Michelle Threadgould

Journalist

Michelle Threadgould is a journalist who lives in Oakland, California, and covers the intersection between arts and culture and social justice. She has written for CNN, Pacific Standard, New York Observer, Remezcla, KQED, Racked, Latino USA, and others.

United States of America

Portfolio

Racked

Growing Up as a Latina Punk

The story featured a god named Conformity and a goddess named Non-Conformity (because apparently at 14, subtlety was not my strong point). Using a mythological frame, I told the...

KQED Arts

Irony, Social Commentary, and Political Dissonance in the Dogpatch

Mitsu Okubu may create subversive commentary, but he also calls humor "the most sincere form of communication." "When I'm making something," says the San Francisco-based...

SF Weekly

Meditate and Destroy

Noah Levine looks like a man who's lived a hard life and survived to talk about it. His shaved head says "I don't give a fuck" more than "Zen monk," although the swirls of...

Remezcla

Theresa Kereakes' Intimate Portraits Capture Punk's Latino Roots in 1970s LA

"About 20 or 22 years ago, I met this kid named Brian Warner, who everyone knows as Marilyn Manson. He hadn't yet become Marilyn Manson. But he was a very studied character.

Oakland Magazine

Windows to the Future: Artist Joshua Mays Tells Stories in Murals

Joshua Mays brings a diverse perspective to his murals, which he views as an ode to Oakland, the city he calls home. He has completed two of three murals in a series he has...

Observer

The Panamanian Rap Duo That's Changing How We Think About Hip-Hop

"You know, before I came to the United States, I thought the United States was going to be the solution for everything. I was going to move over here and save money and send it...

KQED Arts

'Los Punks' Documents the Radical Empathy of LA's Backyard Punk Scene

"I love all these tiny details about people that make them distinct and special," says lifelong documentary photographer and filmmaker Angela Boatwright. "I have this belief,...

Observer

Street Etiquette: The Black Body as Artistic Expression

"It seems like for clothing, or anything cool, you need a black body to sell it in a sense. You need a black body to legitimize the cool," says Joshua Kissi who makes up one...

Observer

Why Kehlani Deserves More Than a Grammy

Dear Kehlani, When you were nominated for a Grammy I couldn't believe it, not because you didn't deserve it, but because Grammys weren't made for people like us. The Grammy goes...

Oakland Magazine

Making Contact Uses Radio to Amplify the Voiceless

“I have always been around immigrant communities and have always heard how there’s a different tone and there’s stories that we don’t tell outside of our own community, maybe...

Ravishly

The Hundred Year Walk: Author Dawn MacKeen Remembers The Armenian Genocide

Not everyone has tried to talk to the dead. If you have, it's because you gave up on the profound loneliness of knowing that only the dead can answer a question. It is not a...

SF Weekly

A Homecoming for Holly Herndon, the Queen of Techtopia

click to enlarge Holly Herndon takes the stage, and begins communicating to the audience on her laptop. She sends a message to all of us on the projection behind her. "SHOUT TO...

Oakland Magazine

Hustling to be a Maker

When it comes to being a maker, it's all about the hustle. The idea of designing furniture, working with your hands to create a sculpture, or foraging wild-sourced ingredients...

SF Weekly

Celebrate Diversity: Latest UnderCover project takes on Bob Marley's Exodus with a mix of local...

Bob Marley would have turned 70 this year. Hard to believe, particularly since his commitment to social justice and revolution is just as relevant today as it was in 1977, the...

Brit + Co

What It's like to Be an Art Director for Hit TV Shows like The Voice

Whether it's creating a Mad Hatter-style tea party from scratch or a set that looks straight out of the Wild West, Ellen Jaworski gets to make magic for a living. She's worked...

Oakland Magazine

Aggregate Space Gallery Specializes in Installation

Pink golf balls drop from Mason jars, sounding like a gentle game of pingpong. Bells chime, and a soft whir, emulating a breeze, can be heard as you walk into the converted...

The Rumpus

Michelle Threadgould: The Last Zine I Loved, Cometbus #52: The Spirit of St. Louis

I grew up in San Francisco, the daughter of a man who arguably loved jazz music more than he loved me. So when I say that I grew up in San Francisco, what I really mean is...

Ravishly

BREAKING: Hillary Clinton Joins Donald Trump In Skipping Debate

She will not be participating in the PBS debate and will instead host a fundraising event in Milwaukee, for the displaced penguins at the Milwaukee Zoo, who have been horribly...

Barnes & Noble Reads

The Cost Of Faking It Til You Maybe Make It In Pretending To Dance

We've all heard the expression, "Fake it until you make it." But what does a lifetime of "faking it" do to a person? Is potentially "making it" worth the cost? In Diane...

Theweek

4 powerful salary negotiating tips for introverts

Almost 60 percent of Americans report being too scared to ever ask for a pay raise. Their specific fears are numerous: fear of losing their job, fear of seeming too pushy, fear...