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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.

"Me The People" Is a Trump America Musical
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“Me The People” Is a Trump America Musical

There is a lot of controversy swirling around this new presidency with people squaring off on political sides in a combustible atmosphere of fear and confusion.  But as they say – “He may be president, but comedy is King!”  The musical produced by Jim Russek, with an open-ended engagement, is being showcased at 7pm at […]

"Biko Rising" at the Castillo Theatre
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“Biko Rising” at the Castillo Theatre

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the death of Steven Biko, a South African Anti-apartheid activist, African nationalist and socialist who was at the forefront of the grassroots anti-apartheid campaign known as the Black Consciousness Movement during the late 1960s and ’70s. The musical depicting Biko’s life, entitled “Biko Rising,” will have a 2-day […]

"Sweetee" Debuts Off-Broadway
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“Sweetee” Debuts Off-Broadway

The musical “Sweetee” with book, music and lyrics by Gail Kriegel, playing at the Ford Foundation Studio Theatre, located at 480 West 42nd Street in Manhattan, has a cast made in heaven. Every single actor, dancer and singer is perfect for their role. Jordan Tyson as Sweetee captures the essence of a poverty stricken interracial […]

The Mystique of Daughters of the Mock
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The Mystique of Daughters of the Mock

  I took the L Train to First Avenue to get to Theatre 80 on St Mark’s Place where the Negro Ensemble Company is presenting playwright Judi Ann Mason’s play “Daughters of the Mock,” until June 10, 2017. Directed by Denise Yvonne Dowse, this saga is a bit of a puzzle in its complexities. One […]

Tribute Concert for Prince in the Bronx
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Tribute Concert for Prince in the Bronx

Vocalist and front man for The Purple Xperience, Marshall Charloff, was a teenager when he first met Prince.  Little did he know that 30 years later he would perform as Prince in The Purple Xperience, a tribute act fostered by Matt “Doctor” Fink, Prince’s Revolution band scrubs-wearing keyboardist. The Purple Xperience band is on tour […]

Hip Hop Fever Concert in Celebration of 40th Year of Disco Fever
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Hip Hop Fever Concert in Celebration of 40th Year of Disco Fever

          Grandmaster Melle Mel whose most recent recording is “Some Kind of Sorry,” will be appearing at Lehman Center in the Bronx, for the Hip Hop Fever concert on Saturday, May 6th, at 8pm as part of the 40th Anniversary celebration of the nightclub Disco Fever, discussed with me his thoughts […]

Play Reviews of Josh, Roof-Top and Nuyorican Cafe
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Play Reviews of Josh, Roof-Top and Nuyorican Cafe

    This writer had the opportunity to check out some off-Broadway productions last week. Often Off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway is just as stimulating as anything you would see on the Great White Way and such was the case with a production entitled “Josh: The Black Babe Ruth” a show that tells the story of baseball […]

Rob Base, Cynthia, Performing in Forever Freestyle 11
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Rob Base, Cynthia, Performing in Forever Freestyle 11

Harlemite Rob Base put together a hip hop group in 5th grade called Sureshot Seven. “A bunch of us put together a little hip hop group. It was fun back then. We had a couple of DJs and MCs. In time we all branched out and did our own thing. At the end of the […]

"Stronger" Singer Tank Plays Lehman Center
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“Stronger” Singer Tank Plays Lehman Center

Tank took time out of his busy schedule to talk to this journalist about his upcoming show with El Debarge, the group called Troop and himself for the “Rhythm of the Night” concert on Saturday, November 19th at 8pm at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, located at 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West in the […]

Royal Winnipeg Ballet of "Dracula" Tours in The Bronx
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Royal Winnipeg Ballet of “Dracula” Tours in The Bronx

  Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) is on tour and will be in the Bronx with its production of Dracula on Sunday, November 13, where they will be performing at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts at 6:00 pm. This writer had the opportunity to talk to Artistic Director, Andre Lewis, who has been with […]

Remembering Zora Neale Hurston
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Remembering Zora Neale Hurston

  The audience meets Elizabeth Van Dyke as Zora Neale Hurston at the bus station where the character reflects on her life as she waits to return to her Alabama family home after years of existing as a well renowned fixture in Harlem. At the onset of the play, we see a tired woman, a […]

Mock Trial Tries George W.  Bush
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Mock Trial Tries George W. Bush

To some, George W. Bush, is considered a war criminal having plunged the United States into two needless Middle East wars, one in Afghanistan and the other in Iraq. The death toll is enormous on both sides and the property damage incalculable. There are those that feel George Bush was allowed to ride off into […]

NJPAC Declares June 11 "Michael Jackson Day"
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NJPAC Declares June 11 “Michael Jackson Day”

Saturday, June 11th at 8:00 pm. is going to be a special day for Michael Jackson fans. It is the day that New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) located at 1 Center Street in Newark, NJ, is sponsoring a “Michael Jackson Day,” to honor the King of Pop who left the world June 25, 2009. […]

Dru Hill Plans on Setting the Lehman Center Stage on Fire
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Dru Hill Plans on Setting the Lehman Center Stage on Fire

Lovers of ballads, romance, R&B and red hot euphony will love the music of Dru Hill who are presently on tour celebrating their 20 year anniversary. As part of the tour, Dru Hill will appear at Lehman Center on Saturday, March 26th at 8:00 p.m. Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is located at 250 […]

The Bronx Welcomes Freestyle on March 5th
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The Bronx Welcomes Freestyle on March 5th

New York City has led the country in musical diversity. It has been the home for blues, rock, jazz, and the birthplace for bebop, punk rock, new wave, disco, freestyle and salsa which was influenced by New York’s Latino community. Dance music was being played throughout New York in the early 1980s when house music, […]