Friday, December 29, 2017

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

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!

Guests: Ayodele Nzinga, MFA, PhD, founding producing director of The Lower Bottom Playaz, Oakland's premiere North American African Theater Company, which is going into its 20th year of production. Nzinga was inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2017. She was recognized by  the Alameda County County Arts Commission for Excellence in Arts Leadership in 2016, and by Theater Bay Area for being one of the 40 faces to change the face of theater in the Bay Area. She was recently received the San Francisco Foundation Bay Area Arts Leadership Award. Doctor Ayodele Nzinga, Executive Producing Director, The Lower Bottom Playaz, Inc., is the only director or producer in the known world to produce and direct the entire August Wilson Century Cycle in chronological order.  Her new book, The Horse Eaters an origin tale is on sale at Nomadic Press. Org, Her latest work, Lifer, closes a season of original works, dedicated to exploring incarceration with this story based on the life and times of, Lifer at Large, Glenn Bailey. Nzinga calls the work a darkly humorous cautionary tale about the resilience of the human spirit, redemption personified, and light found in unexpected places.

In conversation with Dr. Nzinga is Glenn Bailey, A Lifer at Large ©, having spent a total of 52 years incarcerated in the California Penal System; he likes to say he “used the first ten to train himself for the 42-year sentence”, he completed in April of 2013. Mr. Bailey is an experiential expert on the industrial prison complex who capitalizes off of his experiences as an inmate to offer insight to youth, so that they can benefit from the life lessons he accumulated along the way, without the experience of being imprisoned.

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