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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.
Boys to Men recorded the song a few years ago, "Can You Stand the Rain"? I love this song but I never answered the question about being able to endure the rain. Well today, I'm Empowered to know that yes, I can handle the rains of life and you can too!
When a seed is planted in the soil, it doesn't grow unless there is some rain that falls to encourage the roots to become grounded and growth to take place. Today, let's take some time to appreciate the rain and begin to grow! Galatians 6:9, "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
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Join us this week as we welcome pop music recording artist and actress, Mandy Rain. Mandy started her acting career at a young age. In 2007, Rain auditioned for "Star Camp" a Nickelodeon television show that focuses on the making of a super star musical group. Rain was chosen along with seven other kids to join the show and "The Giggle Club." The band disbanded shortly after the series finale. In the summer of 2009 The Giggle Club's producer Nick Cannon formed a group called The School Gyrls which Mandy was apart of along with Monica Parales, and Jacque Pyles. After two movies and two albums, Mandy decide to quit the group and go solo. A year after the disbandment of the School Gyrls, Rain released her debut single "Boogie". Her most recent Ep album "Riot" was released in January of 2015. Currently Mandy has just released her latest single "Back to Bad". The track was co-written by Mandy, Maria Christensen, (J-lo, Celine Dion) and Isaac Hasson (Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez). The new single from Mandy is available Now @ digital outlets. We will talk to Mandy about her upcoming schedule, get a behind the scenes look at her music, feature her latest songs, and ask her to share her message for the troops. Please be sure to visit Mandy Rain at http://www.realmandyrain.com/ and spread the word. Fans are welcome to call in and speak live with Mandy during the show (718) 766-4193. As always we will give shout outs to our deployed military listeners. Be sure to join us, Sunday 11/8/2015 at 4 PM EST! Our message to the troops: WE do what we do, because YOU do what you do.
How do you feel about rain? In many areas of the country we have had a great drought in others over abudant rainfall and flooding. The amount of rainfall received affects all people throughout the world and changes their way of life, sometimes forever.
From remote deserts to rainforests society establishes its culture by the rainfall they recceive.
Tonight we discuss music about rain and its impact on culture. Don't miss this revealing show!
Hey Family! Join us today to discuss the killings of 9 year old Tyshawn Lee and 20 year old Kylyn Pryor. We will joined by Mr. Tio Hardiman (also known as Mr. Cease Fire). We will also be joined by Ruth Fuler of the Chicago Sun-Times to give us the lastest on scandal of Officer Gliniewicz of the Fox Lake PD. There's that and much more on We Hear Ya!
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/
Join Bro. J.O. Sparks at 11:00 PM(EST) as he preaches a message titled, " Don't live in the mist when you can have the RAIN." It will bless us in a Mighty Way as we learn of our privileges as Children of God. God is sending His Spirit to the earth in the former and latter rain. Do not live beneath your priviliges but live in the Rain of God's Spirit.
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