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!
1. Director - NC Heikin began her career at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club in New York and went on to work on and off Broadway as an actress, singer, dancer, writer and director. Her most recent film, Sound of Redemption, The Frank Morgan Story (http://frankmorganstory.com/) about a troubled jazz musician, was produced by bestselling author Michael Connelly and premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2014 and theatrically in NY and LA in 2015. Her most recent film is Life Crime and tells the story of Reggie Austin and how music saved his life. www.NCHeikin.com
2. Mama Naomi Gede Diouf joins us to speak about The Forbidden Bush premiering this weekend, Nov. 26, 8 p.m. and Nov. 27, 3 p.m. at Laney College, the Odell Johnson Theatre, 900 Fallon Street.
3. Velina Brown joins us to talk about Word 4 Word and Z Space's production of Edward P. Jones's Aunt Hagar's Children.
4. Taiwo Kujichagulia-Seitu, Lyric Dance School, joins us to talk about the Jazzy Nutcracker featuring Duke Ellington's music, Dec. 10, 3-6 p.m. at EOYDC.
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