lobby1Situated in the lobby at 685 Mission Street, The MoAD Store offers a wide variety of unique items to help you remember your visit to the Museum or pick up a gift for friends and family.  MoAD continually seeks out local artisans and craftspeople to bring exciting and mission-appropriate items to the marketplace, including jewelry, toys, books, buttons, and other keepsakes.  We do not currently offer on-line sales, but inquiries may be made by calling 415-358-7152.  The store is open Wednesday through Sunday during regular Museum hours. Members receive a 10% discount on all items.

Featured now in the Store:

hueyTee Shirts
by Orundide Afro-Urban Couture

MoAD is excited to carry three styles of custom designed, handprinted tee shirts bridging fashionable aesthetics & cultural icons. JET BEAUTY OF THE WEEK was a staple of the Black American experience for decades. This tee celebrates the tradition of celebrating the beauty of Black women all over.  PRINCE: a new colorway for this spring in a tee that has been a favorite among people who love the creative output of Prince. Hand printed in metallic copper water-based ink on a 100% ringspun cotton tee. THE DUBS/HUEY P. NEWTON tee represents Oakland’s two true warriors: The Black Panther Party and the California State Warriors. Hand printed in water-based gold on royal blue 100% cotton tee.

fulani (1)Large Fulani Earrings
By Fulaba Jewelry

Haby Barry’s dream of bringing high end African jewelry to consumers everywhere was sparked by a compliment she received on a pair of Guinea crafted earrings in Harlem one day. Since then, the first generation Guinean has started and self-financed Fubala Jewelry, an online boutique that specializes in jewelry inspired and created by the Fulani people of Conakry, Guinea. The Fulani people, a nomadic and Muslim community living mostly in West Africa, adorn themselves with such extravagant jewelry because of their constant travels and regard the jewlery as their form of cultural art. The Fulani women often acquire their adornments through marriage or a death in the family. The earrings, shown in size large are copper dipped in 22 karat gold.

IMG_9696Alkebulan Bag
By Orijin Boutique

At the heart of the Orijin Culture fashion brand lies the question: How has African culture impacted the entire world and how can we use it as a unifier across societies? Orijin Culture celebrates the beauty of Africa and the African Diaspora by informing and connecting people through wearable art. Orijin Culture’s founder launched his “Alkebulan” unisex bag sourced from 100% cowhide leather in 2016 and has now partnered with MoAD (Museum of the African Diaspora) to feature the bags in the museum. You can purchase the Alkebulan bag at the Museum of the African Diaspora’s museum store.

Of Poetry and ProtestOf Poetry and Protest:
From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin
Compiled by Philip Cushway
Edited by Michael Warr
Photography by Victoria Smith

If words are weapons then poetry is a bow and arrow shooting swiftly and missing no targets. All too often, poetry is overshadowed by chants and speeches in the spoken realm of protest. Of Poetry and Protest” From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin, an anthology of poems featuring works from 43 African American poets, connects the struggle for Civil Rights to the current fight against the systemic targeting and unjust killing of black boys and men in the United States. Accompanied by a brief biographical essay written by each poet with their photographic portrait, Of Poetry and Protest is thorough and striking in its ability to move and compel the reader to confront one of the most challenging issues of our times through works of poetry beautifully crafted and edited by the Museum of the African Diaspora’s very own Michael Warr.

By Candice Cox

The opening of the National Museum of African-American History in Washington D.C this past fall meant a lot to African-Americans across the nation, but to Candice Cox the opening meant something completely different. A jewelry designer hailing from East Oakland, Cox was discovered by a museum representative while at a trade show in Las Vegas. Before she knew it, she had 81 of her own jewelry pieces for sale at the museum’s gift shop. Each piece is handcrafted in Oakland and is inspired by African visual culture and heavily uses geometric shapes to produce electrifyingly refreshing necklaces, earrings and body jewelry.