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  • The de Young’s Summer of Love opens in spring of discontent
    By Leah Garchik - Monday Apr 10, 2017

    “I’m Dede Wilsey, a flower child,” said the president of the board of trustees of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco at the start of the press briefing before the opening of The Summer of Love Experience.Wilsey was wearing a designer (Andrew Gn) flowered dress, real baubles (“I left my hippie earrings in the country”), and fresh camellias woven into her hair with rubber bands usually used for her Malteses’ topknots ( “I never realized how much it hurt”).[...] I thought her opening statement, while having little to do with the cultural and curatorial scholarship that went into creating this show, was an honest reflection of what most people who lived through that time were thinking.Steve Miller Band’s “Children of the Future,” stood by a display that utilized blinking colored lights to demonstrate the brilliance of the concept.Directed by Moscoso, Mayes had photographed pigeons in the Civic Center and then taken shots of people jumping off chairs.The series of photos was superimposed on each other; the end result looks like rainbow-colored silhouettes of people in flight.Light artist Ben Van Meter watched over a projected segment of the 100-foot-long light show he designed for the Avalon Ballroom.While downstairs, within the show, artists were pleased to talk about their works; upstairs, there was a hubbub of excitement and music, as guests who’d tied bands around their foreheads and put on glad rags they’d foraged from the backs of their closets mingled with costumed role-players — eye-lined Johnny Depp look-alikes are apparently good for a variety of occasions — pretending to be hippies.A crowd of 80 — including Danny Glover, Deborah Santana and KTVU’s Dave Clark — gathered at the Museum of the African Diaspora recently for a fundraiser for Opera Noir, a nonprofit company that promotes “cultural diversity in the classical arts.”Artistic Director J. Rosalynn Smith-Clark says the Divas & Desserts event raised $52,500, a hearty chunk of support for the project to educate youth, support new artists and perform works by African American composers in addition to those by traditional European composers.[...] in other employment notes, Elaine Molinari finds it interesting that although six out of 11 San Francisco supes are women, it was a man, Mark Farrell, who introduced a bill that might (by making it illegal for an employer to ask job seekers about past salaries) help women close the gap between what they’re paid and what men are paid.

    Source: Leah Garchik
  • Colin Kaepernick follows quest to find ‘personal independence’ to Ghana
    By Kevin Lynch - Wednesday Jul 5, 2017

    Colin Kaepernick is exploring the middle passage among other historical places in his trip to Africa (Ross D. Franklin/AP). Colin Kaepernick took to Instagram to discuss his genealogy and his exploration of the African Diaspora. Kaepernick traveled to Africa to investigate his roots, which took him to Ghana and other African countries. “In the quest to find my personal independence, I had to find out where my ancestors came from,” Kaepernick wrote on his Instagram account. “I set out tracing my African ancestral roots, and it led me to Ghana. Upon finding out this information, I wanted to visit the sites responsible for myself (and many other Black folks in

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  • On the Runway: From the L.P.G.A. to Congress, Dress Code as a Cause Célèbre
    By VANESSA FRIEDMAN - Monday Jul 17, 2017

    Paul D. Ryan has promised less-restrictive guidelines for the speaker’s lobby, the golf association is adding restrictions, and social media is up in arms over “appropriate dress.”

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  • Roger Abrahams, folklorist who studied African American language, dies
    By William Grimes - Saturday Jul 1, 2017

    Roger Abrahams, folklorist who studied African American language, diesRoger Abrahams, one of the first folklorists to study the language and performance styles of black Americans as reflected in songs, proverbs and riddles both old and new, died June 20 in Sunnyvale.Mr. Abrahams (pronounced Abrams) cast his net wide, exploring Anglo-American folk songs, jump-rope rhymes and counting rhymes, but devoted most of his scholarly energies to the African diaspora in the Caribbean and the United States.Earlier folklorists had focused on black religious expression, the language of the church and pulpit.The Emergence of African American Culture in the Plantation South (1992), Mr. Abrahams turned back the clock to study the corn-shucking ceremony, a ritual with songs and chants that he reconstructed through newspaper accounts, travelers tales and diaries as a means of understanding the social dynamics of plantation society.Historian Wilson Moses, reviewing the book in the Historian, called Mr. Abrahams “probably the most celebrated living preservationist of African American secular oral traditions.”John Szwed, Mr. Abrahams’ collaborator on “Discovering Afro-America” (1975) and the essay collection Blues for New Orleans:After earning a master’s degree in literature and folklore from Columbia University in 1959, Mr. Abrahams returned to the University of Pennsylvania, where, under the direction of Leach, was awarded a doctorate in literature and folklore in 1961.To better understand the African roots of African American folk practices and verbal styles, Mr. Abrahams did extensive field research in the Caribbean, beginning with a week on St. Kitts and Nevis in 1962.With ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, he recorded sea chanteys and the songs performed at tea meetings, a combination variety show and church fundraiser.Mr. Abrahams pursued his interest in black speech and street culture in the United States in several works that, like “Deep Down in the Jungle,” rejected the current argument that black Americans suffered not only from poverty but from a deficient culture.Mr. Abrahams taught for many years in the English department of the University of Texas in Austin, where he also served as the director of the African and Afro-American Research Institute.

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  • Black women picking up firearms for self-defense
    By LISA MARIE PANE, Associated Press - Monday Jul 24, 2017

    (AP) — Sitting in a classroom above a gun range, a woman hesitantly says she isn't sure she could ever shoot and kill someone, even to protect herself.If the gun gets taken away by a bad guy, the instructor says, "I promise you they're not going to be having any sympathy or going through the thought process you are."Marchelle Tigner, known to her students and others as "Tig," is on a mission: to train at least 1 million women how to shoot a firearm.[...] as a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault, she wants to give other women of color the training she hadn't had.[...] a recent study by gun-rights advocate and researcher John Lott showed that black women outpaced other races and genders in securing concealed carry permits between 2000 and 2016 in Texas, one of the few states that keep detailed demographic information.Philip Smith founded the National African American Gun Association in 2012 during Black History Month to spread the word that gun ownership was not something reserved for whites.[...] he found something surprising — more black women joining, most of them expressing concerns about living either alone or as single parents and wanting to protect themselves and their homes.On top of that, the shootings of black men and boys around the country have left Smith and others concerned that racism can make a black person a perceived threat, even when carrying a firearm legally.Tigner plays to their protective instincts by telling them always to know what is beyond their target so they don't accidentally shoot a young child or another innocent bystander.

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  • Shanshan Feng leads U.S. Women’s Open
    By Tom Canavan - Friday Jul 14, 2017

    Shanshan Feng leads U.S. Women’s OpenBEDMINSTER, N.J. — Shanshan Feng had her best round in the U.S. Women’s Open, and the first-round lead.Afternoon rain and lightning forced officials to suspend play for more than two hours Thursday in the biggest event in women’s golf, and play was stopped because of darkness with 39 players still on the course.The weather was the only hitch for the players and the USGA, which took a lot of criticism for failing to move the $5 million event to another course after comments by President Trump about women.Despite fears of protests, Day 1 was uneventful.The golf was excellent and Feng was outstanding, shooting a 6-under-par 66 in a tournament in which she rarely has played well in her 10 seasons as a professional in the United States.Amy Yang of South Korea, who has had two seconds, a third and a fourth in this event in the past five years, was a shot behind.Lydia Ko of New Zealand played in the same threesome with Feng and was tied for third at 68 with top-ranked So Yeon Ryu of South Korea.Carlota Ciganda also was 4-under with a hole left.Cristie Kerr, the 2007 Open champ who played with back spasms, and Megan Khang were the best U.S. finishers at 69.Feng, who has not finished better than fourth in the Open (2012), started her round on the 10th hole and played the back side in 5-under, rolling in five birdies.“I started the round very great,” said Feng, who lipped out on two birdie putts on her final nine.Everything worked fine Thursday.Yang had six birdies and a bogey in her round.Ko, who had the lead going into the final round last year, was tied with Feng at 6-under after 13 holes.Ryu, the only two-time winner on the tour this year, had four birdies.Kerr had five birdies and two bogeys.Tom Canavan is an Associated Press writer.Leaderboard

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