Thursday, February 25, 2010

Today In Black History

February 25, 1928

"One-Man Show of Art by Negro, First of Kind Here, Opens Today," read the headline on a front page article in The New York Times. The article announced the opening of Archibald J. Motley, Jr.'s show at the New Gallery On Madison Avenue. It was the first time in history that an artist made the front page of The New York Times and it was the second one-person show by an African American artist (the first being Henry O. Tanner). African scenes, voodoo dances, and African Americans at leisure were the themes presented by the artist.

*Archibald John Motley, Junior (October 7, 1891, New Orleans, Louisiana – January 16, 1981,[1] Chicago, Illinois) was an African-American painter. f He studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago during the 1910s, graduating in 1918. He is most famous for his colorful chronicling of the African-American experience during the 1920s and 1930s, and is considered one of the major contributors to the Harlem Renaissance.

Friday, February 12, 2010

For Colored Girls, Only. . .

February 12 to March 28, 2010

For Colored Girls Only: An all women group show

Free Admission for exhibition/opening reception; Admission Fee for literary and music events

Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th Street, Oakland, CA, (510) 465-8928

"The gallery will host a visual art and literary event in celebration of women from all color, size, age, gender, local and international as a form of politics/non-politics and as a body of thought. Erasing the indistinct lines of class, gender and geography, and celebrating even the contradicting facets of womanhood. This exhibition is inspired by the work of Ntozake Shange. Ntozake means "she who comes with her own things” and Shange means "who walks like a lion." There will also be coinciding literary/poetry events and music performances."

Presented by Joyce Gordon Gallery

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Meet the Author of "Searching for Tina Turner" - Tonight at 7 pm in Berkeley

Meet Jacqueline Luckett tonight at 7:00 p.m.

"Searching for Tina Turner"

Books Inc. in Berkeley
1760 Fourth Street
Berkeley, CA


Monday, February 8, 2010

Rest In Peace, "Sweet Jimmie" - Thanks for the Memories

Condolences to the family and friends of Jimmie Ward (better known as "Sweet Jimmie").

The well-known nightclub owner and promoter "Sweet Jimmie" Ward died Friday night at the age of 74.

He opened Sweet Jimmie's at 577 18th St. in 1987 and closed it nearly two decades later.

I remember partying at Sweet Jimmie's with George Clinton during KRE Radio's Heyday. We had many listener parties at the venue and there was never any trouble.

I get the feeling there's a big party going on up there right now!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

"Searching For Tina Turner" - Have You Heard??

What's all the noise about?

Jacqueline Luckett's first novel, "Searching for Tina Turner" is creating quite a buzz in book circles, including being named Essence Magazine's Book Selection for January 2010.

"Lena Harrison Spencer is in her mid-fifties, and the time has come for her to face the hard truths of what it means to have it all and still find oneself unfulfilled. When Lena determines that what she needs is the strength to change directions, Tina Turner becomes the icon from whose story she derives strength, even as everyone else tells her she's crazy for giving up her cashmere cocoon."

Published by Grand Central Publishing (Hatchette Book Group)

Available at and other bookstores.

Find out why everyone is talking about the Oakland, California author's first novel and why I'm sure we'll be hearing much more from Jacqueline Luckett.