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!
1. Phyllis Magee, founder & CEO, Luxe Laundromat: A Wash Houze Christmas. Dec. 22. 10 AM to 2 PM @ Poppy's Bubble Wash, 7851 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, 94605 https://www.facebook.com/Luxelaundromat
2. Brother Mxolisi T. Sowell: For more than 50 years, an advocate and activist for our broadest, deepest study of our Black/African/African American History, Heritage, Cultural and Spiritual Traditions -- (as our honorable ancestor Carter G. Woodson advised), and the utilization of the information, wisdom, awakening and empowerment embodied within them as foundation for the greatest good of our people; ultimately for the greatest good of all humanity. He is one of the founding members of the Wo’se Community of the Sacred African Way in Oakland, CA (Dec. 1980), an African-centered spiritual community which has operated an exceptionally successful independent school (Pre-K through 8th grade) since 1985 -- Ile Omode. Mxolisi is one who is “eager to share and be supportive of this kind of Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) by and with my people whenever and wherever that spirit arises."
3. Kathleen Hermesdorf, co-founder of FRESH FESTIVAL, is an international dance artist, educator and producer based in San Francisco. She directs ALTERNATIVA, with musician Albert Mathias. www.la-alternativa.us & freshfestival.org