Hi, my name is Kim. I created TalkOakland.
People of color deserve the power to control their own narratives. I'm an Oakland native. And for me, the rapid gentrification of Oakland evokes an incessant sense of loss. For years, I refused to be present. Instead, I coped by abusing alcohol. Many people were traumatize by my actions. Eventually, I was arrested, fired, sent to psychiatric wards, evicted, etc. But ultimately, I replaced my alcoholism by recognizing a passion for filmmaking. And since then, I've obsessively studied the art. Now, I channel my emotions into TalkOakland - stories aimed at healing generational trauma.
Other platforms focus on elitist perspectives. But my goal is to capture content that feels raw, unrehearsed and compelling. In addition, I strive to contextualize the content with an analysis on how historical oppressive patterns reinvent themselves.