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Friday Nights at OMCA: Hip Hop as Community Healing

August 25 from 5:00 pm 9:00 pm


For the month of August, all four Friday Nights at OMCA honor, celebrate, and explore the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop culture. Each program takes a deep dive into the many facets, history, relevance, and joy of Hip Hop culture, right at home in Oakland! In addition to this special, celebratory programming, there will be plenty of signature Friday Nights features, including two streets packed with Off the Grid food trucks and the OMCA campus alive with music, dancing, OMCA’s award-winning galleries of art, history, and science and more!

Program for August 25

Experience Hip Hop as a tool for communal healing. Let’s Lab with Afterthought and The Top Chefs, part of the “Family Not a Group” collective, brings smooth sounds to the Garden stage. A screening of  ‘What’s Pimpin’?’ Real Survivor Stories from Bay Area Pimp Culture lights up the James Moore Theater. Join hands-on art making on Oak Street Plaza, put a fun spin on a traditional museum tour with Gallery Activation Hour.

Program schedule

5–7 pm – Hands-on art making, Oak Street Plaza

5-7 pmWhat’s Pimpin’? KQED YouTube Series Screening: ‘What’s Pimpin’?’ Real Survivor Stories from Bay Area Pimp Culture, James Moore Theater

6–8 pm – Gallery Activation Hours, Great Hall

6:30–8:30 pm – Black, DJ set, 10th Street Amphitheater

6:30–8 pm – Afterthought & The Top Chefs, Garden Stage

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the program components featuring Seti X and Refa 1 have been postponed until a later date.

KQED: What’s Pimpin?

In a discussion with hip-hop artists Maddy Clifford (a.k.a. @MADlines), Coco Peila (@CocoPeila) and RyanNicole (@MzRyanNicole) RyanNicole and Coco Peila, survivor advocate Xenia St. Charles explains how struggling young people get lured into exploitation – including in the Bay Area, which is an international hub for sex trafficking. Womanist writer and podcast host Tiara Mbonisi of Big Mouf Woman also offers tools women can use to protect themselves in a misogynistic culture.

Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is committed to providing programs that are accessible, welcoming, and inclusive of our community. Wheelchairs, sensory inclusive devices, and additional amenities are available for checkout on a first come, first served basis at the Ticketing Desk. To request other accommodations, like American Sign Language (ASL), Cantonese, Spanish or another language interpreter, please email [email protected] at least three weeks before the event. Learn more about our accessibility options.

About Friday Nights at OMCA with Off The Grid

Reconnect with family, friends, and community at OMCA every Friday night. These free events provide a gathering place to come together each week, including live music, hands-on activities, and Off the Grid food trucks. Take advantage of late-night access to our galleries and special exhibitions with a Museum ticket. Limited flat rate parking for Friday Nights is available in the OMCA Garage for $10.

Friday Nights at OMCA with Off the Grid is proudly supported by Bank of America.