground hip-hop g...

Oree Originol

Oree Originol was born on September 11, 1984 in Los Angeles, CA. Oree was inspired by gang culture in his neighborhood. He began gaining popularity as a “ta...

Karen Seneferu

Karen Seneferu was born on August 6, 1960 in Oakland, California.  As a child in Oakland she took part in the Black Panther’s free breakfast program.&n...

Roman Martinez

Roman Martinez, alternately spelled Ramon Martinez, was born on December 3, 1904 and died on June 8, 1950. He was born in Winslow, AZ but moved to Oakland, CA ...

William Wong

William Wong is an author and journalist with a focus on justice for the Asian-American community, immigration, and the history of Oakland Chinatown. Observati...

Delilah Beasley

Delilah Leontium Beasley, born September 9, 1867 in Cincinnati, Ohio, was a scholar, a pioneer, and a powerhouse.  She was a devout Roman Catholic with a ...

Ina Coolbrith

Ina Donna Coolbrith was born on March 10, 1841 in Nauvoo, Illinois. Ina was a writer, poet, teacher, editor, and librarian in the S.F. Bay Area in the 19th and...

Harold Padeo

Harold Padeo (a.k.a Harold Padio, Harold Patio, and Albert Paddio) was a jazz pioneer and valve trombonist during the Ragtime era. Jelly Roll Morton was record...
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