Friday, March 14, 2014

Wanda's Picks Friday, March 14, 2014

Charlotte Hill O'Neal's Heal the Community Tour 2014 stops in the San Francisco Bay this weekend. Mama C is a visual and spoken word artist, musician, filmmaker, long time community activist and co Director of United African Alliance Community Center UAACC based in Tanzania, East Africa.
She is the subject of the award-winning film, Mama C: Urban Warrior in the African Bush, directed by Dr. Joanne Hershfield. She also has a new collection of poetry, Life Slices…a Taste of My Heaven.

Tyrone Davis is a Los Angeles based actor, director, teaching artist, TCG Leadership U Grant Finalist (2012) and Resident Education Artist with American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He proudly serves as an adjunct drama professor at Contra Costa College, where he is now directing SuzanLori-Parks's "In the Blood" up through Sunday, March 16. He is a graduate of the CalArts School of Theater M.F.A. Acting Program and holds a B.A. in theatre from Cal-State Northridge. Davis made his Bay Area acting debut with the African American Shakespeare Company in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof directed by L. Peter Callender. Contra Costa College's performance of In the Blood at the John & Jean Knox Center for the Performing Arts, 2600 Mission Bell Drive, San Pablo, CA.

Keeper of the Beat : A Woman’s Journey into the Heart of Drumming is an hour-long documentary in which Barbara Borden, an acclaimed drummer, composer and teacher tells her story in eloquent words and toe-tapping music. It showcases the unfolding of Barbara’s identity as she grows from a little girl in love with drumming to a world-class percussionist practicing drumbeat diplomacy.” Filmed on four continents, the film is produced and directed by three-time Emmy Award-winner, David L. Brown.

We are so happy to have both Barbara and David in the studio with us this morning to talk about this wonderful journey and a special screening next Saturday, March 22 in San Francisco.

Next we have an interview with Raphael Russier, company member of Companhia Urbana de Danca from Rio de Janiero, Brazil at YBCA tonight and tomorrow night. Raphael has been dancing since he was a child. Against his mother's will he would sneak out of the house each week and walk for an hour to get to dance classes. She was just worried that he would not be able to support himself. Now that he is successful, she is so proud of him. Shows are Friday-Saturday, at YBCA Forum at 8 p.m. Friday night there is a post-performance conversation. Visit

We close with a rebroadcast of the interview from Wednesday, March 12, 2014, with activists Colette Winlock, Lola Hanif and Lady Sunrise. They are speaking about Fracking and why Oaklanders should get on the bus for Sacramento Saturday at 9:30 a.m. We ran out of time.


Link to today's show:

Music: Mama C's Voices of the Ancestors; Julia Chigamba's Chinyakara in "Tanzania"; Barbara Borden's "Frekoba (West African Song)," "And the Trees" and Alive's "Wild Women Don't Get the Blues." 


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