*When Jennie Greenberry, who plays the role of “Cinderella” in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of “Into The Woods” at The Wallis Theater in Beverly Hills got an email out of the blue asking if she’d interested in auditioning for the role, she says her first thought was one, “This is amazing” – because ‘Into the Woods’ is one of her favorite musicals; but then she found herself thinking, “Do they know I’m not white.”
At a striking 5’9″ tall, Greenberry is probably one of the tallest women to ever play the role of the poor, abused servant girl who catches the eye (and heart) of prince charming. “I never saw myself in the show. Not that I didn’t want to be, I just never saw anyone that looked like me in Into the Woods. I thought, ‘Oh its a great show but there’s probably nothing in it for me.'”
Greenberry, a soprano whose theater work includes plays such as The Wiz, Pippin, Ain’t Misbehavin, Little Shop of Horrors and dozens more – was up for two roles in two different plays when the call came in for Into The Woods. She ended up getting both roles, Cinderella and a role in the play, “Cocoanuts,” as part of a 10-month contract. Continue reading →
*When a city decides to name a day after you, you know you have arrived. Let’s face it, its no everyday occurrence and there is nothing ordinary about it. So you must have done something pretty extraordinary.
So what could a shoe repairman possibly have done to warrant such an honor?
For starters, how about writing a song that brings an entire community together during a period of civil unrest. Or perhaps using the money you earned doing a McDonald’s jingle to purchase a vacant building that caters to children in need.
*What with tomorrow being Thanksgiving, I feel it’s timely, and touching, to share this video with you. Maybe you can watch as you travel to work by bus or train; or maybe as you ride to work in the carpool. What are you doing for lunch? Maybe watch it on your tablet as you sit for a while to eat your sandwich or drink your Latte.
I’m not gonna lie. I just stumbled upon this video. And please don’t look at this as a “downer” but it shows so many people of note, celebrities, who have died from cancer. I was so moved by it as I watched because, well…
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.
And as families of all sorts come together, chances are there will be a moment when someone notices who is not there. Continue reading →
*What’s wrong with having a little fun? Does having less fun make you any more Christian? These are the questions that may come to mind as you watch the YouTube video that was posted on Facebook showing churchgoers being encouraged by their pastor to dance to secular music.
*I think we can agree that not every rapper makes the kind of music we’d be blasting from our stereo, but damn, if we start arresting them because of the content of the music they make, its safe to assume there will be a serious decline in the free population. Just look at the case of rapper Tiny Doo, whose album – No Safety – may very well put him behind bars…
Born Brandon Duncan , he made a mix tape that the San Diego County District Attorney’s office alleges is proof that he is an active member of a gang that orchestrated a series of shootings in California. A group of 14 men are currently awaiting trial for the attempted murders, and Duncan has been included in the bunch.
*Wow, the resemblance is uncanny, and you can’t blame a girl for workin’ it to make a buck.
And that’s exactly what Rihanna look-alike, Andele Lara (shown above on the right) is doing. Only thing is, she’s making a lot more than a buck!
At 22-years-old, the Boston, Massachusetts resident is frequently mistaken for the sexy pop star, but what now serves as her attributes was a sore spot in her teen years. “Growing up, I was a very shy girl,” Lara told the Daily Mail. “I was known as the skinny girl with the big forehead.”
As time went on Lara began experimenting with her hair and clothes – being more trendy, and she soon started getting the attention from her classmates; who noticed her likeness to the Barbadian singer with the hit song “Umbrella” on the radio. “The comments started in my sophomore year. My friend had a magazine with Rihanna on the cover. He held it up to my face and was like, ‘You look like her!’” Continue reading →
*South African Theatre comes to America! The Broad Stage hosts the internationally acclaimed Isango Ensemble to perform Mozart’s classic, “The Magic Flute” for six performances.
The story is basically about Tamino and Pamina – two young people who fall in love with each other based on being shown each others’ photographs, then go through a series of adventurous mishaps before they meet and can be together. Pamina is the daughter of the Queen of the Night and she was kidnapped by an evil man. Tamino is a traveler who vows to find her. Along the way he is met by three ladies who continuously compete with each other as they vie for his attention; a hilarious “bird-catcher,” spirits, and an assortment of other characters – all of whom lend themselves to the play’s chaos and order. Continue reading →
*New music is on the way from legendary rapper MC Lyte. She has teamed up with Chicago-native Common and 10 Beats on “Dear John” a new track and open letter to black men; which will also be the first release from her upcoming LP.
This will be the rapper’s first studio album in more than a decade and it is slated to be released later this year. Continue reading →