Friday, February 02, 2018

Wanda's Picks Radio Show: Friday, February 2, 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!

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1. Halifu Osumare, Ph.D., author of the new work, Dancing in Black, A Memoir (2018, University of Florida Press). Dr. Osumare is professor emerita of African American and African Studies at the University of California, Davis, is the author of The Hiplife in Ghana: West African Indigenization of Hip-Hop and The Africanist Aesthetic in Global Hip-Hop: Power Moves. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. 

2. WO2WO members: Karla Brundage, Tyrice Brown, Sanda "Makeda" Hooper-Mayfield, and Zakiyyah Capehart-Bollings, join us to talk about African Diaspora conversations through the Japanese poetic form, Renshi.

3. Archived interview 2/24 (Geoffrey Grier and Jeffery Smith)

4. SF Indie 2018 directors: Cathy Lee Crane, director, The Manhattan Front (2/10:4:30 PM); 2/14: 7 PM); Rocky Capella, dir., Guitar Man (2/11:7 PM; 2/15: 9:15).

Cathy Lee CRANE, 2000 MFA graduate from SF State's Cinema Program has been charting a speculative history on film since 1994. Her award-winning films (which include the experimental biographies Pasolini’s Last Words and Unoccupied Zone: The Impossible Life of Simone Weil) have screened at the Viennale, San Francisco International Film Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Cinematheque Francais, BFI, and Arsenal/Berlin. Her body of work received its first survey in 2015 as part of the American Original Now series at the National Gallery of Art.  She is joining us to talk about The Manhattan Front: "Women, anarchists, and spies conjure the fantastically true story of how America entered WW1", which is having its world premiere at the SF Indie Festival 2/10 4 PM and 2/14 7 PM at the Roxie

Synopsis: Once upon a time, in 1915, a German saboteur arrived to Manhattan to interrupt the export of American munitions to Britain. He soon finds a collaborator in a wayward stevedore who unwittingly leads him to a group of labor anarchists. Sabotage and betrayal soon turn these bedfellows into agents of the other’s tragic end. In the spirit of a silent film from the era, this musical melodrama plays itself out through the interaction of archival images and the theatrical rendition of lives as they might have been lived on The Manhattan Front.

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Rocky Capella, dir., "Don't Shoot I'm the Guitar Man," has worked in the film industry on more than six hundred films, commercials, television and internet projects as an award-winning action director, stunt coordinator and performer. Rocky has been a member of the Director's Guild of America for more than 25 years.

"Don't Shoot! I'm the Guitar Man" is a...personal story as it relates with the author's unique style and subtle humor.   It gives the average person an "inside look" at prison and the inner workings of a music program in San Quentin State Prison.

LIFELONG MUSICIAN BUZZY MARTIN began teaching at-risk kids about music to help them through the trial of their daily lives.  Through this experience he was given the opportunity to teach a music class inside San Quentin State Prison.  Intimidated at first by the brutal surroundings, he soon found a common language between him and the inmates: music.  He returned to his younger students with stories about the reality of prison life, desperate to teach them that prison was not a streetwise "badge of honor."  The dangerous paths down which they were headed could be replaced by real dreams, hope and the redemptive muscle of liberating jailhouse rock.  And it is Buzzy Martin's dream to make it work!

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