NY/NJ/CT: Register Now!!! Feb. 21st High Level Talent Development Opportunity – Connect With Broadway Trainers Acting and Modeling @ New Rochelle Radisson

text 1Flier 1Limited Capacity…ALL AGES babies to seniors…Invited from Tri-State…organizations, University Students, Get into Commercials… People have been invited from NYC, NJ, CT, Philadelphia, DC, ATL to the New Rochelle Radisson near New Roc City to send their talented people. Tamika lives in Westchester an has worked very hard to make her son a “star” by investing and being in the right Broadway performing arts and modeling circles! So…now you can Get your Portfolio together to really get get started or change your career by getting some work in entertainment and fashion! Register Now…there is a cut off…1st come first serve.

Only $275 to get exposure to Broadway and Top Training Personnel working with Broadway Agencies for Commercials and Runwa

   Message from 4 Star. Com CEO Tamika Douglas

 As the mother of a child performer who is a principal cast member of a Tony Award- winning Broadway Musical, I started this company to educate others who have similar aspirations for themselves or children.   The mission of the company is to serve as a gateway for performers to the entertainment industry.  We invite casting directors, talent agents, managers and modeling agencies to conduct category specific workshops, and then evaluate talent performances in mock auditions.  This process will serve to educate participants on the realities of the entertainment industry and build confidence and audition technique in front of industry professionals. 

If are you are an artist or someone who knows a talent or an artist who has dreamed of making it on Broadway; desired to be featured in a music video; landing a lead role on a hit television, or walk the runway at Fashion Week, the  4-Star Talent Agent Showcase and Workshop on February 21, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in New Rochelle near New Roc City.

29f7069948a398df3b8e01e4a81df597This forum provides a unique opportunity for  performing enthusiasts of all ages to be seen by professionals in the industry as well as some of the major model, talent and casting agencies.

To take your career to the next level, 4Star Talent has chosen New Rochelle as their destination this year to host their professional workshop series as part of their ongoing initiative to find, develop and provide casting opportunities to diverse young models, actors, singers and dancers.

8ff0dda9e7e6308cf42e6d2159758c4cParticipants also have the opportunity to win scholarships to Broadway Dreams Foundation, Garth Fagan Dance, The Pulse, Camp Pulse and Broadway Dance Center

Invest in your future, experience firsthand what casting directors are looking for in the two hour workshops. For one flat registration fee, you take 3 workshops, participate in mock auditions and a showcase.

The details:

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. February 21st at the Radisson Hotel in New Rochelle, (Westchester County) 1 Radisson Plaza, New Rochelle,
NY, 10801.  Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Professional headshots are recommended.


Snapshots are ok for infants-age 6.   Workshops are divided into groups according to age and are scheduled from 9:00-2:00 with an
hour break. The Showcase is from 2:00-5:00pm. Included in your workshop registration fee is an opportunity to perform
and receive feedback from the Industry Professionals and Talent Agents.


For the latest registration information, please visit
website http://www.4startalent.com/home.html or email Tamika Douglas at info@4startalent.com.


NYC: 46th Season of Dr. Teer’s National Black Theatre is “Taking the in Pulse” of Our Times…


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#Activism: No Justice, No Peace!

Keep Soul Alive Mondays

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February 12 – 16, 2015 HandsUp: 6 Playwrights⎪6 Testaments: a benefit for Unlocking Futures,  directed by Jonathan McCrory, The Director of Theatre Arts, making his directorial debut at NBT. HandsUp features monologues written by Nathan James, Nathan Yungerberg, Idris Goodwin, Glenn Gordon, Eric Holmes and Dennis Allen II. Originally commissioned by The New Black Fest, HandsUp is a collection of 6 monologues written in response to Ferguson and the state of the black male in America. Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative will spearhead  a symposium, Liberty vs Liberation February 16, 2015 after the 2:00pm show.

February 9 and 23, 2015 Keep Soul Alive Mondays: NBT is hosting two reading within this series that will showcase the works of two Black playwrights: Azure Osborne Lee and Nia Witherspoon . The readings will take place at 7:30 pm.

February 2 – March 31, 2015 #Activism: No Justice, No Peace! : a NEW art exhibition at NBT showcasing works of 10 visual artists of color capturing the current activist’s voice of today.  The gallery will be open to the public starting Monday, February 2, 2015.

February 25 – March 1, 2015 HER PORTMANTEAU (Workshop Production): Written by Mfoniso Udofia and directed by Victor Maog. This play tells the story of legacy and forgiveness. Trapped within a small New York apartment, Matriarch Abasiama Ufot and her two eldest children must construct a new definition for their family. As vaults are opened and old pains are re-lived, three women from three different generations, attempt to build the bridge across very different worlds. This piece was developed through NBT’s I Am Soul : Playwright Residency program.

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Cleveland: Karamu House Presents “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” By August Wilson

joe-turners-come-and-gone                                        Directed by  Terrence Spivey

                                           Preview Night:  22, 2015
Arena Theatre – Drama – Revival

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Set in a black boardinghouse in Pittsburgh in 1911, this drama by the author of THE PIANO LESSON, SEVEN GUITARS AND FENCES is an installment in the author’s series chronicling Black life in each decade of this century. Each denizen of the boardinghouse has a different relationship to a past of slavery as well as to the urban present. They include the proprietors, an eccentric clairvoyant with a penchant for old country voodoo, a young homeboy up from the South and a mysterious stranger who is searching for his wife.

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Memorial and Celebration of Life for The Late Garland Lee Jr. in Feb. 14th & August 6, 2015


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NYC celebration of Life11:00 AM  –  St. James Presbyterian Church 409 W. 141st Street and St. Nicholas   Avenue       New York City, New York

Organized by Garland Thompson Jr. and Lawrence Evans                       More information :    http://www.nycago.org/Organs/NYC/html/StJamesPres.html

banner logoThe Celebration of Life Reception

                            Garland Thompson Sr.

           The National Black Theatre Festival

                              Winston Salem, NC

                Sawtooth Gallery and Arts Complex…

              August 6, 2015…from 3 to 6pm..

Sponsored by A Celebration of Life Committee of 45 including friends, writers and the co-chairs : Richard Wesley..Aduke Aremu..Michael Dinwiddie. John Foster..Sabura Rashid..Sylvia Hamlin. ..Harold Thomas and Ademola Olugebefola.  Please Attend the reflections on the life of Garland Lee Thompson Sr. the true gatekeeper for playwrights, directors, dramaturgs and producers for more than 30 years.

“As it was since the first day…” Holy Man  —  Join our noble Ancestors!

Donate Now! Kickstarter -New Federal Theatre Stages Amiri Baraka’s final play, about W.E.B. DuBois.


This is NFTs Kickstarter campaign for Amiri Baraka’s Most DangerousMan in America(WEB Du BOIS). Please give it a look and help me by donating. 

baraka-e1316198665825The legacy of Amiri Baraka,who passed one year ago, January 9, is alive and vibrant on stages, in cafes and centers around the world; in the realm of social and traditional media and in the hearts of  his family and friends. 

This month, some of his closest friends of New York City theatre are kickstarting an effort to raise funds for the May production of the prolific writer-activist’s last play, written in 2011:

“Most Dangerous Man in America” (W.E.B. DuBois).  See some of the 200 items to be available to the you through Kickstarter donation
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According to the prestigious, American Theatre magazine…  Woodie King Jr. has announced the programming in its 46th season, which will be dedicated to the late poet/playwright Amiri Baraka. The season, titled “The Amiri Baraka Project,” will contain two Baraka plays: his 1964 classic Dutchman, and the world premiere of his final play, Most Dangerous Man in America (W. E. B. Du Bois).

“Amiri Baraka and I shared a 50-year friendship,” said King in a statement. “Shortly after I arrived in New York City, he came to see the play I was directing at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery. We had in common a close friendship with Langston Hughes, and we both loved shoes and hats.” That led to King producing Baraka’s plays, starting in 1968 with Great Goodness of Life (a Coon Show), then Slaveship, The Toilet, A Recent Killing, Sidney Poet Heroical, and Boy and Tarzan Meet Again in a Clearing. Concluded King, “Baraka’s life and literary achievement as playwright should give us inspiration and courage, especially African-American artists.”

The title of Dutchman (Feb. 5–March 8) alludes to the Dutch East India Company, a 17th-century slave ship company. The play, a two-hander set in a New York City subway train, plays out a tense conversation between a young white woman and a young black man. Ryan Jillian Kilpatrick and Michael Alcide will star; both actors previously appeared in the Atlanta Black Theater Festival’s fall 2014 production of Dutchman. King will direct.

Most Dangerous Man in America, scheduled to open in May, is set during the McCarthy Era, when historian and activist W.E.B. DuBois was accused by the U.S. Federal Government in 1951 of being a foreign spy. The play moves back and forth between the courtroom and DuBois’s Harlem.

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Research Resource on W.E.B. DuBois:

Harvard University – Dr. DuBois’ Alma Mater http://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/research-projects/projects/w-e-b-du-bois-society

DuBois Research Library of Congress                                            http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/dubois/

Special thanks photo credits from Kickstarter, New Federal Theatre, W.E.B. DuBois Institute and Dr. Henry Gates  and Sampsonia Way Online Magazine

Read: Woodie King Jr. Article in American Theatre magazine…In Memorium to Amiri Baraka


me and larry and AmiriI know personally that Amiri Baraka was a thinking man who also knew how to dance and laugh. He loved our legacy to think about contributing to a “no nonsense America” with a progressive future. He expected that we act like ‘legacy generations’ in that regard.

NYC: Harlem School of the Arts and Paul Carter Harrison Bring Gemstones of Black Theatre in Feb. & March 2015

Staged Readings 2015

Harlem School of the Arts is committed to leveling the playing field by empowering young people from across the multi-cultural and socio-economic spectrum. Of the nearly 4,000 students who participate in our programs, more than 85% are African American or Latino and nearly 50% of students taking classes at our facility receive financial aid or scholarships, or take advantage of the flexibility of extended payment plans.

These facts led Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, to call Harlem School of the Arts as much a social justice organization as it is an arts education organization. We stand for social justice…creating an even playing field for young people, all of whom deserve an exceptional, accessible arts education resource like Harlem School of the Arts.  Having achieved our 3-year strategic recovery plan ahead of schedule, our board of 18 dedicated and highly competent civic leaders and our strong senior team of experienced arts administrators are working diligently developing and executing a new strategic plan that will lead us to our 50th Anniversary in 2015, and beyond.  We are dedicated to investing in our capacity to shape the lives of even more young people, while continuing to ensure a sustainable financial model, enhance programming and form collaborative partnerships.

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Paul Carter HarrisonPaul Carter Harrison is committed to preserving the lexicon of our contributions to the humanities and social justice.

According to Wiki he was… born in New York City, Harrison earned a B.A. in psychology from Indiana University in 1957. Harrison earned an M.A. in psychology and phenomenology from New York City’s New School for Social Research in 1962. He then went to live in Europe to write and direct for the theater.

Harrison taught theater at Howard University from 1968 to 1970. His students included Phylicia Rashad, Debbie Allen, Linda Goss, Pearl Cleage and Clinton Turner Davis.

Last year Mr. Harrison was engaged in  a project with Emory University on Black Aesthetics and African Diasporic Culture


He was also working with NYU on their retrospective of the Black Renaissance Noire publication of diasporic giants in the humanities.

Black Renaissance/ Renaissance Noire
Publish essays, poetry, fiction, photography, art, and reviews that address the full range of contemporary BLACK concerns. It invites BLACK genius to apply itself to the realities of the twenty-first century with uncompromised thought, generous and readable analysis, and commentary. Black Renaissance/ Renaissance Noire, was edited by Quincy Troupe at New York University