Maya Angelou, the poet laureate of the civil rights movement, has passed away at age 86, following a long period of declining health.
This year, New York City Pride Week will have even greater significance, as history gets made at the world-famous Carnegie Hall auditorium. Tona Brown, a gifted classical violinist and mezzo-soprano vocalist, will step out onto the stage of the Weill Recital Hall on June 25, and become the first African-American transgender woman to perform at […]
There are many special moments in America’s civil rights movement that are periodically celebrated including Jackie Robinson breaking the color line in professional baseball, Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering his “I Have a Dream” speech as part of the historic March on Washington.
Carrying on the musical tradition of jazz Mustafa on Sax proudly carries torch lit by his father, Melton Mustafa, Sr. By D. Kevin McNeir A superb improvisational duet recently occurred on a South Florida stage between two gifted musicians – one on the saxophone – the other on trumpet that confirmed why jazz is still […]
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), a media watchdog organization dedicated to the positive depiction of the LGBT community in contemporary American media, has joined a fundraising campaign to bring gifted, accomplished vocalist and violinist Tona Brown to Carnegie Hall in New York City, for an historic concert performance this summer.
Sheryl Lee Ralph: Redefining “diva” to empower other women Original DREAMGIRL continues to give back to community in more ways than one By D. Kevin McNeir Standing before a packed audience anxious to hear about the significant role that women have played in America’s history, Sheryl Lee Ralph, the consummate show business professional, most notably […]
Jazz in the Gardens combines best of R&B, jazz and hip-hop By D. Kevin McNeir Last spring, more than 63,000 fans enjoyed the tropical temperatures of Miami Gardens, the city that is also the home of the Miami Dolphins, for what has become one of the nation’s most highly-anticipated music extravaganzas, Jazz in the Gardens. And […]
For some reaching the 50-year milestone means putting the agenda on cruise control, resting on one’s laurels and preparing for entrance into the fall and winter seasons of life. But for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, under the leadership of third-year Artistic Director Robert Battle, five-plus decades of dance means pushing the button and expanding a highly-celebrated repertoire.
The creation of theater can be a formidable undertaking, with challenges great and small, as cast and production team work to bring an artistic vision to life on the stage. It’s often a transformative process, with everyone discovering–or rediscovering–all kinds of things about themselves and their work. Cybersex: The Play, a profoundly psychological play written, […]
Fernando Anuang’a is part of a new generation of Kenyan contemporary choreographers evolving international interest in African dance and culture. During the course of his 20 year dance career, Anuang’a, a Maasai dancer from Kenya has created some of the most progressive, influential and powerful African choreography.