As a SoCal girl and all around proud Californian, I'm slightly embarrassed that I didn't actually step foot in Northen California till my late 20s. I must say my introduction set the bar.
Home of the Black Panthers, Golden State Warriors, and Oscar Grant.
I joke that NorCal-and more specifically Oakland- has this conscious spirit that LA lacks.
These pictures are a combination of events:
1. Life is Living, an event put on to celebrate the legacy of the Black Panthers.
2.Bottoms Up Community Garden: A grass-roots community-run garden in the "food desert of Oakland California.
3. Heiro Day: An Oakland Hip-Hop festival put on by renown rap group Hieroglyphics.
4. Oscar Grant III: A 22-year-old African-American man who was fatally shot and murdered in the early morning hours of New Year's Day 2009 by BART Police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, California. There is celebration of life and remembrance for this father, son, friend, lover, cousin.