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We Are Oaklandish

Oakland is diverse and Oakland is proud. 'We Are Oaklandish' is a storytelling project created to highlight just that. 

These stories that shed light on the different experiences, memories, and opinions of the people in the city we all love. They are people who give our city its oddball spirit, its passion for justice, and its creative vigor. They lift us up with laughter, peace, nourishment, and authentic hard work.

They make us proud to call this town our home. They are Oaklandish.

Pendarvis Harshaw is the host of Rightnowish on KQED-FM. He's also columnist at KQED Arts, and the author of OG Told Me, a memoir about growing up in Oakland.

Brianna & Ashley are the elementary school aged founders of duck + chick, a company that manufactures and sells leather goods and donates their sales proceeds to non-profit organizations.

Khalil & Tre of Oak Boys started a successful clothing company with a focus on inclusivity that most locals refer to by their playful nickname Oak Boys. They're known for their irreverent designs and unexpected slogans.

Alicia & Alex are the multi-generational owners and operators of the Oakland Fortune Cookie Factory which is the oldest one of its kind in the country and the only one that still makes cookies entirely by hand.

Aaron Davis is a talented Bay Area drummer bashing out exceptional beats in The Town.

Ahmed Muhammad is a high school student doing his part to ensure science is celebrated in his community, and to show Black youth that being educated is something to be proud of.  

Luis Montoya is a filmmaker and musician. He’s a first-generation American citizen of Mexican descent raised by immigrant parents in Oakland.

Anna Rodriguez is an Oaklandish team member. She is 24, was born in LA and raised in Oakland. East Oakland to be exact. 

Brandan Barlow is an Oaklandish team member who started a new life in The Town.

Marcos Montoya, is 23 and was born and raised in East Oakland. He is grateful for his strong and vibrant community and loves his job at Oaklandish.

Tunde Ahmad is an Oakland Tech grad with an undergraduate degree from Yale and a Masters in Journalism from Columbia. He’s currently working as a journalist, writing a book, and pursuing inspiring entrepreneurial ventures.


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