Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Provacative Musical After Midnight on Broadway

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Each season Broadway in New York City is always filled with exciting shows that thrill the audience and leaves them wanting more. If you and your friends are seeking another great show with outstanding music, you won’t be disappointed with After Midnight.

“After Midnight” is the intoxicating story which takes the sexy, smoky glamour of the original Jazz Age and catapults it into a whole new era of sound. The performances will be heart-pounding and mind-blowing entertainment for modern Broadway audiences. Refracted through a contemporary lens, After Midnight will celebrate Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club using his original arrangements and performed by a world-class big band of 17 musicians hand-picked by living jazz legend, Wynton Marsalis.

The timeless tunes set against a narrative of Langston Hughes poetry will provide an authentic backdrop for an array of cutting-edge performances by 25 sensational vocalists and dancers, including special guest stars, whose interpretations will shatter everything you think you know about music, nightlife and Broadway. Asthey prepare to make their Broadway debut in After Midnight, the incredible ensemble offered a sneak peek of the new musical with the assistance of stars Fantasia, Dulé Hill and Adriane Lenox.
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The performances were directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle,After Midnight began preview performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street) on Friday, October 18, 2013 with an official opening night on Sunday, November 3, 2013.

The 2013 African-American Women in Cinema Film Festival celebrates its Sweet 16

003cc3577682a09fe884a1ed7548c2a6The fall is here and it is time to celebrate the holidays. It is also a time to celebrate great films and be a part of some very interesting panels and networking opportunities. The African American Women in Cinema Film Festival celebrates its Sweet 16 with the 2013 Annual Film Festival in NYC from November 20th through the November 23rd.

For over a decade, the AAWIC organization has served as a continuous support for the vibrant work of women filmmakers. This for the festival, the AAWIC organization will continue their mission of providing a platform and showcase for aligning experienced and novice women filmmakers, directors, producers, and screenwriters.

The festivities begin with opening night which features a special red carpet screening of the film “Black Nativity” which is directed by Kasi Lemmons. The films stars Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige and Forrest Whitaker. There will also be a Q & A after the screening with the director.

On Thursday, November 21, 2013 will yield a webisode competition hosted by “Lenox Hill’s” Al Thompson, followed by New York Love Film Workshop hosted by the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television and will conclude with an international screening program showcasing independent films made by women from around the world. Friday, November 22, 2013 starts with the inaugural “Master Class” with CEO-Chief Executive Officer at Revolt TV and CEO & Founder at Shadow League, Keith Clinkscales, followed by a special “Black History” Mini Documentary segment created by Emmy Award winner Neema Barnette with special guest award winner filmmaker Reed McCants.

Rounding off the event is the conclusion of the film screening program that will include a special promotional segment of highly anticipated upcoming film, “The Lost Book of Rap.” The festival will conclude it’s historical program on Saturday, November 23, 2013 with the youth filmmakers film screening at DCTV located in Lower Manhattan and a special screening of “Magic City” Starring, Jenifer Lewis and Keith David.

Lastly, there the festival will end with a special VIP closing night reception hosted by the American Diabetes Association and sponsored by The Greater NY Chamber of Commerce with guest host honoree, Winsome Sinclair. Festival favorites include the youth films screening segment presented by DCTV.

During the past 16 years AAWIC has been able to expand, explore and create business opportunities for minority women filmmakers throughout the entertainment industry. It is the goal of AAWIC to give artistic women a path to fulfilling their dreams through showcasing their talents, exposure to peers’ interaction and mentoring by established Industry professionals such as Tasha Smith, Regina King, Robert Townsend, Jenifer Lewis to name a few. The AAWIC organization has served as a continuous support for the vibrant work of women filmmakers for sixteen years and with the collaboration and support of major networks like FOX, the future of our festival and filmmakers looks promising indeed! Join us for our Sweet 16th celebration.

Founder and Executive Producer, Terra Renee states.”I am very pleased at this years’ line up and believe that those who attend will experience something unique.” The 16th AAWIC Film Festival is supported by: Fox Strategy Group (Benefactor Sponsor), Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, Media Services, RX Pharmacy, Raymour & Flanigan, UFront and African Women For Good Governance.

Bob Marley Messenger Exhibition at History Miami through January 5, 2014

610847dc74ddbf357897eb6b8664919dWith the weather in New York City starting to get a little colder, it might be a good time to travel to Miami for some fun in the sun and visit Miami. Another reason to visit the new Bob Marley exhibit. On Thursday, October 10, the Bob Marley Messenger show at HistoryMiami opened to a packed house. Even more special was that several members of Bob Marley’s family were on hand including his daughter Karen and his youngest, Ky-Mani. Ky-Mani performed “Is This Love” and “Three Little Birds”, his father would have been proud. The exhibition is opennow thru January 5, 2014. General admission for adults is $8, seniors and students with ID are $7, children ages six – 12 are $5 and children under six free. The exhibition is Curated by the GRAMMY Museum™ at L.A. LIVE, endorsed by the Marley family. Miami is the last stop of the traveling exhibition before ittravels to the birthplace of Bob Marley, Nine Mile in Jamaica.

Bob Marley Messenger explores Marley as a private, spiritual man, as a powerful performer whose lyrics gave voice to the disenfranchised and as a legend who continues to inspire legions of fans since his death more than 30 years ago. The exhibition brings together diverse artifacts, rare photographs and more from the private collection of the Marley family. On display, visitors will see a broad array of items, including: Marley’s famous Les Paul guitar; photographs of Marley both on and off stage; ticket stubs, concert posters, tour books and fan memorabilia and interactive items such as a drumming station that allows visitors to learn how to play reggae beat.

“What an honor to host this exhibition. Bob Marley once said, ‘In this bright future, you can’t forget the past.’ When we open the doors to this exhibition on Thursday, October 10, I think Robert Nesta Marley would be happy to see his legacy and message still alive and thriving in Miami,” said Stuart Chase, museum director.

For more information about HistoryMiami and a schedule of events, call 305-375-1492, visit us the website, like us on Facebook and follow us at Twitter.