Multi-talented artist and educator, Taiwo Kujichagulia-Seitu, joins us to discuss the current body of work from Lyric Performing Arts Academy (www.lyricperformingartsacademy.com): “Annie! The Reality Show,” a musical comedy for children of all ages, at the Live Oak Theatre in Berkeley (1301 Shattuck Avenue) on Saturday the 27th June at 2pm, PDT. We feature Emory Douglas, incredible graphic artist who became Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party. We celebrate the life work of Helen Humes, born on this date in 1913. Also, Johnny Mathis (www.johnnymathis.com) and Angelique Kidjo (www.kidjo.com), are featured next month as part of the San Francisco Symphony Summer with the Symphony Concerts, which begin on the 30th June, continuing through the 23rd August (www.sfsymphony.org). Time permitting, the afternoon concludes with more from the Left Forum (www.leftforum.org), held in NYC the end of May 2015. Hear this and more, today, Tuesday, the 23rd June, 4pm – 6pm, PDT, on 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), “For the People.” Produced and hosted by Safi wa Nairobi (email@example.com).
Representatives of The San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce (www.sfaacc.org), and The Rafiki Coalition for Health and Wellness (http://rafikicoalition.org) join us in-studio to discuss important upcoming events. We remember Ornette Coleman and Mr. Leroy King, who both chequed out last week. The afternoon concludes with a tribute to Jim Pepper, including a wicked rendition of “Blues for Jim,” featuring 11-year old Mateo from the Bay View District of San Francisco. The tribute was recorded 22 March 2015 at San Francisco’s Brava Theatre Centre (http://brava.org). By the way, “Jim Pepper (Kaw/Creek) grew up in Parkrose and attended Parkrose schools. His Kaw Indian name Hunga-che-ada translates to Flying Eagle. He became a tenor and soprano saxophone player, composer and bandleader of international significance, creating a unique, innovative body of work that continues to inspire and influence musicians across the United States and Europe. His tenor saxophone is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, and among his many honors are his induction into the Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.” Hear that and more Tuesday the 16th June, 4pm – 6pm, PDT, on 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), “For the People.” Produced and hosted by Safi wa Nairobi (firstname.lastname@example.org), with special thanks to Franklin Sterling.
Two incredible children, Adella and Kairi, drop their first EP on KPOO. Also, hear a humble homage to director, producer, actor, playwright and musician, Michael Lange. Additionally, help celebrate the birthday of gorgeous actress Pam Grier, who has gone 65 today. The Left Forum (http://www.leftforum.org) hosts another riveting season with numerous panels. And as we get ready for the San Francisco Black Film Festival (http://www.sfbff.org), Festival Director Kali O’Ray joins us in-studio to discuss this year’s spectacular season. Hear that and more, on KPOO San Francisco, 89.5FM (http://www.kpoo.com), “For the People”, 4pm – 6pm, PDT. Produced and hosted by Safi wa Nairobi (email@example.com).
Celebrate the life work of Mr. Riley B. King, better known as “B.B.” King. Also, celebrate the 90th birthday of the Honourable El Hajj Malik El Shabazz: Malcolm X. Hear that and more, Tuesday, the 19th May 2015, on 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), 4pm – 6pm, PDT, “For the People;” produced and hosted by Safi wa Nairobi (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Noted author Tavis Smiley (www.tavistalks.com) joins us in conversation, along with Anthony Floyd, son of prolific soul singer, Eddie Floyd (www.eddiefloyd.com). We also celebrate the 10th anniversary of Out in the Bay, happening on Wednesday the 29th April at the Oasis Nightclub and Cabaret in San Francisco. That and more, on 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco, Tuesday the 21st April, 4pm – 6pm, PDT, “For the People,” produced and hosted by Safi wa Nairobi (email@example.com.)
Brenda Wong Aoki, Mark Izu and Eryn Kimura discuss the upcoming Sweet Suite J-Town, and we celebrate the centennial of Billie Holliday, on 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco, “For the People,” hosted by Safi wa Nairobi (firstname.lastname@example.org). Hear Brenda Wong Aoki, Mark Izu, Eryn Kimura, Billie Holliday, poetry, music, commentary and more, Tuesday the 7th April, 4pm – 6pm, PDT, on 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com).
Hear the tribute to underground cartoonist, Spain Rodriguez, 4pm – 6pm, PDT, on KPOO, San Francisco. Initially presented at the Brava Theatre Centre (www.brava.org) back on the 16th March 2013, the tribute includes music, film excerpt, and testimonials. Born Manuel Rodriguez in Buffalo NY on 2 March 1940, Spain Rodriguez, a founder of the United Cartoon Workers of America, is well known for his leftist politics and artistic creations. His seminal work include creation of the character “Trashman.” Spain is said to be the first muralist in the San Francisco Mission District. Spain’s more recent work are an illustrated biography of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, “Che: A Graphic Biography” (2009). Published in several different languages, “Che: A Graphic Biography,” is described as “brilliant and radical. Among awards presented to Spain, induction into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame, summer 2013. Had he not succumbed to cancer In November 2013, Spain Rodriguez would have gone 75 back on the 2nd March 2015. The legacy of Spain Rodriguez continues throughout the Mission District, San Francisco, the nation and the world. Tune in to the tribute to Spain Rodriguez, Tuesday the 17th March, 4pm – 6pm, PDT, “For the People,” produced and hosted by Safi wa Nairobi (email@example.com).
Celebrate living legend and Bay Area Treasure, John Handy (www.johnhandy.com), who goes 82 on Tuesday, the 3rd February, on KPOO, San Francisco, “For the People”. Also, hear a conversation about the recent International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, with in-studio guest, Steven Suen, proprietor of Biscuits and Blues (www.biscuitsandblues.com). Additionally, we remember the life and music of Varetta “Mercy Mr. Percy” Dillard. Then, Jason Crosby of Doobie Decible System Band (www.ddsband.com), joins us for an in-studio acoustic set in support of the upcoming Greg Anton Book signing at Sweetwater (www.sweetwatermusichall.com) in Mill Valley on Sunday the 8th. And, Grammy-Award winning trumpeter, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Nicholas Payton (www.nicholaspayton.com), shares his wisdom, prior to a return visit to the Jewish Community Centre of San Francisco (www.jccsf.org), on Sweetheart’s Day. Hear that and more, Tuesday, the 3rd February 2015, 4pm – 6pm, PST, on 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco, “For the People”. Produced and hosted by Safi wa Nairobi (firstname.lastname@example.org).
It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that Micaela “Chata”Gutierrez joined her ancestors Tuesday morning, December 17, after her 5-year battle with cancer. Chata has been with KPOO since the beginning, when she was only 18 years old. She was a wonderful DJ and an even more wonderful person.
On Saturday, December 21, during what would have been her show, people came to the station to pay tribute to their friend. Their words spoke more eloquently than we ever could.
Services will be held on Sunday, December 29th, 2-6PM at Driscoll’s Mortuary, 1465 Valencia St, San Francisco.