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Motor City native Karinda Dobbins was born into a politically active family of skilled storytellers and sharp wits. Her worldview was shaped by their accounts of protest, civil rights and empowerment, weighty subjects that were always leavened with humor. Whenever she heard the grownups laughing long past her bedtime, she took that as her cue to sneak out of her room and eavesdrop while they entertained themselves with Richard Pryor records. She not only listened, she learned, and grew up to hold her own as a keen comedic commentator.

Dobbins moved from Michigan to California’s Bay Area and responding to repeated dares from a girlfriend who challenged her to try making the crowd laugh at an open mic, Karinda finally took the stage at Woody’s Café, and killed. Sure, she tried to fill the seats with supportive family and friends, and true, she had no competition since nobody else had signed up for stage time, but everybody, from the show’s host to strangers in the audience, was amazed that she was able to do 10 funny minutes of stand-up material her first time onstage. (She’d shrewdly spent a month writing her act in preparation, never anticipating she’d be put under pressure to perform all of it at once.)

Spurred on by the enthusiastic feedback, Karinda decided to see where comedy would take her and began honing her craft at more venues. To date, she has appeared at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (MichFest); featured at Bay Area comedy clubs such as Tommy T’s, the Punch Line and Cobb’s; opened for W. Kamau Bell; and headlined at San Francisco’s legendary Purple Onion. Karinda made her primetime national television debut on Coast-to-Coast Episode 1 on NickMom Night Out.

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RT @JamilahLemieux: In a lot of ways, Black media has operated as unpaid PR for Black celebs. Getting crumbs in terms of access, and told n…

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RT @drumbeats4peace: So @cnn repeatedly shows looting in Berkeley but never shows police batons smacked over protestor bodies. Such bias. T…

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Those advocating for body cams: How many times has video prevented cops going free? The view of black humanity has to change. #EricGarner

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RT @ShaunKing: Retweet this if you have decided not to spend a dime today. Show the world where you stand. #BlackoutBlackFriday

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RT @mhburchard: @zellieimani @DNLee5 @KarindaDobbins @EricaReneeD All 3 help me get a more well rounded POV on issues and make me laugh at …

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Damn it Oakland. Thanksgiving eve and the drum circles have started. I can't sleep with my body grooving to the beats. #GroggyButGrooving

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RT @wkamaubell: When I was a kid my mom read @VanityFair so I entertained being in it, but I never coulda imagined it like this. http://t.c

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RT @irene_tu: In the midst of the protests in Oakland, @karindadobbins was on fire next to a fire 🔥#oakland #comedy… http://t.co/n9kUqct0Kw

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RT @marcellacomedy: I'm not watching the live footage of ferguson because the system has set them up to exploit their anger and bank off th…

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Anytime you need this many words we already know what it is. Long-winded "he won't be charged" #Ferguson

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RT @SoulRevision: STOP trying to push a narrative about possible violence from protesters & address the issue that brought us to THIS momen…

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Tomorrow night it's going down at @LaPenaCultural with @DhayaLive and @lieb123456789 and @chinakahodge! http://t.co/uikGbqzibK

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The convo shouldn't be how bad the Aaliyah biopic was. It should be why they made it when Aretha, Sarah Vaughn, Dinah & Ella dont have one.

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Tune in to 94.1 @kpfa right now to hear @DhayaLive and I talk about our Stand Up Sit Down show this Friday @LaPenaCultural!

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RT @natogreen: At #HowardZinnBookFair, where @KarindaDobbins is following @ericmar415 reading about Fannie Lou Hamer getting beaten. #hilar…

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RT @SFBACN: Tonight's Top #SanFrancisco #Comedy Pa’ina Lounge 1865 Post 7:00 w @valeriebranch @KarindaDobbins @katewillett @LorenKraut @ire…

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RT @daKofi: Blown away by @PRobinsonComedy and @msjwilly . Here's a hilarious piece called Intervention http://t.co/uoCjDMAyis .
#comedy #t…

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RT @laurirose: @BsideBarn @wkamaubell Crazy great show as always + @KarindaDobbins dark #humor + #killer @BSideBBQ = super #westoakland nit…

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RT @ArtActivistNia: .@KarindaDobbins is killing it at @BSideBBQ. #oheverything

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Karinda Dobbins - "Militant Family"

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Posted: 13 Apr


Karinda Dobbins - "Don't Call Me At Work"

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Karinda Dobbins - "You Can Say It"

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Posted: 12 Jan


Karinda Dobbins - "Beauty Shop Beatdown"

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Posted: 12 Jan

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