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Evolutionary Blues and Dick Gregory

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We discuss the new film, Evolutionary Blues with filmmakers Cheryl Fabio and Shamari.

ABOUT THE FILM

The Blues is an earthy, soul-stirring mélange of roots music and personal narratives that became the defining soundtrack of Black America. Wherever Black people settled that soundtrack took on a local flavor. In Northern California, the influences came from the musicianship of Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma. Seventh Street in West Oakland supported and bolstered Blacks who answered the call of the war effort in the late 1940’s. Entrepreneurship created a fully contained community that provided work, homes and all the necessities of life including a fully developed music scene. Watch as more than 30 local musicians share their inspiration and describe the trajectory of the Oakland Blues: how it evolved and what it has become.

And later in celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dick Gregory we present to you a collection of interviews and speeches that feature his genius. Provided by the Pacifica Radio Archives we’ll hear Gregory analysis of US empire, Obama’s presidency and our stolen democracy.

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