Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Wed., March 7, 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. Tomye, artist and Joshua Whitaker, curator, owner, Spirithous Gallery

2. S.Pearl Sharpe joins Tomye Neal-Madison
3. Naomi Gede Diouf, Diamano Coura

Naomi Gedo Diouf is the Artistic Director of Diamano Coura West African Dance Company.  She has assisted and choreographed works for numerous performing companies including the Dutch Theater Van Osten in the Netherlands and Belgium, and U.C. Berkeley’s Drama Department.  In 1998 and 1999, Mrs. Diouf collaborated with the San Francisco Ballet in the premiere of “Lambarena,” an African and classical ballet fusion piece for the Ballet for Utah, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet of Florida, the Singapore and South African Ballet.  A strong advocate of Arts-in-Education, Mrs. Diouf has worked with the Arts in Education programs in the San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, and Alameda School Districts to promote cultural literacy.  She was named one of America’s top teachers in the Who’s Who Among American Teachers and has received numerous awards and recognition. She currently teaches West African dance and culture at Berkeley High School to over 400 students per semester.  She also teaches at Laney College and the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts in Oakland.  In addition to being an educator, she also consults and conducts workshops in costume design, cultural events/program coordination, and West African culture.


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