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Ruby Ibarra 

When: Fri., Sept. 7, 9 p.m. 2018
Price: $25-$30
Eight years ago, Ruby Ibarra posted videos on YouTube that caught attention from hip-hop media outlets like XXL and WorldStarHipHop. In one of the videos, “Who I Am,” Ibarra rapped, Kailangan na tayong gumising (we need to wake up), and after a few bars, she threw out a controversial line about skin tone: Time to use papaya soap / Like whiteness is the antidote. The emcee, who was raised in San Lorenzo, has since gained a much wider audience for her empowering messages that often focus on Filipino American culture, diaspora, and identity rooted in the East Bay. In 2012, she released her first mixtape, Lost in Translation, and earned her stripes performing at festivals like Rock the Bells and Paid Dues. Last year, Ibarra dropped her debut album, Circa91, which features 18 tracks that cycle through social justice topics, such as the realities of immigration in the United States and healing from distress.
— Amyra Soriano


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