Author Archives: Ayodele Nzinga, MFA, PhD

About Ayodele Nzinga, MFA, PhD

I create; therefore I am.

Equity in Oakland- When?

In 2014 the City of Oakland issued an RFP for the redevelopment of the  Henry J Kaiser Center and Calvin Simmons Auditorium. Two proposals were considered; one detailed a robust reuse of the historic site with “baked in community benefit”, … Continue reading

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Notes on Dr. Ayodele Nzinga’s mytho-magical drama: Protection Shields

by Marvin X Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, founder, producer, playwright, and director of Oakland’s Lower Bottom Playaz opened a new play at the Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, downtown Oakland. It is a myth-ritual dance drama in the Black Arts Movement Theatre … Continue reading

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dark art

my dark art grazed you truth raw stuns  like max on drums ancient sacred primal  dark art mesmerized you slipped in baptized you approached invited me to cite sing tap entertain you collecting my shroud of shadows gathering thunder  trailing wailing women prayers of … Continue reading

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porches

fetal curl style in the cutting room arranging the chapters of your life you look at the front porches of others from the windows hapharzarly placed in rented walls in the cutting room you edit sorting lost moments songs unheard … Continue reading

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shoestrings

when you live in rooms where shoestrings dangle tripping you up in the race to get in to get out to get where windows stay broken even though they painted shut the rats always return four and two legged you … Continue reading

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things written in sand

pendulum swinging swing batter swing always moving Chrisman said that King said its an arch that gravitates towards good they say Anne Frank thought people were good at the heart I read Frank, belived King, overstood Chrisman the wind of … Continue reading

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Brickhouse Lily

jenny claimed the block tupac rose from concrete still deep in the streets lily in the middle of the bricks whole world fall down chicken little up in this saw the chicken scratch most mistook it for the news but … Continue reading

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