Wanda's Picks June 15, 2012
Today we are joined by: Bill Doggett, scholar, archivist and curator and Andy Kimmell, Remembus; Doggett speaks about his upcoming program, "The Civil War@150 Years: the Negro Spiritual and the Underground Railroad," which includes a short film created by Kimmell, at the African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 14th Street @ MLK Jr. Way, Sat., June 16, 2012, 2 PM.
Almost 50 years ago, James Baldwin, noted author and activist visited San Francisco's Bayview District to talk to the black youth about what they were experiencing there. From that visit came the film: Take this Hammer, KQED's cinéma vérité record of the visit. Caroline Dijckmeester, Dutch director, stumbles upon this footage and decides to see if she can find some of these young men. She responded with a short film in response which is screening with the original at The Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco, June 19, 2012, 7 PM. James Lockett, one of the subjects also joins us to talk about HP then and now. Take this Hammer Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9bGMlduH2s
As a part of a series, Wanda's Picks has been profiling choreographers for the 34th Annual SF Ethnic Dance Festival which continues this weekend three, June 16-17 at YBCA. This show concludes this wonderful series. Visit http://www.worldartswest.org/main/edf_index.asp
We speak to Rasika Kumar, Abhinaya Dance Company, about the work, "Synergy," a collaboration between her south Asian or Indian dance company and San Jose Taiko. Naomi Diouf, Artistic Director of Diamano Coura West African Dance Company, shares what her company is presenting this year, closing weekend, June 30-July 1.
Kimberly Bryant, founder, Black Girls CODE, talks about blacks and the digital divide, even more pronounced when one looks at the absence of women and girls. Sunday afternoon, June 17, as a part of the San Francisco Black Film Festival, June 15-17, 2012, her organization is hosting a free workshop for boys and girls. Visit www.sfbff.org and http://blackgirlscode.org