The late literary and theatre icon, Ntozake Shange was the poet-playwright of the Broadway hit, “For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide/When A Rainbow Was Enuf” that premiered in 1975. The play was considered a “choreopoem” and the creation of Ntozake to stage her book of poems with music and dance. It was a women’s positive rave in its time. It motivated initiatives for “out-spoken women” and articulate female reflective audiences. The choreopoem went on from Broadway to tour the world! “Colored Girls…” was street, academic, bourgeois, and rad. Of course it was, it was directed by the preeminent, Woody King Jr., and choreographed by dance diva, Diane McIntye. Ntozake’s choreopoem included 20 poems that created monologues that “stopped the male-dominated world in its tracks”. It deeply inspired women of all kind and charged them increase-the-flow of public conversations about their reflective journey’s because of Ntozake’s creative accusations, improvisations and thought-provoking scandals. Ntozake’s work told: her truth about interpersonal relationships; her ideas about inside, outside and world politics; her pain regarding domestic violence; gender-driven realities about suicide, inter and intra racism, love, and much, much more.
Today poet-playwright Aduke Aremu, respectfully brings to us her Shange inspired production called, “American Black Princess”. “American Black Princess” is a choreopoem based on Aduke Aremu ‘s book of poetry called, “Reaching Out With Love” (c) 1982. “Reaching Out With Love” was first published when Aduke lived as a writer in Heidelberg, Germany. Her poems are about her, “black women’s” U.S.A., European, and African continental experiences, and her “transformational” journey. It was later staged as a play at the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, NY by Alvin Ailey dancer and choreographer John Parks, with music by the late, Grenoldo Frazier in 1988.
“Reaching Out With Love” and “American Black Princess” is a different type of female journey than, “For Colored Girls…” and it must be witnessed! In this choreopoem we get to see and to hear up close, that Aduke has a zest for love and for confronting life’s struggles. Poems that are woven into dialogue with a musical chorus have titles like “Babylon”, “I Am A Jeweled Princess”, “Poem For A Supreme Brother”, “Epitaph Of A Slave”, “Seclusion”. A few of the ideas and metaphors that are explored include: “A rose emerges from concrete…”, “ One cannot stand alone…”, “I long forgot how-to create a people-sense…”, “Being me is less easy than not…”, “My tears are solid, pragmatic and cold…”, “Ain’t I a Princess too”, “ Walking down yellow African road…”,”Life touched my mind…”, “Reaching out with love”, and “ I am a Jeweled Princess…”.
It has its own Royal Gala from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and a world premiere of the choreopoem based on the life of female writer/producer, Aduke Aremu. The mega-event includes a Royal Gala to set the stage for the Royal Show. This will be the playwright/producer Aremu’s 12th staged play. The “American Black Princess” Debut Organizing Team is led by: Janice Barnett, Joe Phillips, Patdro Harris, Daryl Harris, Cherice Kirkland, and Michael Bryant. The entire event takes place on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the historic Rialto Center for the Arts at the renowned Georgia State University — located at 80 Forsyth Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. “American Black Princess” will be directed by the award-winning Broadway choreographer, Patdro Harris. Original music has been composed by the renowned artist,Chika Kaba Ma’Atunde.
Chairing this part of the event are the following women and men influencers: #ChoreoPoemDivas: GA State Senator Dr. Donzella James, Lisa Nicole Cloud, Yewande Austin, Dr. Mildred Summerville, Deidra Tate, Evangelist Sandi Collins, and Lillian Samuel. #MenWhoSupportTodaysWomen: Paul Jenkins, Attorney Kendall Minter, Ricky Poppell, Bishop Kenneth Curry, Jerome Preston Bates, Garland Thompson, Jr., Michael Bryant
The Royal Theatre Celebration Gala event features Darryl Peek, and Daryl Harris with celebrity musicians and artists: Darryl Peek leader of the “African American Philharmonic Orchestra” Atlanta, Daryl Harris an original “Harlem Children’s Theatre Company” member with many credits over the years, Jonathan Dumas an A-List Producer of “Lady Ga Ga,” “AVANT,” and “SoulJa Boy” fame, Jett Edwards Recording artist who worked with “Michael Jackson,” and the ” Japanese Mass Choir”.
Other Celebrities/Honorees Include: Rickey Poppel who worked in management with the iconic “James Brown,” and the “The Temptations,” Kendall Minter, international entertainment lawyer, Dedra Tate an original member of Aduke’s “Harlem Children’s Theatre Company,” as well as professional relationships with “MoTown Records,”and “Queen Latifah”, Paul Jenkins the CEO and Founder of META STUDIOS in Atlanta; Entertainment Features at the Royal Gala includes: “Ebony Blue Experience” a group of retired Air Force veterans with Daryl Harris, Tommy Mason, Aaron Miles, Laron E. Washington, Charles Desausurer; Recording artist “Sir” Lane McCray, of “La Bouche” with over 12 million records sold worldwide, Song stylist Alfreda Gerald of the “Gap Band” and “Yanni” fame; ” The Executive Order Music Group” with: Dean Webb (bass), Laron E. Washington (keyboards), Gary Smith (drums), George McCullum (Saxophone), Kevin McNulty (Guitar), Jonathan Dumas (keyboardist), Calvin Kelly (percussion); Kenny Nightingale Gospel (saxophone); Kezia Alford (gospel singer); Janice Barnett (gospel singer); Naybu Fullman (vocal artist); Michael Meredith (vocal artist); Gospel Artists Eric and Dena Brice from Tyler Perry’s stage play stardom, and “Peabo Byson” fame; Jett Edwards Japanese Mass Choir director.
Ntozake’s work greatly influenced women to speak-out about their personal and collective journeys. The production, academic and societal discussions inspired 20th and 21st century women in grass roots/community projects, colleges and art & humanities forums.
Aduke’s work is already inspiring today’s men and today’s women to come together on a “higher level” of sophisticated fun to celebrate a woman and her story as an [evolved] community in Atlanta on September 14, 2019. Come to see, hear, and experience another historic production’s beginning. Make sure that you are the first of your friends to explain what all the hype is about that is carried on the lips of both men (#MenWhoSupportTodaysWomen) and women (ChorePoemDivas).
This event was produced by Aduke Aremu Productions, LLC., Janice Barnett Services, Inc., and Joe Phillips Video and Film Productions, Inc. For Ticketing and Information