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Join BSFO for Black History Month events all week long

S. Ama Wray

TEDx speaker and UC Irvine professor of dance S. Ama Wray, Ph.D., will lead a Feb. 15 event about Black expression through dance.

Black History Month is here! Celebrate with the UCOP Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO) by joining colleagues at one of several upcoming events. This year’s BSFO Black History Month festivities celebrate Black life and history as expressed through music, fashion and the arts. All are welcome to participate.

BSFO Presents: Live Fashion Show and Art Talk
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 12 – 1 p.m. PT
Oakland Franklin Lobby 1 |
Join us for a live fashion show, hosted by Bridget Cain, followed by an art talk, featuring Waverly Duck, Ph.D.

  • Entrepreneur Bridget Cain has been in the fashion industry for more than 20 years. After earning an associate’s degree in fashion design, she began selling trendy clothing out of the trunk of her car to build clientele and grow her business. In 1991 her hard work paid off when Proper Fashions opened its doors at two storefront locations in Sacramento. Today, she provides quality and unique fashions for women to enjoy at home, at work and out on the town with styles that are exciting, classy, sassy and chic.
  • Urban ethnographer Waverly Duck, Ph.D., is the North Hall Chair Endowed professor of sociology and associate director of the Center for Black Studies Research at UC Santa Barbara. He is the author of several books including “No Way Out: Precarious Living in the Shadow of Poverty and Drug Dealing.” In addition to investigating the challenges faced by socially marginalized groups, his current research focuses on the interaction order of marginalized communities, including how participants identify problems and what they perceive as viable solutions.

Black Affirmation Telegrams
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. PT
Celebrate Black History Month by sending a Black affirmation telegram! Cards will be available at the Oakland Franklin security desk and High-XII Café.

Expression Through the Arts
Thursday, Feb. 15, 12 – 1:30 p.m. PT
Join us for a virtual exploration of Black expression through the arts! Maestro Curtis, Ph.D., will lead us in music and S. Ama Wray, Ph.D., will share her expertise in dance.

  • Musician, producer and best-selling author Maestro Curtis, Ph.D., has performed throughout the world with an array of well-known musicians; in his early career, he was the youngest piano player ever to perform with The Count Basie Orchestra. Today he is also CEO and founder of JazzyBoo Entertainment, developing and producing music for local artists highlighting the San Francisco/Oakland and Bay Area sound.
  • TEDx speaker and UC Irvine professor of dance S. Ama Wray, Ph.D., is the creator of Embodiology – a dance methodology based on West African principles of human communications. She is an award-winning artist who has performed globally for more than 30 years and has collaborated with seminal artists including Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin and Nicole Mitchell.

Harlem in Vogue: Fashion and Style in the Harlem Renaissance
Friday, Feb. 16, 12 – 1 p.m. PT
Join BSFO in an exploration of fashion and style during the Harlem Renaissance — an intellectual and cultural revival of African American music, dance, art, fashion, literature, theater, politics and scholarship centered in New York City in the 1920s and 1930s.

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