2017 BOOKS

The Executive Leadership Council Presents Nationwide the Diamond Leadership Award For Their $1 Million Contribution to Fund New Scholarship Initiative

-- Nationwide's Future Leaders Scholarship Program to Launch in 2018 Supporting the Academic Achievement and Development of Black College Students --

The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) and Nationwide announced today the Nationwide's Future Leaders Scholarship Program. This scholarship program, established with a gift from Nationwide, will provide funds to black undergraduate and graduate students at colleges and universities across the country.

The Nationwide scholarship program was announced at The ELC's 2017 Recognition Gala. This annual event raises funds to support The ELC's scholarships, community investment grants, leadership development programs and educational initiatives. The ELC presented Nationwide with the Diamond Leadership Award, which applauds $1 million corporate contributions toward ELC initiatives or new programs within a calendar year.

The ELC and Nationwide have a longstanding partnership and share a commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. Together, these organizations have partnered to make significant contributions in support of diversity, inclusion and achievement in business.

"For more than 30 years, The ELC has worked to build an inclusive business leadership pipeline from the classroom to the boardroom," said Ronald C. Parker, President & CEO of The Executive Leadership Council. "We are grateful to Nationwide for their continued support of The ELC's mission and commitment to the academic achievement and development of black undergraduate and graduate students."

Nationwide's Future Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship will be awarded to high achieving African American undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, a commitment to community involvement and are pursuing a degree in business, insurance, or a related field at an accredited college or university.

"Nationwide is proud to continue to support programs that offer academic and business opportunities to youth across the country. Nationwide's Future Leaders Scholarship Program provides another way to support the academic achievements of tomorrow's leaders," said Gale V. King, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer at Nationwide. "We believe our ongoing partnership with The Executive Leadership Council will create powerful possibilities for these students."

About The Executive Leadership Council
The Executive Leadership Council, an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1986, is the pre-eminent membership organization committed to increasing the number of global black executives in C-Suites, on corporate boards and in global enterprises. Comprising more than 700 current and former black CEOs, senior executives and board directors at Fortune 1000 and Global 500 companies, and entrepreneurs at top-tier firms, its members work to build an inclusive business leadership pipeline that empowers global black leaders to make impactful contributions to the marketplace and the global communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.elcinfo.com.

WORLD MUSIC/CRASHarts presents
Sunday, November 12, 7:30pm
Berklee Performance Center

World Music/CRASHarts presents The Bad Plus on Sunday, November 12, 7:30pm at Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Tickets are $48, $42, $37, or $28, reserved seating. For tickets and information call World Music/CRASHarts at (617) 876-4275 or buy online at www.WorldMusic.org.

Rule-breaking, genre-bending, and thoroughly entertaining, The Bad Plus has created an uncompromising body of work by shattering convention, creating bold original compositions, and deconstructing songs from pop, rock, and classical music. The charismatic jazz trio has spent 17 years together with Reid Anderson on bass, Ethan Iverson on piano, and David King on drums. The original trio will perform in Boston together one last time before Iverson departs to pursue new musical adventures.

Based in New York City, The Bad Plus have a well-earned reputation for pushing the limits on what is expected of a piano-bass-drums trio. For the past 17 years, The Bad Plus has created a distinctive and original repertoire of inventive and exciting original music, along with iconoclastic covers of artists as diverse as Nirvana, Neil Young, Aphex Twin, and Ornette Coleman. Through a provocative style of arrangements and compositions they call "avant-garde populism," their unique blend of influences, ranging from experimental jazz, indie rock, pop, and classical music has earned this "audacious, rule-breaking jazz trio" (Billboard) a reputation as one of the most universally well-respected bands in jazz today.

In 2017, the founding members will hit the road performing music from the band's most recent release, It's Hard. The all-covers album is the group's 11th studio album and was released by Okeh/Sony Music Entertainment in November 2016. It includes hits from the '00s by Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TV On The Radio, '80s hits from Prince and Cyndi Lauper, and many others. "It's Hard feels like an intensive self-examination: a long-running band testing its powers of interpretation with whatever comes to mind."-NPR

2018 heralds a new and exciting chapter for the band. Anderson and King will be joined by pianist Orrin Evans, whose fresh sound and complementary style will be featured on The Bad Plus' highly anticipated new album due out that year. This is the last opportunity to see the original trio before Evans replaces Iverson as he departs to pursue new musical adventures.


The Huntington Theatre Company presents the brilliant classic comedy Tartuffe by Molière, directed by Huntington Theatre Company Artistic Director Peter DuBois (Sunday in the Park with George), translated by Ranjit Bolt, and featuring actor and comedian Brett Gelman (Murray Bauman on the upcoming season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and “Dinner with Brett Gelman” specials on Adult Swim) as Tartuffe and Tony Award winner Frank Wood (Side Man and August Osage County on Broadway and HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords”) as Orgon. Performances run from November 10 through December 10, 2017 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre.

Devious Tartuffe charms his way into Orgon’s household and schemes to marry his daughter, seduce his wife, and run off with the family’s fortune. Orgon remains entranced despite the appalling evidence of Tartuffe’s behavior – will he see through this con man before it’s too late? Orgon’s wife Elmire, his son Damis, and his daughter Marianne must reveal Tartuffe as a charlatan before it’s too late. Molière spins religious piety and hypocrisy into high comedy in this hilarious and biting satire, one of the world’s great plays.

“This production of Tartuffe is going to be everything you expect from Molière,” says Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois, “complete with a spin on period fashion and the brilliantly comic possibilities of staging this classic play for a modern audience. Boston is going to see 2017 alive onstage within the framework of a 17th century farce, and the result will be satirical, smart, and a gut-buster.”

Ranjit Bolt’s translation of Tartuffe premiered at the National Theatre in London in 2002. Many English translations of Tartuffe discard the rhyming couplets, but Bolt’s translation remains faithful to the way Molière wrote the French verse. For Bolt, verse provides a vehicle for examining the ridiculous; his imaginative use of language contrasts with the formal structure of the verse to create an explosively witty text. Audiences can use verse to “escape through anarchy into a surreal world,” Bolt says. “The joy of the verse is the contrast between the discipline of the form and the ludicrous nature of what’s being described.”

DuBois chose the Bolt translation because he thought it captured the energy necessary for his direction: free and loose while still clever and sophisticated. “I knew I wanted a translation that sang in the mouths of actors — that had rhythm and speed,” DuBois says. “Bolt’s translation reads well, but it sounds even better. He captures everything that is joyful and fun about rhyming verse across languages, never becoming rigid or stuffy.”

WGN America to Air a Brand New Home Improvement Show

“Flip This Hood” Airs November 19th

Black PR Wire

WGN America will Air a Home Restoration Show like no other; starting Sunday, November 19, 2017 audiences will welcome into their Homes “Flip This Hood”; a show directed by Arthur Muhammad, an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker, and producer of the 2015 release, “Carter High” (which stars Charles Dutton, Vivica Fox, Pooch Hall, David Banner), has a keen eye, cinematic hands, and a patent gift for storytelling.  Muhammad has taken footage he’s gathered from following Real Estate Businessman Michael Phillips and his team in order to give audiences a true journey of will and determination.  

“Flip This Hood” will introduce main characters Michael Phillips, true story of coming from nothing…As the oldest of 4 kids raised by a single mother in a tough Fort Worth, Texas neighborhood, Michael bought his first house at the age of 19 for $7k (money he had saved from hustling in the streets).  It would be several years later, married with a child on the way before Michael would pursue real estate again. Michael knew at that point "Failure Was Not An Option", so he disassociated himself from the street life, and began his dream of Real Estate investing full time.  Michael went on to sell over 800 houses in 17 years. Tragedy hit the Phillips’ household and Michael lost his wife to heart failure in 2015.  Michael now takes on the task

of being a single father and continuing to flip houses and building his family's real estate empire! 

No Man is an island and you will also meet Carl Sullivan, Project Manager who oversees the remodeling and or construction projects that Michael buys. Carl is also a real estate investor, who flips his own properties from time to time.  They round out this cast with their trusted Assistant Alejandra Ortega-Ramos who has worked for Michael almost 3 years, remodeling his houses with her father Carlos Ortega who has worked on and off 17 years with Michael. Alejandra will often be on the construction site helping her father and serving as a translator. All while maintaining her marriage to her college sweetheart.  

Watch and Learn as this group “Flips This Hood!”  Check your Local Listings across the nation.

Does Hip Hop Run Thru Your Veins? Best New Emerging Artist Will Attend The "2017 American Music Awards" In Los Angeles and Meet With Legendary Media Executive Russell Simmons As Part Of T-Mobile And All Def Digital #UnlimitedFreestyle Contest

All Def Digital announced it has partnered with T-Mobile to launch a nationwide talent contest highlighting emerging artists, with the chance to win an all-expense paid trip to the "2017 American Music Awards" on November 19th in Los Angeles. As a part of the all-expense paid trip, the #UnlimitedFreestyle Grand Prize winner will also get to meet with legendary music, film, tv and media executive Russell Simmons.

Artists have until November 6 at 11:59 pm ET to share their a capella freestyle or spoken word songs that tell their story in 60 seconds or less, and upload their entries to Instagram or Facebook using the hashtags #UnlimitedFreestyle #contest. The best submissions will be seen and judged by platinum selling recording artist Kyle, who stars in the upcoming film for Def Pictures and Netflix, The After Party.

Kyle, Simmons and a panel of industry experts will hand-pick the top two entries. On November 10, the two finalist entries will be posted to www.unilmitedfreestyle.com through November 13 – for fans to vote and select the Grand Prize winner.

"All Def Digital, T-Mobile and Kyle all support emerging artists and Unlimited Freestyle allows our fans to show us their fresh voices and enter the game for real," said Russell Simmons. "All Def has always been a platform for discovery of new talent and I can't wait to meet the best Unlimited Freestyle has to offer. Not only will the winner get to come to Los Angeles and attend the American Music Awards, but we will also meet and see what we can do to help take that artist to the next level."

Contest rules can be found at www.unlimitedfreestyle.com. For more information, watch the All Def informational teaser here. The Grand Prize winner will be announced November 15.

*Vulgar/inappropriate submissions will be taken down at All Def and T-Mobile's discretion


BET announced Erykah Badu, godmother of soul, will return to Las Vegas for the third time, to host, write and produce BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards. Badu, a four-time Grammy-award winning soul singer and songwriter, will once again bring her transcendent style, music and spirit to the Vegas stage. BET also announced a star-studded lineup of performances by Toni Braxton, SWV, Tamar Braxton, 112, Tank and Kirk Franklin. The annual celebration will recognize the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop from legends to the next generation. Filmed on November 5th at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards will air on BET and BET HER on November 26th, 2017 at 8PM ET. Multi-platinum and seven-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, artist, actress and producer Toni Braxton will receive the coveted Don Cornelius Legend Award and Grammy Award-Nominated, multi-platinum, female R&B trio SWV will be honored with the third annual Lady of Soul Award.  The all-star nominees for the 2017 Soul Train Awards span across 12 different categories. Solange leads the roster with seven total nominations including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and the highly coveted Video of the Year and Song of the Year for hit single “Cranes in the Sky.” Bruno Mars follows with six total nominations including two nominations for Song of the Year for his hit single “That’s What I Like,” and Album/Mixtape of the Year for “24K Magic.” DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller also received multiple nominations this year including Video of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Collaboration. The next generation of soul is also being recognized, including Khalid and SZA, who are multi-nominees across categories including Best New Artist, Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Best Collaboration and the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award. BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards will feature an exciting lineup of unforgettable performances and viewers can expect special appearances by some of the brightest stars in entertainment. The event annually showcases Soul Train’s impact on the history of music and dance from the 70s to today. Want to cover the BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards red carpet? Head to www.betpressroom.com now and complete the application! BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards is produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment. Executive Producers of the network telecast are as follows: Debra Lee and Connie Orlando from BET, and Jesse Collins from Jesse Collins Entertainment. For show information, please visit BET.com/SoulTrain, the official site for BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards. To apply for media credentials to cover the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2017 red carpet, please visit: www.betpressroom.com.
 The complete list of nominees for BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards can be found here.


NAACP Theatre Awards


The NAACP Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch’s Theatre Viewing Committee announces nominations for the 27th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards. This year’s nominee roster is overwhelmingly filled with multiple EMMY, Tony and previous NAACP Theatre award winners throughout all 31 categories. To honor such outstanding examples of black excellence in theatre, an extravagant dinner show will be held on Monday, February 26, 2018, 6:00 p.m. at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

The Equity Theatre (larger theatre) nominations include an array of magnificent productions including “Fly” and “Barbecue” both receiving an impressive 8 nominations. “Fly”, a relatively recent play (2009), is a strong contender for Best Choreography, Best Director, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Producer, Best Sound, Best Costumes, Best Lighting, plus Best Playwright for writers Ricardo Khan and Trey Ellis, the latter of which wrote a piece recently nominated for an Emmy. It follows the story of 4 Tuskegee airmen on their quest to integrate the United States Air Force. In contrast, “Barbecue” is a humorous analysis of typical American family dynamics with an unexpected twist. This has earned Robert O’Hara a nomination for Best Playwright. It has put Coleman Domingo, a previous Tony Award nominee, in the running for Best Director. “Barbecue” is nominated for Best Costumes, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Lighting, Best Producer, Best Set Design, and Best Sound.

Pulitzer prize winner, Suzan Lori Parks, is in consideration to win Best Playwright for her work on “Father Comes Homes from the War Parts 1, 2 and 3”. With 5 nominations, Parks has written an intense drama that details the life of a slave as he joins the battlefield during the Civil War - an unexpected twist, he is a confederate soldier. This meaningful production is up for Best Costumes, Best Music Director, Best Playwright, Best Supporting Female and Best Supporting as well as Sterling K. Brown who vies for Best Lead Male.

Tied with 4 nominations each, Phylicia Rashad and veteran thespians Glynn Turman and Lillias White respectfully have been nominated for Best Director, Best Lead Male and Best Lead Female for August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”. The play is set in 1927 Chicago at a white-owned studio with the legendary singer - inspired by real-life Mother of the Blues-Gertrude "Ma" Rainey. “MEMPHIS” is loosely based on a local Memphis disc jockey, Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s has heavy competition. Amongst them are Edgar Godineaux for Best Director of a Musical as well as Best Choreography plus Darryl Archibald, fresh off “Motown”, remains a strong contender for Best Musical Director. Lastly “Icebergs” captures the plight of the “thirtysomething” characters grapple with filmmaking careers and family planning.

Like the nominees listed above, smaller scale (99 seat theatre) productions “No Place to be Somebody” and “When Jazz Had the Blues” currently stand with 8 nominations as well. The first African-American Pulitzer prize winner, Charles Gordone’s “No Place to be Somebody”, tells the enthralling story of a black man who dares to defy the Mafia in New York City. The play is eligible for Best Costumes, Best Lead Male, Best Lighting, Best Producer, Best Set Design, and Best Supporting Female. In addition, it is a contender for Best Director due to the efforts of former Ovation Award winner, Ben Guillory, and Best Supporting Male for the performance of seasoned actor, Hawthorne James.

Previous NAACP Theatre Award recipient, Rahn Coleman, is back hoping to win Best Musical Director for “When Jazz Had the Blues”. This musical tells the captivating story of musical genius, Billy Strayhorn, as he navigates a world rife with homophobia and racism; we see him develop relationships with jazz legends, Duke Ellington and Lena Horne. “When Jazz Had the Blues” is also nominated for Best Choreography, Best Costumes, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Lighting, Best Producer, Best Set Design, and Best Sound. Wallace Demarria, is up for Best Playwright, Best Producer and Best Lead Male for “The Mask We Wear” which has a total of 6 nominations including Best Director, Best Lead Female, and Best Lead Male. It tells the narrative of a struggling actor whose sudden career success brings unexpected drama.

Rounding out the smaller theatres with 4 nominations is “The Prequel to Othello, The Cause, My Soul”. The play is in the race for a win for Best Costumes, Best Set Design, and Best Sound plus former NAACP Theatre Awards Winner Ted Lange is a powerful competitor for Best Playwright. “The Boy from Oz” and “Ferguson” are deadlocked with 3 nominations each. “The Boy from Oz” (Best Sound, Best Choreography and Best Director of Musical) focuses on the extraordinary life of legendary singer/songwriter Peter Allen, from his birth in 1944 to his meteoric rise to fame as an international star. First time nominees Alfred Rutherford (Best Supporting Male) and Pechanda DuBose (Best Choreographer) shine the light on “Ferguson” which tells the, now infamous, story of the trial following the slaying of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man whose unnecessary death at the hands of police ignited a nationwide movement.

Executive and Creative Producer of the NAACP Theatre Awards Show Tia Boyd states, “The black audience is a growing theatre market that must not be ignored. The NAACP Salute to Black Theatre awards and highlights plays that bring a new energy to the art.”

The NAACP Theatre Viewing Committee considers all candidates who submit their productions from January 2016 through December 15, 2016, for possible nomination. All productions must run for at least six (6) full performances in Southern California (San Diego to Bakersfield included). Previews, invited dress rehearsals, and other similar showings do not count towards eligibility. Eligibility for this year’s edition was limited to theatre productions opening in January 2016 through December 2016. Productions who meet all eligibility requirements before the deadline are considered eligible for a 2017 NAACP Theatre Award. Nominees will be notified by the NAACP Theatre Viewing Committee Chairperson Martha Pruden-Hamiter by November 1, 2017.

For more information on the NAACP Theatre Awards, please visit www.naacptheatreawards.com or email: lisa@premierconceptspr.com

About the NAACP Theatre Awards

The NAACP Theatre Awards is presented by the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Branch in partnership with the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles City Council President/District 10 Councilman, Herb Wesson Jr. The event is co-chaired by Councilman Herb Wesson, Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Branch President Ron Hasson, and the Executive and Creative Producer, Tia Boyd. The mission of the Theatre Awards is to entertain, educate, inspire the community and create diversity in the arts and entertainment industry. The prestigious star-studded gala aims to honor the highest achieving persons in the field of dramatic arts. The branch also celebrates a four-day theatre festival, which provides a platform for thespians to express their craft and share their contributions with an audience of their peers, the community and other individuals who celebrate live theatre in Los Angeles.

27th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards Nominations

February 26, 2018

Best Choreography – Larger Theatre
Fly – Hope Clarke
Merrily We Roll Along - Eamon Foley
Memphis – Edgar Godineaux

Best Choreography - 99 Seat Theatre
When Jazz Had the Blues – Cassie Crump
The Boy From Oz -Janet Roston
Ferguson - Peachanda DuBose

Best Costumes – Larger Theatre
Barbecue - Kara Harmon
Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2 and 3 – ESosa
Fly -Toni-Leslie James

Best Costumes - 99 Seat Theatre
The Prequel to Othello, The Cause, My Soul - Mylette Nora
No Place to be Somebody - Naila Aladdin Sanders
When Jazz Had the Blues -Michael Mullen

Best Director – Larger Theatre
Fly – Ricardo Khan
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom - Phylicia Rashad
Barbecue – Colman Domingo

Best Director – 99 Seat Theatre
The Mask We Wear - William Scales
No Place to be Somebody - Ben Guillory
Bars and Measures - Weyni Mengesha

Best Director of a Musical - Larger Theatre
Recorded In Hollywood - Denise Dowse
Merrily We Roll Along - Michael Arden
Memphis – Edgar Godineaux

Best Director of a Musical - 99 Seat Theatre
Much Ado About Nothing - Gloria Gifford
The Boy From Oz - Michael A. Shepperd
Down on your Knees and Up to the Moon - Gloria Gifford

Best Ensemble Cast - Larger Theatre
The Last Tiger in Haiti

Best Ensemble Cast – 99 Seat Theatre
A Nice Family Gathering
It’s Just Sex
When Jazz Had the Blues

Best Lead Female - Larger Theatre
Memphis – Krystle Simmons
The Fantasticks - Ashley Park
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Lillias White

Best Lead Female -99 Seat Theatre
The Mountaintop - Danielle Truitt
Broken Fences – Donna Simone Johnson
The Mask We Wear - Sade' Moore

Best Lead Male - Larger Theatre
Ma Rainey-s Black Bottom - Glynn Turman
Ma Rainey-s Black Bottom - Jason Dirden
Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1,2 and 3 – Sterling K. Brown

Best Lead Male – 99 Seat Theatre
No Place to be Somebody - Sammie Wayne IV
No Place to be Somebody - Leith Burke
The Mask We Wear – Wallace Demarria

Best Lighting - Larger Theatre
Icebergs - Daniel Ionazzi
Fly - Rui Rita and Jake DeGroot
Barbecue - Lap Chi Chu

Best Lighting - 99 Seat Theatre
My Manana Comes - Jennifer Edwards
When Jazz Had the Blues - Leigh Allen
No Place to be Somebody - Michael D. Ricks

Best Music Director - Larger Theatre
Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2 and 3 - Steven Bargonetti
Merrily We Roll Along - Matt Gould & Adam Wachter
Memphis - Darryl Archibald

Best Music Director - 99 Seat Theatre
Ferguson - Dean O'Leary
When Jazz Had the Blues - Rahn Coleman
Billy Holiday - Front and Center – Casey McCoy

Best One Person Show - 99 Seat Theatre
Women on the Verge - Faith Collins
Journey This - Cheray O'Neal
Billy Holiday - Front and Center – Sybil Harris

Best Playwright - Larger Theatre
Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2 and 3 – Suzan-Lori Parks
Barbecue - Robert O'Hara
Fly -Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan

Best Playwright - 99 Seat Theatre
Journey This - Cheray O'Neal
The Prequel to Othello, The Cause, My Soul - Ted Lange
The Mask We Wear - Wallace Demarria

Best Producer - Larger Theatre
Fly - The Pasadena Playhouse and Crossroads Theatre Company
Icebergs - Geffen Playhouse
Barbecue - Geffen Playhouse

Best Producer - 99 Seat Theatre
No Place to be Somebody - Ben Guillory & Robey Theatre Company
The Mask We Wear - Wallace Demarria and William Scales
When Jazz Had the Blues – Leigh Fortier & Tiffany Thomas

Best Set Design - Larger Theatre
Icebergs - Anthony T. Fanning
The Last Tiger in Haiti - Takeshi Kata
Barbecue - Sibyl Wickersheimer

Best Set Design - 99 Seat Theatre
The Prequel to Othello, The Cause, My Soul – Peter Hickok
No Place to be Somebody – Thomas Meleck
When Jazz Had the Blues – Se Hyun Oh

Best Sound - Larger Theatre
Fly – John Gromada
Barbecue - Lindsay Jones
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom - Dan Moses Schrier

Best Sound - 99 Seat Theatre
When Jazz Had the Blues - Christopher Moscatiello
The Boy From Oz –-Eric Snodgrass
The Prequel to Othello, The Cause, My Soul - Will Mahood

Best Supporting Female - Larger Theatre
Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2 and 3 - Patrena Murray
Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1,2 and 3 - Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris
Disgraced – Karen Pittman

Best Supporting Female - 99 Seat Theatre
A Lady in Waiting - Malika Blessing
Blessing A Lady in Waiting - Pia D. Days
No Place to be Somebody - Kacie Rogers

Best Supporting Male –-Larger Theatre
Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2 and 3 – Roger Robinson
Icebergs - Keith Powell
Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2 and 3 – Larry Powell

Best Supporting Male -99 Seat Theatre
The Mask We Wear - Jerrel O'Neal
No Place To Be Somebody - Hawthorne James
Ferguson - Alfred Rutherford


Amazing Things Art Center,160 Hollis Street, Framingham, MA, 01702, 508 405 2787

Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA, 02473, 617 923-7631

Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210, 617 728-1600

Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass Ave, Boston, MA 02116, 617 747-2261

Blackman Theatre, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, 617 373-4700

Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury, MA 01952, 978 462-5888

Boston Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116, 617 426-9366

Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111, 617 259-3400

Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, 617 638-9345

Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116, 617 266-0800

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., Cambridge, MA 02141, 617 577-1400

Cape Cod Melody Tent, West Main Street, Hyannis, Cape Cod, MA 02601, 508 775-5630

Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest Street, Medford, MA 02155, 781 395-1732

Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201, 413 997-4444

Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116, 617 824-8000

Firehouse Center for the Arts, One Market Square, Newburyport, MA 01950, 978 462-7336

Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA 01608, 877 571 - SHOW

Jacob’s Pillow, 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA 01223, 413.243.0745

Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA 02115
617 868-5885

Longy Conservatory of Music, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, 617 876-0956

Lowell Summer Series, Boarding House Park, French and John Streets, Lowell, 978 970-5200

Maudslay Arts Center, Newburyport, 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport, MA 01950, 978-499-0050

Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608,, 508 752-5608

Moseley's on the Charles, 50 Bridge St, Dedham, MA 02026, 781 326-3075

Museum of Fine Arts, Remis Auditorium, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116, 617 267-9300

Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River, MA 02721, 508 324-1926

Natick Center for the Arts, 14 Summer St, Natick, MA 01760, 508 647-0097

Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Place, Boston, MA 02108, 617 482-0650

Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970, 978 745-9500

Plymouth Memorial Hall, 83 Court Street, Plymouth, MA 02630, 508 747-1622

Reagle Players, 617 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA 02452, 781 891-5600

Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington, MA 02474, 781 646-4849

Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike Street, North Andover

Roxbury Center for Arts at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street|, Roxbury, MA 02119, 617 849-6322

Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, 617 496-2222

Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966, 978 546-7391

Showcase Live, 1 Patriot Place, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA 02035, 781 461-1600

South Shore Conservatory, 1 Conservatory Drive, Duxbury, MA 02043, 781 749-7565

South Shore Music Circus, Route 3A, Cohasset, MA 02025, 781 383-9850

Springstep, 98 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford, MA 02155, 781 395-0402

The Fine Arts Center, 151 Presidents Dr., Amherst, MA 01003, 413 545-2511

Villa Victoria, 85 W. Newton Street, Boston, MA 02118, 617 927-1735

Wang Theatre, Citi Center for the Performing Arts, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116, 617 482-9393

Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116, 617 248-9700


Take Belly Dancing Classes

By Tricia Deed

Many women take belly dancing classes for many different reasons. Some of these reasons are personal and some are public. Among those who attend church there is that question of "Is it okay to take belly dancing lessons?" Religious beliefs may or may not interfere with taking lessons.

Religious Beliefs

There are different beliefs or rules with different denominations. Playing cards, social dancing, covering your hair, wearing makeup, dress codes, are a few of these restrictions. If personal and religious beliefs are in conflict with taking dance then do not participate.

If the church you attend sees dancing as a sin, then any dance art will be taboo and you will be led to believe that you are sinning against a superior being. If a church ritual says you must fast for 3 days, water only; then do not eat. It is your personal choice to follow the teachings of your chosen church or not.

There are church goers who participate in square dancing, folk dancing, line dancing, waltz and tango, and many other forms of dance. The same can be said of belly dancing; folkloric and ethnic costume styles cover the body from head to toe.

How We Think

The main theme is how you think. If you think something is evil, then it is. If it is a good thing, then it is good. Just as beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, likewise, evil and good are in the eyes of the beholder. Belly dancing can be thought of in either direction depending on the thinking and presentation of the person who is considering studying this form of art.


Originally belly dancing was used as birthing exercises and for the birthing process. During idle times women danced for social reasons in the company of other women. This enjoyment continues in our modern world.

Historically women have danced in spiritual ceremonies and events; no thoughts of evil or offensive behaviors were ever performed for a spiritual being.

Other Motivations

If the dancer decides that she wants to be provocative, wear scanty costuming, and move her body to entice male strangers... this is another story. These women have other motivations which are not accepted by any church and their teachings.


1. Belly dancing offers benefits designed for the female body. It offers healthy solutions for mental, physical, and spiritual needs.

2. It is a dance which helps people to experience happiness, good health, and the celebration of life.

3. This dance helps many women to appreciate and accept their female body.

4. They develop a better understanding of their mental and physical attributes, and in turn are respected.

5. Women have many issues working in a man's world and there are uncomfortable and challenging conflicts which many women struggle against. This dance offers them the opportunity to understand and cope with these difficult issues.

Tricia Deed has written many articles about belly dancing visit her web page for more information http://www.triciadeed.com or read http://hubpages.com/entertainment/Belly-Dance-For-Fun-and-Fitness