IMPACT Repertory's Jamal Joseph 

Receives AEA's 2017 Paul Robeson Citation Award 

 

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JAMAL JOSEPH Executive Artistic director/co-founder of IMPACT REPERTORY THEATRE has been named the 2017 recipient of the Paul Robeson CITATION AWARD by Actors' Equity Foundation and Actors' Equity Association. Joseph will receive his reward at the Association's Eastern Regional Board Meeting on September 25, 2017.

The Paul Robeson Citation Award honors individuals or organizations that best exemplify and practice the principles to which Robeson devoted his life: commitment to the freedom of expression and conscience, belief in the Artist's responsibility to society and respect for the individual and dedication and concern for service to all humankind. The award was first presented to Robeson himself in 1971. Subsequent recipients include: Paul Robeson; Maya Angelou; Harry Belafonte; Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee; James Earl Jones; Athol Fugard; Lena Horne; Joseph Papp; Sidney Poitier; Pete Seeger; Baayork Lee; and, most recently, Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP) and its founder Mary-Mitchell Campbell.

Joseph has been described as a "Panther, Poet, Professor, Prisoner, and Oscar Nominee." He is also a mentor to countless human beings of all cultural backgrounds and ages. Joseph credits his time spent in the Black Panther Party (at age 15) and nine years in State and Federal Prisons (as part of the "Panther 21") as the fire that forged his creative sword. He is now a full professor at Columbia University's Graduate Film Program and co-founder and Executive Artistic Director of the acclaimed youth performance company Impact Repertory Theatre, based in Harlem, New York. His films have been featured on FOX, A&E, Starz and The Urbanworld Film Festival.

"Jamal Joseph has been bold and forthright with sharing his personal story, and all the ways that he has turned his life lessons into inspiring young people to change the world in a positive way are a manifestation of his commitment to the freedom of expression and conscience," said Actors' Equity Association Councilor Christine Toy Johnson, who nominated Joseph for the award. "His tireless work over the past 20 years in mentoring teenagers to become youth activists through the arts demonstrates his belief in the Artist's responsibility to society and respect for the individual. And his dedication and concern for service to all humankind is unwavering and ongoing in his writing, film making and mentoring. More personally, his mantra to 'keep a positive thought because a positive thought cannot be denied' and his philosophy to 'go where you're celebrated, not where you're tolerated' have been a driving force behind my own career and advocacy work."

ACTORS' EQUITY FOUNDATION, a philanthropic and humanitarian non-profit organization, was created in 1962 to "aid and assist the members of the acting profession and to promote the theatre arts." The Foundation carries out its theatrical mission by giving grants to over 150 nonprofit theatres across the nation annually and to agencies and institutions serving the arts community including AIDS and health care programs, diversity initiatives and career transition services. It is separate from Actors' Equity Association and receives its funding from estate bequests and individual donations. Union dues are not used to fund the Foundation.

ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION, founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers. Equity endeavors to advance the careers of its Members by negotiating wages, working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits (health and pension included). Member: AFL-CIO, FIA. #EquityWorks.

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    PRESS RELEASE: February 17, 2020

    Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group and Williams Institutional CME Church presents "IT IS AFRICAN"
    Featuring the music of the AfroHORN Band & International
    Oyu Oro Afro- Cuban Dance Company 

     


    HARLEM: FEBRUARY 17, 2020
     
    Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group and Williams Institutional CME Church will present IT IS AFRICAN, a spiritual afternoon of African music and dance, on Sunday March 8, 2020 at 5pm. This special Harlem premiere performance features Francisco Mora-Catlett and his New York-based Afro Horn jazz ensemble, and a dance performance by the extraordinary Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Dance company, co-founded by Mora-Catlett's wife, Cuban dancer, international Afro-Cuban folk-lore performer, choreographer, teacher and dance ethnologist from Santiago de Cuba Danys "LaMora" Perez.
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    (February 2020 – Harlem, New YorkClassical actress and producer Debra Ann Byrd undertook a remarkable journey to take on the role of Shakespeare’s noble general Othello — which she recently performed for Southwest Shakespeare Company at Taliesin West, winning her the 2019 Broadway World Arizona Lead Actress Award.  This past fall the actress recorded her experiences on becoming ‘The Moor of Venice’ as writer-in-residence at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in the UK, where she first performed her new solo show. 

    Now Southwest Shakespeare Company in partnership with Phoenix Art Museum are working together to celebrate Black History Month and Women’s History Month in Phoenix featuring visiting artist Debra Ann Byrd, as she performs her one-woman show BECOMING OTHELLO: A Black Girl’s Journey for a limited run at the Phoenix Art Museum, February 22 – March 29, 2020.

  • Voza Rivers / New Heritage Theatre Group and Rudi Mbele presents WOZA SOUTH AFRICA
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    MOTHERLAND Messengers will make their Harlem debut as part of their 2020USA tour on Friday, March 6,at 7 PM at the historic Williams CME Church. Motherland Messengers are an ensemble of South African Gospel recording artists and musicians. Collectively they have wom numerous individul awards and have performed all over the world. This talented group of singers and musicians celebrates the power of spiritual music in their native languages and English and various musical genres including South African traditional gospel, Acapella, American Gospel and R&B. The producers are inviting all New Yorkers to come out and experience this complimentary performance and  these talented artists..
  • harlem is . . . HEALING

    PRESS RELEASE

    Celebrating Heroes of the Pandemic And the Spirit of Community 

    In response to coronavirus, Community Works in association with New Heritage Theatre Group has launched a digital celebration called Harlem is . . .  HEALING: Celebrating Heroes of the Pandemic in the spirit of its 20-year effort to spotlight local heroes, famous or not, who make a difference.  The disease has prompted Harlem’s activist people and institutions from every field to stand up to help keep our community healthy.

    Over the next few weeks, we will be publicly thanking several who act for many in showing us how to heal. The tributes have started appearing as posts on Facebook, Instagram, Constant Contact and other social media. 

    These include the First Graduates of the CUNY Medical School, immediately thrown into the fray, artist Andrea Arroyo, whose work celebrates a community response to disease, JJ Johnson, a chef who has helped serve emergency workers, Dr. Calvin Sun, an emergency room physician,  the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s outreach to those at home, restaurateur Melba Wilson for her citywide efforts on behalf of restaurant owners to keep serving, the nimbleness of Dr. Steven Corwin, CEO and President of NY Presbyterian Hospital, and the community commitment of the Rev. Al Sharpton.

    These stories and those that follow will become part of exhibitions known collectively as Harlem is . . . Music, Theater, Dance and Community first on a website under construction and later at Harlem Hospital where Community Works is developing its Harlem is. . . installations at Malcolm X Boulevard at 136th Street.  Clearly, the hospital display is delayed while the institution deals with the crisis of coronavirus. 

    Community Works and New Heritage Theatre Group are partnering with the hospital to present a free, permanent physical exhibit in the famed Mural Pavilion and on the hospital’s second floor with more than 100 multimedia exhibits drawing from portraits, photographs, films, and archives from previous installations around Harlem and the city over many years. The partners also have commissioned an interactive mural by noted artist Paul Deo which will be displayed on the website as well as outside the Mural Pavilion, home to WPA-era murals that were the first to depict people of color in professional roles, and a 30-foot timeline reflecting a century of Harlem cultural history.

    Through all of these exhibits, Community Works has maintained a common mission to use the arts, performance and workshops to unite communities across differences and to share the legacy of local heroes in the blossoming of a unique neighborhood we see in Harlem.

    For information, please email Barbara Horowitz, Founder and President, Community Works at bh@communityworksnyc.org or call 917-757-2242.

    A SPECIAL PROJECT OF COMMUNITY WORKS' HISTORIC "HARLEM IS ..." SERIES


    First Graduates of the CUNY Medical School

    Dr Calvin Sun       
    Dr. Calvin Sun
        


    Melba Wilson


    Dr. Steven Corwin

    Rev. Sharpton 
    Rev. Al Sharpton

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