Monday, July 9, 2018

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Nona Hendryx presents Parallel Lives: Billie Holiday & Edith Piaf at Joe's Pub


Finally experienced Nona Hendryx's show - Parallel Lives: Billie Holiday & Edith Piaf - at Joe's Pub

The intimate room was filled!

Strange Fruit and La Vie En Rose delivered!

Bravo to Nona Hendryx. Bravo to Tamar Kali!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Quote From Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes"

Ben in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes:
The century's turning, the world is open. Open for people like you and me. Ready for us, waiting for us. After all, this is just the beginning. There are hundreds of Hubbards sitting in rooms like this throughout the country. All their names aren't Hubbard, but they are all Hubbards and they will own this country some day. 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Quote from Arianna Huffington's "Thrive"

Arianna Huffington in Thrive

Music, sculpture, photography, cinema, architecture, literature, drama, poetry, dance - each can ignite the deeper truth, and awaken the sense of wonder that slumbers within us. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Danai Gurira in "Black Girls Rock!"

Danai Gurira in Black Girls Rock!:
It's been pretty clear to me that a big part of my calling or my purpose is to give a voice to women who are often marginalized and never heard from...I've recently been researching and paying close attention to Miriam Makeba for a project...I was watching a clip of her on the Ed Sullivan Show in the 1960s. I wept as I watched this pioneer perform on American television in Xhosa, her native tongue. It couldn't have been easy...Yet there she was...That's what inspired me.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Quote from Jenifer Lewis' "The Mother of Black Hollywood"

Jenifer Lewis in her memoir The Mother of Black Hollywood:
I am a great entertainer. Look, it's just a fact: I can sing you a song and tell you a story. I can make you dance and shout. I can hold you in the palm of my hand and make you feel alive. I can get you weak in the knees, catch you, say I'm sorry, and then rock you to sleep. But above all things, I can make you laugh, and I mean laugh your ass all the way off!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Quote From Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days"

Winnie in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days:
One cannot sing just to please someone, however much one loves them, no, song must come from the heart, that is what I always say, pour out from the inmost, like a thrush. 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Regina Taylor's "Crowns" - A Perfect Show for Easter Weekend


Inspired by the coffee table book Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, Regina's Taylor's coming of age gospel musical - Crowns - takes the audience down south and introduces us to a group of Hat Queens and their tradition to adorning their temples with crowns. A perfect musical to take in during Holy Week. 

As always, strolling around the McCarter Center at Princeton University, you never know what you are going to find...

Like a photo of the Crowns premiere 15 years ago tucked in a corner 


Or a display of precious crowns outside the theater


Monday, March 26, 2018

Leslie Odom Jr Reads from His New Book "Failing Up"


I haven't read Leslie Odom Jr's book - Failing Up - yet. But after checking out his reading and chat with director Kenny Leon earlier tonight at Barnes & Noble Union Square, I think my takeaways are:

Love whatever I choose to do. 

Don't give in to perfection. It is okay to fail. Just pick myself up and continue pursuing what I love. 

Hmmmm....