Thursday, February 1, 2018

Brian Copeland in "Not a Genuine Black Man" - Hammer Theatre, San Jose State University, Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Hammer Theater in Association with the Marsh presents ...
Brian Copeland's Award-winning "NOT A GENUINE BLACK MAN"
Growing up Confounded and Isolated in a Nearly All-white Bay Area Town

San Jose, CA: On Saturday, February 3rd, Brian Copeland returns to San Jose in his award-winning performance of "Not a Genuine Black Man," a one-man play he first debuted in 1994 at The Marsh in San Francisco. Copeland reprises the powerful play that explores his childhood experiences as a member of one of the only African American families living in the then 94% white suburb of San Leandro, California.

His staggering tale of laughter, tears, and sociology went on to become the longest-running solo show in San Francisco theatrical history with over 800 performances. Copeland has performed the play in over 30 cities, including a critically acclaimed run Off-Broadway.


Brian Copeland
One-man play: "Not a Genuine Black Man"
Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 7 p.m.
Hammer Theatre, San Jose State Univ. (Between 2nd & 3rd Streets) Downtown San Jose
$20 Early Bird thru Jan. 17th (Disc. Code: EARLYBIRD)
$35 Gen. Adm.; $10 Student Adv.; $20 Student @ the door

The play is currently in television series development. In 2006, Copeland published a best-selling book based on "Genuine" that is now required reading in several high schools and colleges across the country. The book was the 2009 pick for Silicon Valley Reads, a library-based program in which all of Santa Clara County reads the same book simultaneously.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Rain Pryor Comes to San Jose, California in "Fried Chicken and Latkes"

Fried Chicken and Latkes
Rain tells hilarious and heart-wrenching stories of growing up Black and Jewish in Beverly Hills. Her father was comic genius Richard Pryor, and her Jewish mother was a go-go dancer turned Astronomer! Funny, Compelling, Outstanding! Adult themes and language.

Saturday, February 17, 2018
8:00 pm, Tickets: $40.00
School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Avenue
San Jose, Ca 95116

For more information call:
San Jose Multicultural Artists Guild

Friday, November 17, 2017

Jesse Jackson's Parkinson's Diagnosis and the Tragic Cost of Living a Public Life

Whether you love him or not, Jesse Jackson is a living legend.  

While many of his accomplishments have been overshadowed by talk of inaccuracies in his recanting of events or his alleged infidelities, there is no question that Reverend Jackson has lived a very giving and public life.  And he's reaped the rewards and consequentially the tragedies that accompany such legendary status.

It makes me sad to write this because when I think of Jesse Jackson, I think of a tall, proud, handsome man.  Despite his shortcomings, he's one of a kind.  

Which also makes me think about Jesse Jackson, Jr.  The man I thought would be the First Black President of the United States.  It's true.  Long before I'd heard of President Barack Obama, I followed the career of another young, intelligent, handsome, charismatic politician from Chicago who seemed destined for the White House.  I don't need to elaborate on Jesse Jr's. ultimate fall from grace, but suffice to say, that people seem to only remember the bad things you've done and not the good.

The Jackson family has gone through a lot.  Let's send warm thoughts and prayers their way.  They've given a lot and that's the least we can do.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Zane Presents Curtis Bunn's new novel "Welcome to My World" - FREE GIVEAWAY

From Essence bestselling author Curtis Bunn comes a moving novel about a down and out corporate executive whose unexpected encounter with a stranger inspires her to reinvent her life.

Brenda Harris, a former corporate executive in Atlanta, has endured two years of personal tragedies and professional disappointments, and believes the world owes her a break.

One day, she encounters a homeless man who encourages her to look at life differently. She regularly sees this man at one of her daily stops. But she does not realize that he has been closely observing her and, despite his mental illness, is able to forge a deep connection with her in ways that both surprise and inspire her.

She realizes there is a whole world out there for her to experience, and Rodney Bridges, the homeless man, helps her begin her journey of self-discovery by challenging her on their daily walks. The path is difficult, but her time with Rodney opens her up to a new world, a world she had dismissed when she lost her job, her husband left her, and her dear sister died.

Part of her journey moves her to help Rodney. Through meaningful conversation and dedication, she is able to penetrate the emotional wall Rodney built after his own tragic circumstances sent him onto the streets. They become an unlikely duo—encouraging each other to overcome each of their own obstacles...and slowly a new world emerges.

A moving and powerful story about how inspiration can be found in the unlikeliest places, Welcome to My World also reaffirms that the simplest things in life—a conversation with a stranger—can lead to life-changing results.


Winner will be announced on Thursday, November 15, 2017.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Dr. Joseph Lowery's 96th Birthday

President Barack Obama,
Rep. Maxine Waters, Dr. Christine King Farris and
 Ambassador Andrew Young Acknowledge
Dr. Joseph E. Lowery's 96th Birthday 

Click the video to see highlights of Dr. Lowery's 96th birthday tribute.
Click the video to see highlights of Dr. Lowery's 96th birthday tribute.

OWN's "Greenleaf" star and singer, Keith David; Tyler Perry's "House of Payne" star and vocalist, Cassandra "Cassi" Davis; and gospel superstar, Yolanda Adams, mesmerized the audience with a stellar musical tribute to Dr. Lowery.

Atlanta, GA - While President Barack Obama and Congresswoman Maxine Waters sent birthday greetings, Ambassador Andrew YoungMartin Luther King III and Dr. Martin L. King Jr's sister, Dr. Christine King Farris were among celebrities and dignitaries on hand in Atlanta to acknowledge the 96th birthday of civil rights leader and former King confidant, Dr.  Joseph E. Lowery.

The historical evening was made most memorable when OWN's "Greenleaf" star and singer Keith David; Tyler Perry's "House of Payne" star and vocalist, Cassandra "Cassi" Davis; and gospel superstar, Yolanda Adams, mesmerized the audience with a stellar musical tribute that encapsulated the life of the well-loved nonagenarian.  The Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute (Lowery Institute) hosted the gala which also featured Lowery Institute Change Agents packing the stage to honor the Dr. Lowery with raised fists and taking a knee.

For more information on the Lowery Institute visit


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