Women's Oakland USA by DopeOnly
"I'm kicking back watching Keyshia Cole perform at the BET Awards and coming through the surround sound on my TV clear as day are chants of "East Oakland, East Oakland, East Oakland...". Wow, I thought, as it was exactly what I was saying to myself. Upon further investigation, some dudes from East Oakland had made their way into the pit of people immediate to the stage. "Of course they did" was my thinking, as a sly smile ever so slightly parted my lips. The Town is in the building.
I felt as good for them as I did for Cole, and that's just it, the essence of all that you'll absorb within this entry: Oakland is a Kinship. The Oakland experience isn't always the same, but the principles that promote growth: struggle, hustle, respect, identity, are all covered in a shared blanket of influence. I always say "my parents raised me, Oakland raised my awareness."
So, you see, in those moments on that award show, Keyshia Cole being from Oakland, those dudes in the crowd being from Oakland, what it meant is WE were there because they are us. That was the day, that was the very instant in fact, the idea of "OaklandUSA" was born. It's an outward display of what's in your heart mixed with an elevated STATE of mind.” - Rod Campbell
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