*Los Angeles, CA (April 24, 2015) Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT – Founder/Producer Wren T. Brown) announced today that they will present the Pulitzer Prize Finalist and Tony Award-nominated production of “The Gospel at Colonus” starring Tony Award-winner Roger Robinson (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone) as Oedpius.
The acclaimed production, conceived and adapted by Lee Breuer (Mabou Mines’ Trilogy) and music by Bob Telson (Lincoln Center Theater’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold), is a soul stirring dramatic-musical which takes place within the framework of a Pentecostal church service set against the tragic Greek background of the story of Oedipus at Colonus, in which the exiled king Oedipus seeks a place where he may be properly buried. ERT’s production, directed by Andi Chapman (Actors Co-op’s Steel Magnolias – Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Director), will commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Premiere. Continue reading →
*New York City apartment living is no joke. The rents might be “too damn high” but that doesn’t block out the noise. And that noise can be a child screaming at the top of her lungs; an Italian mother yelling at someone over the phone or a couple having sex so loud you swear their bed is going to fall right through the ceiling.
Its the latter that were concerned with here – along with one-hundred-thirty-three tenants at 7201 Ridge Blvd. in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn; who have each dialed the cops to report the noise.
Now you can look at this one of two ways: Either those calling are haters because they’re apparently not gettin’ any; or you can be more compassionate and understanding of their plight.Continue reading →
*At first glance, in what can only be seen as a heartless action, an employee who was the unfortunate victim of a robbery at the place where she worked, has been fired from her job because she refused to reimburse the employer for the stolen money.
Two additional things make this employer, Popeyes Chicken, look really bad: One, the woman was robbed at gunpoint and two, they fired a pregnant woman whose life was in danger.
It happened in the Channelview Texas eatery; where approximately $400 was stolen on March 31 during an armed robbery that was recorded by the restaurants’ security cameras.
The woman, Marissa Holcomb, was informed by the store manager that she would be fired if she didn’t replace the stolen money.
*When La-Sonya Mitchell-Clark, 38, set out to search for her biological mom, the last place she expected to find her was in a cubicle at the company she works for.
But that’s exactly where she was. Literally, steps away from her.
According to WKBN-TV in Youngstown Mitchell-Clark received records she had previously requested from the Ohio Department of Health and was told her mother’s name is Francine Simmons. When she looked her up on Facebook, she was shocked to learn that “Francine” worked at InfoCision, the teleservices company where she is employed.
She even knew of an employee by that first name. So she reached out, and the very next day, she got a phone call.
*Its hard to imagine a young African American boy still seeing gang life as something cool. What with all the unarmed black men being killed by police – and it being all in your face because it was recorded raw; on cellphone, by people on the street. But one Memphis child is getting a lot of attention after he put photos online showing him celebrating gang life by posing with guns, money and drugs.
*At a time when all we seem to hear about is black men running from the law, getting killed or being incarcerated as if the white man’s life depended on it, its refreshing to discover a young man who has his energies directed towards a solid financial future.
Someone who, though not a huge TV or film star, has made some waves in the medium – but is not dependent upon it.
John A. Baker, Jr. better known as Spoken Reasons, may or may not be familiar to you, but you can ask his 1.7 million YouTube channel subscribers about him. I’m sure they will confirm his status as one of the biggest internet celebrities out there today.
At 26-years of age, Baker, a comedian, actor, producer, and poet from Bradenton, Florida, has amassed a net worth of around $800,000.
And we get the impression he’s just getting started.
*Republicans and their followers must be getting exhausted by now hating on the president and First Lady, Michelle Obama. They do it so often; every chance they get.
Now they are blaming the nasty looking lunch pictured above on Mrs. Obama; who had the nerve to insist children eat healthy.
The lunch pictured above, served to an elementary school child, was snapped by a mother in Virginia of all places; then promptly loaded onto Facebook, where it went viral. The meal meets the healthy lunch criteria set forth by Michelle Obama’s nutritional guidelines, but it looks unappealing and downright nasty so it has been ripped apart on social media.
The school’s administrator was said to be “concerned,” but blamed its undesirable look on “poor lighting.”
But its still hard to wrap one’s brain around how Mrs. Obama gets blamed for recommending a healthy meal. Shouldn’t the chef who prepared this less than appetizing dish be held accountable?Continue reading →