6 galleries"Free World Thursdays [held at the Berkeley Arts Festival building at 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA] will be a forum for great Black art and beyond: Innovative explorations from the roots to the branches of music, dance, visual art, and word. It will bring local, national and international performers, scholars, students and interested public together in a forum designed to enhance and broaden understanding and awareness of the dynamic cultural impact of Afrikan music and art, in all its diverse expressions" On May 16, 2016 Free World Thursdays featured CONJURE! with India Cooke, violin; Lewis Jordan, saxophone/words; Joe McKinley, contrabass; Kele Nitoto, percussion." The series was curated by India Cooke and Lewis Jordan; with Special Guest devorah major, SF Poet Laureate from 2002-2006 "In addition to her four poetry books, she has four poetry chapbooks, two novels, two biographies for young adults, and a host of short stories, essays, and individual poems published. In November of 2016, City Lights Publishing will release her fifth volume of poetry "and then we became" devorah major has poetry recorded on four cds and performs nationally and internationally with and without musicians." ---BAF
11 galleriesThis event, Sistahs Droppin' Beatz, hosted by the Women of Color Resource Center in Oakland, CA., was one of the first events that I ever photographed. It was an amazing showcase of the power and strength of women of color who are DJ's, musical masters of the art, second to none!