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.
Tune in to 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco, and help us celebrate the birthday of Angelique Kidjo (www.kidjo.com). Hear more from this year’s Left Forum (www.leftforum.org), held at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice on the City University of New York campus (NYC), May 2015. Vic Sadot (www.vicsadot.com) shares music, apparently unaired on any (progressive) community radio. Haitian-American and award-winning autho, Edwidge Danticat, discusses her critically acclaimed work following a recent conversation and reading at Revolution Books in Berkeley (www.revolutionbooks.org). In the South Bay, on Saturday the 18th July, the African Diaspora Network (www.adn.org), presents “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital in Africa.” The 14th Annual Outsound New Music Summit (http://outsound.org/summit) happens 26 July – 1 August. The 78th free season of the Stern Grove Festival continues Sundays through the 16th August (www.sterngrove.org). And the SF Symphony’s “Summer with the Symphony Concerts” (www.sfsymphony.org/summer) are ongoing through the 26th July at Davies Symphony Hall. This week’s “Summer with the Symphony Concerts” theme? Sci-fi and spy. Hear that and more, Tuesday the 14th July, 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), with special thanks to Noel Juan (www.noeldnjuan.com) for the audio feed with Edwidge Danticat.
Paula Santos, Debra Eslava-Burton, and Sarah Stark will be my guests on “Connecting the Dots” on Thursday 7/16/15 at 1:00 P.M.
Sarah Stark’s book about Paula Santos’s son, Ruben “Chip” Santos, Out There just won the Fiction Award for Indie books. Paula Santos, Debra Eslava-Burton, Chip’s auntie, and author Sarah Stark will discuss the novel and the PTSD that took the life of Ruben “Chip” Santos.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), with special thanks to Afrikahn Jamal Davys and Mickey Mayzes–Miss M.
Hear music from Angelique Kidjo (www.kidjo.com), recorded with the Orchestre Phiharmonique du Luxembourg. Don Paul returns to the Bay Area from the Crescent City to discuss his latest work and current tour. Multi-instrumentalist Natalie Cressman joins us in-studio for conversation and live performance, highlighting her youthful yet solid musical career (www.nataliecressman.com). We celebrate the centennial of legendary activist Grace Lee Boggs (www.graceleeboggs.com), who went 100 the 27th June. Also, San Francisco Symphony Director of Summer Concerts–Edwin Outwater–talks about this summer’s concerts, beginning this week at Davies Symphony Hall, with Grammy Award-winning pianist, Garrick Ohlsson on opening night, the 30th June; stalwart extraordinaire, Johnny Mathis (www.johnnymathis.com), who performs Thursday and Friday, the 2nd and 3rd July; a 4th of July fireworks spectacular at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mt. View; and a free SF Symphony Concert at the Stern Grove Festival (www.sterngrove.org), Sunday the 5th July. It is all part of the San Francisco Symphony Summer with the Symphony Concerts (www.sfsymphony.org). Hear that and more, Tuesday, the 30th 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).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 (email@example.com), with special thanks to Franklin Sterling.
Hear Betty Davis, Anthony Gronowicz, Howie Hawkins, Ralph Poynter, Lynne Stewart and Marilynn Zuniga, from the panel, “Public Schools vs. Charter Schools–The Legacy of the NYC Community Control Struggle: The True Debate Must be Education vs. Mis-Education,” one of the many conscientious presentations at this year’s Left Forum Conference(www.leftforum.org). Help us continue to celebrate Black Music Month, highlight the upcoming 17th Annual San Francisco Black Film Festival (www.sfbff.org), as well as the month-long celebration of the 40th Anniversary of La Pena Cultural Centre (www.lapena.org). That and more, on 89.5FM, KPOO San Francisco, (www.kpoo.com), Tuesday the 9th June 2015, 4pm – 6pm, PDT, “For the People,” produced and hosted by Safi wa Nairobi (firstname.lastname@example.org).