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December, 2011

Portraits for self-determining Haiti

Arts & Theater: Régine Romain photographs and researches Haiti’s shifting yet distinct presence throughout the world in an ongoing visual diaspora project. Her work is grounded in individual and community portraiture. This exhibition bridges two compelling views: Romain, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, as the composer of portraits on Haitian life rarely seen, and the reality of Haiti as a self-determining nation – a principle historically rooted in the people’s DNA as resurgent hope. Comment

Riverside’s unique dance program

Arts & Theater: So you think you can dance huh? The Riverside Theatre is offering ‘confident and talented’ dancers a chance to strut their stuff during a two-day workshop to feature emerging dancers and dance companies. Comment

Kwanzaa 2011 regales African-American culture

Arts & Theater: Kwanzaa celebrations go into high gear at the American Museum of Natural History’s Milstein Hall of Ocean Life on Dec. 31. Comment

Musical journey of ‘SISTAS’

Arts & Theater: Three-time Tony winner Hinton Battle and JenKay present “SISTAS,” a musical journey of a multi generational African-American family. Comment

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Music: Christmas Eve Services The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, between 120 & 122 streets, N.Y., presents Worship Service for Children & Families at 4:00 p.m. & Lesson & Carols Service following the basic service of nine lessons (scripture readings) alternating with nine carols, 8:00 p.m. featuring The Riverside Choir & The Riverside Ringers. For more information, call (212) 870-6784 or visit www.theriversidechnurchny.org. Comment

God and Goddesses engaging exhibiton

Arts & Theater: Self-taught artist and illustrator for almost 20 years, Brooklyn born and bred, now Bronx resident Laura James of Antiguan heritage, is having a show of paintings and objects, rich in images, texture and feeling, entitled “God and Goddesses” in the Corridor Gallery of the Interchurch Center in Manhattan. Comment

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Arts & Theater: Winter Solstice Feast The Brooklyn Fire Proof, 120 Ingraham St., Brooklyn, is hosting, The Winter Solstice Feast 2011, a party & benefit for Bushwick Farmers’ Market featuring local restaurants preparing food grown by the students at Bushwick Campus Farm, 7:00 p.m. - midnight. For reservations, donation suggestions & volunteer information, visit www.BushwickFarmersMarket.org. Comment

Stick Fly opens at the Cort Theater

Arts & Theater: “Stick Fly,” a comedy with moments of serious contemplation, presented by Alicia Keys, is a theatrical offering by playwright Lydia R. Diamond, starring Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Mekki Phifer, Dule Hill, Tracie Thoms, Condola Rashad and Rosie Benton. Comment


Arts & Theater: Ailey’s New York performances, which have become a joyous holiday tradition, continue through Jan. 1, 2012. Comment

No promise on ‘The Mountaintop’

Arts & Theater: What Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. revealed in a Dream speech acclaimed for its visionary insight seems to be challenged nightly on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Comment

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Arts & Theater: Men on the Move Men on the Move is holding a three-day men’s service at Mt. Horeb Holiness Church of God, Inc., 1788 Townsend Ave., Bronx, N.Y. on Fri., Dec. 9, 8:00 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 10, 10:00 a.m. & Sun., Dec. 11 at 4:00 p.m. The service includes workshops & fellowship. For more information, call Deacon Edmund Davis, chairperson at (917) 626-2786. Comment

Betty White, Marley Brothers up for Grammy

Music: Nominees for the 54th annual Grammy awards were recently announced and among them an eclectic mix of talents reflecting 78 categories and 30 fields of music. Comment

John Legend & Iman join Ailey

Arts & Theater: Ailey’s inaugural New York City Center Season led by Artistic Director Robert Battle kicked off on Nov. 30 with an Opening Night Gala Benefit hosted by Honorary Chair Iman. The season ends Jan. 1, 2012. Comment

November, 2011

The Colonial Nutcracker opens at Brooklyn Center for the Performimg Arts

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2011-2012 Target FamilyFun series with its annual holiday presentation of Dance Theatre in Westchester’s The Colonial Nutcracker on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Comment

Tri-state photographers receive Lucie Awards

Arts & Theater: The Lucie Awards were presented alongside the International Photography Awards (IPA) in an evening that mirrored but without quite the paparazzi and glittery style of the Academy Awards at the Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Monday, Oct. 25. Comment

Freddie Jackson to rock the stage

Arts & Theater: Rhythm and blues singer Freddie Jackson will portray the role of Reverend Bolden when he makes his acting debut next month in a play entitled “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” Comment

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Music: Anniversary Dance The Montserrat Progressive Society of N.Y. is hosting its 97th Anniversary Dance at the Bishop Perry/Moore Hall, 57 West 138 St., Harlem, featuring music by Exclusive Vibes & Sounds of New York along with Montserrat favorite dishes of goat water, salt fish cake & johnny bakes, 9:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. For information & to obtain tickets, call Malika Barber, coordinator, at (646) 245-0301. Comment

An awarding night for AUDELCO

Arts & Theater: There are few mediums that put life on stage, upfront and personal as does theatre. It’s a venue that allows life to play out wherein both the actor and the audience get to experience the multi-dimensional scope of life, past and present; staged, directed, written, lighted, costumed, produced, set to music, choreographed, costumed and even scored. Comment

Caribbean actors assist Braata Folk

Music: The second annual concert season of The Braata Folk Singers invited patrons to an evening of Caribbean music and in the process attracted supportive thespians and artists who banded to show solidarity for the company. Comment

IRAWMA returns to mid-west

Music: After making an international outing to Trinidad & Tobago this year, the annual International Reggae & World Music Awards will return to the mid-west where it first started in 1982. Comment

Flo Fox’s solo photo exhibit

Arts & Theater: The Carter Burden Center for the Aging, a non-profit organization in New York City, will host street photographer Flo Fox with her current solo exhibit, “Flo Fox: Photographs 1972-2011,” at its gallery and studio space, Gallery 307, located at 307 Seventh Ave., Suite 1401, in Manhattan. Comment


Arts & Theater: Disney On Ice presents “Dare to Dream,” Disney’s newest princess stories and most beloved fairytale to the ice in a sensational live production. Comment

‘The First Rasta’ to make N.Y. premiere

Movies: On Nov. 25, the 19th annual African Diaspora International Film Festival returns with a slew of provocative and entertaining cinema representing five continents and emphasizing the perspectives of Africans in those regions. Comment

October, 2011

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Music: The Heart of Brooklyn centered on Grand Army Plaza & anchored by Prospect Park, is celebrating this haunted holiday, 10/28 - 31, encouraging children & adults to come out in their wackiest costumes & enjoy enchanted carousel rides & spooky animal encounters, a mummy tour, a zombie dance party, costume parade, Monster Mash bash. Local businesses will be offering tasty treats & fall flavors. For a full list of event highlights visit www.heartofbrooklyn.org/halloween. For information, call Heart of Brooklyn at (718) 638-7700. Comment

‘unFRAMED’ tells immigrant’s story

Arts & Theater: While most of us would consider ourselves blessed to possess even one artistic talent, there are those rare individuals who are endowed with such a rich and varied array of talents, it’s mind-boggling. Comments (1)

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Symphony for the 21st century

Music: There are many different vocabularies when it comes to the arts. Violinist, composer, musical artist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) incorporates varied expressive techniques, a complex mélange of vocabularies, in his multi-multi genre latest work of musical art, “Symphony for the Dance Floor.” Comment

Kings and Queens of Caribbean Comedy at BCBC

Arts & Theater: New York’s Caribbean Comedy Revue organizers will celebrate its 10th anniversary with another stellar lineup of laugh-riot headliners, Saturday, Oct. 29 at 8:00 p.m., when Kings & Queens of Caribbean Comedy rolls out its 2011 edition at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College. Comment

Esther Armah’s new play ‘Saviour?

Arts & Theater: “Saviour?” a provocative new drama plays a limited engagement at the Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Avenue at 123rd Street between St. Nicholas Ave. & Frederick Douglass Blvd., through Sunday, Oct. 30. Comment

Haitian cultural evening in Tribeca

Arts & Theater: The Haiti Cultural Exchange & Soho Photo will be hosting a Haitian cultural evening on Friday, Oct. 21 with photography, spoken word and Haitian jazz at Soho Photo, 15 White St. in Tribeca, from 6:30 p.m. onwards. Comment

Petert Tosh birthday salute

Music: Fans of militant Jamaican reggae singer Peter Tosh will pay tribute to one of the most significant Black singers of the 20th Century who would be 67 next week. Regarded as one of the great, militant musicians of all time, with songs such as ‘No Nuclear War’, the Grammy-winning activist, born Winston Hubert McIntosh in Grange Hill, western Jamaica on Oct. 19, 1944, He later went on to Kingston, where he met Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley and Neville O’Reilly “Bunny” Livingston, who had similar musical dreams. Comment

Wheel and come again

Music: The New York based Braata Folk Singers, under the Artistic Direction of Jamaican-born actor, singer and producer Andrew Clarke have scored the biggest success of their two-year existence with Wheel An’ Come Again - their 2011 concert season. Comment

Man on a film mission

Arts & Theater: Young cinematographer Yaphet Jackman wants his audience to remember his name because according to him, he is a man on a mission to succeed in creating an institution in Guyana that would teach visual arts, media and film to young aspiring filmmakers. Comments (2)


Arts & Theater: The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College presents “Soul Steps” at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College, 899 Tenth Avenue, NYC on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Comment

September, 2011

Tribute to Morehouse

Music: The Maroon & White Fund, a 501(c)(3) support organization, will host a national tribute to the Morehouse College Glee Club’s “100 Years in Song” with a weekend celebration from Oct. 1-2 in New York. Comment

‘Travel and Leisure’ showcases St. Croix

Arts & Theater: St. Croix, a tropical paradise in the United States Virgin Islands, was the featured destination at the first Travel and Leisure Global Bazaar held at the Park Avenue Armory, in NYC, to celebrate the magazine’s 40th anniversary. Comment


Arts & Theater: On Thursday, Sept. 15, to a standing room only crowd at the Midtown Theater in Manhattan the theatrical production BOX had a magnanimous opening night. Comment

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Arts & Theater: Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz at Lincoln Center announced its Opening Night Concert with Jimmy Heath & Jon Henricks leading their own bands for an evening of swing standards along with many special guest appearances, 8:00 p.m. at the Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St., N.Y. For ticket information, call CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or purchase tickets at the Lincoln Center box office. Comment

African beauty crowned Miss Universe

Arts & Theater: Who is the most beautiful woman in the universe? Comment

Carnival head strongly condemns violence

Arts & Theater: The Trinidadian-born president of the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association, Inc. (WIADCA) has strongly condemned the violence that took place over the Labor Day weekend, marring the carnival parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway. Comment

Carnival violence unrelated to WIADCA Parade

Music: The West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), organizers of the annual West Indian carnival parade in Brooklyn, says it’s unfair to blame a spate of shootings over the Labor Day weekend on the annual extravaganza on Eastern Parkway. Comments (3)

Black girls are funny too!

Arts & Theater: “American Candy: Hot Chocolate!!” is the 18th show for this Brooklyn-based, sketch comedy group. Continuing with a strong thematic structure, the latest offering from American Candy is deliciously centered around the world of Black women. Comments (1)

‘Dance, Dance, Dance’ with Pieces,of a Dream

Arts & Theater: It will be “Dance, Dance, Dance” for masqueraders in Pieces of a Dream this Labor Day. Comment

The show begins at DC 1199

Arts & Theater: It’s that time of year again! Mas camps all over Brooklyn are gearing up for the 44th annual West Indian-American Day Carnival. Comment

August, 2011

‘All O’ We Is One Family’

Music: On behalf of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association, I would like to bring greetings on this 44th staging of our cultural showcase. This year we have chosen cultural unity as our focus. With the strength and support of the Association, we have chosen as our carnival theme for 2011 – ‘One Caribbean Family’! Comment

Feet of Rhythm Kids representing Haiti

Arts & Theater: Feet of Rhythm Kids (F.O.R. Kids) will celebrate its 10th year of participation in Brooklyn’s Annual West-Indian Labor Day Junior Parade. Comment


Arts & Theater: Share the rhythms, sounds and movements of West African dance from Guinea with Ibrahima “Kolipe” Camara and the Les Ballet d’Afrique dance company on Sept. 10 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Comment

Haitian poetry under the stars

Books: On Saturday, Aug. 20, the St. John’s Place sidewalk in Crown Heights outside of Five Myles Gallery Space became an outdoor theatre. When the folding chairs were filled, culture vultures perched themselves on the cement while others stood behind stretching into the street for an evening entitled “Pwezi Anba Tonel” (Poetry in the Pavilion), An Evening of Haitian Poetry & Music. Comment

Mas Productions presents Seven Deadly Sins

Arts & Theater: After almost two decades in the carnival business, the small masquerade band, Mas Productions Unlimited, hopes to make a larger indentation this Labor Day. Comments (1)

Brooklyn neighborhoods in transition for the annual WesI Indian Carnival

Arts & Theater: In the heat of August in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood, vacant lots are transforming into panyards and storefronts into mas camps, These overlooked spots take a central role in community life as the Labor Day Carrnival preparations bring people together. Comment

2011 West Indian American Day Carnival Parade of Bands- Juniors

Arts & Theater: Portrayal: Precious Jewels of India Comment

NYC artists tell their story

Arts & Theater: Twenty New York City artists who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities are now sharing their art in an exhibition entitled “Our Story: Connecting Families and Communities through Art.” Comment

Non-stop action at Gardiner Memorial Basketball Classic

Movies: The Bronx was host to some of the best street ball on the East Coast this past weekend at the 6th Annual Gardiner Memorial Basketball Classic Tournament, held in St. James Park and run by The Gardiner Foundation. Comment

Pitch for Haiti, UNICEF Africa at Remy Martin party

Arts & Theater: It was not only about the glitz and glamor or alcohol at the national launch of Rémy Martin V -- the brand’s first clear spirit. Grammy Award-Winning singer, Robin Thicke, celebrity disc-jockey DJ KISS, actress and “Gossip Girl” star, Tika Sumpter, male supermodel, Tyson Beckford, model, Jessica White, the new face of Ralph Lauren, Chris Collins, actors Laz Alonzo, Valence Thomas and many more were at LAVO NYC. Comment

Sherzelle’s Dazzle Me; Dazzle You

Music: Sherzel Productions Mas Camp at 504 Flatbush Ave. is stacked with a dazzling array of children’s carnival costumes. Comments (1)

Ramajay Mas camp launches kids’, adult sections

Arts & Theater: The little ones showed off eye-popping costumes at Ramajay Mas camp at 950 East 92nd St., in Brooklyn, during the recent launch of the kiddies section that will represent the camp Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Children’s Carnival competition. Comment

Annette St.John lights up SMOKE Club’s Sunday afternoon music and brunch

Music: Singer Annette St. John is presently appearing at the Smoke club in NYC every Sunday. Comment

July, 2011

Black Dandyism photo exhibition

Arts & Theater: Dandy Lion: An Articulation of a Re(de)fined Black Masculine Identity, a photography exhibition of works created by 10 artists exploring the phenomenon of Black Dandyism throughout the African Diaspora is now open until Aug. 28, at MoCADA, 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, N.Y. Comment

Alvin Ailey on tour

Arts & Theater: Welcomed warmly and wildly by Russian audiences, last week’s Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performances in Moscow launched “American Seasons in Russia,” a year-long celebration of American arts and culture. Comment

Black Dandyism photo exhibition

Arts & Theater: Award winning Barbadian filmmaker Menelik Shabazz, debuted his movie, Lovers Rock, during a July 30, screening of Caribbean Films at The Music of the World Film, and the African Diaspora International Film Summer Film series. Comment

Brooklyn dance group hits the international Stage

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn-based dance company, Something Positive, has been invited to perform at the 2011 Emancipation Celebrations in the twin-island nation of Trinidad & Tobago. Comments (1)

Travel concierge service for carnival hunters worldwide

Music: Carnival Hunters; Caribbean Passion, Inc.; Shola Thompson, Ethiopia Lane, NY Caribbean Vibes, travel concierge service, Jevante Qirashawn, Comment

Family fun days with City Parks and Disney

Music: Now that summer is here, there are still plenty of opportunities for fun in city parks. City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage Kids presented by Disney, New York City’s first international family festival, offers over 95 free performing arts events at 34 locations citywide through Aug. 17 for over 25,000 New York City children and their families. Comment

Auditions for young dance hopefuls

Arts & Theater: The world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Ailey School will be holding auditions for young hopefuls for its Professional Division training programs Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17. Comments (1)

‘Spiderman’ provides comic relief 

Arts & Theater: Summer is here and while school is on hiatus, not all books are closed to reading. Adults and children alike are clamoring to check out the latest editions of comic books. Whether in audio/visual, film, print or live theater currently, comic book tales are the biggest attractions. Comment

June, 2011

Una Queen Of Hats – An exhibition by Maxine Alex

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn’s beloved former Council Woman Dr. Una S. T. Clarke was the focus of a labor of love that paid homage to her spirited personality as an effective politician in the community and ultimately, her elegant headwear. Comment

Big Apple’s Crop Over countdown

Arts & Theater: The New York-based officials of the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) officially launched the 2011 Barbados Crop Over, in New York with a two-hour presentation. Comment

Llng Island hosts another successful Carib-American Heritage Festival

Music: Throngs of Caribbean-Americans and friends showed up on a recent blue-skied, sunny Saturday on June 18 for the second annual Long Island Caribbean–American International Festival (LICAIF) at the beautiful, landscaped Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, New York. Comment


Arts & Theater: In honor of being selected for mainstage performance at the National Black Theatre Festival, the Billie Holiday Theatre will present encore performances of “The Legend of Buster Neal,” written and directed by Jackie Alexander. Comment

Tribute to fallen All Stars youth leaders

Arts & Theater: Ben Vereen, legendary entertainer, attended the All Stars talent show in Harlem on Saturday, May 14 at Bread and Roses High School where 100 inner-city youth from throughout New York City produced and performed in a vibrant hip-hop talent show featuring songs, dance and rap. Comment

Impressions Dance Theatre’s ninth recital 

Arts & Theater: The students of Impressions Dance Theatre will take to the stage of the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, at 153-10 Jamaica Ave., to begin their ninth Annual Recital, on Saturday, June 25 starting at 4:00 p.m. Comment


Arts & Theater: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT), recognized by U.S. Congress as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” will celebrate 50 years of Revelations across the globe from June 21 – Aug. 28 in various cities in Norway, Germany, Russia and Switzerland. Comment

Flatbush native native makes foray into urban music

Arts & Theater: Up-and-coming hip-hop artist D. Julien’s latest release, Ready For Tomorrow will go a long way towards fulfilling his dream of capturing the urban music demographics ranging from the post-tweens to the 30-somethings. Comment

History of Haiti thru drums and dance

Music: Peniel Guerrier sweeps an engrossed audience wordlessly using only the rhythms of the drums and dance by his dance students through 600 years of Haitian history starting with the indigenous Taino Indians. The historical female chief Anacoana, the ruler of Hispaniola before Columbus, is introduced as she is respectfully carried high. Comment

Celebration of African arts

Music: BAM’s 34th DanceAfrica festival during Memorial Day weekend packed dance, music, film, art, and community events from Africa and the diaspora into a celebration of African arts. Comment

May, 2011

Coalition of Theatres of Color salutes Arthur French 

Arts & Theater: The Coalition of Theatres of Color (CTC) honored award winning actor-director Arthur French with a Lifetime Achievement Award to commemorate his 50-year distinguished career in theatre, television and film at a special tribute hosted by actor Ted Lange on May 19 at Black Spectrum Theatre, 119-07 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica, Queens. Comment

Sparks fly in dance camp

Arts & Theater: The Castillo Theatre (Dan Friedman, artistic director, Diane Stiles, managing director) is opening Fred Newman and David Truskinoff’s musical “License To Dream,” now through Sunday, June 5, directed by David Nackman and choreographed by Javier Dzul. Comment

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority celebrates with dance with pre Dance Africa 

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. gathered Saturday, May 21 at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza to celebrate their Annual May Week event. Comment

Sparrow sings ‘Something Positive’

Music: For the second consecutive year, big names are coming out in support of the Brooklyn based Afro-Caribbean dance company, Something Positive, for a spectacular one-night performance titled “Ancestral Chant” on Saturday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m. at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts (Long Island University Brooklyn Campus – Flatbush Avenue between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street). Comment

Jamaican film lands in top box office

Arts & Theater: A Jamaican film, “Out the Gate”, which has been making strides to its rightful place in entertainment as a highly anticipated feature, made its historic opening last weekend in New York City to enthusiastic crowds. Comment


Arts & Theater: The 34th annual DanceAfrica festival (May 21–30) features Cuba’s Ballet Folklórico Cutumba (Cutumba), joined by two American companies, Philadelphia’s Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble and Bambara Drum & Dance Ensemble from New York City. Comment

Thousands join Praise Fest Cruise

Arts & Theater: An evangelistic cruise to Jamaica is being dubbed the largest foreign mission of its kind ever. Reportedly, 3,000 Christians are booked to sail to the island on May 30, there they will minister and embark on prayer missions to schools, prisons and other institutions until June 4. Comment

Sirju Mohan art exhibit

Arts & Theater: Trinidadian Sirju Seeharack Mohan is host a solo art exhibit at the Doreen Gauthier Library, 2200 NE 38th St., in Lighthouse Point, Florida during the month of May. Comments (1)

‘Scottsboro Boys’ scores 12 Tony noms

Arts & Theater: Despite controversy “Scottsboro Boys” the Broadway, musical named for young, Black, men in the south during a dark, historical period in American history received top nods and acknowledgement with a dozen chances to win as many Tony awards on June 12. Comment

Feats of magic and escape artistry

Arts & Theater: Thomas Solomon, multi award-winning escape artist and magician, will present his full-evening show, American Escape Artist, as the feature of the Society of American Magicians 102nd Annual Salute to Magic at El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave. at 104th Street, New York on Saturday, May 14 starting at 8:00 p.m. Comment

Putting a Black face on marriage equality

Arts & Theater: The conversation on marriage equality in New York is taking a turn in the right direction as filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris presents his landmark historic documentary, “Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness” as part of the Harlem Stage on Screen series. Comment

Putting a Black face on marriage equality

Arts & Theater: The conversation on marriage equality in New York is taking a turn in the right direction as filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris presents his landmark historic documentary, “Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness” as part of the Harlem Stage on Screen series. Comment


Arts & Theater: The AUDELCO and Obie Award-winning Billie Holiday Theatre concludes its 39th season and trilogy of new Jackie Alexander plays with the world premiere of “The Right Reverend Dupree in Exile.” Comment

Singing nuns perform heavenly ‘Sister Act’ on Broadway

Arts & Theater: An inviting non-sectarian, non-denominational nightly ritual recently opened at the Broadway Theater to heavenly praises. Staged at the same location Oprah Winfrey debuted a musical she co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg, “Sister Act” reprises the 1992 film the comedienne starred twice in sequel performances. Comment

Howard’s Gilman scholars stage combat workshop

Arts & Theater: The opportunity to study abroad is a dream for many, requiring substantial financial investment for tuition, housing, meals, insurance, books, health and transportation. It can cost as much as $30,000 or more per semester, making it prohibitive for many college students; but necessary for students with eyes on the international marketplace. Comment

April, 2011


Arts & Theater: Theater goers have a handful of great musicals opening on the Great White Way this spring. Many are song and dance documentaries of people behind the sceances. One new comedy to catch is Second Stage Theatre’s world premiere comedy, “By The Way, Meet Vera Stark.” Comment

Reggae ambassadors return to New York

Music: After a whirlwind year capped by a stellar appearance at the Jamaica Jazz Festival earlier this year, reggae super group Third World is back on the touring circuit. On the first Tuesday in April, fans of the acclaimed reggae ambassadors were able to share in a double celebration with a performance that also marked the launch of the group’s 23rd CD. Comments (1)

New events added to Bronx Week 2011

Music: Forget Will and Kate. The biggest celebration this side of the ‘Pond’ will be Bronx Week 2011. The 40th annual salute to the best of the Bronx begins May 12 through May 22. Comment

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Arts & Theater: The Tea Lounge, 837 Union St. (Subway: Q to 7 Ave., 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza or R to Union St.) presents The Jeff King Band featuring Jeff King, Richard Howard, Craig Harris, Yoechi Uzeki, Bryce Sebastian & George Gray, 8:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. For information, call (718) 789-2762. Comment

Ailey’s stars, students at Apollo stage

Arts & Theater: Stars of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the rising young dancers of Ailey II, and gifted students from The Ailey School will come together for a spectacular one-night performance on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. on the world famous Apollo stage. Comment

What’s lies ahead for the steelband Panorama Competition

Arts & Theater: The spirited discussion and widespread interest generated by the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute’s symposium earlier this year on the format of the steel band Panorama Competition has prompted the organization to schedule a panel discussion on the topic as its next forum at Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, whose School of Professional & Community Development is the collaborating partner for this ongoing series centered on the indigenous folk culture of Trinidad and Tobago. Comment


Arts & Theater: Circuit Productions, Inc., the Brooklyn Public Library, PS 39K, and the Park Slope Senior Citizens Center (PSSCC) will be hosting World Beat: A Study of Diverse Cultures in NYC through Dance and Music. Comment

Figure Skating in Harlem a huge success

Arts & Theater: For the 14th consecutive year, more than 1,200 enthusiastic family, friends and community members flocked to Riverbank State Park’s skating ring at 145th St. to watch their girls perform in Figure Skating in Harlem’s annual ice show last month. Comment


Arts & Theater: Ailey II, the youthful and gifted second company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will return to its home, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, for a highly anticipated two-week season featuring 14 exciting performances from April 6-17. Comment

Majestic portraits of Ethiopians

Arts & Theater: On LaGuardia Place and W. 3rd St. in Manhattan, the windows of NYU’s student center frame 13 majestic and iconic portraits of “Stars of Ethiopia,” photographs created by Chester Higgins Jr. These large-scale portraits are on exhibit until May 1. Comment

March, 2011

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Music: Jazz As part of the 2011 Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, Brooklyn Public library, Dweck Center, Eastern Parkway at Flatbush Ave., presents Drumming Workshop with Candido & Friends, 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., featuring Candido’s Brithday Jam with The Arturo O’Farrill Quintet at 7:00 p.m., Admission free. For information, call (718) 230-2100. Comment


Arts & Theater: It was a cold night (10 degrees) in January about 6:00 p.m. as I made my way to the neighborhood senior high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Boys and Girls High School). My youngest daughter graduated from this school in 1989. She is currently a lawyer and married mother in Birmingham, Alabama. I also know a talented young man who is currently employed by my wife, Angela. Not only did he graduate from “The High” in 1988, but he graduated from New York City College of Technology of CUNY (Formerly known as New York City Technical College) with two degrees in design. Comment

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Arts & Theater: Venue Change for Town Hall Meeting Assemblyman William Scarborough will be holding a Water Board Town Hall at the next 29th AD Task Force Meeting instead of at the usual last Saturday of the month, focusing on how water bills are computed for residential users & six computers will be set up to access account information. Open to all residents; bring water bills to discuss problems & issues. Meeting will be held at the Guy R. Brewer Democratic Club, 197-01 Linden Blvd., St. Albans, Queens, 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon. For more information, call the District Office at (718) 732-5412. Comment

Classique Dance Group visits U.S.

Arts & Theater: Guyana-based Classique Dance Group nailed it during an impressive performance at the ninth Guyana Folk Festival in Brooklyn, attracting the attention of New York’s John Keen Douglas dance theatre that invited the group to return for a workshop in the City. Comments (1)

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Arts & Theater: Artist Talk The Carter Burden Center for the Aging’s Gallery 307, 307 Seventh Ave., Ste. 1401, N.Y., is hosting an Artist Talk with 76-year-old artist Sara Petitt discussing her solo exhibit: Photographs: Cuba & India 2010, featuring photographs from her travels on exhibit thru 3/24, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $10; space limited; RSVP to cinellij@burdencntr.org to reserve spot. Payment may be made at the door. Comment

Harlem Arts Alliance calls for submissions 

Arts & Theater: Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA) is now accepting submissions from visual artists for the Harlem Artz, Rootz & Rhythm Festival 2011 promotional poster and schedule. Comment

Orchid Exhibition at Botanical Gardens

Arts & Theater: From March 5 through April 25, orchids take center stage at The New York Botanical Garden in a dazzling display created by Tony award-winning set designer Scott Pask, image-maker Drew Hodges and Botanical Garden curators. Comment

February, 2011


Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2010-2011 World of Dance series on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 8:00 p.m. with Argentine company Tango Buenos Aires performing Fuego Tango y Pasión (The Fire and Passion of Tango). Comment

Three activists in Newman’s play

Arts & Theater: The Castillo Theatre’s current production “Mr. Hirsch Died Yesterday” has the distinction of bringing together three activists of our time: playwright Fred Newman, director Woodie King Jr. and development psychologist Dr. Lenora Fulani making her acting debut in the role of Freda. Comments (1)

January, 2011

PAL introduces Manhattan youngsters to art

Arts & Theater: Calendar illustrator, published poet and award-winning dancer are just a few titles that Manhattan youngsters have thanks to the Police Athletic League (PAL). Comment


Arts & Theater: While most six-year-olds are busy watching their favorite entertainers on television, there is a delightful little angel who is having the time of her life actually interviewing them - in Hollywood and on the red carpet. Harmony Bailey, daughter of celebrity photographer Hiltron Bailey is lighting up Hollywood with a star quality that is dazzling the stars themselves. Comment

‘Artist talk’ with holocaust survivor

Arts & Theater: inherent.” Comment

Buju airs appeal ‘Before The Dawn’

Music: Dancehall deejay Buju Banton appealed to radio listeners in the most populous Jamaican communities of Florida and New York to support his cause and concert by attending a fundraising concert set for Jan. 16. Comment

Ailey set for national tour

Arts & Theater: In an exciting finish to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s five-week New York engagement, Sunday night’s closing performance paid tribute to Ailey’s leading woman Judith Jamison on her final season as artistic director. Jamison will now lead the company on a 24-city national tour from February through May, joined by Robert Battle who will become artistic director on July 1. Comment

Tables Will Turn on HIV/AIDS

Arts & Theater: Jems Theater Company and Heat Wave Productions have collaborated to present a special North American tour of the hit Caribbean play “Tables Will Turn.” Comment

Longtime veep is new president of Guyana cultural group

Arts & Theater: Long-time vice president of the Guyana Cultural Association (GCA), Vibert Cambridge, is the new president of the group, which sponsors the annual folk festival in Brooklyn. Comments (1)

American tale of race and identity

Arts & Theater: Michael Fosberg has been helping American audiences confront the issues of race and identity head-on through his one-man, autobiographical play Incognito for nearly a decade. On Jan. 9 and Jan. 11, Fosberg brings the show to New York City’s Westbeth Center as part of the Association for Performing Arts Presenters NYC 2011 Conference. Comment