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Dance: Hearts of Men Concerts Celebrate Special Initiative

For the past two weeks, more than 60 men, ranging in age from 13 to 63, have been gathering in studios at the Alvin Ailey extension program in New York … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

Dance: Blondell Cummings Dies at Age 70

Perhaps one of the most remarkable things about dancer Blondell Cummings – who passed away on Aug. 30 at age 70 from cancer – was that in an arts world … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Theater: Theater World Mourns Death of “Les Miserables” Actor

The Broadway world is in mourning after the sudden death of the young actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste. A 21-year-old Jean Valjean in Broadway’s “Les Miserables”? Who would have thunk it? Kyle Jean-Baptiste … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Theater: Concert to Celebrate Original Broadway Production of “The Wiz”

It’s time to ease on down, ease on down the road. And thanks to George Faison, the Tony Award-winning choreographer behind the original Broadway musical of “The Wiz,” audiences will … Continue reading

August 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dance: Misty Copeland’s Essence Cover – Fierce But Flawed

In case you haven’t seen it yet, the cover of the September issue of Essence Magazine features ballerina Misty Copeland in full-on, fabulous glam mode. It’s the kind of pop celebrity … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

Theater: New Jersey Teen Named NBC’s Dorothy for “The Wiz”

Rahway, NJ native Shanice Williams is NBC’s new Dorothy. She’ll ease on down the road when NBC airs an all-new, live production of the musical “The Wiz” on Dec. 3. … Continue reading

August 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dance: Michaela DePrince Featured in August Glamour Magazine

Michaela DePrince is in the news again, this time thanks to a feature in the August issue of Glamour Magazine. DePrince, as you may recall, is the Sierra Leone-born ballerina … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Theater: Taye Diggs in ‘Hedwig’

Taye Diggs upcoming debut as the transgender lead of the rock musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is being watched intensely by theater fans as well as Diggs’ fans. Diggs … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dance: Misty Copeland Makes History as ABT’s First Black Ballerina Named Principal

It’s official. Less than a week after her groundbreaking appearance as the lead in American Ballet Theatre’s “Swan Lake” at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, Misty Copeland was officially named … Continue reading

July 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dance: Albert Evans, Former NYCB Principal, Dead at 46

Albert Evans, former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet – and one of only two African Americans to rise to the top ranks at that company, died on … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment
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