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James Cagney's Weekend Picks

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Poet James Cagney

Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. During shelter in place, instead of recommending in-person events, we're offering ways to experience art and culture from home. This week, host Jenee Darden speaks with poet James Cagney. 

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD) in San Francisco often hosts amazing events. They've been stepping up during the quarantine with some fantastic virtual exhibitions. This one features works of ten artists exploring the experience of European colonialism in the Caribbean. Watch the tour and discussion on their YouTube channel

John Murillo is from LA but now teaches at Wesleyan University, and this inspiring work examines black male culture and ideology. A legend in the African-American poetry scene, this is his second book about racial expression and institutional violence. 

This widely praised collection offers voices of black writers of various backgrounds. Marin engages African-Americans to claim their space and dream beyond the boundaries of oppression in an artistic and purposeful way.
James Cagney is the author of Black Steel Magnolia in the Hour of Chaos Theory. This Saturday at 1pm, James is reading at the Weekend of Words virtual literary festival

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.