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What do you do when you're born to legendary comedian Richard Pryor and white Jewish go-go dancer Shelley Bonus in Los Angeles, California, spending your formative years navigating what it's like to be Black and Jewish? You write a show about it! Rain Pryor joins host Robin Milling for a backstage chat about her one-woman show, Fried Chicken & Latkes, now playing at the National Black Theater in Harlem, New York.
On stage Rain tells poignant tales of her childhood, growing up in Beverly Hills in the heyday of the 60s and 70s, expertly weaving in the voices of her mother, her Bubby, her father's grandmother, and her dad. There was the time when she was five and someone called her the 'N' word, and all through her teenage years valley girls bullied her just because she looked different. She tells Robin, 'Growing up in Beverly Hills there weren't kids like me. I think I just wanted to feel normal. It wasn't like I wanted to be white. I didn't want to be black. I just wanted to be OK to be me and it wasn't. I was bullied when kids would chase me down the street throwing rocks at me; that's bullying. It felt like I was running for my life through Beverly Hills! And I literally hid in bushes.'
And then there are the stories of her famous father who had Miles Davis play her a lullaby to send her to dreamland, and when she first realized his comic genius. Father and daughter relationships can be tricky after divorce, but Rain also had to deal with sometimes coming second to her dad's fame and career. She tells Robin how his presence is still strongly felt even 10 years after his death, and dedicates the show to his memory.
Rain Pryor is an acclaimed director, actor, stand-up comedian, educator, dynamic speaker, and mother. As artistic director of the Strand Theater in Baltimore, MD, Pryor placed the theater on the DC/ Baltimore map, leaving the Strand with a surplus that it had not seen in its five years. She stepped down to start her non-profit Baltimore TheatreWorks. Baltimore TheatreWorks provides performance opportunities and builds a theatre arts culture for grades 6-12 in Baltimore City. Pryor is a headlining stand-up in her own right. She fills her own shoes where stand-up is concerned and is not trying to be her iconic father, Richard Pryor. She has been featured regularly in Baltimore with good friend Mickey Cucchiella. Together, Pryor and Cucchiella are developing many projects. The Baltimore Sun chose Rain as one of 3 area comics to watch. "Fried Chicken and Latkes" is Pryor's award winning solo show based on her life. It is a irreverent and poignant look at racism. Rain completely created and wrote her show, including adding some original music and lyrics. Rain was a Los Angeles Times "Critics Choice" and her singing voice and sense of timing were hailed as rare gifts. The NY Times "Critic Pick" and review says, “she has an outsized presence built for Broadway." The show is the recipient of the NAACP Theatre Award, Best Female Performer Equity and was recently selected as a Celebrity Solo Performance for the National Black Theatre Festival. She stops by to chat on Tuesday, June 18, at 7pm EST.
Rain Pryor is an acclaimed director, actor, stand-up comedian, educator, dynamic speaker, and mother. She started her nonprofit, Baltimore TheatreWorks which provides performance opportunities and builds a theatre arts culture for grades 6-12 in Baltimore City. Pryor is a headlining stand-up in her own right; she fills her own shoes where stand-up is concerned and is not trying to be her iconic father Richard Pryor. Pryor made her television debut in 1989 as a series regular, T.J.,on the hit ABC series “Head of the Class, a character adopted from Pryor’s own monologues at the request of ABC producers during her second audition. She’s also starred opposite Sherilyn Fenn & Lynn Redgrave in Rude Awakening, and guest starred on tv series such as The Division & Chicago Hope. Stage credits include playing the title role of Billie Holiday in the Uk tour of The Billie Holiday Story & the title role of Ella Fitzgerald in the UK premiere of Ella, The Vagina Monologues with Nora Dunn & Charlene Tilton, and more. She currently has an award winning solo show based on her life called “Fried Chicken & Latkes”. It’s an irreverent and poignant look at racism in the 60’s & 70’s. Rain wrote & created her show including adding music & lyrics to the production. Her shows have played to sold out crowds & standing ovations every night at the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA., and in NY, Chicago, Ohio, Virginia, Texas, and Scotland. Growing up Jewish and Black gives Rain a unique perspective on race, religion, and spirituality.
Get some tea, and turn on the radio for a conversation with Eric Pryor. Eric Pryor has been appointed as the new president of the Harlem School for the Arts (HSA) in Harlem.
Mr. Pryor started his 20-year career at the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corp.’s in Brooklyn, and served as president of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Since 2012, Mr. Pryor had held the position of executive director of the Center for Arts Education. During his time at the center, he prompted Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office to invest $92 million in expanding arts education citywide - he tells us what's next and more at HSA. Today's show was taped live on with Danny Tisdale on Harlem World Radio. hsanyc.org/
THIS SUMMER HAS BEEN ONE OF LOTS OF RAIN AND SOME PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT IT, ESPECIALLY AT A TIME LIKE THIS WEEKEND. YES, RAIN CAN RUIN OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES, BUT DON'T YOU REMEMBER THOSE NEARLY FOUR YEARS OF DROUGHT-LIKE CONDITIONS NOT VERY LONG AGO? RAIN IS A BLESSING FROM GOD THAT GIVES US LIVE. TRY SURVIVING WITHOUT WATER AND YOU'LL BE BEGGING FOR IT. SO INSTEAD OF COMPLAINING ABOUT IT, REVEL IN IT AND THANK GOD ABOVE FOR THIS GIFT THAT WE CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT. IT WILL STOP IN DUE TIME AND YOU MAY BE WISHING FOR IT AGAIN SOONER THAN YOU THINK.
SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN IS A SHORT PEACEFUL TIME WHEN YOU CAN REMEMBER GOD AND HIS SON THE SAVIOR AND WORSHIP HIM IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME. SHORT, SWEET AND TO THE POINT BUT ALWAYS ON POINT WITH WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT: OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR MAKER. HOPE YOU'LL JOIN ME.
The violet flame helps us transmute karma and brings comfort to all elemental life, the nature kigdom. Let's send violet flame purple rain into the forest fires blazing through the Northwest, Western States and Canada, and also send our prayers to the firefighters.
As it was in the days of Noah: "The Reign not the Rain"
REEL TALK with Da Director
8:05 – weekend recap
Show Topic(s) – Jurassic World, Sets record should it be the last?/ Richard Pryor Biopic/OITN/ POWER season 2
Film – Jurassic World
Star(s)- Chris Pratt
Director- Colin Trevorrow
8:30pm- Richard Pryor Movie
Cast (Eddie Murphy, Oprah, Taraji , Kte Hudson)
9:00pm – OITNB
9:15pm TV Shows Recap
POWER season 2 episode 2
PREVIEW NEXT - True Detective Season 2 / Terminator
In My Mood: "Rain Drops(Part 2) with KK
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About Mood: "Rain Drops"
The sounds of water hitting the grounds is delightful and causes relaxation, though there are some who enjoy dancing in the rain, and there are many who would rather take a name during it. Regardless, rain is a symbolization for many things, many metaphors, and is very healthy to listen to for your mind. And so, I present; Rain Drops.
Rain Drops is part 2 to Dancing In The Rain! Enjoy the beautiful sounds of Storms. And just, relax to the rain.~
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Wednesday, June 17th, at 9PM ET/6PM PT, FightSaga Radio presents a special "Rain on the Aftermath" edition of "Musician Spotlight", featuring lead singer Andrea Cerda and drummer Steven Work!!
The talented San Antonio based ensemble will give our audience an advanced listen to their latest single, "Rosalee", and talk about what went into creating their newest studio effort. Andrea and Steven will also discuss their respective influences, as well as the plans for "Rain on the Aftermath" throughout 2015 and beyond!!
The powerful alternative rock band will be performing live this Friday evening, June 19th, at Fitzgerald's, located on 437 McCarty, Ste # 101, San Antonio, Texas, along with "WaxPanel", "Celeste'al Descent" and "Steel Soldiers".
Advaned tickets are available online at TicketRiver.com, and start at $10. Doors open at 8PM CT.
Don't miss this special presentation, featuring Andrea Cerda and Steven Work of "Rain on the Aftermath", sponsored by Affordable Dentures!!
Brian's welcomes Rain Pryor, Acclaimed Director, Actor, Stand-up Comedian, Educator, Dynamic Speaker, Mother, Artistic Director of the Strand Theater in Baltimore and Producer of current off Broadway show "Broke Wide Open" A headlining stand-up in her own right not the drop it like it's hot kind. She fills her own shoes and is not trying to be her iconic father Richard Pryor. Her comedy attracts suburban housewives and their husbands, who fall in love with her ability to open up her life and talk real talk. She has featured regularly in Baltimore with good friend Mickey Cucchiella & Marc Unger. The Baltimore Sun chose Rain as one of 3 area comics to watch for. "Fried Chicken & Latkes" is Pryor's award winning solo show based on her life. It is a irreverent and poignant look at racism in the 60's and 70's. Rain wrote and created her show adding her own original music and lyrics. A Los Angeles Times Critics Choice and her singing voice and timing were hailed as rare gifts. Her show played to sold out crowds & standing ovations every night at the 375 seat Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills and repeated success at the Culture Project in NYC, Chicago, Ohio, Virginia, Texas and Scotland, Stelsin Theatre NYC 2012. Growing up Black & Jewish gives Rain a unique perspective on race, religion and spirituality. She shares her views and has lead panel discussions on diversity in education & in the entertainment industry at Princeton Univ, The Jewish Federation of LA, Chicago & Baltimore. Pryor made her television debut in 1989 as a series regular, TJ on the hit ABC series Head of the Class, a character adopted from Pryor's own monologs at the request of ABC Producers at her second audition.
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