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October Nonprofit of the Month: Housing Consortium of the East Bay

October Nonprofit of the Month: Housing Consortium of the East Bay

Our Nonprofit of the Month for October, the Housing Consortium of the East Bay (HCEB), is tackling one of the most prominent local issues: affordable housing. At Oaklandish, we're very pleased to have the opportunity to recognize and support the important work this local nonprofit is doing in the community. The Housing Consortium of the East Bay seeks to improve access to affordable housing for folks with developmental disabilities and other special needs in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. To do this, HCEB provides housing outreach and support services, develops affordable housing options, partners with other nonprofit and for-profit companies to...

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The Hidden Genius Project

The Hidden Genius Project

Akeem Brown, Programs Director for the Hidden Genius Project, believes that "As long as you have the skills and a computer, you can build and change the world." The Hidden Genius Project, an Oakland-based nonprofit dedicated to training and mentoring black male youth in technology creation, is the Oaklandish Nonprofit of the Month for September. This local nonprofit was founded in 2012 by five black male entrepreneurs and technologists discouraged by high rates of unemployment of black male youth in the Bay Area contrasted with the numerous job opportunities available in the nearby tech industry. To address these inequities, the...

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Fall 17 Launch Party

Fall 17 Launch Party

Come thru our Downtown shop at 1444 Broadway this First Friday (9/1). Lots of new shirts, music, giveaways, and good vibes.  DJ @eazeyourmind with the soundtrack to one of the hottest nights downtown! See you there!

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Back-to-School Savings!

For all you deal hunters out there, this is the weekend for you! Three ways to save: (1) Semi-annual Oaklandish 50% off online sale. Final sale, no returns or exchanges. (2) Oaklandish Sidewalk Sale this Saturday, August 19th at 1444 Broadway: select discontinued men’s and women’s tees will be 1 for $15, 2 for $20, 3 for $25. Final sale, no returns or exchanges. (3) 20% off storewide at BOSK! Follow @bosk_oak on Instagram and show the cashier your 20% off coupon for savings!

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August Nonprofit of the Month: West Coast Children's Clinic

August Nonprofit of the Month: West Coast Children's Clinic

We are excited to announce that the Oaklandish Nonprofit for the month of August is the WestCoast Children’s Clinic. The WestCoast Children’s Clinic provides psychological services to vulnerable children, youth, and their families in the East Bay. The Clinic, based in Oakland, is committed to supporting these children and their families regardless of their ability to pay, and to expanding accessibility to mental health services in our community. To do this, WestCoast trains the next generation of community psychologists. Founded in 1979, over the past 25 years, WestCoast has trained over 200 therapist interns, and provided an estimated 450,000 hours of...

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July Nonprofit of the Month: Youth Business USA

July Nonprofit of the Month: Youth Business USA

This month, Oaklandish is pleased to announce that Youth Business USA is our July Nonprofit of the Month. Youth Business USA is an Oakland-based nonprofit that supports low-income youth and youth of color to build their own businesses — starting from an idea, to crafting their pitch, to developing a quality product or service and the ability to establish a customer base. Youth Business USA recognizes the obstacles young people, particularly underrepresented groups, encounter in the job market, as a result of a lack of resources, support, and other structural inequalities. Over 95% of Youth Business USA’s youth entrepreneurs are low income...

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Save the Date: #Fairyland4Grownups 2017

General admission tickets will go on sale at Oakland Supply Co. at 10am on Saturday, July 22nd! Get your posse together! Please note: this benefit event is 21+ and you will need to show valid ID at the gate. During daylight hours, Children’s Fairyland is off-limits to grownups. Anyone who wants to enter the park has to arrive with a kid in tow. But not this August 18th from 7-10pm when Oaklandish and Fairyland are teaming up to host a night of pure imagination, for adults only! Enjoy tunes from Dion Decibels in the Old West Junction, local brews, performances,...

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June Nonprofit of the Month: Camp Reel Stories

June Nonprofit of the Month: Camp Reel Stories

Did you know that only thirteen percent of writers and seven percent of directors in the media are female? Local nonprofit Camp Reel Stories hopes to change that by offering women and girls the opportunity to tell their own stories through media and film. For this reason, Oaklandish is excited to announce that Camp Reel Stories is our June Nonprofit of the Month! Camp Reel Stories is an Oakland-based nonprofit organization that invests in representation in media. They believe that when women and girls are better represented behind the scenes, their experiences and voices will be better reflected on screen. Founded in...

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Elujay Listening Party Recap

One new artist, one new project, one hell of a turn out for a listening party. The preview of Elujay's newest project 'Jentrify,' which drops this Thursday, September 15th, was received warmly by the crowd of 100+ individuals who came from all over to show support for the new project. After a joint DJ set (shout out goes to Drew Banga!) there were roughly 14 tracks getting previewed, the audience got to hear some pretty exclusive sounds featuring the likes of Caleborate and Migos Da Gawd - both of whom were there in person to show love - along with Rex Life Rajj, Kev Choice, and many more...

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Elujay In-Store Listening Party

Elujay In-Store Listening Party

Being a certified B Corp means a lot to us here at Oaklandish. We give back to the community, promote events and organizations that represent Oakland in a positive light, make dope gear that reps the Town in a sustainable way, and from time to time we host musical events, free of charge, for the city we love to call home. So mark your calendars for this Sunday, September 11th because Oaklandish is hosting none other than Oakland's own Elujay! Elujay is one of the Town's up and coming talents in the music scene. To celebrate the upcoming September 15th release...

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#Fairyland4GrownUps FAQ: Get in the Know!

**SOLD OUT** For many Oaklanders, Fairyland is shrouded in mystery. The park is famous for its attractions and providing great experiences for East Bay families including animal therapy for children who have experienced trauma, and providing free field trips for underserved schools. With Fairyland being off-limits to adults, unless they’re accompanying a kid, #Fairyland4GrownUps, on Friday August 12th, will be a glorious evening where adults get a chance to experience this Oakland icon! You’ve probably got questions, and we’ve got answers! Wonders await. When and where is this happening? 
The Fairyland gates will open for grownups on Friday, August 12th, from 7-10...

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#Fairyland4GrownUps Recap

Another year, another successful Fairyland4GrownUps event benefiting Children’s Fairyland! We had an incredibly diverse group at this year’s event, the 6th annual Fairyland4GrownUps! There were plenty of happy faces reliving childhood memories and making new ones. All left the storybook park with big smiles across their faces. A big thanks to all who helped plan the event from behind the scenes, from Fairyland staff to food and drink vendors! Another equally important thank you is to Dion Decibels who provided the great sounds all night! We also hosted a photo booth, courtesy of Photo Booth Luxe. Check out all their...

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20 Years Ago, Luniz Dropped "I Got 5 On It"

20 years ago(!), Luniz dropped the album Operation Stackola, which featured the classic song “I Got 5 On It.” The track was Luniz’s biggest hit. At one point it was number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The remix featured a number of popular Bay Area rap artists at the time, like Spice 1 and E-40. And it even gave the duo the chance to do shows with Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, and the Bad Boy Records family. Definitely a face on the Mount Rushmore of songs that put Oakland on the map, “I Got 5 On It” would be somewhere between “Too Legit To...

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The Christmas Ride on Picardy Drive

On a quiet street between Seminary Ave. and 55th Ave. in East Oakland, a holiday tradition has come yet again to Picardy Drive. Beginning the day after Thanksgiving and lasting until the beginning of January, residents of Picardy break out boxes, climb up on ladders, and link their Storybook houses together via strands of Christmas lights. Now well over 80 years old, the neighborhood tradition is not only a bonding experience for the neighborhood, but is an annual event that warm Oaklanders’ hearts year after year.

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