The Hip Hop Era

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...

Pam the Funkstress

Pam Warren, aka Pam the Funkstress or Purple Pam, was born on November 11, 1966 in Shreveport, Louisiana and died on December 22, 2017. Warren was a DJ, mos...

Pauline Oliveros

Pauline Oliveros' life's work as a composer, performer, and humanitarian was about deepening her own and other people’s sensibilities to the facets of sound. S...

Steven Arnold

Steven Arnold was born on May 18th, 1943, in Oakland. He was a surrealist who worked in various mediums: film, photography, painting, illustration, theater, an...

Casper Banjo

Casper Banjo was considered disabled, black, and gifted. Born in Memphis, TN, Banjo often faced racism growing up in the forties and fifties, which was one of ...
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