Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Wed., Oct. 17, 2018


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!
Guests:
1. After graduating Brooklyn Generation School, Enoch Jemmott worked as an intern for College Access: Research & Action, helping high school students prepare to work as peer college counselors in their schools. Enoch enrolled in SUNY Cortland in the fall of 2015. He joined the football team but during his Sophomore year, decided to instead run track. He is majoring in Communications.

Juliane Dressner is a director, producer and cinematographer who makes character based films that often focus on young people who are overcoming challenging circumstances. Her films have shed light on economic and racial justice issues in education and the criminal justice system (one example is THE SCARS OF STOP-AND-FRISK, which was published as an Op-Doc by The New York Times). She won the National Magazine Award for video for her short film, AN EDUCATION, which was published by The New York Times magazine. Her other short films have been published by The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, New York magazine, and Buzzfeed. PERSONAL STATEMENT is her first feature-length documentary.

The Film:
Personal Statement
follows three inspirational teens in Brooklyn who take it upon themselves to make a difference by becoming peer college counselors in their schools. They are high school seniors who are fighting to defy the odds not only for themselves but for every single one of their classmates. They have decided to become the very resource they don’t have themselves.

In the heart of Brooklyn, New York, Karoline Jimenez, Christine Rodriguez and Enoch Jemmott aspire to become the first generation in their families to attend and graduate college. But, like so many public school students throughout the country, their under-resourced schools don’t have enough college guidance support. That is why Karoline, Christine and Enoch have decided to do their part to close the college guidance gap. Personal Statement is an observational film that follows them through their senior year as they struggle to get themselves and their peers to college. The film’s narrative weaves their individual struggles, family life and their respective college application and admission processes.

Personal Statement by Juliane Dressner and Edwin Martinez.
Personal Statement is a collaboration of WORLD Channel and American Documentary Inc. in association with Latino Public Broadcasting. Funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as part of American Graduate's public media initiative Getting to Work, the MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by The JPB Foundation and the Ford Foundation as part of WNET's public media initiative Chasing the Dream.

2.  Jess Curtis/Gravity joins us to talk about Beyond Gravity, his latest showcase of new work with international, local and national artists including Gabriel Christian, who joins us as well to talk about aleph is for annals  (World Premiere). Performed and created by jose e. abad and Gabriel Christian, featuring Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
Beyond Gravity is October 25-27, 2018 at CounterPulse in San Francisco with a Pre-Show Haptic Access Tour and Audio Description by Jess Curtis on October 26 and ASL Interpretation on October 27 Tickets and information: http://counterpulse.org/event/beyond-gravity/  or 415-626-2060 and JessCurtisGravity.org




3. Joanna Haigood, Artistic Director and Choreographer, Zaccho Dance Theatre re: "Picture This: Bayview Hunters Point" at the Ruth Williams Opera House, Oct. 18-21, 8 pm (free). There is a post-show talk Friday, Oct. 19.
4. Thomas Simpson, Founder, Artistic Director and Nina Causey, actress, singer,  join us to talk about the 24th anniversary season the AfroSolo Arts Festival and its "Black Voices Performance Series: Our Voices, Our Lives," October 18 -21, 2018, at the Buriel Clay Theatre in the African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA. General Admission is $20, Seniors (65+) and youth (18 and under) $15
. For more information, visit afrosolo.org or call (415) 771-2376.
The AfroSolo Theatre Company continues to be a shining beacon of culture in San Francisco’s African American community by presenting the 24th annual performing arts season. Two programs will be presented.

PROGRAM 1: "Courage Under Fire: The Story of Elroy" is performed by AfroSolo founder and artistic director Thomas Robert Simpson on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 8 p.m. "Courage Under Fire" is a story about family, race, politics, and redemption. It explores the life of Elroy Simpson, AfroSolo founder Thomas Roberts Simpson’s father. Elroy committed a simple, everyday act that would become revolutionary.

PROGRAM 2: The "Our Stories, Our Lives!" performances will be presented from October 19 through October 21, 2018. Theme: "Our Day Has Come." Each performance will include five Bay Area performers including Nina Causey, Marshall Jarreau, Ayodele Nzinga, Kathryn Seabron and Thomas Robert Simpson. General Admission is $20; seniors and students $15.

"Our Stories, Our Lives" Performers
Nina Causey performs Dr. Mona Vaughn's "Horne to Horn," an enigmatic love story between Lena Horne and genius jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger Billy Strayhorn, mentored by Duke Ellington. After Strayhorn declined Lena Horns’ marriage proposal, they became best friends, sharing unconditional love. The pair traveled throughout the United States and the world, especially to Paris, sharing their music. They were also soldiers in the Civil Rights Movement, providing performances, funds and engaged in strategy sessions with Dr. Martin Luther King. Directed by Sean Vaughn. Music accompaniment by Max Perkoff.

Causey is an award-winning musician with numerous awards as a vocalist; she has also performed as a solo pianist. Causey has won numerous awards locally and nationally, including five BMA Awards. Nina is a seasoned jazz, blues, and neo-soul vocalist. She has graced the stage in such memorable roles as Lena Horne in “Horne to Strayhorn," “Cabin in the Sky,” and “The Cotton Club Revue.” She has also performed as Dorothy Dandridge in the starring role as “Carmen Jones” and Billie Holiday in the starring role of “Lady Sings the Blues.”


Thomas Robert Simpson performs "San Francisco, Open Your Golden Gate, a true story in the day in the life of Simpson. Through drama, comedy, and media, Simpson weaves a stirring story of a specific day. The day consists of leading a community health fair, a jazz/rock concert, a walk through San Francisco, and an unbelievable racial encounter. The day also includes sailboat racing, a famous comedy team, and a live concert.

Simpson is a writer, producer, performer, photographer, and founder and artistic director of the award-winning AfroSolo Arts Festival.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Wed., October, 10, 2018

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. Joanna Haigood, Zaccho.org, Picture This: Bayview Hunters Point

2. SF Dance Film Festivsal 2018, Oct. 11-14
http://www.sfdancefilmfest.org/raising-voices/
8:30-8:50AM Tiffany Rhynard (BLACK STAINS)

8:50-9:10 AM PST - Live radio Interview with Reena Dutt (TOO MANY BODIES)

9:10AM Interview with Emily Halaka and Carolyn DiLoreto (SHED)

3. Tanya Herrera, artist, joins us to talk about SF Open Studios 

 http://tobtr.com/11007647

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Wanda's Picks Radio Show: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018

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. Milan R. Balinton, Executive Director, African American Community Service Agency (AACSA) Est. 1978, joins us to talk about its 40th Anniversary Gala this Sat., Oct. 6, 2018 http://www.sjaacsa.com/








2. Alice Aida Ayers, It's Me I'm Looking For, one woman show comes to Regina's Door in Oakland tomorrow night, 6. http://aidaayers.blogspot.com/2018/03/its-me-im-runnig-from.html



3. Nijla Mu'min, dir. JINN for Matatu Film Festival tonight at the Grand Lake Theatre, 7 p.m. She is joined by Maria Judice (filmmaker and Matatu member).




                                                                         MATATU 2018 Fall Calendar

Saul Williams + The Third Part of the Third Measure - 9.27 Link / Melaku Belay & Fendika + Ethiopiques Film - 10.6 Link / Five FIngers for Marseilles - 10.13 Link / Félicité - 10.20 Link JINN 10.03 Link




Show Link: http://tobtr.com/11007639

Friday, September 28, 2018

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018

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!


8 AM LSPC@ 40; AOUON @15 Gala, Wed., Oct. 3, 6-9 pm prisonerswithchildren.org
Vonya Quarles, A native Californian, lives in Corona CA.  She is practicing Attorney and co-founder of Starting Over, Inc., a transitional living and reentry service provider. A WKKF Fellow and member of All of US or NONE, she works on criminal justice issues that impact her community. Ms. Quarles hosts Prop 47 events and provides pro-bono post-conviction relief which includes Prop 47.  Ms. Quarles is a woman that has been incarcerated as a youth, and as an adult. Like many other African American women, she has far too many loved ones behind the walls.


2. In her one woman show, "It’s Me I’m Running From," Alice Aida Ayers names and shames the horrors, makes you laugh at human foibles, marvel at her resilience, and be inspired by her courage. Performances are Sept. 29 in Sacramento & Oct. 4. in Oakland. Visit itsmeimrunningfrom.godaddysites.com

3. Sept. 26 was Marcus Gardley Day in the City of Oakland. Sept. 26 is also the return of the Cal Shakes production of his "black odyssey," Sept. 26-Oct. 7 http://www.calshakes.org/

We also play an excerpt from an interview with cast from other Gardley work, The House That Will Not Stand at Berkeley Rep.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Wed., Sept. 19, 2018

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. Sgt. Yulanda Williams, President, Officers for Justice, joins us to talk about the Gala, Sat., Sept. 29 celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

2. Alice Aida Ayers, talented performer, singer, artist and writer, knows how to tell a story that will change how you think about your own life. Black, female, born in semi-rural poverty in the 1950s, in a culture blatant in its racism and sexism, the world was eager to convince her that she was destined to be used, abused, and discarded. In her one woman show, "It’s Me I’m Running From," Ayers names and shames the horrors, makes you laugh at human foibles, marvel at her resilience, and be inspired by her courage.This caged bird hasn’t just learned how to sing, she’s learned how to slip right through the bars. Performances are Sept. 29 in Sacramento & Oct. 4. in Oakland.

3. Liza J. Rankow, OneLife Institute, Founder & Spiritual Co-Director, Desert Rose join us to speak about TAKING THE ARROW OUT OF THE HEART
An Evening with Alice Walker & Desert Rose - World Peace Day
at First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison.

4. Gayle Madyun and Ayodele N'Zinga join us to talk about Protection Shields: the exhibit at Oakstop, play opening this weekend at The Flight Deck and workshop at OneLife Institute Oct. 6, film available at protectionshields.net






Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, Wanda's Picks Radio Show

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!

Show link:
http://tobtr.com/10965175
 
1.
Wanda Ravernell, Ominra Institute and promoter and manager for Awon Ohun Omnira, (Voices of Freedom), joins us to talk about the 5th Annual Black-Eyed Pea Festival, Sat., Sept. 15, 11-6, on the front lawn at Oakland Technical High School, 4351 Broadway. It is a free event.
  
A former journalist who worked for 20 years in the newspaper business at the Alameda Newspaper Group, the Sacramento Bee and The San Francisco Chronicle, she also was an activist for minority journalists including developing and implementing a workshop for minority high school journalists. From 2003 to the present, Ravernell developed and implemented a Juneteenth ritual commemorating the Emancipation Proclamation using that included all the faiths of the captives who would become slaves during the Slave Trade Era. Beginning in 2009 to the present, Ravernell developed and implemented several lecture demonstrations drawing on the African traditional knowledge and applied it to African American history using a choir comprised members of an African American church and the Lucumi community, who also provided the musical framework and expertise of the sacred drum tradition known as Bata.

The choir, Awon Ohun Omnira (Voices of Freedom) received the 2010 Negro Spirituals Heritage Award from the Friends of Negro Spirituals, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of the music. In 2015, through Ravernell, the institute received a Certificate of Recognition from California State Assemblyman Nate Thurmond.  In 2014, Ravernell with Sauda Burch led the institute in developing and staging the first Black-Eyed Pea Festival, held in Oakland’s Mosswood Park. Concerned about the impact of the deaths of young, black men and women at the hands of the police, Ravernell, with Dennis Toabji Stewart, decided to bring healing through traditional music to the surviving families. They have worked with Cephus “Uncle Bobby” Johnson, the uncle of Oscar Grant who was killed by BART police in 2009 and Phelicia Jones with The Justice for Mario Woods campaign. Woods was killed by S.F. Police in 2015.

2. Judy Juanita, author and scholar, Homage to the Black Arts Movement: A Handbook, joins us to talk about her reading and panel discussion at AAMLO this Sat., Sept. 15, 2-4 p.m. on the Black Arts Movement and the 50th Anniversary of the School of Ethnic Studies.












3. Rev. Liza J. Rankow , Founder and Spiritual Co-Director, One Life Institute, joins us to talk Taking the Arrow out of the Heart, a celebration of World Peace Day with Alice Walker and Desert Rose, Lynne Holmes and Yusuf  artistic ambassadors for peace from South Africa who are also joining us this morning via Skype. The event is Friday, Sept. 21, 7-


Rev. Rankow
is an interfaith minister, educator, activist, and writer. Her work centers the personal and collective healing that is essential to authentic justice and social transformation. Liza has provided counseling and offered classes and workshops on spiritual development for over 25 years. As a scholar, her main interest is exploring the powerful synergy between mysticism and social change. She draws great inspiration from the teachings of Dr. Howard Thurman, and is producer and co-editor of the six-CD audio collection, “The Living Wisdom of Howard Thurman,” published by Sounds True in 2010.

Founded in 1999 by world music composer, Lynne Holmes, Desert Rose is based in Cape Town, South Africa and is widely regarded as leading composers, producers and performers of Universal Sacred World Music. In 2005 Lynne Holmes teamed up with her life partner, Yusuf Ganief, and started an exciting journey through diverse cultures and faith groups from Sufism, Gregorian Chanting to ancient languages including Aramaic, Sanskrit, Hindi, Hebrew and Gurmukhi.

The duo is at the heart of Desert Rose, constantly exploring the creation and emergence of universal world music that allows the listener to access their inner worlds, facilitating healing and shifting consciousness. Yusuf is currently the leading multilingual world music vocalist in Southern Africa and together with Lynne have performed to standing ovations throughout the world.

Lynne Holmes, (Music composer, Director, Pianist, and Keyboard/Harp player), is the winner of numerous awards including performing as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra for National Television at the age of 13. One of her performance highlights was composing and performing for Nelson Mandela in 1995. She has composed and produced 18 world music albums and received a 5-star rating for her album, ‘Silence of the Music’. She is recognized locally and internationally as one of the leading composers of sacred world music. Her last 3 albums reflect her love for the Sikh traditions and teachings.

Yusuf , lead multilingual vocalist and group manager, was born from a mother with Scottish descent and a father with Javanese descent, but was brought up with the spiritual teachings and traditions of Sufism, passed on from generation to generation by his ancestors who were brought to SA in the 1600’s as political exiles by the Dutch. At age 10 he joined a traditional Sufi group and became known in his community for his solo recitals.

In 2008 Lynne recorded him as a soloist on the album, The Prayer. It became a local hit and gave birth to Desert Rose as a live performance group. Since then his personal spiritual path has developed him into a sacred multilingual vocalist singing in Sanskrit, Arabic, Gurmukhi, Aramaic, Hebrew, Hindi, French, Spanish and English. In 2007 he gave up his professional career as CEO for the Cape Town Festival to pursue his dream as a sacred world music singer. 

Desert Rose has been internationally acknowledged as ambassadors for peace, non-violence, interfaith and Climate Change awareness. Since 2013 they have been the only musicians invited as part of the International Interfaith Movement for the UN at the annual COP (Climate Change) conferences. They constantly strive to develop live performances, workshops and retreats to further their promotion of peace, social responsibility and common humanity through a unique universal musical signature. They follow a personal path of universal spirituality incorporating daily meditation, yoga, sacred chanting, veganism.
Visit https://www.desertrosemusic.co.za/