Friday, December 02, 2016

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Friday, Dec. 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!

Oakland Symphony’s nontraditional holiday tradition – Let Us Break Bread Together – is back December 11, 2016 at 4 PM at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre. Enjoy many of your holiday favorites!
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panthers, and an important time in Oakland’s history. Oakland Symphony will pay homage by performing music from the time including Motown classics, gospel and protest music of the 60’s and 70’s. Let us Break Bread Together will feature Oakland Symphony Chorus, Linda Tillery, Vocal Rush, Kugelplex, Mt. Eden High School Concert Choir, and Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir.
                                                     
Maestro Michael Morgan, Music Dirctor and Conductor, Dr. Lynn Morrow, OEBS Chorus Director, Mr. Terrence Kelly, Oakland Interfaith gospel Choir, and Ms. Ellen Hoffman, Pianist and Composer

We close with Rodney Leon, architect, Ark of Return, Tribute to formerly enslaved Africans, permanent exhibit at United Nations in New York City (previously broadcast Aug.12,2014).

Link: http://tobtr.com/s/9645817

Music: Staple Singers's Freedom Highway: "Introduction" & "Heaven"; Sowethu Gospel Choir's "Malaika;" Rocky Dawuni's Get Up Stand Up.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Friday, Nov. 11, 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. Poetic Response to the Elections with poets: 
Rafael Jesús González, Eugene Redmond, Marcus Lorenzo Penn, Sandra "Makeda" Hooper-Mayfield, Karla Brundage, Alan Laird, Ann Marie Davis, Raymond Nat Turner, Charles Curtis Blackwell, Karla Brundage, Zigi Lowenberg


2. Karen Oyekanmi, 30th Annual Black Doll Artists Show and Sale, Nov. 12, 10-5 at the African American Museum and Library, Oakland


3. BACCHANAL DE AFRIQUE Nkeiruka Oruche, Artistic Director/Producer Nkeiruka Oruche is a Nigerian of Igbo descent who lives and plays with her family in Oakland. She is a dancer, musician, performer and educator specializing in street dance and music styles from Africa and her Diaspora.

With over 15 years of experience and a passion for social justice and community-building, her goal is to work with people to use art as a way to lead healthy lives and create positive change in the world. Nkeiruka has worked with Amara Tabor-Smith, Loco Bloco, Dance Mission Theater, the Oakland Museum of California, Our Family Coalition, Youth Speaks and a host of change-making entities.

Currently, Nkeiruka is leading Afro Urban Society, a group that works to foster and preserve the resiliency, interconnection and existence of people of African descent in global urban settings through art performance and social engagement. She is also a Co-Founder of BoomShake, a social justice oriented musical community.


November 18: Til’ Dance Do Us Part, Afro-Urban Musical, 8PM @ Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco


November 19: Community Lab for the African Diaspora, 6PM @ EastSide Arts Alliance, Oakland


November 19: Afrobeats vs. Azonto Master Dance Class, 2PM @ Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco


November 20: Afrobeats & Soul Line & Turf & More Dance Workshops, 11AM - 7PM @ EastSide Arts Alliance, Oakland 

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Wanda's Picks Radio, Wed., Nov. 9, 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. Cleavon Smith graduated from the US Naval Academy and Mills College. He is the writer of Vs., produced by TheatreFirst in their 2016-17 season. His short plays have been featured in the 2012 PlayGround and the 2015 Ohlone College Playwrights Festivals. He lives in Oakland and teaches in the English department at Berkeley City College."
2. Standing Rock Protest. Tiyesha Meroe, People's Community Medics. To help visit https://medichealercouncil.com/donate/
3. Mark Harris, artist joins us to speak about his recent work and an exhibit opening Friday, Nov. 11, 6-9 at CIIS in San Francisco. His artist talk is Nov. 16, 6 p.m. at CIIS, 1453 Mission Street: 
  1. "Freedom isn't Free"
  2. "American Exceptionalism - Same as it Ever Was"
  3. "Silence = Violence No. 3"
  4. "Home Sweet Home"

4. Keith Josef Adkins, playwright, Safe House, at Aurora Theater in Berkeley

Set in Kentucky in 1843, Safe House examines the lives of one free family of color and the tensions that arise between two brothers with conflicting aspirations. While one brother dreams of opening his own business, the other risks everything in an effort to help fugitive slaves escape on the Underground Railroad. Based on true events in the lives of his ancestors, Adkins tells a gripping story of love, freedom and survival against impossible odds.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Wanda's Picks Radio, Friday, October 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!

1. Jovelyn D. Richards, who joins us to speak about "Tootsie's Juke Joint" (a.k.a. The Mother), is a international solo performance artist, director, independent film maker, and writer. Ms. Richards work has been produced by: Central Eastern University, Afro Solo, National Black Theatre Festival  & the Los Angeles Women's Festival. Her body of work she refers to as the :Nappy Headed Love Stories, Black Love & Intimacy

She is a radio host for Pacifica Radio 94.1.  Jovelyn holds both an MA & MFA in the humanities. Ms. Richards first indie novel Tulips for Evening was published this fall.  A copy of her novel will be auctioned off at her reading of her play October 20th at the Exit Theatre on Eddy Street in San Francisco as a part of The SF Olympians: Week 3: The Cradle, Oct. 19-22

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Wanda's Picks Radio Special Broadcast with King Theo

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!

Theo Aytchan Williams, Artistic Director, SambaFunk!. Soul of Oakland, Lead Strategic Planner 

King Theo (San Francisco Carrnaval 2001) is a native of Oakland,California with Southern roots in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. Graduate of Clark Atlanta, in Public Relations, His vision is to share African Diaspora culture through dance, drum and music with new audiences and to make conscious contributions to the theories that link African cultural traits and traditions to African Latino, African Caribbean and African American cultures.    

Friday, October 07, 2016

Wanda's Picks Radio, Friday, October 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/s/9516691

1. Hodari B. Davis, Dir., Youth Speaks; Duane Detterville, Oakland Maroon Arts Collective; Eric Murphy, Joyce Gordon Gallery

2. Patricia Montgomery & Michael Ross

3. Iconic Black Panther Art Exhibition (excerpt . . . replayed completely at the end of the show)

4. John Santos, Sacred Roots of Latin Jazz Concert Oct. 23 at the First Presbyterian Church of Oakland.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Wanda's Picks Radio Special, Thursday, October 5, 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!
Radio link: http://tobtr.com/9516693

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
About the Co-Director/Co-Producer Bob Hercules

Bob Hercules is an independent filmmaker whose recent films include Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance and Bill T. Jones: A Good Man. The Joffrey film, narrated by Mandy Patinkin, tells the full story of the groundbreaking ballet company and their many rises and falls. It premiered in January, 2012 at the Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center and aired on PBS’ American Masters December, 2012. A Good Man aired on American Masters in 2011 and played at many film festivals including IDFA, Silverdocs, Full Frame, DOXA and the Southern Circuit. Hercules acclaimed Forgiving Dr. Mengele (2005) won the Special Jury Prize at the Slamdance Film Festival and has been seen in film festivals around the world.

About the Co-Director/Co-Producer Rita Coburn Whack
Rita Coburn Whack is an independent filmmaker with Emmy Award winning documentaries for Curators of Culture, Remembering 47th Street and African Roots American Soil. Other documentaries have aired on C-Span and the History Channel. Under her direction Maya Angelou’s Radio Show for Oprah Radio was awarded the Women in Radio and Television Gracie Awards, “Best Radio Program” 2008, “Best Radio Host” 2009 and the “Silver World Medal” in radio New York festival 2009.

Author of the novel Meant to Be (Random House Strivers Row 2002) her company RCW Media Productions, Inc. produced Maya Angelou’s Black History Month Specials distributed by Public Radio International 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Friday, September 30, 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. Ann Chinn, Director, Middle Passage Ceremonies and Portmarkers Project

2. Damani Baker, director, The House on Coco Road

A native of the Bay Area, Damani Baker is a Brooklyn-based director and filmmaker. His first feature documentary (with co-director Alex Vlack) about the life and music of Bill Withers, “Still Bill,” opened theatrically to critical acclaim in 2009 and was acquired by Netflix, Showtime, and BBC. Previous work includes “Return,” an award-winning film that explores the genius of traditional African medicine. Damani’s career spans documentaries, music videos, museum installations, and advertisements, and he has worked for clients including Rainforest Alliance, Puma, IBM, and Wieden+Kennedy, among others.

His current projects include over 10 films for museums in Nigeria and Chattanooga, Tennessee for Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Inc. Damani is a Sundance Fellow and alum of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 new faces in independent film.” In addition to his work, Damani is a professor in the filmmaking, screenwriting, and media arts program at Sarah Lawrence.

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Wednesday, October 5, 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: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wandas-picks/2016/10/05/wandas-picks-radio-show
Short link: http://tobtr.com/9516689
                                                       
1. Cephus Johnson, a.k.a Uncle Bobby, is a social justice activist at the forefront of ending police brutality in America.  He joins us to talk about the Love Not Blood Campaign.

2. Aldo Billingslea, (Othello, Ensemble), Cal Shakes production of Othello through Oct. 9.

3. Brothers Size at Theatre Rhino through October 15 at the Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco.  We speak to Gabriel Christian (Oshoosi Size) and LaKeidrick Wimberly (Ogun Size).

4. We close with Kirsten Johnson, director, Cameraperson, which opened theatrically this past weekend in Landmark Cinema in San Francisco, Berkeley and at the San Rafael Film Center.