Friday, August 21, 2009

Wanda's Picks Radio August 21, 2009

Here's the plan for this morning, but as with all things, stay loose just in case something changes (smile):Carmen Lundy, composer/singer, "Solamente," 8 AM, Ms. Lundy will be performing at the Culver City Club, lobby --Radisson Hotel, 6161 W.Centinela Avenue, Culver City, CA, Saturday, August 22, 7 PM. The cover is $15. Call (310) 649-1776 x4137. Visit

Next in the studio is Mary Monroe, author of "God Ain't Blind." She will be at Marcus Books in Oakland, 3900 MLK Jr. Way, Tuesday, August 25 at 6:30 PM. Earlier the same day, she will be at the Alexander Book Company. Visit and email her at She answers all mail.

Black August honors the memory of Comrade George Jackson, so this morning his friends, comrades, and admirers, Sundiata Tate, Kiilu Nyasha, Shaka AtThinin, and Nadra Foster, will talk about his legacy and work. Walter Rodney's tribute, piece written 30 years ago sheds light on what happened and puts into then current political and social context:

We close with director Jennifer Grausman, "Pressurer Cooker," the story of a wonderful teacher who cares, Mrs. Stephenson, Culinary Arts faculty, a program she started in 1999, at Frankford High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she has been teaching this and other courses, like the current cheerleading, for the past 40 years. The film director's father founded the C-CAP awards program. Visit

We closed the show with Carmen Lundy's "Move On," from her latest CD Solamente-The Demo Project. Available now. I wanted to play a piece by Steel Pulse: Uncle George Jackson, but the show ended and kicked me out of the studio. I wasn't getting any love this morning, from having difficulty signing on, to programs freezing, to as I said, getting kicked off before I could announce some events this weekend, like AfroSolo's Black Voices, Tracey Chapman, and many others I'll post at shortly.


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