Friday, June 14, 2019

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, June 14, 2019

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!
Mrs. Kathy Cotton, director

1.Kathy Cotton, director, "A Place at the Table: African American Pioneers of Silicon Vallery," screening at SFBFF XXI, 12 noon, June 15, at the African American Art and CultureComplex, 762 Fulton Street, SF

2. Nana Daffuor, SPRINT, June 20-21, 7:30 pm, $15-25 @East Bay Community Space, 507 55th Street, Oakland, CA

Presented by Nana Duffuor and directed by Dazié Rustin Grego-Sykes, Sprint is a powerful stage performance blending film, theater, poetry, music, and dance to tell the coming of age story of Nana—a queer black child of Ghanaian immigrants, discovering herself (and her dignity) in White America.

In the era of #BlackGirlMagic, Sprint begs the critical question: "What happens when magical black girls break?"

Nana Duffour
Based off an original screenplay and collection of written works, Sprint explores the writer’s experiences of anti-blackness and self-denial, sexual violence and self-destruction, healing and resistance. From Nana’s first act of resistance (urinating on the classroom floor of her detested sixth-grade teacher) to the letter she pens to her rapists ten years after the event, Sprint draws on Nana’s most hilarious and at times horrifying life lessons to inspire healing and empowerment.

Charles Curtis Blackwell 

3. Jeff M. Giordano, dir. "THE GOD GIVEN TALENT: THE CREATIVE LIFE OF CHARLES CURTIS BLACKWELL," screening tomorrow, June 15, 12 noon as a part of SFBFF XXI 2019, has been directing independent films since 2004’s "Among Garbage & Flowers". He has interviewed over 80 people for documentary productions. Giordano has completed 4 full-length documentaries. Most recently, "The God Given Talent: The Creative Life of Charles Curtis Blackwell" (2019): the 70 minute-documentary has its World Premiere at the San Francisco Black Film Festival XXI on June 15, 2019. 
Kulu Se Mama's Nephew (1024x1024)
by Charles Curtis Blackwell

Jeff M. Giordano Self-Portrait

In June 2019, Jeff completed a 47-minute documentary: "Making Up My Mind: Searching for Jimmy Lyons" following the musician/writer Jimmy Lyons through an ensemble of interviews. Giordano's next movie will be an Animated Documentary exploring: Individuality, partnerships and Community as it pertains to sexuality and technology: from an ensemble of freshly recorded audio interviews and original animated imagery. Pre-Production has begun.


Charles Curtis Blackwell: the Oakland poet, painter, playwright and teacher -- takes us on an intimate journey into his past and present. From his challenging upbringing in both California and Mississippi, to his current creative life, we follow as he discusses loss, love, pain, and redemption -- all through the prism of his artistic endeavors.

Bio for Charles Curtis Blackwell (subject)

Charles Curtis Blackwell is a jazz poet, playwright, performance and visual artist. His published plays and poetry include: Is, the Color of Mississippi Mud, The Fiery Response to Love's Callings, among others.

Blackwell's most recent book is a collection of previously unpublished love poems: Past Fascination (edited by Jeff M. Giordan).

He has also produced three spoken-word albums in collaboration with jazz drummer Billy Toliver, including Catch the First Thing Smokin'.  His paintings/visual art have been been featured in The New York Times and on PBS television. Blackwell has conducted writer's workshops in California prisons such as Folsom and Soledad.

Currently, Charles Curtis Blackwell conducts writer's workshops at Youth Spirit Art Works in Berkeley, CA. There he MC’s ASE: a monthly evening of Poetry, Spoken Word, and Open Mic.

Charles' current project is a poetry-performance play about gospel and the blues -- he's working on getting the play produced for 2020.

Here's the info on Charles upcoming Poetry Reading:

1. Sleepy Cat Books, 2509 Telegraph Ave (a few doors down from Dwight), Berkeley, CA 94704. Charles Curtis Blackwell and Mary Loughran will read at 7 pm on Fri., June 14th, at Sleepy Cat Books, 2509 Telegraph Avenue, as part of the Last Word Reading Series. Book store phone is 925-258-9076. Free.

2. Youth Spirit Artworks Gallery Poetry Series (free), 3324 Adeline close to Alcatraz Avenue. June 22, 7 p.m. Guest Kim Shuck, SF Poet Laureate


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