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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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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!

    Wanda's Picks Radio Show

    Wanda's Picks Radio Show

    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. We begin with an archived interview (1/15/21) with Charles Curtis Blackwell, poet, playwright, artivist, subject of film: "God Given Talent" and Rev. Clarence Johnson, a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, join us to talk about the legacy of Dr. MLK Jr. who would have been 92 in 2021. 
     
    2. We conclude with an archived conversation with Dr. Clarence Jones, MLK Jr.'s speech writer and attorney (1/15/21). 

     

    • 2 hr 45 min
    Wanda's Picks Radio Show

    Wanda's Picks Radio Show

    From the archives, MLK Jr. Special Programming 2009 and 2021. Visit wandaspicks.com for 2022 Dr. King events. 

     

    1. We begin this morning in conversation with Charles Curtis Blackwell, poet, playwright, artivist, subject of film: "God Given Talent" and Rev. Clarence Johnson, a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, join us to talk about the legacy of Dr. MLK Jr. who would have been 92 in 2021. 
     
    2. We speak to Marcus Shelby, who is participated in the MLK Music Tribute in 2009. He premiered an excerpt of a new work honoring Martin King. Ms. Faye Carol, featured in Marcus' new work, joined the musician/composer in the studio and then stayed on when Melanie DeMore joined us. We had a fun conversation, so much so, I could barely get a word in to welcome Clifford Brown Jr., into the studio. The three then had a great time conversing until Ms. Carol had to sign off. Okay, I am trying to let out my breath...whew! 
     
    3. Miko Marks and Kev Choice came into the studio after this segment, to talk about their work, Miko as a country western singer, and Kev as a rap artist whose work seeks to uplift the community, his listeners. They both performed, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, 8 PM, at the Oaktown Jazz Workshop fundraiser at Yoshi's in Jack London Square in Oakland. 
     
    4. We close with a conversation with Hodari B. Davis and Mike Turner. Mike is a student at Encinal High School, and Hodari is director of National Initiatives for Youth Speaks. 

     

    • 2 hr
    Wanda's Picks Radio Show

    Wanda's Picks Radio Show

    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 members of the cast for Ishmael Reed's The Slave Who Loved Caviar, up through Jan. 9 at The Theater for The New City in New York. It is also streaming live. Tickets are just $10+ small fee. For in person and virtual tickets  visit https://ci.ovationtix.com/35441/production/1091241

    Shows are Thurday, Friday, Sat. 8 PM ET (5 PT) and Sunday at 3 PM ET (12 noon PT). Closes Jan. 9. 

    Guests include: Jesse Bueno, Robert Turner,Kenya Wilson, Laura Robards, Roz Fox, Brian Anthony Simmons, Monisha Shiva (about 9:30 am pst), and possibly Ishmael Reed.


    2. Wadada Leo Smith 10/21

    • 2 hr 31 min
    Wanda's Picks Radio Archives July 10, 2012

    Wanda's Picks Radio Archives July 10, 2012

    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 Dr. Tescia Evans & Mrs.Tiana Jones-Bey about Ross Dance Company's Second Annual Praise Dance Festival in Davis, July 7, 2012, 7 PM at the Veteran's Memorial Theatre. Visit www.rossdance.com 

    Mr. Jesse Brooks joins us to talk about the debut on PBS's Frontline World, award-winning filmmaker Renata Simone's End Game: AIDS in Black America, 10 p.m. PST, Tuesday, July 10 (check local listings). Visit: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/social-issues/endgame-aids-in-black-america/aids-in-black-america-the-worlds-16th-worst-epidemic/ 


    We close with a rebroadcast of an interview last Nov. with Rachelle Ferrell, singer, composer, musician, who is in town this weekend, July 6-8, 2012 in San Francisco.

    • 2 hr 27 min
    Wanda's Picks Radio Show

    Wanda's Picks Radio Show

    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 aArt on socAiety, 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.Today we have the first of several conversations with Donna Chang, L.Ac. (MSOM), Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist; BodyIntuitive Practitioner; Holistic Nutrition & Lifestyle Counsellor; Transformational coach and founder of Alameda Community Acupuncture.Visit http://www.alamedacommunityacu.com/who-we-are/


    2. In "LIFE I SWEAR" by Chloe Dulce Louvouezo, she brings together twenty-five of today’s most influential Black female voices in an exploration of self love and healing. Chloe was in the SF Bay Area on November 19, 2021 for an event at Black Girls Greenhouse in Oakland.  https://www.chloelouvouezo.com/events  

    Derek Walcott's affirming: https://allpoetry.com/love-after-love

     

    3. nialla rose, Tai Chi Chih teacher joins us to talk about her work.

    • 3 hr 34 min
    Wanda's Picks Radio Show

    Wanda's Picks Radio Show

    1. Akilah Jaramogi, Forester, Environmental Consultant, Social Entrepreneur and Cultural Activist. is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project in St. Ann's, Trinidad and Tobago. The jeweler is a proud Merikin descendant, and the Co-founder, past president and CEO of the Merikin Heritage Foundation.


    2. Michael "Khubaka" Harris, Sasha Briscoe, Statewide President, Allensworth Friends; Carmen Setness, Community Outreach Coordinator, San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC) join us to talk about the Rededication, Sat., Oct. 9 @Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. 


    3. Michael Burdette, President of Hylife-Ocity Productions based in Oakland and artist Anessa Strings.

    4. Andrea Chung, Artist joins us to talk about her exhibit at Tyler Park in LA: "We Was Girls Together," through Oct. 30. 

     

    • 2 hr 37 min

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