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Rapper Beeda Weeda talks “Revolution” remix w/ M1, Killa Mike, and Jay Rock

August 23, 2016

BlockReportRadio.com interviews Oakland’s lyrical kingpin Beeda Weeda right after BET picked up his song “Revolution”, that is currently the West Coast anthem against police terrorism. We also discuss Beeda’s relationship with Too Short and his camp Pushing the Beat, and his upcoming “Revolution” remix that will feature the frontline revolutionary rapper M1, T.D.E.’s Jay Rock, and one of the biggest political voices in rap music today, Killa Mike. Tune in for more at BlockReportRadio.com.

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Author Sista Souljah speaks on “The Coldest Winter Ever” and “Midnight” book series

August 23, 2016

The legendary author, activist, and rapper Sista Souljah spoke with the Block Report about the origin of her name and we go on to discuss her career as an activist and a Hip Hop artist that was a part of Public Enemy. She also talks extensively about her getting the book deal for her debut book “No Disrespect” and what she was trying to convey in the “The Coldest Winter Ever” and “Midnight” series of fiction books that she has been writing for over a decade. We talk about manhood, womanhood, and love. If you want to know anymore, you are going to have to tune in. www.BlockReportRadio.com.

Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers, as Michelle and Barack, talk following a recent press screening of “Southside with You.” – Photo: Wanda Sabir

In ‘Southside with You,’ we meet Michelle and Barack on their first date

August 22, 2016

In “Southside with You” (2016), which opens nationally Aug. 26, 2016, Richard Tanne makes his feature film directorial debut. “Southside” is the story of youthful love, first love for Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, 25, a sheltered Chi-town daughter who is working hard – pressing against glass ceilings from a philosophical basement at a prestigious law firm, as she supervises the charming, cute intern, 27-year-old Barack Obama.

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Coco Peila’s music has a scorching new sound

August 21, 2016

Coco Peila is one of Hip Hop musicians in the new class that is creating the new Bay Area sound. After being affiliated with Sandman of the Oakland-based Attik crew back in the day, Coco Peila is standing on her own two feet and spreading her wings. Her summer and fall is filled with an album, a mixtape, a video and multiple collaborations. Check her out in this exclusive interview.

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Author Nalo Hopkinson discusses her creative process and the imagination

August 20, 2016

The People’s Minister of Information JR interviews the legendary Black Futurist author Nalo Hopkinson about the importance of imagination and the part it plays in the liberation struggle, being from the Caribbean, the importance of knowing your history, her creative process, and more.

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Brides of Funkenstein and Parliament Funkadelic member Dawn Silva talks about the 70’s

August 19, 2016

The People’s Minister of Information JR interviews Dawn Silva of the Brides of Funkenstein, who also worked with the Black Panther Party, Sly and the Family Stone, Parliament Funkadelic, the Gap Band, and Ice Cube. We talk about her life transitioning from the Panthers to Sly to Parliament to the Brides to the Gap Band. She gives a lot of intimate not talked about history from the 70’s. Tune in for more at BlockReportRadio.com.

Cuban poet Nancy Marejon speaks on Black culture on the island

August 19, 2016

Block Report Radio interviews legendary Cuban poet Nancy Marejon about Black culture in Cuba after the revolution. She talks about Cubanismo and African pride, she talks about contemporary Cuban painters, musicians of the past, Jazz, and more. If you would like to hear more from the Block Report, you could tune in regularly to BlockReportRadio.com.

West Oakland rapper J. Stalin speaks on his career

August 19, 2016

BlockReportRadio.com interviews Oakland rap king J Stalin about his coming up in Bay Area Hip Hop. We talk about his relationships with people like Shady Nate, pioneers Dj Daryl and Richie Rich, the Mechanix, the Demolition Men, the Delinquents, PTB, Beeda Weeda, and the Jacka. He also talks about what was going on in his life in between his many albums. Check out BlockReportRadio.com for more.

Power left and right hooks, jabs and straight punches to Alexander Brand’s right eye and body from Andre Ward occurred all evening. Some of them he could see coming and was powerless to stop. – Malaika H Kambon

The Ward brand

August 17, 2016

Typically, people make mistakes about Andre “Son of God” Ward all of the time. People say he’s light (in terms of weight), but no one can push him around. They say he cannot punch, but no one can just walk right through him. The lesson is that it is always different on the outside, and until you get into a ring with him, you won’t know how hard he can punch. Once you find out, the same mistake isn’t repeated – at least not by the same people.

On Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, Bilal Mahasin (9-3-1, 1 KO) took on Luis Lugo (14-26-1, 5 KOs) for four rounds in the Oracle Arena, Oakland, on the Andre Ward vs. Alexander Brand undercard. – Photo: Laura Ming Wong

The boxing mind of welterweight Bilal Mahasin

August 15, 2016

East Oakland bred welterweight pro boxer Bilal Mahasin is shaping up to be one of East Oakland’s most recognizable hometown heroes on the boxing and social front. I caught up with Bilal after his recent fight at the Oracle Arena, where he fought on the undercard of the Andre Ward vs. Alexander Brand fight. We talked about his most recent fight, training while behind enemy lines, his life mission and more.

Raquel’s own tenacity and skill, combined with advice from her corner, gave her the victory, bringing her professional record to 2-0, 1 KO!

Beacon of Light: Raquel Miller shines with a unanimous win in the first female boxing match on a ROC Nation fight card

August 14, 2016

She came and she showed us all how it’s done. Her fans came out to support her in waves. And Raquel “Pretty Beast” Miller did not disappoint. When it was time for Raquel “Pretty Beast” Miller to enter the ring on Aug. 6, 2016, she came flanked by nine women who entered the Oracle Arena rocking to the strains of Beyonce’s “Formation” and doing Formation Walk moves of their own design and execution.

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African herbalist teaches the ancient art of herbal healing

August 14, 2016

Opesanwo Ifakorede is a local herbalist that was originally taught about the world of herbs by his grandmother a generation ago. He recently did an “Urban Practical Herbalism Workshop” at Deep Roots Urban Refuge in East Oakland. For those that did not get a chance to make it, I really want to whet your appetite for the subject. Check out Opesanwo Ifakorede in his own words.

The Olympics in Brazil: Author of “Dancing With the Devil in the City of God”

August 13, 2016

Block Report Radio interviews author Julianna Barbassa about Brazil and her new book, “Dancing with the Devil in the City of God”. We discuss the history of social inequality in Brazil, we discuss the revolutionary roots of one of Rio’s biggest gangs, we discuss the World Cup and Olympics and its impact on the citizens […]

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The Rap Dreams 10th anniversary showing at New Parkway featuring Mistah F.A.B.

August 12, 2016

Kevin Epps is a legendary Bay Area filmmaker from Hunters Point, who is one of the few godfathers of the hood self-made dvd revolution. This year 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the completion of his film “Rap Dreams” which highlighted the careers of Hectic, Kev Kelly and Mistah F.A.B. Mistah F.A.B. will be accompanying filmmaker Kevin Epps at the screening of Rap Dreams on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m., at the New Parkway in Oakland.

Horgan Edet of Nigeria welcomes you, as Suaro Cervantes, well known and respected SF muralist, transforms the shop at 4942 Third St. from Wendy’s Cheesecake Bakery to The African Outlet at the corner where Quesada Gardens meets Third Street.

Welcome to The African Outlet

August 2, 2016

Midway through February 2015, The African Outlet opened its doors at 4942 Third St. at Quesada, the Howard property. The proprietors are Horgan Edet, from Nigeria, and his partner, Judah Dwyer. Just step on into The African Outlet. The store is both a fine retail experience and a wonderful resource for anyone interested in African culture. Horgan and Judah are very happy to be here and to be finding our path within the Bayview Village.

The young men on the left and right are members of the King Charles Unicycle Troupe, started in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1964 and signed as the first African American act of Ringling Bros. Circus in 1969. With them, left to right, are Morris’s grandkids, Marcelo, 4, Isaiah, 6, his wife, known as Mima to the kids, and finally Amaya, 3.

Summertime doesn’t have to be boring

August 1, 2016

Summer has come and is nearly gone. Before we know it, school will be starting and what have you done with your children? Kids are always talking about how bored they are, so let’s mix it up a bit and get them exposed to some fun activities, mostly free and out of house, when possible. In picking an activity, don’t worry about how fancy or exciting it is, only that it is an opportunity to spend quality time together.

In “The New Seal of California,” artist, musician, first woman to join the Black Panther Party and a descendant of explorer Sir Francis Drake, Joan Tarika Lewis reimagines the seal of California to be inclusive of her Black identity. Could Queen Calafia, the warrior queen said to have ruled over a kingdom of Black women living on the mythical Island of California, as described by Spanish writer Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo in 1500, also have been an inspiration?

Wanda’s Picks for August 2016

July 31, 2016

The new “Black Woman Is God” exhibit, curated by Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green, features the work of over 50 Black women artists in a variety of genres: film, mixed media installation, sculpture, paintings, photography – in a range of sizes covering entire walls to intimate corners. We travel below ground into spaces where lives are born and secret formulas are calculated … brews stirred.

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Minnesota Lynx players wear warm-up shirts at a July 9 press conference showing support for Black Lives Matter. The four cops hired to provide security for the game were furious and walked off the job. – Photo: Minnesota Lynx Instagram page

WNBA teams show what Black Lives Matter solidarity looks like

July 31, 2016

Two more teams have come together to make a political statement. The Minnesota Lynx and the New York Liberty of the WNBA have chosen to advocate an idea that really should not be radical but somehow is, in the United States of 2016: the idea that Black lives matter. These are public and visible displays of real solidarity: white players joining with their Black teammates, wearing the same shirts and standing alongside them in a show of multiracial unity against anti-Black bigotry.

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Master builder Anthony Ratcliff mourned

July 28, 2016

Anthony Ratcliff died on July 23, 2016, after a valiant fight against throat and lung cancer. He was born in Oakland, California, on May 18, 1956, to mother Geneva Cleopatra Draper Ratcliff, a homemaker (now deceased), and father Dr. Willie Ratcliff, a contractor and publisher of the San Francisco Bay View newspaper. Anthony was greatly beloved and will be sorely missed. His homegoing service is Friday, July 29, 1 p.m., at Common Ground Covenant Church, Sacramento.

Christopher and Nicholas Hinkins are great-grandsons of Bay View Publisher Dr. Willie Ratcliff. They are twins, 7 years old. Nicholas, better known as Nicky-Poo, suffers from sickle cell, which has slowed his growth, yet he is full of life and love. The twins are inseparable.

Learn how to prevent a painful sickle cell disease crisis during the summer

July 28, 2016

For most of us, the summer represents fun: playing outdoors, cooling off in a pool and enjoying a family vacation. But for the many children, teens and adults living with sickle cell disease, these activities can trigger an extremely painful “crisis” episode – the most common manifestation of this genetic, chronic and deadly disease. Enjoying a summer day at the pool can end up in the hospital if you’re not aware of the crisis triggers.

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