West Oakland is technically the smallest section of Oakland but has the most housing projects, and has always been known for music (the blues on 7th street) , activism ( Huey P Newton is from there) and for being riddled with violence. Only recently has there been peace. Most can attribute it to the leadership of the artist community uniting though conflict resolution and ultimately in music. Taco Dell and company produced ” the West Oakland Anthem- a fun fast paced rap song about challenges , overcoming them. None of which was possible before heavy mediation and conflict resolution employed by Taco, and the community. They deserve our attention for the music and leading the way in inclusion, reversing negativity in the community. one block at a time.
We interviewed filmmaker Thomas Carter behind the scenes at the video shoot.