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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 Tehuti wore our colors proudly

July 1, 2015



Our big brother, Tehuti, 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 Tehuti, 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.”

Several hard left jabs thrown by Andre Ward connected with a hapless Paul Smith’s face as Andre Ward demolished Mr. Smith’s defenses. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

Andre Ward demolishes Paul Smith, ‘The Real Gone Kid’

June 22, 2015



Moments into the second round, it was evident that Andre “Son of God” Ward would demolish Paul “The Real Gone Kid” Smith. Smith can now return to England and let them know first hand that Andre Ward is a really dangerous man in the ring. In a decision that was unanimously in his favor even before his opponent threw in the towel, Mr. Ward easily picked apart the defenses of Paul Smith.

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New Nina Simone documentary: ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’

June 11, 2015



“What Happened, Miss Simone?” is a beautiful and tragic look at the life of one of the women who made us proud to be Black. She helped us to transform our minds from the psychology of scared Colored Negroes into being proud Black Africans in America. The film documents some of her thoughts and includes a lot of archival interview footage and footage of her performing.

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This photo filled most of the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Datebook on June 10, illustrating a major story on the San Francisco Black Film Festival the day before opening night, June 11. Kali O’Ray, son of festival founder, the great Ave Montague, and his wife, Katera Crossley, are co-directors, carrying the legacy to new heights. – Photo: Lea Suzuki, SF Chronicle

Loving the San Francisco Black Film Festival June 11-14

June 10, 2015



Every June, we celebrate the upcoming San Francisco Black Film Festival that was founded by Ave Montague and is now run by her son, Kali O’Ray, and his wife, Katera Crossley. On the same weekend as Juneteenth, the film festival features the very best in independent films by and about Black people. This year the roster features a phenomenal lineup of films from every walk of life. See the full schedule and many trailers at sfbff.org and BE THERE from Thursday, June 11, through Sunday, June 14, for some unforgettable shows.

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Hollywood to Houston

June 9, 2015



Robert “Fleetwood” Bowden, an emerging filmmaker, community activist, TV producer, radio host and best-selling author took the South to Southwest journey in reverse. He left San Francisco and took his movement to Houston. He introduced his movement to the residents of this huge city known as Htown.

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‘Mac Dre’ filmmaker Zachary Butler on Bay Area Hip Hop history

June 8, 2015



One of the most anticipated documentaries playing in the San Francisco Black Film Festival this year is “Mac Dre: Legend of the Bay,” which is about the short and productive life of the legendary Vallejo Hip Hop pioneer. Filmmaker Zachary Butler has rare footage given to him by Mac Dre’s mother of Mac Dre’s first performance as well as an interview with the one and only Mac Wanda, the mother of Mac Dre talking about her son.

‘Moses’ tackles human sex trafficking in Africa at the SF Black Film Fest this year

June 7, 2015



One of the most provocative must-see films in the San Francisco Black Film Festival is the cinematic drama “Moses,” which is about the human sex trafficking of young African males, a topic rarely discussed. I sat down with the filmmaker Uzoma Okoro to talk about the concept, the casting and the inspiration that went into the stomach-turning story of “Moses.” Check him out in his own words.

Paul and Dominique check the script.

‘Driving While Black’ comedy screening at the SF Black Film Fest

June 7, 2015



“Driving While Black” is one of the few comical films in the San Francisco Black Film Festival this year, yet its subject matter deals with a not-so-funny topic. What I liked most about this film is that is a satirical look at how police of all ethnicities treat young Black men. I sat down and talked to the writers, Dominique Purdy and Paul Sapiano, about how they came up with the concept to write a comedy about police terrorism.

‘In an Ideal World’: an interview with filmmaker Noel Schwerin

June 7, 2015



Filmmaker Noel Schwerin is someone who is concerned about the way prisoners are classified and housed in racially segregated units in California and around the United States. Come check out “In an Ideal World” at the San Francisco Black Film Festival as well as meet the filmmaker Noel Schwerin and one of the former prisoners in the film to discuss this and many other issues dealing with the human rights of prisoners.

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Wanda’s niece and nephew, Wilda and Wilfred, are pictured at Wilfred’s graduation. Wilda is in Puerto Rico now on a service learning trip with her school.

Wanda’s Picks for June 2015

June 2, 2015



Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, especially those dads who stayed the course, when walking away would have been so much easier, even expected. Happy Father’s Day to the OGs who have grown more responsible with age. It is never too late to do better, even if you missed a generation – grace is that second chance. Congrats to all the May-June graduates, especially my niece and nephew Wilda Batin and Wilfred Batin.

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Verlie Mae Pickens and Anh Le at Jones United Methodist Church in 2014

Verlie Mae Pickens: Celebrating my 99th birthday!

May 31, 2015



Ms. Verlie Mae Pickens will be celebrating her 99th birthday on June 11, 2015! A resident of San Francisco for 66 years and a community leader in the Bayview and throughout San Francisco, Ms. Pickens serves as an inspiring role model for all of us. Ms. Verlie Mae Pickens, we in Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco and the nation and world deeply honor you and wish you a happy 99th birthday! We salute you!

Riley Curry wants you to know she’s rooting for daddy. The May 27 game that cinched the Finals was the 2-year-old’s second scene-stealing press conference appearance. – Photo: KNBR video

Third Street Stroll …

May 30, 2015



BRING EM’ ON! HOW SWEET IT IS! The GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS are making their FIRST NBA Finals appearance in 40 years, beating The Rockets, advance to FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP series since 1975, ready to beat LEBRON JAMES and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Last time Warriors’ great AL ATTLES led the team, AND live to see the day the young Warriors are destined to repeat history!

Lee “Scratch” Perry

‘Vision of Paradise,’ documentary on Reggae and Dub master Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry: an interview wit’ co-executive producer Volker Schaner

May 29, 2015



Few musicians have had such an everlasting impression on the music of the 20th century internationally as the legendary Reggae and Dub producer and vocalist Lee “Scratch” Perry. “Vision of Paradise” is a new documentary that Scratch is the subject of as well as an executive producer along with Volker Schaner, who we contacted in Germany to get this exclusive interview.

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