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!
1. Aundrea Lacy, born and raised in San Francisco, has been a model, a
television journalist, and a marketing executive for Fortune 500
companies. She earned her MBA from Golden State University. In 1996, she
went from baking brownies for friends to building her own online bakery
business, Luv Brownies. In addition, she gives career presentations for
girls and women from around the country.
Luv's Brownies in October 1996, first preparing her delicious morsels in
her apartment—then in a professional kitchen as sales drew
exponentially. The treats are sold through
Lacy's Internet bakery and
shipped nationwide. Luv's Brownies are prepared in more than 20 savory
flavors including rocky road, peanut butter brownie s’more, coconut
caramel, mint chip and more.
Luv's Brownies founder is the author of two books. Lacy's first book "Luv Story: From Homemade Brownies to My Own Internet Bakery"
is a resource for anyone who desires to start their own small business. In "Luv Story"
Lacy shares real life experiences, including how she kept her company
thriving through an economic downturn and her personal life crises. "Luv Story: From Homemade Brownies to My Own Internet Bakery"
sold more than 30,000 copies.
Lacy's second literary offering, "Brownie Points: Lessons for Woman Entrepreneurs from One Who Made It,
" is a greatly expanded version of "Luv Story,"
one which answers the many questions she had been asked on her speaking
engagements by girls and women who were considering starting their own
business. Without changing her simple and straightforward style, she
went into detail on how to write a business plan, bookkeeping; marketing
and much more. Visit luvsbrownies.com
2. We close with an interview with Thomas Simpson, AfroSolo founder, who will speak about the August 2016 season which opens with a free concert at Yerba Buena Gardens, in San Francisco,
|Ms. Tammy Hall and Dr. Linda Ricketts, both featured at the |
AfroSolo 2016 Concert at YBCA
Mission @ Third Streets, this Sat., August 6, 1-3 p.m. Featured are two artists and their ensembles, Ms. Tammy Hall and Dr. Linda Ricketts. Dr. Ricketts will join us this morning.
Ricketts is a vocalist who began performing at age 15 with a classical vocal
ensemble, and has been involved in the performing arts ever since. Born and
raised in the Midwest, Linda co-founded a Caribbean Dance & Folklore
Company in Indianapolis, Indiana, and co-founded the ‘Black & White &
Dread All Over’ Puppet Company of St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. After
moving to the Bay Area in the mid 1980’s, Linda worked closely with local jazz
artists to create The ‘Oakland Bay Area Jazz Preservation Society’, a non
profit organization dedicated to preserving jazz music by offering programs in
the public schools of Oakland and San Francisco, and in after school music
programs for children in the Greater Bay Area.
In 1988 she founded an Oakland
based performing arts group, ‘The Gospel Theatre Ensemble.’
is an experienced studio artist. She has recorded at Skywalker Ranch with the
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir (OIGC) on Linda Rondstadt’s Grammy winning Cry
Like a Rainstorm, soloed on OIGC’s debut recording, and has provided
background vocals on several studio projects. She is a frequent soloist at
special events and at jazz and dinner spots here in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Linda frequently appears on various venues in cities across the country
stylizing ballads, blues, spirituals and jazz in a fashion uniquely suited for
the deep resonance of her contralto voice.
to many as Ricketti Rick, Linda has shared the stage with such local and
nationally acclaimed artists as, Pharaoh Sanders, Ricardo Scales, William Bell,
Ed Kelley, John Turk, Rhonda Benin, Robert Stewart, Willis Kirk, The Neville
Brothers, Jackie Hairston and many others. She was recently featured at the
Throckmorton Theatre in northern California with The Friends of The Negro
regularly sings with the Allen Temple Baptist Church Choirs in Oakland, and has
performed in a variety of venues in the U.S., France, Japan, Mexico, and
Africa. A professional speaker and Education & Training consultant, Dr.
Linda Ricketts delivers music that fuels the spirit and feeds the soul.
Thomas Simpson Bio
Thomas Robert Simpson, actor, director, producer, and writer, is the founder and artistic director of AfroSolo Arts Festival. Since
1991 he has concentrated on presenting African American and African
Diasporan art and culture through solo performances and the visual and
For the past seventeen years Mr. Simpson has produced the award winning and critically acclaimed AfroSolo Arts Festival in
San Francisco, presenting over seventy-five artists. He has also
showcased celebrity artists such as award-winning actor Ruby Dee,
comedian and political activist Dick Gregory, beloved teacher, poet and
social activist June Jordan, sensational black gospel singer Emmit
Powell, and many others.
In 2006 Mr. Simpson won a coveted Bay Area Jefferson Award for Public
Service. In 2009 he was awarded a prestigious Certificate of Honor from
the San Francisco Board of Supervisor, as well as award from San
Francisco AIDS Foundation’s Black Brothers Esteem Program, The Reggie
Williams Achievement Award and the Oakland Supper Club for his
contributions to our community.
Since 1999 Mr. Simpson has also used this Arts Festival to focus on the
health of African Americans, he has collaborating with the medical
community to present health fairs as well as sat on committees charged
with decreasing the health disparity in the African American community.
Link to show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wandas-picks/2016/08/03/wandas-picks-radio-show