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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 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 […]

Mark Morganelli Celebrates 35 Years of Jazz Forum
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Mark Morganelli Celebrates 35 Years of Jazz Forum

Jazz may have birthed out of slavery but over the years it has taken on many forms. While some say jazz is difficult to define, most agree its key component is improvisation. A music that took shape from the repetitive call and response hollers of African American slaves working on plantations to embody their blues, […]

Michael Jackson Impersonators Make MJ Invincible Tribute
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Michael Jackson Impersonators Make MJ Invincible Tribute

As many of us know, Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009.  It’s hard to believe that it has been five years since his death.  But to commemorate his passing and to remind the world how much we miss Michael, creator, producer and director Darrin Ross has put together a show in memory of Michael […]

Michael Bolton to Perform at Lehman Center
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Michael Bolton to Perform at Lehman Center

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is bringing its 33rd season to a conclusion in August. It will feature singer/songwriter Michael Bolton on June 7, followed by a tribute to Michael Jackson on June 21, wherein audiences will be treated to 3 impersonators and never heard before Michael Jackson songs. The season will then close […]

Latin Singer Jose Feliciano Back in the Bronx
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Latin Singer Jose Feliciano Back in the Bronx

Multi-Award winning Latin singer, composer and guitarist, Jose Feliciano, will be back at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx after a four year absence.  The singer appeared at Lehman in 2006, 2008 and again in 2010.  So, returning to Lehman Center, located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, on Saturday May 10th […]

Henry Simmons Appears in "From the Rough"
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Henry Simmons Appears in “From the Rough”

Actor Henry Simmons took time out of his busy schedule to talk with this journalist about his upcoming movie, “From the Rough,” a movie he stars in with Taraji P. Henson, Michael Clark Duncan and Tom Felton.  The movie opened Friday, April 25th. The film depicts the true life story of Catana Starks, a female […]

Tango MacBeth at the Magic Johnson Theatre April 23
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Tango MacBeth at the Magic Johnson Theatre April 23

Award winning Filmmaker/writer/producer, Nadine Patterson, will be screening her film “Tango Macbeth” at the Magic Johnson Theater in Harlem, located at 2309 Frederick Douglas Boulevard in Manhattan, (124th St and Frederick Douglas Boulevard) on Wednesday, April 23rd from 6:30-8:15 pm. “Tango Macbeth’ will be Ms. Patterson’s first feature film. Some of her documentary films include […]

Vanessa Williams Back on Broadway in "After Midnight"
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Vanessa Williams Back on Broadway in “After Midnight”

Vanessa Williams took time out of her busy schedule to talk to this writer about her role in “After Midnight” which she presently appears in until May 11th with Dule Hill as her leading man.  After Midnight is at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, located at 256 West 47th Street (Between 8th Avenue and Broadway) in […]

The Thrill is "NOT" Gone at Lehman Center in the Bronx
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The Thrill is “NOT” Gone at Lehman Center in the Bronx

One of the most famous guitarists in the world of Blues, B.B. King, will be appearing at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 19th at 8:00 p.m.  Known around the world, at age 88, King is an unstoppable musical icon, who is still going strong and touring to this day. Born on […]

"After Midnight" at the Atkinson Theater
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“After Midnight” at the Atkinson Theater

It’s “After Midnight” and the joint is jumping with some of the best African American dancers and singers on the Broadway stage. Formerly the headliners were Fantasia Barrino and Dule Hill.  Presently it is Toni Braxton and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds heading the line-up.  Adriane Lenox also shares top billing.  “After Midnight,” is nothing short of […]

When Older Women Meet Younger Men
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When Older Women Meet Younger Men

The  Hadley Players presently featuring “Sassy Mamas,” have made some changes.  They have changed their location from the Harlem School of the Arts, to the Poet’s Den Theatre, located at 309 East 108th Street in Manhattan and have a new Artistic Director, Roger Parris.  Ward Nixon who has been the Artistic Director for 3 years […]