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. BR's Michelle Griego went to SF Opera to meet her.
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. BR's Michelle Griego went to SF Opera to meet her.
We Re-Member Provides Education About Middle Passage & Impact Of Slavery'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.
UCSF Dermatologist Creates Clinic Specializing In Patients With 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.
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.
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.
Producer Tracey Edmonds & Actor Sarunas Jackson Talk About 'Games People Play'A new show on BET dives deep into the personal lives of a basketball player and his wife. BR got a chance to talk to the shows creator, Tracey Edmonds and its star, Sarunas Jackson about 'Games People Play."
Meet Celebrity Stylist Chantell Carrtherol, Creator Of 'Hers By Chantell'Celebrity stylist Chantell Carrtherol brings model Annette Perot with her to BR and talks to Christin about her amazing lace-front wigs and hair pieces for women who want a change in style and others who need them for medical reasons. Chantell's products are like the ones the pros use, but at a fraction of the cost. Check out hersbychantell.com for more information.
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. In fact it was named 'Theatre Bay Area's Editor's Pick'.
Q Ball Premieres At SFFILMBR's Vern Glenn is on the red carpet at SFFILM where he interviews Michael Tolajian, the director of 'Q Ball,' a new documentary about the basketball players at San Quentin, produced by Warriors star Kevin Durant.
Meet The Stars Of 'All The Way'The play 'All the Way,' examines the civil rights era during the historic first years of the LBJ administration. Its stars, John Hale and Khary L. Moye talk to Black Renaissance host Christin Ayers about this powerful story.
Essence Launches 'Currency Conversations' To Help Black Women Achieve Financial SuccessEssence Magazine has teamed up with Chase Bank to launch a series of 'Currency Conversations' to help black women across America achieve financial success. There will be a multi-city tour. JP Morgan Chase VP and Commercial Banker :a Sandra Hunt and financial coach Sandra Davis talk to BR about the series and the importance of financial literacy.
Immigration, Voting Issues Will Be Addressed At The Latino Policy SummitThe Latino Policy Summit got underway in California, bringing hundreds of leaders together to strategize on issues involving immigration and voting in the Latin-American community. Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO of the Latino Community Foundation talks to BR host Christin Ayers about the event.
Meet Darilyn Castillo From The Hit Broadway Musical 'Hamilton'Actor Darilyn Castillo talks to BR host Christin Ayers about her role as the femme fatale 'Maria' in the hit Broadway musical 'Hamilton.'
Gifted Brothers At Hidden Genius Project Changing The Tech ParadigmA group of gifted, young brothers at the Hidden Genius Project in Oakland are creating opportunities for themselves, not as consumers, but creators of technology. Program Director Akeem Brown talks to BR about the amazing work they are doing.
CNN Host W. Kamau Bell Talks About Black Admissions At UC BerkeleyBR host Christin Ayers talked to CNN host, comedian and activist W. Kamau Bell when he was at UC Berkeley.
Urban Connoisseurs Looks For The Best Wines From Black VintnersMarcia Jones, creator of Urban Connoisseurs talks to BR host Christin Ayers about black winemakers and brings bottles of her own special vintage.
Meet Yoruba Richens, Director Of Smithsonian Documentary 'The Green Book'A new documentary tells the story of the true Green Book, a pre-civil rights era travel guide that told blacks where they could sleep, eat and vacation while on the road. BR's Christin Ayers got a chance to talk to the documentary's director, Yoruba Richens.
BR Host Discovers Family Ancestor Who Founded One Of First SJ Black Churches In 1800sWhen BR visited the Equal Justice Memorial in Alabama, host Christin Ayers shared some of her own family history. They came to California six generations ago during the Gold Rush. A distant cousin saw the report and recognized the family name. She contacted Ayers and told her some fascinating stories about their family's history, that happened here in the Bay Area.
Don't Miss Paradise Square At Berkeley Repertory TheatreAward-winning playwright Marcus Gardley's new musical, Paradise Square about a community of blacks and Irish in Manhattan who lived in racial harmony before the Civil War tore them apart. BR producer Jan Mabry got a chance to talk to the cast. Don't miss this powerful musical that weds African and Irish dance in a tale torn from a page of forgotten history.. For tickets and information, go to berkeleyrep.org.
Steve McQueen Talks About The So-Called 'British Invasion' In Black CinemaDirector Steve McQueen was honored in San Francisco at SFFILM. BR producer Jan Mabry caught up with him on the red carpet and asked him about the so-called British invasion.
Spike Lee's Talks About His Latest Joint 'BlacKkKlansman'Film director Spike Lee was in San Francisco for a special showing of his newest film, BlacKkKlansman at SFFILM. BR's Christin Ayers caught up with him on the red carpet.
Cal's New Freshman Running Back Is Muhammad Ali's GrandsonKPIX sportscaster Dennis O'Donnell met up with Cal's new freshman running back, Biaggio Ali Walsh, the grandson of Muhammad Ali and talked to him about his family, the legacy, and of course, his game.
Civil Rights Attorneys Challenge Loitering Laws In Public HousingCivil rights attorneys are challenging the so-called loitering laws aimed at public housing. As BR's Christin Ayers talked to residents of Oakland's Lockwood Gardens who said the situation is so bad, they are afraid to gather in their own yards.
Don't Miss FREE, A Documentary About The Award-Winning Destiny Arts Center In OaklandBlack Renaissance producer Jan Mabry tells us about Destiny Arts Center, an after-school program in Oakland that's the subject of a new documentary titled, FREE -- young people creating their own destinies through the power of performance. Free is airing on PBS stations nationwide.
Don't Miss 'Detroit '67' At Aurora Theatre In BerkeleyDarryl V. Jones and Halili Knox talk to BR about their new play, 'Detroit 67' set during the turbulent days of the Detroit riots playing at Aurora Theatre, in Berkeley.
Donor Network West Saves Lives Matching Organ Donors With PatientsAyanna Anderson of Donor Network West and donor recipient Camellia Hudson Franklin talk to BR's Christin Ayers about the challenges of matching African American donors with patients who need transplants badly.
2nd Annual UNICEF Gala Gets Underway In San FranciscoUNICEF's Emily Brouwer talks to BAF host Michelle Griego about the second annual UNICEF Gala happening at The Four Seasons, San Francisco. Funds raised at the event will support UNICEF’s work to save and improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Camp Green Growing Generational Wealth In Multi-Billion Dollar Pot IndustryBR's Christin Ayers met up with a group of African American entrepreneurs that is getting in on California’s so-called green rush. It's called Camp Green.