This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay!
We are joined by Regina Y. Evans and Zorina London to talk about National Human Trafficking Awrareness Month and a special evening of theatre, Jan. 10-11, 2 p.m. at Berkeley Black Repretory Group Theatre. Monday, Jan. 11, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Visit http://www.nctsn.org/resources/public-awareness/human-trafficking
Ms. Evans's play, "52 Letters" is a one-woman poetic stage play, written, performed and directed by this Oakland native. Through the use of poetry and Negro Spirituals, "52 Letters" brings awareness to the tragedy of sex trafficking and its effects upon American youth and women. "52 Letters" was honored to win a 2013 Best Of The San Francisco Fringe Festival Award.
Ms. London's play is One Night of Day, an evening at the club with Billie Holiday when her friends Lena Horne and Bessie Smith drop by. Ms. Holiday has a lot on her mind that evening, but the music has a way of helping her transcend her troubles, literally leave them behind as her soul soars. The Black Rep is located at 3201 Adeline St, Berkeley. For information and tickets call: (510) 652-2120.
Awareness Events: http://www.baatc.org/ Music: Novalima, Robert Glasper, Jahahara Alkebulan.
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