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Fela! On Broadway: Revolution
http://www.FelaonBroadway.com Enter the extravagant, decadent, rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. A provocative hybrid of concert, dance and musical theatre, FELA! features arrangements by Aaron Johnson and Antibalas with direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones. Coming to the Eugene ONeill Theatre. Performances start October 19, 2009!
Kendrick Jacocks, Founding Director of Lyric Theater. Lyric Theater Productions was created to produce and commission classical lyric theater productions, which might promise a bright future for the classical performing arts, solicit the participation of diverse urban youth in theatrical productions, and provide authentic classical works (opera etc…) in the original form. (www.kendrickjacocks.com/)
Some of the events planned for spring 2010 include a narrated abridged production of Verdi’ Othello at the Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts (TN), which includes the students’ participation in the production, and a gala fundraiser program with confirmed luminaries from the opera arena, and academia. The preliminary season 2010 includes more galas, college and high school productions, and fundraising events. The inaugural season presents Emmett Till, The Opera and Verdi’s Othello, starring international Heldentenor, Graham Sanders. Among the invitees for the inaugural season include dramatic sopranos Angela Simpson, Angela Brown, and Measha Bruggergosman.
National Symposium and Opera-Gala on Cultural Diversity, Fall 2010 Hotel Theatre
Shawn Luckey is Diversity Players of Harlem's artistic director, and he actively writes, directs, and produces plays. He has appeared in a number of commercials, plays and movies. His theatrical credits include: Charles Fuller's A Soldier's Play; Pearl Cleage's Blues for an Alabama Sky; Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss; Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun; and James Baldwin's Amen Corner. He has also appeared in Rev Run's music video, Mind on the Road; a ROCAWEAR ad; and a NY Lottery Commercial. His directing credits include: Old Man Pete, among other projects, but his love of writing has manifested in the following: A Family's Play; and the forthcoming projects: The Tenants; and Scottsboro 9. Shawn's TV/Film credits include: Sydney Pollack's The Interpreter; Ridley Scott's American Gangster; Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna; and USA's new crime drama, White Collar. In 2009, Shawn will continue to host and perform comedy with Gotham Connect and DPOH's Theatre Lounge Series. He also has a host of independent film projects slated for completion.
Currently, Shawn is now represented by RHM Management, and Carson Adler Agency. Also, Diversity Players of Harlem produced his play, He Said She Said, A Romantic Comedy for a six-week run from August 19 to October 10 at Roy Arias Theaters in NYC and will resume in February 2010 for a long awaited national tour. Recently, Shawn was cast for a staged reading of Imani Harrington's new play, Cut in the Blood/Ashes to Dust, which will tour New York City (Nov. 16) and Charlotte (Nov. 30).
The Movie: "TEZA" by Haile Gerima is set in Ethiopia and Germany,Teza examines the displacement of African intellectuals, both at home and abroad, through the story of a young, idealistic Ethiopian doctor - Anberber. The film chronicles Anberber's internal struggle to stay true, both to himself and to his homeland, but above all,Teza explores the possession of memory - a right humanity mandates that each of us have - the right to own our pasts.
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Movie "Teza" (Trailer)
The Movie: "Sankofa" by Haile Gerima (http://www.sankofa.com/haile-gerima.php)
SANKOFA is an Akan word that means, one must return to the past in order to move forward. Mona, a contemporary model, is possessed by spirits lingering in the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana and travels to the past, where, as a house servant called Shola she is constantly abused by the slave master. Nunu, an African-born field hand, and Shango, Sholas West Indian Lover, continuously rebel against the slave system. For Nunu this means direct conflict with her son, a mulatto benefitting from the system as a head slave. Inspired by Nunu and Shangos determination to defy the system, Shola finally takes her fate into her own hands.
Movie "Sankofa" (Preview)
The Lion King Musical
The Lion King Official Web site: http://disney.go.com/theatre/thelionking/
The Mother of HumanityTM monument, inspired by the April 29, 1992 Los Angeles rebellion, sculptor Nijel BPG conceived and sculpted The Mother of HumanityTM monument, one of the world's largest bronze sculptures that depict the origin of man. The sculpture portrays features of all ethnic groups to exemplify the cultural diversity of a monument that is considered the Symbol of Our Times. The monument was unveiled on May 11, 1996 in Watts, California. It is the first of seven identical models to be placed in Africa, Australia, Brazil, China, India, and Spain (http://www.nijart.com/Home.htm).
Video "The Mother of Humanity"