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Macy's Passport Glamorama Benefit

Macy's and other sponsors have been at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS with their annual Passport GLAMORAMA fashion benefit. The 2011 event promised high fashion, fierce performances, and one unforgettable night. They delivered. Super-Model to Super-Mogul Kathy Ireland walked the Red Carpet and graced the stage to pay tribute to the Founding Chair of Macy's Passport GLAMORAMA, Dame Elizabeth Taylor. Her grandchildren also paid tribute, speaking from their hearts on San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre's stage. Special guest designer from San Francisco was Tracy Reese whose fashions flowed across the stage with the likes of Calvin Klein, Macy's Impulse, Tommy Girl, Kenneth Cole, and other designers. Bruno Mars and Far East Movement brought down the house with fierce performances, and the after-party that took place at the Asian Art Museum was ARTRAGEOUS.


Elizabeth Taylor's grandchildren, Tarquin and Naomi Wilding


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Bruno Mars

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown, Sr.

Kathy Ireland

Tracy Reese

Rachel Bemaul with Far East Movement

Sharaun Brown

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Left to right: J Alton Byrd, Rose V. Lyles, Marcus Lorenzo Penn, M.D.


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Business Perspectives &
Bay Area Black Expo 2012

Business owners Rose V. Lyles and J Alton Byrd offer advice on how to start and maintain a business. They are the producers of one of the largest African-American exhibitions in the United States, The Bay Area Black Expo. Join us.

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Dance USA Conference Overview

The DANCE/USA Annual Conference gathered over 500 executive and artistic directors, company managers, choreographers, artists, presenters, agents, service providers, and other individuals associated with the field to join together for four days of networking, information sharing, discussion on important issues facing the dance field, and, of course, wonderful performances.

The San Francisco host committee invited the public to join them in welcoming the national dance community to a special series of FREE performances that took place on the steps of the San Francisco Public Library (Main Branch) and outside and inside the San Francisco City Hall Rotunda on the opening day of the Conference. presents this overview. Tune in!

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Left to right: Glenn McCoy, Executive Director, San Francisco Ballet; Amy Fitterer, Executive Director, DANCE/USA; Wayne Hazzard, Executive Director, Dancers' Group


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San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

World Arts West's vision is to work with artists, organizations, and communities, to advance cultural understanding, and to achieve universal appreciation and support of the world's diverse dance traditions as a vital and essential part of daily life.

This broadcast offers you snippets of some dances performed at Zellerbach Hall, located on the UC Berkeley campus, in Berkeley, California. The 2011 festival is the 33rd annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.

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Money & Dreams

On Saturday April 21, 2012, book authors and award-winning journalists Valerie Coleman Morris and Belva Davis appeared at Marcus Books in Oakland, California for a book signing and reading. Valerie Coleman Morris is a three-time Emmy award-winning journalist who began her career in the San Francisco Bay Area as a long-time anchor on KGO-TV. Her book It's Your Money So Take it Personally focuses on empowering women on their path to financial independence. As a former business anchor for CNN domestic and international, Valerie talked about money every day to 290 million households, businesses, and airport networks. Belva Davis' book Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman's Life in Journalism is the story of a courageous journalist who helped change the face and focus of television news.

These two pioneer journalists were celebrated and honored for having been, and continuing to be, a source of pride for all women and the Black community for over three decades. Both of their books are must-haves. San Francisco Bay Area award-winning journalist Janice Edwards, a pioneer in her own right, moderated the event. Tune in!

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Back row, left to right: Valerie Coleman Morris, Janice Edwads and Belva Davis.
Kneeling, left to right: Journalist interns Lola Akanmu and Debora Silva

Painting of Michelle Obama by Gabriel Navar

SheRose of Our Time

Joyce Gordon Gallery paid tribute to First Lady Michelle Obama and honored women who work through their art and activism to make the world a better place. Move over Oscar and Emmy, we now have the Joyce Award, which is named after Gallery owner Joyce Gordon. Each honoree received the award after speaking to their work and from their hearts about having their work respected and acknowledged. Curator Eric Murphy titled the event “SheRose Of Our Time” (don't you love the name?). TUNE IN!

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Burnt Offering - Enamelist, Judy Stone

Photography, A Prescription for Healing

Photos by legendary photographer Charles "Teenie" Harris, a.k.a. 'One Shot,' are featured in our March 10, 2012 broadcast.

Public health physician and photographer Dr. Marcus Lorenzo Penn writes a prescription for healing with his photography, which is also featured in the broadcast.

TaSin Sabir's spirit home is Madagascar. She's our guest photographer.

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Muhammad Ali holding his mother,
by Charles "Teenie" Harris

"Eyes of Truth,"
by Dr. Marcus Lorenzo Penn

Dr. Marcus Lorenzo Penn

Charles "Teenie" Harris

TaSin Sabir

Nelson George's The Plot Against Hip Hop

He's hip, and his book is hot. Author, director, filmmaker, television producer, and critic Nelson George visited one of his favorite places in the country—Marcus Books in Oakland, California—to discuss his book The Plot Against Hip Hop.

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From Nelson George's website. He writes:
"This is in front of 19 Willoughy Avenue in Fort Greene where I lived from 1984 to 1992 and wrote a ton of books and articles."

Nelson George with Marcus Book Stores owner Blanche Richardson.

News for All the People

Juan Gonzalez, award-winning journalist and co-host of Democracy Now, has teamed up with Joseph Torres of the media reform organization Free Press to author a groundbreaking new book titled News for all the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media. They spoke before a standing-room-only audience at San Francisco State University. Jon Funabiki, San Francisco State University professor of journalism and executive director of the Renaissance Journalism Center, facilitated the event. Their book is a must-read for all.

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Left to right: Juan Gonzalez, SFSU professor of journalism Jon Funabiki, Joseph Torres

Race & the Arts

AfroSolo in association with The Commonwealth Club of California presented an Arts forum panel discussion exploring how the Arts have played a central role in examining issues related to race in the United States. The panelists were moderator Sherri Young, Executive Director of the African-American Shakespeare Company; Joyce Gordon, Founder & Director of the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland, California; Sean San Jose, Co-founder, Campo Santo, and Program Director for Intersection for the Arts; and Marcus Shelby, bassist, composer, educator, and Director of Marcus Shelby Orchestra. AfroSolo Executive Director Thomas Robert Simpson hosted the event, which was titled, The Arts: A Medium for Exploring Racial Issues: Past, Present & Future.

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Left to right: Thomas Robert Simpson, Sherri Young, Marcus Shelby, Joyce Gordon, Sean San Jose

Left to right: Marcus Shelby, Christine Harris (Chair, Board of Directors-Jazz Heritage Center), Thomas Robert Simpson

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Ghana's Trade Mission Message

High-ranking Ghanaian officials came to America with a message for African-Americans to invest in Ghana and themselves to accumulate wealth. Watch, and 'listen.'

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Article on trade mission by Carla Thomas

Nina Simone — A Historical Perspective

This Emmy-nominated TV special highlights rare performance footage filmed between 1968 and 1969 at various U.S. venues and locations, including the Westbury Music Fair, The Village Gate, and RCA studios in New York City. Also featured are candid and personal interviews with Nina herself, revealing her unique views on music and life, and expressed with her trademark intensity.

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Cool Cuisine


"Global warming is the best thing that has happened to the culinary world in a long time," says Laura Stec, author of Cool Cuisine: Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming. Laura offers the world a different way of eating healthy, and educates her readers on how to keep our planet healthy as well. Her book belongs in every kitchen and home.

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Photo by Henry Drewal

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Africans in India—Patchwork Quilts

In this broadcast, we take you inside San Francisco's MOAD (Museum of the African Diaspora) to listen to the co-curators of Soulful Stitching: Patchwork Quilts by Africans (Siddis) in India, a traveling exhibition that features 32 striking patchwork quilts made by Siddi women, heirs to the culture and values of Africans brought to Goa on India's west coast beginning in the 16th century. While they have adopted and integrated many cultural aspects of the Indian peoples with whom they have lived for generations, Siddis have also retained and transformed certain cultural and artistic traditions from Africa. Soulful Stitching provides an opportunity to explore the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean region through these colorful and vibrant quilts that demonstrate how cultural forms and traditions have been adapted throughout the Diaspora.


Marcus Books held a book signing for Sapphire. She also read from her book. In The Kid, bestselling author Sapphire tells the electrifying story of Abdul Jones, son of Precious, the unforgettable heroine of the novel Push. This generational story that moves with the speed of thought tells of a twenty-first century young man's fight to find a way toward the future.

Sapphire is a performance poet and author of the bestselling Push. The film adaptation of the book, Precious, received the Academy Award for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress, in addition to the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Awards at the Sundance Film Festival.

In 2009, Sapphire received a United States Artist Fellowship. She lives in New York City.

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Cross-Cultural Swinging

San Francisco media celebrity Jerri Lange interviews her long-time colleague, Liang Ho, about her research, work, and travels within Hawaii, Asia, and the Pacific region while based in Honolulu, and earlier volunteerism during the first United Nations-sponsored International Year of the Woman (IWY) in 1975, when both Jerri and Liang served on program committees to bring IWY representatives from South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia to San Francisco for dialog.

Liang clarifies why today, more than ever, there is a pressing need to understand, appreciate, and communicate more effectively with culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse others in our shrinking global village. As an aid to helping others do this, Liang has written a self-help manual entitled Cross-Cultural Swinging: A Handbook for Self-Awareness and Multi-Cultural Living!

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