Every time I have declared the internet a graver impediment than asset to arts and culture, something comes along to renew my faith I will be wrong. That something came out of inspiration to commemorate Juneteenth with a listen to a live performance of Tyehimba Jess’s Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection OLIO, transformed to an original production of Audible. … More If you missed it at the Minetta Lane Theater, then listen to OLIO LIVE online.
Dr. Terri Francis will be in Chicago this Friday night April 1 at 7PM for a screening and conversation with Kevin Jerome Everson at Black Cinema House! For those unable to make it, please enjoy and share this Women’s History Month Q & A with her on Josephine Baker, Black women in film, and “the burlesque.” … More Dr. Terri Francis talks of Josephine Baker & the burlesque
It would be a disservice to relegate the play Lines in the Dust as a compulsory offering of social protest fiction and bandwagon outpour, seeking attention on entitlement that audiences passively care about its themes and subjects to indict structural racism in America. To applaud it on such terms demeans the work below its highest merit as an actor’s play; it simply uses … More Chicago play ‘Lines in the Dust’ Takes on Families and Residency Fraud in Public Schools.
“Sins of the Father,” written by Synthia Williams and directed by Sonia L. Surrat, runs at eta Creative Arts Foundation until Sunday, October 25th. Performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. … More eta Creative Arts Foundation’s “Sins of the Father”…a modern masterpiece of American family.
The intimacy and trust between audience and actor for this performance can hardly be reviewed or criticized and must just be experienced… Jeff- recommended “Liberty City” is LIVE this weekend and extended until July 19: this Friday, Jul 10 (8pm), Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, Jul 12 (3pm). ALL SEATS – $20. To get your tickets call 773 752-3955 or go online http://www.etacreativearts.org/ … More “Liberty City” extended until July 19 at #etaCreativeArts in Chicago.
The filmmakers will next take Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee™ to New York City and the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Saturday, March 28. To keep up with new screenings as well as upcoming news about DVD availability, follow hasthtags #RubyDeeStory and #LoveArtActivism. … More My Favorite Life’s Essentials With Ruby Dee™
Black women have begun 2015 with some big bangs… … More This Week in Black Women…
It is a miracle and luck when any work of art, creative piece or cultural manufacture reaches out and touches those like it depicts. However, it is supernatural and magic when a work of art, creative piece or cultural manufacture so far beyond an aesthete’s race, class, gender and experience arrives to inspire and introduce new lives to them. The handful of works I know from Mr. Nichols all do that for me. … More Remembering Director Mike Nichols Through His Movies
“The word that I would like to eradicate today is ‘unspeakable,’ because I think everything should be spoken.”- Viola Davis, on childhood struggle with hunger … More How To Get Away With Hunger
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