Dazie R. Grego, Ramona Webb & Sevan Kelee Boult offer stunning new work in So Soul San Francisco: Passing The Torch

So Soul San Francisco: Passing The Torch yielded moving performances by all three performers.  Beginning with Sevan Kelee Boult’s ukelele supported spoken word and song the evening’s significance was immediate as their stories from American life were framed in painful and exquisite prose.  Ramona Webb’s work in progress How to Catch A Rapist in 12 Parts: Act I was a personal glimpse into the beauty of struggle and triumph. Rounding out the evening was a searing work by Dazié R Grego-Sykes,, entitled Nigger-Roo: Make me Black. Donning the haunt of blackface Grego takes on the complex topics of color conciousness, internalized oppression, media stereotypes and more in a sharply satirical performance that elicited vocal signifying from the full house.  An exellent kick-off to BACCE 2016.  Look for more from these amazing performers

Photo: l-r, Sevan Kelee Boult, Ramona Webb, Dazié R Grego-Sykes

Blackbirds Boogie Black Art Salon opens – Nostalgia reigns

BlackBirds_paulmargolisMarvin K. White, Rhodessa Jones, Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe share stories and poems from celebrated poet Wayne T. Corbitt and other memories during the opening weekend of Blackbirds Boogie & other gumbo grooves.   Artists, friends,  and community discussed ideas, shared, memories stories, poems and songs over food and Nina Simone. Stories shared from BACCE’s Shirley Smallwood, Medea Project’s Cassandra Steptoe & producer Abbie Rhone.
(l-r) Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe, Rhodessa Jones
Photo courtesy of Paul Margolis of media partner, OurTownSF.org

Hosted by Marvin K. White and Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe, Blackbirds Boogie continues next weekend, July 24-26 – featuring excerpts from Wayne’s play Blackbirds Boogie in the Black Moonlight with special guest, Rotimi Agbabiaka.  The subject is Sex.  Join us and bring you memories, stories, songs, and your spirit.
Sunday on the menu: Gumbo (courtesy of food sponsor, Brenda’s French Soul Food on Polk Street )


Rhodessa Jones Opening Weekend Guest for Blackbirds Boogie!!


The fabulous Rhodessa Jones! Winner of the Mayor’s Art Award among many other accolades, founder and leader of the amazing Medea Project, will be our Salon “featured artist” for our tribute to Wayne Corbitt, Blackbirds Boogie & other gumbo grooves. Miss Jones will regale us with stories from the frontlines of the AIDS crisis that claimed Corbitt’s life and framed much of his work. Marvin K. White & Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe host the weekend with the themed topic that focuses on artists lost in the battle and thsoe who left a lingering legacy.