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School Board Commissioner Shamann Walton – Photo: Rochelle Metcalfe

Third Street Stroll …

July 31, 2015

As I go about my travels up and down Third Street, especially frustrated over the Black corridor scene – lack of thriving Black businesses, people hanging on the streets, while other areas of the strip of avenues – Dogpatch, etc., are thriving! WHEN will change happen??? Where are Black investors? So much building going on in Bayview Hunters Point – the NEW FRONTIER AND LAST BASTION FOR BLACK FOLKS!

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From Ghetto to Goddess: Iminah Ahmad speaks

July 30, 2015

I have known Iminah, the renaissance woman who works under the brand name “From Ghetto to Goddess,” for a few years, and I continue to be inspired by how she serves the Black community. Since moving back to Oakland from Atlanta where she went to college, Iminah has been involved with speaking to at-risk youth, writing and recording an album, and dancing in everything from plays and dance shows to music videos.

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Learning is forever: Fathers leading the way

July 29, 2015

No matter where we stopped in the educational process and no matter what the reason, we all have more within us to share and to learn. We can be and do more, but what does it take to awaken the “authentic” fire that once burned when we were young or even in our adulthood? No matter the reason – and for each of us it will be different – it’s never too late to change “what if” to “maybe” to “I’ll give it a try.”

Marlon Brando in “A Streetcar Named Desire”

Brando narrates new must-see documentary, ‘Listen to Me Marlon’

July 28, 2015

“Listen to Me Marlon” is a documentary film by Stevan Riley that takes a candid look at the life, activism and work of the legendary, charismatic and mercurial film icon Marlon Brando, whose career spanned five decades. The late Brando narrates the film exclusively with sound taken from hundreds of hours of audio that he himself recorded privately over the course of 40 years.

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Jameel Patterson, aka Tha #1 Neighborhood Sports Analyst, Jeremiah Khaleq and Brandon McGlothen want YOU to watch Let’s Talk Sports Nation every Saturday at 11 a.m. on Channel 29. Jameel and Jeremiah, both from Bayview Hunters Point, created the Facebook group, Let’s Talk Sports Nation, in 2010, and a year later, with 1,000 members already in the group, the TV show was born.

Frisco’s ‘Let’s Talk Sports Nation’ TV show broadcasts 100 episodes

July 27, 2015

It is of primary importance that we begin to own our own sports media specifically, but media in general, so we can talk about what we want to talk about when we want to talk about it. San Francisco’s Let’s Talk Sports Nation, which comes on Frisco’s Cable 29 every Saturday at 11 a.m., is such a show. This community favorite has broadcast over 100 shows and is primarily hosted by Jeremiah Khaleq and Jameel Patterson, aka Tha #1 Neighborhood Sports Analyst!!!

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Los Angeles’ Leimert Park Book Fair is August 1

July 24, 2015

The most exciting literary event every year for Black people on the West Coast is the Leimert Park Book Fair, held this year on Saturday, Aug. 1. It brings out a lot of community members, community heroes and sheroes, as well as Hollywood celebrities to share in the festivities. Check out the founder of the Leimert Park Book Fair and author Cynthia Exum as she tells us about this year’s Leimert Park Book Fair.

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Carl Lumbly stars in a tour de force performance of “The Emperor Jones.”

‘The Emperor Jones,’ starring Carl Lumbly in the Paul Robeson role, is playing in Dogpatch two more weekends – discount for Bayview Hunters Point residents

July 21, 2015

New City Company presents a unique original production of “The Emperor Jones” by Eugene O’Neill starring stage and screen star Carl Lumbly (“Alias,” “The Returned,” “Cagney and Lacy” etc.) in a tour de force performance! It is a story of greed and ingenuity and restoration of natural order. It will be preceded by a short film introduction about the play’s original lead, Charles Gilpin.

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Rebecca Brando speaks about new doc on her dad, ‘Listen to Me Marlon’

July 20, 2015

Rebecca Brando, one of the 10 children of American cinema legend Marlon Brando, talks about the new documentary on his life, “Listen to Me Marlon,” the way that Brando revolutionized acting, his human rights work in solidarity with the Black Panthers, Martin Luther King Jr. and Native peoples and more. “Listen to Me Marlon” opens on Friday, Aug. 7, in San Francisco and Berkeley.

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SOMArts’ ‘Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party’ is this Saturday

July 16, 2015

This art exhibition will feature some of the hottest artists in the Bay Area, including Emory Douglas, Sage Stargate, Duane Deterville, Karen and Malik Seneferu and others. The night will pay tribute to the Bay Area’s rebel rousers, independents and outliers. I chopped it up with the curator and organizer Melorra Green about this Saturday’s event and also about the power and function of art in our society.

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‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’

July 16, 2015

“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” by Stanley Nelson is a documentary about a Black revolutionary organization in a revolutionary time. It is one of the best documentaries that I have ever seen that intends to tell the history of an organization that shook the world and fundamentally changed the way that Black people in the United States have looked at themselves for more than half a decade.

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Serena Williams is today’s Muhammad Ali

July 15, 2015

Serena Williams just won her 21st Grand Slam. That’s the same number every other active women’s player has collected combined. In her last 28 matches, she is 28-0, and at the US Open this August, Ms. Williams will be favored to win the sport’s first calendar Grand Slam since Steffi Graf did it 27 years ago. At 33, Williams actually seems to be gaining strength. As a political symbol and an athletic powerhouse, Serena Williams is ‘the greatest’ in her sport.

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Ky-Mani Marley speaks

July 14, 2015

Ky-Mani Marley, one of the many children of Reggae icon Bob Marley, speaks on his new album “Maestro,” growing up outside of the “House of Marley” with humble beginnings, and the revolutionary nature of his father’s music. He will be performing at the Independent in San Francisco at 8:30 p.m. this Thursday, July 16.

A lonely tower stands in the rubble of the Candlestick Stadium parking lot. – Photo: Rochelle Metcalfe

Third Street Stroll …

July 2, 2015

HOW SWEET IT IS, GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 2015 NBA CHAMPIONS! NOW, THE BATTLE IS ON TO KEEP the team in Oakland and owners from moving WARRIORS TO SAN FRANCISCO Mission Bay and proposed new arena to be built at Third and 16th Street. While talking sports, CANDLESTICK STADIUM IS DOWN! GONE! Nothing left but the TOWER in the parking lot!

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Brother Tahuti wore our colors proudly

July 1, 2015

Our big brother Tahuti, the man in red, black and green himself, passed Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in the garden of the cottage where he lived. At this time, the cause of his death is unknown. But it is for certain that the Bay Area community, Pan Afrika and the world has suffered a great loss. He is irreplaceable! And is perhaps most notably recognized or remembered for wearing nothing but Afrocentric clothing.

Brother Tehuti – Photo: Kimara Dixon

Wanda’s Picks for July 2015

July 1, 2015

Libations to Ornette Coleman, musician, composer, March 9, 1930-June 11, 2015. Libations also for Brother Tahuti, a beloved elder who made his transition mid-June. Those of us who commemorate our African Ancestors of the Middle Passage have formed an organization which took me recently to Washington, D.C. At the website guests can learn about commemorations throughout the United States and beyond.

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‘Concerning Violence’ introduces new generations to Frantz Fanon

June 30, 2015

“Concerning Violence” is a documentary film that reflects on the text of Fanon’s most definitive work, “Wretched of the Earth,” against the backdrop of raw footage from a number of African countries during their revolutionary struggles for independence in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s and interviews with revolutionaries and colonialists alike about their thoughts on the use of violence to protect their interests.

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These are four of the Seven Samurai – Essie Mormen, Blanche Bebb, Margaret Block and Shirley Enomoto – at Delancey Street Restaurant in 2001.

Tribute to civil rights activist Margaret Block

June 29, 2015

Margaret Stroud Block, long time civil rights activist, passed away June 20 in Cleveland, Mississippi, where she was born and raised. She lectured at universities and organizations throughout the U.S., particularly in the eastern part of the country, on civil rights and current education policies. Margaret was a dear friend. We met each other in the mid-‘80s when Proposition J was proposed.

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Interviews on the Red Carpet were conducted by Conchetta. This was her third year volunteering for the San Francisco Black Film Festival – and what a great look! She epitomizes the youthful, exciting, gutsy spirit of the festival. – Photo: Val Kai

The San Francisco Black Film Festival enriched thousands of moviegoers, left them eager for more

June 28, 2015

The San Francisco Black Film Festival has been the best Black oriented event in the Bay Area this year. The plethora of worthy films that screened this year was phenomenal. I sat down with the co-director of the San Francisco Black Film Festival, Kali O’Ray, and talked about the happenings at this year’s triumphant San Francisco Black Film Festival. Check him out in his own words.

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Lisa Simone Kelly tells the real story of her mother, Nina Simone

June 26, 2015

Block Report Radio interviews Lisa Simone Kelly, the only child of the late great protest musician Nina Simone. We talk in depth about the new amazing Netflix documentary, “What Happened, Miss Simone?” We also talk about Simone’s contribution to Civil Rights Movement, the upcoming film, “Nina,” as well as Lisa moving to and touring in France. To hear more from the Block Report, tune in to BlockReportRadio.com.

DVDs of the new Iceberg Slim documentary are available at http://www.icebergslimmovie.com/.

‘Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp’ – new documentary on ‘my ghastly life’

June 24, 2015

“Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp” is a documentary about the illustrious life of a pimp who metamorphosed into one of the most well known Black writers in this nation’s history. In the opening lines of the documentary, “Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp,” taken from his autobiography, “Pimp,” Iceberg Slim states: “In this book, I will take you the reader with me into the secret inner-world of the pimp. I will lay bare my life and thoughts as a pimp.”

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