Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wanda's Picks Radio Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

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. "Black Folks Don't. . . " enters its 4th and final season Sept. 26, and we join creator, Angela Tucker (tuckergurl.com) to talk about her popular series.  https://www.youtube.com/user/BlackFolkDont

2. Darryl V. Jones (Director), Tarell Alvin McCraney's "The Brothers Size" at Theatre Rhinocerous, where he has directed several world and West Coast premieres of new plays, including Xtigone by Nambi Kelley and Follow Me to Nellie’s by Dominique Morisseau. He holds a Bachelor of Music from The Catholic University of America and an M.F.A. in Directing from Boston University. Visit www.TheRhino.org

3. Bruce Graham, playwright, professor, actor, joins us to talk about "White Guy on the Bus" which closed Sept. 24 at Theatre Aluminous in Oakland. We also talk about writing, acting and the importance of character (smile).

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wanda's Picks Radio Wed., Sept. 21, 2016


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. Donald Lacy "Colorstruck" 2016-17 Conversations N'Color Tour begins Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Oakland at Laney College Theatre, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland. 

2. Jarrel Phillips, curator, "I Am San Francisco: Black Past and Presence Exhibition, including magazine release party for "Power in Place," the latest issue of "Race, Poverty and Environment" (published by Reimagine!) at City College of San Francisco, 40 Phelan Ave., at the Rpsenberg Library, 3rd floor Atrium & room 305.

3. Cast from the SF Playhouse production of All of What You Love and None of What You Hate: Tristan Cunningham (Girl B) and Indiia Wilmont (Mother).


4. Justice for Kayla Moore. Join supporters in court this Friday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m.


                                                       



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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/s/9262795

1. Brother Malik Rahim & Dr. Robert H. King join us to talk about the First Annual Louisiana/Angola Black Panther Party Film Festival Sept. 15, 6 p.m. (Oct. 4), at Ashé Cultural Center in New Orleans, La. King also reports on the FICPFM Conference in Oakland, Sept. 9-11.

2. Souls at Sea founder Regina Hartfield, Michael Campbell, Co-founder, Universal Sailing Club, and Marcellus Butler, owner, Butler's Marina, a black owned marina in Annapolis, MD, join us to talk about the fourth annual commemoration Sept. 17.

3. Frank B. Wilderson III is Professor of African American Studies and Drama at the University of California, Irvine, is featured at BAMPFA at UC Berkeley this weekend, Sept. 17, 5-7 p.m. He will be screening his 2005 film "Reparations . . . Now," a critical documentary that captures the terror of unnamable loss shouldered by twenty-first-century descendants of slaves, followed by a group conversation about the issues raised by the film. UCB is located at 2155 Center St, Berkeley, (510) 642-0808. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/

4. Pastor Kenneth Glasgow, The Ordinary People's Society (TOPS) joins us to talk about the hunger strike, work stoppage called Sept. 9, to end legal slavery. He also gave input on the FICPFM Conference. https://freealabamamovement.wordpress.com/category/free-alabama-movement-fam/

Music: Opening with Zion Trinity's Esu Elegba Opening Prayer

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Wanda's Picks Wed., Sept. 7, 2016

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/9262773

1. Pastor Kenneth Glasgow joins us to talk about the work stoppage and fast which begins Sept. 9 to end slavery. 

Pastor Glasgow's life is one of redemption.  He currently serves as the Executive Director for The Ordinary People's Society (also known as TOPS).  TOPS is a faith-based organization that bridges the gap between the have and have-nots.
Pastor Glasgow's direction of TOPS provides rehabilitation to repeat offenders while creating a program that target  the youth before they reach the Criminal Justice System.  Since his own release from the criminal justice system, Pastor Glasgow has remained committed to saving souls and ensuring that redemption is in the lives of those who have served their debts to society. https://www.facebook.com/paskenny.glasgow

2. We speak to Kinetik Justice Amun, one of the founders of FAM sponsors of the Sept. 9, 2016 Fast and Work Stoppage to end prison slavery.

https://freealabamamovement.wordpress.com/f-a-m-pamphlet-who-we-are/ 

Music: Zion Trinity, Wild Magnolias

Friday, September 02, 2016

Wanda's Picks Friday, September 2, 2016

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!

Link to show: 
http://tobtr.com/9262765

1. Hackathon Weekend Event Chris Norwood and Stephen Van Heflin Sept. 3-4 in NorCA & SoCAL speak about the first annual live streaming 'We Are Code' Virtual RealityHackathon programming competition between youth teams in Compton, CA (SoCal) and Oakland, CA (NorCal). 

Dhat Stone Academy and Bay Area Tutoring Association host: "We Are Code" VR Hackathon | NorCal vs. SoCal | 7-to-12th graders. Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 3-4, 2016 | 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in NorCal at:  East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), 8200 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94621.  In SoCal at: NASA Columbia Memorial Space Center (CMSC),  12400 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242. 

2. Wanda Ravernell joins us to talk about the the 3rd Annual Black-Eyed Pea Festival, a family friendly celebration of African American traditional food, music and art, Sat., Sept. 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m at Mosswood Park,Broadway and  Macarthur Boulevard in Oakland
Dameion Brown as Othello

3. Actor, Dameion Brown as Othello in Marin Shakespeare production through 9/25 
Dameion played Macduff in Solano State Prison’s Macbeth in 2015 under the direction of Lesley Currier as part of Marin Shakespeare’s Arts-in-Corrections programs funded by the California Arts Council and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. After serving 23 years of a life sentence, he is delighted to be giving back to the community through his work at Community Works West, teaching parenting skills with the EPIC Program – Empowering Parents In Our Community – and cultural awareness classes with an emphasis on anger management and conflict resolution. He is a Case Manager for Transitional Age Youth (TAY), helping youth ages 18 to 25 realize they can make better choices about their lives. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Wed., August 31, 2016

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. We speak to Dr. Desmond Carson about Immediate Care San Pablo.

There is a special program this evening, 8/31, 5:00-7:30 p.m.: Navigating Health Care in West Contra Costa County with Danny Glover, Actor, Philanthropist, Dr. Ramona Tascoe, and Dr. Carson. It is a free program at East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, 339 11th Street, Richmond, CA.

Dr. Carson is one of the physicians at LifeLong Medical Care-Brookside located at 2023 Vale Road, San Pablo, CA 94806

Urgent Care Services; Walk In Available (510) 231-9800

From the Archives:

2. We conclude with a special on Geronimo ji jaga Pratt on the occasion of his passing (b. Sept. 13, 1947, Morgan City, Louisiana- June 2, 2011, Tanzania).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GCvWo26JBI

Music: Zion Trinity; Victoria Theodore

Direct link to showhttp://tobtr.com/s/9157563

Monday, August 29, 2016

Wanda's Picks Special Broadcast: Pushfest, plus From the Archives: Hurricane Katrina Special (2009)

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!

We open with  PUSH Company Artistic Director Raissa Simpson with composer/collaborator  Erica Mulkey
Bios

Hailed by Dance Spirit Magazine as “Reflective Contemporary Choreography,” multi-disciplinary choreographer Raissa Simpson has presented her works in over 50 venues across the United States. Recent highlights include Dance St. Louis Spring to Dance Emerson Festival (MO), Links Hall in Chicago (IL), Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech (GA), Joyce SoHo (NY), Washington Ensemble Theater (WA), Evolve Dance Festival (NY), Los Angeles Theater Center (CA), and Black Choreographers Festival (CA).

Simpsons guest teaching includes UC Davis, Sacramento State, Stanford University, SF State University, Alonzo King Lines Dance Center, Ferst Presents, San Jose Dance Theatre, Marin School, and many others.

Seamlessly integrating interdisciplinary dance, Simpson’s pieces do not reside merely on stage—they are also site-specific installations in public spaces like museums and city centers. Her work is sweeping, vibrant, multi-layered, and socially relevant often involving multiple aspects such as video projection, live music, and cutting-edge choreography. Her works have been honored with awards & funding from the Magrit Mondavi Award, Margaret Jenkin’s CHIME, Choreo-Project’s People’s Choice Award, San Francisco Arts Commission, Zellerbach Family Foundation, CA$H, Dancers’ Group Lighting in Dance Award, San Francisco Foundation, BADw’s 2012 Choreographer of the Year, ODC Theater’s Fleishhacker Opportunity Fund, The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Grants for the Arts, and AATAIN, a William & Flora Hewlett Foundation program.

Simpson danced with a variety of dance companies and had an extensive performance career with Robert Moses Kin and Joanna Haigood’s Zaccho Dance Theatre. Village Voice dance critic Deborah Jowitt notes, “Simpson dances big.”

From the Archives, August 29, 2009:

We will reflect on the Gulf Region, 4 years later on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. We will speak to policy makers and activists, those affected who left and those who now live elsewhere. We will talk about the cultural legacy of New Orleans and the South, what is needed to preserve this legacy and how people can help.

Guests are: 6:00-7:00 AM Carole Bebelle & Viola Johnson: Aché Cultural Center and the New Orleans Rebuild-a-thon, New Orleans natives, Jordan Flaherty, Left-Turn Magazine, CeCe Campbell-Rock, Survivors for Survivors, Antor Ndep, Executive Director, Common Ground Health Clinic, and Malik Rahim, co-founder, Common Ground Relief, Katrina survivor.


7:00-8:00 AM Lolis Elie, Dawn Logdon, director, producer/subject: Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans with Angela Wellman, musician, scholar, founding director, Oakland Public Conservatory of Music.


There is a benefit this evening for OPC. Visit www.opcmusic.org. Sunday, August 30, 2009, is "Maafa 2009: Hurricane Katrina," our 5th annual benefit/report back for Common Ground Health Clinic and LIFE of MS, Biloxi site, at Shashamane International Bar & Grill, 2507 Broadway Street in Oakland, (510) 868-4318.



Donations for either of these organizations LIFE or CGHC can be sent to P.O. Box 30756, Oakland, CA 94604. Please make checks out to the organization. We are targeting care for the disabled community and the elderly. Robert King, advocate, prison abolitionist, author, was on the air listening--that's technology for you. I didn't see his number and therefore missed his call. King was on my first show a year ago, and has been my most avid supporter. He is also a Katrina survivor in the Diaspora--Austin, TX.