Archive for July, 2012

ImageThe Second Leg of Paradise’s 2012 Cultural World’s Fair & Buy Black Wednesdays present: SPEAK UP! A poetry, creative writing and speaking workshop! This event will be a (GUARANTEE!) turning point in your life, as Master Poet & Performance Artist Supreme, Paradise Freejahlove shares with you the best of his knowledge, experience and expertise in the arts and the world gleaned from decades of phenomenal work (!).

The workshop will be followed by A Master Poet’s Theater, featuring 10 Kweens & a Mic! and Paradise performing theatrical pieces of Muhammad Ali, Cyrano deBergerac and The Occupy Movement with a cameo by Barack Obama! Also featured will Dr. Ellen Foster-Randle (Our own modern day and local Leontyne Price!) who sings and lectures on the music from Afrika that started it all, the Negro Spirituals! And jazz maestro, Rudi M. Wongozi, fresh from a triumphant four year stint in New York, will be in the building annointing the joint with his incredible music!

Workshop 3 to 6pm, sliding scale (Normally $75, but no one turned away for lack of funds, donations submitted anonymously in envelopes and includes free entrance to the performance). Poetry reading and performances 6 to 8pm, free. This will be a truly special day!


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It’s here! It’s finally here after all these years! Paradise’s 2012 Cultural World’s Fair begins Sunday, July 22, 3pm, at Tease Me Boutique, 1701 University Avenue in Berkeley, California and ends at the same venue and time on Paradise Day, October 7! If you have an event that you would like to include in our summer World’s Fair itinerary of events please let me know as soon as possible and if you give me a short feature at your event I will bring the World’s Fair and my World’s Fair crew to your venue (WE PUT VENUES ON THE MAP)! At the reception there will be live music, poetry, spoken word, theater, food, drink and refreshments at the reception – a Bay Area Family Reunion for Poets & Artists of the Last 40 Years! Free! Donations appreciated!

Featuring vocalist MeChelle LaChaux
Rudi Mwongozi from New York City, Declareit! (Hip Hop Gospel)
Augustus Lee Collins & M-Pulse, Dr. Ellen Foster Randle (sings spirituals)
Rasheedah Sabreen, Tacuma King (Drum Master Percussionist), Artist Malik Seneferu will be doing live art!

Poets: Tres Santos, James Cagney, Charles Curtis Blackwell, Abdul Kenyatta, ISIS the Goddess of Poetry, Karen Mims, Toni B, Upesi Mtambuzi, Alexis Hall, Liz Holland, Sol Writa, TONGO, Deborah James & Sexxxy Luv!

10 Kweens & a Mic! & More!

This event is sponsored by andor a fundraiser for:
Paradise’s 2012 Cultural World’s Fair
Buy Black Wednesdays
939 is Community Prayer Time
Everybody Housed Clothed & Fed
Paradise’s Kiswahili Social Club
The International Black Writers & Artists, Local #5
What U C Photgraphy
Paradise Fortune Cookies

This is it! Sound the alarm! 50 (000) years in the making! 300 people expected locally and 300,000 worldwide via internet! This is the Cultural and Spiritual Olympics! A gathering of Tribes! A shift of consciousness! For more info:

Email Paradise: pdise18@yahoo.com or facebook: Paradise Freejahlove @ www.facebook.com/paradisespoetrycafe, www.twitter.com/freejahlove, www.buyblackwednesdays.com, http://www.youtube.com/user/JohariFarajaNiara


Other events:

Sunday, June 10, 3:30 to 6:30pm, book party for Isis, the Goddess of Poetry, at Tease Me Boutique, 1701 University Avenue. Free, door prizes, refershments. Also featuring Sexxxy Luvvv, Rasheedah and Paradise!

Wednesday, June 13, 11am – 3pm, Buy Black Wednesday Ujamaa Party at Coffee with a Beat, 484 Perkins Street, Oakland.

Friday, June 15-17, San Francisco Black Film Festival

Saturday, June 16, Juneteenth Richmond featuring George Clinton!

Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phat Beets Produce and the New North Oakland Farmers’ MarketsJuneteenth Celebration, 942 Stanford, Oakland @ New North Oakland Farmers Market and commercial kitchen

Tuesday, June 19, 6:30 – 9:30pm, Kinships “Big Black Trivia Night”, Olufe Restaurant & Bar, 2022 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Wednesday, June 20, 7pm at Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA, Tower Of Power will perform live at the Alameda County Fair Entrance is free with paid fair admission! Opening day – Dollar admission, dollar rides!
Saturday, June 23, New Edition & Tony Toni Tone at Oracle Arena, Oakland
Saturday, June 23, 10am – 6pm, Annual Laurel Street Festival, Oakland

Sunday, June 24,  Juneteenth Berkeley

Sunday, June 24, 2pm, Stern Grove Festival featuring Anita Baker and The Family Stone!

June 30 to July 4th, Marin County Fair in San Rafael

Sunday, July 1st, 7pm, Sister Makinya’s 86th Bearthday Celebration at Lake Merritt Park, Oakland

Wednesday, July 4, 12 – 7pm, Jamerican Annual 4th of July Outing, San Joaquin Miller Park, CA FREE! I don’t use the term “picnic” because of where it originated!

Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8, Fillmore Jazz Festival, San Francisco!

Saturday, July 7, 5 to 9pm, Annual BEAST CRAWL! 150 Poets Invade Uptown Oakland bars, clubs and business establishments to do poetry!

Sunday July 8, 2012 2-4 p.m., Rhythm & Muse Poetry Series Reunion @Annie’s Hall, 1613 Derby St., Berkeley, CA 94702

Friday, July 13, 5 to 8pm, Rockridge Summer Jazz & Wine Stroll, on College between Broadway & Alcatraz, “A Taste of Rockridge”.

Saturday, July 14, 12 – 2pm, Writers on Writing, hosted by Kim McMillian and Woman’s National Book Association, Rockridge Library, 5366 College Avenue, Oakland! Reception and book signing. FREE!

Satuday, July 14, 2 – 4pm, Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down: An Anthology of Womem’s Poetry, featuring, Nina Serrano,  Lucille Lang Day, Tobey Kaplan, Eliza Shefler, Jan Steckel and others at Lake View Branch library, FREE!.

SUNDAY, JULY 15TH, 2 to 10pm, HUMANIST HALL, 390 27th Street, Oakland, **Presentations by True Cultural Exponents…5-9pm! Donation$ appreciated***Bring;-The Whole …Family &/or…”(V)ITAL” Food/Drinks/Snacks, if you wish! Val (510)-435-7851 ***PS:-DONATION$ Go Towards My…”KEEP ARTS IN SCHOOLS-O!” {K.A.I.S.O} MISSION; TAX-DEDUCTIBLE when made payable to my 501c3 Non-Profit “Fiscal Agent”:-KEMET FOUNDATION {Tax ID# 26-335-1704},c/o: Val Serrant,PO Box 29341,Oakland,CA,94604. A
Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22, Raggae on the River

Sunday, July 22, 3pm, Paradise’s World’s Fair Opening Reception, Tease Me Boutique, 1701 University Avenue, Berkeley!

Monday, July 23, president Barack Obama in Oakland campaigning! Stay tuned for details!!!

Friday, July 27, Oakland Public Schools Reunion Party (All Alumni Welcome), Freemont Highs class of 1992, 20th Reunion, Kimball’s Carnival, 2nd street, Oakland

Saturday, July 28, Gilroy Garlic Festival, $32, 916-420-4167

Saturday, July 28, 2012 • 8:00 pm – $15
(Accompanied by Muziki Roberson, piano)
Sunday, July 29 • 6:00 pm – free
A Community Conversation with AMIRI BARAKA & REGGIE WORKMAN on
The State of Black Jazz Today
(Dinner plates will be available for sale)

Sunday, July 29, 7pm, The Watts Prophets, ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo, $22

Sunday, July 29, San Francisco Marathon

Saturday, August 4, 10 am till ?, KPFA Yard Sale, in KPFA Parking Lot, I will be performing at 12:45pm, FREE! MLK/Berkeley Way entrance…

Saturday, August 4, 4 to 5pm, David Glover presents his one man show: Old Happens! “And if you think I’m lying just keep breathing!” Linen Life Gallery, 770 International BLVD, San Leandro. 800-746-4027 for reservations.

Saturday, August 4, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, AfroSolo’s 11th Annual Jazz in the Gardens program features Kash Killion and the Killion Trillions and the Destiny Muhammad Trio. Yerba Buena Gardens on the Esplanade Level, San Francisco CA
Between 3rd/4th & Howard/Mission Street. This is a FREE outdoor program. No tickets or reservations needed.

Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5, Art & Soul Festival, Oakland!

Sunday, August 5, Oakland Museum Free Entry every first Sunday!!!!

Tuesday, August 7, International Nite Out, 5pm, Cheroke and 98th Avenue, Oakland

Friday, August 10, 7pm, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Patti Labelle, Babyface, Ojays, Sleep Train Pavillion, Concord

Friday thru Sunday, August 10-12, 12pm, STEVIE WONDER, Golden Gate Park Outside Lands Festival San Francisco, CA, $225 for all three days

Sunday, August 12, 2pm, Stern Grove, San Francisco, Al Jarreau and The George Duke Trio

Mondays, 7pm Poetry Express @ Priya Indian Cuisine, 2072 San Pablo Avenue
(near University Ave.), Berkeley, CA

Saturday, August 18, 11am to 3pm, Bay View Hunter’s Point back to School Celebration, Bay View Opera House, 4705 3rd Street, SF, 3000 free back backs given away along with other schools supplies! FREE! http://www.bayviewmagic.org


Saturday, August 18, 3 to 8pm, J Posh, 3824 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, Paradise’s 2012 Cultural World’s Fair & Buy Black Wednesdays present: SPEAK UP! A poetry, creative writing and speaking workshop. Followed by The Master Poet’s Theater, an open mic poetry reading featuring 10 Kweens & a Mic and Paradise performing theatrical pieces of Muhammad Ali, Cyrano deBergerac and The Occupy Movement with a cameo by Barack Obama! Workshop 3 to 6pm, $75 sliding scale, poetry reading 6 to 8pm, free.


Esperanza Spalding

Saturday,  August 25, 8pm, Paramount Theater, Oakland


Sun, Aug 26 Noon-5pm
FREE music on the waterfront in
 Jack London Square

August: Downtown Berkeley Jazz Festival! More info coming!

COME ENJOY A FREE DANCE PERFORMANCE IN UNION SQUARE THIS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29!!Come to Union Square, in San Francisco, 333 Post, at 6 PM to catch the main performance. We’ll be honoring MJ and his music for his birthday!

GOLDEN GATE PARK – MARX MEADOWS, 898 John F. Kennedy Drive
San Francisco  All Ages | 12pm – 6pm, A San Francisco Labor Day Tradition

Join us as we celebrate our 9th year of community service, yes – community service. We do this for you, the people! We thank you for supporting our music, our events and the Bay Area’s nightlife culture. Doin’ It In The Park has always been about community and giving back. This is our way of saying thank you!* FREE BBQ (burgers & hot dogs while supplies last)
* INFLATABLE JUMPER (small children only)
* MUSIC (DJs from the Bay Area)
Monday, Labor Day 9/3/12 for Oakland’s 2nd Annual Pan African Family Reunion at Mosswood Park, all day and evening movie at 8:30pm
Monday, September 3, HERO DAY featuring, Kev Choice Ensemble,  Hieroglyphis, Blackaliscious, Planet Asia and much more on San Pablo and 18th Street, Downtown Oakland! All Day!
September 8 and 9, Bay Area Black Expo, Marriot, in Oakland

Sunday, October 7, 6am, MAAFA Commemoration of the Ancestars, Great Ocean Beach, San Francisco, followed by Paradise Day celebration!


  • A fundraiser to support urgent field research in Sudan.Paradise will be a featured performer at this event!

    The classical African civilizations of ancient Kush and Nubia are in jeopardy of being permanently flooded by a series of dams along the Nile River in northern and central Sudan. Time is limited for PROF. MANU AMPIM and his research team to document the remaining archaeological evidence before the flooding begins. The mission will require $50,000 to complete and help convince UNESCO to begin protection of the sites.

Saturday/Sunday, October 13/14, Treasure Island Music Festival, Public Enemy, The Coup, scores of others! treasureislandfestival.com

Wednesdays, 12 to 1pm, Summer Sounds Free Concerts in Oakland City Center Plaza

Thursdays, 8pm til 10:00pm, LIFE ON THE MIC,  Al Attles California Cheesesteaks at 571 Bancroft in San Leandro. FREE Open Mic!
Saturdays/Sundays, 9 to 6pm, “Free Book Exchange” at 10520 San Pablo Ave. El Cerrito, CA 94530. 100 book limit.
Monday Nite Jazz series, 8PM, Starting July 2, and continuing every other Monday thru September, at The Dr. George W Davis Senior Center, 1706 Yosemite Avenue, San Fancisco
October Annual Trip to celebrate Allensworth, the first black township in California founded by Colonel Allensworth

More posts, announcements and World’s Fair events coming soon! All aboard the Black Star Soul Train Line!!!


This event is in honor of and dedicated to our beloved Bay Area ancestar artists Joy Holland, Dennis Cutten, Reginald Lockett, Kamau Seitu, Khalil Shaheed, Kevin Moore (my brother from the Timex Social Club – “Rumors), Edna Crutchfiend (Founder of IBWA), Yahosheanna, Casper Banjo, Chauncey Bailey, Edsel Matthews and Gil Scott-Heron.

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ImageAppearantly this World’s Fair energy has attracted the president! George Clinton was here, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Patti LaBelle and Stevie Wonder amongst others have been or will be in town! The president will be in Oakland on the 23rd at the latest campaigning for reelection! And we’ll have a special surprise Obama treat for you at the opening reception! Will the man himself be there? Don’t miss out! Read below for our 2012 Cultural World’s Fait itenaray and stay tuned for further developments!

This just in! My sources tell me that Obamamania will be at the FOX Theater on the 23rd! Time still unknown! Stay tuned!

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