Congratulations Natalie Kilmer!!! And shout out to A Word From. Natalie was the only person from her group A Word From, to hang on to the Apprenticeship Program when in March of 2020 the state ordered a mandatory shelter in place for the first time due to COVID 19.
It was at that time the KPFA also shut its doors to most of us non-essentials as we were deemed and we were all asked to work from home if we could..
Anyways needless to say that it was tough to continue life itself let alone continue a radio broadcasting training program from home. But Natalie did and she graduated in June of 2021. At that time it seemed for a moment the pandemic was lightening and we had a small gathering of 5 people where we honored Natalie for her work and for her commitment.
Happy Pride month people, as the month comes near its end there are festivities planned around the bay area. On tonight’s show we’ll hear an interview with the Executive Director of the Rainbow Community Center of Concord, Kiku Johnson. Kiku will share his story about growing up and coming out. He’ll also bring us important information about Rainbow Community Center, And he will share some of the music he loves. That’s tonight on Full Circle.
Tonight on Full Circle we bring you voices from the community. On tonight’s show we’ll get some news on an upcoming event in support of Leonard Peltier at Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos, folks from the Apprenticeship Program and the La Onda crew will be there. We’ll also hear some voices from the Interrupt Violence Vigil held in Antioch Sunday June 6th. And we’ll hear from youth activists as they speak with our own Joy Moore and Ms. M at an Environmentalist Community Convening of Youth hosted by Moving South Berkeley Forward. All that tonight on Full Circle.
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Tonight on Full Circle we bring you sounds from the Eastside Arts Alliance 22nd Annual Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival. On tonight’s show we’ll hear interviews recorded at the festival by First Voice apprentices, including Uncle Bobby aka Cephus Johnson. We’ll also hear some live music performances recorded at the festival and we’ll hear from the man of the hour himself, Malcom X in a short clip from his 1964 speech the Ballot or the Bullet.
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Tonight on Full Circle we bring you vital information beneficial to our communities. On tonight’s show we’ll hear. From S.L.A.P. -Schools and Labor Against Privatization as teachers, labor leaders and parents occupy an Oakland school set for closure. We’ll also hear from first voice graduate, Josiah Luis Alderete and his bookstore Hermana Tan Khan Cao as they embark on a new mission, In The Mission as co-owners of a new bookstore. Medicine For Nightmares. Then we will close the show with Ray Bacasegua Valdez whose art is showing in the Medicine For Nightmares art gallery.
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Tonight on Full Circle, As time moves forward to the end of this May 2022, we at First Voice honor and share memories of our community who have Asian and Pacific Islander roots. Tonight we share just some of the stories our API colleagues have produced. We’ll hear about a storytelling group, The Farm Workers movement, John Trudell, services for youth and services for the departed. All that and more, plus some wonderful music please stay tuned.
Tonight on Full Circle we continue with the spring fund drive and continue to bring you valuable information beneficial to our communities. Yessssssss!!! On tonight’s show we’ll hear three different interviews from three First Voice Graduate Apprentices. One.. Is me, I’ll be Speaking with Kelly Ferguson of Rainbow Community Center in Concord. Two.. We’ll hear from Joy Moore as she speaks with Liz Carlisle on using indigenous regenerative gardening and social justice. Three.. Our own Ms. M will speak with Gracie Jones of East Bay Community Law Center. And of course. We will be asking for your support tonight as part of our spring fund drive.
Greetings Full Circle listeners. Our crew wants to express our apologies for the technical difficulties we experienced during our last show on KPFA Radio. It was Friday the 13th in full effect. We have made the corrections to the archive on the KPFA website. And although our post is late and some of the events have passed, we want to be sure and share this great show produced by First Voice Graduate, Sharon Peterson, uninterrupted by nefarious computer technology… So.. ICYMI. Last Friday on Full Circle, we featured some great classical music from not-the-usual suspects, but from composers and musicians of African descent…Also be sure and tune in tomorrow night Friday May 20th, 7pm to kpfa.org to hear from community organizations. The Rainbow Community Center of Concord, East Bay Community Law Center and we also speak with Liz Carlisle on Community Gardening (First People’s ancestral methods) regenerative gardening and social justice..
(ICYMI) Here’s the Replay. Tonight’s Full Circle, Hosted by Sentient Shiloh b, AKA DJ Loh includes excerpts from a conversation they had with the artist collective WEDAPEPO , and five core members: Irene Carvajal, Oscar Lopez, Nivedita Madigubba, Michael Martinez and Jusun Seo. Listen in to our dialog about belonging, immigration, social practice, transnationality, creating culture, artistic collaboration and of course the circle. WEDAPEPO is a collaborative project started with seven trans-national artists; Irene Carvajal, Oscar Lopez, Nivedita Madigubba, Michael Martinez, Zhang Mengjiao, Jusun Seo and Vivian Vivas. We named our project after an anthology of essays on cultural identity by Jose Antonio Burciaga. Our discussion began with the question, “What space do I occupy in America?” Mainstream media often answers a question with manufactured labels, propaganda structures, and fragmented histories. WEDAPEPO emerges from the re-examination of our identities and roles within this rhetoric and we continue to question societal constructs, cultural myths, and weaponized institutions that continue marginalizing specific demographics in society.
My work is located in the space where globalized culture presses against local culture. Ubiquitous, mass produced everyday objects also exist in this space. When seen as more than just utilitarian, these objects become something full of social meaning —historic, political and cultural weight modifies and transforms the object into something larger. By eliminating the body and submitting the mass produced items to the physical pressures of the printing press I seek to explore these complex social and economic pressures.Using a combination of printmaking, sculpture and found objects, I create installations that at once seem both familiar and unexpected.
I am a visual artist born and raised in Mexico City, where I first came into contact with the art world in the Graffiti urban art scene. After immigrating to the USA to San Francisco, Bay area (Silicon Valley), focusing on trying to understand our complex society through a Mexican immigrant’s lens in the USA.I use a critical eye to engage with the globalization, imperialism, and capitalism that affect every corner of the two nations that share my soul. My concerns are reflected in a dialogue of the Stockholm syndrome symptoms created by the oppression and discrimination of imperialistic orders. On both sides of the border this is having a bigger impact on minorities, people of color and the workers that hold entire nations that also suffer from social and cultural amnesia. In order to survive in these societies built on the foundations of white supremacy and colonialism our ancestors have been forced for generations to either hide, directly confront, or sympathize with our oppressors, resulting in a mass forgetting of cultural and social practices. As our cultural identity and practices have been suppressed we have become hostages in our own homeland.
Nivedita Madigubba is an interdisciplinary artist. Her intermedia practice includes painting, drawing, video, sculpture, and installation. She uses products of cultural processes such as—images, ritual objects, architecture, etc. — as material. Her practice engages with the dominant memories attached to these materials and reframes them to visualize counternarratives.
Nivedita was born in Guntur and raised in Hyderabad, India. She holds a BFA (2020) from San Francisco Art Institute. She has exhibited in San Francisco and Los Altos, California. She is currently working with a collective of seven transnational artists—named WE DA PEPO. Her work with the collaborative focuses on language, agency/authorship, history and examines the role of technology within these contexts. She currently resides in San Jose, California.
Jusun Seo is a transnational artist working and living in Northern California. She graduated holding a double major in painting and printmaking B.F.A from San Francisco Art Institute (2020). Her works emphasize how her own culture reflected on her childhood memories and experiences. Through immigration, relationships, and different stories living as a female artist, she is questioning the aesthetics between Eastern and Western culture. In paintings, she has the most interest in depicting bodies in different spaces. With printmaking works, her interests in defining duplication as a post-modern era explore different visions from historical prints. Jusun Seo had shown her works in different galleries in CA recently at John Natsoulas Gallery, Fort Mason, Diego Rivera Gallery, and Merced Multicultural Arts Center. Also, She has shown works in Chicago and New York for the AXA travel exhibition. She graduated from SFAI with three awards; Best In Show, Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award, and Hart Lipton Art Supplies Prize.
Michael Martinez is a Tejano conceptual artist and part of the transnational art collective WE DA PEPO. Martinez specializes in the brazen and bizarre while confronting social ideologies unrelenting logic. Through his poignant compositions and often controversial subject matter, the artist can evoke intense feelings from the spectator with layered meanings to challenge the audience’s perspective.
Michael focuses his work on bearing witness to the human condition by using found objects and demonstrating unexpected duality found in two cultures and touches on the historical exclusion of lived immigrant experiences.
Martinez exercises his art, consisting of practical use of film development, various incarnations of zine production, an intriguing collaborative collage-work to refract information back to the viewer. His creative control of mixed media and use of nontraditional methods of photography and printmaking represents an articulation of rejection and non-conformity.
If he is not deconstructing portraits or traveling as a hired photographer, Michael is experimenting in full-stack web development.
onight on Full Circle, we will be getting word to you about two upcoming events in the Bay Area this weekend. On tonight’s show we’ll get an update from organizers in Contra Costa County as they plan to rally tomorrow in Antioch in support of a DA and FBI investigation into the Antioch and Pittsburg police departments. We’ll also get the 411 on the May May march set for Sunday May 1st in San Francisco to honor International Workers Day.
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On tonight’s show we’ll get an update on the proposed lithium mine with our special guests Michon Eben Cultural Resources Specialist and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Reno Sparks Indian Colony and Will Falk attorney, organizer, and co-founder of Protect Thacker Pass. We’ll also hear some music from the Mankillers, a Native, all-woman drum group that performs traditional pow wow music in the northern tradition. And we’ll kick off the show with a short announcement about a planned action in Antioch supporting an FBI and Contra Costa County District Attorney’s investigation into the Antioch and Pittsburg police departments