Oakland journalist sees black culture shifting from music to sports

If you ask Oakland native Danyel Smith where she’s from, expect her to be exact. She’s from deep East Oakland, where the young black and brown kids running the streets beside her in the late ’80s and early ’90s had scant career opportunities. For many, the top three options growing up were drug dealer, ballplayer and rapper. Smith chose to be a rap journalist, and she began her career covering hip-hop in Oakland, writing for the East Bay Express, San Francisco Bay Guardian and SF Weekly.

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