Sunday, February 17, 2013

Wanda's Picks Friday, February 15, 2013

It's the day after 1 Billion Rising and what a phenomenal event world wide that was, to experience locally women taking back their lives and saying no more to violence and abuse. To see girls rising up and men and boys as allies in this call for safety and respect for women and girls bodies, was remarkable and memorable at the evening celebration I attended. Visit

On today's show we opened with a conversation with Mama Charlotte Hill O'Neal, Woman Warrior of Peace who is on tour, with stops in both Northern and Southern California. The Southern California stop is special as she is subject in a new documentary on her life, and it is premiereing at the Pan African Film Festival 2013, Feb. 16, 2013. She is heading for Ghana, her first time in West Africa and then will be back to the Pacific Northwest, Southern California and maybe a stop here as well, before heading back to Brother Pete in Tanzania.


2. Mama C is followed by Rev. Dr. Leslie R. White, senior pastor at St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal Church in Berkeley. The church is hosting its Second Annual Voice of Healing Body and Soul  Concert next Sunday, February 24, 2013, 4 p.m. featuring some of the Bay Area's most celebrated gospel ensembles including: The East Bay Joint Mass Choir, Teri Simmons, director; the Oakland Bay Area Community Choir, Professor William Bell, director; The Berkeley High School Gospel Choir, Sarah Cline, director; the Oakland Youth Chorus, LaNell Martin, director; the UC Berkeley Gospel Choir, D. Mark Wilson, Ph.D., director.

Rooted in the work of Martin King's Beloved Community, pastor who while raised in Oregon, attended Morris Brown in Atlanta, Georgia, Turner Theological Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological
Center, Atlanta, Georgia, 1980 and returned to California to complete a Doctor of Philosophy - School of Theology at Claremont, in Claremont, California (dissertation under construction).

He organized Berkeley's first Martin Luther King, Jr.'s celebration breakfast last year(and this year's as well, which included the Berkeley Police Dept., Mayor, many other city officials and community groups, etc.

He also started Berkeley's first Gospel Jazz Services in 2011.  This service, which happens every 5th Sunday at St. Paul, has featured performers Rhonda Benin, Derick Hughes (background singer for Roberta Flack), the Berkeley High Jazz Band, Sonny Fairley (sax), Lisa Cohen and many others.  He is also the one who planted the idea last year for this musical to provide assistance both near and abroad to those in need.

Visit or call (510) 848-2050.

3. We rebroadcast the interview with Bonnie Boswell, niece of civil rights maverick, Whitney Young, whose work in the Civil Rights Movement modeled a way to move lofty ideas into concrete strategies for change, the kind of changes that effect systemically the injustices black people then and now face within a democracy that is still ladled out based on class and race.

The film, The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights airs on nationally on Independent Lens Monday, February 18, 2013. Visit



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