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March 30, 2017 1:34 PM
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Laney gets literary in library photo shoot for National Reading Month The Laney College Library and Laney Photo Department worked in collaboration to create a photo portrait series of students and staff with their favorite books in honor of National Reading Month. The goal of the event was to celebrate reading and how much one book can inspire and influence a person throughout their life. A temporary photo set was constructed by Laney students from the professional photo classes at the Laney Library on March 22 and 24. Students and staff brought their favorite books and received professional-quality portraits. The […]

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WOMEN OF THE WORLD

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WOMEN OF THE WORLD

New exhibit spotlights Laney student Adrienne Miller’s globe-trotting photography Laney College student Adrienne Miller’s brilliant portrait photos from Siberia and the Far East are on display through May 20 in the Laney Photography Department in A-185. Miller is from Burbank, north of Los Angeles. So why did she travel the world and photograph humanity so far from home? “I think definitely in my twenties I was restless, and I think that I did not love Los Angeles,” Miller said. “I was trying to find my own sense of home. I traveled far and wide to find what home felt like […]

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Art/history

March 16, 2017 11:41 AM
Art/history

Chinese Historical Society offers major artworks and untold stories “The architecture is magnificent and unique,” Pam Wong said, describing San Francisco’s Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA). Wong is the director of the CHSA, a building and museum that is a unique experience. The CHSA is on a steep hill in San Francisco’s Chinatown at 965 Clay Street. The building was designed by Julia Morgan, best known for designing Hearst Castle. The CHSA museum isn’t in a castle, but it is an impressive building that was built in 1932 as the Chinatown YWCA. Inside and out, the museum is very […]

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A CENTURY’S JOURNEY

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A CENTURY’S JOURNEY

Bay Area’s Betty Reid Soskin tells the story of a lifetime: 95 years of making history “I escaped the fate of my sister,” Betty Reid Soskin told her audience at the Rosie the Riveter Park on March 2, speaking of being hired as a file clerk at the age of 20 at a time when working as a domestic or a teacher were the only employment options for women of color. “It was like being the first person in your family to go to college at the present time,” Soskin said. She said that when she was at work she […]

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Making marks on history

March 2, 2017 8:24 AM
Making marks on history

Stamps and quilts celebrate Black history through artful representation In celebration of Black History Month, the Laney College library is exhibiting a collection of handmade quilts by the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland through the end of March. The quilts are on display in the atrium of the library with quilts hanging in glass display cases on the main floor and hanging from the railing on the second floor. Over 20 quilts are on display, each handmade by a different woman from the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland. Each woman spent the previous year stitching a quilt for […]

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BCC celebrates new issue of literary magazine

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BCC celebrates new issue of literary magazine

The release of Milvia Street, Berkeley City College’s annual art and literary journal, took place on the evening of Feb. 10 in the Berkeley City College Auditorium. Authors portrayed their work on stage in front of images from the magazine that flashed behind them and Fungai Gora infused the event with enthusiasm as the emcee. The presentation closed with a memorial reading for Paul Elias Taylor that included one of Paul’s poems from the 2016 journal, “Across the Fruited Plain.” Faculty Leader Sharon Coleman and the Milvia Street Club expect readers to appreciate the variety and high quality of the […]

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OPPRESSION AND ENTERTAINMENT

February 16, 2017 2:46 PM
OPPRESSION AND ENTERTAINMENT

Former Laney student Milton Bowens presents exhibit tackling issues Oakland artist and former Laney student Milton Bowens poses questions about African Americans in America with his new collection, “The Discovery of Urban Cotton Fields” featured at the June Steingart Gallery in the lobby of the Laney Administration Building. Bowens studied illustration while in the Army before finding a mentor and changing his focus to fine art and mixed medias when he met former Laney art professor David Bradford. Bowens is influenced by the styles and works of Jean Michel Basquiat, Robert Rauschenberg, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Andy Warhol. Bowens […]

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THROUGH AN iPHONE, DARKLY

February 3, 2017 3:21 PM
THROUGH AN iPHONE, DARKLY

Photographer uses smartphone to capture haunting images for new exhibit “It takes an eye and a vision. Anyone can snap a photo, but if the composition and subject aren’t interesting, all the apps in the world won’t help.” Susan Parini, the Development Manager at Peralta Colleges Foundation, is also a master of visionary, often-haunting iPhone photographs. Using apps such as “Color Splash” and “Extreme Black and White,” Parini angles, blurs and colorizes her artistic path, transforming simple iPhone photos into extraordinary fine art. Her bewitching work, entitled, “Repeated Footsteps: curious iPhone images,” is on display at the Laney College’s William […]

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Zack Bateman and the Coal Minds rock Yoshi’s with dark blue treats

November 11, 2016 3:17 PM

Locals gathered in Jack London Square on Halloween night to eat sushi, drink cocktails, and rock out with Zack Bateman and the Coal Minds. The Oakland-based sextet played an upbeat, costume themed gig at Yoshi’s jazz club on the rainy evening. The band members were dressed as Beetlejuice, Nick Cave, Jessica Rabbit, Jack Skellington, Sally Stitches, Bob Dylan, and an extravagant Dia De Los Muertos figure. The Coal Minds opened with an original tune called “Bourbon and Bones.” They performed a medley of original tunes and covers from notable artists Tom Waits, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, Cab […]

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Tourettes Without Regrets

November 10, 2016 10:59 AM
Tourettes Without Regrets

Update 11/23/16: From the Tower staff This photo essay raised some eyebrows throughout the district. It has been brought to our attention that the essay’s graphic— and some accompanying language—might have offended some of our readership. We apologize if we have done so. The Laney Tower stands behind its editorial content—researching, reporting and editing stories for accuracy, fairness and transparency, as per the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics. While we can’t always please everyone, we are committed to reporting about the district and community-at-large—always working to maximize accountability and minimize harm. Thanks for your support.   Oakland’s longest-running […]

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Laney College Graphic Arts students celebrate Halloween

October 27, 2016 9:00 AM
Laney College Graphic Arts students celebrate Halloween

Dreamscape by Lauren Zimmerman by Gloria Esquivel by Ashley Salaz

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