BR 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.

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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
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
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
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
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.
Rapper, Producer Tajai Massey's Hiero Day Hip-Hop Festival Jumps Off Sept. 3-6Vern Glenn talks to rapper, producer Tajai Massey who first topped the charts with the 'Souls of Mischief' back in the 90s. Tajai talks about his life, his art and the upcoming Hiero Day hip-hop festival, September 3-6, in Oakland. For info go to
Don't Miss Adonal Foyle's Swinging For Kids Celebrity Golf Tournament Aug. 9Television sports analyst and former NBA player Adonal Foyle talks to Vern Glenn about a cause close to his heart -- his upcoming Swinging for Kids Celebrity Golf Tournament on August 9 at the Round Hill Country Club, in Alamo. For tickets and information visit
Chef Joseph Paire Puts Comfort Food And Cannabis On The Menu At The Limewood Restaurant At The ClaremontChef Joseph Leroy Paire III tells BR's Jan Mabry how he is putting his own brand of Southern comfort food and cannabis pairings on the menu at the Limewood Restaurant inside the Claremont Hotel. For more info visit
Mezzo-Soprano J'Nai Bridges Collaborates On 2 Powerful Commemorations To The 1921 Tulsa MassacreAmerican mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges lent her beautiful voice to Daniel Bernard Roumain's "They Still Want To Kill Us" and Dr. Adolphus Hailstork's "Tulsa 1921 - Pity These Ashes, Pity This Dust." She talked to BR's Jan Mabry about her experience.
BR Goes On A 'Date Stroll' With Artist Shomari SmithArtist and gallery owner Shomari Smith talks to BR's Jan Mabry about his work, the E14 Gallery in the heart of 'Old Oakland' and takes us down Broadway Ave. on a Covid-safe ‘Date Stroll’ where his ‘Thank You’ series lines the storefront windows once boarded up with plywood. To learn more about this new space, visit See more of Shomari's amazing work at
Meet The Legendary Afro-Cuban Singer, Songwriter, Bandleader Bobi CéspedesLegendary Afro-Cuban singer, songwriter and bandleader Bobi Céspedes celebrates her lauded 40-year career and the release of a new studio album, Mujer y Cantante. Don't miss Bobi will be opening San Francisco's Yerba Buena Festival on June 26. To learn more, visit
2X Grammy-Nominated Artist Tommy 'Soulati' Shepherd Talks About 'Black Daddy'2X Grammy-nominated, artist, educator and activist Tommy 'Soulati' Shepherd talks to BR's Jan Mabry about the upcoming movie 'Black Daddy,' which reflects on the experience of being a black father in America. He shares details about making of the trailer featuring Tommy, Dame Drummer and their children.
Maestro Roderick Cox Conducts SF Opera's Amazing Return To Stage - 'The Barber Of Seville'Berlin-based American Maestro Roderick Cox talks to Black Renaissance host Jan Mabry about returning to the stage after more than a year of COVID as SF Opera presents the first-ever drive-in opera, "The Barber of Seville". For tickets and information visit
Author Rob Kenner Talks About His Book 'The Marathon Don't Stop, the Life & Times Of Nipsey Hussle'Vibe co-founding editor Rob Kenner talks to BR host Jan Mabry about his new book, 'The Marathon Don't Stop, the Life & Times Of Nipsey Hussle,' and explains how the man born Ermias Asghedom changed the music 'game' by eliminating the middleman.
'Introducing Ollie Tamale'Producer Oliver Sims talks to BR's Jan Mabry about writing his first in a series of children's books, 'Introducing Ollie Tamale,' now available on Amazon.
Kumi Rauf CEO Of Traveling Black Shares Tips On Best Fares, Destinations In 2021World traveler and CEO of Traveling Black, Kumi Rauf talks to BR host Jan Mabry about post-pandemic travel destinations, best fares and shares his secrets and tricks of the trade for African Americans who want to get away.
Meet Autumn Tillman, Founder Of 'Black And Asian Souls Unite'Singer, performer Autumn Tillman talks to Black Renaissance host Jan Mabry about what inspired her to create 'Black and Asian Souls Unite' in a show of support for the Asian and Pacific Islander community.
Fmr. Warriors Player Kelenna Azubuike Talks About Dubs, The Athletes' Corner And A Great CauseFormer Warriors swingman Kelenna Azubuike is back. But he's not on the floor, he's on NBC Sports Bay Area giving smart commentary, analysis and more. BR's Vern Glenn got a chance to talk to Kelenna about his new organization 'The Athletes' Corner' and a great cause, 'Swishes for Dishes,' turning high scores into meals for people who need them.
'How It Feels To Be Free' Explores The Struggles Of 6 Iconic Black Female Stars Of Stage & ScreenDirector Yoruba Richen talks to Black Renaissance host Jan Mabry about her latest documentary, 'How it Feels to be Free,' which explores the struggles of 6 Black female stars - Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier - who changed the entertainment industry and the image of black women.
Historian Tyler Stovall Talks About His New Book 'White Freedom'Historian Tyler Stovall talks to BR host Jan Mabry about his latest book, 'White Freedom, the Racial History of an Idea," in which he explores the racist legacy behind the Western idea of freedom. Stovall is professor of history and dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University.

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