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Culture Currents

Culture Currents

Cultural happenings in SF and beyond.

Fatherly, a website for dads that aims to empower men to raise great kids

“When we write about relationships, we’re not just looking about the relationship of fathers to their wives or children, but to their own parents and relatives, their friends and their community.”

‘Unalienable Rights,’ an animated film on Philly’s ‘78 attack on MOVE

“Unalienable Rights” by filmmaker Froi Cuesta tells the story of the 1978 MOVE confrontation with the Philly police and all of the local politics surrounding it.

Wanda’s Picks for August 2019

Dianne Reeves, performing with her band at the San Jose Summer Jazz Festival on Sunday, Aug. 11, sang a Brazilian song in a duet with Romero Lubambo, guitarist, discussing the merits of building...

‘A Lifetime of Being Betty (Reid Soskin)’ CD release party Saturday, Aug. 17

“A Lifetime of Being Betty,” to be released Aug. 17 at Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $24 at the door. Visit www.thefreight.org/event/1858290-little-village-foundation-berkeley/.

#HugosSoWhite: The literary convention diversity scandals

When there aren’t enough Black folks doing the writing, Black characters are written by white writers with all the inherent biases.

Hit me, Bruh! Thoughts on ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’

“Do you love it? You don’t get to hate San Francisco unless you love it.”

Noted historian reveals a major omission in college courses

California community colleges omit Africa and lack equity in their curricula

‘Imagine’: AileyCamp 2019

On Aug. 1, 7 p.m., on the Zellerbach stage, when the lights are low and the AileyCampers' performances lift the audience into the imaginal realm, we witness where magic is born.

Kids, adversity and sleep problems: What you can do

All kids need a good night’s sleep. Research shows this is essential for neurotransmitters, the chemicals that allow brain cells to communicate.

Blow the whistle! How the wheels fell off the Warriors’ dynasty

Oakland is going to miss those million fan parties and victory parades when you crowned the whole town with championship trophies and jubilation! But hey, you gave us a great run while it lasted!

Reparations now! Pass HR 40!

Broaden this opening to envision the reparations we need to fully repair and heal African nations and people and increase the participation of our people in making our desperately needed reparations a reality – now!

The Tuzuri Watu mural at Third and Palou is being restored

Painted in 1987, the lavish mural that adorns the building on the northeast corner of Third and Palou, Bayview Hunters Point’s main intersection, is named “Tuzuri Watu,” which means “We are beautiful people” in Swahili, and it features a who’s who of celebrated African American figures.

‘Toni Morrison: Pieces That I Am’

Wanda reviews “Toni Morrison: Pieces That I Am” (2019)

St. John Coltrane Church celebrates 50th anniversary in San Francisco

Since its inception in 1969, the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church (SJCAOC) has been dedicated to the spiritual artistry of its namesake, the great American jazz musician and composer, whose instrument was the saxophone.

Wanda’s Picks for July 2019

Shakespeare, art against police violence and mass incarceration and the importance of creativity: Wanda’s Picks for July 2019!

OneUnited Bank announces 9th annual ‘I Got Bank’ Youth Financial Literacy Contest

Teri Williams, owner of OneUnited Bank, the largest Black-owned bank in America, and author of “I Got Bank,” encourages young folks to enter this year’s contest.

‘Substance’: Black animator Jamaal Bradley speaks

Jamaal Bradley, an industry giant, is the former supervising animator at Dreamworks and has worked at various studios, including Walt Disney Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Electronic Arts. He has been a senior animator on several Oscar-nominated films.

Q&A wit’ ‘Good Kidd’ director Jamari Perry

“Good Kidd,"directed by Oakland native Jamari Perry, is a coming of age story that most young Black men from impoverished, drug ridden environments call their lives.

San Francisco Black Film Festival XXI was spectacular

This year’s 21st annual San Francisco Black Film Festival was an elegant and epic occasion. Filmmakers from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Durban, South Africa, London, England Atlanta, Arizona, Macon, New York, Kansas, Los Angeles, as well as the Bay Area and more convened on Northern California’s most international city to look at recent films.

Ebony Iman Dallas’s ‘Through Abahay’s Eyes’ (‘Through My Father’s Eyes’) at Joyce Gordon Gallery...

Ebony Iman Dallas is featured artist at Joyce Gordon Gallery’s iteration for June 2019, Year of the Woman. exhibiting “Through Abahay’s Eyes” (“Through My Father’s Eyes”), which is up through June 30, tracing her homecoming to Somaliland. Artist talk is 7-9 p.m., at Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th St., Oakland.

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Michigan: The Good Time Bill myth

If Michigan state legislators really want to pass a bill that effectively reduces the current population inside jam-packed state prisons (TIS), they should introduce a bill, or bills, that simply repeals disciplinary time, as enacted back in 1998.

Biden his time

Do you elect someone who has failed you for decades, again, again – and again?

One year later, National Prison Strike demands manifest in presidential proposal

Every one of the [National Prison Strike] demands is addressed in Bernie Sanders’ criminal justice reform plan.

Mothers challenge SFUSD: ‘They treat my daughter like a criminal because...

Shonte insists that this incident is part of an ongoing saga of discrimination and profiling by Ida B. Wells staff and alleges that her daughter was targeted and had been searched over a dozen times the previous year.

#StokersSoWhite: 2016 Horror Writers’ Association boycott

“'Beloved' would have been considered gothic horror if it had been written from a white character’s point of view by a white author.”