An evening of film and performance that pairs "Zerzura," a feature-length film shot in the Sahara desert, with a live performance featuring Niger recording artist Mdou Moctar.
Our Performance Series continues with actor, songwriter, and musician Martin Luther McCoy at Oakland's Red Bay Coffee. The program invites attendees to directly influence the artist's performance by sharing what is on their minds and where they are in relation to home.
This participatory and deeply imaginative workshop explores how the practices of racism manifest through institutions and organizations, impacting the psychic wholeness of program participants.
Take the sultry vibe of the Latin American Tropics, combine with the rhythm of India ("Taal") and stir into Tropitaal - a Desi/Latino Soundclash where the hottest club sounds from India and Latin America go head to head in an all-night dance-off of epic proportions.
Featuring Black women who've dedicated their lives to the language of ballet, participants gain a greater understanding of the dancers' missions to move the immovable
Yrsa Daley-Ward contemplates her role in the world in which she lives and loves, reading pieces from Alice Walker and other writers. The entire evening features open dialogue with audience members, and opens with a reading by Oakland writer, Christian Johnson.
Constructed from a wealth of archival footage, KING: A FILMED RECORD is a monumental documentary that follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1955 to 1968, in his rise from regional activist to world-renowned leader of the Civil Rights movement.
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
According to the Chinese Horoscope calendar, 2017 is the Female Fire Chicken year. Red is connected to Fire. Therefore, 2017 is also called the year of the Red Fire Chicken… The rooster being the sign of dawn and awakening. Chinese Zodiac 2017 energies are subject to the fire element in its yin form. Yin Fire expresses inner warmth and insight.
Emerging in 1994 on the Atlanta-based boutique LaFace Records, Outkast became the first southern US hip-hop act to achieve both commercial and critical success, and in the process shifted hip-hop’s capital from New York City to Atlanta, Georgia. Not only would Outkast’s emergence signal a creative shift in pop music, it would trigger tectonic movements in fashion and culture
During the Ferguson protests in 2014, King Britt produced an impromptu performance for Black Lives Matter, organized by Cheeraz Gorman in St Louis. The performance consisted of an improvised electronic score to footage from past protests around the incident. Utilizing found sounds, dispatch recordings from police communication, and original sound design – King Britt, improvises the third performance of To Unprotect and Subserve.
Courtney Henry & Jeffrey Van Sciver will be performing a pas de duex from Alonzo King's work "Biophony" which premiered at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in April 2015. This work was a collaboration with natural soundscape artist Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford, who worked with King to compose a ballet score from several rare habitats around the globe, both marine and terrestrial.
Ayibobo! is a Haitian colloquialism spoken with joy to exclaim glory or hallelujah! After three evenings of arthouse music, film & performance the MATATU Festival of Stories leads its closing day festivities with an afternoon of great music, new connections, and thoughtful conversation led by some of the world’s leading Afrofurists, Creators and Spiritual Practitioners.
"The Lover, The Love & The Beloved" is a love poem. It is a love poem about someone, it is a love poem about love itself as the why/how the universe was created and the why/how it is sustained. It is a poem about love as the technology that Allah used and uses to create and maintain the universe. It is the Divine love that manifests in every sacred and profane matter and moment. The poem crosses all of time and all space, beginning in pre-universe and ending in post existence; expanding to encase the grand stars and to the split the tiny atoms.