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Blindspotting Official Trailer #1 (2018) Daveed Diggs Drama Movie HD

 

  • Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), work as movers and are forced to watch their old neighborhood become a trendy spot in the rapidly gentrifying Bay Area. When a life-altering event causes Collin to miss his mandatory curfew, the two men struggle to maintain their friendship as the changing social landscape exposes their differences. Lifelong friends Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about friendship and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland. Bursting with energy, style and humor, Blindspotting, boldly directed by Carlos López Estrada in his feature film debut, is a provocative hometown love letter that glistens with humanity.
  • West Oakland. Collin Hopkins, a black man who works for the Commander Moving Company as a mover, is a convicted felon on the last three days of his one year parole. Among the many restrictions contained within his parole are living in a halfway house which has its own additional rules, having curfew, not being allowed outside of Alameda County, and no possession of firearms, contravention of any of these items which could extend the length of his parole or worse send him back to prison. Collin, whose felony was largely a matter of unexpected circumstance, wants to do the right thing and lead a straight life. And despite having made it through the first three hundred sixty-two days of his parole, it isn’t a guarantee that he will make it to the end clear, let alone make to the end at all due to the environment in which he lives, which includes people like him of a lower socioeconomic standing having to adjust to the gentrification happening within the community. One of the larger threats is his association with Miles Jones, his married best friend since they were kids and his moving partner. Miles, a Caucasian, feels like he has something to prove being white and living in West Oakland, something that Collin inherently doesn’t have to prove being black. But what could be the biggest threat to Collin is being haunted in witnessing a white police officer shoot a fleeing black man to death in the back late in the evening of the third to last day of his parole, being shot for no reason by the police something that black people like Collin face every day. Through it all, Collin tries to negotiate his relationship with Val, his girlfriend before his incarceration and the dispatcher at Commander, she who is taking more outward steps to improve her life to match that gentrification which may not include associating personally with someone like Collin, especially in light of having seen the aftermath of what sent him to prison.

 

Nia Wilson Had Big Plans. Then She Was Killed in a BART Station.

24stabbing5Nia Wilson was the youngest of six sisters and two brothers, but she knew how to stand out. She jumped at the chance to help others, one of her sisters said, offering pep talks to her sisters when they were down and performing the Heimlich maneuver on her aunt as she was choking at a recent family party. She loved to look pretty, even if it meant holding up everyone else until she picked out the perfect outfit for a late-night run to the grocery store.

At 18, Nia still had the bulk of her life ahead her and she had big plans — joining the Army or becoming a paramedic, or maybe a music producer would see her rap videos on YouTube and offer a record deal. But on Sunday night, Nia was attacked and killed by a man with a knife after stepping off a train with two of her sisters at an Oakland, Calif., transit station. One of her sisters, Lahtifa Wilson, 26, was also stabbed. She was taken to a hospital but later released. Three days after Nia’s death, her sister Malika Harris said that her family was struggling to process what had happened and to accept that she was gone. In any other situation, her sister said, they would be turning to Nia for comfort.

“She was always there and motivating you and telling you to stay positive,” Ms. Harris, who was not with her on the train, said in an interview on Wednesday.

As her family finalized funeral plans for Nia on Wednesday, the man accused of stabbing her, John Lee Cowell, was formally charged with murder and attempted murder. Mr. Cowell, 27, made his first appearance in an Oakland court at an arraignment hearing on Wednesday afternoon. He did not enter a plea.

Nia’s father, Ansar Muhammad, went to the courthouse to attend the hearing.

“My daughter was everything to me,” Mr. Muhammad told reporters outside a courtroom. “She was so beautiful, so inspirational, had dreams. I’m supposed to be planning her graduation, not her funeral.”

The Bay Area Rapid Transit police arrested Mr. Cowell, who they said was homeless and had a lengthy criminal record, on Monday evening after a nearly 24-hour, citywide manhunt. His family released a statement to a local TV station that said Mr. Cowell had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and had not received recent proper mental health treatment.

Ms. Harris said she believed that the fatal attack on Nia, who was black, should be classified as a hate crime. “They are trying to say that he was sick and crazy,” she said. “It was an act of racism.”

After the arrest on Monday of Mr. Cowell, who is white, the police said that they were still searching for a motive and had not ruled out race as a factor.

SOURCE https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/25/us/nia-wilson-bart-stabbing

Golden State Warriors parade set for Thursday in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Aftwarriorser a night of celebrating the Golden State Warriors latest NBA title, fans snapped up victory shirts and hats Tuesday, while Oakland crews were busy hanging championship banners along the parade route. The parade will take place Thursday morning in downtown Oakland, following the same route as the team’s parade to celebrate the 2015 NBA title. It will start at 10 a.m. at Broadway and 11th Street, wind through downtown streets and end with a procession to the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center. Fans are encouraged to line up for the parade and rally as soon as 5 a.m. Thursday and taking public transportation is encouraged. Following the victory Monday night, warriors’ fans danced in the streets in downtown Oakland and wildly honked their horns in San Francisco. The party began as soon as Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 at Oracle Arena to clinch their second championship in three years. In San Francisco, people hung out of cars waving blue and gold flags.

Across the bay, in downtown Oakland, about 1,000 people celebrated in the streets, but most were peaceful. Crowds gathered in intersections, including one where cheering fans made a circle to watch several men break dance. Some climbed street lights, some sprayed champagne and some threw bottles leaving broken glass in streets. Others set off fireworks.

One car was damaged when fans jumped on its roof, police said. Police issued more than 40 citations and towed at least 30 cars that were driving recklessly on city streets following the win, according to Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson. Between 400 and 500 spectators and vehicles participated in “sideshow” activity in East Oakland on Monday night and some revelers threw rocks and bottles at officers, though no serious injuries were reported. The Warriors won the title in 2015 before the Cavaliers made their historic comeback last year. Then it was Golden State’s turn again, taking the title in five games.

Turf Dancing From Street To Subway

Published on Dec 22, 2014

The Bay Area may be the birthplace of Uber, but here’s something you’d never see while ride sharing: the mad Turf Dancing skills of iDummy, Slow Motion, C4 Boom, Kidd Strobe, No Noize, Turf Bieber, Torch and Phil Of The Future. Together they are TURF NATION. Watch as they turn BART trains into showcases for their mad skills.

Produced by: Chaz Hubbard, Ike Sriskandarajah
Filmed by: Luis Flores, Chaz Hubbard, Mikey Prizmich
Edited by: Chaz Hubbard, Luis Flores, Denise Tejada
Audio Mixed by: Luis Flores

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Oakland Neighborhoods Desensitized to the Violence

While certainly Oakland is on the upswing in most areas traditionally, inhabited by a melting pot of people. Downtown is being taken over by the Shorenstein Corporation, a major owner of commercial buildings in San Francisco. The quality of life in the “Uptown Area” is finally blossoming. Jack London Square is our “SOMA” with all of the loft apartments, high-rise condos, eclectic restaurants of which the affluent are coming and establishing roots in an area no so long ago affectionately known as the “produce district”, well it is still sorta but the lofts, and high rent apartments are becoming more of a reality everyday. Most Oakland residents, longtime, new and transplanted from San Francisco, have developed a sense of pride for Oakland regardless of the sensational headlines received. Most people’s perception about the crime is that it occurs in East Oakland, Lower Park Blvd., and West Oakland. Crime is now infiltrating the traditional affluent neighborhoods, namely the Temescal neighborhoods, North Oakland’s Rockridge and more. As a resident of Oakland and community member, I have been desensitized to the violence, it is common knowledge to read, hear on the radio, see on television some type of violent event on a daily in Oakland. While that is very disturbing, it is not uncommon in most major cities today. However, now the violence is creeping into the so called “nice neighborhoods” people are starting to take notice and, say to themselves we have a problem! Our police department is understaffed, riddled with financial constraints, low moral and has to focus on violent crime as opposed to lessor crimes in nature, i.e., property crime against a home, car or valuables or possibly violent crime against an individual in the “nicer neighborhoods”. The response time is triaged due to the nature of the crime. Generally, when you call the police the first question asked is “did someone die, or get hurt”? We live in a society today, where violence is systematic due to unemployment, lack of employment, eroding of family values, and a general disregard for life. We cannot expect for the the police to post a guard on every corner, we have to band together as a community and say enough is enough. It has been debated that community crime prevention programs, or strategies help facilitate changes in the infrastructure, culture, or the physical environment in order to reduce crime. However, I feel that while diversity of these approaches is necessary, we must include neighborhood watches, and community policing. Community leaders, should seek ways to engage residents as opposed to enraging and taxing them, include faith-based organizations in addressing the factors that contribute to the neighborhoods crime, and disorder.

10th Oakland International Film Festival presented by the Oakland Film Society

OMCA hosts the 10th Oakland International Film Festival, presented by the Oakland Film Society. Sit back in the James Moore Theater or the Lecture Hall and expand your horizons with independent documentary, narrative, and animated films from Oakland and from around the world. This year’s festival features films exploring positive Oakland-centered themes such as Made in Oakland, Black in Oakland, and Healthy Economics.

OMCA HOSTS the 10th Oakland International Film Festival
April 6-8  
Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) 
 1000 Oak Street   Oakland, CA 94607

Tickets are $10 

Tickets purchased online have a service fee of $1.54

FRI APR 06 | 12:00 – 10:00 PM 
View Day 1, April 6 Schedule on OMCA website
SAT APR 07 | 11:30 – 10:30 PM

SUN APR 08 | 12:00 – 9:30 PM 

View Day 3, April 8 Schedule on OMCA website

Quick Links

View the full festival schedule on the OIFF website
Download & Print the full OIFF10 schedule

OIFF10 OFFICIAL CLOSING NIGHT AFTER PARTY | SUNDAY APRIL 8TH | 9 PM – 1 AM 

The Break ‘SuperSoul Edition’ & 10th Oakland International Film Festival Closing Party

This Sunday at “The Break” we are honored to host The Official Closing Party for The 10th Oakland International Film Festival. We also will have guest DJ “Soul.Profess” in the building. The theme for the evening will be “SuperSoul” as Kev Choice and the band, “The Vamps” take you on a soulful musical journey from the past to the future. Being an after-party for the Film Fest, the band will also throw in some favs from movie soundtracks. Don’t miss the hottest Sunday night on Oakland for live music and good vibes! FREE ENTRY granted to OIFF10 film makers, VIPs and volunteers badge holders. Official OIFF10 badges are required for free admission. THE BREAK D-Sharp & Kev Choice’s weekly party dedicated to live music and good music in all it’s forms, spanning the past, present & future.

ERA 19 Grand Ave (at Broadway) 9PM-1AM | 21+  Free before 10pm, $5 

Free with RSVP (until midnight) to:


FREE ENTRY granted to OIFF10 film makers, VIPs and volunteers badge holders. Official OIFF10 badges are required for free admission