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An Evening of Inspiring Conversations with Creative Oakland Icons

 

Guests will enjoy bespoke, hand-crafted cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and enlightening conversations with a diverse panel of Oakland Stylemakers.

Hosted and moderated by ABC7 News Anchor, Jobina Fortson, on Thursday, October 19, 2023.

STYLISH CONVERSATION PARTICIPANTS:
 

HOST & MODERATOR:
 

 

This is a 21+ event.
 


 

About the Stylemakers:
 

 

Artistic Director, Bandaloop

Melecio Estrella


Melecio Estrella is a director, dance artist, and educator based in Oakland, CA. All of his work celebrates the wisdom, intelligence, vulnerability, and grace of the human body. Melecio believes dance plays a vital role in the health of individuals, communities, and societies.

Melecio has been dancing with BANDALOOP since 2003. In 2011 he became the company’s Education Director and in 2015, the Associate Artistic Director...continue reading >>

 

Dorian Webb posing at her studio

Dorian Webb


Dorian Webb is the founder and CEO of Dorian Webb Lifestyle, which handcrafts semiprecious and precious jewelry, home décor, and fine art. An award-winning designer who lives and works in Oakland, CA, Dorian studied architecture at Yale University and creates objects that celebrate women, amplify African American culture, and foster conversation. 

A favorite of celebrities and stylists, Dorian Webb’s jewelry has appeared on the covers of magazines, and her vibrant home décor can be found in many hotels and private residences...continue reading >>

Taylor Smalls Headshot

Taylor Smalls


Taylor Smalls is a contemporary palette knife painter based in Oakland, California. Her work studies the kaleidoscopic depth of black and brown skin through the layering of highly pigmented colors. It celebrates the endless nuances of melanated womxn by amplifying and exaggerating the underlying tones in colored skins that are often depicted dulled down or neglected, much like the people who inhabit them.

Her work aims to show womxn of color in a bold, proud, and celebratory light as depictions of strong melanated womxn are severely lacking in contemporary portraiture...continue reading >>

Taylor Jay Headshot

Taylor Jay


Taylor Jay is the vision and pulse behind the company.  A bay area native, Taylor Jay has worked in the fashion industry for over 12 years. As a high school graduate and aspiring stylist, Taylor moved to Los Angeles where she studied fashion merchandising at the California School of fashion design. And it’s in sunny Los Angeles that Taylor opened her first boutique at the age of 23.

With business thriving and upon returning home to the bay area to open a second boutique, Taylor created her first collection, the Taylor jay collection, inspired by her own journey and body challenges...continue reading >>

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James Syhabout


Born in Ubonratchathani, Thailand, and raised in Oakland, California, James Syhabout is the Chef/Proprietor of Commis, the only 2 Michelin-starred restaurant in Oakland since 2010. Hawker Fare, with both Oakland and San Francisco outposts; and casual, beer-centric restaurant, The Dock, in West Oakland. Named “Best New Chef” in 2010 by the eponymous Food &Wine magazine, Syhabout has been recognized not only for his skill and dedication to the culinary arts, but for reviving the dining scene in his hometown of Oakland.

Before opening Commis and Hawker Fare, Syhabout formally studied at California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and developed...continue reading >>

Mistah Fab musician artist

Mistah F.A.B.


Mistah F.A.B., is an Oakland rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur, community organizer and activist. F.A.B.'s music career began in the late 1990s and quickly gained prominence in the San Francisco Bay Area's hyphy movement. F.A.B. is known as one of the most prominent and colorful figures of the hyphy scene since the late 2000s. F.A.B. is an accredited multi-platinum songwriter and record producer, who has collaborated with major acts such as Snoop Dogg, Too $hort, E-40, and many more.

F.A.B.'s community activism and philanthropic efforts have also been highly visible throughout the years. Most notably, he hosts and organizes annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaways, backpack and school supply drives, holiday toys event and various charitable events benefiting Cancer and Domestic Violence and many other events throughout The Town.

 



About the Host & Moderator

 

Jobina Fortson-Evans News Anchor at ABC7 News

Jobina Fortson


Jobina Fortson is an Emmy award-winning journalist and currently serves as the Breaking News and Traffic Anchor for ABC7 News in San Francisco, CA. Jobina is passionate about storytelling and highlighting the needs of marginalized communities. 

Prior to her west coast move, Jobina was a multimedia journalist and anchor for WAVE 3 News, the NBC affiliate in Louisville, KY. Jobina began her career as a reporter, fill-in anchor, and fill-in producer at WMDT, the ABC affiliate in Salisbury, MD. She joined the news team in July of 2014, after spending four years in Washington, D.C. as a student at Howard University...continue reading >>


 


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