Oct 12


This Saturday, the Life is Living Festival returns for a FREE celebration of Oakland. This is a people-powered, community-coordinated effort to model a more sustainable, compassionate, creative and just world for all. It is reflective of the beauty, struggle and spirit of our communities. Come dream, dance, create and play! Learn more about what to expect:


Cal Shakes and Youth Speaks are teaming up to curate a theater stage celebrating FUTURISM: AFROS & BEYOND. With a pulsing through-line spun by DJ Slum B & MC’d by Lisa Evans, we’re featuring a mixtape of local artists conjuring liberatory futures through word, music, and movement.

12:00 pm | DJ Slum B & MC Lisa Evans | Theater Stage Opening
12:30 pm | Cal Shakes | black odyssey
12:50 pm | LAVEAU project | Laveau
1:10 pm | RYSE | Lead With Love
1:30 pm | Lower Bottom Playaz | Protection Shields
1:50 pm | TeAda Productions| Master of the Currents
2:10 pm | Dimensions Extensions | See Something, Do Something!
2:30 pm | Afro Urban Society | What Had Happened Was – Bakanal de Afrique
2:50 pm | Claudia Alick | The Revolution Will Be Accessible
3:10 pm | La Mezcla | Pachuquismo
3:30 pm | The Global Street Dance Masquerade| #AFRQM8 Dontuntrah

Be sure to check out The Crucible for a chance to win these dope wheels! In addition, The Crucible will be hosting *free* hands-on activities like copper stamping and leather cuff making AND a kids’ bike raffle. You don’t want to miss this interactive, all ages experience.
With holiday season around the corner, we got you covered with a Marketplace filled with local vendors selling handcrafted jewelry, artisanal soaps, essential oils, apparel, textiles and much more. Support your local Oakland entrepreneurs, creatives and makers!  

They also have an IndieGoGo campaign to help to pay for the expenses associated with putting on the festival.  Please donate here.

11th Annual Life Is Living Festival
Saturday, October 13th
De Fremery Park | 1651 Adeline Street 
West Oakland

See you there!

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Jan 13

Youth Speaks is celebrating 20 Years of Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this Monday, January 16th, 2017 at the Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St, SF.  The presale tickets have sold out, but there are a limited number of tickets that will be available at the door at 6:30pm the night of the show.

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Oct 07


Youth Speaks presents the 9th Annual Life Is Living tomorrow in DeFremery Park, Oakland (Adeline between 16th & 18th Streets).  The festival is free and runs from 10AM- 7PM.  The event features music, dance, spoken word performances, djs, food, health information,  and activities for kids.  This year, they are honoring the legacy of the Black Panther Party.  Free breakfast is at 10AM.  The Coup will be performing at 5pm.  More details are here.

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Jan 15


Youth Speaks celebrates the continuing life and legacy of Dr. King with a powerful and moving evening, where new voices emerge breathing life into the work and story of Dr. King. Beyond homage, these young poets and leaders are continuing the work left behind with renewed commitment, imagination and love. Join us as we listen and reinterpret excerpts of some of Dr. King’s powerful oratory and witness the moving responses from brilliant youth bringing the noise.

Featuring performances by: Alicia Garza, Jari Bradley, Brenda Quintanilla, Members of the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars with Tammy Hall and Ericson Amaya, Black Sheroes and more.

Hosted by Trey Amos

The 19th Annual Bringing the Noise for Dr. King
Monday, January 18th | 7pm
Nourse Theater | SF
275 Hayes

Tickets: Youth $5, Adults $10

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Oct 10


Life is Living is in full swing in deFremery Park “Little Bobby Hutton Park”
1651 Adeline Street, West Oakland, from now until 8pm tonight.

Events include Karl Watson Skate Day at Town Park


and The Crucible exhibiting their art bikes and other activities for kids


Lots of music, dancing, vendors and good food.  There’s still time to head out.  More details are here.


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Jan 14

MLK-2015-InstagramMy very first involvement with Youth Speaks was at their Bringing the Noise event, and I was hooked.   This celebration is a showcase of young writers presenting original pieces inspired by the struggles and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   Always uplifting.

Monday | January 19, 2015 | 7-9 PM
Nourse Auditorium
275 Hayes Street
Between Van Ness and Franklin
Tickets: $5 for youth | $10 adults

Tickets are available here.

Video from last year’s event:

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Oct 10


Life is Living kicks off tonight with a conversation about the role of Hip Hop in fostering social movements.


There is a full day of events planned for tomorrow featuring a free breakfast from 10am-12pm, a kid’s zone, theNaked Beauty Zone, African Dance classes, Reflections of Healing Mural Project, a marketplace as well as performance from local artists.

This year’s main stage includes featured performances by: Amir Sulaiman, Young Gifted and Black, DJ Rashida; Kev Choice; 1 OAK; Netta B; Jennifer Johns; Antique; Ryan Nicole; Shock G of Digital Underground; Humpty Hump; DJ NuStylez; Peewee.

Saturday October 11th
deFremery Park (Little Bobby Hutton Park)
West Oakland, CA


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Jan 13


The 17th Annual Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in San Francisco, CA at the historic Nourse Auditorium Monday, January 20, 2014 from 7pm – 9pm.
Every year, Youth Speaks gathers the community to celebrate the ongoing life and legacy of Dr. King. Our celebration—Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—is not a reenactment of speeches, a slideshow, or a polite revue of well-honed platitudes.  It is a showcase of young people from throughout the Bay Area who have written, in their own voices, original works that grapple with the thoughts and work of the man, who are working to demand in their lifetimes—huge leaps into possibility, an ongoing commitment to love like a consuming fire.

Directed by Sean San Jose, this year’s Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration features performances by local Bay Area artists including: members of the San Francisco Jazz All Stars, Danez Smith, Dennis Kim, DJ Dion Decibels and Young Gifted and Black.

WHO: Youth Speaks

WHAT: The 17th Annual Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Nourse Auditorium
275 Hayes Street (Between Van Ness and Franklin)
San Francisco, CA 94117

WHEN: January 20, 2013 | 7:00pm to 9:00pm

TICKETS: Youth Tickets are $5 | Adult Tickets are $10.

RSVP on Facebook here

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