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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.

The Coasters, Platters and Chiffons Onstage at Lehman Center
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The Coasters, Platters and Chiffons Onstage at Lehman Center

Lead singer of the Coasters, JW Lance, was happy to discuss his upcoming appearance with the Coasters on Saturday, January 23rd at 8:00 pm., at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West in the Bronx, NY.  The Coasters will share the stage with other performers such as Charlie Thomas’ […]

Play Reveals History of Blacks in White America
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Play Reveals History of Blacks in White America

Producer Woodie King has brought the production “In White America,” to the Castillo Theater stage wherein six performers, 3 Black, 3 White, 2 females and 4 males, recount the history and African American experience under the rigors of White rule in America. This docudrama regales 2 centuries from 1788 to 1957 and ends in present […]

Bassist Carlos Henriquez Honored by JALC
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Bassist Carlos Henriquez Honored by JALC

Bassist Carlos Henriquez had just returned from Cleveland having worked with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in collaboration with the Cleveland Orchestra having performed Wynton Marsalis’s composition “Swing Symphony” when we talked.     A member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (JALC) for the last 13 years, the Bronx […]

"Invincible" Honoring Michael Jackson at Apollo and NJPAC
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“Invincible” Honoring Michael Jackson at Apollo and NJPAC

Producer and creator of “Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson,” Darrin Ross, and MJ long-time choreographer LaValle Smith, Jr., took time to join me to discuss their tribute show to MJ that will be featured at NJPAC, located at 1 Center Street, in Newark, NJ, on Saturday, June 13 at 8:00 PM, and then […]

LifeTime Brings Lady Prophets to the Network
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LifeTime Brings Lady Prophets to the Network

The Lifetime Network approached me about their upcoming docu-series “Preach,” produced by Core Media Group and slated to air on the network Friday, June 5th at 10:00 pm, EST/PT. “Preach” features four women prophets called by God to do his work on earth.  These prophetesses are Belinda Scott, Taketa Williams, Linda Rourk and Kelly Crews. […]

Mint Condition and Tony! Toni! Tone! Appear at Lehman Center
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Mint Condition and Tony! Toni! Tone! Appear at Lehman Center

It will be Rhythm and Blues galore when the bands Tony! Toni! Tone! and Mint Condition take the stage at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on May 30th at 8pm. I spoke with bass guitarist Rick Kinchen of Mint Condition, and D’Wayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Tone! Minneapolis group, Mint Condition, is known for […]

Hip Hop Disco Fever Reunion Concert at Lehman Center in the Bronx
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Hip Hop Disco Fever Reunion Concert at Lehman Center in the Bronx

With Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in association with Sal Abbatiello of Fever Records, sponsoring the 38th Anniversary of the famed Bronx nightclub “Disco Fever” by presenting an Old School Hip Hop Fever Reunion Throw-Back Concert on Saturday, May 9, at 7:00 p.m., this writer had the occasion to talk to one of the […]

Lehman Center Hosts their 9th Year of Latin Freestyle
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Lehman Center Hosts their 9th Year of Latin Freestyle

Producer Sal Abbatiello of Fever Records is once again bringing Latin freestyle music to the stage via his Forever Freestyle 9 show which takes place in the Bronx, at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, on Saturday, March 7th at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the popular show go quickly so fans should get to the […]

Michael Jackson Tribute "Invincible" Tickets on Sale at NJPAC
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Michael Jackson Tribute “Invincible” Tickets on Sale at NJPAC

Michael Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009, sent shockwaves throughout the world. “The Man in the Mirror” was “Gone too Soon.” We were grieved and “Sad” and knew there would be no other like Michael Jackson. Unusual, eccentric, exquisite and unbelievably talented, Jackson was an original and shining star. He was the “2000 Watts” that […]

Mexican Classical Music via Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico at Lehman Center
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Mexican Classical Music via Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico at Lehman Center

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, the cost of flowers and candy will go higher. People will look to take their love ones out to a nice dinner. Babysitters will be called so married couples can spend some quiet time together. Love costs. However, if you want beauty and music combined, Lehman Center for the […]

The Duprees and the Platters Appear at Lehman Center
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The Duprees and the Platters Appear at Lehman Center

Doo-wop is a genre of harmonizing vocals that came out of cities like New York, Philadelphia, Newark and Detroit, et al. A music style birthed out of African American neighborhoods initially in the 1940s, Doo-wop gained popularity in the 1950s and early ’60s, even attracting Italian groups who shared a love for the music. Built […]

Gertrude Jeannette Celebrates 100 Years
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Gertrude Jeannette Celebrates 100 Years

The founder of the H.A.D.L.E.Y Players, Gertrude Jeannette, who was born November 28, 1914, celebrated her 100th birthday at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem on Sunday, November 30th where theater people, friends, press and community folks came out to honor Gertrude and remember her birthday. A playwright, actress, director and producer in her own right, […]

Death Takes Singer Gloria Lynne's Son, Richard Alleyne
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Death Takes Singer Gloria Lynne’s Son, Richard Alleyne

Richard Alleyne passed due to cancer complications on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at 6:45 p.m., in Westwood, New Jersey, at Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley, after a lengthy illness.  Still grieving over the loss of his mother, Mr. Alleyne passed just 1 year and 14 days after his mother, jazz icon, Gloria Lynne’s […]

Extraordinary Clairvoyant Dr. Ernesto Montgomery Passes on
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Extraordinary Clairvoyant Dr. Ernesto Montgomery Passes on

I just learned an extraordinary man whom I met back in the 1990’s transitioned on July 4, 2014. Dr. Ernesto Moshe Montgomery granted me an interview back in the early 1990s. He stayed in contact with me now and then over the years. He saw something about me and future gifts promised, so asked I […]

Charles Bobbit: My 40 Years with James Brown
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Charles Bobbit: My 40 Years with James Brown

(Pictured: James Brown and Charles A. Bobbit) With the James Brown movie entitled “Get On Up,” being released this weekend, I was fortunate enough to speak with his long time friend and manager, Charles A. Bobbit. “I knew at 7 years old that I would be involved in show business.  I could not sing or […]