Some say children should be seen and not heard.
How’s that working for us so far?
On one level, I get it. I've never been the type of parent that let “choices” be the answer to raging temper tantrums and acting out. Looking back, I’m glad I was too scared to talk back to my own mom.
But on another level, our youth need a place to vent their feelings and learn to communicate better than we do. How else will the future change?
One place you can experience this is during Youth Speaks' Oakland Mic event this Friday. From 7 to 9 p.m., adults over 21 have to sit back and zip their lips, and the youngsters get to say their peace. This event is free, and held at Pro Arts Gallery, 199 Kahn’s Alley in Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland.
On Saturday at 8 p.m., Old CrowTattoo and Gallery presents "Foundation,"
featuring the Work of Francisco Franco and Poesia.
Artists with a history of collaboration, one who completed graduate studies at New York Academy of Art (and a fellowship at University of Oxford Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art) and another who is a self taught “Graffuturist” come together to reflect on the foundations of their first ideas. Old Crow Tattoo and Gallery is at 362 Grand Ave. in Oakland.
At 5 p.m. Sunday, come out to “King,” and celebrate the fierce love of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Enjoy musical selections from talented artists such as Dwayne Wiggins and Netta B. This event is free and will be held at the Event Center, 420 14th St., Oakland.
For a list of King Holiday activities and celebrations, visit the city of Oakland website here.