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Wanda's Picks:James Kilgore;Halifu Osumare;The Pyramids

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Author, James Kilgore joins us to talk about his latest book, murder mystery set in Oakland and Zimbabwe, Prudence Couldn’t Swim. He is in town for an author event at Freedom Archives: From Fugitive to Fiction: The Literary and Political Odyssey of James Kilgore, Sunday September 30, 2012: 4-6pm, 518 Valencia Street - San Francisco. From the Archives: Abigail Disney speaks about the Women and Girls Lead Initiative launched in Oct. 2011 on PBS. Halifu Osumare, Ph.D.  Black Popular Culture and Dance Studies Scholar, joins us to speak about her latest book: The Hiplife in Ghana: West African Indigenization of Hip-Hop & the reading at Underground Books in Sacramento, Sat., Sept. 29, 2-4 p.m. Visit http://www.halifuosumare.com/ Professor Halifu Osumare is currently Associate Professor and Director of African American and African Studies at University of California, Davis. She has been a dancer, choreographer, arts administrator, and scholar of black popular culture for over thirty years in the US & in Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi &Kenya. Her teaching and writing spans the traditional African to the contemporary African American. She holds a M.A. in Dance Ethnology from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa.Members of The Pyramids:Idris Ackamoor, Kenneth Nash & Kimathi Asante, on the occasion of their 40 Anniversary release: “Otherworldly” join us to talk about The Underground Jazz Cabaret performance Nov. 1-3 at The African American Art and Culture Complex Burial Clay Theater, 762 Fulton Street, in San Francisco. Visit www.culturalodyssey.org/season or (415) 292-1850 for tickets.