Boots Riley

Hip-hop star and now filmmaker Boots Riley has been spotted around Oakland lately shooting his new movie, Sorry to Bother You. For three days this week, the production has been in Uptown filming a protest scene.

During today's shoot, there were numerous actors in black wigs wearing T-shirts that said “shut it down," holding strike signs. Other actors were dressed as football players and riot police.

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Nomadic Press

Nomadic Press is a nonprofit organization founded in 2011 that supports the works of emerging and established writers and artists. From their East Oakland offices and through publications, readings, and performances, Nomadic Press aims to build community among artists across multiple disciplines. Read the full story in the Express

Writer and artist Truong Tran.

Writer and artist Truong Tran.