(My interview with Tavis Smiley)
Dee Alexander's Evolution Ensemble @ Umbria Jazz Festival July 8-17, 2011
Evolution Ensemble: Dee Alexander - vocals, Tomeka Reid - cello, James Sanders - violin, Junius Paul - bass, Ernie Adams - percussion
For ticket information, please contact Stage Aurora
(904) 765-7372 - http://www.stageaurora.org/
CHARM Outreach and Mentoring Services invites you to attend and support our first annual G.E.M.S. Scholarship Ball, on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 5pm, at The Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.
Kenny McReynolds (5 time Emmy Award winner, Chicago Public Schools Hall of Famer, Illinois Basketball Hall of Famer, and former Chicago Black Radio Sportscaster of the Year Award winner) and Tiffany Torrence-Davis (When Beautiful People Do Ugly Things / Bad Girls Club) will host the gala. Comedian Ron Baker Jr. (Inspiration Sensation / BET’s Comicview) will perform.
The G.E.M.S. (Growing Emotionally, Maturing Socially) program is designed to promote community outreach, respect, service and education in social skills and friendship among college bound high school seniors. Our lovely young gems have been working hard for many weeks and four finalists will now compete to share $10,000 in scholarships based on criteria that includes a written essay and community service.
CHARM is a faith-based 501c3 created by women exclusively for women with the goal of transforming lives. We exist to assist women of all ages build self-esteem and to empower, encourage, and inspire them to passionately pursue God's purpose for their lives. We are committed to a realistic approach purposed to positively influencing the lives of , , , and . Our (Motto), "Meeting You Where You Are", simply means that no matter where you are spiritually, socially, mentally, or emotionally, we will be there too. We will use our vast experiences along with our professional partners to knock down barriers and build character. CHARM Outreach and Mentoring Services was founded by community advocate Michele Traylor. Our Board of Directors includes business leader Al Demming (President of ADTD Group, Inc.) and actress / writer / director T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh (In Living Color / Cosby / That’s So Raven).
Tickets for the G.E.M.S. Scholarship Ball are $50 and include dinner. For additional information, go to http://www.mycharm.org/Scholarship_Ball.html or contact Ms. Conni Guilford at firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Chairs Lamman Rucker and T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh preside over the opening night festivities of the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival, August 1-6 in Winston-Salem, NC. Founded in 1989 by Larry Leon Hamlin, and produced by the North Carolina Black Repertory Company, the National Black Theatre Festival attracts close to 60,000 people to Winston-Salem and the city welcomes festival visitors with open arms.
“Knock Me A Kiss” starring Andre de Shields and directed by Chuck Smith, New Federal Theatre, New York and Legacy Creative Arts Company, Chicago; Samm Art Williams’ “The Waiting Room,” The Ensemble Theatre, Houston, TX; “Shakin the Mess Outta Misery,” the NC Central U, Durham, NC; “Three Sistahs,” Black Theatre Troupe, Phoenix, AZ; “Those Sensational Soulful 60’s,” Black Ensemble Theatre, Chicago;
Gus Edwards’ “Two Old Black Guys Just Sitting Around Talking,” Penumbra Theatre Company, St. Paul, MN; Poet Kwame Dawes’ VOICES OF HAITI: A POST-QUAKE ODYSSEY IN VERSE (photography by Andre Lamberston and music by Kevin Simmonds), Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Washington, DC ; “Soul on Fire: The Musical,” Onyx Vizion Productions, Oklahoma City, OK; “Mother to Mother” starring Thembi Mtshali-Jones from FreeVoice Productions, Cape Town, South Africa. Other celebrity performers/attendees include Dorien Wilson, BernNadette Stanis, Richard Lawson, Vanessa Williams, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Dawnn Lewis, Nathan Purdee, Barbara Montgomery, Count Stovall, Phylicia Rashad and Glynn Turman, whose incredible show "Moving Man" opened the 2009 NBTF. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.nbtf.org/.
Congratulations to: my friend Margaret Laurena Kemp on her Fulbright grant for her Mothertongue Theatre Project Collaboration in South Africa. The scholar travels to SA this month to lecture, teach and perform her new show, A Negro Speaks of Rivers. Ms. Kemp will be the first African American female visiting artist to conduct workshops at this level. You can support her history trip, at Indie GoGo. For more information on her journey see the May 2011 issue of The Crystal News - go on
T'Keyah Fights City Hall - http://tkeyahfightscityhall.blogspot.com/