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The Cast:Left to Right- Adimu Madyun- (Stool Pigeon), Niko Lorraine Buchanan-(Tonya), Koran Streets- (Hedley, II), Ayodele Nzinga-(Ruby), Reginald Wilkins -- (Elmore).

Last Chance to See Lower Bottom Playaz Perform August Wilson’s “King Hedley II”

“King Hedley II,” as presented by the Lower Bottom Playaz, is a must-see to understand the many social problems and generational barriers that play a part in the lives of our families.
(Left to right) Carol Fleming, board member, Commonwealth Club of California, and director of the Music Matters series; Noah Griffin, founder and artistic director, Cole Porter Society; Jo Jo Osgood; The Honorable Edgar dePue Osgood; and Margaret Griffith. Photo by Conway Jones.

Noah Griffin Brings Cole Porter to Life

Noah Griffin, founder and artistic director of the Cole Porter Society, brought the American composer and songwriter Cole Porter to life when he presented a program recently at the Commonwealth Club of California.
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Bay Area African American Women in Music: Sugar Pie DeSanto Finds Respect in Europe

  Veteran R&B singer-songwriter Sugar Pie DeSanto wowed the crowd at the Poretta Soul Festival in Italy last month with renditions of her 1960s hits, “I Want to Know” and “Skip-In Mules” among other songs.
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Bay Area African American Women in Music: Denise Perrier Circles the Globe Singing Jazz and Blues

  Although singer Denise Perrier was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, her music education didn’t really begin until she relocated to Oakland with her mother and older sister in 1945.
Oakland Jack’N for Beats winner, Doc D (pictured left) walked away with a cash prize and a slot as a semifinalist at the Jack’N for Beats local finale for its national competition. He’s now entered in the running to win $10,000 and a studio session with DJ Khaled. Visit www.jacknforbeats.com for more details. (Photo provided courtesy of CT Films)

Jack’N for Beats Continues National Search for Next Hip Hop Star Winner Receives $10,000 Grand Prize and Studio Session with DJ Khaled

  A national hip hop competition, Jack’N for Beats, is searching for the hottest unsigned MC to crown as this year’s winner with a $10,000 grand prize and studio session with hip hop mogul and [...]
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Bay Area African American Women in Music: Dorothy Morrison Still Performing 40 Years after “Oh Happy Day”

Dorothy Morrison, whose spirit-filled contralto lead vocals sparked the 1969 hit “Oh Happy Day” by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, sat in a semicircle last Thursday rehearsing “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America” and other patriotic [...]
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 [...]