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First Lady of the Mob: Remembering The Jacka

June 26, 2016

Real love and loyalty is everlasting. On Feb. 2, 2015, at the young age of 37, the Bay Area lost The Jacka, one of its most talented and influential artists to ever breathe on a mic. The Jacka’s life was stolen from him when some coward murdered him in East Oakland off 94th and MacArthur. That dreadful day, the Bay Area lost a legend, and, simultaneously, Deltrice lost the love of her life.

Journalist Apollonia Jordan and M1 of Dead Prez

‘Between Me and the World,’ M1’s new album

June 22, 2016

M1 of the revolutionary hip hop empire Dead Prez has done it again with some conscious and political lyrics to feed the soul of the people. “Between Me and the World” is produced by none other than the talented Italian producer Bonnot and is filled with an array of political soul food, which will keep you full from start to finish. M1 begins the album with a fire song titled, “Number One with a Bullet,” featuring Prodigy.

Garth St. Clair and his wife, Natasha Nunez

Explosive Trinidadian film ‘Trafficked’ screens Sunday at SF Black Film Fest

June 18, 2016

Trinidadian filmmakers Garth St. Clair and his wife, Natasha Nunez, are two of the many cinematic junkies who have traveled to San Francisco from far and wide to attend the 18th Annual San Francisco Black Film Festival, which is taking place at a number of theaters around the city this weekend. Their documentary, “Trafficked,” screens at the festival at the African American Art and Culture Complex in San Francisco on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m.

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These photos come from the film, “Codigo Color, Memorias.”

‘Codigo Color’ at SF Black Film Fest: Cuban doc explores colorism and cultural ignorance on the island

June 16, 2016

This year at the San Francisco Black Film Festival, “Codigo Color, Memorias” is one of the internationally made jewels that will be exposing the Bay Area to the issue of colorism in Cuba. “Codigo Color, Memorias” will screen on Saturday, June 18, at the African American Art and Culture Complex. I sat down with the filmmaker, William Sabourin, for an exclusive Q&A about his informative and perfectly timed film. Check him out in his own words.

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Frisco 5’s Sellassie interviews Bobby Seale publicly on Friday

June 16, 2016

This upcoming Friday, activist and rapper Sellassie of the Frisco 5 will be interviewing Bobby Seale, the co-founder and chairman of the Black Panther Party, in front of an audience. I hooked up this Q&A with Sellassie so he could talk about his experiences with the Frisco 5’s hunger strike as well as his upcoming event with Bobby Seale. Stay tuned.

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Jalal ‘Lightnin Rod’ Nuraddin of The Last Poets Speaks on ‘Hustlers Convention,’ screening Saturday at SF Black Film Festival

June 15, 2016

BlockReportRadio.com interviews the father of Gangsta Rap, Jalal “Lightening Rod” Nuriddin of the Last Poets, about his classic piece, “The Hustlers’ Convention.” He speaks all around the world, with some of his answers touching street knowledge, the history of the ‘60s poets, Rap history and more. “Hustlers’ Convention,” the documentary, screens Saturday, June 18, 6 p.m., at the African American Art and Culture Complex.

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Parliament Funkadelic documentary screens at SF Black Film Fest this Sunday – SFBFF kicks off Thursday, June 16

June 15, 2016

Parliament Funkadelic was the cultural symbol for Black music in the ‘70s – genre-bending, fun, cool, sexy, futuristic and political. Filmmaker Bobby Brown captured their epic history in his documentary “Tear the Roof Off the Mother,” screening Sunday, June 19, at the Boom Boom Room as a part of the San Francisco Black Film Festival. For a lineup of the films and events in this year’s festival, Thursday through Sunday, June 16-19, go to sfbff.org, and read about many of them here on sfbayview.com. Check out Bobby Brown as we discuss his film in this exclusive Q&A.

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At the Bay View’s 40th anniversary celebration at the San Francisco Main Library on Feb. 21, 2016, San Francisco’s elected – and beloved – Public Defender Jeff Adachi gave the paper an award. Bay View publisher Dr. Willie Ratcliff stands behind him. Jeff, respected as one of the best, if not THE best public defender in the country, is also a visionary – and now a filmmaker! – Photo: Harrison Chastang

Jeff Adachi’s ‘America Needs a Racial Facial’ screens Saturday, June 18, as San Francisco Black Film Festival provides thought provoking films and panels

June 15, 2016

The San Francisco Black Film Festival joins with sponsor The Unity Group of Congregation Emanu-El on Saturday, June 18, 2 p.m., to screen Jeff Adachi’s film, “America Needs a Racial Facial,” at Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St. in San Francisco. The film, a short documentary, will be followed by a panel discussion on “Implicit Bias and Racial Profiling.” The film will also screen on Sunday without a panel discussion at the African American Arts and Culture Complex.

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‘The BlackBoard’: Skater film examines Black identity at San Francisco Black Film Fest

June 13, 2016

The San Francisco Black Film Festival is fast approaching, and one of the best short documentaries screening is “The BlackBoard,” a film about the Black community’s relationship to Black skaters and skateboarding in the past and present. It features Black skaters from all over the country, including Karl Watson and Jabari Pendelton. “The BlackBoard” screens Saturday, June 18, 6-10 p.m., at Origins. Here is Marquis Bradshaw talking about his film.

Melody Fuller

The 2nd annual Wine Festival kickoff is this weekend

June 10, 2016

With the Sonoma and Napa Valley only an hour away from the big cities, Northern Cali is known for its exquisite wineries that are ranked right up there with the great wineries of France and Spain. Melody Fuller is the founding director of the Second Annual Oakland Wine Festival, which starts on July 16, 2016, and the Oakland Wine and Food Society. I spoke with her about her organization and the festival. Check her out in her own words.

John Burris and his mother, Imogene Burris, pose with President Obama.

Mother of civil rights attorney John Burris has passed, funeral June 10

June 8, 2016

John Burris said that he is deeply saddened by the passing of his mother, Imogene Burris, 90, but he is most thankful for her amazing life and the human gifts of giving, sharing and social justice which she bestowed on everyone. Burris says that his mother was “the wind beneath his wings.” Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 10, at 11 a.m. at Second Baptist Church, 1170 Benicia Road in Vallejo. Quiet hour will be on Thursday, June 9, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Wiggins Funeral Home on 524 Capitol St., Vallejo.

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Musical ax wielders: From Prince to Martin Luther McCoy

June 7, 2016

With the passing of the irreplaceable guitar gripping musician, singer and songwriter Prince, it is like a giant redwood tree falling in the forest. The vacuum that it creates makes people a little more thirsty for the next generation of artists making timeless music. Martin Luther McCoy, the San Francisco native, is definitely in the running. Catch him performing in Oakland on Thursday, June 9, 8 p.m., at the New Parish, 1743 San Pablo Ave.

A submission by one of the artists to the 2016 “The Black Woman Is God” exhibit

‘The Black Woman Is God’ art exhibition is back!

June 4, 2016

When I first heard the statement that “The Black Woman Is God,” it wasn’t new or spooky to me, because I grew up in a family with over a hundred members and everyone knew that my grandmother’s say was the final one. She was the family’s guide or god. I talked with “The Black Woman Is God” exhibit’s cofounder Karen Seneferu about this year’s show and the concepts and history behind this very important annual art show in the Bay.

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JR and Set (full name Sekiywa) Shakur, sister of Tupac and daughter of Afeni and Dr. Mutulu Shakur, hang out at last year’s Pac Night held at the Oakstop in Oakland on June 25, 2015. – Photo: JR Valrey, Block Report

The 20th Anniversary of Life Party for Tupac Shakur: also remembering Afeni Shakur

June 3, 2016

On Saturday, June 18, 3-7 p.m., at the New Parish Courtyard, 1741 San Pablo, Oakland, his longtime teammates and comrades Money B and Dj Fuze of Digital Underground will be handling the hosting and music for the 20th Anniversary of Life Party for Tupac. We will also officially remember Afeni Shakur, who passed away on April 21, ’16, from a cardiac arrest, with a short opening ceremony led by Sista Iminah.

Bayview resident the youngest to receive Peacemaker Award

June 2, 2016

On June 3, Da’Nille Lemon, a 14-year-old eighth grade student at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Middle School, will become the youngest recipient of Community Boards’ The Gail Sadalla Rising Peacemaker Award at their annual Peacemaker Awards. Bayview resident Da’Nille serves as the peer mediation project leader for the Restorative Mediation Program and participates in her school’s Peer Resources elective, a program that empowers youth to create just change.

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‘Lambadina’ opens the SF Black Film Fest

June 1, 2016

“Lambadina,” an international love story originating in Ethiopia before moving to the U.S., will be screened on opening night of the San Francisco Black Film Festival, Thursday, June 16, 6-9 p.m., at the Coppola Theater at San Francisco State University. The story is about childhood love, family, friendship, commitment, sincerity and history. Come check out this beautiful feature length film and meet the filmmaker, Messay Getahun, as well as check him out in this exclusive Q&A.

Martha Alhassen, journalist and PhD candidate at USC, and Greg Thomas, curator and Tufts University professor, embrace after the roundtable discussion in front of “Sun” artwork. – Photo: Omar Ali

Black Panthers and Diaspora Palestinians illuminate shared struggle on Nakba day

May 31, 2016

Arab Resources Organizing Coalition and Art Forces on the 68th Nakba Day presented George Jackson in the Sun of Palestine, a multimedia cultural event that expresses the interconnections between current and historic struggles against colonization from Palestine to the streets of Oakland. The event displayed posters that came from the original exhibition held in the Abu Jihad Museum for Prisoner Movement Affairs of the Al-Quds university in East Jerusalem.

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Richard Polote represented the 7,200 graduates in the SF State class of 2016 at commencement May 27 in front of 35,000 people at AT&T Park.

SF State class of 2016 commencement speaker Richard Polote Jr. earned degree in Africana Studies

May 30, 2016

San Francisco State University held its 115th commencement at AT&T Park, with a crowd of 35,000 on hand to cheer for the 7,200 graduates in the class of 2016. The class was represented by two student speakers. Undergraduate speaker Richard Polote Jr. is a decorated U.S. Air Force veteran and received a bachelor’s degree in Africana studies. Like more than one-third of SF State students, he is the first member of his family to attend college.

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World music hip hop musician Sia Love drops a masterpiece, ‘For the Record’

May 29, 2016

Sia Love’s debut hip hop album, “For the Record,” was released last month. The production on the album goes from ‘80s pop to the ‘90s sound of Hip Hop to the traditional stringed instruments and drums of Africans from Latin America. Her vocals are rhythmic, strong, soothing, confident and filled with wisdom. Check out this flame on the rise in her own words.

Mt. Sinai Pastor George E. Hurtt – Photo: Dennis Wafford

African American clergy defend their communities

May 28, 2016

Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of Los Angeles joined religious institutions across the nation as it hosted the first NoMenthol Sunday observance in Southern California. NoMenthol Sunday is a national interfaith effort that educates congregants about the role mentholated and candy-flavored tobacco products play in addicting African Americans to tobacco products.

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