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Author Archive for Deardra Shuler

Journalist and radio host, Deardra Shuler, has a background in publishing, theatre, concert promotion, producing and was the former PR chairman of FESPACO, an African film festival in Burkino Faso. She reviews books, plays, theater and movies. Her short story was published by Penquin Books in Aurielle Ford's book "Mystical Souvenirs." Deardra has her own blog under Writblog and writes for several African American publications in New York. She has a column and radio show in Sweden entitled Music Pastures. Her show Topically Yours is on the Blakeradio Network, Rainbow Soul. She also produces and facilitates other radio programs that she has brought to the BlakeRadio network.

Eminent Domain Becomes “Imminently Yours”
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Eminent Domain Becomes “Imminently Yours”

The play “Imminently Yours”, is currently appearing at Theatre 80, located at 80 St Marks Place in Manhattan. Presented by the Negro Ensemble Company, directed by Count Stovall and written by Karimah, “Imminently Yours,” will run until June 30. The story line is about a location inhabited by descendants of slaves who had the mountain […]

"Twisted Melodies" Highlights the Life of Donny Hathaway
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“Twisted Melodies” Highlights the Life of Donny Hathaway

The Apollo Theater graciously asked me to come and review a play they are featuring entitled “Twisted Melodies” about the life of Donny Hathaway. Hathaway was a musical genius plagued by mental illness in the form of paranoid schizophrenia. His diagnosis was severe and medicine only served to exacerbate the illness. In fact it retarded […]

The "Supreme Glamour" of  Mary Wilson
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The “Supreme Glamour” of Mary Wilson

Mary Wilson was in Las Vegas when we talked. As a former Supreme, Ms. Wilson expressed her love of being a Supreme but assured me she is enjoying her life now as a solo artist. Wilson is performing her own music, stepping out from the background into the forefront as a performer in her own […]

Jonathan Butler Sings the Songs of  Bacharach
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Jonathan Butler Sings the Songs of Bacharach

This writer had the opportunity to talk to South African singer/songwriter/producer, Jonathan Butler, who is presently touring his latest album CLOSE TO YOU which features the timeless music of composer Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David. Mr. Butler was in NY for a day before he moved on to Richmond, Va. Butler grew up in […]

"Invincible" Returns to Lehman Center
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“Invincible” Returns to Lehman Center

In honor of the 10th year of the passing of Michael Jackson, I spoke with Darrin Ross, the creator/producer of “Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson,” who is once again bringing his blockbuster extravaganza to Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West in the Bronx, on Saturday, May […]

Rwandan Actress Celebrates "Miracle in Rwanda"
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Rwandan Actress Celebrates “Miracle in Rwanda”

This writer had the opportunity to talk with Rwandan actress Malaika Uwamahoro. Ms Uwamahoro (pronounced Ooh-wam-ah-har-oh) earned a scholarship to Fordham University where she studied Theater Arts. She is presently in rehearsal for her one-woman-play “Miracle in Rwanda,” wherein she plays 10 separate characters at the Lion Theater, located at 410 West 42nd St., Theatre […]

The Songs of Luther Sung By Ruben Studdard
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The Songs of Luther Sung By Ruben Studdard

Sometimes you have an expectation of one thing (based on what you’ve been told), only to find that at the most inopportune time, the time allotted for the interview was cut in half; so you end up having to make due with what you have. What I have is, that American Idol winner and Grammy-nominated […]

Broadway Welcomes "Ain't Too Proud"
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Broadway Welcomes “Ain’t Too Proud”

Photo by Doug Hamilton “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations” officially opened on March 21st and I ain’t too proud to say the musical housed at the Imperial Theater, located at 249 West 45th Street in Manhattan is nothing short of sensational. The show is perfection in every aspect: the choreography […]

“Looking for Leroy” A Study of A Man
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“Looking for Leroy” A Study of A Man

The Woodie King production “Looking for Leroy” housed at the Castillo Theater, located at 543 West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues) written by Larry Muhammad and directed by Petronia Paley, is running until March 31st. “Looking for Leroy” is a two character play performed by Kim Sullivan (Amiri Baraka) and Tyler Fauntleroy who […]

“ColorStruck” In A Racist Society
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“ColorStruck” In A Racist Society

The Theater for the New City, located at 155 First Avenue in New York City, invited California Bay area comedian and actor Donald E Lacy, Jr. to bring his 8:00 p.m., one-man show “Color Struck” to New York audiences, leaving them awestruck. Lacy in large degree covers the insanity of Institutionalized Racism and the damage […]

Thirteen Years of Freestyle at Lehman Center
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Thirteen Years of Freestyle at Lehman Center

Cynthia Torres, a.k.a. Cynthia, was excited to talk about her upcoming show as part of the Forever Freestyle 13 concert on Saturday, March 16, at 8:00 pm celebrating 13 years of Latin Freestyle music at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, located at 250 Bedford Park Blvd West in the Bronx where 14 Latin Freestyle […]

Kevin Hart Stayed on “The Upside” in His Latest Film
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Kevin Hart Stayed on “The Upside” in His Latest Film

Having seen the French version of the “Intouchables” with French actor Francoise Cluzet and Omar Sy, my friend Flor and I ventured out to see a screening of the Americanized Kevin Hart version of the movie entitled “The Upside” directed by Neil Burger. Having enjoyed the 2011 French buddy drama that had its share of […]

"Glory Van Scott: Her Life Among Legends”
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“Glory Van Scott: Her Life Among Legends”

Dr. Glory Van Scott has lived quite an eventful life as a performer, producer, singer, activist, educator and author of her powerful memoir “Glory: A Life Among Legends.” Glory’s book takes the reader from her early life to her dedication and career in the performing arts where she stood at the vanguard of a new […]

Soweto Gospel Choir Tours the Bronx
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Soweto Gospel Choir Tours the Bronx

Shimmy Jiyane, the Choir Director of the Soweto Gospel Choir, took the time to talk about the Choir’s US Tour. Formed in 2002, The Soweto Gospel Choir, based in Soweto, South Africa, is touring 2 Strings of their Choir. Their first string consisting of 20 members is touring the United States and the second string […]

Sarah Dash At the Loft City Winery in NY
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Sarah Dash At the Loft City Winery in NY

One of the most forward thinking and innovative performance groups in the 1970s was Labelle. Labelle consisted of Patti Labelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash. Eventually each went on to establish solo careers. This writer had the opportunity to chat with Sarah Dash about her past and what she is doing currently. Sarah has performed […]