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Calendar, Night&Day The Rights Stuff

The Rights Stuff

Be part of the revolution with today’s daylong African-American literary festival, Free Your Mind, showcasing a fabulous array of authors, visual artists, activists, intellectuals, and storytellers. Part of the library’s Black History Month programming, this literary extravaganza opens with Kirk…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Passion for Collecting

A Passion for Collecting

We have a lot to celebrate during Black History Month. There’s the 50th anniversary of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a second-term for President Obama, and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. An early draft of that very…
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Music, Bouncer Finding Solace in a Sea of Misery at Twin Peaks

Finding Solace in a Sea of Misery at Twin Peaks

The Twin Peaks is soothing. It is soothing from the outside, where the amber-lit patrons look like San Francisco's answer to Edward Hopper's Nighthawks. It is soothing from the inside, where older men huddle around tables and talk about neighborhood…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Civil Rights Leader Claudette Colvin Appears

Civil Rights Leader Claudette Colvin Appears

We're a country obsessed with superstars. It is never enough to simply be good, or even better than good; someone must be the best. Maybe this accounts for the rise of the competitive reality show, where average people can prove…
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Calendar, Night&Day Art History

Art History

“Have I reached the point of being able to auto-correct all of the derogatory images that have been associated with watermelons and ebony skin?” asks local painter Karin Turner. Her whimsical paintings have a big colorful bouncy joy, and then…
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Dining, SFoodie Black History Month Food Festival Begins Tonight

Black History Month Food Festival Begins Tonight

This year, SF Noir caps off its annual San Francisco Black History Month activities with a five-day celebration of African American culinary culture. The festival, which lasts from Feb. 24 through Feb. 28, begins with a celebrity-chef shrimp and grits…
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Calendar, Night&Day History Is Delicious

History Is Delicious

We've heard some people don't like grits. Excellent: More for us. Over the five days of the sf|noir Wine and Food Event, a vast array of Caribbean, African, Creole, Southern, vegan, and soul food items will be on the menu…
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Calendar, Night&Day For Whom ...

For Whom ...

"Comedian" is a small term for a person who does standup, but also directs, teaches, and wields PowerPoint like a light saber. W. Kamau Bell is all that and a political commentator at his new show, Blacktastic Black History Month…
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Music, All Shook Down Raashan Ahmad Gives Thanks for Black History Month

Raashan Ahmad Gives Thanks for Black History Month

If you've been wondering what the hell happened to real hip-hop, you obviously haven't been listening to Raashan Ahmad. The Crown City Rockers' nimble-tongued frontman's debut solo album, The Push, was one of the best recent examples of contemporary true…
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Music, All Shook Down Booker T on Black History

Booker T on Black History

Just in case you forgot, February is Black History Month. This year, BHM has taken on an added significance with the historic election of Barack Obama, which has brought hope for meaningful change in society. However, it should be remembered…
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