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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.

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 […]

Deniece Williams: Joining Sheila E at Lehman Center
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Deniece Williams: Joining Sheila E at Lehman Center

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West in the Bronx, NY., and Goya Foods will present Legendary Soul, Pop and R&B Acts headlined by R&B singers Deniece Williams, Tony! Toni! Tone! and Pop/Soul artist Sheila E on Saturday, October 13th at 8 pm.  The artists will grace the stage […]

Lehman Center Welcomes Festival of Praise Tour
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Lehman Center Welcomes Festival of Praise Tour

Tenor Claude McKnight, founder of the a cappella sextet “Take 6” took time to talk with this writer concerning his participation in the Festival of Praise Tour, a 48-city tour now in its 4th year.  He and his fellow Take 6 members comprised of arranger and tenor Mark Kibble; Alvin Chea, bass, Joey Kibble, tenor; […]

Cuba's Finest, National Symphony of Cuba at Lehman Center
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Cuba’s Finest, National Symphony of Cuba at Lehman Center

  Cuban director Enrique Pérez Mesa, maestro of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba and the Chamber Orchestra “Nuestro Tiempo, is taking advantage of a brief stay at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the borough of the Bronx, located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, where he will conduct his National Symphony Orchestra […]

Oscar Hernandez Brings the Spanish Harlem Orchestra to Lehman Center
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Oscar Hernandez Brings the Spanish Harlem Orchestra to Lehman Center

Saturday, October 28, at 8pm, 3-time Grammy Award winner Oscar Hernandez, will be celebrating the 15th Annual Anniversary of the renowned Spanish Harlem Orchestra, at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West in the Bronx where Oscar will be sharing the bill with Cuban bandleader Elito Reve with his […]

Paris Blues and the B.B. King Blues Club Honor a Night of Blues
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Paris Blues and the B.B. King Blues Club Honor a Night of Blues

If you are visiting Harlem and want to hear some live music, trek on over to Paris Blues, where the customers are old school, some even wearing zoot suits and snake skin boots. While there, you are sure to run into Sam Hargress, Jr., the owner of the legendary club located at 2021 7th Avenue, […]

"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 […]