Arts

THE NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND, INC TWENTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL NATIONAL EQUAL JUSTICE AWARD DINNER

Despite a rainy night in the city it was all smiles and laughter inside the New York Hilton in midtown as celebrities, influencers, prominent figures, and supporters came out to show their support for the work the Legal Defense and Education Fund has done for nearly 75 years in their fight for justice and equality …

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Walter Mosley, Recipient of the 2014 Langston Hughes Medal

In honor of the poet laureate of Harlem, 2014 marked the 29th annual award ceremony and 40th year of the Langston Hughes Festival, hosted by the City College of New York (CCNY) in Harlem. Each year the award goes to a Black writer whose work has lasting impact and is in line with the democratic, …

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PlayDate; Creative Artists of Broadway

Hinton Battle Hinton Battle is one of the most prolific entertainers of our generation. Mr. Battle is a Broadway performer, three-time Tony Award winner, multi-award recipient, singer, television actor, producer, director, stage and cinematic choreographer, and now the founder of two dance schools. Upon arriving to the interview, I was met warmly by Mr. Battle …

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A WOMAN FOR ALL SEASONS

Many people think they have an understanding of Marie Dionne Warrick. Surprisingly, this second most-charted female vocalist of all time, with 69 singles in the Billboard Hot 100, consistently recreates herself as a performer and business woman. An amazing vocalist, whose career has spanned for more than four decades, Dionne Warwick takes her artistry to …

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Rae’s Plays Theater Review

Title: It’s Only a Play AUTHOR    TERRENCE McNALLY DIRECTOR    JACK O’BRIEN CAST        F. MURRAY ABRAHAM MATTHEW BRODERICK STOCKARD CHANNING MEGAN MULLALLY RUPERT GRINT NATHAN LANE MICAH STOCK An updated revival, IT’S ONLY A PLAY has a stellar cast of Broadway veterans portraying a mishmash of unconventional personalities. The troupe of self-absorbed, zany characters and …

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Smithsonian JAM

The empty auditorium slowly filled with an eclectic mix of people that extended across the usual racial, generational, and social confines that bind society into neat divisions. As the National Museum of American History’s amphitheater became packed with jazz aficionados, members of the State Department, and multiple living legends, the imperceptible buzz of white noise …

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Harlem’s Own Essie Green Galleries: Black Master Works within Reach

In Harlem’s historic Sugar Hill district there is a wealth of black history housed in a quaint corner brownstone at 419A Convent Avenue. There you will find the renowned Essie Green Galleries, home to artworks by African American artists, such as Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Lois Mailou Jones, and Norman Lewis. Sherman Edmiston is President …

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