Some radical Latinx folks are trying to raise money to start a
worker-owned coffeeshop and community center in East Oakland, in order
to provide a space for people of color, queer people and undocumented
people in particular to build community. They’re trying to raise the
money through Kickstarter, so they need to meet their goal by December
1st, or they won’t get any of the money that has been pledged.
Best Known For: This genius has lent her creative expertise to Beyoncé’s camp as she helped create what has come to be known to the world as Lemonade. She has also worked on the visuals for the Rocky spinoff film Creed (2015), and not to mention, her swoon worthy visuals can be seen in the newly renowned film Moonlight.
Notable Works: Fruitvale Station, Creed, Lemonade, and Moonlight.
Forthcoming: Black Panther. (So so soooooo excited.)
Friends, please consider contributing a little. This horrible fire has taken some of our friends and fellow creators in the Bay Area. This is a direct hit to the heart of music, art, and our community.
Friday, December 2nd, at approximately 11:30 PM, a tragic fire erupted in an artist collective workspace in the Fruitvale district of Oakland. Within the space many artists and attendees of our community were present. To date, the exact number of injuries and fatalities are unconfirmed but have risen to 33 and may take weeks to resolve. Sadly, what is known is that this is a massive tragedy for the Bay Area Arts community.
Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, a non-profit that has been involved in the greater Bay Area artist community for the last 10 years, has deep and personal connections with many of the presumed victims of the tragedy. We at Gray Area feel that a relief fund is critical to the surviving victims as well as the families of those that passed. Immediately upon learning of the incident, we established this donation page under the tax deductible shelter of our 501c3 in order to collect funds to help the victims and the families of the victims. Although close to $200,000 has been raised as of Sunday December 4th at 9:28PM, with the assumed number of 40 victims, this leaves only $5,000 per victim, which is easily the cost of a few medical bills or a small memorial service. At this time we ask for your continued support in spreading the word of this fund to continue to fundraise in advocacy of the victims. We will continue to update the fundraising goal as support pours in to foster as many contributions as possible for those affected.
We are forming an oversight committee, talking with Oakland authorities, and will be sure the funds are allocated appropriately to fire victims and with due diligence. There will be public disclosure through the fund page and via Gray Area disclosing how these funds are spent, while also maintaining anonymity for the grieving friends and family members affected by this event. We are waiting on official word from authorities prior to making further decisions but our hope is to provide relief for Funeral, Medical and Health related expenses first and foremost.
We as collective community are in mourning, many people are immediately impacted by this horrific event, not only in the region, but internationally. In these times of divide, it is critical that we band together.
So he goes away and does Fruitvale Station. Wins all these awards, and he’s offered multiple job opportunities and he keeps coming back to Creed. I see this and say, this fellow here obviously is functioning on a different kind of energy. It is heartfelt, not monetary, not ego. It’s as though he has to finish a mission, which was a love letter to his father who had been very, very ill and that stimulated the idea. There was just something about this kid, who was very, very physical in his manner, but sensitive and emotional. It kind of reminded me…of me, truth be told. So I finally said, ‘You know what? Someone took a chance on me, once. I’m just going to throw caution to the wind and let him run with it. —Sylvester Stallone