“Made In West Oakland” (or #MadeInWestOakland) is a series of posts this blogger happened upon during a random search under #Oakland on Instagram. The Featured Photo in this post is of Candase Chambers, who says via her Instagram profile that’s she’s a “digital content manager by day” and co-founder (with her sister Ashley) of B A Y B E L L E, a “a fashion-forward, sexy collection for women.” But I digress.
There is no website for “Made In West Oakland” (yet) – it just seems to have started by painted words “Made In West Oakland” on a building that seems to be owned by Elevator Works the co-working company, and then a few like Candase (who appears to live in Los Angeles) appeared in posts, and then has slowly grown, post by post, into a micro-movement. A small way of affirming a kind of West Oakland culture.
Only an outsider would write that there are many Oaklands, but the truth is, Oakland’s a small town that has been divided by the Internet. Maybe the Internet can be used to fuse Oakland back together? That’s for another time – et’s look at more of the #MadeInWestOakland posts (And maybe someone can explain what’s going on – and why I don’t see Stomper, eh Dave Kaval?)
This should be in more places than just Instagram. Otherwise, “Made In West Oakland” will suffer the fate of political campaigns that think they’re alive because they’re on Twitter. They’re going nowhere, fast – unless they become a social media trend. Can “Made In West Oakland” be made to trend?
“Made In West Oakland” On Instagram
. Beauty and Strength | She was made differently, by that I mean. . . she was created like all the rest however – she was made in the town on the bay that gave her a special twist of a strength and emphasis that defines her relentlessness ♥️ #strongwoman brought to us from West O by the UC Berkeley grad and muse @candasechambers @candasechambers @candasechambers and co-founder of @baybelleinc @baybelleinc @baybelleinc ( check both profiles ) #madeinoakland #madeinwestoakland #poetry #oaklandmurals #relentless #oakland
ANNOUNCING: We are excited to let everyone know that last month #ForestScientific announced we here at Elevator Works won their new #Entrepreneurship award for #fablabs; The Forest Entreprenership Award. We are excited to receive a brand new Forest #CNCmachine (Swipe ⬅️ to see!) which adds an important capability in our rapidly growing #prototyping shop, and we look forward to putting the machine to work immediately!” THANK YOU! #GetInGoUp #GoElevatorWorks #FabLab #MadeInWestOakland #MakersGonnaMake . . #coworking #3dprinting #lasercutter #screenprinting #fabrication #prototype #smallbusiness #freelance #design #training #prodessionaldevelopment #dedicatedspace #storage #makers #makerfaire
Great once again to have The @HiddenGeniusPro over this past Friday at Elevator Works. Showed the young men our #fabrication #fablab facilities, our new #LaserCutter, Area 17's #robotics and #drones. Until next time #Geniuses! #Youth #BlackBoyJoy #BlackBoys #BlackMen #YoungBlackMen #MadeInWestOakland #WestOakland | 📸 pics reposted from @hiddengeniuspro!
Zennie Abraham is the CEO of Zennie62Media