Soul Cities: Bay Area Blackness

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In the last couple weeks Nelson George has taken us through Philly and Chicago. Tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 25, the host of Soul Cities heads out West for a stroll around Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco. Watch it on VH1 Soul at 9 pm ET.

Nelson drops into the Museum of the African Diaspora, waxes sentimental about his boyhood hero Willie Mays, gives shout outs to local author Ishmael Reed while visiting the black-owned literary center, Marcus Books. Don’t worry, he manages to hit some hip restaurants, too.

As with all episodes of Soul Cities, there’s plenty of music. We catch Raphael Saadiq (who says “music is my PlayStaion, my XBox”) during a rehearsal, and Robin Thicke explains his definition of soul backstage at local club. As usual, Nelson also rolls through some of his favorite albums when he hits the Groove Merchant shop on Haight Street. For a full list of all the places team George hit, and sneak peek clip of this week’s episode, make the jump.

Here’s a list of music videos from Bay Area artists

Robin Thicke’s Favorite Videos

Soul Cities – Bay Area Episode

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

Marina Blvd and Scott St

San Francisco

CHINATOWN

Sacremento St

San Francisco, CA

FISHERMAN?S WHARF

Pier 47

San Francisco, CA

HOUSE OF NANKING

919 Kearny St

San Francisco, CA 94133

MEZZANINE

444 Jessie St

San Francisco, CA

OAKLAND BAY BRIDGE

Oakland

BROWN SUGAR KITCHEN

2534 Mandela Pkwy

Oakland, CA

MARCUS BOOK STORES

3900 Martin Luther King Jr Way

Oakland, CA 94609

MUSEUM OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

685 Mission St

San Francisco, CA 94105

AT&T BALLPARK

24 Willie Mays Plaza

San Francisco, CA 94107

1300 ON FILLMORE

1300 Fillmore St

San Francisco, CA 94115

GROOVE MERCHANT RECORDS

685 Haight Street

San Francisco, CA 94117

BAY BRIDGE / PIER 7