Surviving the Pandemic As a New Father and Business Owner: Rob Jackson of Rovy Designs Speaks

By JR Valrey During the Covid 19 pandemic, our lives, small businesses, and society have been altered in ways that we would have never predicted and never thought possible, 5 or 10 or 20 years ago. One of the major changes is that schools in … Continue readingSurviving the Pandemic As a New Father and Business Owner: Rob Jackson of Rovy Designs Speaks

Educator and Rapper Naru Kwina Speaks on Performing at the Black Panthers 55th Anniversary

by JR Valrey, The Minister of Information Naru Kwina is a man, whose life has spun through a good chunk of the most recent eras that define Oakland: The Black Power era, as well as the birth of the Bay Area Independent Local Hip Hop … Continue readingEducator and Rapper Naru Kwina Speaks on Performing at the Black Panthers 55th Anniversary

Bay Area Neo-Soul Sensation Morgan J is Set to Rock Ghana on Tour with D’Wayne Wiggins of Tony, Toni, Tone

By JR Valrey, The Minister of Information JR Morgan J is a very talented neo-soul singer as well as a dope rhyme sayer, who is one of four featured women vocalists who will be embarking on a historic tour to Ghana, in late December, being … Continue readingBay Area Neo-Soul Sensation Morgan J is Set to Rock Ghana on Tour with D’Wayne Wiggins of Tony, Toni, Tone

Abdul Haqq Khalifah Turns Sadness From the Passing of His Teenage Daughter Into Fundraising For a Cause

By JR Valrey, The Minister of Information Losing a child is the scariest nightmare any parent can have, and when I had heard that my close childhood friends Abdul Haqq and Gaimah Khalifah had lost one of their teenage daughters to a freak illness, it … Continue readingAbdul Haqq Khalifah Turns Sadness From the Passing of His Teenage Daughter Into Fundraising For a Cause

Singer Stacy Audriene is Featured on D’Wayne Wiggins Upcoming Tour to Ghana

The upcoming “D’Wayne Wiggins presents” tour to Ghana, in December, is a historic event and campaign for the Bay Area. The legendary R&B group Tony, Toni, Tone recently toured Ghana, along with the opening act Keidra, but on this upcoming tour even more artists are … Continue readingSinger Stacy Audriene is Featured on D’Wayne Wiggins Upcoming Tour to Ghana

Bay Area based wordsmith Marisha Ashanti is Touring Ghana with D’Wayne Wiggins of Tony, Toni, Tone

By JR Valrey, The Minister of Information Marisha Ashanti is a very talented rhyme-sayer that I met at D’Wayne Wiggins Compound, where I used to regularly host. I’ve caught 3 of her performance sets over a year, and every time she had the whole room … Continue readingBay Area based wordsmith Marisha Ashanti is Touring Ghana with D’Wayne Wiggins of Tony, Toni, Tone

Should Oakland Keep the A’s or Not?: Oakland City Councilman Loren Taylor Weighs In

By JR Valrey, The People’s Minister of Information    The Oakland A’s is the last professional sports team left playing in East Oakland, after the Warriors departed to San Francisco and the Raiders moved to Las Vegas in recent years; and the A’s are questioning … Continue readingShould Oakland Keep the A’s or Not?: Oakland City Councilman Loren Taylor Weighs In

Keidra is Returning to Ghana wit’ D’Wayne Wiggins of Tony, Toni, Tone and a Tour Full of Women Musicians

By JR Valrey, The People’s Minister of Information JR Oakland-based musician Keidra accompanied the internationally renowned R&B group Tony, Toni, Tone, last July, on their tour to the African nation of Ghana to perform at the prestigious Panafest; a cultural festival that happens every two … Continue readingKeidra is Returning to Ghana wit’ D’Wayne Wiggins of Tony, Toni, Tone and a Tour Full of Women Musicians