This issue of The Crystal News is dedicated to: Louise Gordon and Larry Washington. Aunt Louise was the last of a small group of my grandmother's friends who hovered like angels to help my grandparents raise three of my siblings and me. The cat's meow, her great affection for felines was only surpassed by her kindness to humans... I remember peering across the street at those groovy, pastel suits Larry Washington and the other members of "The Brighter Side of Darkness" wore, posing on his front lawn for a photo session as half the neighborhood proudly watched. Last year Larry came to support a project I was directing. He was singing again and we talked about performing together one day... I am still inspired by the first real "star" I ever knew...
Seeking females - ages 21 and OVER. The auditions will be held at the Stage Aurora Performance Hall located at 5188 Norwood Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32208 on: Saturday, February 5 and Sunday, February 6 from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Please note that offensive language will be edited from this production.* Bring a headshot and resume * Be prepared to do a 1-2 min monologue and read from the script * Prepare an a cappella song - 32 bars (not all characters sing) * Be prepared to learn a dance routine. The production runs March 18 -20 and 25 -27, weekends only. For questions, call Stage Aurora at (904) 765-7372.
"...Black people still need to communicate and learn more about the effects of this virus and disease." According to a 2008 report by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, in Illinois alone, of the new reported AIDS cases approximately 49% were are African American. In Chicago, the result is a staggering 56% of new HIV/AIDS cases. The February 7 event is Free and Open to the Public. Sponsorship is still needed for this event and DONATIONS will be accepted. For more information, please call Keisha Nickole at (888) 228-7790. If you would like to VOLUNTEER please contact LaQuis Harkins n.l.harkins@gmail..com.
Afri-Ware Holds Down the Cultural Fort
|Nommo - libations at Kwanzaa|
Chicago Filmmakers in the Pan
The works of Chicago filmmakers Darryl Pitts and Mark Harris will be among the selections at and at the 19th Annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) in Los Angeles February 16-23, 2011. Pitts' Kiss and Tell, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbpEcTw48vM, which made it's West Coast Premiere at an International Service Project fundraiser hosted by the Century City Alumnae and Tau Delta chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, is an uplifting documentary feature narrated by Sheryl Lee Ralph, that highlights the positive images of Black Love on the Big Screen and takes an insightful, poignant and sometimes humorous look at Black Cinema from the actors, directors and producers that have been responsible for their creation.
Harris' Black Butterfly, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKwp-UtCgJM, which premiered in Chicago, tells the story of Ariel Simms, a young woman who overcomes sexual molestation and other obstacles, to focus on her dream of trying out for the US Olympic swim team. Kiss and Tell screens on Mon, Feb 21@3:15pm; Wed, Feb 23@4:30pm. Black Butterfly screens on Tue, Feb 22 @8:40pm and Wed, Feb 23 @4:10pm. Culver Plaza Theaters, 9919 West Washington Blvd, Los Angeles 90232. Children of God starring Margaret Laurena Kemp will screen on Sun, Feb 20 and Mon, Feb 21 (not a Chicago filmmaker, but Ms. Kemp was a Chicagoan for a good while). For tickets to these or any PAFF film or other festival event, Click Here or call (310) 337-4737.
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The Crystal News respectfully acknowledges the life and transition of:Theoni V. Aldredge,Anne Francis, W. Louise Gordon, Gwen Johnson Magwood, David Kato Kisule, Jack LaLanne, We are blessed to have known their warm hearts,
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