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The Black world mourns the loss of Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, shown here at the October 2014 Florida AMU Black Psychology Conference with Wanda Sabir, and celebrates her legacy. – Photo: Wanda Sabir

Wanda’s Picks for February 2016

February 4, 2016

Dr. Frances Cress Welsing (“Isis Papers”) made her transition Jan. 2, 2016. She was 80. The psychiatrist who challenged white supremacists on what she called “The Cress Theory of Color Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy)” to look at their own melanin deficiency for what it is, “envy,” stirred and continues to stir the waters. She always stated theoretically that “Black lives matter,” way before the #blm movement.

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'No Gays' contemplative Black man

Must-see movie documents God’s unchanging hand in the evolving lives of gays

February 4, 2016

Clay Cane’s new documentary, “Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church,” is an emotional drive-by shooting. The gut-penetrating personal stories in the hour-long film will leave you ducking for cover to avoid being shot dead through the heart. You will not succeed. The film features nightmarish tales that create a reality for many young African Americans who identify as members of the LGBT community.

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Oakland’s DB Tha General

February 3, 2016

West Coast Hip Hop is going through a renaissance of new voices with people like Trill Youngins, Anderson Paak, Vince Staples, Nef the Pharoh, Cousin Fik and Oakland’s DB Tha General. I became aware of DB Tha General because the streets was talking, but I heard his music for the first time when my cousin Smock pulled up “Mac Blast” on YouTube and told me that this was one of the coldest battle/diss records ever produced from out of the Bay.

From mean streets to mansions: The Denise Smith story

February 3, 2016

It has often been said that one who has never known the pain of struggle can never truly appreciate the sweet taste of success. Denise Smith knows that struggle. Born in the San Francisco General Hospital and reared in Bayview-Hunters Point, the real estate entrepreneur has certainly experienced her share of ups and downs. Her new autobiography, “Rags to Real Estate: One Woman’s Journey to Empowerment,” inspired many.

Handsome Sam Jordan stands next to a poster from his boxing career.

Third Street Stroll – and beyond

February 2, 2016

KEEP ON KEEPIN’ TO THE FAMILY OF THE LATE SAM AND RUTH JORDAN IN CELEBRATION OF THE 57TH ANNIVERSARY of the legendary SAM JORDAN’S Bar, located in the Bayview on Third Street, across from the Bayview shopping mall. PROUD the family continues in the tradition set forth by their parents, who passed several years ago. Sam’s is the OLDEST standing Black-owned club in the City. Doors opened in 1959.

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SF African American Historical Society’s annual Black History Month program

February 1, 2016

The San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society will launch the 2016 annual Black History Month kickoff in the Rotunda at City Hall on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at 12 noon followed by a reception in the South Light Court. John William Templeton, Oxford University Press historian, will address the national theme, “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories.”

Acknowledging and encouraging our fathers ‘inside’

February 1, 2016

Some say, “Out of sight, out of mind,” but I know better and so do you. It takes more than fancy cars, a suit and tie slave gig or a house in a gated community to squelch the reality that too many thousands of Black fathers are missing from our communities. Yes, my brothers “inside,” you may not hear from us, the “straight johns” on the “outside” as often as you should, but I wanted to let you know that you are thought of and deeply valued.

Cam Newton

The Newtons – Cam, Huey and Isaac – and why you and Cam should boycott the Super Bowl

January 31, 2016

An amazing story is about to unfold. I don’t know how it’s going to happen or play out exactly, but it’s going to be a doozy! The ancestors have something up their sleeves and I’m inclined to believe this joker is going to be wild! Do you think this is a coincidence? Cam NEWTON is playing for the Carolina PANTHERS in Super Bowl 50, in the greater Oakland San Francisco Bay Area. Huey NEWTON cofounded the Black PANTHERS 50 years ago in the greater Oakland San Francisco Bay Area.

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Bethel AME Church youth empowerment recognition

January 31, 2016

During the past year marking the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Destiney Peoples and Amanda Jack were recognized for being actively engaged in voter education. These two young women, along with Jocelyn Iglehart, have committed themselves to helping to prepare people to vote in the June 2016 primaries. They will do so in honor of the efforts of their forefathers.

At the Bay View’s first Black Media Appreciation Night, on Nov. 26, 2012, at Yoshi’s in Oakland, to salute the power of Black media, enjoy great cultural performances and have fun appreciating and loving each other, Kali O’Ray, director of the San Francisco Black Film Festival, accepts his award. Handing it to him is Ms. Be with Sauce the Boss and Mikela of Block Report Radio. Standing on the left in the wings is David Roach, director of the Oakland International Film Festival, who also received an award. – Photo: Scott Braley

Celebrate 40 years of life in the Black Community: The SF Bayview Anniversary Party is Feb 21, 1-5 p.m., at SF Main Library – Free

January 30, 2016

We want to invite everyone reading this who is a friend of the San Francisco Bay View newspaper to our 40th anniversary party for the Bay View. It’s a free event on Sunday, Feb. 21, 1-5 p.m., at the Main Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco. Come one, come all and let’s celebrate 40 years of the most radical Black newspaper in the country. This event is being organized by The SF Bay View newspaper, BlockReportRadio.com and the SF Main Library.

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Literary organizing giant Naomi Jelks of the SF Main Library talks about what’s happening in February

January 28, 2016

Some of the most important Black cultural work coming out of San Francisco is coming from the organizing of Naomi Jelks at the San Francisco Main library. Naomi is one of the few within the City who are bringing us a lot of the local, national and international voices that we need to hear. Check her out as she describes what the library has in store for February and celebrate the SF Bay View’s 40th anniversary at the SF Main Library, 100 Larkin St., on Feb. 21, 1-5 p.m.

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A Cultural Links manager prepares villagers for the tour’s arrival in northern Ghana.

Cultural Links to Academic and Social Success (CLASS): an interview wit’ founder Andrea Lee

January 25, 2016

I talked to the founder of Cultural Links to Academic and Social Success (CLASS), Andrea Lee, about her experience falling in love with traveling, then yearning to take others abroad to learn what life is like in different parts of the world. Andrea is the head of the Dance Department at Laney College and has been taking people all over the world for many years.

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With love we salute the life of the mighty Zin

January 17, 2016

On Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Denver, at approximately 2:20 pm Houston father, activist, radio station owner and musician Zin aka Anthony Mills, 42, and Jonathan Nichols, 29, lost their lives in a four-car collision. Akua Holt, a good friend and radio comrade of Zin, worked with him on KPFT and in the community. I talked to her about the power of our productive and constructive brother who lost his life far too soon.

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Huey P. Newton in 1972 – Photo: Stephen Shames

Mumia Abu-Jamal: The genius of Huey P. Newton

January 15, 2016

To those of us who were alive and sentient, the name Huey P. Newton evokes an era of mass resistance, of Black popular protest and of the rise of revolutionary organizations across the land. To those of subsequent eras – youth in their 20s – the name is largely unknown, as is the name of its greatest creation: the Black Panther Party. It is up to the oppressed of every generation to plumb the depths of history and to excavate the ore of understanding, to teach us not what happened yesterday, but to teach us why today is like it is, so that we may learn ideas to change it.

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Remembering Jonestown: ‘White Nights, Black Paradise’ author Sikivu Hutchinson speaks

January 12, 2016

Seventy-five percent of the membership of Peoples Temple was African American, and the majority of those who died in Jonestown were African American women. The Jonestown victims have been demonized and marginalized – stripped of agency and, in many respects, humanity. The settlement was envisioned – and promoted – as a kind of “Promised Land,” a racial utopia and antidote to the white supremacist violence and dehumanization Black people experienced in the U.S.

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Raw G brings Mexican Hip Hop and Cumbia to Cali stages

January 11, 2016

On Jan. 29, Latina wordsmith Raw G, with a full band, will be rockin’ the Bay Area, San Jose and Los Angeles with Mexican rap legend Pato Machete and Mexican Cumbia legend Celso Pina. With the Cali being the melting pot that it is, this show should be an interesting mix of music and culture. Check out Raw G in company at the shows, as well as with these words.

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Cornel West’s ‘The Radical King’

January 9, 2016

In order to be an acceptable national hero, white America has had to sanitize Martin Luther King so that he was not perceived as a threat to anybody, simply as a religious leader filled with love and high principles. “The Radical King,” edited and introduced by Cornel West (Beacon Press 2015) reclaims what King really stood for and reminds us that the battle against white supremacy requires taking on a lot more than white racists.

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At the Florida A&M Black Psychology Conference in October 2014 are Dr. Frances Cress Welsing with Wanda Sabir. – Photo: Wanda Sabir

Wanda’s Picks for January 2016 – more picks added!

January 2, 2016

August Wilson is considered one of America’s greatest playwrights, and the work that comprises The American Century Cycle, one of the outstanding achievements of the modern theater, is performed across the globe. But only Oakland’s premiere North American African theater company has performed the entire Cycle in chronological order. The Lower Bottom Playaz close the cycle with the timely production of the only play in the cycle that is told from the lens of developers. Wilson’s Hill District in Pittsburgh, Penn., and Oakland, Calif., 2015 hold a lot of common ground. “Radio Golf” continues through Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, 2 p.m., at the Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland.

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The altar built as a memorial to Mario Woods is in disarray here, but it’s tended daily by people who live nearby or who come to pay their respects. The candles are upside down to keep the wicks dry. – Photo: Rochelle Metcalfe

Third Street Stroll – and beyond

December 30, 2015

NO PEACE UNTIL JUSTICE IS SERVED OVER THE POLICE KILLING OF 26-year-old MARIO WOODS, a HUMAN BEING, MASSACRED BY five SF POLICE officers on DEC 2, in the Bayview, on THIRD STREET, between Fitzgerald and Hollister, across from CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH, at Third and Paul, where funeral services were held days later. SHOCKING to see a video, aired on TV, taken at the scene, of the killing!!! HORRIBLE – UNTHINKABLE!!!

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What did you get for Christmas?

December 29, 2015

Three wise men, actually young men, all presented me with a gift I didn’t dare refuse. The gift from each one was the same: a simple “check-in” via telephone to let me know they appreciated me and that our relationships meant a lot to them. Appreciation is an easy gift to share with someone you care about and, best of all, it doesn’t cost you anything. I hope that each of you will have an opportunity to give or receive this wonderful gift at some point during the year.

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