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These days all the buzz about Raven-Symoné tends to be be more about her personal opinions. From her comments on her race (“I’m an American. I’m not an African-American; I’m an American”) to her opinion when a reporter said Michelle Obama looked like a monkey (“I …

Even though you might not be familiar with Linda Twine’s name, you definitely know her work. If you’ve heard the music from Jelly’s Last Jam, Caroline Or Change, The Color Purple, or Big River (to name a few), then you’ve heard her in action. Twine is a …

June 5th marks the 75th anniversary of the American Negro Theatre (ANT). Founded in 1940 by Abram Hill, Frederick O’Neal, and other artists in Harlem, ANT was formed to provide work for Black theater professionals in a time where there was little work or recognition …

J. Rosamond Johnson and Bob Cole are two names that are, sadly, not as talked about in most theater history classes, but their contribution to the Broadway stage is invaluable. Both were multi-hyphenate artists whose impact in arts and activism still resonates today. With more …

Shuffle Along is one of the most important shows in Broadway Black history. As one of the first all-Black Broadway musical hits that was also written by Blacks, Shuffle Along significantly altered the face of the Broadway musical, as well as that of New York …

The Wilma Theater in Center City Philadelphia presented a notable run of Shakespeare’s Hamlet from March 25, 2015 – May 2, 2015. British-African actress Zainab Jah is the first Black woman on record having ever played the conflicted Prince of Denmark, making history in the theater …
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