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.

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee Talks To BR About 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 and all Americans, to ensure their economic recovery.
Don't Miss 'Black In Space: Breaking The Color Barrier'Don't miss 'Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier,' a new documentary on the Smithsonian Channel about black astronauts and the space race. BR's Jan Mabry met director Laurens Grant and Smithsonian curator Cathleen Lewis at a special screening at Google's X Moonshot Factory.
Self E-Stem Hosts 'Conversations In STEM'Self E-Stem CEO Adamaka Ajaelo talks to BR host Jan Mabry about the non-profit organization's mission to teach STEM to young girls of color, and 'Conversations in STEM,' happening March 20 at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, where girls will get to meet professionals in tech.
Photographer Matt Herron Recalls The Historic March On SelmaBR's Jan Mabry talks to photographer Matt Herron about his work chronicling the historic March on Selma, in 1965. He recounts his work with Martin Luther King, SNCC, and shares personal stories about the everyday people he met along the way as they battled to desegregate the South and give black people the right to vote.
BR Talks To Sting About Music, Life and His New Play 'The Last Ship'Black Renaissance host Jan Mabry talks to the legendary artist Sting about his music, his life and his new play, 'The Last Ship,' now playing at Broadway SF's Golden Gate Theatre through March 22. Cast member Frances Mc Namee and guitarist Ben Butler join Sting for a beautiful acoustic performance.
The Coalition Of Black Excellence Kicks Off CBE Week 2020CEO and Founder Angela Johnson talks to BR host Jan Mabry about the The Coalition of Black Excellence and CBE Week 2020, happening February 17-23. The weeklong event will include a summit, the annual Code Black gala, and a parade in Oakland. For tickets and information go to CBEWeek.com.
Author, Activist Zach Norris Talks About His Groundbreaking New Book, 'We Keep Us Safe'Zach Norris, executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Restore Oakland, talks to Black Renaissance host Jan Mabry about his groundbreaking new book, 'We Keep Us Safe, Building Secure, Just and Inclusive Communities.'
BR Explores 'Soul Of A Nation - Art In The Age Of Black Power' At The DeYoungA long time coming and long overdue, 'Soul of A Nation, Black Power 1963-1983' at SF's DeYoung Museum spans some of the most turbulent times in U.S. history. The exhibit shines light on works by Black artists who have been marginalized and, for the most part, excluded from the canon of art history.
A Tale Of Two Cities: The Oakland Saint Denis Cooperation ProjectWhen we talk about Oakland, California, it’s often all about what’s wrong with the city. As Jan Mabry reports, the Oakland-Saint Denis Cooperation is shining a new light on the city, because Oaktown gets a lot of things right.
Great Holiday Gift Ideas From Lifestyle Guru Phyllis BowieLifestyle guru Phyllis Bowie shows BR host Jan Mabry some unique holiday gift ideas that have meaning and won't break the bank, from black designers, artists and entrepreneurs.
Meet The Stars Of 'Summer The Musical' - Donna Summer!'Summer the Musical' stars Alex Hairston and Stephen Grant Douglas talk to BR's Jan Mabry about the Queen of Disco. 'Summer the Musical' is at the Golden Gate Theater in SF through December 29. For tickets go to broadwaysf.com or call 888-746-1799.
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.org.
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.

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