*BROADWAY BLACK EXCLUSIVE*
“Get Up, Stand Up. Stand up for your right.”
Bob Marley was on to something when he released “Get Up, Stand Up” in the early 1970s. A phrase that can still be used today, even 40 years later. Black Americans have been fighting the fight for equality for centuries and it’s time for us all to step up and do our part to continue that fight. We all want to live in a society where seven-year-old black girls aren’t killed in their sleep- #AiyanaStanleyJones, where a 17-year-old can walk home with skittles- #TrayvonMartin, where a 12-year-old child can play in the park- #TamirRice — a place where Black Lives Matter.
An overwhelming number of friends and colleagues in the Broadway community have expressed a deep desire to participate in an open dialogue about the social and racial justice issues that are troubling our nation. The event will bring Broadway performers together with policy reformers, educators, clergymen, public officials, and community leaders to discuss a plan of action. The evening will spark conversation and encourage people to discover their roles as active participants in a movement towards positive change.
A group of Broadway community artists, now called the Broadway for Black Lives Matter Collective, immediately responded to the call to action they felt and were able to create Broadway For Black Lives Matter, a special event to present a night of unity and solidarity through artistic expression and conversation. This community event, free and open to the public, will occur on Monday, August 1st, 2016 at Columbia University’s Lerner Hall Roone Arledge Auditorium 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027. Doors open at 8:00pm with the arts & activism showcase beginning at 8:30pm.
Guest appearances include six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, four-time Grammy Award winner India.Arie, Tony Award winners Billy Porter (Shuffle Along, Kinky Boots), Jeanine Tesori (Artistic Director Of NYCC) & Tony Kushner (Angels of America). Danielle Brooks (The Color Purple), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Passing Strange), Professor Kendall Thomas (Columbia Law School), Joshua Henry (Shuffle Along), Camille A. Brown (A Streetcar Named Desire), Professor Frank Roberts (NYU), Daniel Beaty, Daniel J. Watts (Hamilton), The Broadway Inspirational Voices, & New York City Center’s cast of THE RUNAWAYS. The evening with consist of performances, Q&As, and discussions of tangible ways in which we can be ACTIVE in our pursuits for change.
Tickets can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis by registering at: BroadwayBlack.com/BWAY4BLM.
Pre-registration does not guarantee you a seat or access to this event. Also, this event will be live-streamed, and there will be photographers and videographers present. By entering the venue, you consent to appear in photos and on video for later use at the discretion of the event organizers and sponsors
We, Broadway Black, a digital platform dedicated to highlighting the achievements of black theatre artists, will livestream the event. Watch here: broadwayblack.com/bway4blm and follow @BroadwayBlack #BWAY4BLM to join in the conversation community and become Agents of Change across the country.
Broadway for Black Lives Matter Collective consists of a group of arts activists involved in the Broadway community. These members include Amber Iman (Shuffle Along, Soul Doctor), Aisha Jackson (Beautiful, Waitress), Mykal Kilgore (Hair, Motown), Britton Smith (After Midnight, Shuffle Along), Douglas Lyons (Book of Mormon, Beautiful), Andrew Shade (Broadway Black Founder), Jacquelyn Bell (Bell Arts Entertainment), and organizations, Broadway Black & The Oneness Project.
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Brennyn Lark, Allison Semmes, & More Featured in Darkness RISING: Live 2! A Mental Health Benefit Concert
Join the Black Broadway community tonight, April 8th, as they perform inspirational cover songs at Darkness RISING: Live 2. The concert benefits Darkness RISING Nonprofit, an organization founded by Carlita Victoria, focuses on mental wellness in the Black community. Audience members will enjoy songs of hope from a range of genres: musical theatre, pop, R&B, and gospel under the musical direction of David Rowen of David Rowen Creative.
Darkness RISING Nonprofit is a mental health project with the goal of inspiring conversations about mental health, and helping to create access to mental health resources in the Black community in an effort to tell our stories and erase the stigma. The project was created as a means of Carlita facing her personal struggles with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. African Americans are 20% more likely to have serious psychological distress than other Americans. The project includes a newly released album on iTunes, a visual album on YouTube, live concerts, and free wellness workshops.
The event will be held at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30pm) Located at 361 Metropolitan Ave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The evening will include vendors, raffle prizes, a silent auction, and a full bar. $20 In advance, $25 At the door $40 VIP includes: Wristband, free drink, premier seating, swag bag, cast meet & greet. The show will be hosted by Broadway Black’s Drew Shade.
Tickets can be purchased at bkknittingfactory.com.
The cast features soloists:
Brennyn Lark, (DREAMGIRLS WEST END, LES MISERABLES BROADWAY)
Liisi LaFontaine (DREAMGIRLS WEST END, THE WINNER IS ABC)
Allison Semmes (MOTOWN BROADWAY, BOOK OF MORMON)
Gabrielle Reid (BEAUTIFUL THE MUSICAL, HAIRSPRAY BROADWAY, THE COLOR PURPLE NATIONAL TOUR),
Kris Roberts (BEAUTIFUL THE MUSICAL, FAME NATIONAL TOUR),
Jasmin Richardson (GETTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER, THE BODYGUARD NATIONAL TOUR)
JoNathan Michael (DREAMGIRLS INTERNATIONAL TOUR, FAME NATIONAL TOUR)
Cedrina Shari (BONEY M),
Anita Welch (AVENUE Q NATIONAL TOUR)
Gerard Williams (JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at North Carolina Theatre)
Nattalyee Randall (ROCKTOPIA)
Tamala Baldwin (DREAMGIRLS at NSMT)
Darkness RISING Founder, Carlita Victoria (HAIRSPRAY at Paramount Theatre).
The ensemble features Vlad Dorson, Valton Jackson (HALFTIME at PAPERMILL PLAYHOUSE), Ashley Jeudy (SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER at IVORYTON PLAYHOUSE), Nichollette Shorts (PHOENIX RISING), Sheniqua Trotman (DREAMGIRLS at IVORYTON THEATRE), David LaMarr (LITTLE MERMAID at TUACAHN), and Tatianna Mott (AVENUE Q at SMITHTOWN PAC).
Band memebers include: Ian Jess (Bass), Mark ‘Lace’ Gibbs (Guitar), Quinton Robinson (Drums), and David Rowen (Piano/Musical Director)
Darkness RISING: A Mental Health Awareness Project is sponsored, in part, by the
Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural
Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) and Fractured Atlas. For more info: darknessrisingproject.org. Follow: @darknessrisingproject.
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🌟 ALL STAR CAST 🌟 These amazing vocalists will be performing at Darkness RISING live 2. You will not want to miss this performance on April 8th. Link in bio for tickets. _____ Monday 4/8 7pm Knitting Factory Williamsburg _____ $20 in advance $25 at the door _____ $40 VIP: + Swag Bag + Premier seating + Free drink + VIP photo + Wristband + Cast meet & greet This event is made possible by @nyscouncilonthearts, administered by @bkartscouncil. _____ #promo #rise #Riseup #discount #dontmissout #nyc #nycevents #eventscalendar #livemusic #livesingers #inspirationalmusic #thingstodoinnyc #benefitconcert #musicheals #Brooklyn #citylife #knittingfactory #nightlife #nycnights #BroadwayBlack #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #Blackmentalhealth #DarknessRISING
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As someone who does their best to rise up every day in spite of depression & anxiety, mental healthiness, access to resources, and conversations particularly centering Black people are important to me. The @darknessrisingproject is doing the good work and I’m honored to be hosting their next benefit concert to further bring awareness and support for those in need. Join #broadwayblack along with some of Broadway’s finest voices April 8th, 2019 7 PM @knittingfactorybk to be uplifted and encouraged and also support the awesome organization that is @darknessrisingproject! 🔗 Link on bio for tickets! Thank you, @itscarlitav for your tireless efforts! What you’re doing is so important and necessary! That is #broadwayblack! 💜🙌🏽✊🏽
Erika Dickerson-Despenza Addresses Flint Water Crisis with Cullud Wattah
There is limited seating left for Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s new play CULLUD WATTAH at The Public Theater. Opening today, Thursday, March 7th and running until Sunday, March 10th in the Public Studio is about three generations of Black women living through the current water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
“It’s been 936 days since Marion’s family has had clean water. When local activists file a class action lawsuit against the city, Marion—a third-generation employee at General Motors—must decide how best to support her two daughters, sister, and mother while lead seeps into the community, their home, and their bodies. As corrosive memories and secrets rise among them, the family wonders if they’ll ever be able to filter out the truth.”
2018 Relentless Award Semifinalist and poet-playwright makes her Public Theater debut with CULLUD WATTAH directed by Lilly Award winner Candis C. Jones; the cast includes Deonna Bouye (Marion), Alana Raquel Bowers (Reesee), Caroline Stefanie Clay (Big Ma), Nikiya Mathis (Ainee), and Kara Young (Plum).
The creative team includes Production Stage Manager Gregory Fletcher, Stage Manager Priscilla Villanueva, and Movement Director Adesola Osakalumi. Along with scenic design by Arnulfo Maldonado, Costume Design by Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene, lighting Design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, and sound design by Megan Culley
We believe in this work so much we’re giving away 4 tickets to the performances on March 10th. 2 tickets to the matinee and two the evening performance thanks to our founder Drew Shade and actress/playwright Jocelyn Bioh. Go to our Instagram to find out how!
Also, find out more about how you can help the Flint Water Crisis and support this show HERE.
Listen to Erika talk about her work on an episode of Off Book Podcast below