Today we will feature guests who illuminate African Culture at its highest: Pee Wee Ellis who is in town this weekend, Friday-Saturday, June 9-10 for STILL BLACK, STILL PROUD - An African Tribute to James Brown Feat. Pee Wee Ellis, Vusi Mahlasela & Meklit Hadero at Yoshi's in Oakland. Visit yoshis.org Eurydice Ross, Tanya Marie Amos and Michelle Ned speak about Grown Women Dance Collective's "Fallen Heroes, Rising Stars: A Juneteenth Celebration through Dance," June 18th, 2011, 8:00 p.m. at Diablo Valley College Theater in Pleasant Hill. Call (925) 680-4400. Brother Osei Terry Chandler joins us to talk about "Libations for the Ancestors" this weekend, June 11, 2011. This event collectively honors the millions of enslaved Africans who perished during the Middle Passage, the Transatlantic "slave trade" route from Africa to the Americas. This commemoration held annual on the second Saturday in June. The SC memorial is in its fourteenth year, at Fort Moultrie, Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, 9 AM-1 PM. For information call: (843) 556-2041. The commemoration is held in conjunction with programs in Brooklyn, NY (Coney Island); Portobello, Panama; San Francisco, CA; Oakland, CA; Cape Coast Castle, Ghana and others. We all gather to honor the millions who perished in the horrific voyage, the Middle Passage. We feel and understand that if we don't remember and honor them, who will! What is unique about this ritual is its sychronicity. We all pour at the same time. On the West Coast it is at 9 AM sharp. We close with a conversation with programmers and directors for the Queer Women of Color Film Festival, June 10-12 at Brava Theater in San Francisco. Visit http://www.qwocmap.org/festival.html It is a free event. Music: Rupa and the April Fishes's "Este Mundo."
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