Slaying Demons and Stereotypes with Actor Rotimi AgbabiakaDid you know God is a Nigerian drag queen? Let queer actor Rotimi Agbabiaka explain, as he shape shifts between characters that embody and expose the battles minority artists face in the exclusive world of mainstream American theater.
Shot at The Lost Church in San Francisco, CA
Produced by KQED Arts
Executive Producer: David Markus
Director: Claudia Escobar
Camera: Claudia Escobar and Farrin Abbott
Sound: Kelly Whalen
Edited: Claudia Escobar
How Kid Andersen Makes the Greasy Stuff | KQED ArtsA visit to San Jose blues guitarist and producer Kid Andersen's no-frills home studio, where he's recorded over 100 albums
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Salma Al Aasal, the Voice No Travel Ban Could SilenceSalma Al Aasal, 51, learned to sing in Sudan as a child, before moving to Egypt and, eventually, America. But nobody in her adopted country had heard her voice — until a concert in Oakland this year. "Notes Against the Ban," featuring music from the seven countries targeted in President Trump’s travel ban, showcased music from Libya, Yemen, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Iraq, and served dual roles as ambassadorial outreach and as a healing salve. And Salma Al Aasal, raised amidst Middle East tumult and finding a new home in the Bay Area, finally took center stage. Watch as Salma tells her incredible story — and listen as she sings from the depths of the heart.
For Rulan Tangen, To Dance Is To Live, To Live Is To DanceIn 2004, after surviving a battle with cancer, dancer and choreographer Rulan Tangen started Dancing Earth Creations, a dance company committed to exploring indigenous rituals and movements that reflect contemporary native people.