1// What inspires you?
The moon, traveling, quiet moments, the desert, women, my grandmother, the view of the sky you get from laying on your back in water, Ikema island, collaboration, the sound of the tide, our ability to live on through memory, mementos, being alone, dance, the youth, acts of altruism, having faith, rainforests, resilience in people and in nature.
2// What is your favorite jewelry piece?
A very close friend of mine passed away in 2004 and the last time I saw her she gave me a necklace. It was a silver chain with a pendant of a cross and a heart contained within it. I've always kept the necklace as a reminder of her love and her belief in something bigger, her faith in the goodness of people. It's my favorite piece because it reminds me of her and inspires me to make her proud, to be generous with others and to have faith in myself and in my communities.
3// Favorite Oakland spots for
Cocktails: Kona Club (if you like your drinks on fire).
Beers: Telegraph Beer Garden is my long-time hang out and all the people who work there are super special.
Burgers: I don't eat meat but True Burger has a pretty dank mushroom burger.
Pizza: I haven't been impressed with Bay Area pizza, sorry to say, but the best I've had here is Zachary's. Try their deep dish, it's worth the wait.
Fancy-Shmancy Date Night: Kingston 11
Music: Starline Social Club for their El Superritmo cumbia night and their weekly karaoke. Alena Studios has a great selection of club music and highlights poc/women/queer DJs. Golden Bull for the best souldies in Oakland (Suavecito Souldies and B-Side Brujas).
Surprise us: I'm from southern Ohio, no, not Idaho.