Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Wednesday, May 27, 2020

This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay!

1. Patrica Nunley is a teacher-educator who entered the field out of love and concern for Black People and especially Black Children.  She holds a specialized masters in child development and an Ed.D.  She views herself as an Traditional African Healer who uses the medicine of education to fight against the disease of “Ignorance”.



Lawford L. Goddard, Ph.D. is a sociologist/demographer who received his doctoral degree from Stanford University with a minor in Education. Born in Trinidad, Dr. Goddard is an expert on Black family dynamics, Black culture, youth development programs, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS education and prevention. He has over forty years experience as a trainer/educator in the areas of health education (substance abuse prevention, HIV prevention, mental health service delivery), youth motivation and self‑destructive behavior. He was a Member of the Strategic Planning Workgroup and Data Analyst for the California Reducing Disparity Project African American Population Report and a member of the CALMHSA Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Program for NAMI California. He is currently the Secretary of the African American Steering Committee for Health and Wellness in Alameda County. He has served on the Board of The Association of Black Psychologists for the past ten years as the National Convention Committee Chair. He was a founder of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family Life and Culture in Oakland and is Lecturer Emeritus in the Department of Africana Studies, San Francisco State University. He is the co-author of four books and has twenty four book chapters and journals articles.


Friday, May 22, 2020

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Friday, May 22, 2020


This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay!

1. Ahjamu Umi is a longtime organizer for the All African Peoples Revolutionary Party on three continents and the Caribbean.  He holds a Masters Degree in Econ/Political Science.  He is a prolific blogger on issues impacting the world at www.abetterworld.me and he has written and published four books.

Brother Umi joins us to talk about Global African Liberation Day, May 25, 2020

2. The African American Veterans (rebroadcast excerpt https://www.blogtalkradio.com/wandas-picks/2019/02/06/wandas-picks-radio-show)


Show link: http://tobtr.com/s/11741714

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Wednesday, May 13, 2020

This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay!
Melanin Magic Sessions Take 15: A special series of shows featuring healers who will leave us with tools we can use to strengthen ourselves during a time when isolation is encouraged while the soul cries for communion.

ADRSA Founding Director, Iya Dr. 
Funlayo E. Wood-Menzies and Gilbert Kobina Bouhairie, Founder of The God Box Foundation, join us to talk about the Film Fridays kick off Friday, May 15, 2020 at 8 pm estJoin the ADRSA and the God Box by registering here. While registration is free, the Association depends on and appreciates your donations, please donate to the ADRSA here.

1. ADRSA Founding Director, IyaDr. Funlayo E. Wood-Menzies and Gilbert Kobina Bouhairie, Founder of The God Box Foundation, join us to talk about the Film Fridays kick off Friday, May 15, 2020 at 8 pm est. Visit https://www.facebook.com/AfricanDiasporicRSA

2. London Croudy, Elder Freeman Fellow and Succatti Shaw, LSPC Staff Organizer, Housing, joins us with Quest for Democracy, May 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Please read this powerful editorial by Michelle Alexander that includes a profoundly moving letter written by a participant in our program: 

Friday, May 08, 2020

Wanda's Picks, Friday, May 8, 2020


This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay!

Melanin Magic Sessions Take 14: A special series of shows featuring healers who will leave us with tools we can use to strengthen ourselves during a time when isolation is encouraged while the soul cries for communion.

1. Mr. Guy Forchion, Executive Director, Virginia Key Beach Park Trust with Board Member, Dr, Gene Dinizulu Tinnie join us to talk about the historic Virginia Key Beach's 75th Anniversary
https://virginiakeybeachpark.net/


2.  Leroy F. Moore Jr., Founder of the Krip-Hop Nation, joins us to talk about two programs, Disability Justice and Covid-19, May 8, 4 p.m., and Corona19 Artistic Flow, May 16, 2-5 PM PT, featuring top names in Krip-Hop.  

Since the 1990s, Leroy, has written the column "Illin-N-Chillin" for POOR Magazine. Moore is one of the founding member of National Black Disability and activist around police brutality against people with disabilities.  Leroy has started and helped started organizations like Disability Advocates of Minorities Organization to Sins Invalid to Krip-Hop Nation.  His cultural work includes film documentary, Where Is Hope, Police Brutality Against People with Disabilities, spoken-word CDs, poetry books and children’s book, Black Disabled Art History 101 published by Xochitl Justice Press.  His graphic novel,  Krip-Hop Graphic Novel Issue 1: Brown Disabled Young Woman Super Hereo Brings Disability Justice to Hip- Hop was published by Poor Press 2019 and 2020 under Poor Press Leroy also published Black Disabled Ancestors.  Moore has traveled internationally networking with other disabled activists and artists.  Moore has wrote, sang and collaborated to do music videos on Black disabled men.

3. Camellia Moses Okpodu (born January 24, 1964 in Portsmouth, Virginia), is Professor of Biology and Dean of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA), New Orleans, LA. She was Professor (2003-2018) and former Chair of Biology (2003–2008) at Norfolk State University (NSU) and the 2007–2008 American Council of Education Fellow. She was the second director of the DIA-designated Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence at Norfolk State University.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camellia_Okpodu


4. Mrs. Sadie Williams, 96, born in Houston, TX, joins us to talk about being a mother. 

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Wed., May 6, 2020


This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay!

Melanin Magic Sessions Take 12: A special series of shows featuring healers who will leave us with tools we can use to strengthen ourselves during a time when isolation is encouraged while the soul cries for communion.

1. Karla Brundage, Colossus and Anuj Nijhawan, co-founder of Shuffle, join us to talk about the Weekend of Words! Friday, May 8-Sunday, May 10.  https://wow.shuffle.do

Anuj is a technologist and a filmmaker based in Oakland. He is the co-founder of Shuffle, a network for literary and creative professionals, and one of the organizers behind the Weekend of Words, a free virtual literary festival.

Karla Brundage is the founder of West Oakland to West African poetry exchange. She is a Bay Area based poet, activist, and educator with a passion for social justice. Born in Berkeley, California, Karla spent most of her childhood in Hawaii where she developed a deep love of nature. A board member of the Before Columbus Foundation,  her work can be found in a variety of publications including Hip Mama, Literary Kitchen, Lotus Press, Bamboo Ridge Press, Vibe and Konch Literary Magazine. She holds an MA in Education from San Francisco State University and an MFA from Mills College. Her poetry book, Swallowing Watermelons, was published by Ishmael Reed Publishing Company in 2006.

http://tobtr.com/s/11727307

Friday, May 01, 2020

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Friday, May 1, 2020

This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay!

In the first conversation Michael J. Satchell and his editor, Marvin X, share the story of Tariq, a great Moorish General. Satchell has published his screenplay to raise funds to make the movie. 

Then in our next half we speak to Dameion Brown, whom I met on stage in his role as the fictional Moorish General, Othello. Hadn't planned it this way, but . . . . Tariq meet Othello (smile).

Dameion, whom I saw last night at the Marsh, agreed to join me this morning to talk about solitude (or isolation) and its benefits and how he learned to manage such called by other names like Administrative Segregation (Ad-Seg), a long name for "the hole" or solitary confinement. Eloquent and soft-spoken, I knew he'd drop a few jewels on us and he left the floor covers in salt.
The music was Archie Shepp's Revolution and Duke Ellington & his Orchestra's "La plus belle africaine", Tivoli Garden Copenhagen 1969, Harry Carney baritone solo.  

1. Marvin X and Michael Satchell join us to talk about a new release, Tarik, a filmscript (2020).

Black Bird Press says, "It is proud to announce the release of Tarik, a filmscript by Michael Satchell. It is historical fiction on the life of General Tarik Ibn Ziyad who led his army of Moorish and Arab warriors into Spain, 711 A.D. It chronicles his childhood and adulthood as a warrior. Gibraltar is named in honor of him (Arabic: Gebal=Mountain, Tarik). Because of racism, Tarik returned to Africa after two years, although the Moors remained in Spain 700 years. The script depicts Tarik's relationship with his childhood friend and later wife, Umm-Hakim, who accompanied his march into Spain with her own army."

Michael Satchell
worked on the script twenty years. Marvin X edited the script as a book. This limited edition is for possible backers. The estimated film budget is $150 million. Your support and donation of any amount will be appreciated. A donation of $99.95 is requested for the book. A script reading is planned ASAP. For more information, please contact Michael Satchell@ 415-756-2146, email satchellmichaelj@gmail.com

2. Dameion Brown had his first ever public performance as the title role in Othello at Marin Shakespeare Company in 2016, achieving what has never been done before by a first-time actor: the honor of “Best Lead Actor” from the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. Since then, he has appeared in The Seagull at Utopia Theatre Project, Waafrika and The Farm at TheatreFirst (winning another BATCC award), Dance of the Holy Ghost with Ubuntu, and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing last summer at Marin Shakespeare. He formally taught parenting classes at the San Francisco Sheriff's Department for at-risk-youth. Now he is a teaching artist and mentor at the Alameda Juvenile Facility and Youth Prison at O.H. Close and Chad facilities in Stockton.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Wednesday, April 29, 2020

This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay!

Melanin Magic Sessions Take 10: A special series of shows featuring healers who will leave us with tools we can use to strengthen ourselves during a time when isolation is encouraged while the soul cries for communion.

We'd like to open the show with something about jazz, and McCoy Tyner and the improvisational nature of life-- Black life and Muhammad B. Hanif, Charles Curtis Blackwell, and Damu Sudi Alii join us to talk about it. 

1. Mina Morita, Crowded Fire joins us to talk about Mina Morita, Artistic Director, Crowded Fire theatre, director, Dustin Chin’s Snowflakes, or Rare White People, May 1-10, 2020



2. We rebroadcast an interview with Delfeayo Marsalis on the release of a new CD that features his father, Ellis Marsalis (2017). 

3. Jazz History Month concludes with a conversation with: Damu Sudi Alii, Charles Curtis Blackwell
Muhammad B. Hanif.

April 30, 2020 is International Jazz Heritage Day. Programming is 24 hours.