Sneakers Required for New Year’s Bash

Ankh Marketing’s annual Sneakers Required Ball was no joke – a party with the beautiful men and women of the Bay sporting their flyest New Years attire with sneakers to go.

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For the New Year's bash sneakers were definetly required.
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The crowd was all dressed up for the big bash
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DJ Big Von from KMEL spins records before the big acts take the stage.
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Big Von scratches away.
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He kept the crowd warm before Goapele and Mos Def took the stage.
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The freaks were out for the big bash.
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The crowd dressed up for the event.
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The couples were out in full force for the big bash.
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Ties and a jeans are a good combination, especially when you are required to rock the sneakers.
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Fancy clothes doesn't mean you can't be eating good.
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Lovely ladies were all over the place.
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All the cool kids were out.
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A nice cocktail dress and a suit mixed in with the Nikes. Sweet.
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For sure.
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The evening was all about saying peace to 2008.
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Hey Mr. DJ keep playing that song, all night. On and on and on.
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Suits and a ball cap? Yea that will pass.
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The lovely Oakland product Goapele finally took the stage.
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She was able to wear an evening gown without rocking the sneakers.
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Goapele was born and raised in Oakland.
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She has put out three albums and she pulled from the full palete.
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She serenading the crowd with her sultry voice.
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She played with the crowd and rocked a smile throughout the show.
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Goapele deserves her money shot.
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She was all smiles.
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Did we say she rocked the show?
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She can have her second money shot can't she?
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Can we go black and white for that face?
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She sings out the crowd.
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The night gets more intimate as it winds down to 12.
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Mos Def took over to keep the party going.
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And the man in the mask was able to keep folks rocking.
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Look at that crowd rock out in the background.
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Welcome Mos Def, that star of evenig, to the show.
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The freestyle king rocked the mic.
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Mos is most known for his lyrical skills but he has put together a decent acting career as well.
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He has starred in movies with Charlize Theron and Bruce Willis. Not bad.
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His Umi said to rock out for the world.
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It's amazing how celebs can make the casual look formal. But was Mos rocking sneakers?
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Can't see in this pic.
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He seemed to enjoy his new year celebration away from his home in New York.
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He gives some love to the crowd.
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Mos joins the DJs to wind the night down.
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And out comes the costume.
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