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19 Aug. 2013

Briefs and Benchmarks

This year marks several significant anniversaries, namely, the 30th anniversary of Eddie Murphy’s quintessential stand-up documentary, DELIRIOUS (released in 1983) and the 25th anniversary of Murphy’s COMING TO AMERICA (released in 1988). This year marks the 20th anniversary of director John Singleton’s POETIC JUSTICE (released in 1993) with (the late) Tupac Shakur and music sensation […]

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10 Jul. 2013

Tyler Perry’s hit stage play, Haves and Have Nots on DVD

The musical stage play Tyler Perry’s The Haves and The Have Nots out on DVD, fresh from a wildly successful 46-city tour, with an amazing cast of veteran stage performers including Patrice Lovely (OWN’s “Love Thy Neighbor,” A Madea Christmas [The Play]) Palmer Williams, Jr. (Madea’s Big Happy Family [The Play]), Kislyck Halsey (Madea’s Big […]

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03 Jul. 2013

In a Daughter’s Eyes Premieres at SF Brava Theatre

  West Coast Premiere of In A Daughter’s Eyes, a new play by A. Zell Williams with Britney Frazier and Lisa Porter, directed by Edris Cooper –Anifowoshe Produced by Brava! For Women in the Arts and Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience, Brava Theater Center, 2781-24th Street at York, San Francisco, CA 94110 June 29– July […]

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16 Jun. 2013

Wild with Happy, now through June 30

Colman Domingo is wild about life and happy with his choices The San Francisco Bay Area has long celebrated the unforgettable theatrical performances of Colman Domingo. In recent years, he starred off-Broadway in the 2012 revival of Athol Fugard’s Blood Knot, directed by the author. He was nominated for a 2011 Tony Award for Best […]

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07 Jun. 2013

Cicely Tyson’s trip to TONY Awards, bountiful!

It’s not too late to take a trip to the abundant city of New York and get yourself a seat on the Great White Way for a delightful performance by Ms. Cicely Tyson in Horton Foote’s TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL.  Running through June 30th at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, Ms. Tyson received a TONY Award in […]

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03 Jun. 2013

Michelle’s destiny revealed in Fela!

Michelle Williams of the sensational R&B trio, Destiny’s Child, struts her stuff in Fela!, the smash Broadway hit, touring nationally and making a stop in Oakland, CA, at the resplendent Paramount Theatre, June 4 through 9. I spoke to Williams who bursts enthusiastically about her fourth staged musical, the three-time Tony award winning production that […]

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10 May. 2013

Diahann Carroll, exclusive interview

“Life is an awful lot of colors and situations to be handled…” Neither ashamed nor embarrassed to admit that I was giddy and nervous at the thought of a one-on-one conversation with the one-and-only Diahann Carroll, she made the few minutes spent, worth the years of anticipation. Every little brown girl in America who grew […]

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12 Apr. 2013

“The Bereaved” is anything but grief!

Recently introduced to the works of Thomas Bradshaw, my jaw dropped.  As I looked further into his celebrated portfolio, I discovered that he is poised to be Oprah’s next best thing, negotiating a deal with the Harpo TV maven. Winfrey has designs to bring Bradshaw’s plays from the theater to HBO. I’ve read several of […]

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25 Mar. 2013

JERSEY BOYS’ Justin Lonesome

“JERSEY BOYS” gives hope to those who love to sing! A lesson in perseverance led to a path of victory for a determined young man It’s just good to bob your head, clap your hands and sing along with the sounds of yesteryear that bring back treasured memories.  This is the experience I recently enjoyed […]

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22 Mar. 2013

Let the summer movie season begin!

Kicking off the eve of the summer blockbuster season is the intense action thriller, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN with Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Melissa Leo and Angela Bassett in the Antoine Fuqua directed feature about an insidious attack on America’s beloved White House.  The President of The United States must make a tough decision to save […]

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