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Merritt College’s New, Unique Africana Center

2 February 2016

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What better way to start Black History Month than by visiting Merritt College’s New Africana Studies Community Research Center, led by African American Studies Department Chair Siri Brown.

The Department of African American Studies at Merritt College has completed a unique Africana Studies Community Research Center that houses an originally designed curriculum to be used on ipads and/or computers.  The curriculum comprises of interactive museum-quality learning modules where students can engage through visual, touch screen and e-portfolio lessons about African American history. The modules are multilayered high impact visual installments produced by award winning filmmakers and graphic designers.

The center is fully ADA compliant for hearing and visually impaired learners and accessible in Spanish.

The Africana Center includes a Black Family Research Specialist who works with students 2 days a week to train them on genealogy processes.  Students work on their own family histories through interviewing elders, archival research and DNA testing to create portfolios to enhance academic skills and enrich families with more information about their history.

For more information, visit http://www.merritt.edu/wp/afram/

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Arts & Culture – Eco Arts Matters Gallery at Laney College

3 November 2015

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The Eco Art Matters class at Laney College covers the history of the environmental/social justice arts movement. Students take field trips, volunteer, watch documentaries and put together an eco art exhibit.

The students do extensive research on an important “matter” of their choosing, develop a proposal, and then create artworks, installations, visual presentations or performances which are installed by the artists and exhibited at a local gallery.

Check them out on Facebook!

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Arts & Culture – Native American Blessing

10 June 2015

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Merritt College hosted the ‘Native American Blessing’ event in honor of our Native American & Indigenous students. It was an amazing event filled with food, drumming, song and dance. Tables and booths offering information on higher education and organizations lined the hallways. If you missed the event, here is your chance to see it!

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Arts & Culture – College of Alameda

9 March 2015

College of Alameda Dance instructor, Danny Nguyen and his students kicked off the Lunar New Year with an outstanding dance performance!

For more information visit http://alameda.peralta.edu/dance/

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Peralta TV’s Black Panthers Documentary Now Streaming

10 February 2015

In honor of Black History Month, Peralta TV is now streaming its award-winning documentary “Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers.” The documentary won a national best college video award and was featured at the United Nations’ International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery. Previously it was only available on DVD. You can now watch the full documentary here: http://bit.ly/PanthersDoc.

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Peralta Colleges FM Radio Station On the Air in July

2 February 2015

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For the first time in its 50-year history, the Peralta Colleges will have its own FM radio station to provide educational programming to the community and hands-on broadcast experience to our students.

The FCC granted the Peralta Community College District a Low Power FM Community Broadcast Station license (“construction permit”) after a lengthy application process. There was plenty of competition for the broadcast licenses following a rule change by the FCC, and Peralta’s Public Information Department was successful in its bid to broadcast on one of the two available frequencies in the Bay Area.

Beginning in July, you will be able to hear Peralta’s community radio station in the East Bay at 96.9 FM. The tentative call sign is KGPC.

If you would like to get involved in Peralta’s community radio station, please contact our Executive Director for Public Information, Communications and Media, Jeff Heyman, at jheyman@peralta.edu or 510-466-7369.

Don’t forget to tune into all the great programs on our Internet radio station, 9th Floor Radio, at http://www.9thfloorradio.com/.

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Arts & Culture – Jane Chu visits Laney College

26 January 2015

Laney College welcomes the new Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Jane Chu and Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council to celebrate the Chinese Music Program led by Sherlyn Chew.

Sherlyn is an extraordinary music teacher whose mission in life is to teach music to children from lower income circumstances using Chinese instruments. She is also founder of Purple Silk Music Education Foundation, an Oakland-based nonprofit that supports music education for inner-city youth. The program includes the Great Wall Youth Orchestra & Chorus of Laney College and the Purple Bamboo Orchestra & Chorus of Lincoln Elementary School. The mission is to instill in young people an appreciation of music from all cultures through instruction in traditional Chinese instruments. The Purple Silk Music Foundation promotes opportunities for children and youth of low-income families to receive music education from professional musicians, perform in public venues and become proficient musicians themselves.

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Peralta News – Eco Art Matters, Laney College

22 December 2014

The Eco Art Matters class at Laney College covers the history of the environmental/social justice arts movement. Students take field trips, volunteer, watch documentaries and put together an eco art exhibit.

The students do extensive research on an important “matter” of their choosing, develop a proposal, and then create artworks, installations, visual presentations or performances which are installed by the artists and exhibited at a local gallery. You can check them out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EcoArtMatters

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AND STILL WE DANCE… “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within” at Laney College, Dec. 12-13

1 December 2014

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Witness the artistry of Laney’s ILO ~ Communication, through the lens of dance! Friday & Saturday, December 12-13, 8:00PM in the Laney College Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center. General Admission $15.00. Students, Seniors & Children $10.00.

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Laney College Department of Dance Presents Afro-Cuban November Workshops, Nov. 25 – 26

6 November 2014

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Upcoming Afro-Cuban Master Dance Workshops at Laney College will be taught by the renown Dolores Perez of Afro-Cuba de Matanzas and Ana Perez of Los Munequitos de Matanzas! Dance for a vibrant life!

ALL LEVELS WELCOME. NO DANCE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

Instructor Bios:

Ana Herrera Perez:
Ana Perez Herrera has been the lead vocalist and dancer for Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, since 1980. Los Muñequitos de Matanzas is one of the highest regarded masters of Afro-Cuban folkloric music and dance, especially known for Rumba.

Ana grew up with a rich family culture, a descendent of the Villamil Family, who developed artistically the seat of Afro-Cuban Folklore. She is not only an accomplished rumba dancer, highly sought after for classes and workshops worldwide, but her distinctive voice, has added an essential dimension to the Muñequitos sound, with her ease of singing in a very high range.

Dolores Perez Herrera:
Dolores Perez is one of Cuba’s greatest singers and dancers from the province of Matanzas. She was one of the founding member of Afro Cuba de Matanzas and can be heard on all of their recordings. She is best known for her performances on Caridad

An Omo Ochun and a Madrina to many, Dolores was featured in Afrocuba’s 1987 trip to the Smithsonian Folkway Festival.

Dolores is an ahijada of her aunt Tomasa Villamil, the Matriarch of the Villamil family. Tomasa’s grandparents were two musicians from Oyo, Nigeria, the old imperial Yoruba capital. They were kidnapped and brought over to Cuba in the 1880’s. The family has given Matanzas many of its best musicians, singers, and dancers.

Prior to joining Afrocuba, Dolores sang and danced with Los Portuarios, La Imaliana, and in the Carnival Comparsas in Matanzas. In addition to her overwhelming talents as a singer, Dolores is also a well-respected teacher of dance.

She has lead and participated in Afro-Cuban folkloric workshops world wide; both by invitation and while touring with Afro Cuba de Matanzas.

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Peralta News – Cosmetology at Laney College

3 November 2014

The Laney College Cosmetology Program prepares students in all phases of cosmetology! The program consists of training in theoretical foundations, hands-on experience, business knowledge, professional and ethical practices and prepares students for licensure examination through the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.

Earn a Certificate of Completion or an Associate in Arts Degree at a fraction of the cost, for more information, please visit: http://www.laney.edu/wp/cosmetology/

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Educating the Hip-Hop Generation lecture by Kevin Powell at Merritt College

9 October 2014

Merritt College welcomed activist and author Kevin Powell, who gave a lecture on “Educating the Hip-Hop Generation.”

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Colorstruck by Donald E. Lacy, Jr. at Laney College, October 3-4

1 October 2014

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How to prevent the next Ferguson? The Conversation on Race Tour Continues…. For more information go to http://www.colorstruck.net

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Berkeley City College to host MoSAIC: A Festival of Math and Art, October 3-4

1 October 2014

MoSAIC-Poster-BCC-webBerkeley’s Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and Berkeley City College will host MoSAIC: Mathematics of Science, Art, Industry and Culture: a Festival of Math and Art 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. & Sat., Oct. 3 & 4. The event is free and open to the public.

MoSAIC is a collaborative effort sponsored and funded by MSRI and administered by the Bridges organization. The groups create interdisciplinary mini conferences and festivals on mathematical connections in science, art, industry, and culture for colleges and universities around the United States and abroad.

The BCC event will include hands-on workshops, presentations, math/art exhibits, films and information exchanges with mathematicians and artists. Notable presenters include Art historian Carol Bier, George Hart, mathematician and sculptor, Vi Hart, YouTube math video producer, Chris Palmer, author of Shadowfolds, Karl Schaffer, dancer, and more. For details, visit www.mosaicmathart.org/events/berkeley.

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Latino Heritage Celebration Month Film Screening at Laney College

1 October 2014

Laney College 2014 Latino History MonthThere will be a film screening and discussion at Laney College during Latino Heritage Month. Food will be provided.

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