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San Francisco Black Film Festival Director Patrick Gilles (L) and businessman Charlie Walker discussed the new film, "America Is Still The Place" at the African Plural Art Gallery. Photo by Carla Thomas.

The San Francisco Black Film Festival Celebrates 17th Year

The San Francisco Black Film Festival, completing its 17th year, featured nearly 100 films throughout the city last week.   The festival showcased the work of dozens of emerging and established filmmakers, including “Beyond the [...]
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Bay Area African American Women in Music: Ledisi Counts Stevie Wonder, Prince & the Obamas among Her Fans

Even before her rise to national fame began 11 years ago, Oakland soul singer Ledisi had formed a mutual admiration society of sorts with some of the best vocalists in the business.
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BottleRock Festival Returns to Solano County

Solano County will be rocking for three days this weekend when the annual BottleRock festival returns.   BottleRock is a three-day, delicacy-fueled foray into the absolute best music, wine, food and beer the world has [...]
Late vocalist Sista Monica Parker.

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Sista Monica Saw No Contradiction in Blues and Gospel

The late vocalist Sista Monica Parker was blessed with an uncanny power to move people. She could bring audiences to tears, whether belting the blues on nightclub and festival stages or wailing gospel songs in [...]
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New Reality TV Show Starring ‘Major Prophetess’, Or Major Witches, Makes Mockery of True Prophetic Ministry

By William G. McCray, ObnoxiousTV   Everything Is Going Down, But The Word Of God…   Lifetime is rolling out a new docuseries called Preach in June. Core Media Group is producing the series, which [...]
The "Soul Train" Line, circa 1980. Credit: Soul Train Holdings LLC.

Largest “Soul Train Line” in Oakland Set to Break Guinness World Record

Blending soul, dance, and community, Oakland is set to break a new Guinness World Record for the “Largest Soul Train Line” on Saturday, June 20 at deFremery Park, 1651 Adeline St. in West Oakland.