Friday, May 13, 2016

Wanda's Picks Radio Show Friday, May 13, 2016

This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay!

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1. We speak to Dr. Adolphus Hailstock, composer and Maestro Michael Morgan, about Within Our Gates, the Oscar Micheaux film (1920), at the SF Silent Film Festival, Sat., June 4, 5:15 p.m. at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Dr. Hailstock has created a new composition for the work, which debuted as part of the Birth of an Answer, an event put on by the Institute for the Humanities at Old Dominion University in Virginia. Birth of an Answer reprises Micheaux's lesser known response to D.W. Griffith's racist epic Birth of a Nation centennial (1915) and the race riots of 1919.

Within Our Gates is the oldest surviving film made by an African-American director and not only an intrepid rebuttal to D.W. Griffith’s racist epic The Birth of a Nation (1915), but also a history lesson to white America shocked by the 1919 riots. It portrays the early years of Jim Crow, the revival of the Ku Klux Klan, and the Great Migration in the story of a young African-American woman who goes north to try to raise money for a poor, rural school in the Deep South.Within Our Gates confronts the racial violence of the time with the same vigor as it counters hateful stereotypes. 

This will be the San Francisco premiere of a new score for strings and voice by acclaimed composer Adolphus Hailstork, performed by Oakland Symphony musicians and members of the Oakland Symphony Chorus, conducted by Michael Morgan.

2. Joyce Jenkins, poet, editor, publisher, joins us to speak about the Northern CA Book Awards, Sun., May 16, 1 p.m., at the San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street in San Francisco.

Music: Zion Trinity; Victoria Theodore. 


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