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“For the People”

Posted on: July 21st, 2015 by Safi wa Nairobi
Tune in Tuesday the 21st July, 4pm 6pm, PDT, on 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), to hear noted author Edwidge Danticat, who read and spoke at Revolution Books (www.revolutionbooks.org) in Berkeley on the 5th July. Laugh with us, on what would have been the 64th birthday of actor/comedian Robin Williams. Join us in celebrating the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law on the 26th July 1990. KPOO honours the 100-year legacy of Oakland’s McClymonds High School (http://mcclymonds.ousd.k12.ca.us. Notable McClymonds High School alumni include: Vince Albritton, former NFL safety; Odis Allison, NBA player; Antonio Davis, NBA player; Ron Dellums, former U. S. Congressman and former mayor of Oakland; Joe Ellis, NBA player; Curt Flood, MLB player; MC Hammer, Grammy-winning rapper; Wendell Hayes, former NFL running back; Jim Hines, Olympic gold medalist, 100 metres dash record- holder, and the first man to break the 10-second barrier; Leondaus “Lee” Lacy, MLB player and two-time World Series Champion; Dante Marsh, CFL cornerback for the BC Lions; Demetrius “Hook” Mitchell, one of the greatest street basketball players; Vada Pinson, MLB player; Aaron Pointer, MLB player and NFL referee; Curt Roberts, the first African American fielded by the Pittsburgh Pirates; Frank Robinson, MLB player, Hall of Famer, and only MLB player to win Most Valuable Player Award in both leagues; Bill Russell, NBA Hall of Famer, 11-time NBA Champion (most championships by a player in NBA history); Roy Shivers, former NFL running back; Paul Silas, NBA player and coach; Brandon Smith, CFL player for the Calgary Stampeders; Nate Williams, NBA player; Lionel Wilson, former mayor of Oakland, and first African American mayor of Oakland; Ernie Lombardi, Hall of Fame catcher for the Cincinnati Reds; Nicholas Petris, California state senator; Willie Tasby, MLB player; and Michael White, jazz violinist. The 100 year celebration of McClymonds kicks off Friday the 24th July at 200 Hegenberger for a meet and greet. A ticketed banquet dinner/dance will be held Saturday the 25th at the Sequoyah Country Club. On Sunday the 26th, njoy a church event at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1203 Willow, Oakland. Other events for the week include the San Francisco Symphony: Sheena Easton singing music from James Bond and other Spy Films (no film clips during the concert, see), Thursday July 23rd at Davies Symphony Hall (www.sfsymphony.org/summer); music by Russian Composers Friday the 24th July at Davies; and the SF Symphony performs Classical Mystery Tour–A Tribute to the Beatles, Saturday and Sunday the 25th and 26th July, which concludes the SF Symphony’s Summer with the Symphony Concerts. The SF Ballet perform a free concert Sunday the 26th July at Stern Grove (www.sterngrove.org). Ron Thompson, the John Garcia Band, Big Jon Atkinson, the Delta Wires, Earl Thomas and the Chase Walker Band are all at Biscuits and Blues during the week (www.biscuitsandblues.com). Yoshi’s (www.yoshis.com) features the Michael Landau Group with special guest Kirk Fletcher (tonight); Tommy Igoe Grove Conspiracy (tomorrow); Makana (23 July); the Cab Calloway Orchestra (24 July); the 10,000 Maniacs and CTFU Comedy Night (25 July); Cubbanismo (26 July); Hamish Anderson (27 July); as well as Grupo Falso Baiano and Wote Ensemble (28 July). Hear more music from the latest release, Into the Wild Blue, by award-winning slide guitarist, Roy Rogers (www.royrogers.com). President of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Dr. Maxine Hickman (www.ncbwsf.org), and Edwin Ramirez, Re-entry Navigator, Career Services at Goodwill Industries (www.sfgoodwill.org), discuss supporting the Workforce Programme at the Goodwill Industries. Hear that and more, Tuesday the 21st July, 4pm – 6pm, PDT, on 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), For the People. Produced and hosted by Safi wa Nairobi, with special thanks to Noel Juan for providing the audio feed for Edwidge Danticat.

“For the People”

Posted on: July 6th, 2015 by Safi wa Nairobi
Tune in to 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), Tuesday the 7th July, 4pm – 6pm, PDT, “For the People.” Hear music from Angelique Kidjo (www.kidjo.com), recorded with the Orchestre Phiharmonique du Luxembourg. We remember “Big Time Sarah” and get ready for another Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival coming up this weekend (www.hipwayblues.net). Bay Area Treasure Lady Bianca (www.ladybianca.com) performs live, recorded for the Bay Area Jazz and Blues Artists (B.A.J.A.B.A.) Showcase, hosted by Afrikahn Jamal Dayvs (https://jzl1.wordpress.com). Finally getting back to more from the Left Forum Conference held in May in NYC (www.leftforum.org). Also, multiple Grammy Awardee, Angelique Kidjo (www.kidjo.com), joins us in conversation as we prepare for her welcomed return to San Francisco, this time for her orchestral debut with the San Francisco Symphony, as well as the USA premiere of “Ife” (which means love): three Yoruba songs for Orchestra, written by award-winning composer, Phillip Glass (www.phillipglass.com). Angelique Kidjo’s historic performance at Davies Symphony Hall on Friday the 10th July is part of the San Francisco Symphony’s “Summer with the Symphony Concerts” (www.sfsymphony.org). Hear that and more, Tuesday, the 7th July, 4pm – 6pm, PDT, on 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), “For the People.” Produced and hosted by Safi wa Nairobi (safi@kpoo.com), with special thanks to Afrikahn Jamal Davys and Mickey Mayzes–Miss M.

“For the People”

Posted on: June 23rd, 2015 by Safi wa Nairobi
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 (safi@kpoo.com).

“For the People”

Posted on: June 15th, 2015 by Safi wa Nairobi
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 (safi@kpoo.com), with special thanks to Franklin Sterling.

“For the People”

Posted on: May 26th, 2015 by Safi wa Nairobi
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 (safi@kpoo.com).

“For the People”

Posted on: May 18th, 2015 by Safi wa Nairobi
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 (safi@kpoo.com).

“For the People”

Posted on: April 21st, 2015 by Safi wa Nairobi
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 (safi@kpoo.com.)

“For the People”

Posted on: April 6th, 2015 by Safi wa Nairobi
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 (safi@kpoo.com). 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).

“For the People”

Posted on: March 17th, 2015 by Safi wa Nairobi
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 (safi@poo.com).

“For the People”

Posted on: February 2nd, 2015 by Safi wa Nairobi
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 (safi@kpoo.com).