Two Oakland artists take on a massive mural in the city's downtown, only to find themselves at the center of the debate over gentrification and cultural resiliency.

Before becoming Communications Director for the Community Rejuvenation Project, Eric Arnold enjoyed a legendary career as a pioneering hip-hop journalist for publications such as 4080, the Source, Stress, and Rap Pages. Over the years, he’s been a music and culture columnist for the East Bay Express, SF Weekly, Murder Dog, and Africana.com, and a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, Village Voice, Bay Guardian, Wax Poetics, Oakland Local and Urban Habitat’s “Race, Poverty, and the Environment” journal. Eric has written extensively about media and telecommunications policy for the Future of Music Coalition, Center for Media Justice, and the Media Consortium, and managed successful outreach campaigns for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Grind for the Green. He currently resides in Oakland, California.

A writer and photojournalist specializing in editorial and documentary photography, Eric is very much at home living “in the moment.” He has documented music, culture and life for the SF Examiner and XLR8R while traveling through Egypt, Ethiopia, and Morocco; covered events like Reggae on the River, Outside Lands, Treasure Island Music Festival, and Paid Dues Festival for East Bay Express, SF Weekly, and the Bay Citizen; and been exposed to tear-gas and flash-bang grenades while photographing Occupy Oakland for Oakland Local. in 2011, Eric won a Society of Professional Journalists Award for multimedia coverage of Oakland’s hip-hop scene. He has exhibited his photographic work in the “Rejuvenation” exhibit along with other CRP artists as well as at the Power to the Peaceful festival, ESAA’s Pecha Kucha Night, and the G’Z Souleyez Gallery.

ERIC ARNOLD