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Queen CalifIa
This is our most admired piece of art in the San Francisco image server
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[more from the author: TheArthur Wright]
California is the only state in the union named after a goddess- and a black one at that [more]
TheArthur and others have been engaged in a campaign to have this history taught in California classrooms [more]
The Mandate of Califia
Heed me, Land of the West!
I am your Mother!
My breasts are heavy with sweet life,
Ye shall not want.

Thy enemies are mine,
My warriors I set upon them,
Their menace made void.

Be of good cheer,
Life is abundant
And again I say,
Thou shalt not want.

I abideth not Abominations
For my life is filled with
Comely things.

Heed, Land of Golden Sands
And bounty without end.
I, Califia, loves you
Throughout your generations
And Forever will I
Guard over You.
Heed, California,

I Shall Not Speak Again...
Califia, from mural painted in 1926 by Maynard Dixon @ Mark Hopkins Hotel
Queen Calafia is common knowledge among professors of medieval literature.
Queen Califia's land was an island paradise where mythical creatures such as man-eating griffins roamed free, gold and other riches were abundant and the Queen's tribe of amazon warriors rarely had time for men.

 

'Know that, on the right hand of the Indies there is an island called California very near to the Terrestrial Paradise, which was peopled with black women, without any men among them, because they were accustomed to live after the fashion of Amazons. They were of strong and hardened bodies, of ardent courage, and of great force. The island was the strongest in the world, from its steep rocks and great cliffs. Their arms were all of gold; and so were the caparisons of the wild beasts which they rode, after having tamed them; for in all the Island there is no other metal. They lived in caves very well worked out; they had many ships, in which they sailed to other parts to carry on their forays."
"Sergas de Esplandian," by Garcia Ordouez de Montalvo,  Chapter 157 printed first in 1510 reprinted 1519, 1521, 1525 and 1526 A very popular romance novel in its day
The name California was given by Cortes, when he discovered the Baja California peninsula in 1535.
Will Condoleeza be returning to Stanford U?
The Idyossey- Chapter 12: Black Goddess @thebushiad.com
Gold Spinning Disc - Nariño Culture, Colombia - 1120 A.D.   "Aluna contains everything which is past
and everything that may become.
Aluna is the thought and memory
which forms a bridge between
the human 'Spirit' and the Universe.

Aluna makes possible growth,
birth and creation; it is the spiritual energy
that makes things happen..."
 
Aluna is a San Francisco-Bay Area multicultural ethnic and Colombian folkloric band well known to the Carnaval SF community. [more]

 

The weekend  April 11th to 13th was especially busy for Carnavelescos. Click below here to find good albums on-line for 4 of the events.

Carnaval_Teen_Queens video
Flickr video is very good!

Two categories: less than 13 and less than 18 and the results show that the next gen should do us proud as young ones and teens [of the female persuasion anyway] took their spirited shot to claim the royal honors at Carnaval San Francisco 2008, at the third annual Junior King and Queen/Prince Apirl 12. [more]
Download Grupo Samba Rio presented ENSAIO TECNICO!
Saturday, April 12,@ Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda. The Samba Rio dancers for the parade are continuing their own rehearsals on Saturday afternoons at Ashkenaz, 4:30 to 6:30.with live percussion.
Pre-Carnaval party dates: Il Pirata 2007 16th St.
Friday May 16 and Friday May 23.
Mark your calendar now and invite friends to come and enjoy the Samba Pagode [more]
Download CARIBE SABROSON Carnaval Fundraiser Party - Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts  04/04/08 San Francisco, CA [more]
Download For the past fifteen years, Samba Mundial participated in San Francisco Carnaval under the name Sambão Para O Povo (Samba for the People).  We will celebrate our new name and our 16th year of Carnaval participation with our 2008 theme, “Baía de Todas as Culturas” (“Bay of All Cultures”).  Samba Mundial's bateria leader this year is Bradley Hamilton. Costumes for this year will be designed by Sandy Del Rio & Aki Ueno This year's choreography will be created by Sandy Del Rio,  [More]

 

 

California Brazil Camp:

Redwood Canja

by Eric Crawford

sfmpb
Download"Few are lucky enough to live near a master instructor, and even when visiting Brazil, absorbing the rhythms, the language, and the irresistible swing like a local would require a lifetime. But every summer under the redwoods of Northern California, hundreds gather at the California Brazil Camp to participate in sacred Candomblé dances, incendiary choro circles, forró hoedowns, smoldering bossa nova jam sessions, and all-night pagode sing-alongs. [more @ brazilmax]
Eric Crawford is a veteran Brazil Camp attendee, photographer and shuttle driver. Since 1999 his excellent website SFmpb.com has tracked Brazilian Music events in the Bay Area. He is also co-founder of Na Roda, which arranges private music lessons for foreign visitors to Rio de Janeiro.

 

Carnaval Day With The SF GIANTS
@ AT&T Park

Saturday, May 17 2008, 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Contact you contingent leader if you want to be in the parade. Anyone can join the drum circle before the game in Willie Mays Plaza
The new Giants squad will focus their entire team around their starting rotation, one of the best in the majors, surrounded by a group of youngsters aged 29 or younger.

Barry Zito, Matt Cain, Noah Lowry, Tim Lincecum, &  Kevin Correia

 
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Covering all that's new, unknown, or inexcusably under-appreciated, Thrillist sifts through the crap to find the best food, drinks, events, gadgets, gear and services in San Francisco and Nationwide.
Recent discoveries include the world's first Marijiuana ATM, a mobile DJ/BBQ crew, and a dance-battling website from the one and only, MC Hammer. Also check out these two reviews for new on the Mission scene

Cava 22 3239 22nd St, at Valencia; The Mission; 415.642.7224
From a former Coco500 chef, this group-friendly bar-restaurant features 50+ tequilas, and Spanish-French grub like Pan-Seared Duck Breast w/ Star Anise and Oysters in Cucumber Margarita Sauce -- a fusion of aphrodisiac and cocktail almost as tempting as Brandy-Collins-basted Tiger Penis.
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Berretta @ 1199 Valencia &23rd
Beretta's a two-story, Old-Country-chic (chandeliers, murals of Italy) pizz-aurant with providentially generous last calls: midnight for the kitchen, 2am for the full bar. [more]
These two new editions to one of the world's great restaurant neighborhoods will soon find their way to our related guide at www.sfmission.com/restaurants 

 
Caribbean Focus
JONATHAN MACK aka ANGEL MAGIK WAS BORN AND RAISED IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO IE THE WICKEDEST ISLAND IN THE CARIBBEAN.

SINCE GRADUATING FROM UC BERKELEY, HIS MISSION HAS BEEN TO INTRODUCE THE WORLD TO THE  CULTURE; OF SOCA, REGGAE-DANCEHALL, ZOUK, CALYPSO, AND MOST OF ALL LIVING IN THE MOMENT AND DANCING YA ASSES OFF

"I LOVE BRINGING TOGETHER BEAUTIFUL NON-PRETENTIOUS SOULS TO EXPERIENCE THE ART OF PARTYING....THUS I CREATED ANGEL MAGIK:"THE WORLD'S PREMIERE CARIBBEAN PARTY" WHICH BLOWS UP PARTIES IN THE BAY AREA! AND THE COMPANY 3 SEXY GUYS LLC TO BRING SHOWS OUT TO ALL THE ISLAND IN HAWAII." JONATHAN WRITES ON ONE OF HIS MANY WEB SITES.

JONATHANMACK.COM
SONIAMACK.COM
MYSPACE.COM/MOVETOUR
BIGUPRADIO.COM
SHATTUCKDOWNLOW.COM


HIS MOTHER GOT HIM STARTED SINCE SHE IS NONE OTHER THAN WELL KNOWN EVENT PRODUCER SONIA MACK [SONIAMACK.COM ] WHO HAS BEEN PUTTING TOGETHER CARNIVAL EVENTS IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO SINCE 1993.

 

3NI up from
Los Angeles for de 2007 Carnival SF Bay Area
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music: Burning Flames Bush Dancer Klatye album 1994
"a spectacular performance as the women dance and grind their hips." One of many from BLINKS147
Caribbean Food Goes Great for Carnival 
Carnival time means dispensation to indulge in life's guilty pleasures. Hence the tradition of many special Carnival foods for Carnival feasts. This is particularly the case with Caribbean Carnival culture
 
Mas Makers Mas Camp 5425 Ygnacio Ave, Oakland 510-534-6331
Saturday April 26, Caribbean Breakfast/Brunch
Open House at the Mas Camp
-Taste delicious island specialties, sign up for your costume or just party to the latest soca music 9am -2pm
Sunday May 11 Mother's Day Glo-You Must Wear White Backyard Garden Party-Steelpan Music, Popular DJ, Island Food, Complimentary Cocktail and more
sistas-wit-style House Party

9105 Golf Links rd, Oakland
Saturday 26th April 9:00pm

FRIDAY Bar “B” Que
Annabelle's Friday Meal Service BBQ Fund raiser

Please call 510-952-6287 or 387-7771or E-mail us @ sistas_wit_style [at]yahoo-dot-com: to place your order call by Thursday’s DELIVERY AVAILABLE
All proceeds go towards Children and Youth Sistas-Wit-Style Dance Program
Visit us @ www.sistas-wit-style.com
Lunch/ Dinner Fundraiser ---
Every Friday In April 18th & April 25th
1. Hot Spicy Jerk Chicken 2. Bar “B” Que Chicken, 3. Bar “ B” Que Ribs 4. Grilled Snapper 5. Hot Links 6. Grilled Chicken Salad  Prices per meal from $6 to $15

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