Celebrating CICELY TYSON

December 19, 2021 is Cicely Louise Tyson’s birthday. She would have been 97 years-old. To commemorate and honor the birth and legacy of this award-winning actor who broke barriers by challenging the stage and screen image for Black people, the Black theater service organizations—Black Theatre Network (BTN), Black Theatre United (BTU), The CRAFT Institute, The International Black Theatre Summit and Project1VOICE (P1V)—along with Broadway Black and The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, are uniting for a national/global day of remembrance and solidarity called Cicely L.Tyson Day. 
 
Ms. Tyson resolved early in her career to bring a positive philosophy to the parts she played, “My art had to both mirror the time and propel them forward,” she wrote in her memoir, Just As I Am, published only weeks before her death, last year. “I was determined to alter the narrative about Black people—to change the way Black women in particular are perceived, by reflecting our dignity.”
 
Besides her Oscar nomination for best actress in Sounder, she won two Emmys for playing the 110-year-old former slave in the 1974 television drama The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. In 2013, at the age of 88, Tyson won the Tony for best leading actress in a play for the revival of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful. But she said her most important accomplishment happened in 2016 when President Barack Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom. 
 
Join us tomorrow December 19, 2021
by observing a moment of silence
for 97 seconds
or
Dim the lights of your organization, 
business or home for 97 seconds at 7PM

Press

  • VOZA RIVERS/NEW HERITAGE TO PRESENT "IT IS AFRICAN" MUSIC CONCERT

    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.
  • Voza Rivers / New Heritage Theatre Group and Rudi Mbele presents WOZA SOUTH AFRICA
    HARLEM: FEBRUARY 20, 2020 
     
    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

  • THE FANNIE LOU HAMER STORY, The Voice of The Empowered (VOTE)

    THE FANNIE LOU HAMER STORY, The Voice of The Empowered (VOTE) 

    Award- Winning One-Woman Play Announces

    FACEBOOK LIVE and INSTAGRAM PERFORMANCE 

    June 19, 2020 8PM

    New Heritage Theatre Group, Harlems’ own and New York’s oldest black not for profit black theatre, celebrating its 56th anniversary. invites you to the premiere live performance of THE FANNIE LOU HAMER Story, the critically acclaimed, award winning, one-woman play, written by and starring Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye, directed by Byron C. Saunders. The Fannie Lou Hamer Story is the story of Fannie Lou Hamer’s fight for freedom and voting empowerment, the story of one of American History’s most powerful civil rights activists.  

    New Heritage Theatre Group Executive Producer Voza Rivers is pleased to join forces with Healing Through the Sound of Music, a non-profit 501 c-3 theater production company located in Altamonte, Fl. who developed the presentation and has presented it over the last 6 years at over 50 select performing arts venues across the U.S. in support of voting rights.

    The award winning solo performance of the Fannie Lou Hamer story will debut as a live online event in Celebration of Juneteenth, on Facebook Live and Instagram Live on June 19, 2020 at 8pm. from the historic Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford, Florida. home of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, one of the many symbols of social injustice.

    This powerful and uplifting play follows Fannie Lou Hamer’s rise from Jim Crow’s Mississippi all the way to the halls of Congress leading the Voting Rights Movement in 1964 and is very timely today. 

    “The realities of Covid -19 and the on going challenges and continuing struggles for social justice has brought communities together to deal with the a situation that harkens back to and reminds us of the civil rights struggles of the 1960s,” - Voza Rivers, Executive Producer, New Heritage Theatre Group

    “This unprecedented time of our lives brings with it a sense of urgency that we honor all of those on the front lines who have dedicated their lives to preserving our basic rights of freedom, safety, quality and democracy where all people can thrive.” says Djehuty Se Hotep, Producer Healing Through the Sound of Music.

    For more information about The FLHS visit at www.thefannielouhamerstory.com. Also check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For additional information: 

    info@thefannielouhamerstory.com and www.newheritagetheatre.org

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