Wanda's Picks Radio Friday, May 31, 2013
We open today with a conversation with Marcus Shelby, an award-winning musician and composer, is highly renowned and sought after for his discography, his theatrical and film scoring, and his music for ballet and dance. His empathy as a human being who understands the impact of social justice for all Americans will propel the writing of original music for Gwah Guy: Crossing the Street. Gwah Guy will musically explore poignant memories from Edward K. Wong aka Baby Jack, Flo Oy Wong’s husband. Ed Wong lived in Augusta, Georgia at the time of segregation when Chinese Americans were identified as "honorary whites."
The June 7 and 8 performances at ODC Dance Center in San Francisco, will also include memories of Flo Oy Wong's childhood in Oakland California's Chinatown near West Oakland, the historical district where many African Americans resided. Marcus will compose original music inspired by Flo Oy Wong's literary re-imagining of her husband's Southern childhood experiences and actor Peter Macon will narrate.
ODC is located at 351 Shotwell Street in San Francisco. Tickets and more information are available at email@example.com or www.odcdance.org/theater.php or via the ODC Theater Office: Box Office Hours: Wednesday-Friday 12pm--3pm, Tel (415) 863-9834, Fax (415) 863-9833.
We are then joined by Jinho Ferreira or The Piper is a rapper, actor, and screenwriter from Oakland, California. In 2009, Piper won the best screenwriter award at the Tribeca Film Festival for his CIA thriller: Walter’s Boys.
Piper’s latest effort, and first venture into theater, is entitled Cops & Robbers. It is a revolutionary look into the relationship between Law Enforcement, the media, and the Black community. He performs this weekend, tonight, Friday, May 31, 8 p.m. and Sat., June 1, two shows, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Kaiser Center Theatre, 300 Lakeside Drive, in Oakland. Visit http://pipedreamzent.com/
We close with a conversation with Antoine Hunter, Urban Jazz Dance Company; Colette Ewoi, El Wah Movement Theatre and Julie Mushet, Executive Director of the 35th Anniversary of the Ethnic Dance Festival, June 7-30, 2013, about this year's program.Visit http://www.worldartswest.org/main/edf_index.asp
Music: Amikaeyla's "Hambone"
The Piper is a rapper, actor, and screenwriter from Oakland, California. He is one-third of Flipsyde, an alternative hip hop band that has toured internationally with artists such as Snoop Dogg, The Black Eyed Peas, Akon, The Game, Bustah Rhymes, etc. Flipsyde has written anthems for the 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2008 Summer Olympics. The band continues to enjoy several song placements in television and film, as well as sporting events.
In 2009, Piper won the best screenwriter award at the Tribeca Film Festival for his CIA thriller: Walter’s Boys. Piper’s latest effort, and first venture into theater, is entitled Cops & Robbers. It is a revolutionary look into the relationship between Law Enforcement, the media, and the Black community.
In the spring of 2010, Piper paid his way through a Bay Area law enforcement academy, eventually graduating in the top percentile and delivering the commencement speech. The paradox of having strong ties to the Black community and Hip Hop, while simultaneously working in Law Enforcement, served as the inspiration to write Cops & Robbers.