Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Wanda's Picks, Wednesday, June 30, 2021

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. Hon. Pamela Price, Esq., Justice with Compassion


2. ShakaJamal Redmond (Olu8); MXO and Don Dada join us from South Africa.

MXO’s debut single “Sista Kunjani” intricately showcased his distinct way of moulding afro soul, jazz, funk, traditional and pop, carving a post-modern eclectic genre which was emulated by many young musicians but never matched.

Menelik Nesta Gibbons also known as Don Dada is a Zimbabwean born South African citizen who is a multi-platinum selling reggae/hip hop artist on a quest to push convention and carve out a legacy as one of the motherland’s thought leaders and influencers whose music is not just entertainment but about consciousness, identity and pride.

Olu8 is a culturally innovative artist, producer and filmmaker from Oakland, California. He is the founder of Olu8 Film & Culture and Olu8 Records; creative spaces for the production of dynamic sound, story and visuals. His passion for film and music grew through travel and while living in South Africa. Partnering with community members, non-profits and corporations, ShakaJamal’s work reveals the inspiring achievements of change makers—whose stories often go untold. Social Media: @shakajamal @olu8films

3. We close with an archived interview with ShakaJamal.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Wanda's Picks Radio Show Rebroadcast, June 23, 2021 (7.29.20)

 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! 


Link to register for the upcoming N'COBRA 2021 Conference, Friday-Sunday, June 25-27. 
 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ncobra-32nd-annual-national-conference-tickets-150726116873 

Today we speak to the male co-chair of N'COBRA, Nana Kwesi Jomoke Ifetayo about the 31st N'COBRA Virtual Conference, July 30-Aug. 1, 2020. Contact: reparationsj@gmail.com (678) 437-7882

2. Delfeayo Marsalis has launched a new non-profit – Keep NOLA Music Alive  – designed to help keep New Orleans music culture thriving during these uncertain times.  

Delfeayo kicks off the fundraising effort with a “Double-Nickel Birthday Bash” virtual performance Sunday, August 2, 3 p.m. PT/5 p.m. CDT/6 p.m. EDT marking his 55th birthday..

Friday, March 12, 2021

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Friday, March 12, 2021

 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. Zakiyyah G.E. Capehart joins us to celebrate her new book: Ghana on My Mind with special guest, Bryant Bolling. 

2. Christine Joy Amagn Ferrer (a.k.a. Tine) joins us to talk about "The Divine Coloring Book."  

3. Archived show March 3, 2021 and features: Steve Fiffer who speaks about his book,  It's In the Action: Memories of a Nonviolence Warrior (March 2021), co-written by the late Rev. Dr. CT Vivian; followed by Women's Voices Now Film Festival: Ariane Thielenhaus, diretor of programs; Natalie Cook, dir., "Backwards God;" Alyscia Cunningham, dir./prod., "I Am More Than My Hair"; Ingrid Rogers, "Liberate," writer and performer.

We close the archived show with Mahasin D. Shamsid-Deen, playwright, "Carrying the Load . . . the life and times of Sister Clara Muhammad." (Feb. 27-March 21). 


To listen: http://tobtr.com/s/11910430

Friday, February 19, 2021

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Friday, February 19, 2021

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. Del Sol founder Charlton Lee with Genny Lim, featured poet at Sat., Feb. 20, 6-7:30 p.m. concert

Free Del Sol concerts on Sunday, Feb. 21:

1:30 pm at the Bandstand in Lake Merritt.  

3:00 pm at Cordonices Park in Berkeley near the slide.


2. Stephanie Ann Johnson, Ph.D. joins us to talk about her work up at Oakland Theater Project through March 6. 

3. We close with a conversation with David Johnson, poet, activist, journalist, historian, to talk about El Hajj Malik El Shabazz. 
Del Sol founder Carlton Lee with Genny Lim, featured poet at Sat., Feb. 20, concert


Stephanie Ann Johnson, Ph.D. joins us to talk about her work up at Oakland Theater Project through March 6. 

We close with a conversation with David Johnson, co-founder of Umbra and the Black Arts Movement, poet, activist, journalist, historian, to talk about El Hajj Malik El Shabazz. 

David Henderson was connected to the Black Arts Movement through the Umbra Workshop, where he served as an editor of their magazine and editor of the three Umbra anthologies. De Mayor of Harlem and Neo-California are his best-known books of poetry. He has read a selection of his poetry for the permanent archives of the Library of Congress. Author of the lyrics to Sun Ra's composition “Love in Outerspace,” he h also recorded with the saxophonists and composers Ornette Coleman and David Murray and the cornetist and composer Butch Morris.
Author of the biography ’Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky. Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child, he wrote and produced an award-winning two-hour documentary on the African American Beat poet Bob Kaufman for National Public Radio and Pacifica Radio, which inspired a critically acclaimed film, And When I Die I Won’t Stay Dead, directed by Billy Woodberry.

Was a poet-in-residence at The City College of New York, he has taught in CUNY’s SEEK Program and has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley; UC San Diego; the State University of New York at Stony Brook; and Wesleyan University. Most recently he became the first Fellow of the Lost and Found Poetics Initiative out of the Center for the Humanities at CUNY’s Graduate Center, New York

David Henderson was connected to the Black Arts Movement through the Umbra Workshop, where he served as an editor of their magazine and editor of the three Umbra anthologies. De Mayor of Harlem and Neo-California are his best-known books of poetry. He has read a selection of his poetry for the permanent archives of the Library of Congress. Author of the lyrics to Sun Ra's composition “Love in Outerspace,” he h also recorded with the saxophonists and composers Ornette Coleman and David Murray and the cornetist and composer Butch Morris.
Author of the biography ’Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky. Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child, he wrote and produced an award-winning two-hour documentary on the African American Beat poet Bob Kaufman for National Public Radio and Pacifica Radio, which inspired a critically acclaimed film, And When I Die I Won’t Stay Dead, directed by Billy Woodberry.

Was a poet-in-residence at The City College of New York, he has taught in CUNY’s SEEK Program and has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley; UC San Diego; the State University of New York at Stony Brook; and Wesleyan University. Most recently he became the first Fellow of the Lost and Found Poetics Initiative out of the Center for the Humanities at CUNY’s Graduate Center, New York.


Music: Kerwin Young's In the Amazon; Kahil El Zabar & Archie Shepp's Brother Malcolm.

Show linkhttp://tobtr.com/11896012

Friday, January 29, 2021

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Friday, January 29, 2021

 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. Lisa Goshon is the President of LGI Branding Inc. and the first minority-woman in the U.S. to manufacture N95 surgical-grade face mask.  She’s also the pioneer of the patented biometric authentication 2-way exchange software called “PECX” and founder of the Black Women of COVID Alliance.  Lisa resides in Southern California.

Nikcole Cunningham is an adoption social worker for Department of Human Services in San Francisco, California where she supports families with mental health services and ongoing difficult issues.  

1. Lisa Goshon is the President of LGI Branding Inc. and the first minority-woman in the U.S. to manufacture N95 surgical-grade face mask.  She’s also the pioneer of the patented biometric authentication 2-way exchange software called “PECX” and founder of the Black Women of COVID Alliance.  Lisa resides in Southern California.

Nikcole Cunningham is an adoption social worker for Department of Human Services in San Francisco, California where she supports families with mental health services and ongoing difficult issues.  

2. Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival is this weekend, Jan. 30-31. We are joined by Joyce Jenkins, editor, Poetry Flash and Kim Shuck, SF Poet Laureate to talk about this event. PoetryFlash.org

Kim Shuck was born in San Francisco, California, and is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She received a BA in Art and an MFA in Textiles from San Francisco State University. Shuck is the author of Deer Trails, from City Lights Books, 2019), Clouds Running In (Taurean Horn Press, 2014), Rabbit Stories (Poetic Matrix Press, 2013), and Smuggling Cherokee (Greenfield Review Press, 2005), as well as of the chapbook collection Sidewalk Ndn (FootHills Press, 2018). In 2019, Shuck was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow and awarded a PEN Oakland Censorship Award. In 2020 she received the NCBR Groundbreaker Award. She served as the Poet Laureate of San Francisco, 2017-2020.

Joyce Jenkins is Editor and Director of Poetry Flash, Literary Review (Poetryflash.org), presenter of the Poetry Flash Reading Series, Northern California Book Awards, and Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival. Her poems have appeared in Ambush Review, ZYZZYVA, Addison Street Anthology: Berkeley’s Poetry Walk, The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems of the San Francisco Watershed, and elsewhere. She is the author of Joy Road, a chapbook, and Portal, introduction by Carolyn Kizer.

Kudos include the American Book Award 1994, National Poetry Association’s Distinguished Service to Poets & Poetry Award 1995, and PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Lifetime Achievement Award 2006. A City of Berkeley day was proclaimed for her in honor of the Berkeley Poetry Festival Lifetime Achievement Award 2009. Poetry Flash received Litquake’s Barbary Coast Award in 2012.

Link: http://tobtr.com/s/11887157

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Dec. 23, 2020

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!

Today we speak to co-editors of Colossus: HOME (2020), Sara Biel and Karla Brundage colossuspress.org Sara Biel is a poet, visual artist, and social worker. Her work combines original text with different art materials. She is passionate about collaborative art and performance processes, and focuses on art as a medium for building

community. Sara’s work has been featured in Oakland’s Moondrop productions and sPARKLE & bLINK. She is the editor of Colossus: Bay Area Poets Challenge Immigration Injustice, Sara and Karla Brundage collaboratively edited Colossus:Home Karla Brundage is a Bay Area based poet, activist, and educator. Born in Berkeley, California in the summer of love to a Black mother and white father, Karla spent most of her childhood in Hawaii where she developed a deep love of nature. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and the founder of West Oakland to West Africa Poetry Exchange (WO2WA) and is a board member of the Before Columbus Foundation.
http://westoaklandtowestafrica.com/ as well as on https://www.karlabrundage.com/






















2. Silicon Valley Dance Festival rebroadcast 

Music: Zion Trinity; Imani Coppola

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Dec. 23, 2020

Friday, December 04, 2020

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Friday, Dec. 5, 2020

 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. Min. Imhotep Alkebulan, founding member, Wo'se Community Church (1987). Senior Minister of Wo'se Sacramento..

2. Demetri Broxton is the Senior Director of Education at Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco, CA. An Oakland native, Broxton has over 19 years of experience working in the field of education and the arts. At MoAD, he leads the education programs that enhance the visitor experience at the Museum. His department’s mission is to connect youth, educators, and the public to the historical, cultural, and intellectual contributions of the worldwide African Diaspora. Outside of his role at MoAD, Demetri is an independent curator and practicing artist. He served as a curator for the City of Berkeley (2013-2020) and his artwork is represented by Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco. Broxton holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University (2010) and a BFA from UC Berkeley in Art Practice (2002).

3. Baba Opesanwo Ifakorede Fadairo, Alagbigba Babalawo joins us to talk about ancestors and his work with herbs and nutrition as medicine (winter season)

4. Riddim Doctors: Val Serrant and Sikiru Adepoju