Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wanda's Picks Radio Show: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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. Diane Amos is a San Francisco-based actress, improv artist, and comedian who is known as The Pine Sol Lady for having starred in their national commercials for over 20 years. She has appeared in numerous films including Nine Months, Copycat, Angels in the Outfield, EDTV, Twisted, and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. Diane was a semi-finalist in Star Search, has been on A& E's Evening at The Improv, Lifetime's Girls' Night Out, and Comedy Central's Women Aloud. She has also been a winner on the game shows: Wheel of Fortune, $25,000 Pyramid, and Super Password. She was raised in SF by two lesbian mothers and attended Washington High School in the Richmond District, where took an improvisational comedy class...and the rest is history. She is at Ashkenaz Music and Dance Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave., in Berkeley, Thursday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m.

2. Lisa Tealer, Interim Executive Director of the African American Community Health Advisory Committee (AACHAC)  (Soul Stroll folks) Joins us to talk about "An Evening with HeLa" on Feb 1, 2018 from 6-9 pm & Educational Seminar: Communities of Color & Clinical Trial Participation: A Call to Action on Feb. 2, 2018 from 9am-1:30pm or

3. Zakiya Harris is a Shapeshifter. She is an afro-eclectic mix of soul, dance and theater and she is a part of MIXTAPE Vol. 1: Femme Fatale, Feb. 1, 8 p.m., at the Starlite Social Club, 2236 Martin Luther King, Oakland, 1-510-593-2109, hrs.4:00 pm-2:00 amOakland Symphony presenter's intention is to present a program that is "experimental, boundary pushing, musical and visual, curated exclusively for Oakland. Classical music has long been rife with imbalances in representation and the Mixtape series is meant to function as an avenue to address these imbalances from different angles. Mixtape presents a diverse collection of our favorite local artists performing in intimate settings meant to evoke thought, feeling, and togetherness."

The inaugural Mixtape, Vol 1: Femme Fatale
is a celebration of powerful, thought provoking women, curated by Linda Harrison from the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) and hosted by GLAAD Award winning comedian Marga Gomez. Featured performers, Oakland's Sh8peshifter Zakiya Harris, DJ Nina Sol spinning soulful sounds, and Oakland Symphony's own Dawn Harms (violin) and Michelle Kwon (cello) will perform solo and collaborate.

  • Venue: Starline Social Club
  • Date: Thu February 1, 2018 8:00pm
  • City: Oakland
  • Price Range: $15-20
  • Tickets: (510) 444-0802
4. David Graves, artist, joins us to talk about Spirit Migration, Jan. 5-Feb. 22, M-F 8-4:30 PM at EBMUD Oakland Administration Building, 2nd floor lobby, 375 11th Street, Oakland. Artist reception, Friday, Feb. 2, 5-7 p.m.He is a Bay Area based illustrator and designer with years of professional experience and many satisfied clients. Graves has a B.F.A. in illustration from the University of San Francisco and I'm a long time member of the NY Society of Illustrators and the NY Graphic Artists Guild. Visit


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