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2017 Professional Business Women's Conference

The 2017 conference of the Professional Business Women of California (PBWC) held on March 28, 2017 at San Francisco's Moscone Center featured keynote speakers Taraji P. Henson, Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Empire and Hidden Figures, and Rosario Dawson, critically acclaimed actress, advocate and entrepreneur. It was an incredibly powerful and inspiring conference attended by more than 6,000 women, girls, and their male supporters. If you couldn't attend, or if you did and want to relive the unforgettable moments, tune in.

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pbwc.org


Bolivian Folkloric Dances!

Bolivian dances were a part of World Arts West's Rotunda Dance Series. They performed at San Francisco's City Hall. Tune in!

 

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worldartswest.org
bcadance.com


Women's History Month 2017: Icon Aileen Clarke Hernandez

On March 6, 2017, the life of an activist, feminist, humanitarian, mentor, and the first Black woman elected the president of the National Organization Of Women was celebrated at San Francisco's City Hall. She died on February 13, 2017 at the age of 90. The celebration was moderated by pioneer journalist and dear long-time friend of Aileen, Belva Davis. The keynote speaker was Gloria Steinem.

Aileen Clarke Hernandez organized workers for better wages, battled sex discrimination from inside the government and racial discrimination within the ranks of the women's movement. She went on to mentor many leaders in today's women's movement and to build networks for justice in San Francisco's City Hall, in statehouse corridors, with the United Nations, the ACLU, intertribal councils, and much more.

On the day of the celebration of Aileen's life, Mayor Edwin Lee requested that City Hall be lit in yellow, orange, and black—colors of one of the organizations she founded. Aileen is the first African American to be so honored. Her wisdom and graciousness will be missed.

L-R: Gloria Steinem, Belva Davis, Rev. Charlotte Myers

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Thank you to Black Women Stirring The Waters Vision Committee for material in this broadcast post.


International Women's Day San Francisco

San Francisco Fire Department Chief Ramona Williams

March 8, 2017

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African American History Celebration w/Rev. Jesse Jackson @ USF!

The Rev. Jesse Jackson appeared at the University of San Francisco for a one-on-one conversation with Dr. Clarence B. Jones to celebrate African American History Month 2017. The conversation was followed by an audience question and answer session. The conversation was inspiring, informative, and educational regarding the past and the civil rights movement. The work continues. DON'T GIVE UP! Tune in.

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Related links:
usfca.edu
rainbowpush.org

L-R: Dr. Clarence B. Jones, Johnnie Burrell, Reverend Jesse Jackson


Macy's Black History Month 2017

GOn Wednesday, February 22, 2017, Macy's on San Francisco's Union Square celebrated Black History Month. Guests were joined by the announcer for the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, Renel Brooks-Moon, who moderated a discussion that featured the star of HBO's Insecure, Jay Ellis, and Grammy-nominated R&B vocalist BJ The Chicago Kid. The discussion was followed by a vocal performance by the Queen of Everything, Ryan Nicole. Guests also enjoyed an exclusive video that featured actor, singer, songwriter, musician, and rapper Saul Stacey Williams. Tune in!

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macys.com
jay-ellis.com
bjtck.com
msryannicole.com
tomasovalle.com
charlestonpierce.com

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Ryan Nicole

Photo credit: Tony Givens

L-R: Jay Ellis, Renel Brooks-Moon, BJ The Chicago Kid

L-R: Ryan Nicole, Charleston Pierce

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Women's March 2017/Oakland, California

Thousands march for women in Oakland on January 21, 2017.

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Related link:
womensmarchbayarea.org

Photo credit: Cierra Bailey


Andre Ward: Inspiration

2004 Olympic Gold Medalist light-heavy weight and world light-heavy weight boxing champion Andre Ward is more than a boxing champion. He's an inspiration. Listen in!

 

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andre-ward.com


2016 San Francisco Bay Area Book Festival Interviews

Interviews from the 2016 San Francisco Bay Area Book Festival. Hear their stories!

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Related links:
baybookfest.org
sfchronicle.com
about.me/jaymal
mariettaharris.com
tatepublishing.com
theoperacat.com
helenabrantley@redpencilpublicity.com


Marcus Books Re-Opening!

Marcus Books, a jewel of this country and the oldest Black-owned bookstore in the Unites States, is re-opening in San Francisco. As a lot of you know, the Oakland store continued to operate after the fight to keep the San Francisco location open after its closing. Seems the fight was won. The new location will be at the African American Art & Culture Complex. People came to the location to express their excitement about what's to come for Marcus Books and San Francisco's Black communities.

L-R: Mohammed Soriano Bilal, Karen Johnson, Tamiko Johnson

L-R: Marcus Books owner Karen Johnson, San Francisco Public Library librarian Catrina Brewton

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Related links:
marcusbooks.com
aaacc.org
sfpl.org

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The Importance of Black Voices in Media

On Sunday,October 2, 2016, a panel was convened at Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland, California to talk about the importance of Black voices in media. The spotlight of the conversation was on a nationally praised Black newspaper, the San Francisco Bay View. Panelists were Cuisine Noir Magazine's publisher Sheree Williams; Terri Collins, a key figure in the founding of nationally recognized radio station KPOO; journalist Cierra Bailey, a voice for the young; and philanthropist and moderator Phyllis Bowie. All agreed that the San Francisco Bay View is under fire now and ways must be found and implemented to keep its voice heard.

L-R: Terri Collins, Phyllis Bowie, Cierra Bailey, Joyce Gordon

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Related links:
sfbayview.com
kpoo.com
cuisinenoirmag.com
joycegordongallery.com
kevinwoodson.com


Black Panther Party's 50th Anniversary Celebration Arts Panel

A lot of Black Panther Party 50th Anniversary Celebrations took place all over the country and abroad in the month of October. One such celebration took place at Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland, California. Featured panelists were former Minister of Culture and legendary Black Panther newspaper cartoonist Emory Douglas, and creator of the Black Panther Coloring Book Akinsanya Kambon. Tune in!!!

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Related links:
joycegordongallery.com
thegallerykambon.com
oaklandmaroons.com

L-R: Emory Douglas, Johnnie Burrell

L-R: Refa One, Emory Douglas, Duane Deterville, Akinsanya Kambon

L-R: Johnnie Burrell, Akinsanya Kambon


Black Panther Party 50th Anniversary Energy!

A "snippet" of celebrations of the Black Panther Party's 50th Anniversary Celebration that took place at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, California on October 22, 2016.

 

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Related link:
hiphoptv.com


Congressman John Lewis @ USF

Congressman John Lewis brought his message of hope and non-violence to the University of San Francisco on August 17, 2016. He also brought his three books, each titled March. His focus was the young. Tune in!

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Related links:
usfca.edu
michaellangefoundation.org

L-R: Belva Davis, Congressman John Lewis


Concerns about Birth of a Nation

The much talked about and praised film, Nate Parker's Birth of a Nation, was released to movie theaters around the country on October 7, 2016. Talk show host, comic, and political commentator Kamau Bell had some concerns about going to see the film. He sat on stage with friends at the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco to discuss the issue surrounding the film, namely, rape allegations against the director and producer Nate Turner.

Voice your thoughts by emailing jb@internationalmediatv.com.

Kamau Bell, Johnnie Burrell

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Related links:
kalw.org
wkamaubell.com

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HOMEGOING: Yaa Gyasi's Story of Slavery and Families

Born in Ghana and raised in America, Yaa Gyasi's novel titled Homegoing tells the story of slavery's legacy and the trip to her homeland that inspired the novel that is now a New York Times best seller. Her trip included a visit to Ghana's Cape Coast Castle, a symbol of slavery and the secrets it holds regarding the slave trade. In her book she tells stories of how the slave trade has, to this day, impacted families. It begins with half-sisters in Ghana who didn't know each other: one who lived a life of privilege after marrying a British officer and the other one sold into slavery. Yaa appeared at Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland, California to talk about her book-writing experience and to sign her book. I was privileged to be there to document that moment in time. Tune in!

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Related links:
oaklandoctopus.org
litquake.org
moadsf.org

Yaa Gyasi, Johnnie Burrell


Why America Is Waking Up To Racism & How Do We "Stay Woke"

A timely women's panel on race took place on August 25, 2016, in Oakland, California. Initiated by four powerful women—pioneer journalist and book author Belva Davis; attorney, civil rights advocate, and Equal Justice Society President Eva Paterson; businesswoman and entrepreneur Sandra O. Floyd; and Board President of the International Women's Forum Northern California Rebecca Barfknecht—the conversation addressed issues of facing race in America. You'll hear some proposed solutions regarding the race divide and you'll also hear some spellbinding personal stories regarding race and how it impacts the speakers' lives. Tune in!

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Related links:
iwfnorcal.org
belvadavis.com

L-R: Sandra O. Floyd, Rebecca Barfknecht, Eva Paterson, Belva Davis, Fran A. Streets


Salsa on Fillmore 2016

Watch a snippet of this annual San Francisco event.

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salsafestivalfillmore.com


Black Hollywood Unchained!

Before Columbus Foundation in association with the African American Center of the San Francisco Public Library organized a gathering of artists, intellectuals, and activists, ostensibly to discuss their essay contributions to the anthology Black Hollywood Unchained, edited by Ishmael Reed. What ensued was an extraordinary exhibition of ideas and argument exploring the great triumphs and failures of African Americans in the global media. Lucid, imaginative, and highly original commentary on history, art, politics, and the most salient issues of our times are rigorously deciphered, often in surprising and provocative ways. Featured guests were Justin Desmangles, Jesse Douglas Allen-Taylor, Halifu Osumare, Marvin X Jackmon, as well as the aforementioned Ishmael Reed. Tune in!

L-R: Justin Desmangles, Jesse Douglas Allen-Taylor, Halifu Osumare, Marvin X Jackmon, Ishmael Reed

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Related links:
sfpl.org
ishmaelreed.org
barakabooks.com
beforecolumbusfoundation.com
blackbirdpressnews.blogspot.com
sisterezili.blogspot.com
halifuosumare.com
sugareerising.com
michaellangefoundation.org


Caged Bird Legacy: Continuing the Life Work of Dr. Maya Angelou

If you think you knew some, or a lot, about writer, poet, activist, and humanitarian Dr. Maya Angelou, listen in on a conversation that took place at San Francisco's MOAD (Museum of the African Disaspora) between pioneer journalist, and San Francisco's own, Belva Davis, and Dr. Angelou's only child, Guy Johnson. He, too, is an accomplished book author. Guests attending were actor Delroy Lindo, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Lewis Brown, Jr., and performance artist Dicasso. It was standing-room-only, and it was magical!! Tune in!

L-R: Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Lewis Brown, Jr., Belva Davis, Guy Johnson, Delroy Lindo

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Related links:
moadsf.org
guyjohnsonbooks.com
belvadavis.com
smoochmusic.com
sfbayview.com
michaellangefoundation.org


Praise for Kaepernick!

There was praise for San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick at San Francisco's historic Third Baptist Church from the voices of former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown and civil rights attorney John Burris. Tune in!

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Related links:
sfbayview.com
thirdbaptist.org
michaellangefoundation.org

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown


The Legacy of Malcolm X

Hisham Aidi and Michael Eric Dyson discuss the legacy of Malcolm X. Moderated by Chairman of the Before Columbus Foundation, Justin Desmangles at the 2016 Oakland Book Festival.

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Related links:
beforecolumbusfoundation.com
selfcarereform.net
oaklandbookfestival.org


Multiracial American Literature

21st century American writers respond to the New World's history of slavery and genocide with sensuous, supple, and frequently paradoxical narratives of racial identity. Before Columbus Foundation presents three of today's most innovative and exciting writers on questions of color, literature, and the American voice.

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Related links:
oaklandbookfestival.org
beforecolumbusfoundation.com

L-R: Kira Brunner Don, Justin Desmangles, Timothy Don. Kira and Timothy are Oakland Book Festival founders, and Justin is Chairman of the Before Columbus Foundation.

L-R: John Keene, Victor LaValle, Emily Raboteau, Justin Desmangles


Judge Judy Bailiff Petri Hawkins-Byrd & the OK Program

For 25 years the mission of the OK Program (OUR KIDS) has been to bring young black men and law enforcement together to promote peace. Television's award-winning Judge Judy's co-host, bailiff Petri Hawkins-Byrd, a.k.a. "Byrd," served as Master of Ceremonies in Oakland, California's Verdese Carter Park to celebrate that mission. I interviewed him the day before in San Francisco at Black Bark BBQ. Tune in!

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Related links:
okprogram.org
blackbarkbbq.com
michaellangefoundation.org

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Cierra Bailey

Petri Hawkins-Byrd, OK PROGRAM founder Donald Northcross

Cierra Bailey's brother, Petri Hawkins-Byrd, Cierra Bailey


Bernie Sanders, Danny Glover, Jane Kim at Allen Temple

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, actor and activist Danny Glover, and San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Jane Kim took to the stage at Oakland, California's Allen Temple Baptist Church to talk about their hopes and dreams for America and the world. The conversations were moderated by Dr. Ramona Tascoe.

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Related links:
berniesanders.com
allen-temple.org

Johnnie Burrell, Danny Glover

Co-executive broadcast producer Thea Matthews


Race and the Presidential Election

Michael Eric Dyson discusses race and the presidential election with his editor at the New Republic, Theodore Ross. Dyson's articles "Yes She Can: Why Hillary Clinton will do more for black people than Obama," and "The Ghost of Cornel West: What happened to America's most exciting black scholar?" provided the background for their conversation.

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Michael Eric Dyson, Dr.Marcus Lorenzo Penn

Michael Eric Dyson, Johnnie Burrell

Related links:
oaklandbookfestival.org
selfcarereform.net
beforecolumbusfoundation.com


Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape

Three of America's most provocative authors of color appeared on a panel at the 2016 Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley, California to talk about memory, history, race, and the American Landscape. They were superb!

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L-R: Faith Adiele, Elmaz Abinader, Lauret Savoy

Related links:
baybookfest.org
lauretsavoy.com
readtrace.com
voicesatvona.org
cca.edu
sfchronicle.com
redpencilpublicity.com


 

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