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Today we started out with guests, devorah major, former poet laureate for San Francisco, and Kim McMillon, publicist for the Josephine Miles, Pen Oakland Awards, Dec. 6, 1-5, at the Rockridge Branch of the Oakland Public Library. Other guests included John Handy, musician, scholar, and composer, Peter Fitzsimmons, Executive Director, Jazz Heritage Center, Raja Rahim, jazz vocalist, Lewis Watts, photographer and historian. They spoke about the opening of the Harlem West exhibit at the Heritage Center and the accompanying exhibit next door on the Plush Room Gallery, Dec. 6, 1-6 p.m. They were followed on the air by Professor Manu Ampim, who will deliver the keynote address at the Western Regional Conference for the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations. The theme this year is: "Fearlessly Forward As We Build for Eternity." An interview with Boots Riley of the Coup, closed out this mornings show. Like all great conversations, it got good after we went off the air and stopped streaming. The show actually went to 10:30 AM. Boots and the Coup, a double bill with bassist, Meshell Ndegeocello Band out of DC, the GoGo musicians—are at the Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd. @ Fillmore, in San Francisco, 12/7, doors at 7, show 8, (415) 346-6000. The conversation came full circle we began with writing and the craft of poetry and prose and the importance of the writer's voice in society. This discussion segued into the topic of place and practice, public spaces and where one is allowed or one takes the space necessary to tell stories, the stories often edited out of the history books. John Handy, in answering the question of why jazz is important spoke about the great gift to the world jazz is--it's the story of black people, but it is also the story of a nation. Professor Ampim acknowledged this contribution, when he spoke of the reluctance of Western European descents here and elsewhere, to accept a black god, a black origin, thus the destruction of artifacts.
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