A 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.

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Director Roger Ross Williams Talks About His New HBO Documentary 'The Apollo'A new HBO documentary chronicles more than 80 years at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theatre. BR host Jan Mabry talks to the man who made it happen, Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams, at a special SFFILM screening.
Panthers Ready To Keep Pro Football In OaklandOakland has lost the Warriors and the Raiders are leaving soon, but there is a new team ready to keep pro football in the East Bay. They're called the Panthers, and BR's Vern Glenn went to see them practice.
Robin Bates, Executive Director & Founder Of Maison Noire Americaine Has A Passion For ParisRobin Bates, executive director and founder of Maison Noire Americaine talks to BR host Jan Mabry about her love affair with Paris, and how she is sharing her passion for the City of Light with African American expats and blacks from around the world. Be sure to check out her website for upcoming events and information, maisonnoire.com.
Meet Jacqueline Ngo Mpii, Curator of the Wildly Popular City Guide 'Afrique A Paris'Jacqueline Ngo Mpii talks about her new guide to help navigate all things Afro Paris - the art, music, literature and more. This hugely popular little book is titled 'Afrique A Paris' and it is already in its second printing. BR host Jan Mabry got a chance to meet Jacqueline at the Museum of the African Diaspora, in San Francisco.
Political Analyst, Campaign Strategist Karine Jean-Pierre Talks About Her Book 'Moving Forward'Former political director and campaign strategist for President Obama, MoveOn.org spokesperson and MSNBC political analyst Karine Jean-Pierre talks to BR host Jan Mabry about her new book, 'Moving Foward,' a Story of Hope, Hard Work and the Promise of America.'
Don't Miss Tisha Campbell & Tachina Arnold Co-Hosts Of BET's Soul Train Awards!BR's Jan Mabry chats up co-hosts Tisha Campbell and Tachina Arnold, from the 90s hit show Martin, just hours before the curtain goes up at the BET Soul Train Awards. Big fun... don't miss it!
Don't Miss San Francisco Opera's 'The Marriage of Figaro'San Francisco Opera's brand new production of Mozart's masterpiece 'The Marriage of Figaro' opened to rave reviews. Bass-baritone Michael Sumuel, who plays Figaro, and soprano Nicole Heaston, who plays the Countess, talked to BR host Jan Mabry about this highly-entertaining opera about lust, power gossip and weddings.
Meet The Cast Of 'White Noise' -- A 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. 'White Noise' is playing through November 10. For tickets and information, go to berkeleyrep.org. (Photo(l to r) Chris Herbie Holland (Leo), Therese Barbato (Dawn), Aimé Donna Kelly (Misha), and Nick Dillenburg (Ralph) in Berkeley Rep’s production of White Noise written by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Jaki Bradley.)
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. Sarah Kirnon, chef/host of Miss Ollie's and A.T. Howe, founder of Bass Note Artesanal Sangria brought food and drinks to share with BR host Jan Mabry.
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.
Actor Will Smith Talks About His New Hi-Tech Action Movie 'Gemini Man'Will Smith was in San Francisco at a reception for his new movie, 'Gemini Man,' hosted by Tech Crunch. The actor slayed hearts when he posed with the young ladies of Black Girls Code, and later talked to BR's Betty Yu about the creation of his 22-year old computer-generated co-star -- himself.
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 which aims to repair the harm the war on drugs did to black and brown communities. Find out if there is a cannabis equity program in your community, and if there isn't, make it happen.
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. The series is presented by Chase Bank and Essence Magazine. For more information or to RSVP go to currencyconversations.com.
Don't Miss Arenas Dance Company's 'Eso Si!' A Celebration Of 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!' For more information about this celebration of Afro-Cuban dance, go to arenasdancecompany.com.
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 famous great grandfather, the legendary Fats Waller.
Meet Actor Jon-David Randle From 42nd Street Moon's 'Hot 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.' Tickets are on sale at 42ndStMoon.org.
Sports Journalist, Author Marcus Thompson Talks About His New Book 'KD'Sports journalist and author Marcus Thompson talks to Black Renaissance host Christin Ayers about his latest book, 'KD, Kevin Durant's Relentless Pursuit to be the Greatest.'
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 safe from break-ins and in the event of a disaster. For more information go to byerssecurityconsulting.com, or call (510) 421-5581.
The Hidden Genius Project, Trailhead Meet Up At Salesforce To Learn From The ProsYoung brothers and sisters from The 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-Hare and Hidden Genius Project's Communications and Administrative Associate Denzel Russell talked to BR's Christin Ayers about the valuable work they are doing.
'Ladies In Red' Planning A Civil Rights Tour'Ladies in Red' 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. 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.

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