thePeople (2010)

Similar to the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920’s, which some intellectuals and artist, celebrated the music and community of the nightclubs as a positive and important form of black expression. thePeople party has sparked a similar renaissance in Oakland, CA. The party cultivates openness and positivity, openness in terms of granting permission for each to come as they are. Conception centered on Oakland’s historically diverse community; “immigrants, transplants, leftists, same-gender-lovers, artists and people of color”, providing a gathering that focused on building community through art and culture. An Afro beat forum, the music at the party blends cutting edge and modern classics from a variety of genres with traditional music from the different cultures of the African Diaspora. This set of photographs captures the space in its simplicity and mood.