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Meet San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-MartinBR host Jan Mabry got a chance to sit down with San Francisco's Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin before his amazing performance at the Magic Theatre.
Vern Glenn Visits Gregory's Gourmet Desserts In OaklandVern Glenn shows us the sweet success of Gregory's Gourmet Desserts in Oakland. For more information go to gregorysgourmetdesserts.com.
Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell Talks About Her Book, 'Her Honor'Retired Superior Court Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell talks to Black Renaissance host Jan Mabry about her new book, 'Her Honor, My Life on the Bench, What Works, What's Broken and How to Change It,' now available in bookstores nationwide.
Don't Miss Award-Winning Bass Soloman Howard In SF Opera's FidelioAward-winning bass Soloman Howard talks to Black Renaissance host Jan Mabry about playing Don Fernando in SF Opera's Fidelio, a modern-day take on Beethoven's opera set behind prison walls. For tickets and info visit sfopera.com.
Dr. Jovan Scott Lewis Talks To BR About Historic Tulsa & ReparationsDr. Jovan Scott Lewis, Chair and Associate Prof. of Geography at UC Berkeley, is a member of Gov. Newsom's Task Force on Reparations. Since 2014, Dr. Lewis has been researching Tulsa, Oklahoma and the history of Greenwood. In Part One of his interview with BR's Jan Mabry, he connects his research on historic Tulsa to current events. In Part Two, he makes the case for reparations and talks about the challenges would blacks face in a post-reparation society.
Grilling Tips From Chef Darryl Bell, Owner Of Stateline Road 816 Barbecue SauceChef de Cuisine Darryl Bell, Jr. of Press Restaurant in Napa welcomes BR to his home to share Kansas-style barbecue grilling tips and the story of of his Stateline Road 816 Barbecue Sauce. Order the sauce, rub and brine at stateline-road.com.
Go Wine Tasting At JMoss Winery & Tasting Room In NapaNapa vintner James Moss shares the story behind his family's award-winning wines and gives BR's Jan Mabry a tour of the winery and tasting room. For information and reservations go to jmosswines.com.
Author, Educator, Motivational Speaker Regina Louise Shares Her Latest Book 'Permission Granted'Author, educator, and motivational speaker Regina Louise talks to BR host Jan Mabry about her new book, 'Permission Granted.'
Don't Miss Award-Winning Director Peter Nicks' Documentary 'Homeroom'Award-winning director Peter Nicks talks to BR host Jan Mabry about his latest documentary, 'Homeroom' that follows Oakland High's Class of 2020 through the pandemic. Don't miss 'Homeroom,' now streaming on Hulu.

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California Launches First-In-Nation Task Force To Consider Reparations For African AmericansThe State of California launched its first-in-the-nation task force Tuesday, examining the possibility of reparations for the history of slavery and discrimination against African-Americans.
'Ride Out To Vote' Delivers Ballots To Alameda Courthouse On HorsebackThere was the clip-clop of hooves on asphalt Friday, as a group of voters trotted down the streets of Oakland and dropped off their ballots at the Alameda County Courthouse.
Warriors Superstar Steph Curry Video Urges His N. Carolina Peeps To 'Make A Plan' And VoteSteph Curry just dropped a :30 video to get out the vote in his former state North Carolina.
Oakland Among Several U.S. Cities To Create COVID-19 Resiliency Funds To Help Black BusinessesThe Oakland African-American Chamber of Commerce raised $1 million to help struggling businesses weather the pandemic and expects to award some 150 grants, ranging from $2,500 to $10,000.
VIDEO: Congresswoman Barbara Lee Talks To BR About Surviving The COVID-19 PandemicCongresswoman Barbara Lee talks to BR host Jan Mabry about the coronavirus, its impact on African Americans and communities of color, and the work she's doing on the part of her constituents to ensure their economic recovery.
Oakland's 'Escape Artist' Shot This Hauntingly Beautiful Drone Video Of His City Sheltering In PlaceHauntingly beautiful drone footage of Oakland's empty streets shows just how serious people there are taking the shelter-in-place to stem the spread of coronavirus.
A Tale Of Two Cities: The Oakland-Saint Denis Cooperation ProjectWhen we talk about Oakland, it’s often about what’s wrong with the city: rising rents, gentrification, homelessness and crime. That is not the case on the international stage.
Meet The Cast Of 'White Noise' -- A New Play By Suzan-Lori Parks At Berkeley RepPlaywright Suzan-Lori Parks new play 'White Noise' opened at Berkeley Rep and as always Parks goes deep, taking the audience way out of their comfort zone. BR's Jan Mabry got a chance to meet the cast.
Cheers! Black Vines Presents 'Wine Wednesdays' At Miss Ollie's In OaklandFor nearly a decade, Black Vines has been spreading the work about African-American vintners and now is hosting a series of 'Wine Wednesdays' at Miss Ollie's Caribbean Restaurant, in Oakland.
Don't Miss San Francisco Opera's 'The Marriage of Figaro'Bass-baritone Michael Sumuel, who plays Figaro, and soprano Nicole Heaston, who plays the Countess, talk to BR host Jan Mabry about this highly-entertaining opera about lust, power gossip and weddings.
Actor Will Smith Talks About His New Hi-Tech Action Thriller 'Gemini Man'Will Smith was in San Francisco at a reception for his new movie, 'Gemini Man,' hosted by Tech Crunch and talked to BR's Betty Yu about the creation of his 22-year old computer-generated co-star -- himself. .
Meet San Francisco 49ers' Rookie Wide-Receiver Tyshun 'Deebo' SamuelSan Francisco 49ers rookie wide-receiver Deebo Samuel has been all systems go. BR's Vern Glenn caught up with him in Santa Clara, where he talked about Monday night football, his game and his name.
Meet The Co-Owners Of Oakland's Black-Owned Cannabis Dispensary 'Blunts & Moore''Blunts and Moore' co-owners Brittany Moore and Alphonso T. Blunt talk to BR's Christin Ayers about how they came to own Oakland's first pot dispensary created through the city's cannabis equity program.
Chase X Essence Presents Currency Converstions To Raise Financial LiteracyJP Morgan Chase's La Sandra Hunt and Kimberly Nash talk to Black Renaissance about the next in a series of Currency Conversations to help woman raise their financial literacy.
Meet Actor Jon-David Randle From 42nd St. Moon's Production Of 'Black Mikado'Actor Jon-David Randle talks to Black Renaissance host Christin Ayers about his role in 42nd St. Moon's remake of a Gilbert & Sullivan classic, 'Hot Mikado.'
Don't Miss Arenas Dance Company's 'Eso Si!' Celebrating Afro-Cuban DanceArenas Dance Company's director Susana Arenas Pedrosa and company dancer, Dr. Daktari Shari talk to Black Renaissance about their latest production 'Eso Si!'
Raiders Tight End Darren Waller Talks About Life, Football & His Famous FamilyRaiders tight-end Darren Waller talks to BR's Vern Glenn about his life, his game and his great grandfather, the legendary Fats Waller.
Sports Journalist, Author Marcus Thompson Talks About His New Book 'KD'Sports journalist and author Marcus Thompson returns to Black Renaissance and talks to host Christin Ayers about his latest book, 'KD, Kevin Durant's Relentless Pursuit to be the Greatest.'
The Hidden Genius Project, Trailhead Meet Up At Salesforce To Learn From The ProsThe Hidden Genius Project and Trailhead have been meeting up at Salesforce to hone their tech skills and learn from the pros. Salesforce Senior Director Leah McGowen and Hidden Genius Project's Communications and Administrative Associate Denzel Russell talked to BR's Christin Ayers about the valuable work they are doing.
Keep Your Home, Business & Family Safe With Tips From Byers SecurityProfessional security consultant Anthony Byers of Byers Security gives BR host Christin Ayers tips to help keep our homes, businesses and families secure from break-ins and safe in the event of a disaster.
'Ladies In Red' Planning A Civil Rights Tour'Ladies in Red' members Brenda Knight and Dora Smith talk to BR host Christin Ayers about the group's upcoming Civil Rights Tour and shares memories of past trips and events.
Don't Miss Mezzo Soprano J'Nai Bridges In SF Opera's 'Carmen'Since Georges Bizet's opera 'Carmen' debuted more than a century ago, so many African American divas have taken on the title role of the sexy seductress. Her latest incarnation is mezzo soprano, J'Nai Bridges.
UCSF Dermatologist Specializes In Science, Treatment Of Dark SkinWhen it comes to dermatology, melanin makes a huge difference. BR's Betty Yu shows us a new clinic at UCSF that specializes in treating patients with dark skin.
'We Re-Member' Tackles Bias, Discrimination Through Education About Black History'We Re-Member' co-founders Cairo Person and Natasha Ventsko talk to Black Renaissance producer Jan Mabry about their work tackling bias and discrimination by providing education about the Middle Passage and the impact of enslavement.
Don't Miss Robert Moses's 'The Exceptionally Elderly Overweight Black Man Phoenix'Famed choreographer Robert Moses, artistic director of Robert Moses Kin, talks to Bay Area Focus host Michelle Griego about his latest work, "The Exceptionally Elderly Overweight Black Man Phoenix."
BR Goes Onstage, Backstage At HamiltonWe're going to Hamilton! BR's Michelle Griego, a true #HamFan gets an exclusive look inside 'the room where it happens,' literally.
Producer Tracey Edmonds & Actor Sarunas Jackson Talk About 'Games People Play'BR got a chance to talk to Tracey Edmonds and actor Sarunas Jackson about a new show on BET, 'Games People Play."
Meet Celebrity Stylist Chantell Carrtherol, Creator Of 'Hers By Chantell'Celebrity stylist Chantell Carrtherol creator of 'Hers By Chantell' talks to Christin about her amazingly believable lace-front wigs and hair pieces.
Don't Miss 'Shifts In Consciousness' & More Performances At The SF International Arts FestivalFestival founder, Andrew Wood and director/producer of 'Shifts in Consciousness' Miriam Araya talk to BR host Christin Ayers about the San Francisco International Arts Festival.
Don't Miss Wayne Harris In 'Mother's Milk' At The MarshWayne Harris talks to BR's Christin Ayers about his show called 'Mother's Milk' happening at the Marsh in Berkeley that's getting rave reviews.