About the Book
Beautiful and thought provoking, this book captures the people and concerns of one urban neighborhood where Food Justice is key. The authors are both frustrated and inspired by their surroundings. Their work reflects both the challenges and the spirit of change that is historic West Oakland, California.
The images and text were created out of a series of Saturday workshops held at City Slicker Farms through a partnership with Rock Paper Scissors Collective and Community Bridge Video.
This project is supported by the Oakland City Council and funded by the City of Oakland's Cultural Funding Program.
Additional Funding was provided by the San Francisco Foundation.
Ms. Smitty B began her career in media working as a Production Assistant on music videos in Atlanta. Moving up the chain of production she eventually secured work as a Camerawoman for Industrials, Entertainment News, and Documentaries. She was one of a team of camera operators on 900 Women and Angola Prison Rodeo, which was nominated for an Academy Award. Ms.B is also an Educator. She has taught at a wide range of programs - working with children as young as 8, teens, and adults to create short films and photography projects including Inner City Filmmakers, STAR Gifted and Talented Programs, LA's BEST After School Programs, The Art Institute, the DJ Project/Horizons, Streetside Productions/The East Bay Asian Youth Center, and the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. In 1997, she founded Community Bridge Video, a company dedicated to producing educational and promotional videos.