Pearl Cleage revisits “Blues for an Alabama Sky”

I had the opportunity to meet playwright/novelist Pearl Cleage for the first time while I was a contractor for the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. At the time, I was helping the theatre re-imagine its community engagement programs, and Pearl was hosting a series called "Page to Stage with Pearl Cleage." "Page to Stage" was a pre-show talk Pearl conducted with…

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Real Women Have Curves

Seven years ago I played the role of Rosali in the play Real Women Have Curves at The University of Georgia, which changed my view of theatre forever. The play was written by Chicana playwright Josefina Lopez in 1995. Dealing with issues of immigration, domestic violence, body image, and feminism, the play resonates with audiences today. Recently, I had the…

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Celebrating strong African women in color

Would you leave your job working as a T-shirt designer for a major denim company in Istanbul to move to Atlanta with no money and no plan-- only talent? A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to interview an artist named Hirut Yosef, and that is exactly what she did. She designed jerseys and graphic tees for Mavi…

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Q&A with playwright Dominique Morisseau about DETROIT 67

  Last Monday I interviewed international playwright Dominique Morisseau about her play Detroit 67. It runs at Atlanta's Southwest Arts Center, February 10 - March 8. We chatted a lot about her hometown of Detroit, and how she aspires to be the scribe for the people she grew up with. Below is a teaser of our conversation. Click the link…

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“American Sabor” shows how Latin rhythms shaped U.S. sound, at Atlanta History Center

Check out my latest review for ArtsATL.com! "the exhibition makes the point that 20th-century Latin music in the United States was inherently political. A display of album cover art and videos throughout the show help tell that story. Unfortunately, the text doesn’t always do its part. Although a discussion of Cesar Chavez’s protests with the United Farm Workers of America…

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