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Culture Currents

Cultural happenings in SF and beyond.

From E-RADication to Reparations

Students in the Deecolonize English Class are putting learning into action resisting RAD and denouncing displacement, incarceration and genocide.

‘Banished: How Whites Drove Blacks out of Town in America’

Between the late 1860s and the 1920s, Black people were subjected to a form of ethnic cleansing that Hitler would later use as a precursor for the Holocaust.

Give Dr. King the birthday present he wants: VOTE in Cali’s March 3 primary

What would MLK think about our fractured and divisive country and world of today? He would be shocked by so many unhoused, hungry, suffering people, mass incarceration, children in cages, extreme poverty, the climate crisis, and trillions spent on the Pentagon, ongoing wars and now, nukes in space (Space Force), a new war for oil looming, and extreme income inequality. He would be upset by the lying fascists running and ruining our country.

Support Real Journalism!

The Minister of Information JR teamed up with http://spot.us on doing a 20 minute audio documentary on the Village Bottom Farms, in West Oakland.

Wanda’s Picks for February 2021

Wanda Sabir opens the door to the abundance of February with the gifts of Black History Month, observations on today’s Jim Crow, stories and people we may not know about like Adam David Miller (A.D.) and young Amanda Gorman, who’s poem, “The Hill We Climb,” breathed hope and vitality into a weary country at the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris.

Five things young African American women can do to cope with breast cancer

Learning that you have breast cancer can be one of the most shocking and life altering moments of your entire life. The initial diagnosis can bring on feelings of not only worry, but life’s fragility. The idea of time being precious no longer seems like something that you just say in passing when talking to friends. Your time really does become precious and your sense of purpose kicks into overdrive.

Professional athletes are showing America just how powerful labor really is

The wave of strikes by athletes against racist police violence is not ebbing. On Thursday night, the New York Mets and Miami Marlins took the field, held a 42-second moment of silence (in honor of Jackie Robinson), and then walked off. They left behind a shirt that read “Black Lives Matter” on home plate.

Commemorating Women’s HERstory Month

With relentless focus on honor and respect for justice and healthy, satisfying lives for all people, Baba Jahahara Amen-Ra Alkebulan-Ma’at notes poignantly our devasting COVID-19 loss of life, the travesty of political prisoners, appreciation for the sis-stars’ leadership and contributions, the people’s work on H.R. 40 and S. 40 Reparations Proposals, and congratulates Queen Warrior Mama Akua Njeri and son Chairman Fred Hampton, Jr. for their work to save the Hampton Family House in Maywood, Ill, and more.

Wanda’s Picks April 2021

Wanda Sabir presents a thoughtful journey considering the effects of the pandemic on our reality, and experiencing through memorial art, theatre, healing arts and poetry the beauty, trauma, wisdom, fight and survival of Black wom(b)en holding the possibilities of the future.

Commemorating our sacred Alkebulan-Afrikan Story

Emerging through the other side of the first month of 2021, Baba Jahahara Amen-RA Alkerbulan-Ma’at honors those transitioning to the realm of the Ancestors while bringing us into February and all that is to be appreciated, learned and embraced as the path of the movement demands. Revolutionary Love and Reparations Now!

Faceless but Seen

Tara Belchar opens a personal view of an increasingly familiar picture of the inhumanity of homelessness as ­brutal, most often imposed and more often ignored and dismissed as someone else’s problem. We created homelessness – the collateral damage of classist, racist capitalism. Our humanity is being tested by the challenge of taking responsibility for our creations.

Humanists – where are you?

As described by Jay Rene Shakur, the crucial element necessary to reclaim dignity and social well-being as human beings, is the heart of humanity, and humanism itself. Yet humanism today seems obscured, lost, hidden, withdrawn or morphed, leaving the front lines and leadership disadvantaged in the fight for our humanity.

A reflection on pain

The stories of domestic violence against women around the world is told again and again. Is this the telling we listen to, the one we hear, the one we feel, the one we commit ourselves to by standing in her place and saying “No More”?

Wanda’s Picks for January 2021

Wanda Sabir always brings the best treats to the party and this new year 2021 is no different. Preluding with the celebrations and remembrances in Kwanzaa and then deftly moving along to delicacies of movies, art, poetry and jazz, we are filled with satisfied contentment.

An African in America 2020: A mother’s hope for social justice

Racial violence and oppression tortures Black parents with never-ending anguish.

Ode to George Floyd, a poverty skola in amerikkklan

Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia expresses the deep connections in the love for comrades lost and the shameful reality of an intricately woven web of poverty, homelessness and mental illness, suffering and death, controlled and managed by murderous poLice, wite supremacy and gentriFUKing under krapitalsm.

Solutions for Women: Empowering women through means, unity, sisterhood and solving problems

No woman is an island and eventually the life will serve up a brick wall challenge that another strong woman, having experienced and worked through a similar challenge, might be the opportunity for solution collaboration for empowerment. Solutions for Women honors the experience.

‘Banished’: an interview wit’ filmmaker Marco Williams

I have a body of work that really looks at race relations and the dynamics of race – the pains, the problems and the frustrations between Black and white Amerikkkans – and in this one I thought that there was a possibility to look at perspective solutions.

Wanda’s Picks for June 2020

Happy Juneteenth or Black People’s Liberation Day, June 19, 1865! Stay strong folks and be safe. Fists up to the youth who are leaders in this Movement for Racial Justice and their parents who raised them righteous.

The San Francisco Black Film Festival XXI Tribute to Jeff Adachi

The San Francisco Black Film Festival’s 21st anniversary season runs June 13-16, kicking off with a media preview, briefing and tribute to the late Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender and filmmaker, on June 12, 4-6 p.m. Kali O’Ray and Katera Crossley, SFBFF Festival co-directors want to honor a friend to the festival, whose work, “America Needs a Racial Facial,” debuted in 2016.