Archive for August, 2007

Sistahs Stepping In Pride Festival – Oakland, CA

Posted in Travelogues on August 26, 2007 by skyeviewtraveler


I knew today was going to be a good day. I slept in late and I awoke from the most lucid wet dream I’ve had in years. I attempted to linger in bed hoping the dream muses would favor me with a sequel. (Rewind selector, rewind selector!)Juicy dream and languid day aside, I was intent on venturing out of my hut in support of the organizers and participants of Sistahs Stepping in Pride. I reasoned I could resume slumber and fantasizing later in the day but duty and devotion called.

Big up to Peggy Moore and the SSIP organizing goddesses for
conjuring another east bay love fest. What a perfect day to be at the lake enjoying mild weather and warm sistah vibrations. I hella love Oakland! Yeah, I said it. Love me some Oaktown.


This year’s scaled down festival felt like a big backyard family
gathering. You know, the type of gathering where you can reunite with distant relatives and extended family. Shoot the breeze, savor the eye candy and just be with da folks in a safe and loving environment.

As usual the festival was well organized and included activities for children, community information booths and performers. Given the lack of funding, competing demands and personal commitments of the core volunteers the SSIP organizers deserve maximum respect for pulling this event off yet again.

I highly recommend Oakland as a travel destination for regional and out-of-state visitors alike.


Oaktown home of funky sistahs, powerful spirits and roots women.

Chant peace.

Photo Album

Skye’s Top 10 Graphic Novels

Posted in For Fun on August 23, 2007 by skyeviewtraveler


How often does one find a comic or graphic novel character depicted as an Afriles, cornrow coiffured, visual artist, action hero? The promotional poster displayed in my local comic shop piqued my curiosity and was enough for me to purchase the book. I was not disappointed it was definitely a fun read.

I particularly enjoyed the chapter when the main character Boom broke up with her sharp witted and smart girlfriend; the author hit all the right notes. So much so, I was inspired to send Mark Britt an email commenting on the sensitivity and witty repartee exchanged between Boom and her g/f. He replied that it was the most agonizing chapter for him, but I tell you he nailed it. He informed me that his next graphic novel will be set in Oakland, CA. I can’t wait!


A lifetime marked with Napoleonic bosses has generated a rage in Boom that she can’t contain anymore – only aim. Her target? Her boss.

The same day she decides to go after her boss, Boom comes home to find an old friend standing on her fire escape. David’s double-crossed a drug dealer and he’s looking for help. Boom tells him, “I can’t. I’ve given myself one day to make it all right or I’m just going to kill myself. What do you think of that?” David smiles, “Chaos it is then. We’ll need coffee.”

FULL COLOR is an action-packed odyssey through New York. Fast-paced and thoughtful, compelling and funny, FULL COLOR is a revenge-fueled morality tale.

The COLOR PURPLE / Zuna Institute

Posted in Culture on August 20, 2007 by skyeviewtraveler

The Color Purple
social opportunity for Zuna Institute supporters

 Click for Details and Registration Information

Hello My Sistahs,

Hope life is treating you well. Take advantage of these discounted group tickets to see “THE COLOR PURPLE” in San Francisco and spend an evening with sistahs. Come out and support this exceptional event! LIMITED SEATING!

Wednesday – October 17, 2007 at 8:00 pm PT

Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 95835

Organizer Contact: Francine Ramsey
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Posted in Events on August 20, 2007 by skyeviewtraveler

11am – 4pm
Lake Merritt in Oakland

MARCH: We’ll gather at the Lake Merritt pillars at 11am. With motorcycles, drums, banners, and the voices of hundreds & hundreds of women, our lesbian and bisexual women’s community will proudly let Oakland know how MAGNIFICENT & PROUD we are!
Be a part of our SSIP DrumCore!
Ride with MotoSistahs! Contact Amanda at

CELEBRATION: We’ll march to ASTRO PARK, near the Lakeview Library between Lakeshore and Grand Avenue @ MacArthur. Bring a bag lunch and a blanket and enjoy the afternoon with us! We’ll have performers, drummers, and fun
for the whole family.

SSIP event calender

San Diego, CA – Travelogue Preview

Posted in Travelogues on August 15, 2007 by skyeviewtraveler


Upcoming in August – San Diego, CA, USA

Welcome to San Diego, California’s second largest city. Where blue skies keep watch on 70 miles of beaches and a gentle Mediterranean climate begs for a day of everything and nothing. Bordered by Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains, San Diego county’s 4,200 square miles offer immense options for business and pleasure.

Where the gurls are in San Diego



The Afro Joint

Posted in Events on August 7, 2007 by skyeviewtraveler

The Afro Joint . A Fatsouls Production.
An Excursion Into Afrobeat And All Music Of The African Diaspora

Saturday, August 18, 2007
222 Club – 222 Hyde Street (between Turk & Hyde)
9pm – 2am / $5 before 11pm / $7 after / 21+ With ID

Featuring :- Gregory Del Piero

Gregory’s deep and soulful signature sound is considered the best pieces of house music produced during the last five years. In 2006, he produced over 20 singles including 4 songs with the gospel legend Kenny Bobien. To celebrate the first leg West coast tour of “I love you more,” his new release on Raisani Records, Dubai, we bring you an exclusive deep house installment at the Afro Joint.

Resident DJ Said (Fatsouls, Atmosfere, SF)

Vusi Mahlasela

Posted in Events on August 1, 2007 by skyeviewtraveler


Who: Vusi Mahlasela

When:  Aug 8, 2007, 8pm

Where: Yoshis east bay jazz club and restaurant

Cost: $20 & 10pm $12 Day of Show: 8pm $23 & 10pm $15

As an accomplished guitarist, percussionist, composer, arranger, band leader and performer, Mahlsela has bridged generations at home and abroad. His sound is a hybrid of folk, world, blues and soul, one that connects South Africa’s Apartheid-scarred past with its promise for a better future. Over the past three years of heavy, world-wide touring and spreading his message, Mahlasela has remained true to his roots. After the end of Apartheid, Vusi performed at Mandela’s inauguration in 1994, and is now an ambassador to Mandela’s 46664 Foundation, a campaign to help raise Global awareness of Aids/ HIV. Yoshi’s is very proud to present his much awaited debut performance at our club.