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This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay!

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Today we will feature King Sunny Adé, musical ambassador who is known for a musical style he made popular, "JuJu." Born into a Nigerian royal family, the artist/entrepreneur told me about how he began his musical career, why he took... more

Hamdiya Cooks, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children/All of Us or None Project Organizer, has over 25 years of experience working on issues facing women in prison. She is a former prisoner, having served 20 years in the... more

We will speak to women of the Black Panther Party: Sheba Makeda Haven and Majeedah Rahman. Visit www.itsabouttimebpp.com. Halima Yates, director of the film, "Saints Rising," recently screened at the Oakland International... more

Maafa 2009: Today we speak to Minister Mxolisi T. Sowell(aka Minister Mxolisi Ozo-Sowande)who is the Community Relations Chairman of the Amelia County Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. He is a 1975 graduate of California State University of... more

Bud E Luv salutes Sammy Davis Jr. at The Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason, SF, Sunday, October 11 at 7 PM. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at www.therrazzroom.com or directly through www.ticketweb.com or (866)... more

Maafa Awareness Month begins! Featuring Ise Lyfe, poet, teacher, businessman who is opening for Gil Scott Heron at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, CA. Doors open at 8 PM. We feature the music of Gil Scott Heron from his... more

Rie Shontel, playwright, actress, brings her one-woman show "Mama Juggs" back to the San Francisco Bay Area for a one night run at The Marsh Theatre, 1062 Valencia Street (near 22nd street in the Mission). The show is at 7:30 PM. In... more

Today I will host two renown DJs: Jeremiah Kpoh& the Afrobeat Nation from Monrovia, and DJ Said Adelekan, (Fatsouls Records), from Lagos to talk about Africa Rising shows: one on Friday, October 2, 9 PM, at BAOBAB VILLAGE... more

Halifu Osumare, Ph.D., Fullbright Scholar, Associate Professor, African American & African Studies at UC Davis; Traci Bartlow, dancer, choreographer, host of the Oakland Hip Hop Dance Institute No. 1, at East Side Arts Alliance at 2277... more

Today is the birthday of John Coltrane. Born John William "Trane" Coltrane (September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967) was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. We'll be featuring music composed and performed by Coltrane, his... more