Paula's Picks

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Join me every 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month at 8 pm, to celebrate music that transcends genres and spoken word artists who will capture the heart, mind, spirit and soul!

Paula the Small will pick music to groove to, accompanied by spoken words that will move and inspire you!

If you or someone you know is a spoken word artist and would like to share spoken word on the air, please get in touch!

E-mail me at: kboopaula at gmail dot com.

Feel like sharing your thoughts about Paula's Picks, the musical journey or the spoken word artists? Please leave a comment!

And don't forget, please visit the links/websites of the artists, who were kind enough to contribute to making the journey that much easier.

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Episode Archive

Paula's Picks on 12/19/13

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Thu, 12/19/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 12/05/13

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Thu, 12/05/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Short Description: 
Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 11/21/13

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Thu, 11/21/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 11/07/13

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Thu, 11/07/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 10/17/13

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Thu, 10/17/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 10/03/13

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Thu, 10/03/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 09/19/13

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Thu, 09/19/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 09/05/13

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Thu, 09/05/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 08/01/13

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Thu, 08/01/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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The Garifuna Collective In-Studio TONIGHT!

Tonight's show will be extra special, as guests The Garifuna Collective join Paula the Small LIVE to talk about their new album with Canadian musician Danny Michel, titled Blackbirds Are Dancing Over Me.

This exciting collaboration, released earlier this month, prompted a tour that brings the artists together on-stage at Mississippi Studios in our own City of Roses!

You can catch their live performance at Mississippi Studios TOMORROW night at 9 pm. For more information, click here.

Listen TONIGHT for this exclusive treat, as we listen to a few of their tracks, as well as music from around the world!

Paula's Picks on 07/18/13

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Thu, 07/18/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.


Paula's Picks playlist for 03/08/2010

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Rory BlockGone Woman BluesEvery Woman's Blues: The Best of the New GenerationShanachie
The Staples SingersWe'll Get OverWe'll Get OverStax Records
Roberta FlackAngelitos NegrosFirst TakeAtlantic Recording
Chaka KhanTo Sir with LoveClassikhanAGU Music/Earthsong Records
Tina TurnerWe Don't Need Another HeroSimply the BestCapitol Records
Queen LatifahWinki's ThemeBlack ReignMotown Records
Judy MowattGroovin'Look at LoveShanachie
SWVRight Here (Original Radio Edit w/Rap)Right HereBMG Music
Patti LabelleI Keep ForgettingClassic MomentsDef Soul Classics
Hortense EllisWooden Heart
Jessie Márquez & Mike DennyRealidad y FantasíaGet the
The GaylettesSon of a Preacher Man
Randy CrawfordStreet LifeBest of Randy CrawfordWarner Bros
Diana RossUpside DownDianaMotown
GossipListen Up!Standing in the Way of
Evelyn "Champagne" KingLove Come DownLove Come Down: The Best of Evelyn "Champagne" KingBMG Music
Sister SledgeWe Are FamilyThe Best of Sister SledgeRhino Records
Rita MarleyWho Feels It Knows ItRita Marley Sings Bob Marley ... and FriendsShanachie
I am JenBroken in All the Right PlacesBroken
Toshi ReagonDidn't I Tell YouHave You HeardBlack Elephant
Tina & the B-Side MovementMatter of TimeSalvationElektra Entertainment
Pat BenatarLove Is a BattlefieldBest ShotsChrysalis Records
Cesaria Evora feat. Bonnie RaittCrepuscular SolidãoSão VicenteWindham Hill Records/BMG
Lauryn HillIntroThe Miseducation of Lauryn HillRuffhouse Records
Lauryn HillEverything Is EverythingThe Miseducation of Lauryn HillRuffhouse Records
Marcia GriffithsSurvivalNaturallyShanachie

Today is "International Women's Day" and KBOO dedicated an entire day's programming to the celebration of women here, there and EVERYWHERE!

Tonight's episode of "Paula's Picks" is dedicated to continuing that celebration!

Listen up!


Tune into "Paula's Picks" the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month at 8 pm!

Please see the "Picklist" for the artists and songs played tonight. Below is more information about the independent artists played.

Independent Artists

Jessie Márquez & Mike Denny -

Gossip -

i am jen -

Notable Artists

Toshi Reagon -

Tina & the B-Side Movement -

Paula's Picks playlist for 03/04/2010

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Eagle-Eye CherrySave Tonight
I Am JenWhat It Means (To Be Human)I Am JenIndependent
Ella Fitzgerald & the Ink SpotsThat's the Way It IsElla Fitzgerald 1945 - 1947Classics Records
Etta JamesAt LastThe Best of Etta JamesMCA Records
Jazz Jamaica All StarsMy Boy LollipopMassiveDune Records
Screamin' Jay Hawkins with TonioI Put a Spell on You (Dance Version)Black Magic for White PeopleRhino Records
Sly & the Family StoneHot Fun in the SummertimeThe Essential Sly & the Family StoneEpic
Emeline MichelLa KaridadRasin KreyolTimes Square Records
Dennis BrownAfrica (We Want to Go)
Eddy GrantElectric Avenue
The EthiopiansEthiopians National AnthemSlave CallHeart Beat
Todd RundgrenWe Gotta Get You a WomanRuntBearsville Records
REMOrange CrushThe Best of REM: In Time 1988 - 2003Warner Bros
Miriam MakebaPata PataReflectionsHeads Up
Baaba MaalSoukou Nayo (Yard Mix)Souka Nayo (I Will Follow You)Blue Mountain Music
Michel MartellyCarnaval '95Vaval vol. 2Déclie
MarlouJouvert JamCafé CaribbeanUnion Square Music

Tonight's show was full of thought-provoking words and music! I hope you enjoyed the journey!

There was a special edition of the spoken word "open mic" segment featuring some of the wonderful contributors to the Kicked Out Anthology, as well as an interview with editor & visionary, Sassafras Lowery.


Sabine Tigerlily Vasco

Philip J. Reeves

kay ulanday barrett

I highly recommend picking up a copy of the Anthology for you and a friend. Pick up a copy and drop it off at your local youth community centre/shelter/space. The Kicked Out Anthology was printed by Homofactus Press. You can also find the Kicked Out Anthology on Facebook.

**Note: the audio of the extended interviews with all three contributors, as well as audio of the live interview with Sassafras Lowery, will be available soon. Please check this space to download the inspirational audio and hear the writers share their thoughts about the Anthology, their stories and their hopes!**

Paula's Picks playlist for 02/18/2010

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Marlène DorcénaPanamaCaribbean PlaygroundPutamayo World
Emeline MichelLa KaridadRasin KreyolTimes Square
Burning SpearNot StupidPlanète CaraïbeVirgin S.A. France
Pamberi Steel OrchestraSoca DanceCafé CaribbeanUnion Square
Masters of HaitiTi Chans (Pou Ayiti)The Rough Guide to the Music of HaitiWorld Music
Boukman EsperyansSevelen/SukiyakiPlanète CaraïbeVirgin S.A. France
Michel Martelly with Haïti TwoubadouPa Manyen Fanm NanPutamayo Presents French CaribbeanPutamayo World
Ti-CocaTwa FeyMusiques Paysannes D'HaitiBuda Records
MalavoiCinelloDanses CréolesCompilation Déclic Communication
Armal's Trinidad Cavaliers Steel Orchestra90% of Me Is YouCalypsoul 70Strut Records
VariousVapeurCaribbean Revels: Haitian Rara & Dominican GagaSmithsonian/Folkways Recordings
Marlène DorcénaMalereMèsyContre-Jour
VariousNyabingi: MedleyDrums of Defiance: Maroon Music from the Earliest Free Black Communities of JamaicaSmithsonian/Folkways
Third WorldBlack Gold & GreenBlack Gold GreenShanachie
The Jolly BoysBabadiya (Miss a Ram Goat)Beer Joint & TailoringFirst Warning Records
Morgan HeritageWhat We Need Is LoveMore Teachings ...VP
Orchestre TropicanaHaiti, Perle Des AntillesThe Rought Guide to the Music of HaitiWorld Music Network
Nat King Cole feat. Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Stephen MarleyCalypso BluesRe: Generations AdvancesCapitol Records

 Today, as part of KBOO's Haiti Relief Fun(d)raiser, Paula's Picks showcases music and artists by and for Haiti. Check the Pick List for the artists and songs I played for you this evening!

As always, thank you for your support and listenership. A big THANK YOU for those of you who called to support our brothers & sisters in Haiti. Thank you for those who listen to KBOO's non-commercial news, views and music each & every day!

Without you, there is no me. Without me, there is no we.

We all are ONE!

Spoken Word Artist: Will Brown "The Inconvenience of Haiti" - Will hosts the Cloudy Day Podcast - a poetry podcast for your ears, soul and life!



Paula's Picks playlist for 02/11/2010

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Diana RossFriend to FriendDianaMotown
Louis ArmstrongBlack and BlueLouis Armstrong 1946-1947Classics Records
FugeesNo Woman, No CryRefugee Camp Bootleg VersionsSony Music Entertainment
The Brand New HeaviesMidnight at the Oasis
FloetryWaiting in Vain
CoronaThe Rhythm of the Night
Randy CrawfordStreet LifeBest of Randy CrawfordWarner Bros Records
De La SoulAll Good?Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic ThumpTommy Boy Music
SpeechRedemption SongHooplaTVT Records
Oumou SangareTièbawWorotanWorld Circuit/Nonesuch


Paula's Picks playlist for 02/04/2010

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Miriam Makeba & Leleti KhumaloThank You MamaSarafina! The Sound Of Freedom: Music From The Motion PictureQwest/WEA
I Am JenWhat It Means (to be Human)The Broken
Anita O'DayMemories of YouAnita O'Day 1945 - 1950Classics Records
Louis ArmstrongBlack and BlueLouis Armstrong 1946 - 1947Classics Records
Lena HorneI've Got the World on a StringAn Evening with Lena HorneCapitol Records
Booker T. & the MGsMrs. RobinsonThe Very Best of Booker T. & the MGsRhino Records
Mbongeni NgemaLizobuyaAmandla! A Revolution in Four-Part HarmonyAto Records
Speech feat. Eshe & Rasa DonCruisin' in My Super BeetleSpiritual PeopleReincarnate
Screamin' Jay Hawkins with TonioI Put a Spell on YouBlack Music for White PeopleRhino Records
Check in the DarkMight Be CrazyCheck in the
Oumou SangareDjôrolen
Tree Top TribeCharlie's HideoutThe Blackberry Jam
B.I.T. aka Techno ToddI'm DreaminB.I.T. aka Techno ToddIndependent
Solomon Burke and Little RichardEverybody's Got a GameThe Definition of SoulVirgin Records
Dennis BrownAfrica (We Want to Go)Crown Prince of Reggae - The Best of Dennis BrownTrojan Records
Byron Lee & the DragonairesDancehall SocaThe EssentialVP Records
Billie HolidaySummertime (Organica Remix)Billie Holiday Remixed & Reimagined

Here is the "Pick List" for Paula's Picks, which aired on Thursday, February 4th! There were local musical selections and local spoken word artists to hear, as well as tunes & words from around the globe!

You'll also find information about the local artists (musical and spoken word) as available.

Thanks for listening and be sure to find "Paula's Picks" on Facebook & Twitter, for information about the show.

If you or someone you know is a spoken word artist or independent musical artist, please get in touch! E-mail kboopaula at gmail dot com for submission guidelines.

Be sure to tune in to the next "Paula's Picks" on Thursday, February 18th at 8 pm!

Support independent arts and artists!

Spoken Word Artists:

Mike Aspros - "Daylight Savings"

- Mike Aspros is always wandering, looking, skirting the boundary line passing a “No Trespassing” sign.
He may be reached

Paste Tree - "San Franzilla" - 

Bunmi Hazzan - "Being My Friend" - 

Emmett Wheatfall - "Black Rose, Black Rose" - When I Was Young

- Emmett will perform at Jimmy Maks on Saturday, February 27th at 7:30 pm. For more information, visit Jimmy Maks website: or Peterson Entertainment.

Gil Scott-Heron - "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" - Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers

Linton Kwesi Johnson - "Reality Poem" - Forces of Victory


Independent Musical Artists:

Check in the Dark -

- Check in the Dark are about to release another CD. Be sure to check out their website for more info.!

Tree Top Tribe - - New CD released! Check site for more info.!

- Tree Top Tribe will be performing on Saturday, February 13th at 6 pm at Mississippi Pizza, located at 3552 N Mississippi Avenue in Portland.

B.I.T. aka Techno Todd - 

Marillion - - A sampler CD is available. Check the website for more info.

Also on Friday, February 5th at 6 pm, the Society for Haitian Arts & Culture, otherwise known as SHAC, will be hosting a Haiti Relief Benefit Concert. The event will be at IRCO, located at 10301 NE Glisan Street in Portland.

For more information on this concert or to support SHAC, please contact Judith Gelin - (503) 257-1014, Martine Coblentz - (503) 944-9821 or visit the SHAC website: .

Paula's Picks playlist for 01/21/2010

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Diana RossMy Old PianoDianaMotown
Lionel RichieDancing on the CeilingDancing on the CeilingMotown
Smokey RobinsonBaby That's BackatchaThe Ultimate CollectionMotown
PM DawnPaper DollOf the Heart, Of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian ExperienceIsland Records
Otis ReddingChange Gonna ComeOtis Redding Sings SoulRhino Records
Wyclef JeanJean Dominique IntroWelcome to Haiti Creole 101Sak Pasé Records
Wyclef Jean feat. Earth, Wind & Fire and The Product G & BRunawayThe EclecticSony Music
OutkastGhetto MusickThe Love Below/SpeakerboxxxArista
JamiroquaiVirtual InsanityTravelling Without MovingSony Music
SpeechRedemption SongHooplaTVT Records
Baaba MaalSengaale NgummeeMissing You (Mi Yeewnii)Palm Pictures
MutabarukaGreat Queens of AfrikaBlakk Wi Blak...k...kShanachie
Judy MowattWarrior QueenLook at LoveShanachie
Dizzy GillespieTrinidad, HelloJambo CaribeVerve
Ella Fitzgerald & the Ink SpotsThat's the Way It IsElla Fitzgerald 1945 - 1947
The ShirellesMama SaidAnthology 1959 - 1964Rhino Records
Cast of "Rent" with Stevie WonderSeasons of LoveOriginal Broadway Cast Recording of "Rent"DreamWorks Records
DJ DarkanDavlynWays of the
Billie HolidayPennies from Heaven (Count de Money Remix)Billie Holiday Remixed & ReimaginedSony BMG

Lookin' for Paula's Picks? Look no further! Be sure to tune to KBOO (, 90.7 FM Portland, 91.9 FM Hood River, 100.7 FM Albany & Corvallis), every 1st and 3rd Thursday at 8 pm.

Check out the playlist below to see the tunes we grooved to tonight!

For more information on the spoken word artists you heard, please click their links where available.

- Jacob Sam-LaRose is a Renaissance man, creatively weaving spoken word and visual art as a poet & photographer.

-Will Brown is the creator and host of Cloudy Day Art, a poetry podcast that was ahead of its time. For the new year, Will created PoetTech, a podcast dedicated to blending the poetry world with technology.

- Peter "Achilles" Kallon is creative to the Nth power! He's a host of spoken word events including Shangwe in London.

- Will Redwood is a graphic artist, poet, author and illustrator here in Portland. Support local artists!

- Richard M. Johnson is a screenwriter, playwright and poet. He has told stories all his life, and most of the time his parents never caught him.

- Beverly Mickins is an actor, writer, storyteller and singer. As the creator and founder of StorySalon, she has written and performed her successful one-woman show The Driving Piece and started the popular Atomic Lounge series where she combines singing and storytelling.

I also featured a great mix of beats that transcended genre courtesy of DJ Darkan.

DARKAN is a TECHNO producer and DJ based in Los Angeles. He has several upcoming releases as a signed artist on Avioground Records available on (beatport/iTunes/djdownload/beatsdigital/djtunes) Darkan's dream is to see the world and share good times through music. That is why he applies himself to his craft, carefully laying beats and melodies; and selecting tracks that build on his infectious, sometimes dark and clearly refreshing DJ sets. Darkan is a founding member of "I AM NOT THE DJ" STUDIO. For booking information please e-mail:

Thanks for listening and supporting community radio! Hope you'll listen up on Thursday, February 4th at 8 pm for more of Paula's Picks!


Paula's Picks playlist for 01/07/2010

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Bob MarleySoul RebelPegasus
Youssou N'Dour feat. Neneh Cherry7 SecondsThe Guide (Wommat)Sony Music
Otis ReddingTry a Little TendernessRhino Records
Al Green & Annie LennoxPut a Little Love in Your Heart
PM DawnPaper Doll
Jackson 5I Wanna Be Where You Are
Anita BakerYou Belong to Me
Jazz Jamaica All StarsWalk on ByDune Records
Ray CharlesEleanor Rigby
Allison CroweChoose to BeIndependent
Sly & the Family StoneStand
Capleton, Stephen & Damien MarleyIt Is Written
Billy PrestonBlackbirdUltimate CollectionHip-O Records
Marvin GayeInner City BluesLegend, Live & ForeverArt Records
Kylie AuldistI Don't Wanna Stop
Wyclef JeanNew DayLife (Soundtrack)

This is the playlist for the debut of "Paula's Picks".

Here are the links for the spoken word artists as available:

- Cicely Rodgers "Educational Anxiety"

- Niall O'Sullivan "Prologue"

- Jacob Sam-LaRose "Manifesto"

- Oscar Brown, Jr. "I Apologise"

- Odetta & Ruby Dee "When I Was a Young Girl" (song) & "Daughter" (poem)

- Michael Guinn "They Speak"

Thanks for the support & for tuning in! Catch me on the air again on Thursday, January 21st at 8 pm!

~Paula the Small


Hi Paula, Tom and Ardyth here

Hi Paula,

Tom and Ardyth here from Vancouver, WA. We spoke to you over the weekend when we dropped into donate. Great show tonight and I really enjoyed hearing your choices, great job!

Have a great week......... 


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