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Friday, November 17, 2017

NYC MISSION SOCIETY THANKSGIVING HARVEST DINNER

Jean Shafiroff With Senator Brian Benjamin And Kenita Lloyd





New York, N.Y. – Striving to help its program participants and community members start the holiday season with a hot meal, the New York City Mission Society provided more than 300 meals at its 14th Annual Thanksgiving Harvest Community Dinner at Minisink Townhouse yesterday.



New York City Mission Society alumni and staff, Board Members, community members, and volunteers served the meals, while students in the nonprofit’s after school free music education program, GRIOT, performed onstage in the auditorium.



This event has been underwritten by Board Member Jean Shafiroff . Sponsors and volunteer groups included Chase, Nike, Kohl’s, Whole Foods and Jay Moorhead. .


Jean Shafiroff Serves Thanksgiving Dinner



“The families we serve face numerous challenges each day, and the holidays can be especially tough,” said New York City Mission Society President Elsie McCabe Thompson. “This time of year is a chance to give thanks and to give back, so I thank our board members Jean Shafiroff and Jay Moorhead, our community members, staff, and other volunteers for coming together on this night to start the holiday season off on a high note. This is what the holidays are all about.”



New York State Senator Brian Benjamin greeted attendees, and Reverend Anthony Iroh of St. Charles Borromeo Church delivered an invocation before everyone sat down to turkey, stuffing, side dishes, desserts, and beverages donated by area businesses and individuals.



Earlier in the week, the Mission Society continued its tradition of distributing turkeys to community members to help create a festive Thanksgiving. The turkeys were donated by St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters.



ATTENDIES INCLUDED:


Jean Shafiroff, Elsie McCabe Thompson, Jay Moorhead, Father Anthony Iroh, Francis Kairson, Natasha Das, Emily Mohr, Cole Rumbough served hundreds of community members to kick off the holiday season in Harlem.


About the New York City Mission Society



The New York City Mission Society has been on the frontlines of the war on poverty for more than 200 years. Today, our progressive portfolio of educational, workforce development, cultural enrichment, and community-building programs, make a positive, long-term impact on the City’s most underserved communities by promoting academic achievement, and providing career opportunities and cultural enrichment. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 children and families throughout New York City with our programs, supportive services, and community events. Learn more at http://www.nycmissionsociety.org.


Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Monday, July 10, 2017

JEAN SHAFIROFF & VICTOR DE SOUZA CELEBRATE 4TH

Jean Shafiroff With Victor de Souza



Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff Celebrating Fourth of July in Harlem with Fashion Designer Victor dE Souza.


Jean Shafiroff joined a small party held at the home of Victor dE Souza on July 4, 2017. In attendance were comedian TJ Miller and actress wife Kate Miller.


A great time was held by all. The theme American/Argentinian Barbecue for the 4th of July! Jean Shafiroff wore a striking red jumpsuit designed by Victor dE Souza.

Friday, June 16, 2017

BOB DYLAN'S HISTORIC NYC TOWNHOUSE FOR SALE

Bob Dylan's Townhouse


Bob Dylan's Family Room
When Bob Dylan moved from Minnesota to New York City in 1960, he was just a few months from the start of a fast rise to stardom. The city became his creative and inspirational playground where he could collaborate, learn from and work with some of the most innovative musicians of the time. Inspired by people such as Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Little Richard, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and his coffee house musician buddies in Greenwich Village, Dylan explored all the genres of American song including country, folk, gospel, rock and roll and even jazz. But it was in songwriting where he made his mark, culminating with the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016 for his lyrics. His long career has spanned politics, social change, philosophy and literature and continue to entertain his fans attending his Never Ending Tour that has been running since the 1980s.




Dylan has sold over 100 million records and won multiples in the music award categories as well as an Academy Award (which he often displays on stage during his concerts), Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, induction into three halls of fame and recognition from presidents and officials worldwide. In the words of Horace Engdahl, a member of the Nobel Committee, Bob Dylan is “ . . a singer worthy of a place beside the Greek bards, beside Ovid, beside the Romantic visionaries, beside the kings and queens of the blues, beside the forgotten masters of brilliant standards.

Bob Dylan's Stunning Kitchen



The New York City historic Harlem townhouse where Bob Dylan lived from the 1980s until 2000, during some of his most musically productive years, has come on the market. Built circa 1890 and designed by the famous McKim, Mead & White architectural firm, it is located in the St. Nicholas Historic District, created in 1967 by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, encompassing approximately 150 houses. Popularly referred to as Striver’s Row, the neighborhood has attracted important residents through the years from politicians to artists.




Dylan’s four-story townhouse measures 3,952 square feet of restored 19th-century details with a complete 21st-century update for today’s lifestyles. Included are five bedrooms, three baths, six fireplaces with original mantels, formal dining room, large living room with Juliette balcony, a library, inlaid hardwood floors, crown molding, wainscoting and high ceilings.




Bob Dylan’s former historic Harlem townhouse of 14 years is now for sale, priced at $3.595 million. The listing agent is Vie Wilson from Corcoran Real Estate in New York City.



Visit TopTenRealEstateDeals.com for more historic, celebrity and spectacular homes and real estate news.


Photos Courtesy Of: Top Ten Real Estate Deals

Friday, March 11, 2016

RAPPER LIL MAMA ARRESTED IN NEW YORK CITY

Lil Mama



Rapper Lil Mama was arrested Yesterday on suspicion of speeding and driving without a valid license, police said.



Niatia Kirkland, 26, of Queens, was seen driving about 4 a.m. near Fifth Avenue and West 135th Street and an officer clocked her going 38 mph in a 25-mph zone, police said.



She was pulled over and could not produce a valid license, police said. Her license had been suspended, though police could not say why.


Kirkland was arrested without incident.


The New York City native is best known for her 2008 hit single "Lip Gloss," and for her role as Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in the VH1 biographical film about TLC.


Photo By: Media Punch
 

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE'S FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES

Rain Pryor



NEW YORK— Rain Pryor’s one-woman autobiographical play will have its World Premiere at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT) in Harlem, running through Sunday, June 28. “Fried Chicken & Latkes” is the actress-writer-comedian’s funny take on her mixed-race heritage and growing up the daughter of one of the world’s most beloved and iconic funny men, comic genius Richard Pryor.



"We are so excited for Rain to join the NBT family and round out the 46th season with ‘Fried Chicken & Latkes.’ This season, NBT has navigated the world through the eyes of the Black female playwright; and we complete this year-long journey with the healing power of laughter, through the nuance of identity. Our mission here at NBT is to create a home for every person that walks through our doors, to allow members of our community to see themselves in ways they may have never experienced before, activated by the unabashedly authentic stories on our stage. We hope you come out and enjoy Rain's piece as she serves up home on a comically diverse and complex platter," said Sade Lythcott, CEO of NBT


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The hilariously irreverent and poignant play is Rain Pryor's one-woman, theatrical, cabaret-styled show based on her life growing up Black and Jewish. It has been in development for several years and performed in Atlanta; New York; Winston-Salem, NC; Baltimore; and Washington, DC. Recently, the actress joined forces with acclaimed director Kamilah Forbes (“A Raisin in the Sun,” “Lucky Guy,” “Stick Fly,” “The Mountaintop,” “Holler If Ya Hear Me”) to completely reimagine the work. In collaboration with NBT, Forbes has brought on a full creative team to mount the production, including Drama Desk Awardee Maruti Evans (scenic and lighting design), Dede Ayite (costume design), Eric Sluyter (sound design), Katherine Freer (projection designer) and Ayisha Hunt (stage management). Audiences can expect new songs, script elements and other production enhancements, including projection. 



“The development of ‘Fried Chicken & Latkes’ has been cathartic and this fully mounted version is the culminating event,” said Pryor. “With Kamilah’s vision and the talent of a top-notch creative team, the June premiere marks the first time the show is more than me, a black curtain and a couple of black boxes. Thank the ancestors for creatives!”



Pryor plays the 11 characters most pivotal to her life and takes her audience on a musical journey through the late ’60s, ’70s and ’80s and some little-known family history. Along the way, she offers a unique perspective on race, identity and the loss of her iconic father, Richard Pryor.



Tickets are on sale now for the production, which is playing at National Black Theatre, 2031 Fifth Avenue between 125th and 126th Streets in Harlem. (Take the 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 subway to 125th Street.) Previews run Tuesday, June 2, through Sunday, June 7, with tickets at $20. The production officially opens on Thursday, June 11, marked by an Opening Night Gala that includes a 7 p.m. show and post-show reception. Performances will run June 12–28 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays at 7:30 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.; Sunday performances will be at 4 p.m. There will be no show on June 18. Tickets are $30 general admission with the following exceptions: All seats during the final week are $40 and an Opening Night Gala ticket (Thursday, June 11) is $50. Discount tickets of $20 are available for groups (10 or more), senior citizens, students, active military members and veterans. Tickets can be purchased online at www.nationalblacktheatre.org, by calling NBT directly at (212) 722- 3800, or at NBT’s Box Office from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.



ABOUT THE STAR




Rain Pryor (www.rainpryor.com) is an award-winning actor, writer, producer, standup comedian, activist, dynamic speaker and mother. She wrote and starred in “Fried Chicken & Latkes,” receiving rave reviews during its development from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Broadwayworld.com and Stage World. Pryor followed up with “That Daughter’s Crazy,” an award-winning, autobiographical documentary, and her comedy CD “Black & White.”
Pryor made her TV debut on the ABC hit series “Head of the Class,” playing the tough-talking T.J., and starred opposite Sherilyn Fenn and Lynn Redgrave as Jackie on the Showtime series “Rude Awakening.” She is currently a co-host of ARISE TV’s “Arise and Shine,” which airs in New York, London and throughout Africa. Her stage credits include the title role of Billie Holiday in “The Billie Holiday Story” (UK Tour), Ella Fitzgerald in “Marilyn and Ella” (UK tour) and Lady in Red in “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf.”


As a standup comedian, Rain regularly headlines across the country, from the Florida Improv (with the Jokes on You Comedy Tour) to Carolines on Broadway and from the Funny Stop and Joke Factory to the Borgata, where she recorded her live comedy CD “Black & White,” which was just released.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

THE HARLEM ARTS ALLIANCE FALL EVENTS

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"Harlem at the Crossroads:
Sustaining Our Arts and Cultural Resources"
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 Vy Higginsen




Danny Glover
The HARLEM Arts Alliance (HAA), the central connection to Uptown arts and culture, is summoning Harlem artists and New York arts supporters to the Harlem Arts Summit during Harlem Arts Advocacy Week this fall. Under the theme "Harlem at the Crossroads: Sustaining Our Arts and Cultural Resources," the seven-day series of mostly free events will kick off on October 1 at 10:00 a.m. with presentations to actor and activist Danny Glover, legendary theatrical producer Vy Higginsen and pioneering arts producer and consultant Mikki Shepard at Aaron Davis Hall (City College of New York). The Arts Summit, will feature an array of performances, screenings, panels and presentations designed to build support for the arts in Harlem and in communities of color throughout the city. The HAA is a ten-year-old not-for-profit arts service organization comprised of established and emerging visual and performing artists, and art supporters, not-for-profit and for-profit organizations and institutions, including universities and churches, that serve the arts and cultural community in Harlem and throughout greater New York City.



“Harlem boasts some of the city’s most stellar arts organizations and artists, individuals and entities that are, in today’s economic climate, struggling to secure and maintain needed support,” said Voza Rivers, Chairman, HARLEM Arts Alliance. “The Harlem Arts Summit is being held to shine the light on the treasures in our midst and to help them secure and sustain the crucial resources needed to continue their missions.”



Glover will receive the HAA Humanitarian Award at the kickoff event at Aaron Davis Hall on Monday, October 1 and will address the importance of arts and culture to the health and vitality of communities of color in New York and around the world. New State Council on the Arts Executive Director Lisa Robb will give an overview of the status of state arts funding, followed by Kenneth J. Knuckles, Esq., CEO of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, who will report on the current state of the arts in Harlem. The HAA will also honor legendary theatrical producer Vy Higginsen of the Mama Foundation with its Lifetime Achievement Award, and pioneering producer, presenter and arts consultant Mikki Shepard of the Apollo Theater Foundation with HAA’s 2012 Arts Leadership Award.




The Harlem Arts Summit brings together an exciting array of events showcasing Uptown arts institutions. Highlights include an opening reception hosted by The City College of New York at Aaron Davis Hall, 135th Street and Convent Avenue, on Monday October 1 at 5:30 p.m., directly followed by “A Conversation with Harlem Arts Leaders: Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Promise.” Noted actress and Harlem resident Tamara Tunie (Law and Order SVU) will introduce the discussion, which will feature Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Artistic Director Virginia Johnson; Harlem School of the Arts President and CEO Yvette L. Campbell; and Patricia Cruz, executive director Harlem Stage/The Gatehouse. The panel will be moderated by multimedia journalist Katti Gray.



The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, opens its doors on Tuesday October 2 for two events. At 12 noon, it will host a screening of excerpts from the film The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music that Changed America. This cinematic work turns the spotlight on the Savoy Ballroom, home of the amazing Lindy Hop dancers, and the first venue in America where Blacks and Whites could dance and socialize together. The film focuses on band leader and drummer Chick Webb, who led the Savoy Ballroom’s house band; Webb virtually invented modern drumming and built the hottest band of the 1930’s. The film’s executive producer, Voza Rivers, will lead a discussion with Jeff Kaufman, producer/director of The Savoy King; Dr. Richard Gale, son of Moe Gale, owner of the Savoy Ballroom; Gertrude Jeannette, actress; Norma Miller, swing dance master; and special guests. At 6 p.m., the Schomburg will hold an open house in partnership with HARLEM Arts Alliance. Schomburg Director Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad will welcome attendees preceding an open forum and discussion entitled, “The Next Generation of Voices,” a discussion featuring international journalist and playwright Esther Armah, jazz journalist and producer Greg Thomas, and others.



Harlem’s emerging role as a film and technology center will be discussed at a luncheon at Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s new El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center, 175 East 104th Street, on Wednesday, October 3. The luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will be hosted by Iris Morales, the center’s director, and feature a talk by Alyce Myatt, Director, Media Arts, of the National Endowment for the Arts. The panel discussion will be moderated by Jackie Glover, Vice President of Documentary Films, HBO, and feature representatives of Harlem’s film and media community including Marcia Smith, Firelight Media, Moikgantsi Kgama, ImageNation, Leslie Fields-Cruz, National Black Programming Consortium, Taneshia Nash Laird, My Image Studios Harlem (MIST Harlem) and Morales.



On Wednesday, October 3, participants are invited to the U.S. premiere screening of Otelo Burning, a beautiful, coming-of-age drama by award-winning filmmaker Sara Blecher, at MIST Cinemas, 40 West 116th Street. This new South African feature film presents a gripping story of township kids as they discover surfing—a newfound freedom through water. Winner of two of 13 nominations including Best Cinematography and Best Child Actor (Tshepang Mohlomi) at the 2012 African Movie Academy Awards, Otelo Burning was also nominated for the Golden Needle Award at the Seattle International Film Festival. The screening is presented by Autonomous Entertainment and The Turner Group and will be introduced by Rivers, chair of the Harlem Arts Alliance. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased HERE.



The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125thStreet, will host a special viewing and curatorial discussion on Thursday, October 4. The 6 p.m. event, which will include a reception, will focus on its current exhibition—the Caribbean Crossroads of the World—which was developed in collaboration with El Museo del Barrio and the Queens Museum.



Harlem arts and culture connect to the nation’s arts scene on Friday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. as Imagining America (IA)—a consortium of universities and organizations dedicated to advancing the public and civic purposes of humanities, arts, and design—heads Uptown. This year’s IA conference involves site visits to Harlem arts institutions. A guided trolley tour will bring visitors and conference attendees to three renowned arts institutions—The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Harlem Stage/the Gatehouse. Participants will learn firsthand about the significance and impact of each institution, visit their exhibitions and engage in discussions highlighting the collaborations between the arts, business and education that are fueling Harlem’s current resurgence as a vibrant center for arts and commerce. Special guest speakers will include Patrice Walker-Powell, deputy chair, National Endowment for the Arts; Marcia Sells, vice president, Columbia University; Patricia Cruz, executive director, Harlem Stage/the Gatehouse; and Barbara Askins, president and CEO, 125th Street Business Improvement District.



The Summit continues on Friday at 6 p.m. with the opening reception of the fifth annual Strivers Art Circuit Art Tour at Aaron Davis Hall, 135th Street and Convent Avenue. The self-guided art/gallery tour of key galleries, studios and alternative spaces in and around Harlem’s famed Strivers Row district will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7.



On Friday, October 5 at 7 p.m., ImageNation presents “Art & Activism: Using Art for Social Change,” a panel discussion and sneak peek at scenes from the new film, Middle of Nowhere, at RAW SPACE (2031 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., between 121st and 122nd Streets). Middle of Nowhere, directed by Ava DuVernay—who became the first black woman to win the best director prize at the Sundance Film Festival with the film—opens on October 12 in select cities nationwide. To RSVP, call 212-340-1874.



The New Heritage Theatre Group, in partnership with Community Matters NYC, Harlem Arts Alliance and The City College of New York, will present a concert—“In the Spirit: What’s Your Groove? Hip-Hop, R&B and Blues”—on Saturday, October 6 at 4:00 p.m. at Aaron Davis Hall (City College of New York). The event will feature performances by Legacy, Impact Repertory Theatre, Kwame and the Uptown Shakedown. To RSVP, call 212-926-2550.



The Summit will conclude on Sunday, October 7 at 3:00 p.m. at the Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Avenue, with a blues and jazz concert drawn from the plays, poems and narrative writings of jazz artist and poet Bill Harris. The presentation is by the New Heritage Theatre Company in association with New Federal Theatre and the HARLEM Arts Alliance. To RSVP, call 212-926-2550.



The Harlem Arts Summit 2012 is presented by the HARLEM Arts Alliance in collaboration with Columbia University, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, 125th Street Business Improvement District, Studio Museum in Harlem, Aaron Davis Hall/City College of New York, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem Business Alliance, Harlem Stage/The Gatehouse, Caribbean Cultural Center, Harlem Community Development Corporation, New Heritage Theatre Group, MIST Cinemas and Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) – El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center. Major support for the Summit is provided by the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts.



All events are free and open to the public, except the MIST Harlem screening. For more information on the Harlem Arts Summit/Harlem Arts Advocacy Week 2012, visit harlemaa.org or call (347) 735-4280.



The HARLEM Arts Alliance is a not-for-profit arts service organization celebrating more than 10 years of service to a prestigious list of members such as the Apollo Theater, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Columbia University, Harlem Stage (Aaron Davis Hall), The Studio Museum in Harlem and more than 850 more cultural/arts institutions and individual artists.



Wednesday, August 08, 2012

I'M FLYING ON A JET PLANE TO NEW ADVENTURE

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THIS AND THAT

Bitching By: James Edstrom
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James Edstrom Clowns Around On G5 Jet



The past week has been a tough one. I really don't know about this summer, it has been hard just to survive.

Many of my readers wrote and asked why I did not write anything last Friday. Well I had to fly to Washington DC, that's all I can really say right now, I will be writing about that in a few days. Just want to make sure I have all the information right before I do a big story with some great photos. 

I have some very good and generous friends. Knowing that I was not feeling so good last week, they flew me and a few friends down to DC on their personal G5 Jet, arranged for all the limo service and treated me like a king. I know they are very private, so I won't mention their names. But they got me to Washington DC in 30 minutes compared to a 5 or 6 hour drive and they got me home just as quick. 

Who else can say they left for Washington DC at 1pm, attended meetings and a dinner, met with television stars, members of Congress, Generals, Diplomats, Politicians and was back home in Times Square by 9pm. But being around such good people, when I have been feeling so down lately, really made me feel alive again. Like I say, I am working on the story and it should be up sometime this week, hopefully. 



IT'S TIME TO MOVE


I am sure I will be doing a scandalous story on why I really have to move out of Times Square. My building has just become impossible to live in. There are drug raids in our building, drug dealers that live here dealing up and down our street and I am hearing rumors of prostitution from other tenants. When I moved in here there was none of this. The landlord has made some very mean moves against me all while smiling to my face like they were my friends. The more I complain about whats going on the more they want me out. So I have decided I do not have the time or energy anymore and I just want to move. I have been speaking to my media friends as well as my politician friends and when I give the signal, this landlord is going to learn a few things about being fair and they are going to learn that they can not break State and Federal laws, and to treat good people this way. And all of this in Times Square!


COULD IT BE HARLEM?


So many of my friends are moving to Harlem. It is the last Manhattan frontier to be renewed. One of my ultra rich friends just brought a townhouse there. In Harlem you are going to get more bang for the buck. The Times Square area is now all tourists, Central Park is all tourists and the feel of the old New York is disappearing. Everywhere you look is Disneyland and tourist traps. 

Harlem still has that old Manhattan style, so I am really considering a move up there. But Times Square Gossip will remain as always. We are getting close to 8 million readers and I have some wonderful changes planned for the future. I really need more space and a change. I need to leave the stress of Times Square and this building. Harlem could be the answer!


UPDATE: I got so many e-mails from friends asking what happened to my eye. Nothing happened, friends sunglasses broke and I was joking around. I am fine!

Friday, August 12, 2011

'SEED' TO OPEN AT NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE

Pernell Walker



Following on the heels of the recent donations that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and George Soros made to a program designed to transform the lives of New York’s most vulnerable Black and Latino men, a new play that sheds light on the issues facing minority boys is premiering at the National Black Theater in Harlem. SEED, the award-winning play written by Radha Blank and directed by Niegel Smith, exposes the barrage of societal forces influencing poor children in New York City. The off-Broadway production is being co-presented by the OBIE-award winning Classical Theatre of Harlem (Ty Jones, producing director) and The Hip-Hop Theater Festival (Clyde Valentin, executive director and Kamilah Forbes, artistic director). Previews begin on Tuesday, September 6, and Opening Night is slated for Friday, September 16.



THE WORLD & OFF-BROADWAY PREMIERE OF

SEED

Written by RADHA BLANK—Directed by NIEGEL SMITH

Opening at the National Black Theatre in Harlem on September 16, 2011



The OBIE award-winning Classical Theatre of Harlem (Ty Jones, producing director) in conjunction with Hip-Hop Theater Festival (Clyde Valentin, executive director and Kamilah Forbes, artistic director) will present the world and Off-Broadway premiere of SEED, an award-winning play written by Radha Blank and directed by Niegel Smith, at the National Black Theater in Harlem. Previews begin Tuesday, September 6 and Opening Night is slated for Friday, September 16.



SEED explores themes of abandonment, poverty, class differences and byproducts of the crack epidemic that swept through Harlem in the 1980s and 90s. It tells the story in a vibrant and exciting style, infused with rhythm and verse integral to hip-hop culture. As a compelling new drama that examines class and cultural fault lines in one of America’s most prominent Black communities, SEED begs the question: How far are you willing to go to protect the future of a community and its children?



The play follows burnt-out social worker Anne Colleen Simpson, who decides to leave the field on a high note, with a book detailing her career. When Chee-Chee, a gifted twelve-year-old from the “projects” collides into her life, she’s forced to confront his young mother and the shadows of her past. Anne and Chee-Chee develop an unlikely friendship that leads to an explosive encounter threatening both their futures.



“SEED is my love letter to Harlem,” says playwright Radha Blank. “Harlem has survived so much and while she continues to evolve, Harlem maintains a fiery spirit by way of its inhabitants, new and old. I’m thrilled we get to premiere this play in the community that inspired it!”



A 2010 recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts New Play Development Award, SEED was most recently developed through a partnership between the 10th Annual DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival and Arena Stage’s New Play Institute.



Previews begin on Tuesday, September 6 and run through Thursday, September 15—except on Thursday, September 8, Monday, September 12 and Tuesday, September 13, when there will be no shows. Performances run from Friday, September 16 through Sunday, October 9 at the National Black Theater (2031 Fifth Avenue at 125th Street in Harlem, #2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 subways to 125th Street). Performances will take place every Wednesday through Sunday at 8:00 pm, with matinees on Saturday at 2 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are $48 for general admission and $20 for students and seniors and may be purchased by calling 866-811-4111 or online at www.seedtheplay.com, where further information on the show is available. For group sales contact Kadija de Paula of Walker International Communications Group at 718-703-2260 or kadija.wicg@gmail.com.



ABOUT THE CAST



RADHA BLANK’s other plays include American Schemes, HappyFlowerNail, nannyland, Reverb, Kenya and Casket Sharp. Her awards and fellowships include New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship, The Nickelodeon Writer’s Fellowship, The Public Theater’s inaugural Emerging Writer’s Group as well as The 2011 Helen Merrill Award in Playwriting. Her plays have been developed and/or presented at Arena Stage, The Lark, The Public Theater, Dixon Place, Penumbra Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem, The City Parks Foundation/Central Park SummerStage, Here, Voice & Vision, Hedgebrook Women’s Playwright Festival, WICA and ACT Theatre. Radha is a native of “New Yawk,” where she has instructed youth in theatre and writing for over fifteen years.



NIEGEL SMITH is a founding member of 425D, a director’s lab. His New York directing credits include SEED (Classical Theatre of Harlem and Hip Hop Theater Festival), Neighbors (Public Theater), Ether Steeds (Fringe Award for Best Ensemble), We Declare You a Terrorist (SPF), Metro Psalm, Rainy Days & Mondays (Fringe Award—Fringe Encores), Maud–The Madness (Phoenix Ensemble Theatre), One For The Road and LIMBS: A Pageant (HERE). He is Associate Director to Bill T. Jones on the musical FELA! and has assisted directors Jo Bonney, James Lapine, Kristin Marting, Richard Nelson and George C. Wolfe. As Co-Artistic Director of PERMISO with Todd Shalom, he has co-conceived and staged mass rituals in public settings. Smith, a graduate of Dartmouth College, has received grants and fellowships from Theatre Communications Group, the Van Lier Fund, and the Tucker Foundation. Before attending high school in Detroit, he grew up in the North Carolina piedmont, fishing with his dad, shopping with his mom and inventing tall-tale fantasies with his two younger brothers.



ABOUT THE CLASSICAL THEATRE OF HARLEM



Since its founding in 1999, The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) has presented nearly forty critically acclaimed productions which, according to Time Out New York, have cemented CTH’s reputation as “one of the gutsiest and physically fearless groups around.” The New York Times has declared, “If there is a more dauntless ensemble in New York than the Classical Theater of Harlem, I don’t know what it is.” CTH combines non-traditional casting, original adaptations, music and dance in ways that render works from the classical canon as fresh, innovative, and essentially a new experience of world classics. It is CTH’s vision to create the next great American theatre company whose value to its community is inherent and essential, a company that is engaged in producing theatre that has the capacity to change lives and truly reflects the diversity of ideas and racial tapestry that is America. Productions have included works by Anton Chekhov, Samuel Beckett, Euripides, Jean Genet, Langston Hughes, Adrienne Kennedy, William Shakespeare, Derek Walcott and August Wilson, among many others.



ABOUT HIP-HOP THEATER FESTIVAL



The ongoing goal of Hip-Hop Theater Festival (HHTF) is to elevate Hip-Hop theater into a widely recognized genre by empowering artists to develop new works and build coalitions with artists and institutions around the world. For a decade, Hip-Hop Theater Festival has showcased the stories, people, music, dance, and word of Hip-Hop live and on stage. All around the world HHTF is known as one of the most influential outlets showcasing Hip-Hop performing arts. Since its inception, HHTF has presented hundreds of artists including: Danny Hoch, Aya de Leon, Baba Israel, Kristina Wong, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Liza Colon Zayas, Chad Boseman, Ase Dance Theater Collective, The Suicide Kings, Rha Goddess, Kris Diaz, Ben Snyder, Holly Bass, Jerry Quickley, Sarah Jones, Will Power, Alan Ket, Enrique “PART ONE” Torres, Jennifer Armas, olive Dance Theatre, Ishle Park, The Beatnuts, The Roots, Common, Kanye West, Carlos “MARE139” Rodriguez, Rubberbandance Company, Kelly Zen-Yi Tsai, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Nilaja Sun, Frank Ejara, Eisa Davis, Niels Storm, Rabitsky, Psalmayen 24, Universes, J. Kyle Manzay, and many, many more.



ABOUT THE NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE



"It is our stand to create in urban communities where indigenous people work, live and serve; a culturally conscious leadership of entrepreneurial artists whose commitment is to ownership, self-empowerment, self-determination and full creative self-expression. NBT is an example for artists to aspire to own and produce art forms that encourage building theatre environments that instill dignity, respect and self love." — NBT Founder and Visionary Dr. Barbara Ann Teer.


Photo By: Ruth Sovronsky

Saturday, March 13, 2010

GUARDIAN ANGELS TO PATROL EAST HARLEM

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CURTIS SLIWA AND THE GUARDIAN ANGELS
ALONG WITH FERRO, KUBA, MANGANO, SKLYAR P.C.
ANNOUNCE THE START OF THE HARLEM CRIME PATROL

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Kenneth E. Mangano With Curtis Sliwa, Todd Shapiro
And The Guardian Angels


Curtis Sliwa With Kenneth E. Mangano And The Guardian Angels


Curtis Sliwa With Kenneth E. Mangano


Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa and Commander Benjamin Garcia along with Civil Rights Attorney Kenneth E. Mangano of FERRO, KUBA, MANGANO, SKLYAR were joined by the Guardian Angels at a major press conference held outside Orbit Restaurant on 116th street and 1st avenue, announcing that the group will be patrolling the streets of Harlem to reduce crime in the streets and the community. They will also be announcing an investigation into the murder of Harlem resident Adam Gonzalez. Gonzalez was stabbed to death after coming home from a local night club. There has been a wave of serious crimes and incidents recently in Harlem which have outraged local residents. Founded in 1979 in New York City, The Guardian Angels is a non-profit volunteer organization of unarmed citizen crime patrols with chapters in over 140 cities around the world. The Guardian Angels patrols neighborhoods and provides education programs and workshops for schools and businesses. Ferro, Kuba, Mangano, Sklyar, P.C. are located at 424 W. 33rd St., Suite 440 New York, NY 10001 (212) 244-7676 Their website is www.ferrokuba.com.
Photos By: James Edstrom