Friday, May 04, 2018

Wanda's Picks Radio Friday, May 4, 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. Kharyshi Wiginton,Community Programs Manager at McClymonds shares her seven year journey and plans for the future. Plus her recent trip with youth to South Africa. Next Thursday, at 6 pm, McClymond's Youth Center, 2607 Myrtle Street (28th Street side). $24,000 debt.

2. Wallis Hamm Tinnie A.B. (FAMU), M.A. (Univ. of Florida), Ph.D. (Univ. of Iowa) joins us to talk about her recent trip to Montgomery, AL for the opening of The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum: From Slavery to Mass Incarceration. 

Dr. Tinnie served as Director of Protocol for the City of Miami from which she has retired and is Professor Emerita of English at Miami-Dade College.

She has also worked as a high school, college and university educator, journalist and volunteer activist for cultural arts.  Her studies undertaken include: Yale Univ. and The Univ. of Iowa which she says, nurture her post-doctoral research on race and legal coding [language is not innocent--"lynching"] in the literary text. 

In April of 2007, Dr. Tennie was co-chair of the Host Committee for the 70th Anniversary visit to Miami of the College Language Association, the premier organization of African American scholars of Languages and Literature. As an arts volunteer, she has applied for and received funding to organize an art and book expo and to direct several Pan African Bookfest and Cultural Conferences, events featuring artists, authors and books from Africa and the African Diaspora. I have also sat on the Boards of the African American Caribbean Cultural Arts Commission, Imani Um Nommo Writers Workshop, Historical Museum of Southern Florida, The Bakehouse Art Complex and the Florida Black Historical Research Project, Inc.

She has been married 36 years to Dinizulu Gene Tinnie, an artist and humanities professor who chairs the Board of the Virginia Key Beach Park Trust, an entity made up of citizens overseeing the Restoration of Miami’s former “Colored Only Beach.”  The couple has two daughters:  Antoinette Riley, in management with Home Depot in Boston, MA., is a graduate of Radcliffe (Harvard B,A.) and Simmons (MBA); and Michelle Riley, Chair of English Skills at Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus, is an alumna of  Yale Univ., FAMU (B.A.), and Barry Univ. (M.S.).



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