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Cultural happenings in SF and beyond.

‘Set Me Free’: an interview wit’ screenwriter and director Big Spence

This is the second film by local director Big Spence to be selected to the film fest in as many years, but his directorial debut will be with his newest creation, “Set Me Free,” which is set to screen Friday, April 4, 6:30 p.m., at the Bal Theater in San Leandro. Support local and positive themed filmmaking and support the Oakland International Film Festival, which starts this Thursday. You can get more info at oiff.org.

‘Gem of the Ocean’: an interview with director and playwright Ayodele Nzinga

August Wilson is one of the most if not the most important playwright of the 20th century. His “Pittsburgh Cycle” pens the 20th century North American African experience through gentrification and trauma of the recurrent loss of geographical space.

Raiders talk playoffs after 23-20 win over Chiefs

The minute the Jacoby Ford caught that 49-yard bomb in overtime against the KC Chiefs, “playoffs” could be quietly uttered in the Raiders locker room.

Food justice: an interview wit’ food activist and musician AshEl

AshEl is a food-based activist who has been heightening consciousness for years in the Bay about what we put in our bodies. We have to use everything that we have to inform and educate our people about how our body works – young people especially. I salute AshEl on his valiant quest to keep us in the know about how these corporations are trying to kill us from the inside out.

Kenneth Harding Jr. Foundation third annual coat drive Dec. 18 in Oakland, Dec. 20...

The Kenneth Harding Jr. Foundation is proud to announce our third annual coat drive. This year we’ve partnered with Kiss My Black Arts and New Beginnings Sister Circle. This is our third year with sponsorship from One Warm Coat and with continued support from local businesses within the San Francisco area.

West Oakland rapper J. Stalin speaks on his career

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.

Inner City Youth adventures: Juneteenth in the Fillmore, WHOP’s Neighborhood Connect in Gilman Park

The Juneteenth celebration and festival in San Francisco on June 15, 2013, was an ethnic experience as well as a historical event for African Americans that was worth attending. The Juneteenth parade was fantastic. Church members from the Bay Area were marching with their heads held high and stepping to the beat, as the old skool ‘70s El Dorado Cadillac blasted the Motown beats.

A father’s journey

Although I have not yet been able to make my way back to my father’s house, I do know that he will welcome me because during my self-destructive ordeals he has been my beacon and never once waivered in being my refuge. To my fellow confined men, I encourage you to think about your fatherly journey if you have children. You must strive to dignify your father by living in the light of his integrity, personified by the things he did to be colored a father.

Stic.man’s ‘The Workout’: Making health political – and fun

"It benefits the system to have a sick, weak and high mass population of apathy to govern over" says Stic.man, of the revolutionary rap group dead prez, speaking about his latest solo album, "The Workout," and how health and fitness is related to the political world we live in.

Parenting with ACEs: How you can support your toddler

"Take care of yourself. If you’re healthy and feeling good, you can better respond to your child in a calm, nurturing way."

The gift of family time

When parents learn and play with their children every day, it boosts a child's self-esteem and helps kids develop positive relationships. Here are some suggestions on how to give the gift of quality family time.

Community leader Carolyn Saulson passes

Carolyn Saulson (Feb. 24, 1948 – Jan. 14, 2019) passed away after a long battle with cancer at the age of 70. A resident of Berkeley, California, she was the board president and a founder of Iconoclast Productions, a Bay Area media arts non-profit serving the Black community. Homegoing services will be held at the Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94611 – quiet reflection on Monday, Feb. 4, 3-5 p.m., and funeral service Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2-4 p.m.

Wanda’s Picks for February 2017

Happy Black History Month. Knowledge is power, something Black people from Frederick Douglass to Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks to Kamala Harris have never taken for granted. If white people would kill a Black person for teaching someone to read, not to mention knowing how to read – enough said! The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s organization, has chosen the theme: “Crisis in Education” for 2017.

Black Breastfeeding Week helps moms share in the joys of breastfeeding

In a joint collaboration to spread the joys of breastfeeding, Loving Moments by Leading Lady partnered with the fourth annual Black Breastfeeding Week event by donating nursing bras to participating breastfeeding organizations across the country. Black Breastfeeding Week is a week-long event Aug. 25-31 at the end of National Breastfeeding Month, which celebrates and advocates the health benefits and personal empowerment of breastfeeding.

Robyn Charles’ ‘Fingerprints’ is selected to screen at the SFBFF this month

“‘Fingerprints,’ by LA-based filmmaker Robyn Charles, is one of the official selections in this year’s San Francisco Black Film Festival. Robyn outlines the plot: Gregory Marks is a comedian on the rise who does not realize his comedy is a defense mechanism that masks a dark side he unleashes when pursuing an Oscar-worthy performance in a dramatic role that sends him spiraling into madness. ‘Fingerprints’ blurs the line between comedy and tragedy.”

Save Reid’s Records!

Reid’s Records is not closed – but it needs your business and support NOW! Otherwise, the iconic and beloved Reid’s Records, one of the few Black business remaining in Berkeley, will be closing it doors Oct. 19, after 75 years of serving South Berkeley’s and the Bay Area’s Black communities since 1945!

P.H. Polk, one of ‘10 essential African-American photographers’

Prentice Hall Polk (1898-1985) is one of the world’s quintessential photographers because he captured the honesty, pride and nobility of Afrikan people, during a time in history when portraitures of Afrikan people were typically nothing but caricatures indicative of the Jim Crow laws and of white supremacy. Mr. Polk enjoyed his work creating, preserving and documenting an important part of Afrikan history.

SF DocFest: 13th Annual San Francisco Documentary Festival, June 5-19

This year at the SF Indiefest’s 13th Anual Docfest, June 5-19, at multiple venues on both sides of the Bay, quite a number of films look at sexual exploitation of youth, crimes of poverty and profiles of superheroes – ordinary citizens with tenacity and inner fortitude and great love for their community, like the Honorable Michael Tubbs, central character in Kevin Gordon’s “True Son.”

‘The Black Woman Is God’ – Part II

Afrikan history is world history. World history is human history. And the Black Woman Is God. “The Black Woman Is God” exhibit is a continuation of great Afrikan thought, not solely an outstanding new work of collective and individual art. The closing reception is Thursday, May 30, 6 p.m., in the Sargent Johnson Gallery, African-American Arts and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., San Francisco

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

“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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