"OG" Wisdom from Pendarvis Harshaw

Pendarvis Harshaw at the Temescal (Oakland, Calif.) Branch Library

Meet blogger, journalist, documentary filmmaker, photographer & educator Pendarvis "Pen" Harshaw, alumnus of Emerson Elementary School, during his rise to national celebrity. He will deliver some of the "OG" wisdom that he's included in his new book OG Told Me, a memoir based on interviews of the men of Oakland's flatland neighborhoods, along with some of his own personal charm.

Harshaw's stories have been broadcast by Youth Radio and National Public Radio and published online or in print at Fusion TV, in the Huffington Post and a growing list of national publications. Harshaw is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and Howard University’s School of Communications. From 2011 to 2016, he ran a website dedicated to documenting the wisdom of elder African-American men in his community. From this project he produced his coming-of-age memoir OG Told Me, which has garnered attention from The FADER, KQED's Forum, and the Los Angeles Times. Most recently, he was featured in this year's "People" issue of the East Bay Express as "Best Young OG."

Copies of his book will be available for purchase.

This event is part of regular series of Saturday afternoon "salons" featuring residents of the local community who are contributing to the cultural fabric of their city.


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Temescal Branch

5205 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
Phone: (510) 597-5049