Blackball Universe

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Blackball Universe is an Oakland, California-based multimedia collective founded by Fantastic Negrito and Malcolm Spellman to serve as support for struggling black artists.[1] It was originally just a record label, but it has since expanded to be a multimedia collective, including writers, artists, directors, and editors in addition to musicians.[2] As of 2014, its offices include an art gallery, a recording studio, and a rehearsal space.[3] It is based in a nondescript office in the Jack London District, a warehouse district in Oakland.[4]


  1. ^ Paphides, Pete (2 August 2016). "Fantastic Negrito: the drug-dealing hustler who became Bernie Sanders' favourite bluesman". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Blackball Universe Website". Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  3. ^ Levenson, Max (15 January 2014). "Blackball Universe strives to create "New Age Motown" in Downtown Oakland". Oakland North. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  4. ^ Whalen, Kelly (20 July 2016). "Oakland on the Precipice: A Video Postcard with Fantastic Negrito". KQED. Retrieved 24 May 2017.

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