Miss Black Renaissance this week? Here’s a collection of the best segments from the show.
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.
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.
Ice Cube's Big 3 League, Fmr. Warriors Player Steph Jackson At OracleBR's Vern Glenn met up with ex-Warriors player Steph Jackson and asked him about the Dubs' 2018-19 NBA season.
London Breed Becomes First African American Female Mayor Of SFLondon Breed was inaugurated as the first female African-American mayor of San Francisco.
Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Dies at 76Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul has died. She was 76. Betty Yu talked to one of Franklin's childhood friends, Supremes founder Mary Wilson, when she was in town.
Meet Taylor Iman Starring In 'Head Over Heels'A new play marries the music of the 'Go-Gos' with a 15th-century poem. One of its stars Taylor Iman Jones is Bay Area born and bred. BR caught up with her at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco.
Ret. Judge Pens Letter Convincing Martin Luther King Jr. To Visit Bay AreaFifty Years ago Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee. Months before he was murdered, he visited the Bay Area. BR's Christin Ayers met the man who wrote the letter that convinced him to come.
'1001 Black Men' Challenges Negative StereotypesA Bay Area artist, author and scholar is challenging negative stereotypes about black men in America. Ajuan Mance talked to BR's Devin Fehely about her latest project, '1001 Black Men.'
Tyler Perry Talks About His New Psychological Thriller 'Acrimony'When you think of Tyler Perry, you don't think of Tyler Perry, until now. BR's Jan Mabry talked to writer/director Perry via satellite about his latest venture, 'Acrimony' starring Taraji P. Henson.
Boots Riley's Directorial Debut 'Sorry To Bother You' At SF Film FestivalThe biggest buzz at this years SF Film Festival was an indie called 'Sorry To Bother You' written and directed by Oakland rapper Boots Riley. BR's Christin Ayers caught up with him on the red carpet at Oakland's Grand Lake Theatre.
Meet Alicia Jay, Creator Of 'Tall Swag'Black Renaissance's Roqui Theus gets style advice for women with the 'gift of height' from Alicia Jay, creator of the blog 'Tall Swag.'
'Revelations' Exhibit Celebrates Art Of The African DiasporaBlack Renaissance tours a groundbreaking exhibition called 'Revelations' at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. This collection celebrates art from the African Diaspora, slavery, Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement, not as folk art, but fine art.
Meet Krishinda, Sierra & Jazzmine From The Oakland Raiderettes!Meet Krishinda, Sierra & Jazzmine of the Oakland Raiderettes! These three talented women share their stories and behind-the-scenes experiences with Christin Ayers and Roqui Theus.
World War 2 Hero Karl Clark Finally Honored For Bravery After DecadesLike countless black men and women who fought for their country, racism robbed World War 2 hero Karl Clark of official recognition for his bravery for decades. BR's Devin Fehely tells his story of courage.
Meet The Cast Of The New Show 'Black Lightning'The popular DC comic book hero, Black Lightning, is now the basis for a television show by the same name. BR's Roqui Theus got a chance to meet the cast down in Los Angeles.
Discover Robert Moses Kin's Latest Work 'Bootstrap Tales'The dance company Robert Moses Kin, now in its 23rd season is premiering a new work titled, Bootstrap Tales.Choreographer Moses talks to BR's Christin Ayers about the show.